4456ab62684ae17244d576b2248ea70ce95c1b08c858edf677 Not Just A Mommy: 11/01/2013 - 12/01/2013
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!

11.30.2013

Christmas Wonderful Linky Party

design dazzle christmas wonderful

I'm so thrilled to be back participating in Design Dazzle's 4th Annual Christmas Wonderful series, which is in full swing.  Last year, it was my Mrs. Claus And Santa's Mustache Bash, and this year I will be bringing you Hoggy Holidays! You should totally follow me on Instagram for sneaky peeks and stay tuned for the grand reveal on Design Dazzle next week.  As always, there are some fabulous ideas from some talented ladies and the fun is continuing through the middle of December!

We thought it would be great to have one big giant link party to celebrate this magical Christmas season because we know YOU have some awesome ideas to share too!

Simply link up your project below, which will show up on all of the 20+ blogs participating in our link party. Feel free to link up new projects as well as any past projects that you want to share. At the end of our link party (December 14th), we're going to feature some of our favorite Christmas ideas!

11.29.2013

Minted Holiday Inspiration Board: Confetti And Bright Christmas

Whew! I'm so relieved Thanksgiving is over so I can concentrate all of my powers onto Christmas. I always feel weird doing Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving, but now the guilt is over.

I love taking part in Minted's inspiration board challenges, not just because they are one of my fabulous sponsors since anyone can take part in them. I'm always looking for party inspiration and hope to pass a little of it on to you.

11.25.2013

Giveaway With The Candy Cottage

The Candy Cottage Giveaway

Didn't you just love, love, love the Thanksgiving log cabin I made with The Candy Cottage? Awesome, because over on Today's Mama I'm having a giveaway for both the four-cottage Party Pack, just like the ones I used for my Modern Thanksgiving shoot and the Original cottage.




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11.22.2013

Real Party/Fiesta Friday - A Modern Thanksgiving Kids' Table

Modern Thanksgiving kids' table

I've been doing sneak peeks over on Instagram and I'm thrilled to be sharing my modern take on a Thanksgiving kids' table on The Celebration Shoppe.  Who says your color palette has to be red, brown and orange? Head on over for all the photos and details.




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11.19.2013

Tuesday Tip - Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips

Um...is anyone else in Thanksgiving denial? Was it not JUST HALLOWEEN? I don't even have a turkey yet and there is some kind of Butterball shortage? Am I not having a houseful of guests coming? Yeah...I'm a little swamped.


I'm going to have to take my own advice...over on Today's Mama, I've got two great posts up...one all about great tips for affordable holiday entertaining....


...and two, for my Seattle area peeps, Metropolitan Market wants to help make your life easy by ordering holiday meals, fresh meats and sides from their extensive menu.  I recently attended a Holiday Tasting and had the pleasure of sampling some of their offerings and wine, so read all about it.  I also laid eyeballs on these awesome Fishs Eddy table settings, exclusively carried in Metropolitan Market. Getting a few pieces is on my to-do list.




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11.14.2013

A Handmade Holiday - DIY Neighbor Gifts

The Party Hop: A Handmade Holiday

We've been having fun and partying DIY all week as part of Sara of Confetti Sunshine's A Handmade Holiday Party Hop. She brought a group of creative party-loving bloggers to collaborate together and make one fabulous party full of DIY and inspirational party goodness!

The Party Hop: Handmade Holiday DIY Neighbor Gifts

11.13.2013

A Handmade Holiday - DIY Drink Ornaments + Party Decorations

The Party Hop: A Handmade Holiday

We'll be having fun and partying DIY all week as part of Sara of Confetti Sunshine's A Handmade Holiday Party Hop. She brought a group of creative party-loving bloggers to collaborate together and make one fabulous party full of DIY and inspirational party goodness!

The Party Hop: A Handmade Holiday DIY party decorations

 Day 1 was DIY Gift Wrapping & Holiday Banners, day 2 was DIY Ornaments, and today is Day 3, DIY Party Decorations that includes my contribution, ornament party drinks!  


The Party Hop: A Handmade Holiday DIY drink ornaments

11.12.2013

A Handmade Holiday - DIY Ornaments

The Party Hop: A Handmade Holiday

We'll be having fun and partying DIY all week as part of Sara of Confetti Sunshine's A Handmade Holiday Party Hop. She brought a group of creative party-loving bloggers to collaborate together and make one fabulous party full of DIY and inspirational party goodness!

The Party Hop: Handmade Holiday DIY Ornaments

11.11.2013

A Handmade Holiday - DIY Gift Wrapping & Holiday Banners

The Party Hop: A Handmade Holiday

I'm so excited to bring to you The Party Hop: A Handmade Holiday. The fabulous Sara of Confetti Sunshine brought a group of creative party-loving bloggers to collaborate together and make one fabulous party full of DIY holiday goodness!

Last time, she put together an amazing Star Gazing Party and this time around, I get to be part of the fun! I'm a big fan of just about everyone participating and discovering new ones to stalk.

The Party Hop: Handmade Holiday DIY Gift Wrapping & Holiday Banners

11.09.2013

Mini Sugar Dusted Apple Bundt Cakes + Lucky 13 Recipe Contest With Lucky Leaf

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

Mini Sugar Dusted Apple Bundt Cakes with Lucky Leaf #Lucky13

It's holiday baking season and with Thanksgiving around the corner, my friends at Lucky Leaf always have great entertaining ideas and recipes. Today I'm sharing a twist on their Sugar Dusted Apple Bundt Cake by turning them into more-manageable-to-serve mini Bundts.

11.05.2013

Tuesday Trend - Modern Thanksgiving

Chalkboard Modern Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, I'm mixing up my color palette because we are actually having guests over and I'm excited to try something new.  I am seriously inspired by Caravan Shoppe's chalkboard set and can't wait to put together my black/white/green table using this set.  I'm also working on a kids' table version using houndstooth that I will be revealing soon, and it is super cuteness.

Modern Thanksgiving collage

If you are looking for a few out-of-the-box, modern ideas for the upcoming holiday, I've a few ideas that will certainly inspire you.

11.04.2013

Movember Mustache Party Inspiration Board

It's Movember, which means men around the world will be sporting facial hair for the next month to raise awareness for men's health. You know guys, they never want to talk about how and when to take care of themselves. But they need to.

According to the Movember Foundation, in the US, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime making it the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men after skin cancer. In 2013, over 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in the US alone. 7,920 new cases of testicular cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2013. If detected and treated early, both cancers have an extremely high success rate.

But it doesn't have to be all gloom and doom...celebrate with your own Mo Party and get those 'staches a-wiggling!

Movember Mustache Party Inspiration Board

11.01.2013

Fiesta Friday - Seattle Party Fun With west elm

Seattle party fun Trophy Cupcakes book launch party

So for today's Fiesta Friday, I was supposed to share my friend's awesome Minecraft party for her 9 year old, but as you can see from my sporadic posting...I've been off my game a little. With all Halloween stuff, work, school and oh yeah, all the sweet holiday postings I'm working on (Thanksgiving and Christmas shoots, giveaways, baking with Lucky Leaf) just for you all, ironically my blog gets neglected until all that is ready to post.  I will get on that party for next week.

In the meantime, if you live in the Seattle area, west elm is hosting a couple of events to put on your calendar. She Who Is Trophy Cupcakes, Jennifer Shea (in the gold dress) has written a fabulous party book Trophy Cupcakes and Parties!