Meet My Friend
Lil’ Baby Cakes
I’d like to have you Meet My Friend Candy, a very special mom that I met through the social networking site, Twitter. Candy, a/k/a @lilbabycakes is a mom and the Owner/Proprietor of Lil’ Baby Cakes. I invited Candy to be a Guest Blogger and share with you how she started her business.
In the past, I’ve touched on topics about tapping into your interests and hidden talent, and parlaying them into a career where you turn your interests into a business. Many readers or their families have become victims of the current recession, and are actively seeking gainful employment. Some, like me, are considering either retiring, or trying to determine a move to another career that will spark our interest – whether it be something entirely different from what we’ve been doing in the past, or entirely new venture.
Perhaps you are off-ramping from corporate life to take time out to raise your children.
If you have a WAHM topic of interest that you’d like to share and be a Guest Blogger on Moomette’s Magnificents, please contact me.
Here Candy shares her story about how she became the Proprietor of Lil’ Baby Cakes – Unique Baby Gifts that new moms adore – The Diaper Cake
Making the decision to leave corporate America after 21 years was one of the most difficult decisions in my life. Along the way I had daily reminders that I was really not in control of my destiny. Work pressures weighed on me heavily as I did conference calls late into the evening sitting in bed next to my husband. I missed many of my kids activities at school as well. Something had to change and after many weeks if not months of soul searching I started my search to find my next career.
I have always enjoyed making things as a little girl and have always had a knack for decorating and doing crafts. My next steps were going to take me in that direction. I made an offer on a business and began the transition after resigning from my corporate job in April 2007. So far, so good.
Unfortunately, the deal fell through and low and behold I now had nothing! Believe me I sat up at night questioning myself over and over again. But with the support of my husband I hung in there and continued to search. In September 2007 I found Lil’ Baby Cakes and knew I found my “baby“. We closed in December 2007.
I felt relief and just a sense of calmness knowing I got off the corporate treadmill. I had time to be with the kids, my husband, and friends. I felt great about Lil’ Baby Cakes and my start as a small business owner began. Being the creative type I truly love the opportunity to design new diaper cakes and work with my customers. I operate the business with a small team of ladies out of a leased office space, as it’s not practical to run from a home. I’ve spent a lot of time nurturing Lil’ Baby Cakes into a professional shopping experience for our customers including our website, blog, phone support, and naturally our diaper cakes. I really strive to offer an upscale product that any new mom would be thrilled to receive.
I believe you can break the mold of working a corporate job that takes time away from family and the responsibilities of being a mom to follow one’s true passions. I can now participate in our kid’s activities, and can honestly say I am doing what I love.
My biggest lessons in my journey so far is that I wear many hats and my job is never done. However, I have freedom to pick and choose how to spend my time. It’s never a straight path to reach your goals. I found that out very quickly! I’m still reaching for the stars and encourage other moms reading this to pursue their dreams. Don’t get discouraged by the setbacks as I believe they are inevitable. Besides it makes the “wins” that much sweeter.
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Courtesy of Lil’ Baby Cakes, Moomette’s Magnificents is hosting a Giveaway Contest!
Planning a baby shower? Or maybe you just had a baby yourself or has a friend that would enjoy winning a baby shower diaper cake from Lil’ Baby Cakes.
Lil Baby Cakes’ diaper cakes are not only adorable but make a great practical gift because one thing the new mom will definitely need is diapers. Whether used for a baby shower centerpiece or given as a gift I can guarantee you this is a gift that will be used.
We are featuring the Monkey Giraffe Diaper Cake. This adorable diaper cake features a zoo themed design and is a gender neutral design. Value $73
Here’s what’s included:
* Approximately 40 Pampers Swaddler Size 1 Diapers
* Plush Monkey
* Plush Giraffe
* travel items (shampoo, lotion, wash, powder)
* Palm tree and monkey embellishments
* Luxury ribbon and Jungle Vines to set the stage
There will be one (1) Lucky Winner!
Please include a way of contacting you. Should you be the contest winner, this information may be shared with the contest sponsor in order to send your prize.
Main Rule: (remember if this rule is not followed then no others will count)
a) Sign up for my free Newsletter Updates to my blog through my e-mail Feedblitz link (on the top of my right column or let me know if you already are, in a separate comment) AND
b) Visit Lil’ Baby Cakes and leave a comment about another fact that wasn’t mentioned in this post, what you like best about this design and WHY you’d like to win this adorable diaper cake.
Now for extra entries (each task will get you 1 extra entry):
~One Extra Entry: Add my banner button to your sidebar or add me to your blogroll, and come back here and leave the link (I will be checking)
~ One Extra Entry: Become a Fan of Moomettesgram on Facebook and let me know your name in a separate comment.
~ One Extra Entry: Follow Me on Google Friend Connect (right sidebar) and leave your name in a separate comment.
~ One Extra Entry: Follow Me on Networked Blogs (right sidebar) and leave your name in a separate comment.
~One Extra Entry: Comment on any non-giveaway article on my blog and leave your name a separate comment letting me know which post you commented on
~ One Extra Entry: Follow Me on Twitter and let me know your Twitter name in a separate comment.
~One Extra Entry: Tweet about this contest:
Just send the following tweet:
@Moomettes is offering a Monkey Giraffee Diaper Cake Giveaway sponsored by Lil’ Baby Cakes. Contest ends July 30, 2009 http://bit.ly/wLOGt
and come back to this post and leave the URL link to the Tweet so I can check. You may Retweet once per day until the end of the contest, but please leave a separate comment for each Retweet, along with the permalink
~One Extra Entry: Blog about the contest on your blog linking to my blog and the site
~One Extra Entry: Favorite Moomette’s Magnificents in Technorati and leave your name (I will be checking) in a separate comment (the link is on my right sidebar).
Make sure you comment separately for each task after the required entry task so you will get credit for each one ~ and leave your e-mail where you can be contacted.
This contest will run until July 30, 2009 at approximately 11:00 pm.
Winners are chosen by Random.Org, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!
*Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.
*Include your email if it’s not enabled.
*Anyone can enter, however, the diaper cake can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states.
*Rules for each entry must be followed to be valid.