What’s it like filming the series for WE tv?  In a nutshell, insanity!!!!!

Well, we have had experience filming television shows before. We have competed on the Food Network challenge several times, and thought, “Oh well, this isn’t a competition, and they fly out and come to us to produce this show, we’ll do our thing, make the cakes, so it can’t be that hard, right?”

Wrong!!!

Not only did we have to make three amazing wedding cakes that were extremely detailed in a 5-6 day period, we had to run a business (we have two retail locations, and it was filmed right around Christmas), attempt to be funny and clever on film AND we had to look good on TV (without a makeup artist, and little sleep).  So all of that combined sent us into a whirlwind of stress and anxiety. However, in the midst of all the craziness, we managed to push through. We had a blast with the film crew and made some of our best cakes ever!

I think the biggest obstacle for us is that we were one of the only bakeries asked to film two weeks in a row. Being in Cleveland, there is a definitive line between when wedding season starts and stops. April through November, we have wedding cakes every weekend, but once winter hits, no one really plans a wedding in Cleveland. So the fact that we could even find 6 wedding events to film in December, was a feat in itself. It just so happened that all of those events fell mid-December, so that meant two grueling weeks of filming with no break in between!

One of my favorite recollections is, there would be a time of day during filming, right after lunch when everyone in the room would get loopy -the camera guys, the sound guys, even the field producers… there was a lot of laughter, and at times, we found ourselves saying things that we hoped wouldn’t make it on air for fear of our mothers scolding us… we felt really bad for the editors who had to sit and listen to everything we talked about, the dirty jokes and all-around inappropriate comments (sorry, Mom).

So overall, there were some good times, some moments we wanted to pull our hair out, and some pretty spectacular cakes!

Yikes!  Can you believe that Christmas is only a couple weeks away?  If you’re still gathering your holiday gifts, or haven’t started yet (like me!), here are 20 Do Good and Green Holiday Gift Guides to inspire you:

  1. 8 Fashionable Gifts That Give Back on Styleite
  2. 11 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits and Make the World a Better Place: 2010 Edition on the Nonprofit Tech 2.0 Blog
  3. 15 Great Gifts That Give Back on Mother Nature Network
  4. 2010 Green Gift Guide on The Daily Green
  5. 2010 Holiday Gift Guide on Ecorazzi
  6. 2010 Holiday Gift Guide on TreeHugger
  7. Corporate Holiday Gifts with a Conscience on Forbes.com
  8. Christmas Gifts 2010: Gifts That Give Back on The Huffington Post
  9. Feel Good Gifts That Give Back on Marie Claire
  10. Green Gift Guide on Yahoo! Green
  11. Green Gifts for the Holidays on the Environmental Defense Fund
  12. Green Holiday Gift Guide on Inhabit
  13. Holiday Gift Guide on Change.org
  14. Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Gifts That Give Back on Inc.
  15. Holiday Gift Guide: Green Gifts: Green Gifts for Every Eco-lifestyle on BlogHer
  16. Holiday Gifts That Give Back on Care2
  17. Holiday Gifts That Give Back on nytimes.com
  18. Human Rights Holiday Gift Guide on Change.org
  19. Malaak Compton-Rock’s Favorite Gifts That Give Back on Oprah.com
  20. The Holiday Gift Guide That Gives Back on The Women’s Conference

Will you be volunteering during the holiday season? I’ll be continuing to volunteer as a “reading partner” for two girls at an elementary school near my house until they go on winter break.

If you’d like to find a holiday volunteer opportunity near you, try entering your zip code, and the keyword “holiday” on match.wevolunteer.tv.

Below are six holiday volunteer ideas:

  1. “Adopt” a family, or individual at a homeless shelter by purchasing gifts for them.
  2. Work at, or donate food to a food bank.
  3. Prepare, or serve food at a soup kitchen.
  4. Staff an animal shelter’s adoption fair.
  5. Visit seniors who are alone during the holidays.
  6. Stuff annual appeal letters for your favorite nonprofit.

What are some other ways people can volunteer during the holidays?