Friday Favorites

August 22, 2014

Two major milestones occurred this week: I registered my daughter for kindergarten and my baby started walking. Needless to say, this mommy is an emotional wreck! I can't believe my girls are growing up so quickly. Where did my tiny babies go? Naturally I had to torture myself further by looking at old photos and watching videos from when they were infants. Since this is the last weekend before school starts {ugly cries} I want to make it extra special for my little girl--frozen yogurt and a trip to the park will be involved. Enjoy your weekend, and God bless!

Corn and crab chowder with bacon--the perfect meal to help me ease into fall and this whole school business. 

Learning about intentional parenting

Cute ideas for a paint party for the little ones. 

A sweet scarf that I want this instant.

Proof that husbands just don't get fashion.

Must Have: Cable Knit Planter

August 20, 2014

I'm no green thumb. In fact, it seems I just look at a plant and it starts to wither. I think I might have better luck if I had a really cute planter like this one...and if I'm wrong, then it can be a really cute pencil cup.

Best Drugstore Beauty Buys for Fall

August 19, 2014

1.  Carol's Daughter Mimosa Honey Shine Pomade    2.   Sonia Kashuk Red Promisia Body Oil    3.  L'Oreal Paris HiP Studio Secrets Professional Crystal Shadow Duo    4.  Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara    5.  Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Studs Kit    6.  Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract    7.  Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser    8.  Yes to Coconut Polishing Body Scrub    9.  Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer    10.  Milani Liquid Eye Liquid-Like Eye Liner Pencil           

With fall just around the corner, I want to give my beauty arsenal a little overhaul, starting with these drugstore gems.

1.  A sleek ponytail or ballerina bun is perfect for busy fall days. This pomade tames edges, combats frizz, and smells like heaven.
2.  A spray-on body oil that leaves skin silky and softly scented with the most delicious fragrance. I love to spritz this on post shower while my skin is still damp.
3.  A metallic smoky eye is a glamorous twist on a classic, and looks stunning with fall's ubiquitous jewel tones and neutrals.
4.  Besides lip balm, a good mascara is the only makeup I can't live without. This one delivers lots of volume at a very reasonable price.
5.  Suddenly an at-home manicure looks edgier and sexier.
6.  First comes fall, then comes the holiday season. With all that happens post-September 23, who has time for things like rinsing their face? An all natural cleansing towelette that works for all skin types and requires no rinsing is pretty genius!
7.  I'm still a fan of this classic; it works no matter what my skin is going through, and is so gentle I can even use it on my four-year old. 
8.  This body scrub polishes and hydrates dry skin but doesn't leave it feeling greasy, just smooth and glowy.
9.  Nothing says fall like a bold, red lip.
10.  Bright, paint-like colors are a huge beauty trend for fall, and I'm totally into it. I can't wait to try this gorgeous aqua on my eyes.

Host an Unforgettable Emmys Viewing Party

August 18, 2014

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards are less than ten days away (they're Monday, August 25), and whether you like television or not, it's a nice excuse to pop some champagne and do a little partying. Here are a few fun ideas:

  • Hit up your local thrift store and score pieces to help you dress up in red carpet attire, or as a favorite television character, past or present. And if the thought of sitting in a cocktail dress or costume for hours doesn't appeal to you, make it a pajama party--jammies are, after all, quintessential TV-watching attire. 
  • Drape gold sequin fabric or sprinkle gold confetti and glitter over tables and entertainment stands to mimic the Emmy award itself. 
  • Print pictures of your favorite nominated actors or shows--you can use them as posters, placemats, or doodle sheets for when things get boring (as they tend to do on televised award shows).
  • Download songs from the nominated shows and have them playing in the restroom to keep your guests entertained even when they're not in front of the TV.

  • Thanks to E!'s mani-cam, manicures have become an important part of any awards show, almost as important as the designer gowns. Set up a DIY mani station and give your nails a little TLC as you watch live coverage of the red carpet.
  • A drinking game always makes the night more interesting. Pick a buzz word (I like the idea of picking a designer's name for the red carpet) and take a shot or a sip of your drink whenever the word or name is said. 
  • Download the official Emmy ballot and make predictions before the show. Have prizes on hand for the guests who come closest to a sweep (think bottles of champagne or something silly like TV character bobbleheads or chintzy Dollar Store trophies).

Food & Drinks
  • Instead of, or in addition to a food table, place snacks on TV trays and place them in different parts of the room so guests have access to food no matter where they are. 
  • Set up a popcorn station with different toppings and mix-ins. 
  • Serve classic TV dinners or raid your grocery store deli for fried chicken, mashed potatoes and corn and plate them like TV dinners (cover them in foil after they've cooked, both to keep them warm and to give them that throwback TV dinner look). 
  • Create a signature cocktail to go with the evening's theme. It can be one inspired by an award-nominated show (check out last year's suggestions) or something a bit more glamorous, like a champagne cocktail.

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