Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
We had a very busy weekend! I hosted parties on both Friday and Saturday night. It was exhausting, but SO fun!
Friday night was a graduation party for my hubby! He completed his Masters of Business Administration degree through University of Phoenix and I couldn't be more proud of him. Or more happy to have him around on nights and weekends again. He's been in school for almost all of our 6 years of marriage. I'm looking forward to being able to plan fun trips and spend time as a family without the ever-present homework lingering over our heads.
We had family and close friends over for dinner and drinks. There was no agenda... we just wanted to spend time and celebrate with people we love.
We had a wine bar with lots of different types of wine, plus sparkling cider for the kiddos. It was a hit and the perfect addition to our fun night!
On Saturday night I threw a Pinterest Party. I had seen the idea online somewhere, but I decided to just do it how it seemed easiest for me. I picked three crafts that I found on Pinterest and pinned them to a board I created for the party. I then allowed other people (aka- the people I invited to the party) to pin to the board. Everyone chose a food they wanted to bring, then pinned it to the board. This allowed us to have a variety of delicious food, and also allowed everyone to get any recipes that wanted for themselves. Everyone chose a craft or two to do from the ones I had posted. I bought supplies and each person chipped in money for each craft they chose. It was a great night of crafting and cocktailing, and we had so much fun!
One of the recipes I pinned was for a "Thanksgiving Sangria", but I didn't have all of the ingredients on hand, so I adjusted it for what I had... and you guys, it was SO delish! I will definitely be making it again!
Interested? Here's what I did...
CHRISTMAS SANGRIA RECIPE
-1 bottle of dry white wine (Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay)
-1 bottle of sparkling apple cider
-1/4 cup Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
-2 red apples, diced (I used Pink Lady)
-2 green pears, diced
-1.5 cups club soda
Stir everything but the club soda together in a pitcher and let sit for 6-8 hours in the fridge. When ready to serve, remove from fridge and gently stir in club soda. Enjoy!
(Ignore the fact that this pitcher is almost empty. I'll let you guess the point during the night when this picture was taken. Wink wink.)
And here's the crafts I made! LOVE!
Polka dot stemless wine glasses HERE
Glitter stemmed wine glasses HERE
Some people also made these adorable ornament wreaths.
I already have one hanging on my front door, so I stuck to the other crafts.
We had a lot of fun, but I'm glad the weekend is over.
And now the countdown to Christmas is really on.... 8 days!!!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
I can't believe we are less than a week away from Thanksgiving and barely a month away from Christmas! Time is FLYING by, as it always does during the holidays.
Tell me, friends… are you a before turkey day Christmas decorator or an after turkey day Christmas decorator?
Growing up, we were always an after Thanksgiving family. My dad was adamant about that... and for the most part, I stick to my roots. But I may or may not have some of my Christmas decor ready and waiting in the garage. And I may or may not have bags of newly-purchased Christmas stuff in our spare room. And I may or may not already be listening to Christmas music.
Moving on ;)
I'm linking up again this week for Five on Friday, so here we go…
She's not big enough to actually swing by herself on the big swings, but she wanted to sit there while I slowly pushed her (while clingy tightly), and she loved it.
I worked on a custom order this week for some pirate ship decorations and cake toppers. They're a fancier version of the one listed in my shop. I'm pretty proud of how they turned out!
We got Jax's preschool pictures back (finally…) and they're pretty stinkin' cute!
I'm not quite sure why they chose an open mouth picture, but it's still adorable.
And please excuse the blurriness… a picture of a picture doesn't lend itself to good quality. Ha!
This cheesy girl is such a handful at times, but she is also such a sweet girl.
I had always dreamed of being a "girl mom" and she is my dream come true.
And in the season of giving thanks, I will never, ever let stressful days and temper tantrums and butt wiping and personal chef-ing get in the way of remembering how incredibly thankful I am for these two.
I am so very blessed to be their mama.