DIY Fall Decorating

September 20th, 2016

I admit, I am one of those ladies who couldn’t care less about seasonal decorating but there is something about walking into your house and it smelling like pumpkin and spice and everything nice! It brings a comfort to you and kinda sets you up to get in the holiday spirit. I have found some DIY fall decorations for just that reason.

Here all you do is get cones, rings and string!

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The next piece I have posted is simple. Just get a wreath or a cylinder and hot glue pine cones to it!

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This next one is so easy it doesn’t require any work, I mean none at all! All you need is a glass vase, fake pumpkins and flowers! You can also add some tags to the flowers or tree that you have put inside the vase to put things you are thankful for. Say those at thanksgiving dinner!

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There are so many other ideas, visit Pinterest to claim yours!

Thank Your Caregivers!

September 15th, 2016

Today is National Caregiver’s Day and I felt the need to write a little something for those that care for others on a full time basis. When you are in charge of managing doctor’s appointments, making sure medications are taken on time and daily, doing basic care needs such as assisting with bathing and teeth brushing, as well as household tasks, it can take a toll on you and you forget to take of yourself.  Even if you help take care of a child, that is still considered a caregiver. Those that are cared for or done for, often times forget to thank the ones that do so much for them! Well take time for yourself. So go get a pedicure, a facial, maybe even a new outfit because you deserve it! I would like to thank my grandmother and mother in law for picking my son up from school and taking care of him until I get home from work!

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DIY Halloween Costumes

September 7th, 2016

Are you tired of trying to figure out what you or your child will be for halloween?  I have compiled a list of do it yourself and creative costumes with out breaking the bank.

Bag of Jelly Beans

As much as my son loves jelly beans, he would like this!

What you need to do: Get a clear trash bag, cut holes for your arms and legs to fit through. Print the nutritional facts on the back of the costume, just like what you see on the backs of candy bags. Fill up the bag with colored balloons for the jellybeans, and tie up the trash bag near your neck with a ribbon.

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Ghost

All you need is an old white sheet! Just cut out holes for the eyes, maybe even do a mouth and put red marker around it for a girl ghost!

Waldo and Wenda

Great couples costume!

What you need to do: Get a red- and white-striped shirt, red and white cap, black- and round-rimmed glasses, and a pair of jeans. Wenda’s glasses are a little more triangular, and she also wears red- and white-striped socks, along with a denim skirt.

 

Tooth Fairy and Tooth

The tooth fairy costume might be the perfect outfit to wear when handing out candy to children.

What you need: Get a tutu, wings, tiara, and a wand with a cardboard cutout of a tooth stuck to the tip. For the tooth, you’ll need a bunch of pillows.

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Home Improvement’s Wilson

Who didn’t watch Home Improvement in the 90s? This is such a clever costume that’s really easy and affordable to make. Watch out, you may be asked for advice!

What you need to do: Get popsicle sticks to make the fence, beige floppy hat, and a brown plaid shirt.

 

Grumpy Cat

This Grumpy Cat costume is for those who are in love with the world’s grumpiest meme.

What you need to do: Get white face paint, lots of brown eyeshadow, and a sponge for blending. Wear a white outfit, brown cat ears, and a brown tail.

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Wednesday Addams

If you wear this costume, be prepared to talk about all things grim to everyone.

What you need to do: Get a long back dress with long sleeves and a white collar (collar can be made and sewn on). Braid your hair, and dust white powder onto your face and hands for pale skin.

 

Care Bears

Brighten up a Halloween party by opting for the Care Bear group costume.

What you need to do: Make ears out of colored paper or felt, pick a bear to emulate, then wear its requisite colors. Finally, make your Care Bear belly out of white paper or felt cloth and draw the symbol on with colored Sharpies.

 

Men in Black

This will be one costume others won’t forget . . . or will they?

What you need to do: Wear a black suit, put on shades, and you’ll have your top secret Men in Black costume.

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The Ultimate Sports Birthday Party!

September 1st, 2016

ULTIMATE SPORTS BIRTHDAY PARTY

Do you have a boy or girl in your life that loves sports? Why not put on a sports birthday party for them?!  This is the perfect opportunity to give them that special cake for their birthday and then have their party at the park on the weekend. Plenty of room for all of the little ones to run around and get crazy without you stressing out about you house.  With the games/activities you have planned you know a sports birthday party needed to be somewhere with more room to run.

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Invitations Box has the perfect birthday party invites for you! http://www.invitationbox.com/sports-invitations.html

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HOT POTATO FOOTBALL TOSS

Let the festivities begin once the kids get there! The first game you can do a Hot Potato football game with just a little bit of masking tape. Even add in a couple of extra balls to pass around and add a little twist.  The kids will love it!

FIELD GOAL KICK

Next, head over to the field goal kick that you can make out of PVC pipe and pool noodles.

BASKETBALL TOSS

The last game you can do is a basketball shoot with the kids having to shoot a basketball bean bag through a hula hoop that another one of the kids was holding.

These sports lollipops are the perfect party favor that your kids can take home!

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Ice Cream Social!!

August 25th, 2016

Set the Scene

Set up a buffet style layout with vintage glassware, metallic trays and textiles. Also have a menu ready for ingredients of your choice!

Spread the Word!!

Set the tone for the rest of the event with invitations designed by your favorite invitation company, Invitation Box!

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Decorating

A colorful garland strung above the sundae bar adds whimsy and a festive feel. All it takes are printables and string!

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Display It

A handwritten chalkboard menu set in an ornate white frame announces flavors and toppings in a casual way and acts as a fun focal point for the sundae bar. You can make one if you don’t have it!  Spray-paint a vintage picture frame white, then spray a piece of foam board with chalkboard spray paint. After allowing the board to completely dry, mount it to the back of the frame.

ICE, ICE BABY

Fill a galvanized bucket with layers of ice and cold water for maximum cooling, then nestle all the flavors inside with an ice cream scoop at the ready. You don’t want it melting!

PILE THEM HIGH

When it comes to toppings, we say, the more, the better. Nuts, sprinkles, crushed cookies, shredded coconut, fresh berries, crushed candy bars, hot fudge and caramel sauce are all classic additions, but virtually anything goes. Display them in simple glass bowls with plenty of spoons for scooping. A silver or metal tray adds a touch of glamour while working as a catchall for spilled toppings.

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Don’t Forget Last Minute Details Before Your Wedding!

August 23rd, 2016

My good friend is getting married this weekend, so of course this got me wondering about last minute details that maybe she hasn’t thought of. I have designed a list that will help every wedding go smoothly once these are done.

15 Things You Have To Do A Week Before Your Wedding! 

1. Confirm your wedding-day beauty appointments and get your manicure and pedicure a couple days before the big day!

2. Grooms: Get a haircut. Don’t do it more than a week out or else it will look shaggy but wait too close and it will look too childish.

3. Grooms, pick up your suit and brides, your dress. Do one last fitting in the store before taking it home.

4. Practice walking and dancing in your wedding shoes, if you bought new ones.

5. Call guests who have missed the RSVP deadline. You’ll need the final headcount for your venue and caterer and you know there are those who do not RSVP (for some reason).

6. Communicate the wedding-day schedule, any special duties, and important contact information to your parents, the wedding party, and your wedding coordinator. Of course, this is what the rehearsal dinner is for, but still, you don’t want anyone missing their mark.

7. Place final payments and cash tips into separate envelopes for each vendor. Give them to a trusted friend of family member to pay the vendor. Ask him or her to greet each vendor and be the point person for questions, as you will be too busy getting ready and you can’t be trying to run around when that should be up to someone else doing that for you.

8. Call and re-confirm every last detail with each of your vendors including date, time, and location. Don’t forget to provide them with contact info for their point person on the day-of. See #7. (You’ll be too busy getting ready to direct traffic!) Make sure your photographer has your shot list, your DJ has your song list, and that your venue knows when each vendor will be arriving to set up.

9. Create a seating chart for your reception and share the final version with your caterer, venue manager, reception host and hostess, and wedding coordinator.

10. If you didn’t order escort cards with your stationary, it’s time to put on your DIY hat and make them. (Ask your craftiest ‘maid for some assistance if necessary!) Escort cards are used to inform guests of which table they should be looking for in your reception area, so you don’t have wondering bodies.

11. Provide drivers with a schedule and list of names, phone numbers, and addresses for pickup and drop off.

12. Shop and pack for your honeymoon. Though your girls will make sure you’re covered in the lingerie department (what else are bachelorette parties for?!), bikinis, sun dresses, and SPF 50 won’t buy themselves, and of course you won’t be in lingerie all honeymoon, or will you?

13. Are you writing your own vows? Making a toast? Prepare anything that requires a speech now.

14. Gather a wedding-day emergency kit that includes fashion tape, safety pins, band-aids, mints, and a needle with thread that matches your dress, even a mini hot glue gun because that sucker will come in handy!

15. Pack a bag for your wedding night. Ask some one to deliver it to the hotel where you’ll be staying, or keep it with your maid/matron of honor.

The Ultimate Hospital Packing List- Before Baby!

August 17th, 2016

Save time and insanity by preparing your hospital bag ahead of time. Here is our complete list of stuff you won’t want to forget.

At about 34 weeks pregnant, pack a bag with everything you think you’ll need at the hospital, so that you’re ready to go as soon as your baby’s ready to arrive.

Smartphone and Charger

I mean lets face it, who is with out their cell phone nowadays? And of course you have to keep everyone updated on facebook about whats going on!

Extra Bag or Two

With all the goodies from the hospital—diapers, blankets, and creams, you’re bound to have more stuff coming out than you did going in.

Cash and Change

Bring at least $20 in cash and change for snacks, gift-store runs, and any of your miscellaneous cravings, because hospital food sucks.

Flip-Flops

Bring flip-flops for the shower or to wear home if your feet are swollen.

Hair Care Products

A ponytail holder or stretchy headband will help keep your hair out of your face during labor—and a brush and dry shampoo will help ensure that you look fab in those first photos with your new baby.

Homecoming Outfit for Baby

Pack a newborn-size pajama outfit with footies so you don’t have to bring socks. You’ll likely get a receiving blanket and hat in the hospital.

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You’ll probably still look about 5 months pregnant, so pack your favorite maternity dress or leggings and a tunic.

Important Documents

Bring copies of your birth plan (if you have one), a picture ID, health insurance information, and hospital registration forms. Even if you’ve already registered at the hospital, some hospitals need to confirm your records before they can admit you.

Music, Movies, and Magazines

Load up your smartphone or tablet with tunes and anything you might want to binge-watch on Netflix. It’ll help distract you—and your partner—during a long labor.

Nursing Bra

Bring a nursing tank or bra (buy them at the end of your pregnancy—most women are about that same size postpartum) that’s comfy enough to sleep in. Ditch the underwire bras for now, trust me!

Relaxation Tools

A homemade hot pack can bring you instant relief during active labor because it molds to your body—and it can easily be warmed up in the hospital’s microwave. Other items to pack include: back massager, stress-relieving squeeze ball, and massage oil or lotion.

Sleepwear, Robe, and Underwear

A cotton nightie will be much more comfortable than a hospital gown. A robe will be handy for when you want to walk down the hallways. Several pairs of undies are a must (briefs, maternity, or disposables like Depends) if you don’t want to wear the mesh underwear the hospital gives you after delivery. Trust me, you won’t.

Slippers and/or Heavy Socks

Keep your toes toasty and clean, whether you’re in bed or strolling around on the cold tile floor. Bring a pair that’s easily laundered, as they may get a bit dirty. When you are in labor, your feet get ice cold.

Lingerie Shower!

August 12th, 2016

Lingerie Shower Invitations

I think the groom’s favorite part about the wedding is the honeymoon. Since she’s getting married, she’ll definitely want to spice up her honeymoon with something new for each night of fun – whether it’s sweet and frilly, sassy or racy and lacy!  Linen and lingerie themed showers are becoming more and more popular in the bridal world whether it’s the complete bridal shower theme or a theme tacked onto the bride’s bachelorette party.  Just make sure your bride is ok with this type of shower because she may be more on the conservative side.  Check with the bride ahead of time to see if she’d like her measurements given out to guests to ensure proper sizing, unless she doesn’t want it given. If your shower is a younger, crazy crowd, you may want to have a fun activity like design your own underwear with jewels, rhinestone words or paints to make and take home with you.  You can also spice things up a bit with a ‘bedroom’ expert to come in with advice, ideas and products.  Great ice breakers and a way to really get your guests giggling!  Be sure to offer your guests some fruity cocktails, too.

Set the scene for your spicy shower with a linen and lingerie bridal shower invitation.  Our lingerie shower invitations range from simple and sweet with bathroom and linen scenes to racy and sultry with lingerie drawings, die-cut lingerie cut-outs and wigglers, brides wearing lingerie and animal prints.  Whatever her bridal and bedroom style, there’s a perfect invitation awaiting.

Ready to spice her bridal shower up a bit?  Check out our sultry lingerie shower invitations and help the groom smile on his wedding and honeymoon nights…

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No White After Labor Day?

August 10th, 2016

SO WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NO WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY RULE?

The rule that you shouldn’t wear white outfits before Memorial Day and after Labor Day has been around for a long time. And while people don’t really pay attention to it these days, it keeps hanging around. So where did it come from, and does it matter anymore?

In the nineteen 00s, 10s and 20s… the summer season was bracketed by Memorial Day and Labor Day. Society came in groups to escape the heat. City clothes were left behind in exchange for lighter, whiter, summer costumes. Can you imagine those huge, thick dresses the ladies had to wear? Ugh! Come fall and back to the city, summer clothes were put away and more formal city clothes too over once more.

The wives of the super-rich ruled high society with an iron fist after the Civil War. As more and more people became millionaires, though, it was difficult to tell the difference between old money, respectable families, and those who only had vulgar new money. By the 1880s, in order to tell who was acceptable and who wasn’t, the women who were already in the “it crow” felt it necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that everyone in the know had to follow. Not wearing white outside the summer months was another one of these silly rules. So we are the blame these stuck up rich women for creating this non-sense!

I think the ultimate answer to any of this is, wear whatever you want, because we are making up the rules now!

 

 

Sleepover Time!

August 5th, 2016

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Bring your sleeping bag, a toothbrush and pillow and get ready for a night filled with secrets, movie-watching, hair, nails, pizza and snacks! For your child’s next birthday party, host a totally awesome sleepover party with his/her closest friends!

Sleepover parties are a great theme for kids from around the age of 7 and up. If your child is younger but still wants to have a sleepover, you can even host a “mock-sleepover” where everyone dresses in jammies and does all of the typical sleepover activities at the party but then goes home at night for bed. You can even do this if you are uncomfortable with you child staying over at a stranger’s house anyway.

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