February 2009 archive

Wedding Inspiration: Yellow and Blue

I have seen this color combo around lately, and it really grew on me. Something about the yellow and blue pair is unexpected and I like it! In all shades, I think this color combo gives off a preppy (yet fun) vibe!

The yellow and blue table inspiration above came right from the pages of InStyle Weddings. Listed as the editors favorite and I can see why! The beauty with this color combination is that you can play with it. Love Yellow more than blue? No problem! Want more blue and just a touch of yellow? This will look great too!

Bring your color theme together in the small things. Serve a yellow cocktail {like this Margarita} and serve yellow desserts. You can even add pops of color like above with this cobalt blue cake stand and stemware. I am loving how unique these are and how they tie they tie in perfectly into the wedding theme.

Hostess Tip:

You can find many, many more cobalt pieces to accent your wedding or give as gifts to your wedding party! Here is my favorite place to shop!

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DIY Bookmarks With Some Color

I have become a huge fan of Jessica Jones and her very crafty blog How About Orange…. Not only does she have fabulous style (I happen to love the color orange myself), she shares some super cool DIY projects that you can try even if you are not Martha Stewart. I am loving these DIY bookmarks…..so SIMPLE!

Made from old paint chips, this project is not only clever, but earth friendly- how thoughtful!

Read the original post to get the inside scoop and DIY instructions.

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Snack Food: Spicy and Sweet

Perfect snack for family night or a big get-together!

Spicy and Sweet Popcorn

{courtesy of Martha Stewart}

Ingredients
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated brown sugar (or light-brown sugar, sifted) 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels

Directions
Combine sugar, salt, garam masala, and cayenne in a large serving bowl.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add popcorn, and cover. Cook, shaking pot frequently, until corn has finished popping. Add to bowl, and toss.

Makes 12 cups; serves 4 to 6
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Bunco Party Theme

When a friend of mine {Mary Kay} asked if I had any ideas for her next Bunco Party, I began brainstorming. After all, I am always looking for a reason to get a crowd together and have some fun! I started thinking what a great idea it is to host a Bunco Party: 12 close gal friends, a fun game, good food, and of course a signature cocktail!

If you are not familiar the game of Bunco, check out the official rules here and learn more about this game. You don’t need much to get your Bunco party rolling… I suggest keeping with the black, red, and white color scheme inspired by the dice {the most essential part of the game}.

For Mary Kay’s Bunco party, she was looking to serve her gal friends delicious, simple, and healthy appetizers. I put my thinking cap on and suggested she make these appetizers. She was thrilled with the healthy choices that were a breeze to make and also simple to serve. After all- no time for a fancy sit down meal when you are eager to play Bunco!

Antipasto Squares (Yummy served warm or cold)
From All Recipes
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Spinach Feta Pizza Bake
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Of course what party would be complete without a signature cocktail? How about creating your own “Bunco-Tini!” Just serve up a red colored Martini {whatever you like best} and call it your own! I am currently loving:

Red Apple Martini

1 oz Fris® apple vodka
2 oz apple juice
1 tsp grenadine syrup

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5 Simple Ways to Make “You” Time

As women, moms, and wives, we often find ourselves doing several things at once. And free time? What’s that, right?! For many of us, it seems like there is always something that just has to be done; that just can’t wait. Well, I want to tell you it can and it should! The next time you find yourself with “free” time and are about to clip coupons, switch the laundry, or check your emails STOP! Yes, those things do need to be done at some point I know, but for now just trust me. Do one of these 5 simple things instead (come on, just this once). Even though they may not be the most thrilling or glamorous things-they are sure to lift your mood, even if just a bit. Don’t stress, the coupons can be clipped later.

1. Paint your toe nails. Yes, paint them. I don’t care if it is winter and no one sees them-paint them. Trust me.

2. Visit your closet. We so often run to our closet and grab something to pull on as we run out the door to school drop off. Remember when you used to take an hour to get ready, trying on top after top? Go ahead- change your clothes. Oh… and take your time!

3. Make a smoothie. Yes, I know you probably remember to eat (I sure hope so). But how often do you make something YOU want to eat? If you’re like me you probably just make an extra PB&J in the afternoon for yourself right? Make something for yourself, not just what the kiddos are requesting.

4. Walk to the mailbox. It doesn’t matter if it is at the end of your driveway or a block away, why not take a stroll and check the mail today? I know that I usually drive up to it, grab, and go. This will force you to take a stroll even if it is a short one.

5. Watch TV! Yes, I said it. For me this is hard because I often think of what else I could be doing. But let me tell you, sit back and watch your favorite 30 minute sitcom (for me it is Friends hands down) and your mood will surly change. Sometimes we have to force ourselves sit back and relax.

These are just 5 ways I suggest you take some “you” time this week. But really, the point is to make time for a bit of relaxation time- even if for only 30 minutes. The house will still be standing and the children will be safe, I promise!

What are your favorite way to use your “free” time (and don’t say to clean, please!)?
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