Favorite Things Party!

My “Favorite Things” party has quickly become something my friends and I look forward to each year! I know we don’t need an excuse to gather but when you add a fun gift exchange, yummy treats and amazing friends you can’t help but have the makings for a perfect night.

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When I plan a party I always try to find one special something to set the mood or color pallet. These darling chevron cupcake stands from Pick your Plum were the perfect place to start! I loved their bright colors and they were perfect for a fun summer party. When it came to ordering the stands I couldn’t decide on what colors to get so I just got one of each! Orange, Teal, Pink, Lime Green, and Gray. And at only $3.99 each I didn’t feel too bad stocking up! Pick your Plum is a deal a day site so go sing up for updates and watch for these to pop up again!

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I went light when it came to refreshments. I made my homemade cupcakes: Lemon Curd and French Vanilla with whipped Chocolate and Strawberry frosting. I also served fresh fruit.

 

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For last years party I invested in a collection of vintage glass ware! It’s still my most favorite thing at my Favorite Things party! I went from thrift shop to thrift shop in search of a hodge podge of vintage glass wear. At 50 cents each this was a very affordable way to get a beautiful collection of glasses that get used at every party I throw! I also reused the glass bottles that were originally bought filled with Italian Soda but now I refill with water and pink lemonade.

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My style is affordable and simple decor and it doesn’t get much more affordable and simple then this! A half yard each of the coordinating colored fabric cut into 1.5″ strips and tied to green twine made the perfect bunting. It was probably about 100 feet long and I draped it back and forth along the walls of my dining room. And last minute I used the scraps and wrapped my chandelier! I am in LOVE with how my fabric wrapped channy turned out!

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And lastly I made fun take home bags for all my guests! These adorable chevron bags came from a local shop PAK-N-Wrap. I filled them with my all time favorite treats: Kit Kats, Twix, Peach rings and Spearmint gum. Just a little thank you for coming!

Each guest brought a $15 wrapped gift that represented something they LOVED or could be considered their “Favorite Thing!” We had a gift exchange and all went home with a list of new things we all wanted to try.

Turn in to my next post to see what I gave as my “Favorite Thing!”

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Pink Blush Maternity Giveaway!

Where was Pink Blush Maternity 6 months ago! I had to wish for a time machine when Pink Blush Maternity reached out to me to see if I wanted to review an item from their site! What I wouldn’t have given to have known about this amazing maternity clothes site! Lucky for me ( and all you other nursing moms!) they also offer a great selection of nursing wear that I fell in love with!

pink blushAs you can see they have fashion forward clothes for all you expecting moms out there! Clothes you will wish magically changed into regular styles once that little one has made their arrival! On trend styles that will get you through your pregnancy from start to finish to even after!

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This is the nursing dress I was all to happy to give a try! That’s one of the worst things about nursing. All my dresses become unwearable. So glad to add this comfortable dress to my wardrobe! The button down front feature is perfect and and the waistline flattering. I added the belt and the slip to complete my look.

All my preggo friends, raise your hand! Wouldn’t you love to look your best during AND after your pregnancy?? Pink Blush can totally make that happen!

Enter to win a $25 gift card to use at Pink Blush! Simply leave a comment in today’s post and tell me what item from their site you LOVE! For an additional entry please “LIKE” Pink Blush on Facebook and leave a separate comment that reads ” I LIKE Pink Blush on Facebook!”

Winner will be announced on the Blue Cricket Facebook page on June 30th!

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Laundry Room Love!

We are half way through our laundry room make over and with the added cupboards our tiny little laundry room is finally a little bit more functional! Oh what I wouldn’t give to have a dream laundry room! Do you think it would magically make me love folding clothes? In a strange way I think it just might! Beautiful spaces have been known to change moods for the positive and trust me when I say I need a HUGE mood change most laundry days!

Well. since I can’t turn my closet sized laundry room into something breathtaking I thought I would share some other laundry room inspiration. These beautiful spaces are so incredible! I can only dream of such a space this big…

Aren’t these spaces incredible! I am in love with all the small details that make each of these rooms not only functional but totally beautiful to look at. The storage, the beautiful hardware and the usable counter space. Funny how a girl can drool over storage, right!
Even though these spaces are designer and massive we too can have a little taste of laundry room heaven! If you have the space to dedicate to a laundry room and want to spruce it up be sure consider Wilsonart in your design plan. Wilsonart has an amazing selection of Wilsonart® HD® High Definition® Laminate options that will add style, color and class! With Wilsonart® HD® High Definition® Laminate you get the look you want at a price you can love!
Wilsonart High Definition Laminate countertops can give you a granite like look for an affordable price. The high quality surface is 5 times more scratch resistant then traditional laminate making it a great option for your laundry room. Buttons, zippers and snaps are no match for this durable surface. With a wide variety of colors and beautiful edge finishes, these countertops will turn your drab laundry room into a space you’ll love.
And don’t forget the sink! Wilsonart® HD® Integrated Sinks  are also the perfect addition to any laundry room making spot cleaning and hand scrubbing a cinch. They come in the latest “no lip” and seamless styles making them easy to clean. These acrylic sinks are also resistant to stains and heat.

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And since we all can’t have dream spaces to fluff and fold our laundry don’t forget that Wilsonart countertops work  great in kitchens as well. Why not bring that updated look to life in the heart of the home! Make a big impact with new counter tops anywhere in your home. Wilsonart makes it possible. If you are looking for an easy way to freshen up your laundry room, kitchen, or bath be sure to visit Wilsonart to view their entire selection of beautiful Wilsonart® HD® High Definition® Laminate!

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Lemon Curd Cupcakes

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I’m a sucker for lemon anything so when I tried my hand making this cupcake I had my fingers crossed that it would be a success and HOLY COW was it ever! This amazing cupcake is a lemon lovers dream but could easily be adapted to any favorite flavor! The cupcake is vanilla so you can change the filling and frosting to get your chocolate, berry or any other craving fix!

The recipe is easy peasy: Follow the cooking instructions on the back of a Vanilla Cake mix but do the following to make the cupcakes taste even better!!!

  • Add 1 more additional egg then required
  • Substitute Milk for the water, same amount
  • Use melted butter instead of the needed oil, same amount

Bake as instructed.

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When your cupcakes are about half cooled you’ll want to make a well in them for the filling. I used a tiny round cookie cutter.

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This is when the fun starts! I put my store bought lemon pie filling/curd into a giant plastic bread bag with the corner cut off. The bag makes it easy to squeeze in about a tablespoon of lemon filling.

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And lastly it’s time for the super light frosting! To create a whipped frosting I mixed together 1 can of lemon frosting and one tub of thawed whipped cream. 3 minutes in my mixer later and I had this billowy dream cream that was so pretty when squeezed onto my fully cooled cup cakes. I used the plastic bread bag trick again. No need for fancy pastry tips.

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These are AMAZING!!! So pretty and taste as good as they look! I love the lighter tasting frosting paired with the tart lemon curd! It’s a fresh combination that works perfectly with the vanilla cupcake. I think I’ll make a strawberry filled and chocolate mousse one next!

Happy Baking!

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Natural Mothering eBook Bundle

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Pine-GO-Berry Smoothie

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To say that I love Pineapple would be an understatement! It’s my favorite fruit flavor so whenever I see it on sale at my local grocery store I can’t resist picking some up! It makes such a great smoothie flavor base. I added some of my other favorite fruit flavors to create this latest recipe!

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If fresh pineapple isn’t in season or is too pricy don’t shy away from frozen! Frozen fruit can be a perfect substitute and if you use frozen fruit add less ice! It will make for a thicker more frozen drink! Enjoy!

For more Smoothie recipes check out my other recipes:

Freeze ahead Green Smoothie

“Go to” Smoothie

Sunshine Smoothie!

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Amdro for Insect control

This is a sponsored post by AMDRO. See full disclosure statement below.

Thanks to Amdro our patio is looking pretty sharp! The Weed and Grass Killer took care of the weeds that were popping up in our pavers and now we have a great space to enjoy the weather outdoors.

The Power Flex system is so easy to use and I love how you can pop the individual cartridges on and off as you need them. Because you don’t have to mix an entire gallon of solution you can spot treat an area when needed.

 

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Besides great weed care, Amdro also can help with insect control. They offer a spray for the outside of your home as well as the inside. Having a home with a basement that we use everyday, this is a great comfort. No need to hire an expensive company who will come and spray for me. Amdro makes it easy to take care of ourselves.

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We have a few dangerous spider varieties around here so taking care of the insects is a must. I love that now we have a home system that we can easily apply ourselves.

Amdro covers it all…

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