Dec 30, 2010
Dec 29, 2010
Here are some of the fun ideas we did this holiday:
- brown card stock paper
- red gumdrop or pompom
- googlie eyes
Cut the poster board to fit around the child's (or adults) head. Trace and cut out hand prints on the brown stock paper, assemble:
- white sugar
- brown sugar
- red and green sugar sprinkles
Dec 21, 2010
I was approached by my friend Angie, she owns Flowlines Design Flowlines Design, Inc., and asked if she could use my family's photo for samples on her web site for holiday cards. My response..."You want to use MY family photo?!" Wow!! What an honor! So, I sent over a few pics and waited to see our shining moment.
Here we are:
Here is Angie's cute family:
If you are in the market for great, quality cards or invitations, call her or check out her web site! She is professional and QUICK! The Holiday cards I received were so beautiful (some of you are receiving them in your mail box's soon, if not already) and not too bad on price. Yes, I did receive a discount from her for pimping out my family, but even with out that, I would order from her.
I will post my card after the holiday, as I do not want to ruin the surprise for those of you whom have not received yours yet!
MERRY CHRISTMAS Friends, and a BIG thank you to Angie =)
Photo Credit: Me and Flowlines Design
Dec 15, 2010
What are your thoughts on the new E! reality show Bridalplasty? Not sure exactly what that is, well, it is a show about Brides-to-be who compete in challenges to earn plastic-surgery procedures in a quest to win their ultimate dream wedding.
Hosted by Shanna Moakler and procedures performed by Dr. Terry Dubrow.
Click here to see what Beauty Chat has to say.
Photo Credit: E! Online
Dec 6, 2010
My Mother in Law made the cutest napkin ring holders for Thanksgiving. She got the idea from the Family Fun web site. They were SO SUPER cute! Here they are:
They were so simple to make. Here is what you need:
1) Black poster board
2) Photos of family or friends
3) Glue stick
4) White paper
6) White Crayon
So, this has now become our NEW holiday tradition! We will be making them for Christmas too! I am thinking Elves and Snowmen... =)
My mother in law also made this SUPER cute appetizer:
TO BE CONTINUED...
Photo Credit: Me!
Nov 24, 2010
We hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving. May you be thankful for all the many blessing you have received over the past year. Enjoy your family, I will be enjoying mine!
Here are a few fun Thanksgiving post from some of our bloggie buddies. ENJOY:
Preparing for Black Friday from: spendlessandsavemore.net
Autumn Cocktails from: celebrationsathomeblog.com
What YOU looking at?? Thanksgiving Jokes from: fromchaoscomeshappiness.blogspot.com
Thanksgiving Decor in the Kitchen from: etiquettewithmissjanice.blogspot.com
THANKSGIVING SURVIVAL TIPS from: cocktailswithmom.com
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort from: daytrippingmom.com
Over ALL great holiday ideas for all budgets from: familybalancesheet.org
Photo Credit: Me
Nov 16, 2010
I wrote this last year, and I think it is my most helpful, holiday dinner prep post . So here ya go, an oldie but goodie =)
Do you ever wish you could pull off a holiday dinner and still have a smile on your face at the end? Well, it's really not that difficult, and we can help you accomplish it!
For years, my mom has been coaching me on how to give a dinner party (or any party for that matter) and enjoy it, enjoy my guests and finish it off without stressing out. I have watched, learned and help my mom put on many dinner parties and they were all fun, enjoyable and stress free.
How you ask? By following a few simple rules:1) Deep clean your place a week before, and do touch ups the night before. This means you can't wait until the last minute to clean, it has to be ALL DONE a week before. This includes your laundry!
2) Do all of your food and decorative shopping 4 days before your party. When you get home, organize all of your party items off to the side (possibly on a dining room table or in a spare bedroom). Don't put them all away, keep them out and together.
3) Have your menu completely planned out. This includes appetizers, drinks, salad, bread, main course, sides, dessert, coffee, condiments, etc. Leave nothing to think about!
4) Set all of your table(s) the night before. In fact, put out as many of the decorations you can the night before (as long as they will not get ruined or fall).
5) Always have a "Plan B". If you are planning to eat on your patio, plan for what you will do if it's too cold, too windy or too hot. Now you will not be frantic when you have to use it!
6) Have all of your meals, desserts, etc. made the day before or the morning of your party if possible. By doing this, you can have your dishes all done, and the mess cleaned up. All you will have to do is pop it in the oven, and not have to spend time preparing things, and you get to be with your guests, not in the kitchen.
7) If any of the food can be cooked in a disposable dish, DO IT!! Then you can just toss it when you are done, thus eliminating the need to clean it.
8) Label what dishes will hold what items. This way if your guests help you, they will know where things go.
9) Have plenty of seating for all of your guests. If you invite 10 people to dinner, have a table set up to hold 10 people. If this requires you to borrow tables and chairs, get them a few days before hand, not the day of.
10) Enlist the help of a friend for clean up. Having someone to help you takes the pressure off of you to be the hostess Or host with the most! 4 hands are always better than 2, and much quicker. Be sure to have plenty of containers for left overs. This helps aids in a quick clean up.
11) 30 minutes before your guests are scheduled to arrive, light your candles, turn on your music, ice your drink glasses, and put out your appetizers. Sit down, pour yourself a drink and have a great time!
Well, there you have it. I am sure I could have gone on for DAYS!!! I love to entertain, and I love it when my friends say I make it look so easy. The truth is, it's not easy, I just am well prepared! If you take a little time to organize, plan, clean, and prepare, you can have a successful, stress free event that you will actually enjoy!
I hope this helps, let us know if there are tips you can add to aid our readers in a stress free holiday. I look forward to hearing from you!
Nov 5, 2010
*Content from the March of Dimes web site*
Oct 21, 2010
Looking for fun Halloween ideas? Here are some of the sites I have been using all month for my little ones...and ME!
Photo Credit: ME
Save the Date for Cupcakes
Better Homes and Garden
Firefly Glow & Novelty
Blog Frog Community- Seasonal Celebrations Halloween Community
Oct 17, 2010
Oct 7, 2010
This is Gold Canyon’s beautiful tribute candle in honor of all women and their loved ones affected by breast cancer. With the purchase of this candle, Gold Canyon will donate 10% of the retail value to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Sep 24, 2010
~ Create your own Faux Vintage Creat to hold all of your programs or wedding cards! Check out Hip Weddings for this fabulous "how to".
~ Today's freebie is to get you ready for the Halloween season. Clickable Party has FREE printable postcards and favor tags/mini cards!
~ Make your own super cute and chic Halloween decoration with the help of Strictly Simple Styles "how to" tutorial on creating a monogram pumpkin with nail heads.
~ Here's some fun ideas from No Limit Events to make your 2010 Halloween a little bit sweeter.
~ Fun Peanut Butter and Chocolate Spiders from Not Just A Housewife.
~ Halloween printable and fun party ideas from Accent the Party.
Yummy Food Related:
~ Fall Fav...Slow Cooker Hearty Beef Chili from Cre8tive Mocha.
This and That:
~ Hair Band Organization for your little one's hair accessories from Fashionably Organized.
~ Do you want to help save a life? Check out Thoughts from Cali and help her collect Yoplait Yogurt collect pink lids!
monogram pumpkin: Strictly Simple Style
faux vintage creat: Hip Weddings
Sep 17, 2010
I was recently sent these delicious treats from (cacao) sweets & treats review. They are SO CUTE! (cacao) sweets & treats offers a gourmet line of delicious delights, specializing in Cake Truffles,Impossibly Moist Cupcakes and our Signature Brownies. (cacao)'s gourmet sweets & treats are handmade from scratch using the finest natural and organic ingredients and are always fresh to order.
Sep 8, 2010
At a recent event, I sat down to this:
YIKES!! What to do with all of this? I did not know where to begin. It was at this point, I realized that all of the country club dinners I had attended in my younger years did nothing for me! I was LOST! I knew it was time to do something. I was going to have to learn how to use these many pieces that assemble a table setting. What did I do? Well, I challenged you to give us your etiquette questions, and boy did you!
After receiving all of your questions, I set out to do a little research and learn. So with out further ado, here are your answers... (bear with me...this is a long one, BUT full of great tips and info!)
Silverware, Glasses, Dishes...Oh my!
Q: I am afraid I won't use the correct forks for salad, dinner, and dessert. Ha! It's simple, but I get confused! (Elana from Good Girl Gone Shopping)
Q: What if the food is really fancy and you are given WAY too many pieces of flatware and you don't want to use the salad fork for the main meal or vice verse? (Charles P.)
Q: I know to use the small fork first but what are the utensils at the top of the place for? And that really big outer spoon? Soup maybe? (Sunday from Adventures in Extreme Parenthood)
Q: I get confused over who's glass or salad dish is who's. (Audra from Penny Pinching Penguin)
Q: : I always get nervous about which silverware to use and when. I was taught at some point but it's really embarrassing that I can't remember! (Leeann from Join the Gossip)
Usually a good rule of thumb: Always start with the flatware farthest from your plate and work your way in.
In a formal setting, you will usually use one(1) utensil per course, starting with the one furthest from your plate.The soup spoon is the out most left followed by your beverage spoon (YES beverage has it's own, DON'T use your soup spoon to stir your iced tea!) The spoon and fork above your plate are for dessert. If none are there, then they will be brought to you at that time.
If you are having difficultly figuring out which set of flatware or dishes are yous, remember this: Eat to the left, drink to the right.
Tip1: once your utensils are used, they are not to touch the table again, including the handles. If in a formal setting, the utensils will usually be removed after each course and replaced if need be.
Tip 2: If you have completed your meal, you can signal this to the server by resting your knife blade in and fork resting tips down. Please leave your unused flatware on the table, and do not stack them on your plate.
Tip 3: (from Wendy): Form your thumb and index finger into a circle on each hand, forming a b and a d. That way you know which side is your bread plate and which is your drink! (as opposed to the method I used to use, which is wait until one of the people sitting next to me took a drink or used their bread plate).
Tip 4: (from Patricia): Did you know it's not proper to pick up a utensil if you drop it on the floor in a restaurant? Makes since but I see people doing it. Then what do you do with it once you've picked it up...put on the table with clean ware? Not on my table.
Q: I worry I will have too much on the table. Place setting, serving dishes, glasses, etc. (from JDaniel4's Mom)
Just follow the guidelines as stated in the images above and you should be fine!
Q: I am at a total loss as to where to start with my silverware and then all those wine/water glasses?(from Sunday)
Thanks Sunday! Please see above for the Silverware answer. As for all those wine glasses:
Each course could have a different wine selection. You are not obligated to have any wine, or finish the previous glass. If opting to not have any, please decline gracefully! Do not turn your wine glass upside down. Simply hold your hand over the glass or just let them pour as to not draw any attention.
Here is some information straight from the Etiquette Scholar Website:
If you are serving a variety of wines with dinner, glasses are generally arranged according to size so that the smaller ones are not hidden behind the larger ones. The water goblet is placed directly above the knives at the right of the plate. The champagne glass is next to it at a slight distance to the right. The red or white wineglass is positioned in front of and between the water goblet and champagne glass. If you have several wineglasses, always set them according to size, with the largest ones on the left, starting with the water goblet. The sherry glass is placed either to the right or in front of the wineglass.
If you don't want to group the wineglasses, place them in a straight row slanting downward from the water goblet at the upper left to the sherry glass at the lower right.
Eating Styles, Conversations and How To
Q: My sister said that there's a way to cut your food. There's the American way and the European way...I never want to be messy. (from Elana)
Taken from the What's Cooking America Website:
Use one of two methods when using the fork and knife:
American Style: Knife in right hand, fork in left hand holding food. After a few bite-sized pieces of food are cut, place knife on edge of plate with blades facing in. Eat food by switching fork to right hand (unless you are left handed). A left hand, arm or elbow on the table is bad manners.
Continental/European Style: Knife in right hand, fork in left hand. Eat food with fork still in left hand. The difference is that you don't switch hands-you eat with your fork in your left hand, with the prongs curving downward. Both utensils are kept in your hands with the tines pointed down throughout the entire eating process. If you take a drink, you do not just put your knife down, you put both utensils down into the resting position: cross the fork over the knife.
Tip: Never cut your food into more than one or two pieces at a time. This looks unattractive and cools your meal at a faster rate. There is an exception made for young children.
Q: Another question I have is when is it proper to start eating? Do you wait until everyone has their food on their plate or do you start eating as it is brought out? (from Sunday)
In smaller group settings (up to four) you should wait till everyone has received their meal, in a larger setting it is best to wait until all have received their meal OR until the hostess insists or asks you to begin eating. A good signal to watch for is when the hostess or host pick up their utensil, you may do so.
Q: For me it is more about conversation during formal dinners. When to talk, when to be quiet. I am a pretty social person, but it can be intimidating when you are all dressed up. (Emily from Family and Life in Las Vegas)
First rule, do not talk with food in your mouth! This is tacky and rude. Dinner parties are a social affair, conversation is a given. Try to remember to engage in conversation with those around you. Remember to not
talk about yourself in length, and always listen. Conversation is a give and take act.
Now, if you are in Japan- conversation is subdued during the meal, In Turkey, they are loud and animated! so just remember to follow the lead of your host.
Q: My usual peeve is when you have to spit something out (a fragment of shell or bone, a fruit pit.) What is the best way to deal with this? (Maria from 1000 reasons I am a Bad Mom)
It is best to remove whatever obstacle is in your mouth by the same means you put it in with, and place it on the rim of your plate. You should go unnoticed because it is normal for your utensil to be in your mouth. Never spit it out or place on the table linens!!
Tip: You should eat cake with a FORK? It irritates me more than I want to admit when I get a slice of cake and a spoon. (From Maria)
Q: Seriously, though, the "obvious" things: what to do with your napkin, how to signal you are finished/ not finished with a course, which side the service will come from/ be taken away. People don't know these things, and I have seen WAY too many awkward moments at nice restaurants (usually with the boss watching... yikes!) (Gina form Fantasy Casting)
When you are seated, simply UNFOLD your napkin. Do not shake it open as this looks tacky. If you are in a high end restaurant, the waiter may do this for you. Gently place the napkin in your lap. Please leave the napkin in your lap until the end of your meal, never place your dirty napkin on the table during the meal, and never blow your nose into it. At the end of your meal, place the napkin onto the left side of your place setting.
Q: What are the major no-nos.? How can you look like you know what you are doing even when you have no clue? (from Emily)
Never do the following:
- Chew or speak with your mouth full
- Turn a glass upside down to decline a beverage
- Smoke at the table
- Ask to taste another guests food or offer yours
- season your food before tasting it
- Use your finder to help scoop food
- Blow on your food- simply wait till it cools
- "Play" with your food or utensils
- Hold food on your utensil while talking
- Place your elbows on the table
- Slurp, smack or burp at the table
- Stab your food
- Pick at your teeth
- Slouch in your chair
Thank you everyone for your participation and help!
Table setting images: Replacements LTD
Table Setting Photo: ME
Sep 7, 2010
Sep 3, 2010
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Sep 2, 2010
I had used Shutterfly once for business when I had worked for BeautyChatBlog.com about 3 years ago. I remember that the program was VERY easy to use. I had made some thank you cards for vendors that had used us to review their products. I had uploaded the blogs log and an image of all the "Beauty Chatters". It was really cute.
Hurry! I will choose 2 of you on Tuesday, September 7!
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Aug 27, 2010
Aug 25, 2010
Colleen was randomly selected by Random.or and has won herself a Winkee.
What a great invention. I avoid buying a lot of cute tops because they are just too low cut and in the summer it's too hot to add an extra layer. I'd love to win.
Thank you to everyone who entered. Check back for more giveaways!
Aug 22, 2010
It has happened AGAIN!!! Another fabulous blogger has asked US to guest post! Who you ask?... Karen from Strictly Simple Style ~ Style for your home without the price tag.
The post: Guest Post From KDC Event Planning was a follow up to: Too Many Cooks Spoil the Bridal Shower.
Check out the post and Karen's blog, its fabulous!
Photo Credit: Karen from Strictly Simple Style
Aug 19, 2010
Our friends at over at KMR Communications is at it again by introducing us to some fabulous finds! They are introducing us today to the Winkee. What's a Winkee you say? Well read on...
It’s official: We no longer have to resort to bulky tank tops or duct tape to cover up the dreaded “too-much cleavage” syndrome. The ultimate solution for wardrobe malfunctions is finally here! The Winkee is a stylish, lightweight bra accessory that can help cover cleavage without added bulk.
Let’s face it, wardrobe mishaps are not only confined to the red carpet or the Super Bowl. From slip up’s and slip out’s, sometimes clothes develop a mind of their own. For many women, it seems the dreaded bra flash happens at the most inopportune moments. No matter the size of your bosom, a low-cut shirt can become a source of discomfort in certain settings. Whether you’re in the office or at a family function, every woman has asked herself “Is this top too revealing?”
The Winkee, created by entrepreneurs Patricia Calamari and Karla Kennedy is an answer to this fashion dilemma. Combining the concept of a tank top layer with the added benefit of being removable, The Winkee allows women to cover cleavage when they need to, and switch from “day to night” seamlessly without having to change outfits completely.
According to Patricia, “The Winkee is a patent-pending design that solves every woman’s occasional need to have a multi-purpose outfit. From the jetsetter who simply wants to pack lighter, to today’s multi-tasking woman who wants to go from the boardroom to out on the town with friends, The Winkee has you covered – literally!”
- Stick Winkee Dots on the inside of each of the three Winkee tabs
- Wrap top side tabs around straps of bra
- Wrap bottom tab under the middle of front of bra
Click here to view some videos on the Winkee!
Photo Credit: http://www.thewinkee.com/
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