Cocktail Time: Patriotic Style!

Looking for a fun and festive red, white, and blue cocktail? Check out these patriotic beverages put together over at Simply Stated today.

How refreshing and fun do these look? 1. Fourth of July Cocktail 2. Strawberry Sucker 3. Watermelon Mint Cooler 4. Patriotic Margarita 5. red, White and Blue HYPNOTIQ Blue Martini

You can check out the recipes for these drinks over at the Simply Stated Blog… which one will you make? I am eyeing #1 myself.


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Ideas for Hosting a Pet Party

Have you ever thought about throwing a birthday party for your pet? Pets have birthdays too right? I mean, what pet do you know that doesn’t enjoy a ton of attention? Consider celebrating their special day with a pet party!

Host your party at a local dog park or in your own yard. Ask friends and family to bring their pet over for the party. Send out treats in little envelopes for a fun invite- a hand written note is fine accompanied by say, a small dog bone for the invitee. Be sure to ask pet parents to bring a leash. Oh- and you might want to let your neighbors in on your plans- just in case your party gets a bit loud.

Make sure your party space has plenty of food and water for all the party guests. Also- consider preparing pet cupcakes so that each four legged friend can have a little birthday dessert! If you are in need of pet dessert recipes (that are safe to serve), check out Puppy Cake cake mix. And for ice cream, pick up some Frosty Paws (sold at most major grocery stores). I also like this recipe for homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Blondies for dogs. Your pet friends will be in for a treat!

You can even play pet games. If you are having a dog party try having each dog show of their best trick (for a treat of course). You can also play relays and get the pet parents involved which is always fun. For prizes or party favors, pick up some inexpensive pet treats and toys. Oh- and don’t forget the pictures. As thank you notes- send each pet friend’s owner a photo of them at the party!

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The Lovely Language of Flowers

Most often- it is the little details that make all the difference. Little thoughtful touches can really be impressive and usually are much more meaningful. While checking out my favorite magazine, I came across this very thoughtful idea. The next time you make or order a flower arrangement for someone, consider picking out blooms that fit their personality. Did you know flowers have meaning? Me either. Not only are they gorgeous sentiments- they also can hold extra special meaning to.

If you are a bride, I love this idea over at Real Simple: Add a signature flower to each of your bridesmaids bouquets that fit their personality. Attach a small note sharing why you chose that particular flower for them. Thoughtfull right?

Here are what a few of my favorite flowers mean- in the language of blooms:

-Lily: Purity and sweetness

-Peony: Happiness and prosperity

-Sweet Pea: Departure

To see what your favorite blooms means, visit Real Simple to read their full list.

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Star Spangled Cupcakes

If you are looking for a great dessert for your 4th of July celebration that is simple yet fun and festive…check out these cupcakes!

Pair a star sugar cookie with a yummy cupcake and there you have it- the perfect patriotic treat!

Check out how to make these over at a fabulous blog, inchmark. I am sure you will find many other great ideas while you’re looking around!

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Getting Married? Save BIG and Win $1000!

If you are a bride-to-be planning your wedding you most likely have a challenge on your hands: creating your dream wedding yet trying to be resourceful and spend your budget wisely. If this sounds like your predicament, you are in for a treat! Wedding Paper Divas and Beau-coup have teamed up to create a chic yet practical new website, Now you can learn from other recessionista brides and grooms and pull off a chic and sophisticated ceremony that won’t break the bank. Share your budget saving tips and ideas and learn what others are doing as well.

And what better way to celebrate this exciting new site than with a fabulous contest? Share your best money-saving wedding tip and be entered to win $1,000 in gift certificates from Wedding Paper Divas and Beau-coup! Check out their new site and enter to win {good luck}!

*Hurry! The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 20 at midnight, PST. The winning idea will be posted online on Friday, July 24.

And if you need a little inspiration, check out my tips on How to save money and still have a fabulous wedding!

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DIY Coasters

I have a ton of magazines stacked in my house. Why? Well, they are just so pretty I can’t throw them out, so instead I keep them stacked in a basket. Not the best solution I know- so I went browsing for some ideas on what to do with them. I came across this fabulous idea for re purposing old magazines. On How About Orange I found this great way to recycle my old magazines and make them into coasters! Now I can turn pretty magazines into something that is actually useful.

Aren’t they cool looking?

Head on over to How About Orange and see the simple way you can turn 6 magazine pages into one gorgeous and crafty DIY coaster! You can even learn how to make recycled magazine baskets :). This site never fails to inspire me to get a little crafty- remember those DIY bookmarks I shared with you? They are still one of my favorite little projects!

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