Tips for Hosting the Ultimate Pool Party

Summer entertaining is one of my all time favorite things.  Memorial Day is just around the corner, school is almost out and the start of summer is finally here!  It's time to dust off the pool toys, spruce up your patio and gather family and friends for the ultimate summer pool party!  I've teamed up with Tuesday Morning to share a few key tips for hosting the ultimate pool party. I am a firm believer that entertaining doesn't have to be stressful or overly complicated. … [Read more...]

DIY Lazy Susan for Outdoor Entertaining

Summer might be winding down but I'm not ready to let go just yet.  We still have weeks left to celebrate everything summer has to offer including one of my favorite things to do in the summer, entertain friends. Whether it is a casual backyard BBQ or a stylish dinner party, outdoor summer entertaining is the perfect way to keep things simple, stress-free and fun.  I've made things even easier with my newly painted DIY Lazy Susan for Outdoor Entertaining. Not only is this colorful project … [Read more...]

How to Plan an Outdoor Movie Night

Now playing on a lawn near you, a fun summer flick under the stars.  This summer kick-off the season with an outdoor movie night.  As the heat from the long summer days subsides and the evenings cool off it's the perfect time to entertain guest.  We've partnered with Enbrighten Cafe Lights by Jasco to show you how easy it is to plan an outdoor movie night. Our family loves going to the movies, but it can get expensive when you have to buy high priced movie tickets and overpriced snacks for a … [Read more...]

Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic

Picnics are one of my favorite things about summertime. It doesn't matter if it's the spur-of-the-moment sandwiches on the lawn, or the meticulously-planned feasts that you pack and take with you to an event. Seriously, what’s not to love about sitting out in nature, enjoying great company and a plate full of delicious food?  Today I am hanging out with my friends from World Market sharing my Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic. With summer quickly approaching it's the perfect time to plan a … [Read more...]

Christmas Outdoor Movie Night

Outdoor movie nights are a fun way my family enjoys watching movies. Living in California we still get to enjoy a little evening time outside during December. So, I created a Christmas outdoor movie night! I set up our inflatable movie screen, set out some chairs, and added a little concession stand table for all the movie night guests. Everyone was so excited to watch Santa Claus is coming to town! While out shopping, I stumbled upon the cutest fleece blanket throws! The colors … [Read more...]

Share Holiday Joy with a Coca-Cola Winter Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareHolidayJoy #CollectiveBias Today I'm sharing two of my favorite things, entertaining friends and Coca-Cola, with a festive Share Holiday Joy with a Coca-Cola Winter Party. While this time of the year can be incredibly busy it's also the perfect time of year to spread a little joy and take a break from all the hustle and bustle. Since the weather here is still quite lovely I decided to … [Read more...]

Free Printables for Fall and Halloween!

Is it Fall weather where you live yet?  It is almost October and there's a slight chill in the air.  State fairs are rolling into town- which usually means cooler weather comes soon after!  I thought I would gather up some of the free printables for Fall and for Halloween too so that you could start preparing for decorating and maybe even a party!  Whether your decoration style is whimsical and classic or spooky and colorful, there's something for everyone! Celebrate Fall with some candy … [Read more...]

Blue Cheese Buffalo Burger Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoFlavor #CollectiveBias I love springtime because we get to break out the grill and dinners become more of an event with impromptu backyard BBQs and friends. The weather was perfect this past weekend and prompted us to host a last minute BBQ with friends and spring into flavor with this Blue Cheese Buffalo Burger recipe and a make-your- own French Fry Bar. With such busy … [Read more...]

Twins Camping Themed Birthday Party

For my twins 5th birthday we had a Camping Themed Birthday Party and I realized, a full year later, I never posted it here.  It was such a fun party and before I share all the details of their 6th Birthday Carnival I thought I better share all of the details from this super fun party last year. Deciding on a theme for boy/girl twins can be a challenge especially as they get older and have very different interest and opinions about what they like.  As we discussed what kind of party they … [Read more...]

Frio River Fun – #Funsucker Free Family Vacation

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents. Twelve years ago we joined a group of friends from college at what's become one of our favorite summer vacation spots, The Frio River.  For the past twelve years we've been making the trip with that same group of friends and it's morphed from a group of carefree college kids to a group of proud parents looking to make memories with their families.  We love this trip, our kids love this trip and we love the tradition … [Read more...]