Did you know that Aldi sells a great variety of wine & beer? (This is not a sponsored post, just throwing some praise & spreading the word to my fellow wine-lovers!) Read more
We love spending Easter with our families! We’ve had relatively nice weather the past few years, and have made a day or weekend out of the holiday. However, although we enjoy time spent together no matter what we’re doing, it’s been tough to find games & activities for our family to do that aren’t kid-oriented. Read more
It’s National Puppy Day today!! Although my furry friends aren’t puppies anymore…..they honestly get celebrated everyday. I’d like to share my dog adoption stories with you. Read more
It was a cold Saturday morning, and P and I had just eaten breakfast and were discussing dinner plans shortly after. Think about one of those days when you just want to cuddle under a blanket….and eat all the things. HA! That was us.
Anyway, one of the shows I binge watch is Chopped, and we always joke that it would be so fun & challenging to go on the show. If you haven’t seen it, check out the show here. Four chefs compete in 3 rounds of courses (appetizer, entrée & dessert) and a chef is eliminated each time. The challenge is, for each round, they are given a mystery box containing 4 random ingredients they must incorporate in some way.
BOOM: Idea. Let’s DIY this show tonight! Check out my free printable template here! Read more
It’s very possible that I’m known in my group of friends as the person who always suggests mimosas or margaritas as an added extra to anything we plan. No shame! Here’s a fruity recipe for a twist on mimosas, a Cranberry Amaretto Fizz. Read more
FRIENDS – You have full permission to cut the dieting today and enjoy a rich, delicious brownie tonight!! It’s also National Pretend to be a Time Traveler day, so maybe watch the Time Traveler’s Wife for a chick-flick-and-chocolate kind of night!
In celebration of this holiday, I’d like to share my FAVORITE unique chocolate recipes with you! Read more
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
It is sometimes difficult to find that PERFECT gift for the man in your life. I have found the BEST gift ideas on Uncommon Goods, you have to try it out! Here are my top 5 favorites, and the ones that I will be buying this year! (This is not a sponsored post, just sharing ideas.)
Comfort food, YES PLEASE. A staple in my household growing up. We always seemed to have each of these ingredients in the pantry/refrigerator and it’s been a great easy weeknight meal. Read more
When possible, dedicate your business to local vendors when buying items, especially when you’re planning an event! These are probably items you don’t typically buy for your normal day-to-day, so expand your horizons and branch out to some local biz.
Find some great reasons here to dedicate your money back into your local economy. Some of my favorites include:
There’s plenty of room for 15 people to sit comfortably at old-yard-sale-tables-turned-to-dinner-tables in my home. However, this year was different in combining two sets of families/friends with the people now in my boyfriend’s life. But, oh, was it a blast and meticulous planning & focus on the budget allowed for PLENTY of compliments to make this party planner feel great!
On Pinterest, I found a great idea to use the brown Kraft paper as a table covering – I may be late to this idea but I’ll be using it again!! The day prior to the party, I spent time drawing a rectangular area at each place setting and set some markers & pens out in coffee mugs on the tables. All of the 25 guests to this party being in our twenties, it was nice to feel like a kid again.
In the planning stages, I also saw a neat Thanksgiving Mad Libs game & Scattergories game that I used as inspiration to create my own. The one thing I forgot to plan for – prizes for the winners! Bragging rights had to do.
The best part of the night was the food; every guest at this party contributed either a side dish, dessert or beverage and we paired it with our main dish, ham. Green Bean Casserole and Pretzel Beer Cheese Dip were the biggest hits of the evening!
All in all, it was a fantastic experience seeing our diverse group of friends and family mingle in our home. This event will surely be a reoccurrence!