Wednesday, May 20, 2015

After Graduation: How to Step into Your Greatness and Succeed in Life

After Graduation: How to Step into Your Greatness and Succeed in LifeAs graduation approaches, it's important to reflect on possibility. Will you be great? How do you plan to step into your greatness?

While we are simply a bakery, we are a thriving bakery that loves what we do. We've succeeded at our dreams and want the same for you? What are your dreams? What do you want to make or become? It's all possible. 

Many people go through the motions of school, then college, then job, family etc... only to feel frustrated that their life is simply taking on the cycle of so many around and before them. But why? Haven't you done all that you have been told to do? I'm sure you have. But therein lies the problem. When you only simply follow the pattern and do what's normal, then what's normal is what you will get. 

If you want to graduate into greatness and live a life you're proud of, you'll have to be part of the 5% that actually do it. (95% of people want the same thing, but don't make the small consistent changes needed to get where they want to go or be what they want to be).

We've learned a few secrets on the road to success in life and are honored to pass them on to you today. This year, go from graduation into greatness. 

1. Know what you love. If you don't know what you love, then commit at least 5 hours per week to simply having healthy fun and get to know what it is that lights your fire. If you do know what you love, take those same 5 hours and commit to doing it more and doing it better. This is, perhaps the most important step. The best success in life comes from being passionate about what we do. If you love to run, by all means, run. You may be the next CEO for a fortune 500 athletic company and change the health and lives of people all over the globe. 

2. Be consistent in the small steps. Study what the successful people do - not just the big things, but the small habits. Some may be writing 3 points of gratitude each morning, waking up at 6am, turning off work by 4pm, or 30 minutes of fitness. Look at what not only brings success to your heroes but also joy. Then consider what could be plugged in to your life. Do it every single day. Like compounded interest, you may not see the results immediately, but give it a few weeks, months, years... and be amazed at the reward of consistency in your steps.

3. Gratitude. Always be thankful for where you have been - each blessing and challenge. They have made you who you are and should inspire your next step. Use the past to motivate you toward bigger and better. When life is hard, stop and be thankful for the small things, for the people, for never ending opportunity and for the forgiveness of failure. Next point. 

4. You will fail. That's part of the process. Will you quit or learn? One thing you'll learn from failure is to forgive it and let it go. It's ok. The failure doesn't define you, but rather how you learn from it and what you do with it.  

5. Always know your why. Do you know why your doing what your doing? Are you doing it to please people's expectation? Are you doing it because you want to make a difference? Are you doing it because you are afraid? Are you doing it because it brings you joy? (Maybe revisit point 1?)

All in all, your greatness is in you but it needs to be nurtured. It's not something to step into as if it's 'out there somewhere', but it's for you to embrace, feed and enjoy. It's in your hands. 

You've gotten this far and you have a lot to be proud of. No matter where life takes you next, we want to be there for you. Please give us at Ontario Bakery a call and order your custom cake today.

Happy Graduation!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Special Graduation Beauty Tips for Moms and Daughters!

Special Graduation Beauty Tips for Moms and Daughters!These graduation tips are for the mothers and daughters! So many of the tips and topics about graduation revolve around party planning and gift giving, but today we need to address something of equal importance. Graduation beauty tips. This is a big day for you and those supporting you, and it will be photo documented. That being said, we know you want to look good in those pictures, because they are forever.  

At Ontario Bakery, we love to support you and your family in these wonderful times of celebration. So as you enter into graduation season and preparation, enjoy these easy and helpful graduation day beauty tips. 

  • Be sure to wear shoes you can comfortably walk in. Break into new shoes a few days before the ceremony. You don't want to be remembered as the person who fell on their face on stage!
  • Bring hair serum in a small container to tame fly aways after you take off your cap. 
    Special Graduation Beauty Tips for Moms and Daughters!
  • If you're going to be outside, don't forget the SPF on all skin exposed areas, including your ears and neck! 
  • If the ceremony is outside, stray away from sticky lip glosses. One gust of wind can send your hair and tassel sticking to your lips. 
  • Bring sunglasses if the ceremony is outdoors and sunny. 
  • Blotting papers will help get rid oil and sweat spots on your face, so give your face a quick pat with one before taking photos without messing up your makeup.
  • Keep straws in your purse to stay hydrated without messing up your lipstick!
  • Choose a hair style that will look great with and without your graduation cap on. You don't want flat hair at the end of the day!
A few other tips we'd like to share, are to make sure you bring your camera or smart phone fully charged and with a back up charger. Don't get stuck not being able to capture the moment! 

Choose great treats! At Ontario Bakery, we know how good sweets compliment celebrations. Make sure you have just the right one for your special day by coming into our shop and talking with one of our cake stylist. Your day deserves a customized delight. 

Lastly, enjoy it! These memories are forever. You'll look great and be so proud! 

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Top Habits of Highly Successful People, for the College Graduate

The Top Habits of Highly Successful People, for the College GraduateOk. So graduation is upon you and everyone is asking, "Now what?" Whether or not you know the answer to that question, is not really the point. The bigger questions are "Who and how?" Who are you and how do you put your talents, gifts and inspiration into practice? All of us, at Ontario Bakery, have had to ask ourselves those questions and have become better people as a result of it. 

We've learned that highly successful people know how to hone in on their passions and purpose and dedicate themselves to the furthering of them.  They don't have to be geniuses, they just know and understand that the key ingredient all success is dedication. Be consistent with the little things and use your time wisely. 

With those two things in mind, we were able to put together a simple list of habits of highly successful people for any college student ready to graduate into their purpose.

1. Welcome critique.
Don't be afraid of constructive criticism. Some of the most brilliant ideas were born from people on a team challenging each other's ideas and strategies. Richard Branson always has one or two key people in his businesses that are there to creatively shake things up. Ask your friends, family and colleagues if and how they see you limiting yourself. Be open and receptive. They may not be right, but it's always worth the reflection and possibly challenge. 

2. Pursue your passion. 
Did you know Michaelangelo was abused by his father whenever he was found painting - because his father wanted him to become a textile merchant? Unfortunately, it's far too common for the world's expectations to crush our deepest passions and longings.  You don't need to be irresponsible, but please don't neglect your bliss. The most successful people in life, both in job and joy - are ones who work with what they love. It becomes play, and that's beautiful!

3. Trust yourself.
You know that little feeling in your stomach, or that little voice in the back of your mind? That's your heart talking to you. All too often, we silence that voice, for the sake of pleasing the masses (or even our family). Pay attention to those little things that set you apart and let them show you who you could really be and what you could do, if you trusted that little voice. 

4. Always work your skills. 
Even prodigies practice their craft. As a child, Mozart played piano for hours everyday. Jimi Hendrix wore his guitar all the time, no matter what he was doing - knowing that he may get a few minutes here and there to practice. Bringing it back to point 2 though, when you're working with your passion, practice is simply play. Hone in on your natural giftings and take them even farther. You might be surprised at where they take you. 

5. Get back on the horse. 
If you fall down, get back up. There will be hard times. You might loose it all and it might hurt a whole lot. Get back up. Learn. Look back and find the little things you could have done differently and start doing them today. You don't gain a bunch of weight over night, and you don't loose it that way. Both happen by making small choices consistently. See where you went off track, take note of it and plan accordingly. Don't let set backs hold you back. Then them fuel your come back. 

6. Take care of yourself.
People who are obsessed with the outcome tend to forget about the present moment. In this moment, you are a human being with needs as well as goals. Tend to the needs and the goals will be met with more ease. Feed yourself healthy food, get enough sleep, exercise and take time for friends and laughter. If you feel you hit a wall, get outside for fresh air and fresh perspective. It always helps.

7. Don't be afraid. 
Risks are always going to be there. Either you'll win or loose. But the bigger loss is in never knowing if you would have won. If you loose, you still gain the lessons that get you closer to winning next time around. Life is full of adventure and innovation simply waiting for you.  Don't be afraid of what you do know. Embrace what you do know and go the distance with it, always learning more and enjoying the ride. 

Ontario Bakery is proud to walk with you every step of the way. We have been there for your from your first birthday to now and hopefully for years to come. We would be honored to celebrate this graduation with you in the ways we know best- with custom cakes and other sweets all in your honor. It's how we follow our passion.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Helpful Tips For Teachers Planning and Elementary School Graduation!

Helpful Tips For Teachers Planning and Elementary School Graduation!It's time to celebrate our children's success. They've worked hard and it's time to move up. But it can be hard to come up with creative celebration ideas. We know you have your hands full with plenty of other things. We at Ontario Bakery are happy to save you some time and energy by sharing some helpful tips for an easier graduation planning experience. 

Ask For Help
I can't stress this enough, graduation is a large task to take on by yourself. Don't feel ashamed asking for help. By handing out duties to others you are far more likely to maintain your sanity!  There's someone who's great at party planning, ask them to take on  a few of the graduation tasks. Don't be afraid to ask, most people are happy and willing to help.

Celebrate School Colors!

Most elementary schools don't wear robes, but you can wear the school colors in other ways! One way is to wear ribbons. You can ask some of the crafty parents to help! Another idea is to incorporate the colors into some custom baked cookies or cake pops with your school colors on them! You can also wear t-shirts and keep it casual. There are many ideas. Have fun with it!

Make Certificates Online.
This is a real time saver!  You can easily print graduation certificates from multiple websites or if you're crafty and creative use Word, Pages, Publisher or any design software. You can even find some online certificate making websites! 

Create a Photo Slideshow.

Don't be intimidated. Ask the parents to contribute their collected photos from the year or even previous years and then choose a different parent to handle creating the slide show. Then you can add the captions!  

At Ontario Bakery, we've often grown with your family. From the baby shower to the wedding, we love to celebrate with your children. Celebrate their next milestone with a delicious treat from us!
You're proud and so are we. Call us today!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Our Top 5 Ideas for High School Graduation Gifts!

Our Top 5 Ideas for High School Graduation Gifts!Shopping for graduation gifts can be a real challenge, especially when it comes to high schoolers. They aren't the easiest to please! At Ontario Bakery, we celebrate just about every occasion we can, with the families we know, so we've learned a thing or two about graduations. Now we're passing it on to you. 

Here are our top 5 ideas for high school graduation gifts.

These kids are moving up in the world and they're going to want to capture every moment they can! From their first summer after high school to all the new moments they'll enjoy at the start of college. If they're really into the idea, get them a good starter professional camera. They may develop a gift they never knew they had!

Whether you choose a new monitor, tablet or even laptop, this is a great option to go with. Your graduate will be able to use the gift for both studying and entertainment; both needed in the throws of college life. 

Costco Membership
What a gift this is. Until the grad gets used to independent domestic living, it could be really nice to have access to affordable snacks, dinners and even toilet paper in bulk. Even adults see the time and financial benefit there!

Noise Canceling Headphones
You never know what the study conditions are going to be like, so luck favors the prepared. Now, there will be less conflict about music being on in the dorm room when it's time to focus!

Essential Oils & Diffuser
A less common, but still valuable gift, are essential oils. Many essential oils like peppermint, orange and lemon, are known to increase concentration, not to mention improve mood! 

As always, we love the honor of celebrating with you. At Ontario Bakery, we specialize in custom designed cakes, cupcakes and so much more. We hope you'll call us and let our cake stylist bake just the right cake for you! Have a wonderful graduation! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

How to Make an Easy Plan for Any Graduation Party

How to Make an Easy Plan for Any Graduation PartyGraduation season is coming fast. Do you have all your party plans in order? At Ontario Bakery, we have been part of many family graduation processes and the best thing you can do is be properly prepared. 

The first thing to do is to keep in mind that this is a beautiful time. From diapers and bikes, to homework and first dates, you've been there for them. So remember to cherish the planning and not get sucked into the stress of it. 

First things first. 

Do you want the celebration to be big or small? This will be a determining factor for every other detail. Decide if you want it to be intimate or over the top. After that, comes the....

Who do you want there? Who does your graduate want there? Just family? Just friends or both? Be sure to take into consideration any conflict of attendees and deal with those situations beforehand. 

Your 'where' will have a lot to do with the above to points. But you'll also need to consider inside or outdoors. Remember, it's summer, but there's that possibility of June gloom to consider. If you choose to celebrate outside, be sure to have a canopy or party tent available in case it rains. 

Talk to your graduate about their plans. They might already want to head out on a trip with their friends. And since this is to celebrate them, they need to have the first say. You can plan the party for the day before or even right after. Just discuss it first. 

What kind of food do you want to provide? Or do you want a potluck? Anything goes here, but keep it easy. BBQ, finger foods, fruits, veggies and dip are all great options.  For desert, would you like a cake or cupcakes? Cookies are fine too, but the cakes tend to be more fitting for the celebration. As far as drinks, simply decide if you want alcohol, soda, or simply water and juices. All are fine depending on your location and crowd. 

When all is said and done, remember not to stress. Graduations are a wonderful thing to celebrate and at Ontario Bakery, we love to be a part of it. We'd love the honor of making you a custom cake just for your special day. Contact us today to see what creation we can bake for you!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

5 Games to Play with Your Preschooler that Are Fun and Better Their Motor Skills!

5 Games to Play with Your Preschooler that Are Fun and Better Their Motor Skills!

We love hanging out with pre-schoolers. They say and do the funniest things! At Ontario Bakery, we love supporting families growing together and know that the journey can be a challenge at times. Sometimes, it's health, sometimes it's development.  So, along the way, we've gathered together 5 of our favorite fun activities that you can do with your preschooler or young child that they will enjoy and also gain the benefit of improving their fine and gross motor skills. 

Run Around

An adult or game leader can give some directions like “run to the big tree, touch the bark, and come back,” or “run over to the slide, go down one time, and come back” or “run around the tree three times.” Great not only for gross motor skills, but for listening carefully and following directions. Feel free to use less commands in the beginning and make them more challenging as you go along. 
Use Your Toes
Take off your socks and shoes and pick up small toys with your toes and put them in a bucket. For more skilled preschoolers, try picking up all of the yellow objects, then the blue, the red, etc. This is such a fun one and a great way to make cleaning more fun, when you can put toys away or clothes in the laundry.
Toss Balloons
Blow up several balloons and toss them back and forth. Try moving closer to each other and farther away from each other. Try using different body parts (hands, elbows, heads) or blowing the balloon up in the air. See how many times your preschooler can bounce the balloon up before it falls to the ground. This is good because it also gives the small child a chance to be coordinated, as the balloon spends more time in the air. 
Hula Hooping
It's easy to invest in several different colored hula hoops. With this one, simply lay them on the ground. Next, give the child or children fun instructions such as “run to the red hula hoop and pretend to be a car,” or “hop over to the green hula hoop like a bunny.” They'll learn colors while exercising their fast thinking muscles too.
Sidewalk Simon Says
Saving a favorite for last, take out some sidewalk chalk and draw large shapes, letters of the alphabet, numbers, etc. Then proceed with commands such as, “Simon says stand on the yellow square,” or “Simon says sit on the number 5.” For older or more ready children, try commands that have multiple steps, like “Simon says run to number 14, then hop over to number 20.” This is a fun way to work on recognition of higher numbers, lowercase letters, and memory.

As you can see, playing and engaging with a preschooler can be easy and fun while also helping them grow healthy, smart and strong! At Ontario Bakery, we believe that childhood should be celebrated! 
It's not always easy being small and feeling limited, so why not congratulate their efforts with an ANYTIME party?  These parties need no birthdays or holidays, just a a child to love, recognize and applaud. We'd love the honor of providing the most delicious cookies, cupcakes and even custom cakes for these fun anytime parties!
We hope you've enjoyed these tips and look forward to baking for you!