How to Host a Salad Jar Party

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Clorox Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Recently my friend started talking about salad jars.  This isn't a new concept, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized this would be such a great thing for me to incorporate in my life.  Salad jars are when you make a salad, put all the ingredients in a jar in a specific order to ensure maximum freshness time, and then … [Read more...]

Backyard Balloon Party

I have the best neighbors.  Really.  That is the best blessing of our new house, all the wonderful people who live around us.  We became friends quickly and now we do everything together.  Last fall, tragedy struck our little circle when our friend Trisha lost her little baby boy at two months.  We were all devastated but we became even closer as friends.  Last week would have been his first birthday and we wanted to do something fun and special … [Read more...]

Our Fall Craft Party and a Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It's no secret that I love Halloween parties.  I love everything about the fall, actually.  This year, instead of throwing a Halloween party like I usually do (well, it might still happen) I decided to kick things off early with a fun Fall Craft Party.  I live in a new neighborhood and everyone is very gung-ho to mean new friends and … [Read more...]

Spring Favorite Things Party

Happy first day of spring!  We are thrilled that it's finally here, although it's been deceiving with March's super frigid winds.  We just moved into a new neighborhood a few months ago, and I was really excited to start making friends with all my new neighbors.  The advantage to moving into a new development is that everyone else is new and eager to be friends too!  I seriously have never had such an easy time making friends, a wonderful change … [Read more...]

Olive Tapas

I was thinking the other day how fun it will be this summer in my new neighborhood.  The thing about moving into a brand new development is that everyone is eager to be friends...at least mine seems to be.  We are already bonding with our neighbors and I feel friendship with them in a way that took me years to accomplish in my other apartments.  It seems that when you live in an apartment--at least in my experience--people view you as transient … [Read more...]

DIY Rustic Winter Wedding

My sister got married at the end of December last year.  She had a pretty short engagement--only two months.  And as the go-to crafty person in my family (and with my parents living in Boston) she kind of hired me as her wedding planner.  And since she was so ambivalent about what she wanted, I took charge.  We planned a beautiful rustic winter wedding after her and her fiance's laid-back semi-granola style.  They both enjoy the outdoors and are … [Read more...]

Disney Imagicademy Party

We had a Disney Imagicademy party last week to celebrate the launch of Disney's new app Mickey's Magical Math World!  I invited nearly all of my 6-year-old's friends and I think we ended up with almost 20 kids at my house.  It was insanity!  But so much fun. I set up the table, complete with Disney themed snacks and cute Disney themed snack names.  "Goofy Grapes" and "Hot Diggety Dogs"..."Minnie Mix" and "Cheese and Quackers" and more.  To … [Read more...]

20 Must Have New Year’s Eve Recipes

Happy End of 2014! I have been away from the computer a lot these last two weeks since I moved to my new house, had Christmas, AND threw my sister a wedding. It was exhausting and insane. But it's all over now, just in time to celebrate New Year's Eve with all my family who is in town. Are you having a party? Have you planned out your recipes? If not, here's a list of 20 New Year's Eve Recipes that will be sure to be a hit! Happy New Year! 1. … [Read more...]