Birthday Cake Ideas: Avoid a Fire

Greetings from sunny San Diego! Our first stop on the Bloggy Boot Camp Tour is happening today and we couldn’t be more excited. Joining us today, just steps away from the beach, are 120 fabulous bloggers ready to learn, network, and have some fun!

Before we head out, we wanted to turn our attention to Jill from the Hagler Happenings.

With 3 busy kids, a handy-man husband, and a rambunctious dog , Jill doesn’t have time for frilly or foofy.  Hagler Happenings is filled with stories of her journey through this gig called adulthood. Motherhood, marriage, and must-haves are the heart of her blog, with a bit of craftiness and sarcasm thrown in all while telling it as it is.

birthday cake ideas

Jill’s son asked for a University of Illinois basketball cake for his 10th birthday.  He put candles on it, not realizing he would burn the “ball.”  In the end, the Happy Birthday song was cut short in order to avoid a huge fire.

Go say hello to Jill sometime this weekend.

And before you leave, remember that our Weekend Sharefest is happening on both Saturday and Sunday. Link to your favorite post this week in your below comment and then visit two other SITStahs in roll call whose posts grab your attention.

See you Monday!

About Francesca

One of two behind The SITS Girls and Bloggy Boot Camp. Believer that this community is a movement, and not just a website. Currently on a quest for unending free WiFi & stronger caffeine. I'd love to get to know you better: Find me on Twitter @FranBanducci and on Google+.
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About Francesca

One of two behind The SITS Girls and Bloggy Boot Camp. Believer that this community is a movement, and not just a website. Currently on a quest for unending free WiFi & stronger caffeine. I'd love to get to know you better: Find me on Twitter @FranBanducci and on Google+.


  1. Very funny. Love the cake design, though!

  2. I love it! Nothing says “happy birthday” like a melted basketball cake!

  3. I already follow her blog, a great read!

    Favorite post is a giveaway- super low entries!

  4. That is is quite a work of art! Happy Saturday ladies :) XO

  5. Oh dear! Close save, I gather! Great cake!

    My fav. from this week: Wedding Crazy

  6. I love all the different birthday cakes. My favorite one as a child was a doll in the center and the cake was her full dress. Now anything chocolate is a winner for me.

    I just got around this week to posting my Best Ten Tips from my Favorite Magazines for February…I know. I’m really late.

  7. Hey Jill! Woot!

  8. Having had my own birthday cake catch fire when I was younger, I can’t wait to read more…
    Happy weekend everyone!

  9. haha, funny, but not at the same time! The cake looks great pre-fire!

  10. I wish I was at bloggy boot camp! maybe next year!

  11. Gotta love a good fire story! I’m on my way to check out this blog!

    My favorite post this week:

  12. Stopping by on this sunny Saturday before heading into the garden.


    On a different note…I AM BACK….after a crazy year after getting married…I finally returned to my blog My Random Craziness.


  14. Wish I was going to be a bloggy bootcamp!

  15. Just the title on this blog catches my attention. Now I want to know what that ball was made out of. Cakes should be 100% edible. Off to read more….

  16. Birthday cakes are one of my most favorite things to make!! I absolutley loveee this!!!

  17. That cake is great. I’m just so happy it’s the weekend I can barely sit still.

  18. That cake just made me crave sweets. I must head over there to see if she made that our what. Awesome!
    Hope you all enjoy your Saturday!!!

  19. I once made a floating candle basket for a wedding…we almost had to put out a fire that day too!

  20. How funny!

    Happy Saturday, Ladies!

  21. What a cute cake! My favorite post of the week – it was the hardest to write for me.

  22. Happy Saturday sistas!
    This is my favorite post for the week!

  23. have fun!

  24. I hope you’re all having fun in CA! We just got back to the east coast, and I wish I was back there with you! And that cake is awesome. My hubby would love it!

  25. Jill’s is one of my favorite blogs!

  26. Hope everyone has a great Saturday!

  27. I’m hosting my first giveaway ever, a great little children’s book “LaRue Across America.” All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post.

  28. Happy Saturday everyone!

  29. Congrats, Jill! I am so happy for you!! I like your blog, as you know, and am glad others get a taste now too!

  30. That photo is hilarious and should be sent to cake wrecks immediately!

    • Ohhh… great idea! I love that all the boys were pointing while my son just sat there (and I of course grab the camera).

  31. I wish I was crafty. Just came back from visiting the site and she’s one cool chica! Happy Saturday everyone!

  32. Wow, I love that cake. I just wish I had the time, the energy, the creativity to do something like that!

  33. I am a follower of Jill’s. I love her blog. I am off to congratulate her and then I’ll be back here to check out a few favorite posts. For some reason Commentluv isn’t working so my favorite post this week is this one.

  34. Thats a neat cake.

    I am off to check out her blog more.

  35. Good afternoon, everyone! I’m off to train some clients but beforehand I just had to check in on SITS. Happy boot-camp to those of you that are there. Happy weekend all others :)

  36. It’s the one year anniversary of my Pour Your Heart Out link up, so I’ll link to that for weekend sharefest:

  37. Cute cake!! I will definitely have to check out her blog. What a birthday story?? LOL!!

  38. I am always so impressed by folks who can decorate cakes. Obviously it takes some talent but it also takes major creativity and sometimes engineering!

  39. Wow… The red wrting hood story was amazing you got me hooked till the end. great writing…

  40. Have so much fun!!! I’m a baker so I will be heading over to check out her site.

  41. This is, by far, my favorite post this week:

    It’s a silly little thing, but it made me VERY happy! Have a beautiful weekend!

  42. That is an awesome cake!!
    Happy Saturday SITS Sharefest!
    Have a great day!

  43. That cake is awesome! Heading over now to check out her blog. Hope the sun is shining and it’s a great weekend for everyone!

  44. WoW … will have to pop over and read more! Bloggy Boot Camp sounds like a lot of fun … wish you came closer to Toronto, Canada….

  45. The cake looks great, am taking a visit to Jills blog as I type. The sun is shining here in the UK hope everyone has a blessed weekend!

  46. I can’t wait to check out Jill’s blog.

    Here’s my favorite post from the past week and a half:

  47. I love a great story…gotta hear how they put the fire out.

    My favorite post this week was I Won’t Leave Him Behind — it’s a touching moment from my life with two boys.

  48. OMGosh! What a great surprise! *happy dance. happy dance* The SITS Girls rock!

  49. It’s Saturday. Yay!

    This blogger seems like she keeps it real. Looking forward to checking her out. :)

  50. Good morning and happy weekend sharefest! If you would like to help Japan but don’t know how please stop by and see how you can provide shelter for a family in need.


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