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New Year’s Eve in New York

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Where are you spending New Year’s Eve? At a home party? Out on the town? Celebrating in the city? What makes a New Year’s Eve celebration special to you? Friends, family, food, location, champagne? Let us know.

New York City Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration

New York City Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration

New Years Eve New York Grand Central Station 1969

New Years Eve New York Grand Central Station 1969

New Year's Eve Times Square Waterford Ball

New Year’s Eve Times Square Waterford Ball

Blooming Paperwhites Fragrant Holiday Decor

Monday, November 12th, 2012
Paperwhites Bloom for the Holidays
Paperwhites are beautiful bulbs that are often forced to bloom around the holidays.  As  Paperwhites begin to grow as soon as they are planted, you will have amazing, fragrant flowers in 3-4 weeks. Paperwhite bulbs are easy to force as they do not require chilling to promote flowering. 

Paperwhites need only 3” of root room so shallow containers will work well like shown in the photo above. Pretty glass or ceramic bowls are ideal. For one-of-a-kind presentations, scout antique stores and estate sales for unusual containers. You can plant Paperwhites in soil, glass marbles, pebbles or even tumbled beach glass.  Because these flowers are usually discarded or transplanted after they have flowered, the planting medium doesn’t need to supply any nutrients for the plant.

Frankenstein Halloween Invitations & Ideas

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Halloween invitations are a must for a party your guests will be screaming to attend! You’ll find wickedly fun Frankenstein Halloween invitations to entice your guests to party the night away plus here are some of our other fun Frankenstein finds.

Halloween Frankenstein Party Invitations and Ideas

Shop Halloween Party Invitations  •  Shop Halloween Party Favors

From above top left:  Frankenstein Halloween InvitationsFrankenstein Door CoverHalloween Party Favor Bags & BoxesFrankenstein FingersFrankenstein Rice Krispie TreatFrankenstein Ice Cream Cone CupsFrankenstein CookiesFrankenstein Manicure.

Cute Little Witch Halloween Party Ideas

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

If you have a cute little witch for Halloween this year, here are some fun ideas for a witch theme Halloween party from the invitations to food ideas to party favor boxes and bags to make your own party favors.

Cute Witch Halloween Party Ideas

 Shop Halloween Party Invitations  •   Shop Halloween Party Favors

Cute Witch’s Cauldron Party InvitationsCute Witch Party Favor Box KitPotted WitchWitch CupcakesPurple Gloss Favor Box (lots of colors available), Orange Organza Handle Bag (other colors available), Kraft Chinese Favor BoxLunch Bags for Party FavorsCello Halloween Treat Bags

If You Don’t Like The Road You’re On…

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

One of my favorite things on Pinterest is the beautiful inspirational quotes – funny quotes are right up there too.

Source: via Kel on Pinterest


20 Birthday Questions as They Grow

Monday, May 21st, 2012

20 Birthday Questions to ask as Your Kids Grow

As soon as children start talking, they are full of questions and usually, adults are doing all the answering.

A fun idea to do with your children is to ask them questions as they grow. Starting at age 3, and then every year on their birthday, ask them the same 20 questions and see how their answers change over the years!

This would make a great video as a collection of the answers each year to see how they’ve grown and matured. You could also take photos and make a book with your favorite photos and their answers through the years.

20 Questions on Your Birthday:

1. What is your favorite color?

2. What is your favorite toy?

3. What is your favorite fruit?

4. What is your favorite television show?

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?

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Cinco De Mayo Meatless Tacos & Coconut-Mango Margaritas

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Try this yummy vegetarian twist for Cinco de Mayo. Meatless Tacos with roasted cauliflower, crisy chickpeas topped with a cilantro and pumpkin see pesto.

Cinco de Mayo Meatless Tacos and Coconut Mango Margaritas

Serve with a Mango Coconut Frozen Margarita and your party is off to a great start!

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 3 oz tequila blanco
  • 1 oz orange liqueur
  • 1 fresh lime
  • 2 T. agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mango

Pour 1 1/2 cups coconut water into standard ice cube tray and freeze.

In blender, add 3 oz blanco tequila, 1 oz clear orange-flavored liqueur, 1 oz fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons light agave nectar and 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh mango.

Cover; blend until smooth. Add coconut water ice cubes; blend until smooth. Pour into glasses; garnish with mango or lime slices.

Makes 4 drinks.


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Source: Foodista

But It’s Not a Carefree Day in May

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012


On this day in February, I find myself daydreaming of spring. While I live in Southern California, and yes, it was 80 degrees on Sunday for the Super Bowl, it is still a day in February, not a glorious carefree day in May.

Photo by MonikaElenaPhoto

Uncooked Spaghetti Saves Frosted Cake

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Uncooked spaghetti saves cake frosting

Stick pieces of uncooked spaghetti into your frosted cake before you add plastic wrap and preserve your cake’s beautiful frosting. Great travel tip too!

Layered Yogurt, Granola & Fruit Parfait

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Food always tastes better when it's pretty

Food always tastes better when it’s pretty. How simple is this yogurt, granola and fruit layered into a pretty glass instead of my usual “throw in the bowl” technique?

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