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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Eye Spy

So I was thinking that I really, really need to get on the ball and make a Halloween cake pop.  We made about three dozen clown pops yesterday (boy are those popular!) and ended up with one leftover pop that only had a nose attached.  I stared at it this morning, contemplating eating the yummy little thing, when it hit me: this could be the start of a fun little Halloween pop.  So I grabbed my trusty black candy and a brush and went to town.  Et voila!  A fun eyeball cake pop for Halloween!

Speaking of eyes.....  mine get a whole lot of exercise because I am an avid reader.  Like that neat little segue? I read pretty much everything I can get my hands on.  That includes telephone books and jar labels in a pinch.  So as an avid reader, I'm excited to share with you the following news:

You can get an Amazon Kindle for only $79.00!  What??  Oh, yes!!  Check it out by clicking HERE.

Happy Wednesday!

~ Pia

Monday, September 26, 2011

Incredible Glass Drinking Straws by Glass Dharma

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am a sucker for straws.  Pardon the pun.  But it's true.  I cannot drink something without a straw.  Chocolate milk?  Straw.  Soda pop?  Straw.  Lemonade?  Straw.  Water?  Ummm, no straw.  Ha ha.  But everything else!  Straw!  I go through straws, as my daughter says, "Like there's no tomorrow!"  And she's right.  I don't know why I need them, but I do.  I buy straws in hundred-packs.  I store them in my pantry.  I hoard them in my car in case we go someplace that doesn't give me a straw -- no problem, I brought my own, so there!

I got to thinking........ how much plastic do I go through just in straws alone?  And how about the paper or plastic in which they're wrapped?  How much of a negative footprint am I leaving through my obsession with drinking straws?  TOO MUCH.  That's how much.  But what could I do?  I am not strong enough to give up my drinking straw habit.  No, really.  I tried.

Just as I was fretting about this dilemma, I stumbled upon a blog that was featuring GLASS DRINKING STRAWS.  What??  Oh, these I just had to check out!

Enter  Glass Dharma -- a company that manufactures the original glass drinking straws.  Their straws are crystal clear, sturdy, and beautiful!  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from dainty little cocktail straws ("Sipper") to those ginormous straws that you use with your boba drinks ("Bubble Tea").

They even have my all-time favorite..... bendy straws!!   Well, these straws don't actually bend because they're made of glass, but they're pre-bent!  They are always at the precise angle to go right into my mouth.  Awesome!!

Glass Dharma has thought of everything, even a way to keep track of which glass straw belongs to whom.  Because when you buy these for your family, every child is gonna want his or her own glass straw (as a mom of 4, this is very important).  No, really!  Trust me on this one!  So how do you keep track of (or lay claim to) your own, personal, nobody-else-better-touch-my Glass Dharma drinking straw?  You buy the ones with the way cool colored dots!  They have six (6) colors to choose from!  And they're made using colored glass.  No paint or coating is ever used in these straws.  The bonus with these colored-dot straws..... they won't roll off the table 'cause the dots won't let them!

Did I mention these straws are sturdy?  They are made of borosilicate glass -- the strongest commercially available glass on the market!  They're dishwasher safe, so it's easy to keep them clean.  You can also purchase a little brush if you want to scrub them clean on the inside.  Glass Dharma really does think of everything!

While the straws will not break under normal use, they might chip or crack if they're dropped.  If this happens, Glass Dharma will repair or replace it for free.  Check out their LIFETIME GUARANTEE.

Want to bring your Glass Dharma straw with you to restaurants, work, outings, and parties?  No problem!  Grab a hemp sleeve and stick your straw in your backpack, purse, or jacket pocket.  These are made in the USA (as are all of Glass Dharma's straws and cleaning brushes) and there are five (5) great colors from which to choose.  Visit the Glass Dharma website to order yours!

You really must try these Glass Dharma drinking straws.  They're convenient, eco-friendly, stylish, and well-priced.  Sturdy enough for children to use them, and available in a variety of sizes and designs.  I got mine and I absolutely love them!

~ Pia

Friday, September 16, 2011

Primetime Emmy Awards, Here We Come!

This weekend is very exciting for us!  We have been included in the swag bags that will be given to the celebrities at this weekend's Primetime Emmy Awards.  Well, not US (we won't fit, ha ha!), but our business cards!  This is so cool!!

The Artisan Group is a member-only, juried group that represents the finest artisans from all over the globe.  You have to apply for membership, and once approved you are given the opportunity to have your handcrafted items and business cards presented to the celebrities and press at some prestigious Hollywood events.  If you send in an item, they even try to get a photo of a celebrity holding your item.  Imagine the promo possibilities!  We are so blessed and grateful to have been included in this exclusive group!

If you are an artisan, please go check out The Artisan Group.  They are a great bunch of people, and so very nice.  And what an awesome service they provide, representing all of us so enthusiastically and so well.  :)  

~ Pia

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Okay, we are back and the jet lag has begun to wear off -- time to get back in the saddle and get to some cake popping! 


Choose from any of our CLASSIC FLAVORS: Chocolate Dream, Strawberry Sensation, Vanilla Bean, Lemon Splash, Birthday Cake, and Red Velvet. 

ORDER & PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT TOMORROW NIGHT to take advantage of this offer!  In technical speak, that will be 12:00am Friday morning.  I could say 11:59pm Thursday night, but that wouldn't be midnight, and I am THAT picky. 

To place your order, send us an email at CakePopFusion@gmail.com or click here:  PLACE MY ORDER

Celebrate the start of the new school year or the end of summer... surprise your loved one with a box of delicious cake pops delivered to his or her office... stash some in the fridge to enjoy as you please... the possibilities are endless!

Just remember, this sale is only good Wednesday and Thursday (September 7-8, 2011).  Don't miss out!

~ Pia

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Looooong Away...... and Happy to Be Back!

Soooooo sorry for our long absence.  Kat and I went to Spain as part of my day job.  We went with a group of pilgrims from three different California parishes (we're Catholic) to attend World Youth Day in Spain.  What an awesome experience!  We started our trip with a stop in Rome to visit the Vatican, then went to Valencia to learn the culture and live the Faith in that community, and then it was off to Madrid for World Youth Day week itself.  We finished with an overnight in Milan before flying back home.  We had a phenomenal time!  It was definitely challenging, but well worth every sacrifice.  There were so many moments of joy and faith-sharing that far outweighed any hardships we encountered!  We made some new friends that we know will be with us for many years, and we learned about worshiping Jesus in different cultures -- such beautiful, beautiful worship!

While we were away, my son turned 22.  Wow, already??  We threw him a surprise party before we left.  We invited all his friends and ran to a pizza parlor.  No cake pops, 'cause he would've known something was up.  So we'll make some yummy pops for him another time!

We're playing catch-up now, having jumped right into school and back to the office the day after we returned from our trip.  Whew!  Still so jet-lagged!  Thank God for this 3-day weekend.  :)

Check below for photos from our journey.  We'll be back in the coming week with new blog posts and news and fun stuff.  I think I need to go to bed soon.....

~ Pia

Prayer chapel in the school where we stayed in Valencia

Giant Paella Feed in Valencia!

Kat got to try some Horchata.  Yummmm!

Portrait of Jesus in front of the altar; that's an incense bowl, too.

Pilgrims came from all over the world

Love to see the joy on this nun's face!

Worshiping Jesus with the Archbishop of Valencia

This is how we do laundry on a pilgrimage

Yes, I got in there, too, ha ha!
Castel Sant Angelo, Rome

Folklorico dancers

It was a little crowded, ha ha

On the pilgrim walk

The pilgrim walk to Cuatro Vientos got a bit cramped

Getting settled for the overnight vigil at Cuatro Vientos

Beautiful chapel in our host town

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Gelato in Rome!

Kat and her friend at the Vatican

We stopped by Pope Blessed John Paul II's tomb
to pay our respects.  And take a picture.

Roman ruins

Getting sprayed with wonderful water to stay cool
at Cuatro Vientos