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Poppy’s Funfetti 2nd Birthday Cake!

I’m still smiling ear to ear with how much everyone loved this cake. Especially how much Poppy kept saying “happy Poppy” the entire time she ate her mini cake!

I’m not as confident in my baked goods as I am in cooking but the outcome of this bad boy definitely helped!

Poppy’s Funfetti Birthday 2nd Birthday Cake (makes one 8” cake):

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-natural rainbow sprinkles
  • 1 tbsp almond flour (for dusting the sprinkles before mixing into the batter)

Birthday Cake Crumble:

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup gluten free 1-to-1 all-purpose flour (I did not try this with almond flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp all-natural rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Frosting:

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Prepare your 8-inch pan by spraying it first with non-stock cooking spray and then cutting a circular round of parchment paper to fit the base of your pan. Place the circular parchment round inside the cake pan.
  • Place the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a bowl. Whisk until well incorporated and then add almond flour, sea salt and baking soda. Mix until batter is well combined. Whisk the sprinkles together with the 1 tbsp almond flour before pouring them into the prepped batter. Then pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool before removing it from the cake pan.
  • Turn your oven down to 300° F to bake the Birthday Cake Crumbled and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugars, flour, baking powder, sea salt, and all-natural sprinkles on low speed until combined. Add the coconut oil and vanilla, mix until it begins to come together and small clusters form.
  • Use your hands to make more clusters as needed, and transfer crumbs to the prepped baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before topping on the cake.
  • Assemble your cake as desired! I cut the cake in half to make layers and left the sides a little “naked”. I just cut out two circles in one of the cakes I made to create Poppy’s small cake since I didn’t have a mini cake pan. Here’s the link to the toy I used as her cake topper and the 2 candle!

Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like linked from her birthday party. It was truly a magical day!

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ALDI Curbside Grocery Pickup made easy, in collaboration with ALDI.

I don’t know about you but grocery shopping is one of my favorite pastimes. These are unusual times but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying grocery shopping! Instead of browsing the grocery aisles in person I browse the ALDI website and order online for Curbside Grocery Pickup. I have always loved ALDI for their variety of grocery items and the fact that they made ordering and picking up my groceries so easy makes me love them even more!

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Here’s how it all goes down: You simply visit shop.aldi.us or use the ALDI mobile app to find the nearest ALDI store that offers Curbside. Browse the categories and fill your cart with whatever your heart, and stomach, desires. Set a pickup time and location at checkout before placing your order. Head to the ALDI store and park in the designated ALDI Curbside parking spot, they are bright blue so you can’t miss them! Alert the ALDI employee that you’ve arrived by clicking a button on your mobile phone and the ALDI employee does the rest. They shop for you so your groceries are ready for your arrival and they load the groceries right into your car. The entire process was simple and the curbside pickup felt very safe. Getting out of the house for a grocery pickup has never felt better!

 

When we got home I decided to make a little muffin tin snack tray for Poppy using some grocery items from our ALDI pickup. This little snack tray is so fun to make and it’s even more fun to watch the sparkle in Poppy’s eyes when she’s enjoying it. Here’s what was in her muffin tin snack tray: a sourdough almond butter and raspberry jam sandwich (made with Simply Nature Creamy Almond Butter and Simply Nature Organic Raspberry Preserves), organic apple slices, organic blueberries, and Simply Nature Green Pea Crisps. I made sure to fill it up so I could snag a little snack for myself too. I can’t help it, I love these snack choices!


Make sure to checkout shop.aldi.us  or the ALDI mobile app to find the nearest ALDI store that offers curbside grocery pickup. Curbside at ALDI has made grocery shopping so easy and enjoyable. Happy shopping!


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Muffin Tin Snack Tray, in collaboration with Harvest Snaps.

When people ask how I’m not constantly squishing Poppy’s cheeks. 

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Another day at home, another muffin tin snack tray for Poppy and I! The last two months have been challenge nonetheless but we’ve been doing our best to make each day a little different. Some days the biggest difference is our choice of snacks for our muffin tin snack tray. Poppy jumps for joy when she sees me bust out my pink muffin tin and she usually shouts her favorite snacks that she wants me to fill it with. Lately she has been shouting “Peas! Peas!” meaning she wants Harvest Snaps snack crips in the tray. Today I filled our tray with our two favorite Harvest Snaps flavors, tomato basil and lightly salted, apple slices, and raisins. There’s no wrong way to fill your muffin tin snack tray! Just make sure it’s loaded with all the Harvest Snaps crisps.

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Click here to order some Harvest Snaps for yourself or where to find them in a grocery isle near you. Hurry before Poppy eats them all!

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Carrot Banana Bread, Gluten Free.

Bunny wanted to eat all our carrot banana bread but Poppy stopped her. Feeling out of breath with all the baking, laundry, and outside adventures I had this morning with my Poppy girl. God bless nap time, am I right?

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Carrot Banana Bread:

  • 1 cup mashed super ripe banana, 2 medium size bananas
  • 1 cup shredded organic carrots
  • 1/2 cup whole milk organic greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 + 1/4 cup gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour (I have not tried any other flour)
  • 3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup probiotic cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (optional but I love the added flavor and protein!)

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a bread pan with non stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • In a food processor, add the bananas, egg, vanilla extract, maple syrup, greek yogurt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until smooth. Add in shredded carrots and mix until smooth.
  • Add oats, flour, and baking soda. Mix until smooth. Mix in raisins with a silicon spatula.
  • Pour batter into prepped bread pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. My oven usually takes 5-15 minutes longer for any baked recipe I make. I have an oven thermometer and it says it’s the right temperature. That being said, check the bread at 45 if your oven cooks quicker and go from there. Check with a toothpick!
  • Once the bread is bake, let it cool in the bread pan for one hour before cooling on a wire rack.
  • Make the frosting in a mixer or with a hand mixer. Mix until smooth and frost the bread once it’s completely cooled.
  • Once frosted, add some shredded carrots on top if you’d like and refrigerate for one hour before slicing. This helps harden the frosting and slicing colder bread is a lot easier than slicing when the bread is still warm in the middle. Refrigerate for up to 5 days in an air tight container!


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Cranberry Chai Cauli-Oat Bake, in collaboration with Majka.

Brb, teaching Joel how to make this cranberry chai cauli-oat bake before baby Plotnik number two ever happens (not a pregnancy announcement! Just getting more prepared in the food department than I was before). Ha!

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If you don’t know, I love cauli-oat bakes. You CANNOT taste the cauliflower but you can taste all the other yummy nutritious ingredients that are in these bakes. This bake in particular is made with one of my favorites products, especially for mamas, Majka’s vanilla chai lactation booster! You can easily mix this booster powder with hot or cold water to drink, or you can add it to baked goods and smoothies. There is no wrong way to enjoy this extremely beneficial powder. Majka’s vanilla chai lactation booster is the best supplement for breastfeeding moms looking for a healthy boost in their milk supply. This properly formulated powder improves the quality of the milk while also providing strong antioxidant support which may prevent swollen breast tissue and clogged ducts. I have been using Majka’s powders since Poppy was born and I never experienced clogged ducts and my milk supply came in so quickly! I highly suggest checking out all their products because there is something for every mama out there.

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Speaking of products, you can get two free bags of the limited edition Holiday Cherry Bites when you buy a Majka nourishing lactation powder! These bites were my best friend when Poppy was a newborn and they are still so nice to have in the fridge when I need a quick snack. They are the perfect guilt-free snack that gives you the lactation and nutritional support you need. Plus the bites are delicious! It’s a win-win situation.

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What was your breastfeeding experience like? I am thankful that everything went pretty smoothly once Poppy learned to latch. At least I didn’t have to worry about my milk supply!

Cranberry Chai Cauls-Oat Bake, in collaboration with Majka (serves 4).

* 1 + 1/2 cup GF oats

* 1 cup riced cauliflower (I use frozen)

* 2 tbsp chia seeds

* 2 cups nut milk

* 2-4 tbsp coconut sugar (I used only 2 but if you’d like a little more sugar to your cookie add 4)

* 1 whole egg + 1 egg white (can sub flax egg)

* 1 tbsp baking soda

* I/3-1/2 cup fresh cranberries (or use 1/3 cup dried craisins)

* 2 scoops Majka vanilla chai lactation booster

* 3 tbsp cacao nibs

* 1/2 banana, mashed

* 1 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings:

* Probiotic grass fed yogurt

* Banana slices (I got my fruit cutter off of Amazon)

* Maple syrup

*Maple syrup

Directions:

* Preheat oven to 350°F

* Whisk wet ingredients together, including the banana, and then mix in dry. Let mixture soak for 20 minutes!

* Pour into an 8×8 baking dish sprayed within nonstick cooking spray and top with pecan pieces. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the center is cooked. 

* Let cool slightly before slicing. Top with goodies and enjoy!


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Freezer Friendly Pumpkin Waffles, in collaboration with Majka.

Eyes on the prize!

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I’m going to come right on out and say it: you don’t have to be lactating, or a female, to feel the benefits from any Majka products. Majka products were created with new moms in mind because that is an area that is less focused on when it comes to wellness. There is so much focus on preparing for the baby, making sure you’re eating right, and moving your body daily. But then baby arrives and somehow nourishing products kinda disappear and no one tells you to continue taking your prenatal vitamins. Majka took the lead and has given new moms in the fourth trimester easy products to consume to help replenish their body. Like their nourishing lactation protein powder: helps fight postpartum depletion, healthy milk supply, and nourish your milk supply. I can vouch and say that Majka’s lactation bites saved me in the first few weeks of motherhood. I ate a lactation bite every morning around 6am!

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Not lactating? Not a woman? THAT’S OK, Majka can still benefit you in so many ways. Majka’s lactation protein powder is filled with B vitamins, vitamin D3, greens and fruits, vitamin C, iodine, pre and probiotics, chelated minerals, digestive enzymes, and so much more. Mix it with nut milk, blend in a smoothie, or make my Majka pumpkin waffles. They are perfect for the whole family!

Pumpkin Waffles:

  • 1 + 1/3 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 scoop Majka Nourishing Lactation Vanilla Greens Protein Powder
  • 1/4 cup organic pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup nut milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of melted coconut oil (slightly cooled)
  • 1 large eggs (1 flaxseed eggs for vegan option)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Toppings:

  • Coconut yogurt
  • Banana slices
  • Cinnamon

Hazelnut Butter syrup drizzle:

  • 1 tbsp melted hazelnut butter (may sub any natural nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions:

  • Blend wet ingredients together then hand mix in dry until just combined. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes! This is key to making the cakes super fluffy.
  • Use a 1/4 cup measuring spoon to ladle batter onto a hot flat skillet. Let cakes cook 3-5 minutes on one side then flip to cook another 2 minutes. Repeat until the batter is gone. Mix together hazelnut butter syrup drizzle in a small dish while the pancakes are cooking. Stack, top with goodies, and enjoy!

Click here to grab yourself, or one for a friend, a tub of Majka’s Nourishing Lactation Vanilla Greens Protein Powder and be sure to use “whatrobineats” at checkout for a discount. Tag a friend who needs Majka in their life! 

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Cobram Estate Olive Harvest 2019, aka Poppy’s First Flight!

Poppy took her first flight two weeks ago and I will admit, I WAS SO NERVOUS. One, I was nervous to fly just in general. Two, I had no idea how Poppy would act 37,000 feet in the air. Poppy is a superstar because she was so good! I couldn’t believe it. Or maybe I can because she truly is a gem here on the ground so why wouldn’t she be up in the air? I’m thankful the flight went well because we had a full day of Cobram Estate Olive Oil adventuring to do!

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A few things that kept Poppy busy during the flight: tearing apart the inflight magazines, her books, and FOOD. Food was very important because the flight was at 9:15am and she usually has nursed and eaten breakfast by this point. I decided to stop nursing her in the morning this day actually! (Now I only nurse her at night). We were on a time crunch and needed to get out of the house. I was worried that she would be sad but actually she was perfectly fine eating her cereal snack on the way to the airport instead… I’M OK, kinda. I am so proud of her and she’s a lot happier (and less cranky because she wants food instantly after nursing) getting a snack in the morning rather than nursing. During takeoff I had her drink water from her cup with a straw and on the way down she sucked on a puree pack. You can puree your own food but then you’d have to keep it cold. I bought some that are shelf stable until opened. There are so many amazing organic brands out there giving you plenty of options. I brought a handful on the trip to give her when food wasn’t as available. Also, this little narwal snack cup was a huge hit with her. I brought a large ziplock baggie of Kamut Puff Cereal and would refill her snack cup throughout the entire trip. So nice for her to have on the plane, in her carseat, and in the olive groves!

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Now onto the good stuff, the Cobram Estate olive oil tasting room! We landed in beautiful Sacramento and went straight to business. While my mom was on Poppy duty (thanks mom!) I was able to see the olives fresh off the truck from the olive groves go straight into the process of becoming Cobram Estate extra virgin olive oil. Now this is art! The way Cobram Estate cares for their olive oil is unreal. Their process runs 24/7 during the olive harvest to ensure that their olive oil is as fresh as it can be. They have machines that ensure only the freshest olives make it into their oil! Tree to table with a quick pit stop at their olive mill. 

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I could tell right away that their olive oil team means business. These people LOVE olive oil and care about the entire process. Some are even certified olive oil sommeliers! We got to watch their machines sort the olives, extract into fresh olive oil that we tasted right from the spout. How about that for a fresh taste test?

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After learning about their olive oil process (and wearing my new favorite look) we got to learn about the differences in olive oils and the polyphenol levels. (Polyphenols decrease heart disease risk factors by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing blood clotting and improving the health of artery linings.) This is super important: the less processing the better. “Extra virgin” olive oil, which is cold-pressed only once, has the highest polyphenol levels. Two presses (“virgin” olive oil), reduces polyphenol content further, and oil with three extractions contains only about half the value of “virgin” olive oil. Highly refined or “light” olive oils, which use heat or chemicals in the refining process, have significantly lower polyphenol levels. Cobram Estate ONLY bottles extra virgin olive oil. Think of extra virgin olive oil as fresh olive juice. The quicker you use the oil the better the oil is for you. Cobram Estate recommends using their oil within four weeks after opening to ensure the best taste and benefits. I used some the other day in a paleo olive oil chocolate chip cookie recipe. Extra virgin olive oil and dark chocolate, DOUBLE THE YUM. 

From the tasting room we went to their olive fields and I felt like I was in a fairy tale. There were rolling hills beyond the eye could see of olives waiting to become Cobram Estate extra virgin olive oil. We got to ride the harvester, a large machine that picks the olives, and eat the most wonderful dinner featuring all the ways to use Cobram Estate EVOO right in the middle of all the action. We ended the evening with an olive oil carrot cake with an olive oil frosting. Never too much olive oil if you ask me!

Day two we were in Napa and had the morning to ourselves. We did a little exploring and found the best park across from our hotel. This was such a special trip to have my mom and Poppy with me! We’ve never spent this much time together just the three of us. I know my mom and I will cherish this trip forever. We’ll have to show Poppy all the photos and videos so she can remember too!

 

After lunch I made my way to the Rutherford House for the big cook off! We were paired with local chefs to create a special dish using Cobram Estates EVOO. We were surrounded by wilderness and rows of grape vines that truly set the tone for an epic evening. I was paired with Jodie and her brother Sam and we made the BEST citrus olive oil cake topped with charred pear. Cobram Estate EVOO is perfect for every recipe, their extra virgin olive oil is great for roasting, drizzling, grilling, baking, frying, dipping, sauté-ing, making salad dressings, and dessert! There really is no wrong way to use their olive oil. 


Since sharing is caring, I’ve teamed up with Cobram Estate to give one of you and two friends the chance to win a bottle of their First Harvest 100% California extra virgin olive oil ($50 value!) for all your cooking needs. Click here to enter and head to cobramestate.com to find their olive oil near you!

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Mint Smoothie of Poppy’s Dreams, in collaboration with PlateJoy.

Smoothie holder, at your service! I thought smoothie season was over but then the San Diego weather jumped back into the nineties. SYKE. Smoothies are back on deck and Poppy gets her own smoothie now because if she doesn’t she drinks all of mine. And no one could say no to this face!

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The smoothie we’ve had on repeat is the mint chip shake from PlateJoy. PlateJoy is a nifty app that I’ve been using for the last two months and it gives me so much life back! I spend less time figuring out our meals for the week and more time with Poppy. The recipes are delicious yet totally user friendly. Each week the meals change and you can switch up your preferences. Oh, and the weekly meal plans are created to reduce food waste so you won’t be buying 100 different ingredients each week. WINNING!

Click here to find out more about PlateJoy and this delicious smoothie recipe, both are truly a game changer. Do you like mint? I weirdly know quite a few people who don’t and that blows my mind!


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When it’s pumpkin season but you live in San Diego.

When it’s pumpkin season but you live in San Diego.

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Grab your pumpkin latte, Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar, and your bathing suit because pumpkin season in San Diego means another month and a half of beach days. It did drop to 75°F last weekend so maybe a light sweater too. Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar is here (only for a limited time) and I could literally jump for joy. I wondered if Poppy would enjoy the Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar as much as me and then she ate the entire bar in one sitting. I guess that means no more sharing because she wants the entire bar every time now. I don’t blame her! What’s not to love about pumpkin pie in a bar form with no baking required?

Head to perfectsnacks.com to find them in a fridge near you. Have you tried the Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bar before? #perfectaspie


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Poppy’s First Birthday Party, #MOO.

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Poppy is ONE and I could cry all over again thinking about her birthday party last Saturday. I still slightly feel “hungover” from all the anticipation of her party, baking/decorating all 30 cupcakes and a mini cake for Pops, and decorating her big day. Or maybeeeee it was all the cold brew.

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Her party theme was “cow” but not so much cowgirl. A lot of prints were red when I was searching for cowgirl party supplies and I had been envisioning more pink with cow print. I did a mixture of cow print straws, pink table settings, wooden forks, cow print cupcake liners,  “ONE” cake topper, the most adorable cupcake toppers on amazon with PINK cowgirls, boots, and horseshoes, and “MOO” cupcake toppers. Poppy enjoyed wearing her cow print Bapron and playing with the cow cake topper from the cowgirl cake topper set. Oh, I don’t want to forget to mention the COLD BREW BAR. This was a last minute decision but I couldn’t imagine a one year old birthday party without cold brew for the adults. I picked up a bunch of random things from Marshall’s and a guest let us borrow her Crate and Barrel drink dispenser for the cold brew. Thanks again Lauren for the demand, I mean request. 😉

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A few outfit details:

Poppy’s outfit- White jumpsuit is an oldie from Baby Gap, Cow Bapron (looks sold out but I found some on Etsy), and a white Norahs Shop bow.

My outfit- ASOS petite pink gingham dress (I’m 5’8″ and I really like where this petite size dress hits right below my knees instead of mid calf), Herschel Supply Co. belt bag, target strappy slide sandals, and Maya Brenner letter necklace.

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Now for the good part, the EATS. We served Pizza Port pizza (five large Pizza’s served 26 adults and four children), a mixed green salad, watermelon, Siete chips (ranch and nacho to be exact), and cold brew I made with vanilla/mocha syrup on the side and Ripple vanilla plant based half & half. For dessert I made Lemon Poppyseed cupcakes and Chocolate cupcakes (both gluten free by Sweet Laurel) and a Chocolate “Smash Cake” from an Ebook I’m trying to get the name of for ya. For frosting I used Simple Mills Vanilla frosting for all cupcakes and Poppy’s cake. For the chocolate cupcake frosting I mixed in freeze dried blueberries that I crushed into powder. I added a few cutup blueberries to the top of her cake and that’s all she wanted at first. Ha ha! The mini cake stand is from the dollar section in the front of Target and her highchair is STOKKE.

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I could go on and on about Poppy’s party but I’mma stop here. Pictures are by my sweet friend, Brenna Weeks! She’s the best and was Poppy’s first visitor in the hospital just four hours after she was born. Comment below what your ideal birthday smash cake flavor would be. Honestly I’d love a double chocolate cake. The more chocolate, the better!