Coastal Cutie Connection

Sharing Parenthood Advice Coast to Coast

Cake Making and Popcorn Cakes! January 6, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — coastalcutie @ 11:01 pm

Toddlers often want to help in whatever we as parents are doing and my daughter is not different! A very good friend of mine asked if I would design her daughters birthday cake and of course since I love to draw and have an art degree I never use, I agreed!

Shayna wanted to do this with me so instead of having her help me decorate the cake I was working on we gave her her own, but instead of cake we gave her a popcorn cake and cake frosting to go wild with, not only was it easy it was somewhat healthy (well the popcorn cake part).  We gave her all sprinkles her little heart desired and knew it would be a mess but it gave her a sense of confidence and ownership of her own creation. If we look at everything we do as a learning opportunity we are doing our job as parents and allowing our little ones to explore the world they live in!

Hard at work

Hard at work

Now for the frosting

Now for the frosting

Spreading the frosting!

Spreading the frosting!

Now for the Sprinkles!

Now for the Sprinkles!

All Done!

All Done!

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My toddler is better at customer service! January 5, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — coastalcutie @ 11:31 pm

As the holiday season winds down, I am left with  thinking that those who have jobs should feel very lucky, but yet I am met with unfriendly, unhappy sales associates wherever I go! I am a friendly person and always say thank you and please, but this seems to be foreign to many people these days! I went to a very exclusive mall here in california, mainly to take my daughter on the amazing carousel they have, but it was closed so we shopped a little here and there and every store I went into, three to be exact Nordstrom, Macys and Baby Gap I was met with associates that were annoyed I was there! I asked to have my daughters foot measured and the male associate acted as if I had just ruined his day, my gosh its his job! and there are so many people losing jobs these days that he should be happy his store is not going under! I tried to make all the associates smile with a little humor and a please and thank you for your time, but it did not matter, I left with a bad feeling. I was in sales 15 years of my life and I never, ever tried to make anyone feel as if they were bothering me, they were why I got a paycheck!

I think toddlers are the best customer service associates, they say hi to eveyone, they always want to help (even if its a task they can’t handle) they will talk your ear off making you feel you are important, they ask alot of questions showing interest, I think we need to take a better look at toddlers and follow their lead in customer service, they can’t teach us anything worse than what we are experiencing now! Just a thought!