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SISU is the New Favorite Word

Did you know that I'm actually a mega word-nerd? I absolutely love weird, obscure, strange, and funny words! I love to read, I love to write and honestly, words are really my thing! I recently came across some pretty cool words that I wanted to share with you and there's one in particular that we're going to be talking about all day, so listen in to find out more! I first heard about a man called John Koenig on a podcast on the Ted Radio Hour and he has started writing The Dictionary of...


A Pie Empire: Stores, Physical Products and Working Together as a Couple

Today I'm really very happy to be talking to Lauren and Cody Boldin, from Woodstock, Georgia! They own two businesses- one is called the Pie Bar and the other one is Pie Provisions. Pie Bar is located on the Main Street in Woodstock, and it's been open for the last two years. Each day they offer six different flavors- and you even have the option of asking for their sampler pie, which allows you to taste all the different options for the day! When you're really capable at doing something...


The Sweetest Gift with Patricia Scheetz

How do you really feel about money? Are you charging enough for what you do, or is there something that's holding you back? Lately, I've been talking a lot about money and women and about the concept that many of us don't want to charge properly for the work that we do. I think this is because we tend to feel that there is a negative emotional attachment to money and we don't want people thinking that we're greedy, so we feel really bad for charging. This is why I think that we really need...


Cakers Behaving Badly: Solving the Problems We Complain About Most

Are there things that your customers do that really bothers you? Today I am going to be discussing the kinds of matters that we, as cakers, tend to complain about in relation to our customers, that is not really okay to complain about. This is actually about the kind of things that we do as consumers - and this is why I honestly don't think that it gives us very much right to actually complain about them. So join me for today's episode and listen in as I talk about the kind of stuff that...


Tips for Hiring the Right People

We all need people, right? Most of you listening to the podcast will get to the stage when it's time for you to hire people, or you may even have to let someone go. Having employees is really hard work and lately, I've been getting a lot of emails and questions from people wanting to know how to get rid of crappy employees, or the ones who aren't quite working out. It's not easy to find and hire people that will keep in line with your vision and it's also difficult to find people who are...


The Ups and Downs of Business with Laurel Harlan

Welcome to the show, everyone! I've been shifting the focus of the podcast a little bit lately- away from the practicalities of running a cake business (although that will always remain my main goal) and more into talking about the emotional and mental health side of running a small business. We all know that making cookies and cake pops is not really all that difficult to do, but the emotional fallout from a customer complaint or the exhaustion that comes from running a business can...


The Worst Advice I Ever Received

Positive and inspirational stories are great, right? But we all somehow seem to really love a crappy, "OMG everything went wrong" kind of story more. I've noticed this because although everyone loved my show last season about the best business advice that I ever got, many of you have asked me to do a similar show, but this time about the worst business advice that I've ever been given. This is really hilarious! Anyway, you ask and I deliver, so listen in now, to get the worst business...


The Best Advice I've Ever Been Given

Everybody really loves to give advice, right? Especially when you become a parent... And I've spent lots of episodes of this podcast giving you great advice too- from many other people as well as myself. So today, I've decided to share with you some of the best advice that I've been given, with the hope that you will find it interesting and useful- and maybe even hilarious. Listen in, to find out more! After both giving and getting advice from people for years and years and years, I...


Competitions and Competitiveness in Cake Decorating

Have you ever heard of a Cake Decorator, or a Cake Artist being described as 'award-winning', or 'internationally famous' and wondered how that actually happens? Well, that's what we're going to be talking about, on today's episode. We're going to be discussing competitions, how to get into them, how to do them and even the emotional side of competing. Listen in to find out more. A couple of weeks ago, I came back from attending Cake International, which is held every year in November, in...


The Changing Cake Industry

Today, it's all about how the Cake Industry has changed, so we're going to be talking about what I've observed to be happening in our industry over the last ten to fifteen years and also how the face of our industry has really changed a lot, during that time. Listen in to find out more! Back when I was a girl, just starting out on my cake decorating journey, there was no Youtube, or Craftsy. In fact, there was pretty much nothing at all really, except for cake decorating books and a...


Making Sense of Advertising, Marketing, PR and Social Media with Cori Keeton Pope

Today, I'm pretty excited to be talking to someone who is a friend of mine and also a professional in an area that I really wish that I knew more about, so I think that this is going to be an educational experience, for me as well as for all you guys! Listen in to find out more. Today I'm going to be talking to Cori Keeton Pope, who is the badass businesswoman owner of Keeton PR, which is based in Denver, Colorado. I invited her to the Podcast to talk about PR, Marketing and Social Media-...


Is There Room for Religion in Your Business?

Today we're going to be talking about something pretty thought provoking- we're going to talk about business and religion. I think you might find what I have to say interesting and I really hope that this topic doesn't get me into any trouble, so obviously this comes with a big, fat disclaimer that it's entirely my opinion and I truly understand that you might feel differently. I really wanted to talk about this, because it's something that I feel quite passionate about and it's also...


Interview with Belle Harris of Stencibelle

Today, I'm talking to Belle Harris, the owner, creator and mastermind genius behind Stencibelle. If you're either a cookier, or anyone wanting to use a stencil, you will surely be familiar with her. I am completely obsessed with her Instagram and her products, so I'm really excited to have her on the podcast with me today, so listen in now! Belle is from Bathurst, New South Wales. She started out in her career as a cookie maker, with Billy Simos Cookies. She did this as a side gig, while...


NYC Foodie Tour

I'm really excited about chatting with you today because you and I are going on a Foodie Tour of New York City! It's going to be you, me, four days in New York and lots and lots of interesting things to eat, so listen in now and join me! I was in New York for a long weekend a few months back, to spend some girlie time with my big sister and to go to a Billy Joel concert. We decided to also go and check out some of the foodie hot spots of New York and to do and eat some crazy stuff that we...


Interview with Mike McCarey of Mike's Amazing Cakes

I'm really excited today to get to chat to Mike McCarey of Mikes Amazing Cakes, located in Redmond, Washington! I feel that everybody knows who he is because he is truly one of the bright lights in our industry, known for his amazing sculptural work and also because he really is such a nice guy! To be honest, I actually think that he's kind of famous just for being a guy, in this very female dominated industry! I've admired Mike for a long time and last year, at Cake International he...


How to Deal with Parental Guilt

Today I'm going to be talking about something that I think has affected all of us in one way or another, whether we actually like to admit it or not. This is the topic of parental guilt. (I would normally refer to it as Mommy guilt, but not all of us listening to the show are Mommies.) We sometimes get that guilt from our children, but even our parents give it to us at times, so maybe I should be referring to this as family guilt. Although I've talked about this topic and I've written...


Interview with Lynne McLean Brown: From Cake Decorator to Life Coach

Have you ever wondered if there is a life out there after cake decorating? I mean what happens when cake decorating doesn't thrill you anymore? Well today we are having that exact conversation with former Cake Decorator Lynne McLean Brown! Lynne, is a former cake decorator, turned Life Coach. I think that today's episode is going to be a super, super interesting conversation because it's not really one that you hear of very often. So listen in to find out more about Lynne and her...


10 Fun Marketing Ideas to Increase Your Revenue

Today we’re talking about marketing and I'd like to give you some ideas that are a little out of the box, as well as some stuff to motivate and inspire you. I also want to give you some things to help you to think about marketing in a different way, because I know that everybody really seems to hate it. So today, we're going to lift the lid off that and come up with some really cool and fun stuff that you can do, that doesn't cost the earth. Listen in today, as we make this a Playful...


Interview with Georganne Bell of LilaLoa

Today I'm super excited, because I get to talk to somebody really awesome and I also get to fan-girl all over the place! I'm going to be talking to Georganne Bell, who I know a bit better as Lilaloa, from Listen in today, to find out all about this amazing Cookie Legend. Georganne is from a military family. She's also a mom of four kids, all under the age of ten- which makes her legendary in my mind! She wrote the Cookie Companion book, which came with its own set of cookie...