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Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis

Thursday, May 19th, 2011 is proud to help out Team Colette in the GREAT STRIDES Walk for Cystic Fibrosis and encourage our readers to learn more and get involved…  


Great Strides - Taking Steps to Cute Cystic FibrosisGREAT STRIDES is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest and most successful national fundraising event. This year, Team Colette is walking in the GREAT STRIDES walk at the 2011 Akron – Hardesty Park walk on 05/22/2011. 

If you are interested in donating to Team Colette and the GREAT STRIDES organization your generous gift will be used efficiently and effectively, as nearly 90 cents of every dollar of revenue raised is available for investment in vital CF programs to support research, care and education.  Click here to help out Team Colette!

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a devastating genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. Research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a huge difference in extending the quality of life for those with CF. However, we continue to lose precious lives to CF every day. That’s why your help is needed now more than ever to ensure that a cure is found sooner – rather than later. To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit

Who is Colette?

Team Colette - Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis!

Colette Lucia Hanna was born on June 22, 2010. In September 2010 she was diagnosed with the genetic disease, Cystic Fibrosis. Although only ten months old, she has a spirit and determination like none we’ve ever seen. Please join her father, Jeffrey; big sister, Isis; and her loving mommy, Mandy - as they take steps toward finding a cure. They would love for you to take that step with them by either joining them in the Great Strides 2011 Akron walk, or by making a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Please feel free to share this link with anyone you might know who would like to do the same.  Team Colette thanks you for your support!

Team Colette - Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis!

Team Colette t-shirts!

Life With Cake Turns One!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Life With Cake celebrates 1st anniversary

Did you know…if you stretched our posts end to end they would circle the globe 23 times?  Well, perhaps not.  I wish I had some super impressive but useless fact I could share about the enormous size and reach of our blog, but I don’t.   I do however have some real numbers to share.  Numbers that not only represent our hard work, but also our love of all things food related.   It’s all in a year’s work.

  • 82 posts
  • 136,149 unique visitors
  • 40 recipes
  • 3 different layouts
  • 4 different headers
  • endless amounts of spam

Life With Cake is celebrating our 1 year anniversary!

My Canon EOS Rebel XS

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

First I want to apologize for the lack of posts this past month, wow there was a lot to do.  It seems like there isn’t enough time in the day, let alone the month to fit everything in!  Now that it’s all over we can get back to business. 

Santa did bring me some wonderful presents and I plan to feature some of them on the site in the coming months.  I can’t wait to try out my sister’s new camera, the NikonD5000 to be exact.  But in the meantime this post is meant to pay homage to my baby, my good old Canon EOS Rebel xs.  I too, have not finished the manual (not sure if I ever will?).  This camera is a joy – I love taking pictures and having good equipment makes it that much better.  Here are a couple of Christmas season photos Canon Style!




christmas bulbs

christmas bulbs


My Stocking

My Stocking





Our New Addition...Boo Boo

Our New Addition...Boo Boo


Alex asleep in closet next to Boo Boo

Alex asleep in closet next to Boo Boo


Knex rollercoaster...only took 6 1/2 hours to build

Knex rollercoaster...only took 6 1/2 hours to build

Hope your Holidays were as wonderful as mine!

PAWSibilities Reminder

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Quick reminder to tune into Time Warner Cable Channel 23
November 8, 2009, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm for the Humane Society of Greater Akron’s…

“Imagine the PAWSibilities”

LifeWithCake will be participating in this event to help the animals of the Greater Akron – we encourage you to take part in this event as well.  Tune in, and make your donation tomorrow, Sunday, November 8.

For more information, click here to visit the Humane Society of Greater Akron today.

If you live in the Northeast Ohio area, please tune in!

Imagine the PAWSibilities

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009


Pawsibilities is a live 3-hour telethon

“Imagine the PAWSibilities”

Originating LIVE out of the Akron Aeros Stadium

Time Warner Cable Channel 23
November 8, 2009, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

For more information, click here to visit the Humane Society of Greater Akron today.

If you live in the Northeast Ohio area, please tune in!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Sunday, October 18th, 2009


Sadly, each year over 210,000 women and 1,700 men learn that they have breast cancer.  To put that figure in perspective, a shocking 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer.  Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in US women.  So what can you and I do?

1.) Know Your Risks, Reduce Your Risks

Risk Factors can include age, personal history of the disease, family history, certain breast changes, gene changes, reproductive and menstrual history, race,  weight, physical activity level and alcohol consumption to name a few.  Read up on your risk factors and talk to your doctor about reducing them.

2.) Regular Breast Self Exams, Clinical Breast Exams and Mammography

Early detection is key here. Regular screenings and mammograms can help detect breast cancer early, when it is most treatable.  Schedule regular clinical exams and perform monthly breast self exams.

This is important…here is your reminder… do your self breast exam today.

Helpful how to’s: walks you through the five steps of a breast self exam.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists self breast exam guide.

The Breast Self Examination (BSE) Website will show you how to examine your breasts step by step with photographs, audio (sound) and the printed word.

3.) Promote Awareness

October has gone pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is responsible for educating both men and women on the detection, treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer.

Just look around, everywhere you look this month people are displaying their pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Large retailers have stocked their shelves with “pink ribbon” items to support breast cancer research.  Sports Illustrated showed their support by donning pink lettering on the cover of their latest issue. The NFL’s “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign got underway a few weeks ago with several teams sporting pink sweatband, towels, socks and shoes.   Now, LifeWithCake would like to “display our pink” too.   

Our pink flag is flying high with the creation of the Perfectly Pink Pom Cupcake for Breast Cancer Awareness

Cupcake for Breast Cancer Awareness

Cupcake for Breast Cancer Awareness

We have also made a donation on behalf of LifeWithCake to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  The Breast Cancer Research Foundation uses 91.5% of your donation towards supporting the cause. You too, can show your support. 

Here are some of the top organizations that support breast cancer research, provide mammograms and care for needy women, and raise awareness through educational efforts. 

Show your pink today, too.

Lights, Camera, Action – My Outer Banks Nightmare

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

I am on vacation with Joe and several friends in the Outer Banks – and I need to share our horrible experience so far.   Really, I am not one to complain about things – I don’t like conflict – but this house rental in the Outer Banks through Carolina Designs is unacceptable.   

Lights, Camera, Action – house rental number 646 from Carolina Designs is the biggest dissppointment I have ever had on a vacation – seriously.  

We are renting this house from September 6 -13 – the total cost of the rental came to over $4500.  The description of the house is a complete lie.  The rental description boasts about a volleyball court, horseshoe pit and outside gas grill.  This is what we arrived to at Lights, Camera, Action in the Outer Banks.  Here you go, Lights, Camera, Action!

The lovely volleyball court - full of burrs and broken shells
The lovely volleyball court – full of burrs and broken shells

The “volleyball court” at Lights, Camera, Action was full of weeds, burrs and broken shells.  The net is barely hanging on.  We actually weeded the court, and it still looks like this.   Next to the volleyball court is the horseshoe pit…exactly that, a pit.  There may be no horseshoes, but you get a bunch of complimentary cigarette butts and empty beer cans.

Anyone want to play?
Anyone want to play?

The pool at Lights, Camera, Action which was suppose to be cleaned on the Sunday in which we arrived was full of dirt and funk:

it is Tuesday, and I am still looking at the same dirt in the pool.
Hum, it is Tuesday, and I am still looking at the same dirt in the pool.

So yes, Carolina Designs could “fix” the issues and I wouldn’t be doing this – but it is Tuesday, day three of our trip, and I am overlooking the same dirty ass pool and run down volleyball court.

How about a dip in the crystal clear pool!
How about a dip in the crystal clear pool?

Ok, so we can’t play volleyball, how about a nice steak on the grill?  Would you cook on this thing?  Ha, well don’t worry – you can’t!  It doesn’t even work.

Would you cook on this thing?
Would you cook on this thing?
Is that a chicken bone?
Is that a chicken bone?

So, the grill at Lights, Camera, Action doesn’t work – what are we gonna have for dinner?  How about something out of the fridge?  There was enough food and gunk left on the counters, in the cupboards and in the fridge to keep the bugs happy for weeks.  We all spent hours cleaning the kitchen from top to bottom when we arrived.  Just what you like to do on your vacation, clean someone else’s dirty house.

Now, in Carolina Design’s defense, when they called me back the next day they did say they would have come out to “fix’ the issues if we would have called earlier than we did.  Mind you, check in time was 4:00PM, they close the office at 5:00PM.  So, I would have had to pick up my keys at 4:00PM, drive 30 minutes, get into the house and stage my complaint within that hour.  They say, we  shouldn’t have cleaned, but rather left the house as it was until the next day.  I doubt anyone would have left the house as it was.  It was gross and unsanitary.

To give you an idea of the dust and grim…take a look at what the vents look like:

Clean huh?  Disgusting.
Clean huh? Disgusting.

The reason I am so upset is because we rented this house specifically because of all the amenities – because of the outside grill area – because of the volleyball court – because of the horseshoe pit – because of the 2 whirlpool tubs (there was only one) – because of the video library (10 bad movies) – because of the games and puzzles (1 game with missing pieces and some scattered lincoln logs) – because of all the so called “amenities”.  All falsly advertised. 

And you know what I asked for as compensation?  All I wanted was the owner of the house, or Carolina Designs, to cover the $400 pool heating fee.  That is all.  This is the response I received from Carolina Designs:


I sent your initial email to the owner this morning in an effort to expedite a resolution as I await your official request. I asked for his thoughts regarding complimentary pool heat and he has declined to offer approval.

We can certainly contact the pool vendor and have the heat turned on for you; however, by our policy, the full fee of $400 plus tax will be required before it can be activated.  The reason for this follows: the fee is a fuel fee, and the majority of fuel is used in actually getting the pool up to the maximum temperature of 85 degrees. So, even if you add the heat option several days into your visit the same fee applies.”

Seriously…you won’t cover the cost of the heating of the dirty pool?  Nice!  We cleaned your house, 6 of us, for probably about 2 hours each – 6 times 2 equals 12 hours of work.  12 hours!  My time is valuable, even more so when I am on vacation.   

Just take responsibility and do something about it - that’s all.  The maintenance man was here yesterday to fix some minor things – broken chairs, missing toilet paper holders, broken door handles – but claimed “to be the wrong person to complain to”.  Of course. 

Again, in Carolina Design’s defense, my rental agent explained to me that I personally signed item #15 in my lease that clearly states that no refunds will be offered, no matter what circumstance.  Obviously, not likely written in those same terms – but in some round about way.    The only way to get any sort of refund is if the house is “deemed legally uninhabitable.”  Well, I would hope so. 

My rental agent from Carolina Designs then proceeded to explain to me that the reason that the house was in such a shambles was because it was late in the season and because it was so popular.  “Things like this happen”, she explained.  That was their excuse.  Honestly, I don’t care.  I still paid full price.  Not to mention, I didn’t even complain when I received a bill for an additional $40.70, well after the final payment was due and had been paid,  because they miscalculated or didn’t account for a tax increase.   

So thank you Carolina Designs;  thank you owners of Lights, Camera, Action house rental #646 in Corolla, North Carolina; thank you for making my vacation to the Outer Banks vacation so “special”. 

 UPDATE – it is 11:44AM on Tuesday – we finally got a new volleyball net.  The sand has still not been raked and nothing else fixed. 

12:18 – The landscaper is working on the weeds in the volleyball court – thank god.  Oh, but mentioned we should watch out for the Black Widows nest.  Wow, it keeps getting better.

 12:49 – Wow, the volleyball court is back to normal.  Weeds removed, new net, raked out – looks great.  On to the grill now.

Technical Issues

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

We have had some technical issues today on the site – we apologize for those of you who visited and were unable to reach us.  We are back – thank goodness!