How I Prepared My Toddler For A New Baby

Bringing home a new baby from the hospital can be hard on a toddler. They might be cute and cuddly with the new baby for the first day or so home (because Mom and Dad love this tiny human so much), but a few days later, they realize that baby’s not going back to the hospital and is here to stay; and all of a sudden, your little angel turns into a full-blown gremlin.

Why does this happen? Let me try to explain. Another mom once told me to imagine my husband bringing home a new woman and starts talking about how beautiful and perfect she is, and gives her a surplus of “attention”. You can bet your bottom dollar I’d also start gremlin-ing (I think I just invented a new word)!

Big sister with new baby

Your poor toddler isn’t old enough to understand that a new baby is a precious and fragile gift who needs lots of attention and will become a new playmate and best friend in years to come. Your toddler feels like they’ve been replaced, and they act out as a way to get attention. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

If you can’t possibly imagine the thought of your toddler feeling left out, then allow me to share some of my personal experience with you, which has helped my family avoid most of the monstrosity (haha, get it?) associated with bringing home our second bundle of joy.

family with new baby and big brother

1) Prepare Your Toddler

My son, Tristan, was 3 years old when his sister Scarlet was born. While I was pregnant, I equipped him well by saying things like, “You’re going to be a big brother soon. Baby Scarlet is excited to meet you!” and “Mommy and Daddy and Tristan are going to share the baby.” By allowing him to feel like he was involved in the pregnancy itself, I feel like it really helped to prepare him for the new baby’s arrival.

We also took Tristan to a “Sibling Prep 101” class a few weeks before Scarlet was born, it was offered at the hospital we delivered at. This was a 2-hour class that gave children a tour of the hospital, showed them where mothers would deliver their babies, how to hold infants properly, and taught basic safety techniques. It was a wonderful class that gave him stickers and a certificate of completion afterward, and I highly recommend it. Check with your local hospital to see if there are any sibling preparation classes available.

2) Give Your Toddler “Special Jobs”

After Scarlet came home with us, Tristan was very excited to play with her. After finding that he couldn’t exactly give her a ball to throw or chase after him, he was a little disappointed. We gave him “big brother jobs” like taking her diapers to the trash, holding her bottle, finding her binkie when it was lost, and even 8 months later, he’s the “baby protector”; making sure the blanket doesn’t cover the baby’s face, all of his small toys are put away, and he knows to call us when she has something small in her mouth. He knows and understands that Mommy’s job is to hold and feed the baby when she cries, Daddy’s job is to change her diapers and rock her to sleep, and now Tristan has his own set of jobs to help care for baby Scarlet. He felt a great sense of responsibility as her big brother, having specific jobs to do, and he has matured a lot in the process.


3) Use your Toddler’s Name When Comforting Baby

One thing I learned “on the job” while my husband was at work and it was just me and Tristan at home, was that whenever Scarlet was crying, I didn’t want to be the sole comforter for her. I wanted Tristan to feel like he was helping also. So instead of saying, “Mommy’s here,” or “Mommy’s coming,” I said things like “Mommy and Tristan are here,” and “Don’t worry, Tristan and Mommy are coming to get you.” Tristan automatically would rush in to help comfort his baby sister and sing cute little songs to cheer her up. It was the cutest thing to see my toddler helping with his heart of gold, and the attention he got from helping out gave him a sense of pride and purpose.

4) Give Your Toddler Special Attention

We’re not perfect – there were a few days in the beginning that Tristan did act out, but it was never directed at his sister. It was always toward me or my husband. Because he was aware of his responsibilities as a big brother, he was kind to his sister. His sleep schedule was thrown off a bit when we first came home, because of the baby’s constant cries at night, so it affected his mood.

I realized that I needed to have some “Tristan Time,” where I’d spend 30 minutes to an hour with him specifically, whether that be playing together with his toys his way, going on a Mommy and Tristan date, or handing the baby to my husband and giving Tristan extra cuddles, or “deep deep snuggles”, as he calls them.

I also reached out to family, friends, and neighbors who had kids his age who had offered to help, and they were willing to take him to the park, have him spend the night at their houses, or come to our house and play with him so he could get some extra attention.

Bringing home a new baby can and should be a beautiful experience for your entire family. It certainly helps to have a prepared family, and protective super siblings who feel a sense of responsibility to care for their new baby. What are some things you’ve done to prepare your toddler for a new baby? Please share your comments below!

young siblings sitting together

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How to Make Your Home Look Expensive On A Budget

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Have you ever made a move, had a significant life event, or did you just wake up one day feeling like SOMETHING needed to change?

A friend in Mesa, Arizona contacted me with just such a situation. A family life change meant that she had less furniture than before and after some introspection, she felt like some fresh style could help.

She used her cell phone to take some simple pictures of the spaces that she felt could use the most help. Some words she used to describe her spaces were “dark,” “bare,” “plain,” and “no sense of style.” When I asked about her artwork, though, she said that it was the one thing she loved.

I used the artwork and a quick peek at joyful pictures from her FB page to get a sense for her “subconscious” style.

I used Adobe Photoshop to place the items into her spaces, and, although they aren’t perfect 3D renderings, the sizes and perspectives are accurate enough to give a great sense of what some small changes can do.

Let’s start with her Family Room. The total cost for this makeover is about $500! Art, a buffet cabinet, and a storage coffee table with a lift-up desktop for just $160 create a huge impact for very little money! Artificial plants are a low-maintenance way to add color and class to a room. 4-foot tall potted plants frame the fireplace. Dollar Tree has vases and artificial flowers that can make a great impact. I chose the fill a glass vase ($1) with seashells ($3) and a variety of flowers ($6). See the room from a different angle below.

Original Family RoomRedesigned Family Room

Here is the view of the Family Room from a different angle.
Original Family Room View 2 Redesigned Family Room View 2
The exercise room/office includes a “bamboo look” exercise puzzle mat that will reduce joint fatigue and protect her floors for just $70! Inspirational Vinyl Wall Art is $40 on etsy, but only $27 on Amazon! and Canvas Inspirational Messages will help draw her into this sanctuary for loving on her body. Cling film on the french doors will let light in, and add high style beauty and privacy when she has guests. The bright paint subconsciously reduces stress and increases energy for just $40. Including new exercise accessories, this makeover costs less than $250!
Redesigned Exercise Room

Every parent knows that the kitchen is the heart of the home. This space was one that she just didn’t know what to do with. A 52″ wide kitchen island was $330 on Amazon, but was on sale on Wayfair yesterday for $265! An armoire to hold extra kitchen wares is only $260 at Ikea. Adding some artificial potted trees, seating, and side tables make a great spot for her kids to relax and work on homework while she cooks dinner. The modern blue rug adds high-class look, anchoring the space and tying it into the dining room next door. Amazon is a great way to turn your memories into wall art! A 24″x36″ mounted canvas of one of your pictures is only $40 (if you want editing or want a picture rendered to look like a painting, I do that for $20/image).

Original Kitchen Redesigned Kitchen

Last, but not least, the dining room. This beautiful room is flanked with wall-to-wall windows, yet still felt “dark.” When I asked her about the paint color, she said that it looked good on the card in the store. She hated the rug, though and felt like the colors belonged outdoors more than in a dining room. Drawing inspiration from her decorations, I found a modern rug at Amazon or Walmart for under $200. Painting just 2 walls a lighter blue color actually helps her artwork stand out more and makes the area look larger. Sheer curtains that match the accent walls open up the area. Again, small and simple touches renew this room for under $250!

Original Dining Room Redesigned Dining Room

Original Dining Room View 2 Redesigned Dining Room View 2

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Homemade All-Natural Laundry Detergent – 5 cents per load, with free printable labels

Got babies? Or family members with sensitive skin? Or just can’t afford laundry soap with its super high prices? We sure do! Why spend $15-20 on a gallon of chemical-rich, fragrant-overloaded, heavily-dyed laundry detergent if it could potentially harm your loved ones’ lovable yet super sensitive skin?

Quick remedy: Try making this all-natural homemade laundry detergent! I found a few different recipes and reviews on Pinterest, and apparently everyone swears by this homemade detergent! Its all-natural ingredients are chemical and dye-free, perfume-free, it’s a natural stain and odor remover, it’s safe for sensitive skin, and costs around .5 cents per load to make. Not to mention the fresh natural lemon scent your laundry will be left with after washing each load! I’ve been using this laundry detergent for several months now, and have even found other websites that have compared its super stain-fighting abilities to your average commercial laundry detergent, and this recipe has proven valiant and victorious against the battle with stains!

First of all, to make my claims accurate, I need to share what the ingredients are and what’s in them (thank you Wellness Mama for sharing):

What’s in it:

Borax, Washing Soda, and Fels Naptha

Borax is a naturally occurring mineral made up of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. It is an ingredient in most of the natural soaps available now (Seventh Generation, etc.) but it is much more inexpensive to make yourself.

Washing Soda, sometimes called sodium carbonate or soda ash, is made from common salt and limestone or found as natural deposits.

Fels Naptha is a laundry bar soap that is used for dissolving oils and removes stains; its ingredients include tallow, glycerine, coconut oil, palm oil or palm kernel oil.

Calculating the Cost (According to local Walmart prices):

  • One 55 ounce box Washing Soda- $3.49
  • One 76 ounce box of Borax – $4.99
  • One Bar Fels Naptha Soap- $2.99

A 3.5-Gallon batch of detergent costs approximately $5.69 to make and washes exactly 112 loads (using 1/2 cup detergent per load), costing about $0.05 per load!

And now for the recipe you’ve been waiting for:

Homemade All-Natural Laundry Detergent – 5 cents per load, with free printable labels

Yield: 4 gallons of laundry detergent

Homemade All-Natural Laundry Detergent – 5 cents per load, with free printable labels


  • 1 bar Fels Naptha Soap (found in the laundry aisle of most stores)
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda!!!)
  • One 4 gallon bucket
  • Water
  • 4 empty milk gallons to store detergent


  1. Bring 4 cups of water to boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Using cheese grater, fully grate bar of Fels Naptha into a bowl.
  3. Pour grated Fels Naptha into boiling water while stirring, turn heat down to medium-low but still simmering, and stir well with whisk until soap is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.
  4. Fill 4-gallon bucket with 3 gallons of hot water.
  5. Add Borax and Washing Soda to hot water, then add the hot liquid soap. Stir with large spoon or whisk.
  6. Cover bucket with lid and let cool for an hour. After an hour, use a funnel and a large cup to pour detergent into milk gallons. Let the detergent sit for 24 hours before using for the first time. Detergent will turn into a solid jelly-like texture when sitting, simply shake gallon before using and it will return to its normal liquid consistency.
  7. When ready to use:
  8. Shake gallon until detergent turns into a liquid. Use ½ cup of detergent per load of laundry.

Also helpful:

Print out these super cute labels above that I made and tape them to your milk gallons!

Printable Soap Labels Here

The Dream Experiment – Say Goodbye to Toddler Night Terrors!

Does your toddler or young child have night terrors? Mine used to.. maybe I can help! Here’s my story:

Ever since we moved to our new apartment, my 3, now 4-year old, Tristan, has been having nightmares. Nightmares of monsters, and ghosts, and being helpless. At first, I thought it was from TV shows he watched, so we changed his shows to only toddler shows (because even G-rated kids’ shows will have lots of fighting). I’m not sure if they’re considered night terrors or what, but he’s been crying and fighting in his sleep randomly, and jumping off out of his bed to come get us at odd hours of the night. I thought maybe it had something to do with the anxieties of being in a new place, mommy getting married, and having a new baby sister. I felt so bad for him, and so helpless like there was nothing I could do to relieve him.

I have a new friend, Nadine, whose son was hospitalized for many months, and she suggested talking to Tristan when he sleeps, which helped her son fight off the ailment that he suffered. She said even though the child does not hear it, it enters their subconscious and comforts them. So I tried it.

Every night for the past 4 days, after Tristan fell asleep, I stood by his bedside and said encouraging words like “You are strong. You are brave. You are wonderful and so so loved. You are amazing. Mommy and Daddy love you so so much. You’re a great big brother.” And for the past 4 days, Tristan has slept better, hasn’t wet his bed (yes, even that was an issue), hasn’t woken up in the middle of the night, and has even come to us in the morning saying he had GOOD dreams of himself being a superhero and having superpowers and flying. He’s doing great!

I’m not 100% positive if there is a correlation between talking to him as he sleeps and his good dreams, but it’s worked for us the past 4 days and I will continue doing it. Thanks Nadine!

10 Items You Don’t Actually Need In Your Hospital Delivery Bag (and 3 Essentials)

woman carrying suitcases

The baby is coming and your bags are packed – but did you overpack? Read on to find out what’s essential and what can wait!

There are thousands of blogs and articles out there that sell you on items you absolutely need in your hospital delivery bag. Expert mommies around the world have had different experiences with their births and they all swear they know what’s best. Here I am being one of those moms haha. As an expecting mother in full-blown nesting mode, you want to be as prepared as possible, to avoid any undue stress, right? What that could lead to is extra stress, spending extra money on things that aren’t necessary, and having extra weight to lug around in your hospital bag while you’re in labor, which can be a pain in the neck, literally.

I’m no expert, but I’ve given birth twice, once a C-section and once a vaginal birth, and each time I’ve been amazed at what I actually used and what was a waste of time, space, and money. I have many friends and family members who have also solicited their opinions on what I should bring with me to the hospital. I know it comes from the heart and they have the best intentions, but I also fell into the trap of listening to everyone’s opinions, resulting in having too much “stuff”. So I made a list of the things that no matter how many people convince you, you really don’t need at the hospital, either because the hospital provides it or you could leave it at home until you return. Here we go:

  1. A Birthing Gown – These are beautiful and comfortable and soft, but after the whole “birthing” process, and all the bodily fluids leaking afterward, its best to just use the gown provided by the hospital and have the nurses change it out as needed. That way you don’t have to worry about stains and keeping it in a wet bag somewhere for the rest of your hospital stay. That could stink (literally haha). Chances are the hospital will not wash the clothing you brought, so save your money on this one. If you have a soft bathrobe you like, I’d recommend bringing this instead, as you can put it on over the hospital gown and wear it for a few days, and it makes nursing a breeze!
  2. Diapers and Wipes – The hospital has an unlimited supply of diapers and wipes. And they constantly restock your shelves with them. Most hospitals even send you home with extras. Every day the nurse would restock our supplies, and we’d take a bag of diapers and put it in our bag and the night nurse would return in the evening and put more diapers in our cabinets and we’d take a bag of those too. Either way, you’re paying for it so take whatever you can.
  3. Multiple Baby Outfits – This one is tough. We brought so many baby outfits with us and realized that the only one we really needed was the going-home outfit. If you choose to take hospital pictures with the professional photographer the hospital provides (which can also be super pricey), then sure, maybe an extra outfit for that, but your baby and you are uncomfortable and in pain from the birthing process and trying to figure out your new “normal”, and changing baby outfits constantly, especially while trying to be careful with baby’s umbilical cord, can be a pain. Just keep it simple, mama! The hospital provides basic white onesies and baby blankets/swaddles. Use theirs!
  4. Baby Grooming Kit – The hospital provides all grooming supplies you can imagine. Nail filers, hair brushes, baby lotion and shampoo, washcloths, etc. As excited as you may be to use the new grooming kit you received at your baby shower, save space in your hospital bag and leave these at home.
  5. Lidocaine Spray and Witch Hazel Pads – This is one of those unspoken necessities that most moms argue are needed for vaginal births, which I don’t disagree with. My problem was that I made the mistake of ordering extras online to have at home in case the hospital didn’t provide it, but they had lots available in my room and even sent me home with a few. Your insurance is paying for them, so use what you can at the hospital and ask to take a few extras home with you. I do recommend making your own popsicle maxi pads (Google it if you’re not sure what they are) and having them readily available when you return home from the hospital. These things were amazing and are much more comfortable than the monstrous thunder-pads and ice packs they give you!
  6. Special Undies – Trust me, as comfortable as your own undies are, you won’t want to wear them after giving birth, let alone keep them. It’s easier to just use the mesh panties the hospital provides, and toss them after each use. They will give you plenty of spares that you can take home for the first few days until the bleeding lightens up. Even after having a C section, I found the mesh undies perfectly capable of doing their job.
  7. Toiletries – Before you get angry with me, hear me out – hospitals are prepared for every mother to come in with only the shoes on their feet. They will provide you with soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner, a blow dryer, and towels. Maybe even deodorant. Pack as light as you can, trust me on this, they have just about everything you need.
  8. Belly Binder – If you’re one of those moms who are already considering ways to slim your stomach as soon as the baby is out, that’s likely a problem. I’m not talking about a mom who just had a C-section (although the hospital does provide belly binders for those dear mommies), but moms who purchase their own binders and bring them to the hospital and start using them the moment baby is out. Give yourself a little break, ya? Leave this at home, use that time instead to enjoy your baby and being pampered by hospital staff 24-7 for a few days! And if you’re not convinced and are REALLY wanting a belly band, just ask any nurse, they’ll get you one to take home with you. Just sayin’.
  9. Nursing Pads – I brought a ton of these to the hospital thinking I’d need them. Little did I know that with each delivery, my milk didn’t even come in until about 3-4 days after giving birth, which was after I returned home. I’m 99% sure the hospital provides their own just in case one does need them, so next time I’m going to save the space and leave these at home.
  10. Snacks – Plan on being hangry. Food sounds SO good when you’ve been in labor for 6, 12, 18+ hours. Unfortunately, most hospitals only allow you to eat clear liquids during labor, such as jello, popsicles, juice or flavored ice. Nothing whatsoever during a C-section. Boo hoo. Chances are, you’ll most likely live. And once the baby is out, feel free to nosh on whatever exquisite cuisine the hospital provides, or maybe even ask an excited family member in the waiting room to fetch you some takeout as admission to seeing your bundle of joy!

And here are 3 items you DO need, that would be beneficial to have.

1. Your Own Pillow – Hospital pillows are fluffy and are great for having between your legs during labor but you definitely will notice a difference from the moment you first attempt to sleep. It’s bad enough that your lady bits are burning, you have a tiny human crying for reasons you’re unsure of, and a nurse constantly barges into your room and presses firmly on your abdomen causing pain you thought you were through with – trust me on this, bring your own pillow for a better night’s rest. Those few hours you can sleep will be heavenly. In case you have a love-hate relationship with your current pillow, might I make a suggestion – have you heard of the My Pillow? Also, PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to bring COLORED pillowcases, As tempting as it is to bring a white pillowcase, it could get confused with the hospital’s pillows, and you could accidentally forget to take it home with you.

2. A Nursing Pillow – I thought using hospital pillows to prop the baby up would be sufficient, but I wish I had brought my own nursing pillow so the lactation specialist could show me how to properly position the baby on it for comfortable nursing. Instead, I went home with sore arms and a sore back from slouching in order to accommodate a baby who sank into the pillow each time I tried to nurse. I prefer the My Brest Friend pillow, works great as a positioner, has a slight indent to keep baby’s head propped up, and promotes good posture.3. Go-aheads and Slippers – This one is for the clean conscious mommies out there who realize how dirty the hospital floors and bathrooms actually are. It may appear clean and shiny, but don’t be deceived. Chances are, a dozen moms have leaked onto that same floor and who knows when the last time it was mopped thoroughly. Please do yourself a favor and never be barefoot in any hospital, no matter where you are. Hospital floors are also freezing cold, so cozy socks with non-slip soles are heavenly. Wear slippers if you plan on walking around while in labor or after birthing. You won’t stay in your bed all day – the nurses are most likely going to have you walk up and down the halls to promote faster healing. A pair of slippers will help your feet stay comfortable for this. Go-aheads, or flip flops, are great for using while showering. I’ve been to hospitals where I had my own bathroom and one where I had to share a bathroom with 6 other women. I did NOT want my feet touching the same shower floor that other people were leaking onto. Call it OCD or whatever, but we all have enough problems to worry about in our lives, so pack up the lightest, cheapest pair of “chanclas” you own and you’ll be grateful you did!

I hope this helps. There are so many wonderful things to have at the hospital with you, but at the end of that day, it’s all just “stuff.” The most important things to have with you are your birthing partner, your loved ones surrounding you, and of course, that little bundle of joy in your arms that’s yours to keep forever. Congratulations, mama!

Lemon Labor Inducing Cake

While I didn’t think it was possible, this cake from Lemon-sugar literally did put me into labor. There I was, at 38 weeks pregnant, feeling miserable and uncomfortable, hoping that our baby would be born before New Years since our insurance deductible and out-of-pocket max was 100% met and our little girl would be a nice tax break for us (let’s be real, I’m sure any mom would do the same). I started Googling non-tantalizing ways to induce labor, when I came across this labor-inducing lemon cupcake recipe! I was surprised that it seemed so easy (and tasty!), it didn’t involve consuming 7 pineapple cores, drinking a nasty tea or downing a shot of castor oil (which could result in explosive diarrhea during labor), so how could self-inducing labor seem so sweet?

I’ll tell you. The secret may have been the labor process and not the actual consuming of the lemon cake. This recipe took me about 3 hours to make. It involved standing for long periods of time, inhaling citrusy deliciousness, and LOTS of zesting, juicing, and slicing of lemons!!! My intention was to make this as a cake, eat a few slices, and hopefully go into labor within a few days, but not even 5 minutes after I finished frosting the cake, I felt a GUSH and realized my water had broken. I didn’t even get to try the cake! This was Saturday at about 3:30pm.

It was all a blur from there. My husband, being the trooper that he is, scrambled through the house packing up his suitcase and arranging for our toddler to be watched while I sat on the toilet, anxiously wondering if the baby was going to come out right then and there. I’ve watched too many Youtube labor videos haha.

We finally arrived at the hospital about half an hour later, and the nurse confirmed that my water had broken, and I was induced from there (Pitocin is of the devil, seriously) and our little girl was born on Sunday morning just before 7am!

So here’s the recipe that started it all. It was originally designed to make 6-12 cupcakes, but I halved the recipe and made this small cake with it instead, which is the recipe shared below. For safety purposes, I do not recommend making this recipe prior to 38 weeks gestationally. Best of luck and let me know how it goes!

Lemon Labor Inducing Cake

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Category: Dessert

Yield: one 8 inch round cake, serves 6

Lemon Labor Inducing Cake


  • Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup white/granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup grated lemon zest (2-4 lemons, depending on size)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Lemon Syrup Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup white/granulated sugar
  • Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1 cup powdered/confectioners sugar
  • 1 2/3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Buttercream Ingredients:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered/confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Cake Directions:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8 inch round cake pan by lightly spraying it with a cooking spray of your choice.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar in bowl of stand mixer with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, and lemon zest.
  5. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. In another bowl, combine lemon juice, buttermilk and vanilla.
  7. Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour.
  8. Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  10. While the cake is cooling, prepare the lemon syrup. This will add moisture to the cake.
  11. Syrup Directions:
  12. Combine sugar and lemon juice in a heavy-bottom pan over low heat until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently.
  13. After the cake has cooled for 10 minutes, spoon the syrup over the tops of the cake.
  14. Then allow cake to cool completely before glazing and frosting.
  15. Glaze Directions:
  16. Combine sugar and lemon juice in a bowl, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth.
  17. Using the back of a large spoon, smooth some glaze over the top of the cake.
  18. Buttercream Directions:
  19. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and salt for about 30 seconds.
  20. Add the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and lemon juice and beat 5-6 minutes until frosting is fluffy.
  21. If desired, add some yellow (gel or icing) food coloring.
  22. Add to piping bag and frost as desired.
  23. Sprinkle with yellow sugar pearls, sugar, or a thin lemon slice for decoration.


*Prep time includes zesting and juicing the lemons while being super tired, trying to entertain a toddler with a tantrum, sitting down every 20 minutes from the joint pains, and being heavily burdened with BELLY.

*You can also make 6-12 cupcakes with this recipe.