Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is partnering with Voortman Cookies to inspire mommy and me baking! Although some form of compensation was received, all opinions remain my own.

Dear Diary,

This year, we’re having a sweet summer! My daughter and I visited amusement parks, museums and swimming pools. We headed to music festivals, attended children’s plays and booked a Caribbean cruise. Along the way, we snacked on sweets! That’s probably the best part of summer. Eating more sugar than normal. I’m not calorie counting, since we’re burning off the extra intake by being active.

Earlier in the summer, we participated in the Inspired by Voortman contest, where we joined bakers (or aspiring bakers like us) across the country and created something sweet.  Check out our Crazy Horse Cupcakes here. The winning wafer creators took home $2500 for their original recipe or a structure using Voortman products.


Recently, the winners were announced! Drum roll please…


Wafer Recipe Winner:

  • Double Dipped Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches by: Meg T. from Hurst, Texas
  • Meg won for her originality, craftsmanship and overall creativity.


Wafer Art Structure Winner:

  • Voortman Cookie Hut by: Julie B. from Crete, Illinois
  • Julie won for her flavor combinations, taste appeal and presentation.

The contest may be over, but the sweet fun all summer long! You can continue to get inspired by check out the entire Wafer Creation Gallery. Be sure to pick up a pack of Voortman Wafers the next time you go grocery shopping. We tend to eat the sweet treats in the car on the way home!


About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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