40 year old Cake Smash

Tamara E Karin

Today is the last day of my 30’s…

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and I am totally cool with that.

After 39 years in this body, I’ve accepted who I am. I’m not perfect nor will I ever be, but I aim to live life to the fullest!
My skin is sagging and I can now do a fairly awesome Roger Rabbit “Puhleeeeease Eddie” impersonation on the right side. If I tilt my head to the right, I can ALMOST get things vibrating just so out of my left cheek.
I’ve decided that my wrinkles take me from cute and innocent to sweet and reliable, and dare I say intelligent in most people’s eyes. (That said, I couldn’t help but to “soften” things a little bit in Photoshop. If I’m going to edit the pictures, I might as well put my skills to use!).

Bring on 40!

I’ve pretty much been counting down the days until my 40th birthday for the past year and a half, but I didn’t get excited about the possibilities until a few months ago. My youngest daughter was born on Leap Day 2012…she is my Little Leapling. When she turned four and we celebrated her first real birthday this year, I let her have another cake smash photo session in my studio.

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While Kaia was diving into her personal mountain of sugar, my 8yo daughter asked if she could have a cake smash, too.
I laughed and said nope…hmmmm, but I could….

That’s it! I’m having a 40th birthday cake smash!

Heck, the pictures will probably go viral! My birthday isn’t for a few months, so I have plenty of time to plan. I need to make a tutu, find some fun props…this will be AWESOME!

Of course, about a month ago, the first adult cake smash (in recent memory anyhow) went viral. Those pictures ended up on Good Morning America! Well dangit! What a bummer! Every time a friend shared another adult cake smash session on my Facebook timeline, I was more frustrated. I needed something unique.

Go big or go home, right?

This is what I finally came up with:
I had my kids decorate my cake.

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I set up my studio and had a friend aim my camera in my general direction and push the shutter.

In case you are wondering why I put my watermark on the following images even though I asked someone else to work the camera, here is what the pictures looked like before I edited them. Plus I want to minimize people on the Internet using my face without my permission.

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I first had him take the pictures I had originally planned of me with my glass of wine and beautiful cake (they did an awesome job, didn’t they?!?!).
Since I had changed up the plan, I did not attack the cake quite yet.

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Then I had my kids join me for the real fun!

They sang me an early happy birthday…

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…before cramming that beautifully delicious cake up my nose.

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I wish I had known JUST how much frosting was dripping off my face! I probably would have wiped more of it off. EW!
It was like a mud mask (my face was actually super smooth after I washed it off in case you are wondering).
At one point, I tried to wipe it off, but it got in my eye. It stings!

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The funny/sad part is that “Don’t get it in anyone’s eyes or throw it” were the two rules I made to prevent tears, fighting, or destroying my studio.
Right after I recovered from the initial smash in my face, Annika threw a glob of frosting right between my eyes.
I reached out with a retaliatory fistful, but when she tried to dodge it, I’M the one that got it in her eyes! Oops!

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We had to pause the fun to clean her up, but my son went right for her eyes the moment she got back and she was done.
Nathan, Kaia, and I still had fun!

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When we were all done with our food fight, I was ready for a nap.

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Happy Birthday to me! Bring it, 40!

Cake smash sessions are for anyone young at heart! Let’s plan the fun!
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