Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Healthy Pumpkin Pie--Gluten-free, dairy free, sugar free

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I'm in the kitchen baking up the most yummiest healthy pumpkin pie.  You wouldn't believe by the taste that it is gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free pie.  All in one!  This recipe is perfect for those with allergies or wants to stick with their diet.  Check out my post on How Does She.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Mini-Wreaths Craft

Need some Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas?  I crafted simple mini wreaths over at Or So She Says that I'll be using for our Thanksgiving table.  Head over there to see the tutorial using flowers and greenery from the market.

Style Me Pretty Living Feature

I am so excited and honored that Style Me Pretty: Living featured the complete room tour of Stella's tween girl bedroom!!  You can see more details and pictures on their site.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

It's pumpkin season!  And do you know what is my favorite way to eat pumpkins??  No, it's not pumpkin pie or pumpkin ice cream.  Although I love that too!  Guess again?  It's in my morning protein shake!  Yum, Yum!  Head over to How Does She to get my recipe for a healthy pumpkin pie protein shake without the sugar and calories.  

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween Recap 2014

Halloween was cold and wet this year.  So I'm kind of kicking myself because I didn't get all the pictures I wanted...like a family one with us all dressed up in our costumes or even one of the kids together.  We all worn black.  And I think this was the first year we ALL dressed up ON Halloween.

We had a neighborhood Halloween block party prior to trick or treating.  We had a blast, minus the cold, playing Halloween carnival games like donut-on-a-string, cake walk, mummy bowling, witch's brew touch game and monster bash.  The kids love it!  I wish I snapped pictures of all the activities, but I was so busy running around that it completely slipped my mind.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DIY: Halloween Glass Cloche

Decorating with glass cloches are my current fave.  Remember the floral terrarium? They are so easy to make in minutes, and gives an expensive decorating look for less.  Glass cloches are perfect for mantles, tablescape or even bookends.  This DIY Halloween decoration can be used year after year.

Here are your supplies:

I picked up everything at my local craft store and recycled the small halloween decorations.  Spray paint the wooden circular plaque black and let it dry.  Then all you do is decide how you want to arrange your small Halloween decorations on the plaque.  Once you figure it out, then get your E6000 (best glue) and start gluing!  

I suggest your let it dry over night or even an hour.  But if you are like me and don't have time (because you do everything last minute), put the cloche over the decorations and place on the plaque.  

Have fun and make more than one!  Then arrange on a table and enjoy the spooky-ness!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Around the House

Halloween has arrived at our house.  We are in full swing festivities!  The kids have boo'd almost the entire neighborhood...everyday.  I have now explained to them the difference between boo'ing and doorbell ditching.  (Want to boo someone?  Here is a cute boo printable).  My Stella is sewing like a mad lady making Halloween costumes.  She's going to be a pro after this holiday.  We've got spooky, creepy crawlies climbing up my walls.  And lot's of black around the house.  Pumpkin seems to be in our daily diet.  I think we are set!  Here are some of our past Halloween house decor.

See something you like?

Repurpose Vintage Jewelry

I forgot to post over here on my blog about the post I did for How Does She last month about repurposing vintage jewelry.  This was such a fun post for me because work with jewelry almost every day for my business, but never with vintage jewelry.  And then taking made jewelry and re-creating it into a style that is current.  Check out my DIY post.  Pst...I've been actually wearing these restyled pieces quite a bit!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Baking Birthday Party

Bake me a cupcake!  I've got a little baker on my hands who loves to get her apron on and try a new recipe every Sunday afternoon.  No surprise when she told me she wanted to have a baking-themed party for her 10th birthday. I knew the perfect place to have it was Miss Mamie's Cupcake Shop.  Mamie has made me so many cakes for past birthday parties that it was a given to go with her to teach how a true baker bakes and decorates.  How could we forget the ombre rainbow cake she made last year for Stella's painting party?  We still talk and dream about it!

Invitations:  Because of timing, lack of addresses and my children's Fall Break, we emailed out a darling baking-themed evite through Paperless Post.  Have you ever used this website for emailed invites?  If I have to go this route, I like to use Paperless Post because they are more personalized and sophisticated.

Decorations:  Miss Mamie's was so sweet to let me decorate her shop for the party.  I used OhJoy! for Target and The Flair Exchange for tassel garlands, confetti balloons and confetti on the table. Printables are by me.  And picked up balloons.

Cake and Candy Table:  I always have so much fun decorating a cake and candy table.  I love to serve candy at a birthday party, and it's always the kids' favorite part of the party--to fill up a bag of color-coordinated candy.  Mamie made another yummy and darling cake that incorporated the party colors, invite and printables.  All the candy is from Target!  And the little "yum" spatulas are also at Target.

Project:  When the girls arrived they decorated aprons with a large cupcake-liner flowers and fabric markers.  Then they were taught how to make and bake cupcakes.  While the cupcakes were cooking, they were taught how to make fondant flower decorations to be placed on top of the cupcakes.  Each girl got to make 1/2 dozen cupcakes.

  The girls really put a lot of thought and time into each fondant flower.  They made so many that they ended up not having time to actually eat their cupcakes!  Instead they all took home what they made to show off their baking art piece and share with their families.

We had another successful birthday party!  I can't believe she is 10!!  One decade old.  This birthday has made me think of all her other birthdays.  Here are past blog post of some of them:

9th birthday: Painting Party
8th birthday: Baptism
7th birthday: Spa Party
6th birthday: Tea Party and Tea Party
5th birthday: Hello Kitty Party
4th birthday: Princess Party
3rd birthday: Bug Party


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