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Create and decorate a tiered centerpiece for your table

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Entertaining, Home | Comments Off

I love to create festive tables for entertaining.  A nice way to add interest is to raise the center of the table (or the back of a buffet) by using paint cans (or upside-down pots, soup cans, etc).  Place a tablecloth over the cans to hide them and you can spotlight a cake, floral arrangement, or any decor that adds to the event.

I spray painted wine bottles different colors to create an inexpensive and colorful table for a fiesta.

I had used 3 paint cans and a round tray to display a baby shower cake (that was in the shape of a stroller).

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A handful of colors. We nailed it!….ok enough puns

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 in Home, Lifestyle | Comments Off

My friend Laura, who is always on trend and is an amazing hair stylist (if in the Denver area go see her at Grand Salon), keeps me updated on what’s hot.  We spent some time in Mexico last month and she showed up with a manicure that had a little flair.  Try it out!  Paint your ring finger a different color than the rest of your nails.

Some friends came over last weekend and we tried out a handful (there I go again) of color combinations.  Check out some ideas:

I love the glitter nails! 

We even got my friend’s daughter on trend.

Love the hot pink and orange

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April Give-A-Way!

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 in Home | Comments Off

The winners have been randomly drawn!  Congratulations to the following:

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I xxx’d out part of your email for your privacy, but will email you personally to set up your prize!


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All Things Easter

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 in Entertaining, Home | Comments Off

Spring is awesome.  I am thrilled to have my windows open, hear the birds chirping, and see Cadbury Mini-eggs on the grocery shelves.  The only downfalls to this season are my dog tracks in mass amounts of mud and I realize I have limited time to attempt my annual summer weight loss plan (dang Cadbury!).  However, the budding trees and blooming flowers inspire me to make colorful Easter decor and treats.  Here are a few that are easy to make!

Glittered Eggs:

I think glitter is the most fun.  Unfortunately, it also can make the biggest mess….after my daughter crawls around on the floor tomorrow she is going to be full of glitter!  Take your time to set out paper or plastic to work on (I should take my own advice).  See “DIY & Craft Projects” for directions.

Stained Glass Hardboiled Eggs:

Easy and cool….with or without the shell.  Hardboil eggs and then crack them up, but don’t peel the shell.  Set them in water with a fair amount of food coloring added.

Once you take them out of the dye they will look like this:

 Or you can peel them to get this effect:

 

Stained Glass Potato Salad:    See the “Recipes” page or type ‘easy low-fat potato salad’ in “Search This Site” at the top of this website.

Easter Bunny Cake:

This is actually super easy!  Make 1 round cake (1/2 of a boxed cake mix).  Cut it in half and ‘glue’ it together with a little frosting.  Use a Snow Ball for the tail and spaghetti for whiskers.  Decorate with candy and paper ears.

 

 

Flowers in Candy: Wrap the stems of flowers with wet paper towel, cover it with a plastic sandwich bag, and tie or tape it shut.  This will keep enough water on the flowers to last a day or so (enough time to use this idea for an Easter meal centerpiece).  Place the flowers and candy in a vase!  ***you can do this at other holidays too

 

Bird’s Next Treats: 

  • Melt 1 bag of milk chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter.  Mix in 4 cups of chow mein noodles (or a combo of these and Cheerios).  Form them into little nests.
  • Place shredded coconut in a bag with green food coloring and shake it up.  Add it to the center of the ‘nests’.
  • Fill with candy

 Easter Cake Pops:

 

 

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