Lemonade Bar

One of my favorite things about summer is outdoor entertaining.  And when it comes to entertaining my philosophy is keep it simple. Whether you are hosting a small pool party or a big backyard BBQ, summer entertaining should be stress free so you can enjoy quality time with family and friends.  Entertain in style at your next party and set-up a refreshing Lemonade Bar for guest to quench their thirst.  The best part is garnishes are easy, options are limitless and everyone is happy! To … [Read more...]

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Summer strawberry season means lots of ripe, red delicious berries and we put them to good use in this delicious Strawberry Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Dressing! I've been making this Strawberry Spinach Salad for years and it is still one of  my husband's favorites.  I remember when I first served it to him he thought I was crazy for thinking he  would eat a salad with strawberries and mushrooms, but it was a hit and now even my kids love it! The secret is the sweet and tangy dressing, … [Read more...]

DIY Fishing Pole

This fun DIY Fishing Pole original appeared as one of the featured projects in Design Dazzle's Summer Camp series.  I love being a "camp counselor" in this fun series for kids and in the past years I've shared my Naturally Fun Bucket and Lemonade Stand Kits.  This year I wanted to make something reminiscent of old fashioned fun and created a DIY fishing pole. My kids love exploring and being outdoors, even during the blazing hot summer months.  Recently while feeding the ducks at our … [Read more...]

Parents Magazine Feature: Vintage Dick and Jane Party

This has been a hard secret to keep, but I'm thrilled to finally share that my twins Vintage Dick and Jane Party is being featured in the August 2013 issue of Parents Magazine. This Parents Magazine Feature is definitely a "pinch me moment!"  As a blogger and party stylist it is extremely rewarding to see your hard work recognized on a national level!  Parents Magazine contacted me back in January and expressed interest in featuring my twins 3rd birthday party.  Their Vintage Dick and … [Read more...]

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas with Free Printable

In case you missed it I'm sharing Teacher Appreciation gift ideas with free printables all week.  Teacher Appreciation Week can be overwhelming and expensive if you have several school aged children.  But, I've created several budget friendly ideas and teamed up with Dimpleprints to offer you free printable tags to make gift giving easy. I believe that teachers help our children learn and grow.  Why not say "Thank You" with a gift that will continue to grow and blossom just like your child has … [Read more...]

Teacher Appreciation Gifts: ‘Donut’ You Know You’re a Great Teacher Free Printable

It's Teacher Appreciation Week and just in case you missed these teacher appreciation gifts I shared over at Piggy Bank Parties I decided to share them with you here.  This gift idea was inspired by one of my favorite new trends, donuts!  I asked Piggy Bank Parties if they could make a donut themed tag for me and they of course delivered cuteness beyond my expectations! Teachers are amazing people who work hard year round to make sure our children are educated and inspired.  I love this time … [Read more...]

Teacher Appreciation Gifts – Flower Pot

One of the daily themes during our teacher appreciation week is flowers.  My "Thanks for Helping Me Grow" flower pot I made a few years ago is still one of my favorite teacher appreciation gifts.  And one of my most popular posts, which means lots of you out there like it too! So I asked my friend Carli with Dimpleprints to make me a "Thanks for Helping Me Grow" gift card tag so I could update my flower pot gift and we could give it to my daughter's teacher on flower day. I … [Read more...]

Teachers Have the Recipe for Success – Teacher Appreciation Gift

I'm back with another simple and inexpensive idea for a special Teacher Appreciation gift.  I believe Teachers Have the Recipe for Success and work hard all year to combine the perfect ingredients to help our children succeed. This simple gift can be packaged and delivered in many ways.  I used the free "Teachers Have the Recipe for Success" printables from Dimpleprints and wrote one of my daughter's favorite desserts on the card.  I purchased a box of yellow cake mix (the base for the … [Read more...]

Teacher Appreciation Gift and Free “Teachers Lead in the ‘Write’ Direction” Printable

It's day three of Teacher Appreciation Week!  Today I'm sharing a teacher appreciation gift and free "Teachers Lead in the 'Write' Direction" printable. Teachers work hard to teach our children academics, but they also lead our youth to discover their passion and potential and spend countless hours encouraging them along the way.  I come from a family of teachers and I recently asked what types of gifts they would like to receive for Teacher Appreciation Week.  While gift cards or school … [Read more...]

Teachers Help Small Things Grow: Teacher Appreciation Gift

I'm back with another great Teacher Appreciation Gift idea, this time it's all about flowers. Teachers help small things grow.  Don't you agree?  They spend the year cultivating and growing the minds of our little ones, helping them learn and grow throughout the year.  Show your teachers how grateful you are for all they do to with a simple flower seed bouquet, for under $5. Our school has a theme for each day of the week during Teacher Appreciation Week and this year one of the themes is … [Read more...]