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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Patio Dream Ideas

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wayfair, but my opinions and commentary are entirely my own. 

It's finally warm enough to start dreaming about ways to spruce up the patio. My patio is begging for some new patio furniture and nautical accessories. Wayfair is the perfect place to start your search. Here are a few ideas on my patio dream wish list this summer...

I love the chic and coastal vibe of this patio sectional set. The navy cushions with white piping are totally classic and timeless.

Lawson Sectional with Cushions

Regular Price: $1,619.00
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My dream patio also includes a huge pergola, perfect for entertaining and hosting late night dinners underneath the stars and twinkling lights.Sonoma 12 Ft. W x 16 Ft. D Pergola

Sonoma 12 Ft. W x 16 Ft. D Pergola

Regular Price: $4,084.10
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A classic stone fire pit would be the perfect addition to my patio for nights when we want to sit around the fire roasting s'mores, listening to music, and enjoying time with out friends and family.
Cast Stone Fire Pit

Cast Stone Fire Pit

Regular Price: $184.95
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Every great entertainer needs an outdoor patio serving cart like this one! It has a removable front tray, mobility with wheels, and is designed for outdoor use. I can see it now... we need more wine, roll it on out!
Eucalyptus Patio Serving Cart

Eucalyptus Patio Serving Cart

Regular Price: $134.00
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Check out my Wayfair Patio Dream Inspiration Board for more patio inspiration and ideas! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Ultimate Science 7.0 Party

My 7 year old son loves everything science related and requested a science theme birthday party this year. I knew his idea of fun would be experiments that were hands-on, bubbly, and explosive. I researched far and wide to find the perfect science experiments, lab accessories, and party favors and am happy to share all my resources with you to help create your own at-home science party.

Party Colors: Orange, green and blue with chalkboard accents
Dessert Table Highlights: Homemade Science sugar cookies, cupcakes with fondant hexagon toppers, Candybobs, and jello served in Petri dishes. 
Science Activities: Build a fizz inflator, UV Beads, Bubbling lava lamp test tubes, elephant toothpaste, and a coke and mentos geyser finale. 
Party Favors: Safety goggles, nerdy glasses, crazy straws, candy bobs, and test tube bubbles. 

The dessert table included raspberry jello in Petri dishes with sprinkles on top to look like we were creating an agar plate. The dish was inoculated with a "sprinkle sample" for taste testing.

After scouring the internet, I found inexpensive disposable lab coats and safety goggles. They lab coats only came in adult sizes, so we just rolled up the sleeves and it actually gave the kids' clothing more protection during the experiments. The lab coats even had a pocket on the front for their "Level 7 Clearance" badges and a pen for keeping notes.

If you follow my parties, you will notice that I always use flower pots to hold my party silverware. I just add a party circle on the front to match the particular theme. 

Our lab area was set up before the kids arrived. I had an aluminum tray and the first experiment ready at each seat.

For experiment #1 we did a vinegar and baking soda test. The soda bottles were filled with vinegar and the balloons were filled with baking soda. When the kids tipped the balloons, the baking soda fell into the soda bottle causing a chemical reaction and the balloons filled with air.

Our next experiment was creating lava lamp test tubes. We added a cap of water to our test tubes that were already 3/4 full of oil. We then added a color tablet and fizzy tablet. The kids were mesmerized by the bubbling lava lamp effect. 

Next, we created elephant toothpaste. The kids each had a soda bottle filled with 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% or 6% is even better). We added a few drops of food coloring, a squirt of Dawn dish soap, and a yeast mixture. The chemical reaction created elephant toothpaste foam that oozed out of the bottles on to their pans. 

I kept all the experiments neatly organized and separated in these aluminum pans. It was easier to bring only one experiment out at a time. 

Our grand finale was the famous Coke and Mentos geyser. The birthday boy was in charge of pulling the pin that dropped the Mentos into the soda bottle. 

 Ready, set.......RUN!!!

The chemical reaction is a 30 foot coke geyser! Here's a few tips, use Coke Zero (less sugar = less stickiness) at room temperature for this experiment and only attempt this experiment outside!

The kids took home their lava lamp test tubes, lab books, and goggles as well as a goody bag filled with touchable test tube bubbles, crazy straws, nerdy glasses, and science candy bobs.

A huge thank you to Kara Woolery at Lillian Hope Designs for creating this amazingly awesome science collection available in her Etsy Shop- it includes so many fun printable pieces from games, photo props, lab book covers, water bottle labels, banners, placemats, flags, and more!

Party Resources:
Science Printable Collection: Lillian Hope Designs
Printables Printed by Print My
Hexagon Cupcake Toppers: DCC Cakes
Science Sugar Cookies: Recipe and cookie inspiration from Eat More Dessert by Jenny Keller
Science Candybobs: Sweets From Heaven, Outlets at Orange
Science cookie cutters: Science Bob Store
Crazy straws, plates, nerdy glasses, test tube bubbles: Birthday Express
Photography: A. Joy Photography & Craft That Party

Science Items:
Petri Dishes: Science Bob Store
Erlenmeyer Flask: Amazon
Lab Coats, safety goggles, and aluminum pans: Webstaurant Supply
Test tubes, color tablets, test tube racks, geyser tube: Steve Spangler Science

Science Experiment Resources:
Elephant Toothpaste Experiment
Mentos and Coke Geyser
Bubbling Lava Lamp
Build a Fizz Inflator

Check out more science parties and ideas on my Science Party Pinterest Board!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gift Ideas from Minted

I have been compensated by Minted for this post, all opinions remain my own. 

Minted is one of those sites that I can swoon over for hours and hours.  They offer products ranging from beautiful stationary and invitations, art prints, home decor, and more. I often find lots of gift ideas on Minted and thought I would share some of my favorites. We still have a lot of bare walls in our new house. Any of these art prints would look gorgeous on our walls.

{this one really speaks to me, patience is a virtue I am still working on..}

I absolutely LOVE the gold foil stamped wall art. It is even more gorgeous in person! All of these prints come in a variety of sizes and frame options. There is sure to be something will speak to you and your personal style. 

I'd love to know, what are your favorite products from Minted?  Leave a link below so I can check them out. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Easy Bracket Basketball Party with Recipe for Carrot Hummus Dip

I have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. As always, all opinions are mine alone. #EasyBracketParty #CollectiveBias

If you visit us in the month of March, chances are you will find a basketball game on somewhere in the house. We often invite our friends over to watch the big tournament with us. Luckily it is easy to pull a full spread together with a one-stop shop like Giant Eagle right down the street.

Since we are going with a basketball theme here, I wanted lots of orange on my table. I used bright orange napkins, paper straws, an orange and white tassel garland, and orange polka dot snack cups. I also made for the first time an orange carrot hummus. You will find the recipe for the carrot hummus at the end of the post, I hope you try it, it's healthy and delicious! I continued my orange food theme by also putting out Colby Jack cheese and cups of carrots to dip in the hummus. Hummus, cheese, crackers, and vegetables are always my go-to snacks for parties.

Of course you need some sweets. The Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups are the perfect size for snacking. Trust me, these will be the first to disappear when company arrives. OREO Cookies are pure perfection by themselves.  I always just stack them like this on a milk glass cake plate. Now you have a beautiful (and ridiculously easy) dessert display in seconds. Seriously, these will be gone in seconds. Make sure you have extra to replenish your plate.

Don't forget to grab enough drinks. I typically buy mini cans of Coke for the kids (a Friday night special treat) and Coke Zero and Diet Coke for the adults.  When I have combined kid and adult parties,  I create a separate place for adults to mix drinks and grab ice.

Here is my recipe for Carrot Hummus...


1 can Garbanzos chick peas
1/4 tahini (mix well)
1 cup carrots
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic glove
salt and pepper
Serve with either Ritz Crackers or Wheat Thins

I found all these ingredients and the rest of my party food at Giant Eagle in these aisles. Love how easy it is to find what I need so I can get in and out quickly.


1. Cook carrots in boiling water for 5-8 minutes in boiling water until soft. Drain and set aside until cool.

2. Drain and rinse chick peas. 

3. Blend carrots, chick peas, tahini, cumin, garlic, and lemon juice in food processor until completely smooth.

4. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Serve with Ritz Crackers or Wheat Thins.

 I've shared my family's game day traditions with you. I'd love to hear about yours! Leave a comment sharing your family traditions and what you will pick up from Giant Eagle. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentines in a Jar With Free Printable Mason Jar Tags

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? Here are a few last minute ideas that are simple and easy to pull off. I shared many of these ideas with Tori Spelling's readers on ediTORIal last week.

We all love glass jars, right?  So let's give someone special a jar full of love this Valentine's Day! The possibilities for filling your jar are endless... from desserts, to candy, flowers, candles, craft supplies, or love notes.

I decorated my jar with Valentine washi tape and a red enamelware jar lid from Factory Direct Craft.

Here is what you will need...

Glass Jar
Candy or beads
Love Notes
Twine, Ribbon, or String
Washi Tape (optional)
Hole Punch
Mason Jar Tag a limited time free printable by Piggy Bank Parties
Red Jar Lids (optional)

Directions for creating a Valentine Love Jar:

1. Write love notes, seal with tape or twine. 
2. Add notes to jar, fill the remainder of the jar with candy or beads. 
3. Print the free mason jar tags on card stock or kraft paper. There are two different tags to pick from, either "Love Notes" or "Filled with Love".  Both tags come in two different sizes to fit large and small jars.  

4. Cut out tags, punch a hole in the top so that you can string twine through. 
5. Attach tag to jar with twine, ribbon, or string. 

If you are looking for more great ideas, head over to Pink Heels Pink Truck for a Housewarming Party {Pink Edition} that includes my Pink Party from last Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Family Movie Night with The Boxtrolls

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BoxtrollsFamilyNite

My family calls every Friday,  fun Friday. We love celebrating the end of the school/work week with a family dinner and activity. Our Friday night plans range from board games, to Dance Wii competitions, and occasional trips for ice cream. My personal favorite family time involves the four of us curling up under blankets and watching movies together. It is the perfect way to wind down from a long, busy week.

My kids were bummed that we missed seeing The Boxtrolls in the movie theater. Luckily, The Boxtrolls came out on DVD this week so I ran over to Walmart to pick up the movie and a 10 count box of homestyle Pop Secret. We went all out and created our own Boxtroll popcorn boxes and designed our own fancy white hats for our family movie night.

Materials Needed:

empty cereal boxes
paper bags
sticker paper or card stock


1. Remember in middle school how we covered all our school books with paper bags? Well, do this, only cover the cereal box instead. Don't forget to pull off the handles of your bag.

2. Your cereal box should look like this

3. Print your favorite Boxtroll character's graphics here and glue to the front of your popcorn box. Fill boxes with Pop Secret popcorn and enjoy the movie! I also put out some brie because the main characters are obsessed with cheese ("Prepare to say bye bye to your brie, cheerio to your cheddar...").

Next, we designed our own fancy white hats. Everyone in the movie covets the fancy white hats!

I drew large hats on white card stock paper. The kids designed their own fancy white hats. We cut the hats out and taped paper straws to the back.

Grab some Pop Secret popcorn and The Boxtrolls DVD while supplies last at Walmart and make your own family memories!

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