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Michelle Lara / December 30, 2015

Year in Review: Two Thousand Fifteen

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This year has been pretty amazing – it’s been filled with hard work, sweat, tears, smiles but none the less AMAZING! 2015 has been a year marked with a tremendous amount of growth for me. I took my idea to start my own business and cultivated it into something tangible. In many ways it’s still very much in it’s infancy but in these short twelve months I’ve learned so much. After the holiday rush it’s great to pause and review where we’ve been + set some new goals!

Over the summer I re-branded and redesigned the blog – it was on my long ‘to-do’ list for a while and I finally made the time to do it and I’m so happy that I did. I decided to open up more and write more about the topics that matter to me the most – my family and the challenges that I face. It was scary to open up this way but the feedback that I’ve gotten has been awesome. 

On the home-front Sienna started Kingergarten and Jaiden started the fifth grade. The insane part is I  remember starting school myself and now I’m the one who is reliving this through my kids {talk about a full circle moment!}. It’s a blessing to see the world through their eyes and in the chaos of the day I remind myself that these moments are fleeting. 

Being a mother is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It challenges me in ways I never thought were possible just when I think I have a grasp something changes and I’m a deer in the headlights again. Truth be told I wouldn’t have it any other way. For every lesson I try to teach my kids I learn ten lessons from them.

In 2015 I learned that being the perfect mother is impossible. By being true to myself {flaws and all} I in turn teach Jaiden and Sienna that who they are just as they are is a beautiful thing. 

As the holidays are winding down I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Cupcakes, Cocktails & Kids has been an ultimate passion project for me it’s more than just a creative outlet for me.  I’m really grateful to each of you that read, share or comment here on the blog, I can’t wait to share more with you in 2016!

Year in Review: Two Thousand Fifteen

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the year:

EASY ENTERTAINING: ANTIPASTO PASTA SALAD

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Ice Cream For Dinner Party

Fall Cocktails: Orange And Pomegranate Sangria

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Year in Review: Two Thousand Fifteen