Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010?! WHO OK'D THIS?!


When did that happen??

Where did 2009 go?

Shoot, forget 2009, I'm still waiting for Y2K to take effect.

I'm not sure how I feel yet about 2010.  For one thing, how are my New Year's glasses supposed to work? 

Please tell me how this can possibly be OK:

And for another thing, what am I supposed to say for the year?  I mean, all throughout the 2000's we've been saying things like "oh-nine," "oh-eight," etc. for short.

What am I supposed to say for 2010?  "Ten"?  "Oh-ten"?  C'mon.

And why on EARTH would I want to say goodbye to 2009??  2009 was pretty darn good to me.

For starters, 2009 was when I got all marriedificated.  This was probably one of the best THE best decision of my life.  My husband is the most wonderful, loving, and caring man I know.  And he has a cute butt.  Done deal.

Also, 2009 was when my sister GRADUFIED high school.  Yep, she's a college student now.  *sniffle* They just grow up so FAST, you know??

In 2009, my other sister and I went to go see [•[WICKED]•]It is muy awesome and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for the real story behind the Wizard of Oz.  Here's my kid sis with Elfie after the show (you can still see some of the green makeup clinging to her forehead!  SWEET!!)

I feel like there might be something else... like... maybe... oh, that's right -- 2009 was when... Miss Dot's Cupcake Spot opened [and then subsequently moved] its doors!!  
I've been doing baking for corporate gift boxes for about 3 years now following being a personal assistant for a caterer, but 2009 was when I decided that, as cupcakes are the new black, ♥cupcakes♥ would take center oven rack stage in my baking life.


2009 had its downs, too.

In 2009, my aunt/godmother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In 2009, my other aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In 2009, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

So, what did we do?

Did we whine and pout?  Did we cry a lot?  Did we whine about "Why me why me why me?"

Well, yes.


We also didn't take it sitting down, and, in 2009, we did the Susan G. Komen Walk Race for the Cure! 

I usually participate in this with my BEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, but this year, we had a little bit more motivation.  

Here's me, my mom, and aunt #1 about halfway through the race:

So, I guess now that I think about it, 2009 really had a good long run.  I think maybe I'm ready for 2010.  I'm ready for some new ups and, consequentially, some new downs.  I'm ready for some new adventures and surprises. 

Go ahead, 2010, and hit me with your best shot.



Monday, December 28, 2009

Mustache Monday

photo by Chris Rochelle @ CHOW 

This Monday's Mustache is brought to you courtesy of the SF Food Wars.

These little cupcakes are called "Guinness Gasms" - cupcakes boasting "a rich combo of Guinness, chocolate, and Bailey’s."

Reminds me of Martha Stewart's Stout Cupcake recipe that I've been dying to try.  Luckily enough, my hubby's good friend (and self-proclaimed home-brewing master) has a batch of homemade stout that's just begging to be used as a guinea pig skillfully incorporated into these cupcakes.

Stay tuned to hear how they turn out!

~*I hope everyone had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS*~

2010, here we come!! 

Monday, December 21, 2009

Please buy this for your kid.

I don't care who you are.

I don't care where you live.

I don't care that your daughter is 15 years old, no longer plays imaginary games, and is perfectly capable of using a grown-up oven all by herself.


Please.  Do it for me.  

Do it because I do not yet have little terrors bundles of joy to call my own.

Do it because if I were still a little girl, I would want it with all my heart and would cry and whine and beg until I got my way sweetly tell my mother that I would throw a tantrum if she didn't get it love her ever so much if she got it for me for Christmas.

Do it because I cannot justify buying it for myself (a grown adult) even though I'd probably just say something like, "It's OK, dear, I'm just buying it for the little girl we'll have down the road" (thereby jinxing us to have 3 insane monkeys darling little boys and not a girl in sight).

Do it because, well, it's just the right thing to do.

Either that, or buy me a pony.

Your call.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mustache Monday

As a combination tribute to one of the great classics and description of my general mood as I begin wrapping all of our Christmas presents, I give to you this Monday's *fabulous* Mustache.

Please take a moment to enjoy this lolcat and his owner-assisted mustache.


Once you are done with that, take a moment to gasp at THIS with me:

Disneyland has opened a
[temporary, from what I understand]

Between this Yelp! review and this blog post, what I surmise is that there is a cupcake kiosk that has opened in Downtown Disney and that it will be gone by January 9th.

All I can tell you is that the hubbs and I will be trekking down to Disneyland sometime in the next five minutes couple days to do a little review of our own. 

Friday, December 18, 2009

♥Free Gift Tags♥

Want some fun Christmas gift tags?  

I made these on the computer, printed them on cardstock, and used a 2" hole punch to punch them out.  Then I punched a hole at the top of each using a regular single hole punch and cut some pretty ribbon to thread through the holes and attach them to gifts.

If you'd like use these tags, too, shoot me an email {|dotsonthespot[at]gmail[dot]com|} and I'll send you a PDF of the gift tag file so you can print and cut out some of your own!

While you're cutting out your tags, check out our cute{♥} Christmas card pictures!

All images copyright Candace Miller Photography 

*Whew*, I can't believe I got those out.  Seriously, I didn't think we were going to make it.

Guess what I else I did?


Yep, that's right, you heard read(?) me.

D-O-N-E done

Before you go getting all jealous, though, I do have some DIY gifts that I haven't quite finished putting together yet.  

No promising I will, though... :-P 

Monday, December 14, 2009

Home Sweet Apartment

Well, it's week two in our new place and we're really getting settled in.  In case you haven't been following along, my husband and I have moved to a new apartment as he's just gotten a job as a property manager for an apartment complex.  This means that he's got a sweet new job and I'm out job hunting again.  Blah.

In the meantime, though, we've been having a lot of fun cleaning up some of the storage areas and finding all sorts of neat goodies liiiiike:
 A knife in the wall!

A fish box!

A tamale pot!

File cabinets from Watergate
Trashcans from subway scene in The Wiz

A doily hat!

An exploded kindergarten
A whole heck of a lot of pony beads!

Two collectible spoons!

A quadrillion dollars
A bunch of fake money :-P (but don't I look gangsta??)

And... a silver butter dish!

I know, I know -- how can we possibly have any more fun than we've already been having cleaning out the storage areas??  I'll tell you how:  

PLUS! Check out my cute new kitchen :)

There's a spot for my aprons:

A place to hang my fun plates:


This cupcake carrier was a going-away present/early Christmas present from my old supervisor before we moved.  Could she have gotten me a better gift??  I'll tell you what... those cuppies aren't going ANYWHERE!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mustache Monday


K so I know it's been a while since I've posted my Mustache Monday but c'mon, not only did we MOVE, but I'm job hunting and preparing for Christmas.  Just ask this lady, there aren't enough hours in a day!

In the meantime, though, please enjoy this amazing mustache for this week's Mustache Monday:

Erica♥ from Dollface Delights

Erica sported this fun lip warmer after spotting it in a gumball machine and snagging it up for herself.  Way to go, Erica!  I'm loving your style!

I'd also like to take a minute to accept a few awards that I have been lucky enough to receive over the past week:

Firstly, Lauren of Makeup By Lauren P nominated me for the following awards:

In order, these awards are: "I Frequently Read Your Blog" and "I Love Your Blog" x 2.  If you get a chance, go check out her blog for some really awesome makeup tutorials, tips, and advice!

Next is the Heartfelt Blogger Award that I received from Jenn of Rook No. 17

She says it's for putting a smile on her face, especially on Mustache Mondays.  Well, Jenn,  

To both of you ladies:  THANK YOU FOR MY AWARDS!! I am so honored :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

And the Winners are...

The selection technique I used required a highly scientific method that involved scissors, a pen, and a bunch of little strips with numbers on them.  High-tech, I know.  We don't mess around when it comes to random selection here in the Dot Household.  I don't have time for dilly-dallying.


Ladies, be sure to send me your addresses and I'll get these CDs out to you ASAP!!


Check out my new 'do :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Stay Fit on the Miss Dot Holiday Plan!

It's that time of the month year again.  Christmas Party time.  The time of year when people reach waaaaay back into their recipe files to find the most sugar-laden, butter-filled, diabetes-inducing desserts that they can make and then quickly wrap up on decorative plates and haul them out of the house before they eat it all themselves and instead leave them out on buffet tables at Christmas parties where they know you won't be able to resist them.  And of course, year after year, you give yourself that little pep-talk before heading out to a party: "I won't bum rush the buffet table.  I won't take two extra brownies and stuff them in my pockets for later.  I won't knock Aunt Bertha over again just to get the last peanut butter kiss cookie.  I'll eat celery and bean sprouts and just lick the top of a gingerbread man but I won't eat it.  Nope.  Not even his gumdrop buttons." 

To all of that I say: RELAX.  I'm here for you.  Over the years I've accumulated some great techniques for weathering out the Christmas Party Frenzy and I'd like to share them with you in the hopes that come bikini season you'll be just as stressed out excited as I am. I've put together this 5-point list of things you can do to help yourself stay on track this holiday season. 
  1. Bring a Date
    Bringing a date opens up the door for so many possibilities.  Need an excuse to grab an extra cookie while under the watchful eye of the Nazi hostess who's already seen you take three?  No worries!  You have a date, one who apparently is incapable of getting up and getting his own food so you kindly have volunteered to do it for him.  *BONUS*:  if you're married and your date is your spouse, you totally  look like the ever-loving doting partner here.  Cha-CHING!

  2. Only Choose a Few Items for your Plate
    This goes hand-in-hand with the item above.  By bringing a date, what you have actually done is brought another plate.  What you'll be doing here is setting up a decoy plate, i.e. the one that people see you holding and think, "Wow, she's got great willpower."  This plate can be covered in anything healthy: celery sticks, broccoli, and/or the yucky-looking healthy dessert that that one chick brought  but no one's touched (who invited her anyway??).  After you've set up your decoy plate, load up your date's plate with the goodies you really want.  Peppermint bark?  Why not!  Brownies AND cookies?  Who cares?  It's not on YOUR plate!  *BONUS*:  By eating off of someone else's plate, you're actually not incurring any calories!  That's right!  If we go by the simple rule of "He who carries it keeps it on his hips" (the lesser-known cousin of "He who smelt it, dealt it"), you're actually not gaining any weight by eating off of someone else's plate.

  3. Stick to the Rule of T.H.U.M.B.
    Touch it, it's yours.  No seriously, touch the whole darn plate of those brownies with the swirly frosting and chocolate chunks.  Who's going to eat them after your grubby mitts have been on them?

    Hurry past the healthy stuff.  Why would you eat carrot sticks at a Christmas party, anyway?  YOU'RE AT A CHRISTMAS PARTY!

    Use caution when approaching a dessert you cannot readily identify.  Are those raisins or chocolate chips?  Does it look dry and bland and therefore possibly healthy? Skip it.

    Move yourself into a position in the room that allows for maximum bee-line potential for possible seconds.  Or thirds.

    Bypass slow-moving people.  I'm not kidding here.  Some people like to mill about and continue their conversations loooong after the buffet has been open for business.  These people are not your friends.  Bypass them immediately.  (If you're an iPhone user, this little gem might be just the thing you need)

  4. Weigh Yourself Regularly
    This is key during this party season to make sure that you're staying on track with your weight management goals.  When torturing weighing yourself, be sure to use a scale that is a couple pounds off (in your favor, of course).  This allows for the linear shift analysis to move in a parabolic mountain scheme vs. a paradigm warp thus giving you your preferred true weight.  This is an exact science as is not meant to be understood by you mere mortals people without a medical degree, so don't even attempt to understand the gravitational implications.

    Of course, if all else fails...

  5. Exercise
    Sometimes you just need to grit your teeth and bear it.  Exercising is a great way to hurt yourself by falling off the treadmill because you were singing too intensely to Savage Garden's Truly Madly Deeply blow off some holiday season steam while helping you stay fit.  I've taken the time to research some useful tools that may make your whole workout session a whole lot easier.  Check them out.
See?  The Christmas Party season doesn't have to be all that daunting.  Really, just follow my 5-point plan and you'll get through it just fine.  Trust me; I make cupcakes.  Would I lie to you?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

My First Giveaway!


Come on, come all, come to my  

What a perfect way to begin this Merry SITSmas!!  I have never ever, ever done a giveaway before (hence the aptly-named "Very First Giveaway," but I have something so special, so spectacular, so mind-numbingly amazing that I can't help but want to share it with all of you:


Now I know what you're thinking.  You're thinking: "Well I just don't know about this.  We've already got our own Christmas music that we listen to year after year and I just don't think Uncle Scrooge could handle the  change."

To that I say, "BAH HUMBUG!  My muzak is SPLENDIFOROUS!  These carols are hand-selected (well mouse mouse mouse-selected) for superior listenability and enjoymentification!  Songs include the musical stylings of Johnny Mathis, Ringo Starr,  and The Jackson 5!

How do you enter?  SIMPLE!!  Just leave me a comment below and tell me what your **favorite** Christmas carol is.  That's it!  I mean, if you want to follow me too, that's fine.  In fact, 9 out of 10 followers agree that most of the stuff I say is sort of OK.

I'll do a quick random drawing on Friday the 11th and choose not one but TWO (2) LUCKY WINNERS to receive these fantasmagoric discs!!  That will leave you plenty of time to enjoy these CDs before tucking them away for next year.  Heck, why even bother tucking them away?  They're plenty good in July!

Thank you for playing.  This offer is not valid on Tuesday evenings between the times of 4:47 and 4:49 EST, unless it is a leap year, in which case the aforementioned invailidity is invalidated.  If you are left-handed, please multiply the previous statement by 2 and recite the capitals of the first 10 states alphabetically while turning clockwise.  Do NOT attempt this with your eyes closed.  If you are facing north by northeast at the time of entering this giveaway, please hold your breath for 30 seconds or until you are done leaving your comment, whichever may occur first.  If you had fish for dinner last night, you may not enter until you say, "Mother may I?" three times and blink your name in Morse code.  All other participants may comment freely (unless your name is Josephine, in which case, you go girl).  This giveaway is not open to people with fish named Smitty, Lula, or any variation of Tijuana Tim.      

Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's Like Christmas in December!

Many of you are preparing for Christmas.

And for many of you, Christmas is coming up quickly. Say... December 25th?

But for me, Christmas came early. In fact, Christmas came today. 

Today I got to open up not one but TWO whole presents mailed to me by some amazing people:

Erica from Dollface Delights
Rhiannon from Pink Sugar Desserts

Jeanette from Sweet Jeanette

While I'd like to say that they just randomly decided to send me some fun and spectacular gifts, they actually all had very good reasons for sending them.  Erica and Rhi hosted the First Ever Chic Cupcake Challenge which --get ready for this-- I WON!!   
My very first contest win!

Check out my sneak attack tactics on that crazy box!

Next, Jeanette hosted a giveaway to celebrate an awesome achievement: She reached 100 followers!! You wouldn't believe my surprise after entering the giveaway when I got a comment from her announcing that I was one of the winners.  What better way to follow up my first contest win than with my first giveaway win?? WOOHOO!

I can't believe what a lucky girl I am!  The cupcake goodies from winning the contest will be so fun to have especially around the holidays when all I wanna do is bake bake bake until my daddy takes my T-bird away.  I can't wait to invite people over to check out our new place while wearing my fun new hostess apron! 

The Christmas throw and tote from the giveaway are just in time, too!  With the hubbs and my first Christmas together coming up I've been looking for all sorts of decorations for our new apartment (which we just moved all our stuff into yesterday, thankyouverymuch!)  How cute will that throw look on our couch??  Plus that bag will be perfect for helping me out with my Christmas shopping!

Thanks to all you three ladies for being so sweet and generous!!

Hey, YOU! Pssst! Lookin' for a Sexy Cupcake?

Do you know what time it is?

It's time for ~*SEXY CUPCAKE SATURDAY*~!!

My friend Amber over at The Daily Tribal has declared all Saturdays to be Sexy Cupcake Saturdays to celebrate her longtime ♥love affair♥ with these little personal cakes -- and who can blame her??

Today she's chosen to feature one of my very own cupcakes as her Sexy Cupcake.  What an honor!

Go check out her post and my sexy cupcake!  Give her some looooove! 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

This is me.

OK well, not really, but COME ON, couldn't you see me like this?

Well, folks, it's been a few days since I've been able to post anything because the hubbs and I are sort of in limbo right now as we transition from our old home in San Diego to our new one in Fullerton.  Right now, he's up there, I'm down here, and I finally have internet access after, like, THREE WHOLE DAYS (like, OMIGOSH, right??) with no access except for what I could manage on my Crack Blackberry.

I'm really not even exaggerating how disconnected I've felt.  Have you ever stopped to think about all the things we do with computers?  For me, it's Facebook, Blogger, Hotmail, Gmail, I do my banking online, I listen to the radio online... just about everything.  Even if it's just the use of the computer (disregarding the internet entirely), I haven't been able to type up anything, look at any of my spreadsheets (yes, I have spreadsheets.  Spreadsheets are close cousins of lists and I love lists.  A lot).  I've got pictures I have to upload to the computer, I have blog post ideas that I need to write down... heck, I've even got a GUEST POST this Monday that I need to sit down and type but SOOOOOMEONE needs my help loading boxes into trucks so that all of our belongings get from here to there.  Oh waaaaah... Let me call you a waaaaaaaambulance.  Really, hubbs?  You mean you can't single-handedly move all of our stuff yourself?  Gosh darn, what did I marry you for? ♥ 

I do have some fun stuff coming up, though, both here and on Miss Dot's, so please sit tight, will you?  I promise there's more to come!

P.S. -- To have some fun with a picture like I did above, check out this site!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Brownies, How I Loathe Thee...

I hate brownies. Plain and simple.  It's not that I hate to eat brownies.  It's not that I hate to look at brownies.  I hate to make brownies, and I hate it with all my heart.

Whether you're employing the double-boiler, made-from-scratch method or the box-of-Ghirardelli-brownie-mix-from-Costco method, initially, you might think that making brownies is pretty easy.  That's all part of their evil little chocolatey plan, though, and this is where the weaker, less-experienced bakers are deceived.  You stir up the batter (Careful, don't mix it too much!  Brownies hate to be over mixed!), grease the pan, and pour in the thick gooey mass.  You put it into a perfectly preheated oven, set the timer a few minutes early (just in case!) and then sit back and watch "Elf" on TV while you wait for them to bake.  Fifty minutes or so later the timer will ding, you'll get up, you'll open the oven, and you'll see something like this:

Every single other baked good that I make has some sort of test to see if it's ready: touch the top, it'll bounce back; stick a toothpick in the center, it should come out clean; the sides should pull away; the top should be golden brown... you know the deal.

Brownies, though, are like pears: there is a very brief, 5-second window during which they are absolutely perfect and if you fail to get to them during that window, they are completely and utterly inedible.  With pears, they're either horrifically unripened or disgustingly mushy and bruised.  With brownies, if you do not pull them out of the oven at the exact right time, they are either sticky chocolate soup or burnt charcoal briquettes with little chocolate chip nuggets mini pockets of hardened ash.

From my extensive brownie experience, though (I've made 6 batches so far tonight), I have come up with a  fail-proof method of figuring out whether or not your brownies are ready: if they've been in the oven for the allotted amount of time and you do not yet smell the acrid scent of burning chocolate, they're ready and by all that is good and holy TAKE THEM OUT OF THE OVEN RIGHT NOW.  Do not attempt the toothpick test.  Do not think, "Oh, maybe just a couple more minutes, they look a bit gooey."  Sweet heavens, woman, get your oven mitts on and pull that pan out of the oven this minute!!

Once you've pulled them out of the oven, set them on a cooling rack.  Don't look at them, don't speak badly about their mother, don't make sudden movements anywhere within a 10-foot radius of them, and for gosh sakes do NOT think to yourself: "Hmm, they look a bit squishy, maybe I'll just stick them back in for a couple minutes."

As for me, I've cut up all my brownies, I've cut off all the burnt bits I possibly could (I felt sort of like a butcher trimming off excess meat to save just the fillet), and I've made my peace with the fact that brownies are the most evil of all baked goods to make.  There is no hope for me, but perhaps with this warning other people can avoid some of the heartbreak and anguish I've had to endure.

On a final note, allow me to present you with a bit of headache-inducing trivia brought forth by my ever-knowledgeable young cousin:  The following is a grammatically correct sentence in the English language:

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

Stick THAT in your pipe and smoke it.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since today is Thanksgiving, I'm going to assume that most people are off spending time with their families and not getting online to check anything.  If you are moseying around these parts, though, and wondering what I might be up to today, I put together this little pie chart (*snicker* PIE *haha*) to give you an idea of what I could be doing at any given time (keep in mind that estimates are rough): 

On that note, enjoy your holiday, enjoy your food, enjoy all that you are thankful for and GOD BLESS! :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

ADULT VOICE. small voice.

I'm going to use this blog for more personal posts and save Miss Dot's Cupcake Spot for cupcake-related activities.  Keep following both, but I'll be posting on this one more frequently!

Don't forget to FOLLOW ME HERE! :D

And now, for my latest...

I talk to small things in my small voice. 

Adults get the big voice but babies (and/or itty bitty things) of any sort (animal, human, sometimes bags of flour...) and usually just about anything furry gets the small voice.  Now, when I use the term “small voice,” I do not mean baby talk.  That’s completely different.  Baby talk usually involves me making weird faces and making up words.  Small voice typically means I’m raising my voice to this really high-pitched (read: helium-induced) squealy noise sound and probably reaching my hands out in a “gimme gimme gimme [the baby thing]” kind of way.  This is fun for me, disorienting and possibly semi-terrifying to whatever baby thing I’m attacking approaching, and something my husband can no longer hear as he has set his ears to ignore that particular frequency.

Let me see if I can give you some examples.  Play along and see if you can figure out what would get the small voice and what wouldn't:

Let's start off easy.  Small voice or no?

If you said "small voice," then you were correct.  Now, moving on...

Small voice?

Negative!!  No, Margaret Thatcher does not receive small voice treatment.  If you said, "no," then you're starting to get the hang of things.

Now for a tricky one.  I'm going to toss you one that may seem like it should get the small voice (hey, it's small, looks like a baby...) but see what you do with this one:

WARNING!  WARNING!!  This is NOT small voice material!  This is a poor little baby with Rowan Atkinson's head on it!  THIS IS NOT CUTE!!  No small voice here.  Sorry I had to subject you to that but I wanted to make you you were paying attention.  Moving along...

A-HA!  Here's a double whammy.  It's a puppy (all dogs are puppies, all cats are kitties.  Let's just get that straight between you and I now, OK?) that's wearing a Hello Kitty hat helmet beret head thing!  Totally cute.  Perhaps not by ECA's standards (Animals are not meant to wear things, he says.  Animals look ridiculously hilarious in clothes, I say) but still, there would definitely be some major small voiceage going on if I were near this dog puppy.

I'm pretty sure you've got the whole "small voice/no small voice" thing down by now.  The next part of this lesson is to help you realize that a lot of things have small voice potential but they just require a cute furry/baby thing to bring it out in them.  For example, here is a bike:

For all intents and purposes, this is a normal bike.  Nothing cute about it.  Nothing ugly about it.  Just... a bike.  Now watch...

DID YOU SEE THAT?!?!  DID YOU SEE THAT CUTENESS??  Holy monkey bottoms that's just adorable I think I'm even typing in small voice right now.  OMIGOSH I hate to sound like one of thoooooose people but, well, I am.  What did we learn just then?

Bicycle = meh

Bicycle + kitty = FREAKING CUTE-TASTIC!   

Kinda shaky on that?  OK, here's one more.  Watch carefully this time:

That's a burrito, right?  Nothing cute about that.  Maybe it makes you hungry, maybe it gives you indigestion, but it most certainly doesn't make you suddenly lose all ability to modulate your voice and instead begin babbling on at rapid, high-pitched speeds like an over-caffeinated My Little Pony.

OK, now check THIS out:

Whaaaaaat?  It's a kitty burrito!!  Cute cute cute... no munching, please!

OK, well, I'm on cute semi-overload here so I'm going to sit back and relax for a while and let my voice come back down to normal.  Hopefully you've learned something here, and hopefully it wasn't something along the lines of "This girl is insane," unless it was immediately followed by, "...just like me!!"

Before I totally sign off, though, here's an update from a previous post (on Miss Dot's Cupcake Spot):

We sent off our Christmas Boxes!!  ECA and I each made our own box to send to a kid in need for this Christmas.  Check out the fun stuff that we put together!

Hubby's box (for a boy 2-4):

My box (for a girl 5-9):

We went to Target and found a bunch of great stuff there.  Even though Mr. Dot and I are on a pretty tight budget this year we were still able to get some fun toys, personal items, and school/art supplies for some kids who might not be getting much for Christmas.  We had a fun time putting them together and when it came time to wrap and label our boxes we used the special tracking label that will allow us to track where our packages ended up.  We also included Christmas cards in each of our packages with a special Christmas message of love and we put our address in, too, in case they want to write back :)

Have a looooooverly day, m'dears!   

P.S. -- Does anyone else find themselves having spacing issues on their blog? (i.e., issues properly spacing between text/pictures) I feel like I've started having issues recently (perhaps since the last blogger update?) and it's really, really annoying me :-P