Monday, May 30, 2016

Get to Know Health Benefits of Chocolate and Why You Might Want More of It!

Get to Know Health Benefits of Chocolate and Why You Might Want More of It!We know you don’t need more reasons to eat chocolate, but there’s nothing more fun for us than taking a normally guilty pleasure and adding some health value to it! That’s great, right?

The truth is, the right kind of chocolate really does keep you healthy and youthful but there’s more you need to know about it for it to actually be of service to you.

Did you know that chocolate is loaded with a high amount of antioxidant rich nutrients necessary for healthy skin and hair and reduced stress levels? It’s true! But these power nutrients are never found in cheap candy bars and or everyday mocha latte. The magic power ingredient in chocolate is found in the cacao content of the chocolate. You may have noticed this on certain bars of chocolate showing up as a percentage on the wrapper, such as 60%, 70% or 80% even. The higher the percentage, the higher the benefit.
Now that you know where to find it, here’s what it can do for you!
Skin Protection: The cacao bean also contains various essential nutrients which help you to stay healthny and beautiful. With great sun protection properties, it has the power to shield your skin from harmful UV rays, preventing sensitive conditions like sunburns and skin cancer. Regular dark chocolate consumption also helps you achieve that sought after smooth, problem free glow, as it keeps your skin moist and well nourished.

Hair: Cacao is a great aid in promoting blood circulation in the scalp which leads to increased growth of healthy, lustrous locks, reducing hair loss. In addition to that, it's anti-inflammatory nature helps minimize the odds of getting scalp infections.  Infused with the goodness of several hair-benefiting ingredients, dark chocolate improves the overall health of your tresses, making them shiny, sleek and voluminous.

Skin Exfoliation: Not just for eating, this magical bean can be used in combination with coffee beans for efficient exfoliating! It detoxifies and sloughs off the dead skin cells and allows the newly exposed, fresh skin to breathe freely.

Here’s the important catch though. You’re going to have to exercise self control!
Cacao is great for you but sugar and dehydration are not, which is what can happen when you ingest too much. So, if you want to make sure you’re getting the health benefits of chocolate, you need to help your body be in a healthy state to receive it.

Healthy tip?

Drink plenty of water. If you go for 2 liters a day, you should be good. Stay away from additional dehydrating foods like breads, crackers and coffee.

Of course, live your life! We are a bakery and understand that there are many occasions in life that call for sweets and sugary delights. Just find balance. And then the benefits will come through for you!

At Ontario Bakery we are always ready to make your life a little sweeter. Call us for your custom baked cake and other desserts today!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Don't Miss These Easy Tips for a Fun & Memorable End of Year School Party

Don't Miss These Easy Tips for a Fun & Memorable End of Year School PartyThe end of the school year is a momentous occasion for every child. So it’s only appropriate that there should be a party in place to celebrate, right? The party doesn’t need to be over the top or elaborate. It just needs to allow for some good old fashion ‘it’s finally over’ fun!
We found a great site with a really helpful article complete with links to even more of the details they suggest for end of the school year parties. Of course, whenever we hear the word ‘party’ we want to join in with our custom made baked goods, like cakes, cookies cake pops and other sweets! (if you’re in Southern California, please give us a call to place your order!)
Here are some great tips from the tip junkie, that you can use to throw a crazy fun, end of school year party!
1.  End of School Ice Cream Party ~ This Ice Cream Shoppe Party is perfect to kick off summer break.  Since the last week of school is usually filled with special activities, school talent shows, and awards ceremonies, I wanted this Ice Cream Shoppe Party to require minimal work.
2.  Kindergarten Graduation Ideas~ A fun way to celebrate your Kindergarten graduating.  These sand pails in school colors made great gift bags and personalization is easy with a paint pen.
3.  Saved By The Bell School Party ~ Bayside High School taught us about love, friendship, and how to be Cool at School! I wanted my dessert table to be all things awesome, gnarly, and totally RAD... just how Zack and the gang would do it!
4.   Sidewalk Chalk Festival ~ Kick off the summer with a fun party for the neighborhood kids with a simple sidewalk chalk party. Everyone can draw their messages to each other or their favorite memories from the year.
5.  Bye Preschool and Hello Kindergarten Printable ~Print your own end-of-school celebration picks. The download includes picks for preschool through 5th Grade.
6.  Countdown to Summer ~Have your kiddo paint a paper plate {or two} yellow for the suns and then tape paper circles for an easy count down to summer.
7.  End of School Count Down Calendar ~ How to make this fun count down.  Those little sun faces are actually inverted Hershey Kisses.  Kids love them, guests love them, and I have been known to snag a few myself.
8.  End of School Basket ~ On the last day of school it is a tradition to have a basket for the kids filled with goodies to get excited about summer.  This year I did one big basket filled with FUN!
As you can see, it’s so fun to do this for the kids and they’ll absolutely love it. We hope your celebration is wonderful and memorable and that if you’re close enough, that we can make it even sweeter!

Friday, May 20, 2016

3 Brilliant Things to Do After You Graduate (Instead of Working)

3 Brilliant Things to Do After You Graduate (Instead of Working)If you’re about to graduate, you have lots of reasons to be cheerful. You’re about to walk across a stage balancing a board on your head while wearing a trip-hazard, as the ceremony demands. Once you have your degree in hand, you’re ready to embark on your post-university life.  Are you ready?
Maybe not. And that’s ok. Diving right into the workforce is not only unnecessary, but it’s quite normal to put it off until you’ve taken a much needed break from your studies to enjoy your life and well earned freedom.
Not ready for life’s next step? No worries, here are some other things to do after you graduate that will be both fun and enriching:

Take a break and travel

Graduate gap years are more common than ever. There’s nothing wrong with taking time out, traveling a bit and doing something different before you get a job. But, like every other opportunity that you face, this one needs research and planning. Many students intend to take a break after graduation but very few actually do.
Taking time out requires a level of thought and forward planning that is slightly inconsistent with the notion of simply kicking back and relaxing. You need to find answers to the following questions:
  • What will you do and where will you go?
  • Do you want to travel, work (paid/voluntary) or study overseas?
  • Will you need to raise some money/pay off debts first?
  • Why are you doing it?
  • What will other people (potential employers) think of it?
  • Will it help you to get the job you want afterwards?
  • Should you try to get something organised (job/course) before you go?
  • When's the best time to return?
Employers are generally positive about graduates taking time out to travel or work abroad, but only if the experience, personal development benefits and skills gained through it are sold well. Extended holidays without aim are a turn off. If you want to start a graduate job on your return, you need to investigate applications timetables for the careers that interest you before you go.

Work for yourself

More graduates are considering self-employment – and why not? If you have ambition and a decent idea or skill to sell, it's probably worth a go soon after you graduate. You have less to lose, more commitment and energy, you're used to working anti-social hours and, working for yourself beats working for someone else.
If you’re not sure what to do, think about your simple talents - the ones that are easy for you to do and are needed by other people. Some examples are copy writing, editing, content development, marketing, graphic design or being a virtual assistant. Not only are these all great options, but they are mobile jobs and if you choose to travel, you can take the jobs with you!
Volunteering
Whether locally or abroad, volunteering to help with children, those in poverty, refugees, art or music institutions, etc, can help you apply your passions or skill sets in a way that gives back. It will also test how much you are interested in the field where you are pouring your energy into while being immersed in other cultures, and socio-economic groups.

The point is, that there are definitely options out there for people that are not ready to just dive into the grind of the  9 - 5. This is the best time of your life to go and figure out what you want by doing and by living, rather than just by wishing. 
You’ve worked hard at your studies and you’ve earned some real living time. Ontario Bakery applauds you and is here for all your custom baked goods, from graduation to weddings and all the fun in between!

Our Simple Guide to Planning a Stress Free Graduation Party

Our Simple Guide to Planning a Stress Free Graduation PartyGraduation is a big time for the whole family. It’s a time where everyone is proud and very relieved. So why not celebrate? This is a time to come together and congratulate your graduate. But be sure to not overwhelm them with the details or pressure them into a party they aren’t wanting.
If you want to throw a graduation party, have at it - but be sure to run these simple questions by your guest of honor, to make sure it meets their needs and schedule too. Once you’ve done that, let them know not to worry and just to show up and have fun.
How Big of a Party?
Should it be a big celebration or small? This will be a determining factor for every other detail. Decide if you want it to be over the top or intimate and personal. Once you know this, you can start brainstorming about if it should be a backyard thing or something that you need to rent a space for.

What Kind of Food and Entertainment Would Be Good?
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.

Who Do You Really Want to Be There?
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.

What Kind of Food and Entertainment Would Be Good?
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 dessert, 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. Along with that, you should decide if you want live music, a dj or a simple playlist as your entertainment and music. What’s your style?

When Would You Like to Have it?
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.

When everything 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!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Why You Shouldn’t Waste Your Time Designing Your Wedding Cake:

Why You Shouldn’t Waste Your Time Designing Your Wedding Cake:Not everyone realizes that you can hire a cake stylist to handle the details of your wedding cake but it’s one of the best things you can do for your wedding process! It’s just one thing you can check off your list of things to do and attend to! 

Everyone in the wedding party deserves to have a stress free experience, from the mother of the bride, the bridal party to the bride herself, right? Ontario bakery understands that, which is why we are known for bringing so much elegance and delight to each wedding we are apart of. 

You have enough to plan with dresses, locations and who's on the invite list. Why spend extra time trying to figure out your cake, when a talented and experienced wedding cake stylist can create just the cake to fit your unique flair and wedding's look? 

We all know a wedding cake picture can only get you so far, so when you visit us you will also get a chance to taste various wedding cake flavors and fillings. We are well known as having one of the biggest selections of delicious options anywhere near Ontario.

As you and our stylist enjoy the pictures and the tasting, your perfect wedding cake will emerge. Then it will be up to us to produce your wedding cake to exactly your design, and add it to our picture gallery of incredible and scrumptious wedding cakes.

So call us. Make wedding planning even more simple. Let your cake be handled by a stylist. Ontario Bakery is excited to help your wedding be the best it can be!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Mother's Day Gifts that Go Above and Beyond But Stay in Your Budget

Mother's Day Gifts that Go Above and Beyond But Stay in Your Budget
It’s time to celebrate the amazing women in our lives who have given their best to support, encourage and nurture us. But don’t get caught in the usual last minute flower rut!

Below are a suggestions for some simple, and still very special ways to honor mom!
Breakfast in Bed.  Now please, with this one, don't wake her up!  Keep it personalized to HER needs.  She may not want pancakes.  She might want fresh juice, a cup of tea and her favorite book!  Absolutely make sure she has a flower or a few sprigs of lavender and rosemary to bring a fresh and relaxing aroma to the morning.

Day for Mom.  She's given years.  So give her a day.  This day should push her out the front day (sans kids) and into the world.  Be generous and stock her wallet with some funds so she can have a pampering adventure meant just for her!

Plants - the easy ones -  are a tried and true way to celebrate mom, with the added bonus of the springtime variety of options available! Very popular and loved options right now are varieties of air plants and succulents. They don’t require much and make a beautiful accent wherever they are placed!

Personalized Coupons.  This is a great one, especially for the little ones to do for mom!  You could make a 5-15 page book full of redeemable coupons for caring services.  Make a few for foot rubs, doing the dishes, washing the car, doing the laundry and more!  But remember, she WILL redeem them, so plan them out carefully!

Hire a Driver.  An upgrade from the last one, give her the relaxing gift of having the day to herself and not even having to drive!  Imagine the surprise and excitement in her face when she's dolled up for lunch and finds a driver, door open, awaiting her presence.  She will be queen for a day!

Moms are miracles and we believe that’s worth celebrating.  At Ontario Bakery, we want to be a part of your joy by providing custom delicious cakes, cupcakes and treats! If you're in the Orange County area, please get in touch and let us know how we can make your day even more special.