10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable

10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable

(Family Features) Entertaining is one thing, but dazzling your guests with an outdoor party sensation is another. Summer can be the best time of year for outdoor parties. From twinkling lights to patterned tablecloths, every detail counts when it comes to impressing family and friends. It may feel like a lot of pressure to live up to expectations, but your party can be both simple and elegant with a few easy tips. Start early Early is never early enough when it comes to planning a rock-star summer gathering. Check to see if you have enough utensils, make sure everything is … Continue Reading →
DIY Project – Glitter and Light Canvas

DIY Project – Glitter and Light Canvas

(Family Features) When your home decor needs an upgrade, but expensive, ready-made items aren’t in your budget, DIY projects can be an easy and affordable solution for revitalizing rooms in your home. One simple way to enhance the character of a room is with lighted elements. Add a glistening, on-trend look with a lighted canvas, which features twinkling lights that dance on shimmering glitter to lend a glam look to any room. The project, designed by crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, can be adapted to any palette; just change out the color of the glitter to match … Continue Reading →
StarNight Laser Review and Giveaway

StarNight Laser Review and Giveaway

Have you all seen the laser lights on TV commercials? They look awesome, but do they really perform as well in person? The answer is YES! I recently received the StarNight Laser (disclosure: I received this for free but the opinions here are my own) and my family and I love it! The StarNight Laser lets you select between red, green, red and green mixed, or red and green alternating which of course makes it a great idea for the Christmas season. You can really use it anytime of the year though. When I first tried it I actually had … Continue Reading →
5 DIY Decorative Crafts for Autumn

5 DIY Decorative Crafts for Autumn

I know it is still summer, but autumn will be here before you know it. Crafts have always been enjoyable for me, but I haven’t really been doing much of it for quite some time now. Since fall is my favorite time of year I thought I would round up some ideas from my fellow bloggers to try out myself and to share with you. All of the photos below are those of the original creator of the project that have said I could use them. Thankful Chalkboard by Where the Smiles Have Been At dinner we often do “3 … Continue Reading →
Parmesan Ranch Ritz Crackers Recipe

Parmesan Ranch Ritz Crackers Recipe

The other night I went to a painting party and we were all supposed to bring a snack. I like to bring things that can sit out without having to keep them hot or cold so I made these amazingly delicious and flavorful Parmesan Ranch Ritz Crackers. You can eat them alone or you can add any kind of dip or spread you like on them as well. Our painting party didn’t have as many people as they had thought so I had leftovers to bring home and that has made Hubby extremely happy. He has been munching away at … Continue Reading →
Start Planning Now for Thanksgiving

Start Planning Now for Thanksgiving

We are already into November and Thanksgiving is not that far off. If you plan on making the Thanksgiving feast for your family and friends this year, now is the time to start planning. This year I will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house and having my son and his girlfriend, my parents, my brother, and my in-laws join us. My plans have already begun! Think About the Food Classic versus New Most of my family prefers classic foods for Thanksgiving. However Hubby and I always like to try new things. When planning my menu I have to have … Continue Reading →
The New IKEA Store in St. Louis, Missouri

The New IKEA Store in St. Louis, Missouri

Yesterday I finally got to visit the IKEA store that just opened here in St. Louis. I had never been to an IKEA before but have browsed their online site often. Hubby even went with me, although he was reluctant because it is in St. Louis city, but I convinced him and he was happy in the end that he went. This store is HUGE! I mean really, really gigantic! Be prepared to spend some time there wandering around. As we went up the escalator to the main area I noticed a kids’ area called Småland. Kids can hang out … Continue Reading →
Make Halloween Extra Special and Not So Scary

Make Halloween Extra Special and Not So Scary

It’s not too late to plan an extra special Halloween party! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite Halloween goodies and treats you can get from beaucoup (disclosure – I am an affiliate and receive a commission from items sold through my links below) to make your day special, but not too scary. They are having a sitewide sale that ends today (10/22/15) of up to 25% off so don’t hesitate! Personalized Halloween Stadium Cups Practical and a great favor for guests to take home too! Pick your cup color, your design, and then add your custom message. These are … Continue Reading →
Color Your World with Philips Hue Lighting from Best Buy

Color Your World with Philips Hue Lighting from Best Buy

Take off your rose colored glasses, you don’t need them anymore! You can color your world rose….or blue, or purple, or yellow, or orange, or white, or any combination of these colors now with the Philips Hue lighting. It is freaking cool! As part of the Best Buy Blogger Network they sent me a couple of the Philips Hue products. I already knew about them and had seen in-store demos of them, but it is just not the same as having them in your own home. Hubby and I set them up and our minds were blown! I received the … Continue Reading →
Add Tech to the Man Cave from Best Buy

Add Tech to the Man Cave from Best Buy

Hubby has been planning on making a Man Cave out of our son’s old bedroom since he moved out. He wants a place that is all his own for his stuff, especially the stuff I don’t really care to look at. Right now he takes a chair in the empty room, along with his dog, his guitar, his laptop and a Bluetooth speaker and just enjoys the time to himself playing his guitar along with all of his old country music. The time is coming to give the room its purpose though. Best Buy has some great inspiration for any … Continue Reading →