About Me

HI, I’m Annie!

I love putting time and effort into crafting a creative Pinterest-worthy life, but suffer from too many interests competing for my ever-dwindling free time!

I live in the heart of the Midwest, in good old St. Louis,  with my fabulous and supportive husband (Allen).  We we are on one crazy ride to raise two fiercely passionate, independent, genuine, caring and empowered little girls – Samantha, 3+ and Hannah, not yet 1.

I work full-time in international education at a mid-sized University with outbound study abroad students.  Yes, this is actually a job and no, I don’t constantly travel to fabulously exotic destinations.    I find that the most rewarding and frustrating part of my job is motivating students to take advantage and make the most of their incredible opportunities.  Do your research.  Plan.  Adapt.  Make it happen.

Off campus… I constantly dream of parties to plan, recipes to try, and projects to conquer, but am somewhat overwhelmed by the reality of laundry to fold, aging (ha – rotting) food in the fridge, emails to answer, and a house to clean!  I have notebooks, Google docs, a formal written planner, and printed calendars filled with countless lists of “things to do” (and this is really more of an understatement than an over exaggeration).

Instead of feeling energized by my ideas, I frequently become paralyzed.  Turns out, once the kiddos are in bed, it is way easier to just flop on the couch and catch up on the DVR.  (I also have a slight addiction to television – the good, the bad, the ugly.)

This blog is an attempt to take some of own advice… take advantage and make the most of my incredible opportunities.  I want to stop just making lists of all my ideas… and actually make them happen.  They don’t need to turn out perfectly as long as they make me (and my family) happy and the projects stay fun.

My hope is that this blog will inspire both myself and others who love to put time and effort into crafting a creative life, but are somewhat limited by everyday restrictions like time, budget and way too many interests!

It is time I do my research, plan, adapt, and make it happen!

4 Comments on About Me

  1. Sue Hurst
    April 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Annie,
    Ilove your website!! I must be really hungry because everything looked delicious. I want to try some of the recipes and will let you know what I think. This is awesome

    Sue H.

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  2. Debbie Toledo
    September 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Dear Annie,

    I love you superheroes cake!! My son’s birthday is next month and I’m sure he would love a cake like that!! Do you where I can get a cake like that? I don’t bake that good. Please let me know.

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  3. Michelle gold
    April 18, 2012 at 6:47 am (5 years ago)

    Hi there! Was really hoping you could help me out and let me know how you “carved” that heart into the sand on your beach themed cake. How did it stay once you carved it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    • annie
      June 16, 2012 at 10:24 am (5 years ago)

      Michelle, I used a wooden dowel to carve the heart into the sand. After I transported the cake, I added the sand (crushed vanilla wafers) and carved the heart, to make sure it stayed where I wanted it to :) I hope this helps! Happy cake-making :)

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