Phew! I can’t even believe we are already in the month of June. This month always marks the start of a busy season for us as our family celebrates a few family birthdays , Father’s Day and all the hustle associated with the last day of school for the kids. (Can I get an amen for no school lunches?! LOL)
The heat in the kitchen is definitely high, as there are many families celebrating religious milestones such as Communion and Confirmation AND kids are graduating high school (on top of having birthdays) too.
This past weekend I had five cake orders (the most I’ve accepted since my Easter pre-order!!) which means business is so so great and I am thankful for all of the inquiries and requests to be a part of your special occasions.
That being said, I have thought long and hard about what I want to do in terms of availability for the summer. If you’ve watched my stories on Instagram, you know I have been completely torn about how available I want to be during my kids’ summer break.
I absolutely LOVE baking and you’ll pretty much always find me in the kitchen doing something even if by some miracle I don’t have an order due on a weekend.
But in the same breath, there are days where the mom guilt sets in really deep and I long for the afternoons where it’s not just my husband taking the kids out so they’re out of my hair and I can be in my creative space.
The Cake Mama is a mama. And sometimes Mama duties just have to come first. I am beyond blessed with the patience my family has given me to not only allow me to jump into my cakes with both feet but sacrifice time away from me.
I have experienced so much growth and I am beyond happy with it but in the end, it’s all about balance right?
So, my friends I have decided that I will not be taking custom orders for the last two weeks of July and the whole month of August.
Wow. I can’t believe I just said that!
I took a moment to look at what goals I have for this business that I just haven’t had the time to focus on. I’ve been talking about my little accessory shop on Etsy for like, EVER and haven’t had the time to work on it. I’ve been dying to learn new piping techniques but haven’t allocated the time to practice. I’ve been trying to work on new recipes (hello vegan?!) and new products to offer and yet I don’t have the time to perfect them.
As you can see, I’ve already got my hands full! Some may come to fruition and some may not, and I’m totally ok with that. I just want to know that I am fostering growth all while taking those nights off and roasting marshmallows (homemade maybe?!) with my kids in our backyard, or dreaming up design ideas while I’m out for a stroll or at the beach with my family. Heck, even a date night or two or three OR a mama mingle with my fellow boss Babes!
I know all of you will understand how much ALL of this means to me and I appreciate you doing so! I don’t think there is such a thing as a complete break and I’m proving that by saying you’ll be able to get your Cake Mama fix in August at the one market I am popping up at which I’ll share more about a little closer to. (SEE?!)
I will also try to be available for collaborations with my fellow creatives because I think it’s important to stay connected to those that have the ability to grow with you.
As always, thank you so so much for your continued support and love, I appreciate all of you so much and look forward to creating beautiful things for you!
Photos by the amazing: Jayme Anne Photography