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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Cheesecake… Oh My!

What could be better than combining chocolate, peanut butter and cheesecake?! How about turning this trio of fabulous flavors into a bite sized desert on a stick! The brilliant minds over at Food Network have created this yummy creation!

What You’ll Need:

Cheesecake:
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups creamy peanut butter

Chocolate:
5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
12 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

How To Make:

Get the step by step how-to from the masters over at Food Network! Don’t forget to come back and share with us what you thought of these delicious treats.

Bonus: This recipe yields 36 pieces which are perfect for a party!

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For the Girls! Spa Party Theme

Looking for slumber party ideas? Just putting this fabulous kids’ spa party theme together has got me longing for a day at the spa! A spa party theme would be perfect for any girlie-girl’s birthday party theme ranging from age 7 to well, adult! What little lady (or grown woman for that matter) doesn’t love some good pampering?

slumber party ideas

Choose a group of girls to invite, keeping it to under 10 girls will make the spa treatments run a bit more smoothly. Decide if your spa party will be an overnight slumber party or a simple “day at the spa.”

spa party theme

Here are two darling invites:  ‘Painted Toes’ invite and  ‘Spa Girls’ invite. Or, if you want to make them yourself,  these spa mask invites from Martha Stewart are adorable too

. Ask girls to bring their favorite bath robe for a true “luxury” feel. When they arrive, have them put on their robes and welcome them to the spa.

A great party spa treat would be to get each girl a pair of spa slippers. They’ll love that they all match and the slippers will also serve as a fabulous party favor.

Let the pampering begin with pedicures! Place chairs in a circle and grab some paint trays from you local home store to serve as water basins. Fill with warm water tossing in bath fizzies and a few rose petals for that extra touch. Consider recruiting Grandma, Auntie, or a friend to help you with your spa duties. Let each girl pick their polish color and get to work!

After the pedis, give each girl a facial scrub. I like this home facial scrub recipe which you can premake and store in small canning jars. You can slo try chocolate facial which I am sure the girls will be eager to lick off if it should drip!

Chocolate Facial Mask

1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
2 teaspoons Cottage Cheese
¼ Cup Honey
3 teaspoons Oatmeal
Directions:
Mix all ingredients together using a small blender then smooth onto face. Relax for ten 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Enjoy baby soft skin!

spa party theme - cookies

Wouldn’t these make the cutest dessert? I spotted these face mask shaped cookies and thought they were perfect! You could even personalize them with the spa guests names! For beverages, serve up yummy fruit smoothies and for eats how about small sandwiches?

spa party favors

Make each girl a spa pampering toiletry bag that she can use during her spa visit and also take home as a party favor. Include mini sized items like a nail file, nail polish, lip gloss, and scented lotion.

Now you have your spa party inspiration– add your own details and enjoy a little girl time during a spa party!

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#FBTbash Party Favors!


What would a party be without a few fabulous party favors? Well, no worries because we have you covered! Here is just a teaser of what’s up for grabs! Be sure to click the links because Julie over at Free Birthday Treats has got all the giveaway details and your chance to win!

Here’s what is up for grabs:

$100 1-800-FLOWERS Gift Certificate

Karito Kids Doll

$50 Tiny Prints Gift Certificate

(4) Kids Central Kitchen Party Favor Baking Mixes

$25 Birthday In A Box Gift Certificate

Kubit2me Game

Charmed Life Grill Charms Collection

Dear Peppers and Pollywogs Book

If you don’t know about our Twitter birthday bash yet, check out the party details!
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A Birthday Bash Like No Other! Twitter Style!

And you’re invited!

In celebration of Free Birthday Treats’ first birthday, we’re hosting the 1st Annual FBT Twitter Birthday Bash (#FBTbash) and we would love for you to join us!

We’ll be sharing fabulous party ideas for kids, adults, and even pets! Great topics, unique ideas, great party favors, plus a whole lot of fun!

Here’s the scoop:

Who:

You, Me (@hostesstori), Julie from Free Birthday Treats (@JulieFBT) and some great live guests:

Lisa Kothar, Peppers & Pollywogs – Kids birthdays @LisaKothari

Amy Swygert, American Cancer Society – More Birthdays Campaign @amyuwm

Debba Haupert, Girlfriendology.com – Celebrating birthdays with your girlfriends @Girlfriendology

Jill Caren, Cool Photo Ideas- Capturing and perserving those birthday memories @coolphotoideas

We’ll also have great party tips from Sally Strebel, Best Party Ever and Lynn, Celebrate Green

What:

Twitter Party to celebrate FBT’s growing success and one year birthday milestone!

Where:

Where else? On Twitter! Join the party by using hashtag #FBTbash in every tweet!

When:

Wednesday May 13th from 5-7 PST

RSVP:

Let us know you’re coming! Follow @hostesstori & @JulieFBT then copy and tweet the following:

RT Hey @hostesstori @JulieFBT I’ll be there! #FBTbash Twitter Bday Bash! http://cli.gs/ZAzzNg

Be sure to look around here and get in the party mood! We have tons of Party Ideas, Party Food & Drink, and Fab Gift Ideas.

Also- don’t forget to stop by Free Birthday Treats and see what all the talk is about for yourself! I bet you’re dying to know what you can get FREE for your birthday!

P.S. Feel free to leave your twitter handle in a comment below so others can follow you too!

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One Thoughtful Idea! More Birthdays Campaign by ACS

When it comes to birthdays, my friend Julie from Free Birthday Treats knows her stuff. If you are looking for a birthday freebie, special discount, or a budget-friendly way to celebrate, Julie is your go-to gal. So when she shared the news of the More Birthdays Campaign recently launched by the American Cancer Society with me I was so thrilled! As you know I love to celebrate, and the more thoughtful the better. Naturally I was on board with this campaign.

I’ll let Julie tell you about it herself (she is the birthday guru you know) :)

Take it Julie!

Thank you! Well, I created FreeBirthdayTreats.com because birthdays are a celebration of life and should not go past without some acknowledgement. In the weakening economy though, it’s tough spending money on celebrations. So I track down birthday freebies and discounts to help others continue to celebrate their special day.

To say the least, I’m very passionate about birthdays and this brings me to an email I received today from the American Cancer Society: Join the Movement for More Birthdays. I adore it! Declaring the American Cancer Society as the official sponsor of your birthday…awesome! It just launched today and will be an ongoing long-term campaign.

For me, this is a no brainer, but then I lost my dad to cancer over 16 years ago. Had he have been diagnosed sooner, he might still be with us today.

I joined the movement and would like to invite all of you to do so as well. Just visit http://www.morebirthdays.com to declare the American Cancer Society as the official sponsor of your birthday, join their Face Book group, send an e-card, download their More Birthdays Kit or start your own birthday page like I did:

I created this page in honor of my father, Joe Jameson. My goal is to raise $2,500 to help create a world with no cancer. Donations are welcome at: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/Events/BirthdayPages?pxfid=492974&fr_id=19690&pg=fund Thank you!

Thanks Julie for sharing! I predict this new ACS campaign is sure to take off- it’s such a thoughtful idea!

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13 {Simple} Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

“Going Green” is a great decision on any day, however Earth Day is a great reason to make some Earth-friendly changes if you haven’t already done so. Check out these 13 {simple} ways you can help Mother Nature this Earth day with these no-cost ways to celebrate Earth Day in ten minutes or less!

1. Turn your thermostat down two degrees and keep it there. And turn it off altogether tonight, heaping on the blankets if necessary.
2. Send Happy Earth Day e-cards to a half dozen friends.
3. E-mail your state or national representatives about a green initiative.
4. If you’re in the supermarket, track down the manager and encourage him or her to source local products.
5. Make signs to put on the mirror over faucets to remind family members to turn off water when they are brushing their teeth. (You can save an average of nine gallons every time you do this.)
6. Cancel subscriptions to newspapers or magazines you don’t really want.
7. Go online to CatalogChoice.org to free your mailbox from junk mail.
8. Call several people and arrange to carpool for an upcoming event such as a child’s sporting activity or a club meeting.
9. Go online and join a group like Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, Kids for Saving the Earth, the Wilderness Society or Co-op America.
10. Make a family pledge to walk everywhere today.
11. Talk to the principal at your children’s school about instituting environmental education in the curriculum.
12. Check to see that your tires are correctly inflated.
13. Sign the ” Healthy Yard Pledge” at Audubon.org.

More about our Green Guest Bloggers:

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at http://www.CelebrateGreen.net

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