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4.17.2014

Cinco De Mayo DIY Piñata Placemats And Lanterns

Disclaimer - This is a post for Oriental Trading as part of their Blogger Community. This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the products listed. I was provided the product free of charge and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.


Cinco de Mayo DIY pinata lanterns

The one party I have never hosted is a Cinco De Mayo party; with traditional Mexican dishes, free-flowing margaritas, and festive decorations, you would think I would host one every year.  With next week devoted to Summer Fiesta Party Hop, it is high time I did a fiesta of my own.  Today is a sneak peek at two of the projects I did for tomorrow's Fiesta Friday, a Cinco De Mayo Party.

4.16.2014

Bunny Ear Chocolate Bars From Kiwi Crate + Butterfly Frosted Doughnuts

Disclaimer: This post is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on any purchase made from products purchased after clicking the links. As always, I don't link to anything I wouldn't personally recommend.


I have always loved Kiwi Crate and although this post is a shameless promotion, it's true.  If you don't know who they are (and you should!!), they are an award-winning, monthly subscription service that provides all the hands-on materials to inspire creative, educational fun.  That means no trying to scrounge up craft supplies or a mad dash to the store...everything you need is included.

4.15.2014

Tuesday Tip - Strawberry White Chocolate Trifles With Lucky Leaf + FTD Discount

Disclaimer - This is a sponsored post for Lucky Leaf as one of their Baking Ambassadors and no compensation was given, real or implied. This review is my own personal opinion.


Strawberry White Chocolate Trifles with Lucky Leaf

Spring is in full bloom and with Easter right around the corner, I'm sharing a great recipe from Lucky Leaf that is perfect for spring entertaining, Strawberry White Chocolate Trifles.  The best part, it is no bake, and you can literally whip this up in no time flat.

WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE INGREDIENTS
2 cups heavy whipping cream
4 tablespoons sugar
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted

TRIFLE INGREDIENTS
2 21-ounce cans LUCKY LEAF® Premium Strawberry Pie Filling
25 sugar cookies, broken
1 batch white chocolate mousse*
1 8-ounce tub whipped topping

*To make mousse, whip cream in a bowl until it thickens. Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside. In another bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add chocolate and beat until smooth. Fold in whipped cream mixture.

Assemble trifle by layering pie filling, broken sugar cookies, white chocolate mousse, and whipped topping in a trifle bowl. Top with dollops of whipped cream. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Since I used small vessels, I only made one layer of each and didn't top off with whipped cream.  But it was just as good...it reminded us of a strawberry cheesecake pie.  Hubby dumped his out over ice cream and turned it into a topper...he would.

FTD $10 sitewide discount

Do you like my gerbera daisies? They are one of my favorite flowers; this arrangement is Colorful World Gerbera Daisies from the lovely folks at FTD.

They want to bring some color to your home this season with a special $10 discount sitewide for all of my readers.  Click through here and you'll see the discount is applied.  The discount also works for their specialty shops so you can order up some sweets for Easter or plan ahead for Mother's Day!

Disclaimer - This is a sponsored post for Lucky Leaf as one of their Baking Ambassadors and no compensation was given, real or implied. This review is my own personal opinion.




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4.14.2014

Tuesday Tutorial (On A Monday) - Earth Day Succulent Planters

Earth Day DIY succulent planters

Earth Day is next Tuesday, April 22 and since I am squeezing in one more Easter recipe for tomorrow's Tuesday Tip, I'm sharing today for Tuesday Tutorial.

I have no green thumb. If you can't move and tell me you need help, you are in serious trouble. I'm not ashamed to say I have no plants in my house and I've been threatening to create a garden for the past 10 years. But to celebrate Earth Day, if you are like me, put your fears aside because making a succulent planter is the easiest, least-intimidating project ever.

4.08.2014

Tuesday Tutorial - Polymer Clay Easter Cupcake Toppers


Looking for a easy and fun Easter craft with the kids? Check out my easy polymer clay cupcake topper tutorial for Moms & Munchkins.  Plus, I discovered the secret to making gumball necklaces easier...




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4.04.2014

Fiesta Friday - Eat More Dessert By Jenny Cookies Book Giveaway

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*** 

Winner update 4/11/14: Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky winner (listed on the Rafflecopter widget) is entry #42 Melissa.

Enter to win a copy of @JennyCookies' new book Eat More Dessert; ends 4/11

I'm so thrilled and honored to share the newest party book on the block.  My friend Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies, who I have shamelessly blogged about on several occasions and have had the pleasure of her sweet treats at several of our parties from birthdays to welcome home parties to holiday parties.  I'm even more exited because we are working on my party favors for my 40th birthday...yeah, I'm turning 40 in May.  Yeah....

4.03.2014

My Favorite Easter Ideas From Design Dazzle's Link Party

Easter Week at Design Dazzle

In case you missed it, I'm part of a link party Design Dazzle and 13 other amazing blogs where our readers have been sharing their awesome Easter ideas.  It's not too late to add yours, the link party closes on Saturday.  Today I'm sharing 5 of my favorite ideas...

Design Dazzle Link Party no-sew silverware pocket

How adorable are Confessions Of A Cake Addict's no-sew bunny ear silverware pocket? If it's no-sew, I'm so there!

4.01.2014

Tuesday Tip - Hot Wheels Party Ideas + Eggcellent Easter Ideas

Hot Wheels party invite

Are you planning a Hot Wheels party? You know, themed partyware gets pretty pricey.  I'm thrilled to be guest posting for Time To Play, sharing fun ways to party that won't cost as much as your car note.  Plus, you can check out my easy invite DIY...seriously, it is so easy.

Eggcellent Ideas DIY Easter egg crafts
Easter will be here before you know it, so you have to check out my Eggcellent Easter post for Today's Mama.  It has very clever DIY ideas for fabulous egg decorating.




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3.28.2014

Fiesta Friday - Easter Week Link Party

Easter Week Link Party at Design Dazzle; be seen on 15 blogs

To welcome the official arrival of Spring, I'll be celebrating with Design Dazzle with EASTER WEEK! This week, I've been sharing a few fabulous Easter ideas and now, you'll be inspired even further with a GREAT BIG link party!!

I and 14 other creative bloggers are participating. We know YOU have some awesome ideas to share! Simply link up your inspiring projects and creative ideas below. Feel free to link up new projects as well as any past projects that you want to share. At the end of our link party, all of the bloggers participating will feature some of their favorite Easter projects and ideas! Link party runs from March 28th - April 5th.

3.25.2014

Tuesday Tip - Easter Party Giveaway With Sweetworks

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*** 
 Winner update 4/1/14: Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky winner (listed on the Rafflecopter widget) is entry #85 Linda Kujaca.

Disclaimer - I am a blog partner with Sweetworks and provided the product free of charge for use and for giveaways by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation is provided.

Enter to win an Easter party pack with Sweetworks; giveaway ends 4/1

I don't know where March has gone...wasn't it just St. Patrick's Day? We are rolling towards Easter and what better way than with a giveaway from my partner in party crime, Sweetworks! Don't you just love playing with candy?

One reader will win...
(1) 14oz. bag of Celebration by SweetWorks Spring Mix Sixlets
(1) 5oz jar of Celebration by SweetWorks Spring Mix Pearls
(1) 8oz. bag of Celebration by SweetWorks Shimmer Lavender Gumballs
(1) 8oz. bag of Celebration by SweetWorks Shimmer Lime Green Gumballs
(1) 8oz. bag of Celebration by SweetWorks Shimmer Yellow Gumballs
(1) 6oz. Niagara Chocolates Milk Chocolate Foiled Rabbit
(1) 8oz bag of Niagara Chocolates Milk Chocolate Foiled Eggs

And for even more fun,  I'm going to add in a mini party pack...
Sweetworks giveaway party pack