DEAR READERS AND NEW VISITORS....MY BLOG IS HAVING A FEW TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES,THE CIRCLE WITH THE DASH WHERE A PHOTO SHOULD BE. I AM SLOWLY GOING BACK RELOADING THEM!

6.29.2012

Fiesta Friday - 4th Of July Fiestas

Alright people, the pièce de résistance of this week's ode to the 4th Of July, parties of course!  I am in awe of the creativity out there and here are a few fabulous ones that caught my eye!

4th Of July party table Le Partie Sugar
Between Le Partie Sugar's sweet lunchboxes, mason drink jars and free printables, I don't know what I love more.

4th Of July party table Love The Day
This Americana 4th of July by Love The Day is full of great details.

A fabulous venue, amazing props and great food makes this spread from Occasions amazeballs!

4th Of July party table Bird's Party Creative Juice
Check out the magic between Creative Juice and Bird's Party for their Vintage Americana shoot.

4th Of July party table
I love the apple garland from Magnolia Creative Co.'s very festive dessert spread.

6.28.2012

4th Of July Crafts

Little Free Library
Before we launch into patriotic inspiration, head over to Today's Mama and check out my latest discovery; the most ingenious way to promote literacy and community...a Little Free Library!

First it was the sweet treats, and now we are rolling on with our 4th Of July mini series, it's all about the clever crafts today.

Fourth Of July mason jar toppers
Make mason jar sippy cups with Two Shades Of Pink...

Fourth Of July party favors
With a little sewing skill you can make these patriotic party favors with Lady Behind The Curtain.

Fourth Of July placesetting
Guests won't have to struggle with holding their silverware with this very ingenious idea from In My Own Style.

Fourth Of July sparklers Twig Thistle
Sparklers never looked so good with Twig & Thistle's DIY and free downloads.

Fourth Of July Red Write Blue toppers
These fun (and free) Red, Write, And Blue toppers from Dollar Store Crafts make the perfect favor idea.

6.27.2012

Red, White And Blueberry Smoothies With Lucky Leaf



We are big smoothie people, so imagine my delight when Lucky Leaf sent me their fruit smoothie recipe. It's so easy to make and super tasty too.  I thought what better way to celebrate the 4th Of July, and really anytime summer entertaining, than to make red, white and blueberry smoothies!

What you need:
1 21-oz can Lucky Leaf Premium Pie Filling in blueberry
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 banana, sliced
whipped cream
blueberries, red paper straw for garnish
crushed ice

1.  In a blender, combine the pie filling, yogurt and banana.  Cover and blend until smooth.

2.  Add crushed ice, a little at a time until desired consistency. Pour into glasses, top off with whipped cream and garnish with a blueberry. Enjoy!

Disclaimer - I was provided the supplies from Lucky Leaf for review and no compensation was given, real or implied. This review is my own personal opinion.



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6.26.2012

4th Of July Sweet Treats

How did the 4th Of July creep up so fast? Wasn't it just Father's Day?  So I better get my blogging butt in gear and devote this week to all things patriotic! Since I love the sweets, we'll kick off our mini series with them...

4th Of July eagle treats
How about these fun eagle treats from Noble Pig that the kids can help you make?

4th Of July fondant pinwheel cupcake toppers
I'm seriously tempted to get my hands on some fondant and try out these pinwheels with a great tutorial from Half Baked - The Cake Blog featured on The TomKat Studio.

4th Of July candy buttons
I always love to see what Callye of The Sweet Adventures Of Sugarbelle comes up with for the holidays; check out her patriotic candy button tutorial. 

4th Of July panna cotta shooters
Perfect patriotic panna cotta shooters from Sprinkle Bakes; beautiful in their simplicity.

4th Of July no bake chocolate cheesecake
Of course, it is a tie for pretty simplicity with her White Chocolate No-Bake Cheesecake!

4th Of July fruit pops
If you need healthier alternatives, check out Bakers Royale's Fruit Pops made with apples and watermelon.

4th Of July fruit favors
Bagging seasonal fruit with a fun tag is always classy; check out A. Party Style sending guests home in style.

4th Of July straw
Fiskars' star punch and paper straw are all  you  need to make your drinks festive!

6.25.2012

Blog Thank Yous

Before I launch into today's musings...can you believe we haven't heard from winners for our 2000 Facebook Fans giveaway? Well, we've drawn alternates and we are trying this again...

#992 Katie Bryan for Evie & Mallow
#679 Jennifer Carver for Sweet Mady
#436 Lisa Pimental for Party Like Paula
#142 Michelle Dercksen for Greyson Designs

I'm still waiting for an email confirm from #695 Ang Alford, I've tagged ya twice on Facebook, tick tock, tick tock!  All the new winners have been emailed and once again have 24 hours to respond...please don't make me draw another set of alternates, I want you guys to get free goodies!!

Alright, enough business...it's time for a few woo-hoos and thank yous to those who shared my Super Dad! luncheon.  I'm so honored to be on...

Super Dad! feature on Lil Sugar
Lil Sugar...who did a full on spread for Father's Day...still gasping from that!

Super Dad! feature on Pretty My Party
...a Pretty My Party feature...

Super Dad! feature on Creative Party Ideas
...a Creative Party Ideas feature...

Super Dad! feature on Catch My Party
...a Party Of The Day at Catch My Party...

Super Dad! feature on Hostess Blog
Party Of 5 feature on The Hostess Blog.

Please visit everyone of these spots, they are all full of fabulous ideas!

6.23.2012

Giveaway Winners/Summer Lovin' On Pinterest

Before we launch into today's musings, it's time to announce the winners from my 2000 Facebook Fans giveaway with Creative Juice...drumroll please....


$30 GC to Bird's Party - #263 Zookie Zylstra 
$30 GC to Piggy Bank Parties - #1058 Carissa Hjelm Poyfair 
Goodies from Cupkate's Design - #936 Nadene Adams 
$25 to Libby Lane Press - #695 Ang Alford 
Goodies from Evie & Mallow Cake Pop & Party Shop -  #409 Olivia Garcia 
$35 GC to Whimsical Printables -  #202 Shanna Uptergrove 
10 gift tags from Pudding Cups - #174 Ashley Outland 
T-shirt from Sweet Mady - #23 Filona Leechow 
$25 GC from Cupcake Express - #220 Traci Severson 
Notecard files from Party Like Paula - #574 Rae Jeske 
$25 GC from Greyson Designs - #115 Joanna Glisson Lamarra

All the winners have been emailed and will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen.  Thank you so much for playing along and welcome to all my new followers!

A big thank you to all our amazing vendors, we couldn't have done it without you!

Didn't win this time? That's OK, you know I'm always looking for ways to hook y'all up, there are always more giveaways on the horizon!

Summer Lovin' Pinterest
Summer is in full swing...kids are out of school, the 4th of July is on it's way, and summer is ready to roll! If you need serious sunny inspiration, take a peek at my Summer Lovin' Pinterest board! So many great ideas...I'm doing the Mike & Ike popsicle cupcake toppers this weekend for a BBQ! Oh, and feel free to follow this board, or any other of my boards

6.22.2012

Real Party/Fiesta Friday - Bounce House Parties/M&M Racecar Party

No, I didn't forget...tomorrow's post will be announcing the winners of our 2000 Facebook Fans giveaway! I'll be emailing all the winners tonight, and the full list will be up tomorrow morning, first thing!  The past few weeks have been a bit of a blur, working on photo shoots, 2 graduation parties, 2 birthday parties, school finals and of course, my trip to the Knouse Foods/Lucky Leaf orchards near Gettysburg!  So, I'm a little slow on the ball...

bounce house parties
But of course, today is Fiesta Friday and first up is my post for Today's Mama on how to make a bounce house party creative.  Some people either love or detest bounce houses, so for the haters, check out a few great ways to make it special!

M&M racecar party jacket

I'm also backed up on sharing a few amazing parties. From his baby shower and all his birthdays, I've always done Hudson's parties.  This year, his 4th, I simply couldn't. Being in school full time and his family living a 2 hour drive away, it wasn't possible this year.  And believe you me, his mama reminds me of it every time.  But I think she did OK without me...they rocked it out a local racetrack with an M&M Racecar Party!

6.14.2012

Spa Week's Hot Mom Monday

lemon sugar body scrub Spa Week

I'm a new member of Spa Week's Hot Mom Spa Squad, and I wrote my first post for their Hot Mom Mondays, a Girls' Spa Night In! Every girl needs pampering every now and I share great tips for hosting your own event, including my no-fail lemon sugar scrub recipe.

6.11.2012

2000 Facebook Fans Giveaway With Creative Juice

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Not Just A Mommy! Creative Juice 2000 Facebook Fan giveaway
I'm so excited to be joining forces with the amazeballsness that is Mindy of Creative Juice...she of the Potty Party Heard Around The World...to bring you this amazing giveaway!

We both hit 2000 Facebook fans (woo-hoo!) at the same time and decided it would be fun to join up for one humongous giveaway with 
OVER  $250 IN PRIZES!

So what are these amazing prizes????  Well let me tell you....

a $30 gift card from

a $30 gift card from 

a package of adorable cupcake containers, wooden candy sticks and candy tubes by

a $25 gift card to 
{does not apply to custom or professionally printed items}

a goodie bag of cake pop supplies by

a $35 gift card to
WHIMSICAL PRINTABLES
{two week advance notice & shipping paid by winner}
{blog} {facebook} {shop



a set of 10 handmade gift tags by

an adorable 4th of july tee by

a $25 gift card from 

two personalized notecard files from

and a $25 gift card from

I know, right!! There are lots of chances to win, one winner for each shop, so enter below in Rafflecopter and don't forget to read the fine print!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Good luck & thanks to our fabulous vendors!


Mindy {Creative Juice}
& Dawn {Not Just A Mommy!}

6.08.2012

More Super Dad! Father's Day Ideas

It's time to announce the winner of my Tablevogue giveaway...

Entry #47 Kristin N.

The winner has been contacted and has 24 hours to respond.  Didn't win this time? That's OK, I have a  hugungous joint giveaway with Mindy of Creative Juice in the works for both of us reaching 2,000 Facebook followers...lots of prizes, so stay tuned...it's starting really soon...

super dad Father's Day ideas Piggy Bank Parties

But back to more pressing issues, Father's Day! I'm still rolling with the super hero theme, and I'm not the only one. Check out my Today's Mama post with other amazing ideas you can put together this weekend!
super dad Father's Day ideas Catch My Party free printables

Somehow, I missed these free printables from Love Party Printables on Catch My Party. It's full of fun from favor tags to invitations and cards!

6.05.2012

Tuesday Trend - Fruit & Veggies

Fruit & Veggies fruit buffet
The variety of colors in fruits and veggies beg to make it your party centerpiece. Dessert tables are the staple of the party scene, but how about a healthy version that is just as fabulous! Here are a few inspired soirées to get the inspiration juices flowing!  Seriously, I'm inspired by Mon Tresor's fruit buffet for the little one's cooking party. The white backdrop and clear stands really make the colors pop.

Fruit & Veggies veggie buffet
Who can forget this amazing display from My Bride Story on Amy Atlas.

vertical veggie tray
This clever vertical veggie tray has been floating around the web and Pinterest with no proper credit...ugh...I finally found out who it belongs to...Cocoa & Fig.

Fruit & Veggies fruit party
The sweetest party from Con Botas De Aqua...I love the fruit masks.

Fruit & Veggies fruit stand party Buggie & Bean
I can never get over the cuteness of this adorable fruit stand party from Buggie & Bean!

Fruit & Veggies fruit balloons
Your party needs these fruit balloons from Oh Happy Day; they are so easy to make and what a fun addition.

Fruit & Veggies festive fruit labels Eat Drink Chic
I love these tags from Eat Drink Chic; I used them at my Toast In The New Year's Brunch