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Road Trip Essentials

I am beyond excited for today’s post, but before we get to my road trip essentials I wanted to share the winners of my two recent giveaways!

LR Strayer won a copy of Extravagant Fool by Kevin Adams and Elvira won this great teacher’s gift!  Here’s what Elvira had to say about teaching…

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway Winner | Girl on the Move BlogPlease contact me to claim your prize.

As y’all know, I love traveling and so when I found the Road Trip Essentials campaign from Turo (Formerly RelayRides) I just knew I needed to share my road trip essentials with all of you!

Road Trip Essentials | Girl on the Move Blog

Here are my road trip essentials…which I will be taking on my road trip this summer to Denver!

1. Hard boiled eggs ~ I get that most people probably don’t pack hard boiled eggs when they take a road trip but I can’t get in the car without one!  I eat a mostly clean diet (#4 will let you know that it’s not a 100% clean diet!) and hard-boiled eggs are a great mobile source of protein.

2. Dental floss ~ I know it sounds strange but when I’m on the road I need dental floss just in case something gets stuck in my teeth…I don’t want it bothering me for the next 150 miles!

3. A kick-butt playlist ~ When I work out I listen to a lot of Pitbull.  But when I’m on the road it’s all country, all the time!  Here’s a peek at my road trip playlist…

Road Trip Essentials Playlist | Girl on the Move Blog

4. Dark Chocolate Acai & Blueberries ~ This is my chocolate guilty pleasure and it makes road trips better.

5. Rand McNally Atlas ~ I know in the age of smart phones and GPS’ this one might seem a little silly but my dad taught me when I was little how to read a real map and the truth is that this skill has come in handy…sometimes on a road trip you enter an area with no cell service and that is not somewhere you want to get lost!  Aren’t you proud of me dad for including this one on my list?!?

6. Trash bags and paper towels ~ I can admit that I’m a little bit OCD and so a dirty car would drive me crazy on a road trip!

7. Directions to cupcake shops ~ I travel to cupcake shops all around the country and so any road trip requires directions to cupcake shops on the way!

8. Zipper Pouches ~ These zipper pouches keep everything organized and easy to find!  If I’m spending multiple days on the road these zipper pouches make it easy to just grab what I need for the next day instead of taking my whole suitcase into the hotel.

Road Trip Essentials Collage | Girl on the Move Blog

What are your road trip essentials?


Cupcake Adventures – Nothing Bundt Cakes

Cupcake Adventures | Girl on the Move Blog I have a confession to make…In the last year I have received several recommendations via Twitter for Nothing Bundt Cakes and driven past the shop over 200 times and yet, I have never gone inside.   What is wrong with me?!? Well now that I have visited, I have seen the error of my ways and I will definitely be going back!  I know that a bundt cake isn’t exactly a cupcake, but it’s pretty close so I’m choosing to include it in my Cupcake Adventures anyway! I have a confession to make…In the last year I have received several recommendations via Twitter for Nothing Bundt Cakes and driven past the shop over 200 times and yet, I have never gone inside.   What is wrong with me?!? Well now that I have visited, I have seen the error of my ways and I will definitely be going back!  I know that a bundt cake isn’t exactly a cupcake, but it’s pretty close so I’m choosing to include it in my Cupcake Adventures anyway! Nothing Bundt Cakes | Girl on the Move Blog In no particular order, here are five things I loved about Nothing Bundt Cakes…

1. The staff was incredibly helpful and kind.  This might seem like standard customer service, but let me tell you…it isn’t!  So I always appreciate people that are willing to answer questions, talk about their cakes and be willing to help!

2. Bundt cakes come with a hole in the middle and at Nothing Bundt Cakes that fill that hole with frosting…um, genius!

Nothing Bundt Cakes Frosting | Girl on the Move Blog

3. This might have been the most perfectly moist cake I’ve ever had…for sure in the top three!

4. They offer samples in the store…I love being able to try out a flavor or two before I make a purchase.

5. The store regularly offers nine flavors of bundt cake…Chocolate Chocolate Chip, White White Chocolate, Red Velvet, White Chocolate Raspberry, Carrot, Lemon, Marble, Cinnamon Swirl and Pecan Praline…and I love the mix of traditional flavors (like the Red Velvet) and creative (like the White White Chocolate!).  On my trip to Nothing Bundt Cakes I had the Pecan Praline and White White Chocolate and now I can’t wait to go back to try some of the other flavors!


Links I’m Loving ~ Cupcakes

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If you’ve been following the blog for any length of time then you know I absolutely love cupcakes!  You can head over to my Cupcakes Across America page to see all of the cupcake shops I’ve tried out all over the country and if you’ll indulge me for just a minute I can explain why I love cupcakes so much.  You see, they are the perfect dessert because portion control is built right into them!  And don’t forget, cupcakes have a better cake to frosting ratio than a actual slice of cake (always have so much cake part left when you finish the frosting!)  So for this week’s Links I’m Loving I thought it was only fitting to share some pretty awesome cupcake recipes, blogs, crafts, and more!

All Things Cupcake | Girl on the Move Blog

Cupcakes Inspired by Cookies …two desserts for the calorie cost of one!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes from Crazy for Crust

Cookie Dough Stuffed Cupcakes from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes from Old House to New Home

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Swirl Frosting from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Sugar Cookie Cupcakes from Creme de la Crumb

Thin Mint Cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake


Cupcakes Inspired by Drinks …because I couldn’t resist

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes from The Novice Chef

Coco-Cola Cupcakes from A Cozy Kitchen

Dr. Pepper Cupcakes from BS’ in the Kitchen

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes from Noble Pig

Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Bourbon Drizzle from Creative Culinary

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes from Frugal Mom Eh!

Salted Caramel Starbucks Cupcakes from Recipingo

Strawberry Margarita Cupcake Shooters from Beyond Frosting


Cupcakes Inspired by Fruits and Veggies …because then they’re healthy 😉

Apple Pie Cupcakes from Sugar n’ Spice Gales

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes from Southern Boy Dishes

Moist Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from The Comfort of Cooking

Peach Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting from Smitten Kitchen


Cupcakes Inspired by Holidays …because you just need cupcakes all year round!

Conversation Heart Cupcakes from The Baking Robot

Peeps Easter Cupcakes from Love From the Oven

Mother’s Day Cupcake Bouquet from Make Bake Celebrate

Father’s Day Lawn Mower Cupcakes from The Celebration Shoppe

4th of July Cupcakes from Catch My Party

Apple Cinnamon Back to School Cupcakes from Wine and Glue

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Cupcakes from Bakingdom

Veteran’s Day Camouflage Cupcakes from The Chic Table

OMG Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes from OMG Chocolate Desserts

Christmas Gingerbread Boy and Girl Cupcakes from Hoosier Homemade

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Cupcakes from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen


Cupcake Creativity …I’m amazed at how creative people are with cupcakes

Breakfast Cupcake from Ramblings of Handbag Designer

Cupcakes in Champagne Flutes from Best Yummy Recipes

Cupcake Oven Mitt from Lovely Crafty Home

Fizzy Bath Bomb Cupcakes from Make and Takes

Hamburger Cupcake & Fries from Maddycakes Muse


Cupcake Blogs to Follow …you need to check these blogs out for all things cupcake!

Cupcake Project – More than 200 cupcake recipes!

Cupcakes Take the Cake – Cupcake photos, recipes, reviews and more!

Hoosier Homemade – Cupcake heaven!


Cupcake Themed Movies and TV …so you can eat cupcakes and watch them at the same time!

Cupcake Wars (TV)… my dream would be to be a judge on this show!

Hunger Games Cupcakes from Diamonds for Dessert

Mayor Cupcake (movie)…”I have never met a person who wasn’t in a better mood for eating a cupcake.”

Operation Cupcake (movie)…with Dean Cain 🙂

Popcorn Cupcakes from A Frugal Friend

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway

I was five years old when I decided I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up.  I came home from kindergarten every day and taught my younger sister whatever I had learned in school that day.  The result?  She learned to read at a very young age and I decided early on that teaching was my dream job.

I look back at my years in school and have very fond memories of so many of my teachers.  My first grade teacher led us in an awesome production of Tikki Tikki Tembo No Sarembo Hari Kari Pi Chi Pip Peri Pembo in which I was the narrator…and to this day I can recite that poor boy’s name.  My second grade teacher organized a post office for us and helped us assemble a classroom cookbook…my contribution was English Muffin Pizzas!  My fifth grade teacher rewarded us for reading which was a dream come true for someone that loves reading as much as I do.  My eighth grade teacher taught me to be a writer, a skill for which I am so thankful!

But as awesome as my teachers were (and still are!) I didn’t really appreciate them until the day I became a teacher!

And then I realized that teaching is more than just planning creative lessons and putting up cute bulletin boards!  There are papers to grade, parents to call, demands from the district, report cards to fill out, and so much more.  And on top of all that teachers need to be able to manage a classroom full of people with different strengths and gifts.  By the time I finished my first year of teaching I wanted to go back and personally thank each one of my teachers for the outstanding job that they did.

And so today to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, it’s time to give back to teachers!  One lucky teacher will win this awesome bag

Teacher Giveaway | Girl on the Move Blog

And entering is SUPER easy!

*If you are a teacher, comment below and let me know why you love teaching and you’ll be entered to win!

*If you know a teacher, comment below and let me know the teacher’s name and why you think they’re a great teacher!

That’s it!

If you want bonus entries you can follow me on Twitter and/or share this giveaway on Twitter…just make sure you comment below and let me know you did those things so that your extra entries are entered into the drawing!

Cupcake Adventures – Wonderland Bakery

This week I got the sweetest cupcake card from a friend and it reminded me again of how much I really love cupcakes…they just make me smile…so thank you to my sweet friend for that 🙂

And now on to my latest cupcake adventure took me to Wonderland Bakery in Newport Beach, CA and let me just say…this cupcake shop might be as close to cupcake heaven as you can get!  I had a feeling I was in a for a tasty treat as soon as I walked through the door and was greeted with this sight…

Wonderland Bakery | Girl on the Move Blog

I mean…oh! my!

There are hardly any words to describe this place but since words probably work better as a blog post than just empty space I’ll share five things I loved about Wonderland Bakery (in no particular order)…

1. It’s all fresh.  And I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s the freshest cupcake I’ve everhad from a cupcake shop…and I’ve had a lot.  Here’s why: When you order your cupcake they actually go to the back and frost your cupcake!  There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a cupcake straight from the display case (I mean I do it all the time!), but there is just something about a freshly frosted cupcake that is pretty wonderful.

2. They host cupcake parties.  Do you think there is an age limit for this or can I have my 32nd birthday party there next March?!?  And it gets even better because they’ll bring in characters that fit with the theme of your party.  Want a Frozen party?  You can have Elsa come say hello to the guests while they frost away!

3. Their staff is super sweet!  They were so helpful and welcoming and truly made the experience pleasant.

4. The cupcakes were delicious and featured some of the creamiest frosting I’ve ever had!

5. I only want to eat the cupcakes, but it’s worth sharing that they also serve a wide variety of other treats including cake pops, cookies, macarons and more!

Wonderland Cupcake | Girl on the Move Blog

A couple of other things that I wanted to share…they’ve been around for NINE years!  They sent 6000 specialty cookies to the White House for the last Inauguration party.  They will soon be opening up a second shop in Las Vegas!

Well, that was a memorable cupcake adventure…where should I head next?!?

P.S. Don’t forget to head HERE to enter a giveaway for The Extravagant Fool…a great book I just read!

Links I’m Loving ~ Mother’s Day

Links I'm Loving | Girl on the Move Blog

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and I absolutely love this holiday because I am fortunate enough to have a really awesome mom.  If you had asked me when I was about fourteen what I thought of my mom, I don’t think I would have had too many nice things to say but my mom loved me through this rough teenage years and now we talk almost daily.  My mom is my biggest cheerleader, an excellent sounding board, able to calm me down when I feel like life is out of control, and just one of my favorite people.  So it seemed only fitting to make this week’s Links I’m Loving Mother’s Day themed!

Also, don’t forget to head HERE to enter the awesome giveaway I posted yesterday for a copy of The Extravagant Fool!

Mother's Day RoundUp | Girl on the Move Blog

Blogs for Mom

5 Kids is a Lot of Kids – Comic relief in parenting

Honest Toddler – This blog will have you laughing out loud

MomGenerations – A hip online destination for moms

Raising Colorado – An entertaining look at parenting (and you should start HERE!)


Cook for Mom

Apple Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastry from Yummy Healthy Easy

Banana Bread French Toast from From the Berry Patch

Breakfast Sausage & Egg Casserole from The Frugal Girls

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls from Gimme Some Oven

Praline Pancakes from Oh, Bite It!

Snickerdoodle Waffles from Lil’ Luna


Gifts for Mom

12 Books to Buy for Mom from What The Flicka

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts from Polka Dot Chair

Gift Ideas from Reviews 411

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Under $5 from Lil’ Luna


Giveaways for Mom

Mother’s Day Swag Bag Giveaway from Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog

Mother’s Day Giveaway from House wife on a Mission

Mother’s Day Giveaway from Meet Penny

Shopping Spree Giveaway from The 36th Avenue


Printables for Mom

Make it for Mom Printables from Mama Mommy Mom

Me and My Mom Printable from totally the Bomb

Mother’s Day Cupcake Toppers and Bunting from i heart naptime

Mother’s Day Questionnaire