Thursday, January 8, 2015

{A Look Back} Your Top 10 Fave Posts of 2014

After a looooooong's winter nap (literally - cause I slept and napped my way into 2015), I am back to recap share some of YOUR favorite posts from last year! I went through all my stats and pulled up the TOP 10 PARTY IDEAS AND DIY'S from 2014. Here's a look back at last year's best!

You'll remember that I planned a fun Sonic the Hedgehog Party for my sweet boy.  It's not always my favorite thing to plan parties with licensed characters.  However, when your child wants what they want for their big day, you gotta give 'em what they want (in reason,of course).

2. Retro Cupcake Party
Another top event for this year - my daughter's birthday party was so much fun.  The Mini Diva wanted a cupcake decorating party!  We went a little retro bakeshop and I got to work with some of my favorite party peeps!

3. How to Make a Ball of Yarn

I not only make pompoms out of yarn.....I make balls of yarn too!!!

4. Red, White & Blue Patriotic HeadbandA popular DIY was this adorable patriotic headband.  I think this is still in my daughter's accessory bin!

5. Mother's Day Free Printable

I was invited to speak for career day at my daughter's school and had fun explaining to the kids how I style parties and product shoots for my blog.  They got to do a little hands on activity and see their post go live!

6. 13 Days of Handmade Halloween
Another year of the 13 Days of Handmade Halloween series was a success!  So many fun crafts and projects with my most beloved and talented party peeps!

7. Fall Tablescape Challenge
This was probably one of my most favorite things that happened this year.  It was a fun little challenge amongst a group of my party peers using some random items for a lovely fall tablescape!

8. School Bus Printables
I love partnering with other talented bloggers.  When Jennifer Needham of Double the Fun Parties asked me to create printables for, I was more than happy to oblige.  What I loved most about this project is that it was designed for the bus drivers....and when you read why Jennifer wanted these specifically for the drivers, it'll just melt your heart.

9. Easy Paper Flowers
These pretty paper flowers were used in my English Garden party and were a fun craft that I loved creating.  I thought the really added a special touch to my altered paper bags!

10. Jelly Bean Bark

So, these were made for an Easter theme that really didn't get off the ground last year.  However, I did share the cute jelly bean printables that went with and if Lord willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be able to share it this EASTER!!!!  (crossing fingers)

I have so many exciting things planned for 2015 and can't WAIT to get this year started off on the right track.  I'm planning on a bigger and better blog with lots of new and fun ideas and parties to share.  Right now I'm in full-on BASH mode, so, you'll be getting a peek into my 'normal' life as I prepare to get ready for my first professional blog conference!  I've got outfits to pack, roomie gifts to make, a tabletop competition to prepare for and the BEST part is I FINALLY get to meet some of my blogging besties face to face!!!! Yay!

Be sure to keep up to date with all my BASH shenanigans on my Instagram!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

{Product Review} Aromatherapy with the ZzzQuil Scented Sleep Aid

When I first opened the pack, the fragrance was pretty strong. The main scents are lavender, chamomile and cedarwood.  I thought it smelled more medicinal at first but then after a few minutes of plugging it in, the fragrance was definitely more pleasurable. Included in the box is a sleep enhancer (wall plug in) and scented Zzz pads.  You simply put one or two pads into the sleep enhancer, choose your setting and put that into your outlet.  It doesn't take long for the fragrance to permeate the room and then it lasted through the rest of the night and into the next day.  I used both pads the first night.  There is an adjustable slider that you can use to control the amount of fragrance, but I couldn't tell if it made a difference or not.

The second night, I just used one pad and thought maybe I wouldn't sleep as well....but I slept pretty much the same way. The fragrance the second night was not as strong and more pleasant.

I've been one busy woman these past few weeks, with BASH coming up and the hustle and bustle of the holidays and just life in general, I am physically exhausted.  As tired as I am, I always seem to have trouble falling asleep and then have a restful sleep throughout the night.  So, when I received a complimentary ZzzQuil™ Scented Sleep Aid through Influenster to test out and review, I was anxious to give this product a go!  Now, I've tried other aromatherapy plug ins before and didn't feel like they really were effective, so, I wasn't sure what to expect this time - but I was hopeful.

I've always been a night owl and just generally have trouble drifting off to sleep. I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to use something that didn't put me to sleep medically to help me out. I must say, this actually worked. I plugged it in and slept straight through the night, couldn't believe it. My kids even woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and when I normally would be jolted out of my sleep, I didn't even hear them....(thank God, my husband did).

My only problem with the plug is is you have to touch the pad with your fingers and the fragrance is really strong and it stays on your hands. I had to wash my hands a few times to get rid of the smell as best I could.  Other than that, I love it and recommend it to anyone who needs to relax or have a restful night's sleep.

If you would like to share your experience give opinions of products and experiences via social media you can link up with Influenster here - this will take you straight to my referral page where you can apply!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

{Holiday Home} Silver & Gold Rustic Luxe Decor

I spent the day finishing up decorating my home for holidays and wanted to just share the Silver & Gold Rustic Luxe theme I chose for this year.   I made many of the items for this set up by hand, or purchased them for very little at the dollar store, on clearance or on an awesome sale!

You know, I can find inspiration just about anywhere.  Last Christmas I made all my Christmas cards by hand and found the most beautiful paper pack at the craft store.  The name of the pack was Rustic Luxe.  I thought, how fitting for a very elegant holiday.  I held onto that paper pack as inspiration for my dining room tablescape, living room mantle and my dessert and cocktail station for our holiday festivities.  Have a look at a few of the photos I captured and how I saved on decor. 

silver and gold holiday decor, deer,rustic

If you ever want to create a custom look to your wine glasses, you can do it all on your own.  Don't spend extra money on anything fancy.  All you need is paint made for glass and a brush.  Here, I created these gold brushed wine glasses for my table.  I love how they look and that they cost next to nothing to make. I already owned the glasses, the brush and the paint!

These gold chargers were used for my Little Miss Spider Lady Halloween party.  I mixed up my place setting with a sliver rimmed plate (from the dollar store) and a gold rimmed salad plate.  Each place setting was topped with a small gift box filled with peppermints.  The boxes were made with my Cricut and the paper is from that beautiful Rustic Luxe paper pack! 

The napkins for the table are from the thrift store.  I created napkin rings by tying ribbons to a jingle bell and tying to the napkins.

I love these mercury glass footed candle holders, they are perfect for this theme and just look so opulent! I also added a mercury glass vintage vase and tealight candle holder (a dollar store find). To add to the tablescape, I added a string of gold beads that were used on our Christmas tree a few years back.  If you notice that twine wrapped tree on the table.....I made that out of a Styrofoam cone, wrapped with twine, painted it gold and glued on embellishments.  Cost me virtually nothing to make!  The ornaments are pulled right out of my Christmas stash.

I have three trees in my house, you can see the main tree in our home in the background of this photo.....I think I really love Christmas!

These cute sisal fox and squirrel animals were finds at Target last year that I purchased after I knew I was going to go with a Rustic Luxe theme this year.  I think they're so adorable and whimsical.

A few weeks ago I found the prettiest gold foil letters by Teresa Collins and had to have them.  I created a festive wall hanging by wrapping tinsel around a picture frame and then attached the letters to a ribbon to create a garland.  A small jingle bell garland was added for a very merry touch!

For my mantle, I added  faux birch wood logs, bleached bottle brush trees and a few elegant holiday decorative pieces to set the scene.  I think the buffalo snow really sets off this winter scene!

I used my little white Christmas tree from last year's Christmas Wishes party and used it here in my dining room and flocked it with gold,silver and white ornaments!

For my dessert station, I created a rustic and glam look by incorporating very chic gold pieces with very rustic pieces - simple right?  I wanted a woodland look to the table but still....with a touch of glam.  I love the look of birch logs and incorporated a lot of that into the design.  I also made a lot of the items by hand.  You might remember the gold sequin wreath from this tutorial.  I  made faux birch wood logs using this super simple tutorial by Design Dazzle.  The Gingerbread 'Lodge' was a labor of love.  I love how it turned out!  I found a mini wooden pallet and sleighs at the craft store and whitewashed them.

I created Birch wood log pretzels by simply dipping a pretzel stick into white chocolate bark and then drizzling with milk chocolate.

These chocolate balls of deliciousness are called Brigadeiro.  If you haven't heard about them, please Google them.  They're a homemade Brazilian candy.  I love them, they will rock your world!!!!

I hope you enjoyed the photos and I wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS filled with lots of love, peace and JOY!!!!!

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