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!

7.31.2013

Real Party - Impromptu Tea Party Shoot

So, as you know...I only have boys. I may have mentioned a few (hundred) times, no pink, tutus or tea parties for me.  So for my birthday in May, I threw myself a tea party.  Gonna get around to sharing that one day.

impromptu tea party

Because of that, I started collecting some great pieces and now they sit and mock me, because they don't get to come out anymore. So, I decided to put together a little impromptu tea party shoot, just because. Plus, you can see how easy it is to throw something together for a real tea party with your little one, or with a grown up friend or two.

7.30.2013

Tuesday Tip - Host A Burger Bash

summer burger bash

Host the awesomest BBQ this summer by taking your burgers to the next level by having a Burger Bash! Check out my Today's Mama post for awesome tips and ideas to take your event to burgerlicious heights.





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7.29.2013

Nail And Yarn Wall Art

I love seeing nail and yarn wall art...and here's why...


One Lovely Day Jen Loves Kev |  Behance | Nest Full Of Eggs | Simply Mrs. Edwards | Prudent Baby





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7.28.2013

Drink Of The Week - Chocolate Caramel Milkshake Cocktail

chocolate caramel milkshake cocktail

It's National Milk Chocolate Day! I know...it should be everyday. So to celebrate, today's Drink Of The Week is  serious chocolate indulgence with a Chocolate Caramel Milkshake Cocktail from The Slow Roasted Italian. Check them out for the full recipe and make one tonight!





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7.26.2013

Fiesta Friday - Summer Fiestas


It's Fiesta Friday! Time to share some of my favorite summer fiestas, including this sneak peek at our Popsicle® Party this past week. We had an awesome time and the weather was perfect!  Don't worry...a full party post is coming up for next week's Fiesta Friday.

summer fiestas Water Bar party

Shiny Happy Sprinkles kept guests cool with their Water Bar...infused cleverness indeed!

7.25.2013

Summer Camp Link Party Ends Friday

summer-camp-banner-link-party

Summer is flying by and sadly, the fabulousness that is the Summer Camp link party is ending Friday.
Some of the bloggers participating in the 2013 Design Dazzle Summer Camp series, including my A Day At The Beach, are hosting a HUGE Summer Camp link party!

This is your last chance to link up your summer fun activities as well, so we can ALL get some great new ideas for the rest of the summer! Feel free to link up any projects, ideas, crafts, etc. that you have created which involve Summer Fun and Kids.

Although the link party ends Friday, the ideas will still be there for you to check out.

We want new ideas as well as ideas from years past...the more the better! All ideas added to our Summer Camp link party will automatically appear on all of the wonderful participating blogs seen below:

7.24.2013

We Go Wednesday - Jump For Children In Need

Birthday Dreams jump for children in need fundraiser
I'm excited to sharing an awesome event for those of you living in the Seattle area.  Check out my Jump For Children In Need post on Today's Mama for a day of FUNdraising to help homeless children and foster children in group homes celebrate their birthdays with Birthday Dreams and PlaceFull.

Even if you don't live in the area, please spread the word to your readers.  Every child should be able to celebrate their birthday regardless of their life circumstances.





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7.23.2013

Tuesday Trend - Flamingos

Oh yes, you read today's Tuesday Trend correctly...flamingos are the new pink on the party circuit. Shades of pink with a color accent like black, turquoise and grey make fun color combos. It is the perfect summer party celebrating a baby, birthday or just us girls.

flamingo tissue backdrop

7.17.2013

We Go Wednesday - Turbo Movie Review

We attended this screening through Allied Integrated Marketing and no compensation was provided. The information provided here is my own personal opinion. 

Turbo movie review

Dreamworks Animation’s Turbo hits theaters today and last weekend, we had the pleasure of attending a screening.

Turbo is a high-velocity 3D comedy about an underdog snail (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) who kicks into overdrive when he miraculously attains car-like abilities, including eyes that light up like headlights, a red-blinking shell akin to taillights, and of course, the power of super-speed .

7.16.2013

Tuesday Tip - Popsicle Summer Entertaining Tips + Giveaway

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Winner update 7/23/13: Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky winner (listed on the Rafflecopter widget) is entry #153 Amanda S.  

This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Popsicle® Blogger Program. Visit www.facebook.com/popsicle to join in on the conversation.

Summer is in full swing and today's Tuesday Tip is a few summer entertaining tips and an awesome giveaway from Popsicle®.  Brooke Peterson, lifestyle and entertaining expert is partnering with them to share with how to create your own Popsicle Pop-up Party and here are 3 of her tips that I'm excited to say, I've been following for years.

Popsicle summer entertaining tips three's company
image from Amy Atlas
Three's Company
When choosing a color palette for your backyard gatherings, be mindful of the "rule of three;" meaning, use three main colors so it doesn't get too busy and cluttered from a d├ęcor perspective. My favorite hues to mix-and-match this summer are vibrant shades poppy, emerald, goldenrod and purple.

7.15.2013

Wood Tag Popsicle Garland

This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Popsicle® Blogger Program. Visit www.facebook.com/popsicle to join in on the conversation.


wood tag popsicle garland

I'm working on fun projects for my Popsicle® Party and one of them is a garland for the main table. I'm making these fun wood tag popsicles to hang with mini paper tissue tassels.

7.12.2013

Fiesta Friday - Popsicle Party Inspiration Board

This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Popsicle® Blogger Program. Visit www.facebook.com/popsicle to join in on the conversation.

One of my very strenuous tasks as a  Popsicle® blog ambassador is hosting a Pop-Up popsicle party later this month.  I know, it's a hard job but someone's gotta do it!  And speaking of which, I will be hosting my first Popsicle® giveaway for next week's Tuesday Tip, guaranteed to keep you cool so stay tuned!

I've been collecting fabulous ideas over on my Pinterest board and have been working on a few projects to celebrate for one of the best ways to spend the summer, eating popsicles!  Here are a few of my favorite pins and a few other fun ideas...


7.10.2013

We Go Wednesday - Vertical World


My boys' summer birthdays are a week apart and with school ending and dad gone on his monthly drill weekends, there was only one weekend that would work before all their friends were gone for the summer.

7.09.2013

Tuesday Tip - Free Fondant Cake Decorating With Elisa Strauss

Tuesday Tip Basic Fondant Techniques with Elisa Strauss

If are dipping your toes into the world of cake decorating, today's Tuesday Tip is just for you. There is a new online cake decorating class going on over at Craftsy! Not only do you not have to leave the comfort of your bathrobe, it is a FREE class!

7.01.2013

BARiBOX Official Launch Instagram Giveaway

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Remember my BARiBOX giveaway? Well, today is their official launch day and we are hosting ANOTHER giveaway! I know, those of you who didn't win last time are a little bummed, but now here's your chance to win
a free BARiBOX 
with a Instagram Giveaway!

For those of you not familiar with a monthly box subscription, this one is a paper crafting subscription service that will deliver various products from top of the line crafting companies right to your door every month for just $18. Every subscription box will have carefully curated craft products their team has combed the earth to find. You will find everything from stickers, paper, ribbon, tools, glitter, stamps, adhesives, and so much more.

baribox official launch instagram giveaway photo