Archive | August, 2016

What Caught My Eye Vol. IV

Good morning, I hope your week is flying by as the weekend is only a couple days away, hooray!  Today’s What Caught My Eye post is probably one of the most random.  It’s a mix of party related and non-party related things that I’ve found interesting lately.

Appetizer SpponsFirst, are these adorable little appetizer or dessert spoons.  I saw them on the shelf at Target in the clearance section, so they probably aren’t at every Target, but I thought they were so cute.  They are wooden with a blue and pink diamond design on them.  They were only about three inches long, so they are pretty small.  I do like that you can just recycle them when you’re done.

Chalkboard PosterboardThe second thing that caught my eye was found when I was planning my daughter’s Daniel Tiger birthday party.  I like to do a chalkboard sign every now and then, and this posterboard makes it so easy.  This poster board is made of a chalkboard like material so whatever designs you use can be cleaned right off and used over and over again.  I really like my fake chalkboard method, but this makes it even easier.

Almond Butter Toast
Next, is a little recipe I’ve been throwing together lately.  I was trying to find ways to incorporate more protein into my daughter’s diet and started using almond butter.  I’ve been buying a giant sized one at Costco so it will last a little longer.  This recipe is super easy.  Just spread some almond butter on a piece of toast, drizzle with a little honey, and sprinkle with some cinnamon.  It’s a little sweet, a little salty, and the cinnamon gives it a little something extra.  It’s great if you’re looking for an alternative topping to toast.  I even put this on a tortilla rolled up and cut into slices for a snack.  Delicious, and a perfect idea for all of those upcoming school lunches.

Check in CookiesWe were given cookies upon arrival at our hotel in Keystone recently when we visited for a wedding.  I absolutely love hotels that give you check in cookies.  Who doesn’t like cookies?  It’s nice to have a little sweet treat when you’re staying somewhere other than home.  I really liked the resort we stayed at.  You can check River Run in Keystone out here.

Cocktail NapkinsThe last thing I wanted to share was just the idea of fun cocktail napkins.  I saw these at a local store, but there are so many places to get them. Find some at places like Marshall’s and Homegoods where they are marked down quite a bit.  Why not start using these on an everyday basis to make your after work drink a little more fun?

So there are a few very random things that I’ve found interesting lately.  Have you found any great party items you want to share?  Write it in the comments section so I can check them out.  Have a great end of your week and weekend!

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Tablescape Tuesday: Wedding Centerpieces

A few weekends ago, we had the opportunity to attend two very different, but very fun wedding in the same weekend.  We went from a rustic, beautiful, mountain wedding to a fun-filled, 20’s themed, elegant mansion wedding.  It was quite the weekend.  Today I wanted to share the tablescapes from those weddings with you.

It’s another round of Tablescape Tuesday! In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table.  Putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’, and your experience so much better.  These weddings certainly didn’t disappoint in their tablescape game.

The first wedding was on top of a mountain and absolutely beautiful.  Because of the wedding’s location, there was a rustic element to the wedding, but it was so beautifully done.

Pink Rustic TableI mean isn’t this table absolutely gorgeous.  It felt like I was living in a pinterest photo.  The rustic wood table, textured runner, and the centerpiece that ran the entire length of the table were so pretty.  I thought it was great to have just a runner on the table and let the beautiful wood table shine.

The flowers were amazing.  Spilling out from a lantern in the middle was greenery and color coordinating roses.  The gold mercury glass votives made the whole affair so intimate as the night went on.  Color coordinating napkins brought the whole theme together nicely.

Pink and Purple Floral CenterpieceIt was almost too pretty, almost.  I really did feel so excited to be at such a beautiful wedding.

The second wedding of the weekend was so different, but so fun.  The wedding was roaring 20’s themed at a mansion, and everyone really dressed to the theme.  It was so fun seeing everyone in 20’s attire.  Some looked like they stepped right out from that decade.

The tablescapes were alternating centerpieces of greenery, feathers, and flowers.  We sat at a table with some great greenery.

20's Themed TablescapeI loved the aged feel of the venue, it really helped bring the theme out throughout the entire event.  The crystal chandeliers didn’t hurt either. Tables with greenery centerpieces were dressed up with a light shine of gold paint which was a great little touch to tie into the theme.  Wedding guest’s sipped on deep glasses rimmed with gold.

Gold Rimmed GlassesOverall, it was such a fun weekend.  Albeit, busy, but so fun.  It was great getting to go to two very different weddings and see how the personality of each couple really shined through.

Which was your favorite, rustic, pink, mountain wedding or black and gold 20’s themed party?  Stick around because I’ll be giving a full recap of both weddings in the next few weeks.  Let’s face it, you want to see the rest of both weddings after looking at just the tables right?

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Back to School Reflections

Today is the first day of school where I live.  I’ve always had a fondness for this time of year.  Growing up, I loved school, so I was always excited to go back.

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Back to school always meant that a few things were going to happen.  I was going to get new school supplies.  Even at a young age, unsharpened pencils and fresh, clean notebooks were really exciting.  I would get to go back to school shopping.  This wasn’t as fun with changing bodies and disagreements with my parents, but in the end I still got new clothes.  And I would get a new pair of tennis shoes.  It was a challenge to see how long I could go before getting them dirty.

With all of those new things, the biggest underlying theme was that there was so much possibility at back to school time.  Who knew what was going to happen.  The idea that anything was possible was so exciting.

I think making this time special for your kids will get them excited for school.  It’s pretty easy with shopping trips for school supplies and new clothes.  But there are plenty of other ways to mark the end of summer and beginning of a new school year.

Do one last big excursion to mark the end of summer.  Go on a weekend trip, or have a big end of summer pool party.  Just spending some one on one time with your kids before they are in school everyday will be memorable for them.

My mom always made a special breakfast for us on the first day of school.  I always looked forward to starting my first day of school with a hot meal.  Do that for your kids, and maybe even do it everyday their first week.  I still remember my Senior year of high school when my mom didn’t make breakfast on the first day of school.  That day just wasn’t the same.

Back to school time doesn’t have to be special just for the kids either.  I think by this time most parents are ready for their kids to be in school during the day.  Why not mark the occasion by getting brunch with your friends after school drop off.  Maybe something even better, would be to take a walk in the park by yourself.  I’m sure you’ll appreciate the time alone after a summer with your kids.

It’s times like back to school that I feel need to be celebrated.  All it takes is a hot breakfast, some new school supplies, and a walk in the park to make it special.  Good luck to all of you parents that have to drop off your kids at school and not see them until later this afternoon.  I hope this is a great school year for your kids and you!

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Goals: The Follow Up Post

Remember the beginning of July when we were talking about making goals and what to do to achieve them?  This month I thought I’d do a follow up and let you all know how well I did and whether or not I accomplished all of my goals.

Goal ListMy goals for July were broken up into three categories: personal, blog, and Rodan + Fields. 

Personal Goals

  • Read one book
  • Cardio three times a week
    • Run at 8:30 p.m.
  • Print Family Photos

Blog

  • Network with two potential blog supporters
  • Collaborate with one blogger
  • Reach 250 likes on Facebook
  • Reach 120 followers on Instagram
    • Post four times a week

Rodan + Fields

  • Power Hour three times a week
  • Two new consultants (only one)
  • Three new preferred customer’s (only one)
  • Two three-way calls per week
  • Follow-ups completed from 1 June-30 June
    • Done by 15 July

In my original post, I had said that these goals were pretty lofty and with an extra busy month I knew it would be difficult to accomplish them all.   Even with all of those things against me, I’m pleased with everything that I was able to accomplish.

The biggest thing to take away from goal setting is not to beat yourself up if you don’t reach all of your goals.  It’s easy to get down on yourself if you don’t do what you say you’re going to, but I find it best to focus on the things that you did accomplish.

It’s a great time to reflect on where you focused your energy, see if that’s what you should be focusing on, and then adjust.  I definitely plan on “rolling over” a few of my July goals to August.  Also, I’m going to focus on just one goal from each category and then only have three goals for the entire month.  Doing so will make it much more likely that they all get accomplished.  Plus if there is only one goal from each category I can be sure to complete what is the most important.

So here are my goals for August:

August GoalsI hope your month is off to a great start. Be sure to take the time to think about what you want to accomplish this month.  There are also a lot of fun things planned this month.  Great content including a recap of all the weddings I’ve gone to recently,ways to celebrate back to school, and several parties.

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Celebrating everyday!