Archive | October, 2016

How to Create an Easy Halloween Banner

I’ve never been a huge Halloween person.  For some reason it always seems to sneak up on me or I’ve felt I didn’t need to participate as a grown up. This year with my daughter being a little older and excited about her costume and trick-or-treating, Halloween is starting to seem a lot more fun to me.  However, because I haven’t prepared for it in years past I don’t have many Halloween decorations.

I wanted to add a little more Halloween spirit to our house, so I decided to just make something myself.  DIYing party decor typically doesn’t take as long as I think it will, it’s usually cheaper, and I almost always already have everything on hand.  I decided to make a banner, because I love a good banner.  I hung it over our fireplace to fill the space where we eventually will be getting a mantle.

See the step by step instructions below for making one yourself, and just in time for Halloween.  Or any other occasion!

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.You will only need five supplies to make this kind of a banner.  Twine, orange paper, black spray paint, clothes pins, and a black marker or sharpie.

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.Step 1: Spray Clothes Pins with Spray Paint

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.Such a simple idea, I’m kind of mad at myself for not having done this sooner.  Clothes pins can be so versatile, especially for party decor.  Use them for banners, wreaths, signs, seating cards, place cards, food labels.  So many ways to use them that there might be a blog post dedicated to just that.

Their wood material makes it quick to give them a little spray and be easily covered in paint.  I’m already thinking about the endless options of clothes pins I’m now going to have.  Gold, pink, navy, a rainbow of colors!!

Step 2: Write out your banner sign

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.Throw out all of your feelings of perfection with this step.  We’re going for fast and done before Halloween.  Just use some orange paper and a sharpie to write out your banner message.  Once the letters are done, cut them out.  Try using different colored paper or mixing up your message.  “Happy Halloween” or “Boo” are great options.  The “Boo” banner would work great in a small space like a door.

I didn’t even take the time to fill in the letters I made, or make sure they’re evenly sized, and I didn’t cut them out the same way either.  Perfection out the window!  But my banner is done and hanging up!

Step 3: Hang the Banner and Clip the Letters Up

Once the clothes pins are dry, they only take a few minutes, and the letters are made, tape or tie up the banner twine.  Then use the clothes pins to pin up your banner letters.  Done!  That’s it!  Super fast and easy Halloween banner.

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.How’s that for one of the fastest DIYs ever?  This method would work great for so many holidays, celebrations, or events.  I can see using this same method to hang Christmas cards during the holidays.  Anyone have gold glittery paint I can use for my clothes pins?

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.I hope you have a Happy Halloween, and now you can decorate for the candy filled night!  What are your thoughts on Halloween?  Too old for it?  Or do you go all out and dress up with your kids?

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5 Ways to Start Your Holiday Shopping NOW

So, news flash!  It’s late October, and I know it may seem early, but Christmas will be here before you even blink!  So today I’m helping you get started shopping early.  Hopefully you can knock out a lot of people on your list and be done before Thanksgiving!  Talk about having a stress free holiday season, this is the way to do it!

Since I’ve started Rodan and Fields, I have a whole new respect for small businesses, direct sales, and especially women entrepreneurs.  I’m sharing four other women who are working hard to support their families and are passing on some great products and specials to you just in time for the holidays.

I recently met my new friend Becky and wanted to share her LuLaRoe business with you.  I’ve also become a huge fan of LuLaRoe, and all of their super comfy, super cute, clothes.  If you’re unfamiliar with LuLaRoe, it’s a fashion company that sells through fashion consultants.  Becky carries women’s skirts, tops, dresses and leggings in sizes 0-26 and everything is unique. LuLaRoe only makes 2500 items in each print which makes each print rare. They’re best known for their buttery soft leggings but all the styles are comfortable and flattering on women of all body types.

I can personally attest that the leggings are so soft, they feel like a second skin basically.  So comfy!  Becky’s inventory is always changing so be sure to check her Facebook page for her current inventory.  If you’re interested, head to her Facebook page on Thursday’s for pop-up shops and to see all the latest and greatest, including Halloween leggings!  She’s also offering a “Cyber Monday” sale where you can get some great gifts for yourself, your kids, and even the men in your life at a discount!

To purchase: contact Becky at lulabecky@gmail.com or her Facebook page here.

One of my forever friends is always wearing something meaningful, her jewelry!!  If you haven’t heard of Origami Owl, it’s unique, personalized, and versatile jewelry.

Origami Owl jewelry isn’t just any old jewelry line. It is completely customizable and interchangeable. It tells the story of you, who you are and what your passions are in life. Create your own custom line of jewelry with items you curate based on your personality. Change the pieces out daily to create a custom NEW look, each and every day. You can even tell the story of a loved one. What a better way to celebrate a special someone in your life then with a beautiful piece of jewelry designed with only them in mind!

The Origami Owl Living Locket is a forever evolving piece of jewelry.  It can and will grow with you.  Choose the charms that represent your passions, memories, dreams and the things you love.  Capture them all in your Living Locket.
Try shopping these small businesses for Christmas instead of big retailers. See all the options here.Try shopping these small businesses for Christmas instead of big retailers. See all the options here.Contact Tiffany and shop her website here for your locket or for everyone else on your shopping list.  A personalized gift is just so thoughtful.

If you saw this post of mine, then you’ve already heard about Premiere Designs and how to host a jewelry party with them.  It was such a fun night!  Their new holiday line just came out and you can view the whole thing here.  I just love how versatile all of their jewelry is.  So many of the pieces can be worn in different ways, flipped around, or changed out to create more than one look.

Try shopping these small business for Christmas instead of big retailers. See all the options here.You can earn $200 in free jewelry by hosting a party with Carrie this month.  So if you are local to the Denver area, give her a call  (269-832-6454) to schedule your party and earn your jewelry!  It’s so much more fun to see the jewelry in person.
To place an order, email Carrie at cbennett7417@gmail.com.

Another really great jewelry option for your gift list is Stella & Dot.  I went to one of these parties YEARS ago and still love all of their jewelry and accessories.  I typically check their sales for really good deals too!

The Stella & Dot Holiday Collection just launched and there is gorgeous new jewelry and accessories for every day wear or special occasions.

Try shopping these small business for Christmas instead of big retailers. See all the options here.The wonderful stylist that I met at that party years ago is Elisa, and she’s offering some really good deals to you all.  She helps women update their look with jewelry and accessories so they look good and feel good when they walk out the door.  She also helps small businesses that are looking to reward employees or VIP customers with special gifts by providing a gifting service.  This gifting service is for those who need help remembering important dates and having a gift when they need it.

Elisa is offering a special “Treats No Tricks” promo good until October 31st.   All the details are below.  What a way to get free jewelry!!
Try shopping these small business for Christmas instead of big retailers. See all the options here.You can shop Elisa’s Stella & Dot jewelry here.  Or follow her on Instagram @stylishcurvygirl or Facebook here.  Contact Elisa for the Treats, No Tricks special by calling or texting her using the information above.

Last, but not least, is my other little job.  As a Rodan and Fields Executive Consultant, I help anyone with skin get the best skin of their life.  This life changing skincare is clinically tested and does what it’s designed to do.  Everything from fighting acne, getting rid of wrinkles and fine lines, reversing the damage of sun exposure, to soothing sensitive irritated skin. Plus so much more!

Our new, super exciting, life changing product is Lash Boost!  It’s a nightly conditioning serum to help give you longer, fuller, and darker looking lashes that are 100% yours!  Who doesn’t want longer looking lashes?  I know I do!

Try shopping these small businesses for Christmas instead of big retailers. See all the options here.Rodan and Fields is offering a special Holiday Bundle where you can get the Lash Boost serum, a mini eye cream (our best selling product), and a cute cosmetic bag.

Try shopping these small businesses for Christmas instead of big retailers. See all the options here.This offer starts on November 2nd, but I’m taking pre-orders now! Plus, if you become a Preferred Customer before November 2nd by purchasing a regimen, you’ll get a free gift with purchase!  So many free gifts!!

If you want to get some Lash Boost for yourself or anyone else on your shopping list (moms, sisters, girlfriends) contact me here: amylong@myrandf.com.  Or sign up to become a Preferred Customer here.

I hope these amazing women entrepreneurs have motivated you to start, and hopefully finish, your holiday shopping.  There is literally something for everyone here and most things are so much more personal than your typical holiday gifts.  Try shopping small this holiday season by starting right here and supporting these women and their businesses.

Happy shopping!

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One Bar Cart Two Ways: Halloween Themed

Today is the second part of a series on themed bar carts.  Earlier this week I showed you a Fall Bar Cart and today I’m getting spooky and dressing my bar cart up for Halloween.  Don’t be scared, it’s not too spooky.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!As you can see, all I did to turn my Fall Bart Cart into a Halloween Bar Cart  was just change out a few accessories.  Instead of fall colors of gold, orange, and red, I went with a black, white, and gold theme.  Again, I used some wrapping paper for a backdrop.  Wrapping paper is just so versatile, and my favorite places to pick some up are Hobby Lobby and Marshall’s.

Hobby Lobby has a pretty large selection and with a 40% off coupon, it’s very reasonably priced.  Marshall’s (or TJMaxx) always has fun patterns and designs and usually for around $2.99 a roll.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Instead of copper mugs and Moscow mules, try a stronger cocktail for Halloween.  Adding these skull ice molds really makes your drink on theme.  I purchased the skull banner at Marshall’s and just knew it would look perfect for this display.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!On the bottom shelf of my bar cart I added our candy bowl, pre-candy filling.  Let’s be honest, once the candy is in the bowl, it might not make it to the trick-or-treaters.  If you have a problem keeping your hands out of the candy bowl, then my tip is to buy a candy that you don’t like.  Hopefully it will keep you from snagging a piece here and there.

I also got these little tins at the Target dollar spot.  I have several of these tins in a variety of holiday themes.  They are pretty versatile, so I knew I’d be able to use them somehow.  I would totally use them for drink garnishes, like lemons, limes, and herbs for this Halloween drink station.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!I also added a few Halloween accessories that came in our Boo Basket, like this witch sign.  Have you heard of Boo Baskets?  Our neighborhood is doing them like crazy.  It’s where one person puts a Halloween basket together with a fun note and leaves it on the porch of a neighbor with instructions to spread the boo’s to two more neighbors.  Then those neighbors do it and so on and so on.  Typically a sign is included to post on your front door or window so everyone can see whether or not you got boo-ed.  It’s fun to walk through the neighborhood and see how the boo’s have spread.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!I love the idea of putting the bar cart on your front porch on Halloween and passing out drinks along with your candy.  I’m sure adults will love a stiff drink on Halloween, but even passing out bottled water, juice boxes, or cups of punch is a great idea.  Just be sure to check with your local laws on distributing alcohol as it may be illegal to do from your front porch.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!That wraps up this week’s bar cart series.  One bar cart for fall and one for Halloween.  A great idea would be to start with the Halloween bar cart then transition it to the fall bar cart.  That way you could serve Thanksgiving cocktails straight from your fall bar cart.  There’s just so many ways and events a bar cart comes in handy!  Which did you like best?

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One Bar Cart Two Ways: Fall Themed

Welcome back from the weekend!  I hope you all had a great time, we said good bye to my mom who was visiting. Then got caught up on the massive amounts of laundry and cleaning that come after traveling and having visitors.  I probably didn’t get enough done, but it definitely made a dent.

I obviously can’t get enough of everything fall, so this week I’ve turned my bar cart into another festive space.  This week I’ll be showing you two fall ways to use your bar cart.  First up, a fall theme, then later this week things get spooky and I’ll show you how to decorate it for Halloween.

Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!I love this new found space in my garage where I can set things up for you.  It’s great having a large backdrop area to use!  Speaking of backdrops, this gold and white striped wrapping paper packs a big punch and ties into the gold bar cart. Adding some fall touches like pumpkins, pine cones, and wreaths takes your average bar cart to a very festive place.

Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!I picked this bar cart up off of craigslist several years ago.  It was an ugly black plastic, but after a few coats of gold spray paint, I achieved the look I was going for.  Plus, I think it only cost me $10-$15 so it was a steal.  It’s not as sturdy as a metal cart, but we don’t typically move it around much so that’s not an issue for us.

Here are a few other great bart cart options.  This one, this one, and this one would all look fantastic!

Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Using a festive fall bar cart would be a great way to serve some cozy drinks like Moscow mules, hot apple cider, or apple cider sangria.  For our seventh wedding anniversary this year we ordered these copper mugs from Williams Sonoma.  They look great on the fall bar cart with a few cinnamon sticks.

Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!On the bottom shelf I added a wooden bowl of pine cones and a white pumpkin.  But this would be a great place to store more glasses or bottles of wine if you plan on serving a large crowd.

Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Turn your bar cart into a festive drink station this Fall with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Using a fall wreath really amps up the fall feel.  Another great idea would be to use a larger scale wreath hanging just above your bar cart serving area.  That would be an excellent addition to a wrapping paper backdrop.

That wraps up the first in the series this week.  Do you have a bar cart?  If so, how do you use it?  If not, do you want one now?  See the Halloween edition later this week!

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8 Entertaining Essentials for Fall

There are just some things that are essential to fall like pumpkin spice lattes, bonfires, and boots.  But I think there are also some very essential fall entertaining items that are a must this time of year.  Here’s a round up of eight things that will make any party feel more like fall.

8 Fall Entertaining Essentials to help you celebrate all season long. Click here to see all of them!1. Copper Mugs

This is a great fall choice for drink ware.  You can use it for the classic moscow mule, hot chocolate, or apple cider.  Plus the copper color really goes with the season.

2. A great Fall Drink Recipe

Apples are all the rage this season so why not use them in a great drink recipe?  These two apple recipes are easy to throw together quickly for an impromptu fall party.  You just need two ingredients for this apple cider mimosa, and only a couple more to make this apple cider sangria.

3. S’mores

It’s not fall without a fire.  Be it a bon fire, fire pit, or the fire on your stove, s’mores and fire just go together.  We absolutely love using our fire pit to make s’mores.  So much so that I have to have an endless supply of s’more ingredients stocked in the pantry.  It’s a great activity to do with guests young and old.

4. Cozy Throws

Using throws around your house throughout the fall really amps up the coziness factor.  When entertaining try using them in unexpected ways.  Use a buffalo check throw as a photo backdrop, or a fury throw as a table cloth.  Using throws unpredictably makes your fall party so much cozier.

 

5. Adding in Wooden Bowls

Wooden bowls add a ton of warmth to any space, countertop, or coffee table.  Fall is all about warmth, so wooden bowls are perfect for this time of year.

 

Talk about loving this amazing wooden centerpiece bowl!  I have been wanting a long wooden bread bowl, and this fits the bill perfectly.  Try using it in the middle of a table as a centerpiece.  How great would it look filled with gourds, pumpkins, and apples for a modern cornicopia look?  I also found some at Ballard Designs that I might like even better!

Love the gold details on this wooden bowl from target.

6. Seasonal Scented Candles

Who doesn’t love the smell of a great candle burning?  It can make your whole home smell like you just baked a pumpkin pie!

The design of this candle from Anthropologie really amps up the feel of fall with not only the smell, but also the look of the candle.

7. A Great Chili Recipe

This time of year is perfect for a nice warm bowl of chili.  You have to have a go to chili recipe and I highly recommend this one.  I made it last week while doing Whole 30 and ate it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

8. A Fall Wreath
Lastly, a fall wreath is very necessary and versatile.  Try using it for a backdrop to your fall dessert buffet instead of just on your front door.  One year, I even used our fall wreath as a centerpiece on our dining table.  Here are several that scream fall.

World Market also has live wreaths which I’m sure smell lovely.

That’s it for my Fall Entertaining Essentials, what are yours?  Do you have something that you just have to have during fall?  Or something to do during fall?  Share it below in the comments!

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Celebrating everyday!