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Santa Baby – 2016

Happy Holidays!!

Ya going crazy yet?!  I can’t believe how good my shopping list is looking this early in the game.  Wow.  I think I might actually be learning from the frantic finish the last 10 years.  But truth be told, holiday shopping is SOOOOOOO hard for me.  Sadly, I just keep buying myself stuff.  And y’all know I have zero self control when it comes to a $10 sweater.  $10 DOLLA, HOLLA!  And yet, will all those fun goodies there are still plenty of things on my Santa list.

Check it out!

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Nike Running Shoes, Match Safe, Glass Water Bottle, Oscillating Tool Kit, Can’t Adult Today Sweatshirt, Flatware for 5, Pin Set

You guys, that match keeper!  I found one roaming an antique store with the hubs.  Mine is a bit older, but shoot, it’s super cute!!  And those Nike shoes are running shoes.  You can wear them to the gym?!  Not like I would, but hey, who can resist a two-fer?  I have been dreaming of new flatware for about 3 years now and I LOVE this set.

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Collared Peplum Top, Glass Dish with Lid, Dyson Air purifier, heater and fan, Copper KitchenAid, Nars Blush/Bronzer, Set of 6 Knobs, Persian Runner

The knobs are gorgeous – I may just need to pop those right into my cart – wink!  But the piece I’m drooling over?  That Dyson air purifier –  I WANT ONE.  You know how much I love Dyson stuff, so eventually my pretty, you will be mine.  The peplum looks perfect for that office holiday shindig and the glass dish make my party loving soul happy.

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Invisibobble Hair Ring, Shearling Clog, Coffee Card, Vortice Chandelier, Fondue Set, Apple Purse, Amazon Echo Dot

Are you judging my Birkenstock pick right now?  Let me explain… there was this mom (don’t all stories start like this?), who is very chic and very cool and would wear these clogs with jeans, a button up AND SOCKS ON to drop her son off at the baseball field.  Seriously, they looked so good.  I may not go to her country club (or any country club) but I can sure steal that look!!

If you check out nothing else, please see Shop Sapling Press for the coffee card!!  Their stuff is so good and guaranteed to make you LOFL!  It was hard to pick a favorite, but damn, if that coffee quote ain’t me, I don’t know what is!

I may need to frame it.

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Baby Fever Baby Shower!

Hi-ya!

Finally!  Yezzzz!!

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That’s right, pictures of Tricia’s 70’s inspired, disco-licious baby shower!  Here we are snuggling it up before operation sleepless nights and never-ending laundry take over.  Delivery of the package is set for Jan. 28th.  I. can’t. wait.

But back to the partay.  Who doesn’t love a disco ball?  Like, no one ever, in the history of the world.

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Each setting had a champagne flute, silver picture frame with a message and baby photo (if the guest sent me one), silverware, coaster, bowl and a linen napkin folded into a rose.  And of course disco balls!  Yes, we did give everyone a fork but for some reason we forgot one in this photo!  But were we already sipping champagne??  Of course we were!!  Priorities people.

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Pink champagne?  Check!  Fun cocktails?  Check!  Something for baby mama to drink?  Double check!!

The drink hit of the event?  The El Salvadorian Black Russian with a hit of coffee!  My friend is El Salvadorian (obv’s) and her hubby is Nigerian and Russian … Can I get an “Ooohhhhh?”  So I made a hot cocoa with cinnamon and Kahlua and put them into silver thermos like they have at a diner.  But with a hit of coffee the drink was seriously drool worthy.  Yum-mmy.

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My girlfriend, Bethanie, was incredible!  She brought all the desserts which looked too cute to eat!  Here she is striking a groovy pose!

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Want to get your guests involved?  Here we set up a quilting station so each special person could write a message or draw something that will soon become a baby blanket.

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Overall, I’d say it was a very fun time had by all!  I prayed to the weather gods, and was blessed with sunshine throughout the outdoor party in December.  Yes, I know I am a lucky girl… but also one with a few outdoor heaters as back-ups.  Still, it was perfect outside and that made it sooooo much nicer.

Most importantly though, I believe Tricia had a great time and she certainly made out with major baby loot!  Oh, and some of the freaking cutest clothes ever!!

Hope ya enjoyed!!

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Want to see the invitations that started Baby Fever??  Check em out here!  Ciao!

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A Pajama Jammin’ NYE!

Hi soon to be Twentysixteener’s!

It’s New Year’s Eve and seriously, what’s better than celebrating at home with your crew?  (Probably a few things, like perhaps eating fresh crab on the beach in Bali…) But well, those other options aren’t always possible, so welcoming in the new year at home is a pretty sweet choice.  Make it a pajama party?!  Now that’s what I’m talking about!

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Our little gathering here, will be super cozy, low-key and filled with comfort… like yummy finger food, hot cocoa, silly games.  The stuff that makes me feel happy and good.

In our house, we’ll be having a big ol’ plate of ribs and mac n’ cheese!  I may even throw in a veggie or two, because dessert will be one of my favorites, cinnamon rolls!!  Num, num, num.

So, we’ll be celebrating low key… but here are a few other fun ideas I spotted.  I may just have to pull a fast one and give some a try!!

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I love this idea of serving pancakes make your own style… of course I would do this for dinner!

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Milk and cookies!  Oh yes please.

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Or maybe just a milk shot?

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This balloon game idea is pretty cute and easy.  Plus, show me a kid that doesn’t love balloons.

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I may have to print out a few of these…. I love hearing what the kids will say!!  It would be fun to do this each year and save them.

However, wherever you’re celebrating I hope it’s the best yet!  And to all my old friends, you are never forgotten – I love you.

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Merry Christmas!

And happy day off!  Whoo-hoo!

Yesterday I was at the office delivering goodies and hugs, saying Happy Holidays… you know, spreading my cheer with people I love.  My friend says, You can say Merry Christmas, we won’t be offended!!  And I thought, you know what, you’re right!  I celebrate Christmas.  It’s pretty cool.  Why not just say, Merry Christmas?  It’s not like it’s a secret or anything.

So ya, that just happened.  And even if you don’t celebrate the same way/thing I do, it’s all good.  When it’s Hanukkah, please (OH PLEASE!) wish me a Happy Hanukkah. Kwanza?!  Yes!  I love parties, gifts, celebrating of ANY and ALL kinds.  I will even toast to your un-birthday and bring a gift to your dogs wedding.  It’s what brings joy and I’m all about that.

How about some photos?  I literally just snapped these a few minutes ago.

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In case you are scratching your head, yes my kids are watching Ninja Turtles while I type this.  It’s going down. right. now.

Cards are still being put up and the dining table is pretty bare, but at least the music is loud and stuff is smelling gooooood.

So with that I’ll leave you.  Well, after a bit of Stevie Wonder’s Someday…

Someday at Christmas men won’t be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free

Someday at Christmas there’ll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life’s really worth
There’ll be peace on earth

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas we’ll see a Man
No hungry children, no empty hand
One happy morning people will share
Our world where people care

Someday at Christmas there’ll be no tears
All men are equal and no men have fears
One shinning moment my heart ran away
From our world today

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas man will not fail
Hate will be gone love will prevail
Someday a new world that we can start
With hope in every heart

(Someday all our dreams will come to be)
(Someday in a world where men are free)
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime
Someday at Christmastime

Blessings my friends!!  Thank you for enjoying the journey with me.

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Foiled Disco Invitations!

You guys, this post is soooo Groovy Baby!!

Remember how I said that one of my bff’s is preggo?  I know, it’s totally all I’ve been yammering about.  Well, guess who is throwing her one totally le chic baby shower?!?!?  Yes!  It’s me!!

And how did I come up with this good-time-guaranteed theme?  It kinda came to me while we were discussing what sign Little Miss was going to be.  Aquarius.  The age of Aquarius?!?!?  Wow, so perfect.  Right?!

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The way to really introduce a theme to guests is definitely with the invitation.  They will know if this is going to be a party worth driving 20-30 miles for… I think these definitely give the impression that it’s going to be a fête not to be missed!!

Wanna make some?

Okay, so here’s what you’ll need –

  • Paper (I got the pink and purple from Joann’s and the shimmer and glitter from Michael’s)  Make sure that the paper is not too textured for the foiled areas
  • Then you need foil.  I got mine here
  • Paper cutter (you can do it by hand, but if you’re making a bunch then it’s really a sanity saver)
  • Envelope maker – also makes your life easier
  • Honeycomb tissue balls – The ones I purchased are no longer available, but these are pretty similar
  • Paper punch
  • Laminating machine
  • Adhesive
  • Glitter spray – optional

First off, go and visit Jenny here.  I had seen her feature awhile back and loved the idea!  I just expanded on it… Man, this would be good for the holidays.

The hardest and most important part is to design your invitation.  This took me quite some time, but I’ll give you my templates here… please tweak them for your own use.  I also hand drew in some dots before making copies.

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Did you notice how Jenny said that you HAD to use a certain ink?!  Please make that notation because I had to print parts at home and parts at the office, since I wanted color and the right ink.  I’m so demanding.

Grab those honeycomb balls and spray them with glitter – they are your disco balls.

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I used a paper clip to keep them open.  It just adds a little sumthin-sumthin.

Obvs, print out your invites and trim them to size.  Prep EVERYTHING first.  So key, you guys.

Cut your foil in advance too.  It really helps.

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With your basics prepped you can set up a work station.  Turn on the laminating machine and while each invite goes through, you can fold envelopes, invitations and glue in your envelope shimmer, which I made by making a template first from an envelope.

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Okay, this is important.  Once the foiled piece comes out of the laminating machine – DON’T TOUCH IT.  Let it cool.  Put it to the side.  No touch.  Got it?  It will peel better that way.

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Once I had the front and backs attached with adhesive, I used the puncher for pizazz.  I like that word, pizzzaaaaazzzzzzzz, jazz hands!

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So, so shiny.  I love this technique!

Then put in the disco ball.  That’s right, put the ball in the crack.  Giggle.

For the stuff that you didn’t plan for, please make at least 10 extra.  I don’t know why but some of my foiled fronts didn’t come out perfectly.  And, AND!!  When I went to seal up the goodies, I had to add some pink duct tape to the back…. I just happened to have some stashed.  I wasn’t happy about the idea (at all) but I really didn’t want the invitations opening up en route and not getting delivered.  That would have been bad.

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Does this make you want to boogie down?

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Everyone got a unique invitation because of the different colored “disco balls” and varied papered I choose.  It’s kinda fun that way!

So that’s about it!!  Now I’m off to finish up some more planning for the actual event…so much to do, so little time!

Interested in another invitation idea?  Check out Yaso’s Mad Hatter Bridal Shower.

And as always,

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