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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dinner and a Movie at Home Sponsored by Wayfair



I have been compensated for this post as a member of the Wayfair Homemaker Program, 
all ideas and opinions are completely my own #sponsored 

When you have a hectic week, dinner and a movie at home sounds pretty amazing, right?  In fact, those nights at home are my favorite. I've teamed up with Wayfair to show you how to create the perfect night in.

Let's start with dinner. I love making homemade pizza. I make my dough from scratch, but feel free to cheat as little or as much you want here. You can buy dough from the grocery store or even your favorite pizza place, or use flat breads such as naan bread. Fire it in the oven, pour some wine, and you have dinner in less than 15 minutes!


Chocolate Popcorn Recipe

Time to cue up the popcorn!  For special nights in, my family requests chocolate popcorn- it's a little sweet and salty to satisfy all cravings! To make your own at home all you need is popping corn and chocolate melts.


Pop your kernels and spread popcorn out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Melt chocolate melts in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on medium. Spread over popcorn and toss until it starts to harden. Season with salt this point if desired.





Once the chocolate has hardened, your popcorn is ready to divide up and serve in popcorn bowls like these! I just love these because they have a removable bottom that catches those unwanted un-popped kernels!



3...2..1 movie time. Cozy up with a warm blanket and enjoy your movie. Here are my top picks and inspiration board to help plan your perfect dinner and a movie at home!  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Bowling Lanes Birthday Party and DIY Marquee Bowling Sign


Ready, set, BOWL your way to birthday fun with the brand new bowling lanes collection from Shindigz! There are so many great party pieces that coordinate with this collection- be sure to check them all out to see what best fits your party needs.



Set the mood by setting the table. I really love these personalized place mats. Each guest has their own place to sit at the table with a matching plate, personalized bowling cup, party hat, and coordinating wood cutlery.


I like to keep desserts simple for bowling parties since kids are on the go playing and bowling for most of the party. For a fun bowling snack, make chocolate bowling balls by adding three white chocolate chips to store bought Little Debbie cocoa cremes. So easy to make and always a big hit with the kids!


Party hats can also be personalized with the name and age of the guest of honor.


How cute are these bowling themed lollipops?!! You can either serve them as party treats or send them home as party favors.



Speaking of favors, kids took home their bowling pin water bottles and a "bowling bag" favor box filled with bowling themed lollipops, mini bowling game, and mini magic 8 ball.  I customized the front of the favor boxes with 4" bowling lanes stickers.




Since our birthday boy is turning 8, how great are these "Magic 8" Balls? They not only have his age on them but also look like mini bowling balls!


To make these mini bowling sets even cuter, I took them out of their original packaging and put them inside these clear plastic candy tubes. The plastic candy tubes even come with a personalized sticker for the front. Parents will thank you for solving the problem of where to store all these little bowling pieces so none get lost!




I created this DIY Marquee STRIKE sign for above the dessert table by using 12" x 1" styrofoam letters. It was a great way to add a "wow" factor to the dessert table without spending a lot of money. 

How To Make Your Own Marquee Bowling Sign

Materials Needed: 

Water base acrylic black paint, foam paint brush, 1" circle punch, white paper, Glue stick, hot glue gun, large piece of cardboard, and red spray paint. 

 Directions: 

1. Paint styrofoam letters black with foam brush. Let dry completely. 
2. Punch out white circles using a 1" circle punch and use glue stick to attach circles to letters. 
3. Cut cardboard to desired shape and size. Spray paint red in a well ventilated area and allow to dry completely. 
4. Attach styrofoam letters to cardboard with a hot glue gun. 


Hope this bowling party is right up your alley 
and strikes some inspiration for your next celebration!

Friday, November 18, 2016

How To Throw A Stargazer Party


Fall is a great time to throw an outdoor stargazing party. Gather up your warmest blankets, light the campfire, and get ready to celebrate under the stars. 


Guests will love being greeted with this directional sign that shows them where all the festivities will take place. 


A stargazer party requires a dessert table filled with lots of stars! To create this look, first I covered the wall with blue stardust paper. It comes in large rolls and instantly makes a dramatic backdrop. I also found lots of great star decorations for the table, such as these metal star centerpieces, hanging silver stars, and star milky way garland.  This clear silver star plastic tablecloth looks great thrown over any plain colored tablecloth.


Constellation cookies by School House Bakery helped guide guests to the dessert table. Can you name all these constellations?!! (I might need some help from Google to get them all right).



S'more cupcakes are so easy to make. Just add pieces of graham crackers and chocolate to store bought cupcakes.



Favors are always one of my favorite party details. Friends and guests love leaving with a little something to remember the party, such as these personalized chocolate bars, star mint tins, and personalized lollipops.




The mylar star and crescent moon balloons make a huge statement being three feet tall!


I set up an area outside around the stargazer tent for the kids to hang out and eat s'mores. They loved having their own little spot to play while the adults sat around the campfire.



Aren't these "S'mores Under The  Stars" placemats just the cutest paired with some "Star Grazing" chocolate bars?!!  Happy stargazing everyone!

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For more Party Under The Star Inspiration, visit my Pinterest Board!




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Go Outside and Play! Ideas for Healthier Kids with CLIF Kid



Do you ever feel like you are running a marathon from the moment your kids step off the bus until their heads hit the pillow?  A lot of days in our house do feel like that as we run from Cub Scouts, to fall sports, piano lessons, and other evening activities. As busy as our days can be, we always leave room for outdoor play. Play helps my kids decompress from their school day as well as providing exercise and social development with friends.



My kids are pretty exhausted when they get home from school. I encourage them to grab water and a healthy snack to refuel and head outside for at least an hour. CLIF Kid makes the perfect on the go snack for my active kids. CLIF Kid Zbar® are made with organic ingredients and contain no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup. My kids just care that they taste good and come in fun flavors. Goblin Chocolate Chip is the current favorite flavor in our house! 



It's so nice when my kids ask, "Can I have one of the those yummy bars for a snack?" and I can enthusiastically say YES!

Now that the kids are fed and hydrated, it's time to get outside and play!  Do you remember as kids our parents would say don't come back until dark?  70% of us moms did just that. Sadly today, only 30% of kids play outside. I would love to see more parents unplug devices and encourage kids to get outside. We do just that for at least an hour a day. Here are a few of our favorite ways to play outside...


Encourage your kids to pull out their scooters, bikes, and roller blades! My kids make up games where they enforce traffic laws. One of my boys will be the police officer while the other is the "driver".  They make their own stop signs, toll gates, and speeding tickets!


My absolute favorite sports invention ever the the BOUNCE BACK NET!  My boys throw balls at that net for hours. They make up their own challenges and goals to see how many passes or throws they can make.


Chalk is another one of my favorite outdoor toys. We keep a huge bucket of chalk in the garage. It's very inexpensive and can provide hours of entertainment!



Chalk can transform any play area into a sports field, pretend road, four square court, or hopscotch game. The possibilities are endless!


This short video shares more about how CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play for our kids. Be sure to check it out!


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