Hey! Here’s a quick round-up of news, events and other things I have coming up.

Cooking Channel Kelsey Nixon Natalie Slater Bake and DestroyFirst of all, the Cupcake Provocateur custom apron contest has officially closed! Cynthia and I are reviewing the entries and will be posting the top 5 for you to vote on next week. Don’t forget – one random voter will receive a prize from Cupcake Provocateur just for voting, so it’s worth the two seconds it will take you to do so!

My company Greyslater is vending at the Randolph Street Market on May 26th & 27th. There should be a lot of cool, indie stuff for sale including our Made in the USA, eco-friendly wares so if you’re in Chicago come check us out!

On May 31st I’ll be on the panel of judges for Whole Foods’ “Health Starts Here Food Fight” – a healthy cooking competition. Three cook off finalists will be preparing dishes and you can come join in the tasting! Check out Whole Foods Lincoln Park for the details!

I received a tentative date for my premiere appearance on the Cooking Channel! Tune into The Perfect 3 on July 14 to watch me make Vegan Banana French Toast Cupcakes along with host Kelsey Nixon!

I just agreed to serve my third consecutive term as a mighty, mighty Threadcakes judge! Check out this video from my first year as judge – and follow Threadcakes on Twitter to find out when the competition kicks off!

Once in a while I come across a company I’m super stoked on – like Betty Turbo or Lucky Cupcake Hairclips or Seibei. Well, it just so happens that I am currently stoked on two new companies, so here’s a little bit about them. (Nope, these are not paid testimonials. These are my actual opinions on brands I actually discovered & love.)

Rad Nails pizza nail decalsRad Nails – This totally radical nail sticker company is the brainchild of my college pal Chrissy. She’s currently an Assistant Editor at MTV, and she’s always flossing the craziest nail art. You can probably guess which set of stickers I ordered – and no, it’s not the Ryan Gosling set. Anyway check it out because it’s gonna blow up!

Credit for this discovery goes to my husband Tony – Aframes Eyewear. Not only are their frames super cute, but they also donate 5% from each sale to Helen Keller International which helps to fund the manufacturing and distribution of vitamin A supplements in 22 countries. Vitamin A Deficiency is the number one cause of childhood blindness – so your purchase of  retro-style frames from Aframes helps to combat preventable and treatable blindness all over the world.

So that’s my story! Bye!