Shore Inspired Shower

You know what is really fun? Getting some Jersey girls together for a bridal shower pool party that was inspired by the bride’s favorite things from the Shore. That is what I spent several weeks helping to plan. This party was fun and laid back, and featured fun games, like frog flip and shooting golf balls with water guns. Did I mention all the delicious shore treats, like funnel cake, cotton candy, and cannolis? Plus everyone left with beachy Shore goodie baskets!

Photo credit: funnel cake, water guns, frog game, cannolis, cotton candy

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A sunny day poolside with lots of great food and people is a great way to celebrate a bride to be. What would you like to see at a bridal shower?

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Party in the Pines

This last weekend, I ventured from the cool of the air conditioning into the Arizona heat for a beer and food fest called Party in the Pines, ironically held on the football field of one of the local middle schools in my hometown. I was able to sample 8 different craft brews from across the country, and sit in the shade while eating from one of the food trucks (I chose the buffalo chicken poutine) and listening to several different bands, all while supporting Adopt a Classroom. There were also several different craft booths there.I say it was a pretty good Saturday. Check out all of the photos below, and when going to events like this, please drink responsibly and don’t drive drunk!




Are there any festivals like this around you? I would love to hear about them (and your favorite beer!)

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Arriba! Happy (almost) Cicno de Mayo (or Cinco de Drinko, if you’re on a college campus) everyone! Living in the Southwest, and being partially Hispanic, this holiday is always a lot of fun for me. Plus, I just love Mexican food. While I sadly have to work this year, I will be celebrating mentally, and gorging on guacamole. If I were hosting a party, like I badly want to, this is what that party would look like. Enjoy!


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The table would be set with the classic Mexican wool blanket, succulants and cacti, as well as bright flowers. And if you have bright dishware, now would be a good time to break it out. Since the weather has been beautiful in Arizona, everything would be cooked on the grill, and lawn games galore played. It’s also a great excuse to sip on a refreshing watermelon margarita.

How are you all spending your day on Cinco de Mayo?

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Day 25: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! This day is all about spending time with your loved ones, and letting them know how much you care. So lounge in your PJ’s from last night, make a big breakfast, and pass around the presents from under the tree. I am going to go make some more hot cocoa.

Tell me what your family does on Christmas day!

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Day 24: Christmas PJ’s

Every year on Christmas Eve, my family has a little tradition we go through. Everyone gets to open one present before they go to bed-it is their PJ’s for the night. And then we all snuggle up with cocoa, watch “It’s A Wonderful Life”, and listen to my dad read The Night Before Christmas. I love this little tradition of ours. And here are some ideas for PJ’s!

Photo sources: onesies, striped set, Ho Ho Ho shirt, Dear Santa, plaid shorts

What does your family do before going to bed on Christmas Eve?

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Day 23: Santa is Coming Tomorrow!

SANTA! Does anyone else my age get this excited about Santa? No? Just me? Ok, I’m alright with that. Before going to sleep tomorrow night, make sure everything is ready for the Big Man to come visit.

Have the cookies ready to set out, with your letters if you haven’t sent them to the North Pole yet, and extra points if you have a special plate and mug for Santa. When do you set everything out tomorrow night, make sure no one sneaks in and eats the cookies, and that the stockings are hung by the chimney with care!

Photo sources: eating Santa’s cookies, Santa plate and naughty/nice mug, Santa filling stockings, Dear Santa letter

Merry Christmas Eve Eve, and don’t forget to be good, for goodness sake! Let me know how you prep for the arrival of Santa.

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Day 22: Love Birds in the Snow

Tis the Season…of Engagements! I cannot count how many engagements I have seen in the last couple of weeks. There are lots of festive ways to make the proposal special and memorable for everyone-just keep it a surprise! Here are some of my favorite touches: from using an ornament to deocrate a tree, asking with Christmas lights, walking through the snow, or surrounded by the warm glow of candles. And don’t forget the mistletoe for a kiss afterwards!

Photo sources: Christmas lights, tree ornament, snowy proposal, candlelight, Mistletoe kiss link on my family photo post

I want to hear about all those winter engagements out there!

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