Monday, July 6, 2009

Do you own a business? Get involved now on this marketing opportunity!

Come!

If you are in Colorado and would like a booth at this Preshow Pink Rally Event, and would also like an ad in our Pink Carpet Awards show the following weekend, please contact me at sweetpeacakesetc (at) yahoo (dot) com.

If you are not in Colorado and want to find a way to promote your business, you can purchase an ad, donate a prize for the silent auction, donate items (75) to the door prizes, and so much more. You will have your logo and banners placed on the websites and in the event program as well.

We also have great sponsorships available for businesses. Starting from $500 and up! Let's help change the world! Bringing together women in support of women with breast cancer is one great way to make a difference!

Visit http://www.pinkcarpetawards.com/ for more information and to get the codes for all of our banners! Please feel free to add the smaller banners to your blogs and websites and help us spread the word! Thanks!

~Dawn

Monday, March 30, 2009

If you are in Denver, CO come visit us!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

All new diaper cakes!

We have all new diaper cakes available on our site! All new options for the inside of the cake as well! "Trendy Mommy", "Organic Mommy", and "Rub-a-dub-dub"!! Check out www.sweetpeacakesetc.com for more details on all our cakes. We have extended our free shipping for a limited time!! Have you seen our bath time towel cakes for babies and children? check out those out too! Children LOVE them! We custom make them as well!!


Thursday, February 19, 2009

FREE SHIPPING!!


FREE SHIPPING ON ALL OUR PRODUCTS TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY AT MIDNIGHT!! ORDER YOUR DIAPER CAKES TODAY!! VISIT WWW.SWEETPEACAKESETC.COM TO START SHOPPING NOW!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Peanut Butter Cookies

Here is a little yummy recipe to try at home, when the snow is falling, and the kids are screaming "I'm Bored!". This will make it all better. (Bonus yummy: add eggnog and a warm fire, cuddle under a blanket and watch a family friendly movie together!)



Makes: about 4 dozen

Bake time: 11 minutes

Prep time: 20 minutes




Ingredients


3-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup red and green M&M's
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped




Directions


1. Heat oven to 375°F. Blend flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
2. Beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl until creamy. Beat in sugars until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Add vanilla.
3. On low speed, beat flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir in 1/4 cup warm water. Fold in M&M's and nuts.
4. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with your hand to form a 2-inch round.
5. Bake at 375°F for 11 minutes or until set. Cool on wire rack.





Nutrition facts per serving:Servings Per Recipe about 4 dozen Calories 129 Total Fat (g) 6 Saturated Fat (g) 2 Cholesterol (mg) 15 Sodium (mg) 52 Carbohydrate (g) 18 Fiber (g) 1 Protein (g) 3 *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet



~Dawn

Monday, January 5, 2009

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous 'yes.' The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar eff ectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. 'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else---the small stuff. 'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. 'Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.' One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.

What life lesson is presenting itself in your life right now? Any struggles? Any joyous moments? Are you getting yourself prepared for the holidays?

~Dawn

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Special and New Products!

Thank you for all the support and love in 2008. We are ready to make it mine in 2009!! :) We are offering a special discount for a limited time on all our new diaper cakes! Check out our new photos and new options for the inside of the diaper cakes! We have "Trendy Mommy", "Rub-a-dub-dub" and "Organic Mommy". More diaper cake and bath time towel cakes choices are coming! Thanks for looking! Visit http://www.sweetpeacakesetc.com/!




Happy New Year!
~Dawn

Monday, December 29, 2008

More on the CPSIA Law- I had to share!

I found this on another blog and copied it all to share with you! Please visit these blogs and see what else they have to say about the CPSIA law!! Help fight this law and continue to buy handmade!!

Please, take action. This affects everyone.

This is a blog post on Boutique Cafe by Heather.

The Sky is Falling - CPSIA Issue
December 17th, 2008

Article by: Heather Flottman
Owner/Designer
liliputians NYC

The sky is falling! Yes, I feel a like an overly dramatic Chicken Little. And I wish it were true considering recent congressional legislation is about to crush the life out of the handmade clothing and toy industry. I’m talking about H.R. 4040, the Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) signed into law August 14, 2008, and the ramifications it will have when it goes into effect February 10, 2009 (now being popularly referred to as National Bankruptcy Day).

Make no mistake. CPSIA was necessary in principle and has noble intentions, keeping our children safe and holding companies accountable for importing toxic toys. We all demand safety for our children and this is the intent of CPSIA; specifically to ensure safe levels of lead and phthalates in all products manufactured for children under the age of 12. Unfortunately this legislation lacks common sense, is ambiguous and fails to take into account the handmade industry.

What you see is not what you get with CPSIA. There is no distinction between big, small, or even micro one-person businesses. Whether it’s a large-scale manufacturer importing apparel to be sold in big box stores, or a work-at-home mom (WAHM) selling customs on ebay, the legislation applies the same to all.

Unit testing will be required on finished products, regardless if the components are natural materials or if you have documentation from a vendor stating that buttons, for example, are certified lead-free. As it stands, H.R. 4040 fails to recognize that textile products are inherently lead-free. Why then is an organic cotton shirt being tested for lead exactly?

Unit testing is extremely cost prohibitive to small business, but worse, it is unnecessary. In fact, it is completely redundant if the components that comprise the whole have already been tested and due diligence can prove they meet the guidelines.

To put a real dollar amount to testing one of my products, I solicited a lab quote. I was told it was $75 to test for lead per garment component and each substrate. Coated or painted items such as buttons are $100. So my Little Red Riding Hood Shirt, a 100% cotton knit shirt with an appliqué made from 7 cotton fabrics and 2 buttons eyes would cost $625 to test for lead. Flammability testing is also required and is either $50 for a certificate per component stating it meets weight code or $100 for actual testing. So add another $400-$800 for a grand total of $1,025-$1425. in testing costs for a shirt that retails for $40. If the shirt is offered in another colorway, the same testing is required despite the fact that the same fabrics are used throughout.

Small manufacturers have no way of absorbing the price of such redundancy. And all manufacturers will be required to test a finished component/item from each batch. Easy to do in mass production—simply pull one sample from a lot of thousands. But how does one comply when your “batches” are made-to-order batches of one? SKUs will also be required for each product with a permanent label on the item itself.

CPSIA will be retroactive and takes a guilty-until-proven-innocent approach with extremely hefty fines for violators. As written, any product used by children 12 and under (such as toys, footwear, carpets, clothing, bedding, luggage, lamps, toys, books, magazines, baseball cards, consumer electronics, school supplies, office supplies, jewelry, housewares, sports equipment and so on) without the newly required certification would be deemed hazardous, whether the item poses an actual threat or not. So on February 10, 2009, any unsold merchandise (in big box stores, the corner boutique, your fabric stash, Good Will donations, etc.) will be deemed “hazardous goods” and illegal to sell unless 3rd party testing proves otherwise. By the way, there are only 14 said labs currently in the United States.

Think you won’t be affected? I hope not, but the sad truth is that hundreds of thousands (if not millions) will be. Do you make children’s clothing, toys, jewelry, hair bows, accessories, furniture, artwork or anything else “intended for use by children age 12 and under”? Are you a retailer of children’s goods? Do you resell used children’s clothing or toys on ebay? Do you participate or shop at craft fairs? Do you donate used children’s items to needy organizations? Do you belong to a church that has rummage sales as a fundraiser? Does your child play sports and get their uniforms from a local screen print shop? Are you a consumer shopping for alternatives to mass-produced toys? If so, this law takes away that freedom.

Surely this legislation can be amended by incorporating some common sense and still make it possible to ensure our children’s safety without further hurting the US economy. According to the 2002 Economic Census (the last survey of its type), small U.S. clothing manufacturers (with fewer than 20 employees) contribute over $900 million dollars [consider: nearly $1 billion dollars] annually to the economy and comprise 68% of total apparel manufacturing in the U.S. This is clearly a vital and contributing asset to our economy. Multiply this fallout exponentially when you take into account the myriad other manufacturers, retailers and businesses that will be hurt or ultimately driven out of business.

So, why should you support amending this legislation?

Because the CPSIA isn’t fair and will not function as written. It inadvertently punishes American industries unrelated to toys and will ultimately result in fewer alternatives to mass produced merchandise made in China. The concept that small producers should be subject to the same rigorous standards but with lesser regulation (and common sense) has already been fought for and sustained in the food industry, which is why your local farmers market still exists. Now this same idea needs to be applied to children’s products.

What can you do?
1) Email or call the CPSIA - the office of the CPSC ombudsman 888-531-9070.
http://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/newleg.aspx
Comments on Component Parts Testing accepted through January 30, 2009.
mailto:Sec102ComponentPartsTesting@cpsc.gov.

2) Email or snail mail your representatives.
http://capwiz.com/americanapparel/issues/alert/?alertid=12274476

3) Call your representatives. For their contact information just enter your zip code.
http://capwiz.com/americanapparel/dbq/officials/

4) Make your voice heard by voting on this issue. The top 3 in each category will be presented to President-elect Obama.
http://www.change.org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia

5) Sign the petition.
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/economicimpactsofCPSIA/index.html

6) Spread the word! Write about this on your blog. Tell others about this issue and encourage them to do the same.

7) Join others in fighting this cause.
Facebook group
Twitter search
http://cpsia-central.ning.com/notes/Notes_Home

Join the etsy community in the virtual chat with CPSIA Small Business Ombudsmen or send a handmade children’s item that will become “hazardous goods” as of 2/9/09 to Bobby Rush, founder of H.R. 4040.
http://www.etsy.com/storque/craftivism/handmade-childrens-items-unintended-consequences-consumer-pr-3056/
Etsy Thread

9) Read more about this legislation and its ramifications:
Fashion Incubator

Handmade Toy Alliance

National Bankruptcy Day

5 Minutes for Mom

Cool Mom Picks

The Smart Mama

blogher

Apparel and Footwear.org

Toy Association.org

Cafe Mom

Safety and Compliance

Zrecommends

SleepingBaby.net

Freshly Baked Blog


~Dawn

Monday, December 15, 2008

Find out more about CPSIA and how you can help!


I found a lot of blogs that have information on this new law, CPSIA- Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, and how it will affect the handmade products made by so many stay at home moms and dads across America. Here are some great stories and links to read up on and then vote to have this law reviewed by Obama when he gets into office so that we don't see it go in affect this way on February 10, 2009. We all want to protect our children so let's keep them protected with our high quality, made in the USA, quality products from our companies!!

I wanted to draw your attention to this important petition that I recently signed:"Save Handmade Toys in the USA from the CPSIA "http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/handmadetoys?e I really think this is an important cause, and I'd like to encourage you to add your signature, too. It's free and takes less than a minute of your time. Thanks!
~Dawn

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

We want to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family! I hope you have a wonderful day! Here is a poem for the occasion:

An Inspirational Poem

Be Thankful
By Author Unknown
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
as they can become your blessings.

Thank you! Happy Holidays!
~Dawn

Black Friday Specials at Sweet Pea Cakes,etc.

This Friday marks another Black Friday filled with shopping specials across the nation! Sweet Pea Cakes, etc. is offering loads of specials just for you this Friday at 4 am til Sunday at midnight!!


** Buy one get one free manicure and pedicure travel sets! Pick from chocolate, vanilla, mocha or french vanilla travel sets to use for stock stuffers or quick gifts for teachers, babysitters, friends and family!

** Free bib set with each nursing cover up purchase! In the comment field when ordering please include which bib set you would like from our bib set page. These will be packaged and included with your order!





** Order all diaper cakes and towel cakes before December 16th to ensure Christmas delivery for all the Christmas and New Year babies!!


** All children and baby bathtime towel cakes that are Christmas gifts will also include a holiday stocking with soaps and extra bath toys- FREE!


** All Snowman towel cakes, cupcakes and any other holiday gift will come with a $10 gift card!







Don't forget to tell a friend about Sweet Pea Cakes, etc.
Dawn

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lotus Bebe Brings Eco-luxury for Babies

Lotus Bèbè brings Eco-Luxury for Babies

Collection of bamboo and soy baby blankets and accessories launched
Moorpark, CA - November 14, 2008-- Lotus Bèbè by Raulin Enterprises, Inc. recently launched a new collection of soybean and bamboo baby blankets and accessories to the eco-market.

The company, located in Southern California, was created by Kathleen Raulin, CEO and “Mommy-Entrepreneur”, in 2008 who says, “I couldn’t find stylish baby accessories that were also environmentally friendly for my own son. There were very few options out there, and what I found was pretty boring.”

The Lotus Bèbè collection includes luxury soy blankets, bamboo blankets, and petite blankies. The blankets come trimmed in 100% vibrant silk. For that sustainable luxury all little ones deserve. Each blanket comes tied with a ribbon and a tag printed on 100% recycled paper with embedded wildflower seeds. “We wanted to have the least amount of packaging of our products and also something that can be recycled.” says Kathleen. The tag can be planted in soil and in a few weeks wildflowers will sprout.

The chemicals used in the growing and manufacturing of conventional textiles can contribute to an overall decline in both our health and the environment, with sensitivities and health problems becoming more common. The many benefits of using bamboo and soy can help keep our children and our earth healthy.
The soybean fabric is produced by using the leftover dregs of tofu and soybean oil production and spinning the proteins into threads. Soybean is sustainable because it uses what would have been waste and turning it into something useful, namely soybean fabric. The production of soybean does not pollute the environment as the accessory and auxiliary agents are non-toxic and the residue after the protein is extracted can still be used as feed for livestock. The fabric produced by this process is light and smooth with a silky sheen. Some of the benefits of soy are:
· Naturally resistant to certain types of bacteria
· Wicks moisture away to help keep skin dry and comfortable
· Keeps out harmful UV rays
· Biodegradable

Bamboo is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass. Bamboo is by nature pest resistant and grown naturally without the use of pesticides or fertilizers and uses very little rain water. Bamboo also regenerates quickly and can be harvested repeatedly. The bamboo plants used for fabric is planted and grown on family-owned farms that have been in agricultural use for generations. The raw material bamboo is selected from a non-polluted region in the Yunnan and Sicuan province in China. The whole distilling and production process is a green process without any effect on the environment. The resulting fabric is light, almost translucent, and softer than cotton with a natural sheen that feels like silk or cashmere. In addition, bamboo fiber is a biodegradable textile material. As a natural cellulose fiber, it can be 100% biodegraded in the soil by microorganisms and sunshine. Some of the benefits of bamboo are:

· Naturally anti-bacterial
· Hypo-allergenic; won't irritate skin
· Double the absorbency of regular cotton
· Thermal regulating to keep the body cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather
· Keeps out harmful UV rays
· 100% Biodegradable

The Lotus Bebe collection is currently available at boutique shops including Juvenile Shop - Sherman Oaks, CA, Drool – Thousand Oaks, Ca, Baby Coo – Los Gatos, CA. The collection is also available online at www.peppyparents.com, www.organicbabygarden.com, and www.theglassbabybottle.com. The company is seeking retailers and wholesalers around the US to handle their line, please call 1(800)298-0803 for more details.

For more information please visit www.lotusbebe.com, or you may contact ARL Marketing & Public Relations at 954-376-8388 and via email at: Andrew@arlmarketing.com for media coverage, sample requests, and interviews.

More about Lotus Bèbè and Raulin Enterprises, Inc.

Lotus Bèbè by Raulin Enterprises, Inc. was created in Southern California, in 2008, out of a need for stylish baby accessories that were also environmentally friendly. They discovered the unique properties of bamboo and soybean fabrics and started looking for items made with either. Trying to find items made from bamboo and soybean was challenging, due to the fact that no one was carrying these items. So the idea of Lotus Bèbè was started. There product line was launched with hip mommas and poppas in mind, who want to give their children something natural, eco-friendly but at the same time luxurious.

About ARL Marketing & Public Relations, Inc.

ARL Marketing & Public Relations is a privately owned firm based in South Florida. The firm has clients across the US including New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. They also services clients in the United Kingdom. ARL Marketing Public Relations is a firm that develops and executes programs that help companies achieve their sales and marketing objectives. For more information, please log on to www.arlmarketing.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Simple Thanksgiving Crafts for the Kids

Thanks to Parents.com for their Turkey Day craft ideas. To view even more simple crafts, receipes and more visit Parents now!


Napkin Buddy


What you'll need:

Empty cardboard tubes,

scissors,

colored craft foam,

scalloped-edge scissors,

foam mounting tape,

googly eyes,

Hold the Foam! glue


How to make it: Cut cardboard tubes into 1-inch-wide rings. Cut 5-x-1-1/8-inch pieces of foam; glue one around each ring. To make the turkey's body, cut out one 2-inch circle from craft foam. For the layered "feathers," cut out one 3-inch and one 4-inch circle from foam, then cut both in half. Trim the rounded edges with scalloped scissors. Glue the 4-inch half-circle to the center of the napkin ring; let dry. For dimension, use mounting tape to layer the 3-inch half-circle on top, then the 2-inch circle on top of that. Cut out a turkey head, beak, and wattle from foam. Glue the wattle, beak, and googly eyes to the head; let dry. Then glue the head to the center of the top circle.
Doing little crafts with your children is such a great way to spend quality time together as well as give them something to add to the dinner meal when everyone is running around crazy making the food!
~Dawn

Monday, November 10, 2008

University Park Momprenuer Marketplace



Join some of your favorite CfC brands at the 2nd annual University Park Momprenuer Marketplace. Get some holiday shopping in and support local mom business owners. See you there!




Saturday, Nov. 15th


10AM - 2PM


Univeristy Park Elementary


2300 S. St. Paul, Denver




Participating CfC Brands: