4456ab62684ae17244d576b2248ea70ce95c1b08c858edf677 Not Just A Mommy: 09/01/2013 - 10/01/2013
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9.30.2013

Carousel Cake Toppers

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.

Parents magazine popsicle carousel cake topper
Image from hard copy of Parents Magazine

Every now and again...girly, sparkly, cutesy creativity strikes me.  And sometimes it strikes me out of a creative fail.  A few years ago, Parents magazine posted this super-cute carousel topper made from popsicle sticks.  Since I'm a Popsicle® blog ambassador, of course,  I had to recreate it.

9.28.2013

Real Party/Fiesta Friday (On A Saturday) - Ladies' Game Night Out

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the products listed. I was provided the samples free of charge by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review. 

I'm sorry, I usually share my parties for Fiesta Friday, but I've got so much to share over the next few weeks, I'm trying to squeeze everything in.  There just aren't enough days in the week!

With my new job and school, my quality girl times are few and far between.  What better way to get friends together than to eat, drink and play a few games?  I've been dying to do a game night ever since I was collecting goodies for hubby's poker night birthday party this summer and didn't use everything.  Plus, with fall settling in and chilly, dark nights ahead, there's no better way to go than a Ladies' Game Night Out.

Ladies' Game Night Out invites

I got the party started with Entertain Decorate Celebrate's free party invite...and just about everyone filled out the word search.  I was not expecting that...awesome!

When I was contacted by Shindigz  to review a few of their party items, I took the opportunity to look through their game and poker party supplies and the wheels started a-turning...so I ordered a set of  red poker chips,  dice favor boxes and Scrabble letters.

Ladies' Game Night Out Shindigz Scrabble letters wall decor

9.27.2013

Fiesta Friday - Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 Party Ideas

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 party ideas

Woo-hoo! Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2  opens today...the mutant food from the first movie have taken over Swallow Falls and morphed into foodimals! Since it's Fiesta Friday, you know that means I've gotta share a few party ideas. Head over to my Today's Mama post for seriously tasty ideas like this watermelon elephant from SheKnows!

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 party ideas watermelon elephant





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9.24.2013

Tuesday Tip - $50 Giveaway With Green Party Goods

****THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****
Winner update 10/2/13: Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky winner (listed on the Rafflecopter widget) is entry #24 Manda O


I'm thrilled to bring you another awesome giveaway, this time with Green Party Goods, a fabulous online shop that carries party supplies for just about every occasion from birthdays to holiday celebrations to just-because parties.
Welcome to Green Party Goods, where eco-friendly entertaining is elegant and fun. We help your family embrace a new tradition of global awareness. Your source for green party supplies, eco-friendly, non-toxic toys and gifts from recycled, biodegradable, organic, eco- friendly, forest friendly or reusable items for any celebration. Featuring party decorations that showcase hand crafted innovative designs from the USA and worldwide, including several Fair Trade Organizations as well as our eco-friendly cupcake stands.  Your party goods will not perpetuate our reliance on petroleum, and will not add to land fill, and you will enjoy the calm of knowing that your guests are safe.


Green Party Goods eco friendly toys


If you couldn't tell by the name, Green Party Goods is all about eco-friendly and non-toxic products from cupcake stands and accessories and tableware to party favorsgoodie bagsparty decorations, toys, and more.

You know I love to party green; using reusable items like tissue fans and tablecloths and giving out party favors that are consumable or don't end up under your car seat, like the wood toys pictured above,  have always been my go-to.

9.23.2013

$500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway With I'm With Cupcake

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$500 Amazon gift card giveaway with I'm With Cupcake


The holidays are coming...and do you know what would make it super awesome? Winning a $500 Amazon gift card! The fabulous Jordan of I'm With Cupcake (who if you are not following, you should be!) is celebrating his relaunch with a great team, some great posts, and a whole butt full of new inspiration. He has teamed up with me and other amazing bloggers and businesses for this awesome giveaway.

9.21.2013

Get 15% Off Tiny Prints' Halloween Invitations And Cards

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With Halloween a little more than a month away, it's time to get your party butt in gear! The first step to setting the party mood is the invite.  You all know I love Tiny Prints and I'm always willing to share a little paper love. Right now, you can save 15% off all their Halloween party invitations and cards (no minimum purchase required) using the code 15HLWN at checkout through next Tuesday, September 24 at 11:59 pm PT.

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9.19.2013

Alt For Everyone Piggy Tags

Alt For Everyone piggy gift tag topper

So a few weeks ago, the powers that be at the great Alt For Everyone turned on the bat signal for submissions for items to go into their participants' swag bags.  Now, my soul is hurting that I can't go to January's Alt Summit in Salt Lake City (just a quick plane trip for me coming from Seattle) but by all that is holy, I'm there 2015!

I figured, what the hay, this is the closest I will come to anything Alt anytime soon, and there is no way they would pick me from all the fabulous shops that are sure to be submitted, you don't know until you try, yada, yada, yada.

9.17.2013

Tuesday Tutorial - DIY Chalkboard Haunted House

Tuesday Tutorial - DIY Chalkboard Haunted House | Not Just A Mommy

Although all my party energy is focusing on my Holiday Open House for Christmas, that  doesn't mean I can't still have Halloween fun.

Today's Tuesday Tutorial is so simple you are going to go, why didn't I think of that? It can either become a a cute decor piece on your mantel or pass it on to the kids for playing with...nicely of course. It can become any type of dwelling they want with a little creativity, and if your kids are like mine, they will have lots of LEGO or Playmobil people to use with it.

9.16.2013

Fall Must-Have Beauty Buys With Spa Week Daily

I'm not just all about parties...a good hostess is well rested and primped. Well, I don't know about the well rested but I do know about the primped. I'm a serious product junkie (no surprise, there, I am a craft junkie after all)  which is why I'm part of Spa Week's Hot Mom Spa Squad. We get to try products and talk about our own favorite products, and of course, spa it up!

fall beauty must have buy LUSH Buffy bar
Head over to the Spa Week Daily blog and check out what I and fabulous fashionistas can't live without as the weather turns cool. In fact, I need to head ASAP and get more of what this is.  What is it? You gotta check out the post, and trust me, if you try it, you will never be able to go back to using whatever it was you were using that wasn't working.





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9.14.2013

Geometric Party Ideas

Geometry is so party hot...it was my favorite subject in high school and I'm thrilled how it is being interpreted in real life.  Today's post is chockfull of geometric party ideas.


Head over to Today's Mama for 9 (oh so hard to choose) DIY party ideas.

9.13.2013

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Little Man First Birthday Lunch + $50 Pear Tree Greetings Giveaway

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Winner update 9/20/13: Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky winner (listed on the Rafflecopter widget) is entry #16 Jessica D

This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review. 

My oldest just turned 12 and I still remember when he was an itty bitty.  His first birthday was a simple affair...his dad and I watched him eat a cupcake. I wasn't into parties until his second birthday...and well, you know the rest. Nowadays, it becomes an over-the-top affair that clearly is all about the parents. But I have to admit, if I could do it over again, I would have made a bigger deal.

So when Pear Tree Greetings invited me to sample some of their stationery, I saw it as the perfect opportunity for a do-over.  How would I have done it? I still would have kept it simple (hubby would have vetoed a crazy affair anyways) and have a simple luncheon and playdate with friends.

Little Man First Birthday Lunch Pear Tree Greetings project screen

9.11.2013

A moment of silence


9.10.2013

Tuesday Tutorial - No Sew Bow Ties

Mr. Man 1st birthday party no sew bow ties

If you follow me on Instagram, you got a few sneak peeks at my next party, a Little Man First Birthday celebration. I'm over mustaches...I was into them like 2 years ago and now they are everywhere.  So, my focus was bow ties.

9.09.2013

FREE Girls' Night Out With Diet Coke And British Virgin Islands

Girls Night Out sponsored by Diet Coke and The British Virgin Islands

Over on Today's Mama, I'm sharing a free Girls' Night Out event this Thursday sponsored by Diet Coke and The British Virgin Islands at malls nationwide. The post focuses on our Seattle ones, but follow the link to find the one(s) in your area.  There will be free food and goodies, local celebrities, fashion shows and more so be sure to RSVP for yours.





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9.06.2013

Macaron Week - Gourmet French Macarons Book Giveaway

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*** 
 Winner update 9/14/13: Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky winner (listed on the Rafflecopter widget) is entry #44 Charlotte B

Creative Juice's Gourmet French Macarons book giveaway

Today is the finale of Macaron Week! We shared a exclusive recipe from Mindy Cone's new book, checked out  a few new ways to use macarons and discovered fun macaron crafts and I'm thrilled to be able to give one of my readers a copy of said book!

Creative Juice's Gourmet French Macarons book apple macarons

If you don't know who Mindy is, (and I'm sure you do if you follow me...) she's an entertaining, food, and party stylist at her blog Creative Juice.  With all her tutorials, recipes, and ideas to make your next event detailed, personalized, and of course creative, the natural step would be to write a book! And not only write it, but did all the photographs as well.

9.05.2013

Macaron Week - Macaron Crafts

Are you having fun all  Macaron Week? First, we shared an exclusive chocolate macaron recipe, then pretty macarons pins and today it's macaron inspired crafts. I don't mean making crafts out of macarons. I mean...

macaron coin purse crafts

...a macaron coin purse from  Craft Passion.

9.04.2013

Macaron Week - Pinteresting Macarons

Yesterday, we kicked off Macaron Week with a great video and recipe from Creative Juice's new book.  Today I'm sharing some of my favorite macaron pins so you can repin them and inspire your own culinary creations...or just show off your macaron love. Did I say macaron enough times?

OK then, on with the sweet show!

pinteresting macaron invites

Get the wedding party started right with The Indigo Bunting...

9.03.2013

5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Winners

Thank you to everyone who supported and celebrated my blogiversary! With four giveaway winners, I had to do a separate post to announce the winners. They are also listed on the Rafflecopter widget of each giveaway...

The Confetti Bar - #72 Suzanne
Confetti Sunshine - #20 Carrie
The Flair Exchange - #122 Kristin
River & Bridge - #64 Cindy

All the winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond or alternate winners will be drawn.





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Macaron Week - Chocolate French Macarons Tutorial With Creative Juice

Gourmet French Macarons Mindy Cone

There are so many amazing party people penning tomes of fabulousness and one of them has been an unattainable dream of mine...making macarons. I love macarons and I'm devoting this whole week to them and sharing all kinds of funsies.

What inspired me to talk about macarons again? Remember back in the spring I mentioned Mindy Cone's new book?  Well, now it's available!  I'm so thrilled to share her video and a recipe from her book that she wrote and photographed herself (!!!), Gourmet French Macarons It has over 75 macaron recipes and if you can't tell from the cover, most of them are not ROUND!

That's right...you can make just about anything into a macaron with Mindy's book.  In fact, stay tuned this week because there will be a giveaway for your own copy!