KEIRAN’S COOKIES & MILK PARTY

Cookies & Milk party by TheMarshmallowStudio.com

My son was turning 3 and we wanted to celebrate it with a party like we always do.

However, since our new home is almost done being build and we are trying to save as much as possible, we needed to come up with a way to celebrate on a budget but not skimp on the wow factor.

I had all kinds of ideas – hot dog bar, nachos stations, donuts party, snacks and refreshments…. I finally decided on a “Cookies and Milk” party.

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{RECAP} 2013 – AN UNBELIEVABLE YEAR!

2013 TMS Recap

At the end of every year, I like to take time to look back and reflect on what was  blessings and adventures occurred during that time. I do this with my personal life and with The Marshmallow Studio. You really learn a lot about your strengths, your weaknesses and it helps set new goals for the upcoming year. For me, doing annual recaps of each year on this blogs has helped me document the growth in my marshmallow skills, and my marketing abilities. Oh and to see the progress of my photography and Photoshop skills too which have a long way to go still haha.

{PLEASE NOTE: Below each image there will be a link you can click to see the full post for that project which will include additional photos and details.}

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FOR LIKE EVER!

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I hardly ever ever post anything on here that doesn’t involve directly involve marshmallows but today it’s different. Well, hold on…. I guess in a way it does have something to do with marshmallows since thanks to this beautiful fluffy adventure of mine I’ve become friends so many wonderful people and this post has been possible due to one of them.

My friend Jasmine from Idea Event + Style is the fabulous designer who introduced me to her gorgeous art prints. Yesterday I showed you the one I loved for Fall and now I’m going to show you the one that touched my heart.

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AIDEN’S SCOOBY DOO’S HAUNTED CARNIVAL PARTY

My eldest son, Aiden, loves Scooby Doo. He can sit and watch it all day long if we let him. I don’t mind buying him all the movies because I think it’s one of the last “good” cartoons left. No violence, no foul language and it has innocent humor. When we asked him what he wanted his 4th birthday party to be of he said “Thomas the Train” but (thankfully) a week later he changed his mind. He wanted a Scooby Doo “spooky” party. My wheels started turning. I didn’t want to have the traditional 60′s bright theme and I had to incorporate the spooky somewhere in there. I began researching all the episodes and “bad guys” I could use in the party. I came across the “Haunted Carnival” episode and thought it would be perfect. We would have a carnival, a Scooby Doo theme and spooky ghosts everywhere. It was perfect!!!

Haunted Halloween Carnival 123by TheMarshmallowStudio.com

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KEIRAN’S “OUTLAW WESTERN HOEDOWN” 2ND BDAY PARTY

Here’s another party I’ve been meaning to share with you – my son’s recent cowboy party. Enjoy!

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My son Keiran has been suffering of the “terrible twos” for quite some time now so when it came time for his actual second birthday we decided to celebrate it with a party which had a very fitting theme – Outlaw!

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AIDEN’S “KEEP SOARING HIGH” 3RD BDAY PARTY

I cannot believe it has taken me over eight months to post my son’s 3rd birthday party from August 11, 2012.  This is proof that the book and the move has taken a toll on me.

Well, better late than never :) Enjoy!

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This celebrations was far more than just another birthday party, it was a graduation party as well per say. Meaning, we were celebrating the successful completion a full year of speech and applied behavior analysis therapy. He worked so hard to learn new things, learn to talk and modify his behavior and at times I couldn’t bear to see him struggle and become upset day after day, but we knew it was for his best. As the end of his therapy term neared, which coincidentally would be right at his 3rd birthday, it was clear to us he deserved a big party complete with sweets, piñatas, family and friends!

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GOODBYE 2012. HELLO 2013!

Ummmmm…. where has the year gone? It feels like just yesterday I was here typing away my last post for 2011 and now I’m doing it for 2012. It seems every year time passes by faster and faster doesn’t it? Well, I always like to sum up what adventures each year brought for The Marshmallow Studio. It’s a fun way to reminisce and see much we’ve learned, grown and accomplished.

Below I’ll be sharing with you photos of our great moments, designs, and more. Click on image to go to post!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

From our family to yours, we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!!

WE’RE JOINING THE KRAFT JET-PUFFED MARSHMALLOWS TEAM!!!

Pinching. Pinching. Still pinching myself and not waking up. Wow, this is really happening. It’s not a dream!!

I am jumping with excitement over here! After months and months of holding it in, I am thrilled to finally be able to tell you all that The Marshmallow Studio is being sponsored byKRAFT Jet-Puffed marshmallows. This is HUGE!! Jet-Puffed being the #1 marshmallow manufacturer in the United States asked me to join their team?!?!? They sure did :) Let me tell ya, it’s a beautiful feeling to know that the marshmallow brand I love and use the most actually admires what I create and think so highly of me as to bring me on board as their “digital spokesperson”. I feel soo honored and blessed!!

I have joined their team as the new Community Manager. You’ll soon find me creating amazing marshmallow masterpieces, sharing recipes, videos and more on the Jet-Puffed Facebook page and other social media outlets such as Pinterest and Website. Can’t disclose too much yet but I can tell you we are working on lots of really fun and innovative things that I’m sure you’ll love so stay tunned for those. I will keep you informed of what’s coming up so you don’t miss a thing.

What better way to make this announcement than with marshmallows? I wanted to make this announcement extra special so I ‘mallorized the JET-PUFFED logo. We used a 48″ X 36″ board, mini marshmallows,  MallowBits and StackerMallows. My husband and I had actually had a pretty good time making this together!

   

WE’RE PUBLISHING A BOOK!!!

YES, you read right! :) I am ecstatic to finally tell you all that we are working on our first book! What started off as just a crazy idea is now truly happening. Two years ago when I founded The Marshmallow Studio I thought people would just want to order my designs (or not even) then I started receiving endless wonderful emails from around the world requesting tutorials, videos, and classes. I had accidentally created a new craze and it became fuel for me to keep pushing the limits. My students, customers, fans and readers have inspired me to truly pursue this book venture and make it a reality. My goal is to make a humble contribution to the world that could hopefully make an impact in someone’s life.

A little bit about the book… it will show you step-by-step, how to make over 72 designs which most are never-before-seen creations. The book will also contain tips, recipes and techniques that I have learned along the way. The pages will be filled with amazing photographs and all of my marshmallow and sweets decorating knowledge. On top of that, we are also working with an amazing team of talented, creative professionals to add a few “extra goodies” that will be exclusively available those who snag a copy.

We haven’t set a solid pre-order or release date yet but it won’t be too far out and I will be  sure to let you know as soon as it’s scheduled. I plan on taking you along this exciting journey with me by sharing some behind-the-scenes photos and stories through our blog. I’m still pinching myself over here while jumping up and down with excitement and trying to calm the butterflies in my stomach. I want to THANK YOU all for your love and support, it truly means the world to me and I hold it dear to my heart! Let’s get this show on the road….

KEIRAN’S “NATURE MONKEY” 1ST BDAY PARTY

Nature-Inspired Organic Monkey 1st Birthday Party

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012

   

From the moment my son Keiran first looked at me with his big brown eyes we’ve called him our little monkey. When it was time to decide the theme for his 1st birthday party, it was an obvious choice. Although I wanted a sweet monkey party, I didn’t want it to be fantasy jungle or cartoonish monkey. I opted for very nature-inspired elements, with lots of browns and greens, bananas, and rustic decorations which were captured beautifully by the lense of Iliana from Iliana Morton Photography.

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FROM 2011 TO 2012, A FULL RECAP.

WOW…. is all I can say!

I cannot believe 2011 is over and now we’re getting ready to welcome 2012. This year was the first full year of The Marshmallow Studio. I can almost say we only really worked during half of it due to our second son being born and me still learning the business. Yet, it was a year of immense growth, monumental accomplishments and many lessons learned. I designed many pops, taught many students and made some friends along the way.

Looking back at everything that happened around here this past year makes me feel very blessed and proud. Must admit, a lot of it was possible with the sweet help of my husband, my two little boys who’ve given me all the strength and love I need to help push through the long nights, and a few valuable mentors.

Soooo, I wanted to put together a little recap of some of the fun we had in 2011 at The Marshmallow Studio. It’s a longer post than usual, but one that I truly enjoyed putting together for all of you to enjoy!! (more…)

MEETING BAKERELLA!

Oh yeah…. I was mega super excited! It was finally time to meet…

Although I do not bake cakes, decorate cookies, frost cupcakes or roll cake pops, I sure eat them LOL.

No seriously, I’m a huge fan of Bakerella because she has motivated me to become a better blogger and more creative sweets decorator. She has also showed me that it’s okay to teach people how to do what you do.

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (Day of the Dead, Mexico) {Personal Post}

Although Dia De Los Muertos is mostly known as a Mexican holiday it is also celebrated throughout the world. Traditionaly on this day, friends and family members gather to pray and remember loved ones who have died. The celebration takes place on November 2. Most people build private little altars honoring the deceased and decorate them with sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Some also visiting their graves and leave these items as gifts.

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HALLOWEEN FUN – COSTUMES & TREATS {Personal Post}

My favorite season is Fall. I love the colors, the pumpkin desserts and the cool breeze that’s in the air.

Another thing that I absolutely love about Fall is going to the pumpkin patch with my family. It’ our little family tradition :)

Last week when I mentioned that I had to come up with DIY costumes for my kids to wear to my friend’s Halloween party because I really didn’t like the cheesy and expensive ones available at the store, some of you asked me to share.

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