Friday Favorites

April 29, 2016

My husband and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary and his birthday on Saturday, so we decided to fête both occasions by taking a family trip to Disneyland. It's not the intimate, romantic celebration that I would typically want for an anniversary, but the hubby and I both agree that our family could use a healthy dose of fun right now (house hunting is stressful, not to mention my husband's crazy commute and the fact that he's not home during the week). The girls don't know we're going, which makes me feel even more excited because I just love surprising them. Plus, I fully embrace any chance I can get to spend the weekend at a hotel--no cooking or cleaning up, hooray! Have a wonderful weekend, and God bless!

Spicy shrimp and avocado lettuce wraps that would be a great alternative to tacos. 

A rose gold bike. 

The cutest little succulents planted in a teacup.

DIY speckled clay keychains

Makeup brushes that empower.

DIY Colorful Cake Stand

April 28, 2016

These cake stands were truly one of the easiest projects ever, took no time to make (save for the drying time), and since I used glass plates and martini glasses from the dollar store I also saved a ton of money. The fun, punchy colors will brighten up a festive Cinco de Mayo taco bar or make a Mother's Day brunch extra cheerful, but they're also perfect for serving donuts on an ordinary morning.

DIY Glass Cake Stand

1 clear glass plate
1 clear martini glass
glossy spray paint (I used Krylon)
industrial-strength adhesive, such as E-6000

In a well ventilated area, spread newspaper or an old sheet on a flat surface. Spray the entire martini glass and the underside only of the glass plate (you'll be placing food on the top of the plate, so you don't want to spray it). Let them dry for four hours and add a second coat if necessary. Allow both to dry overnight.

Apply a liberal amount of adhesive to the bottom of the martini glass and center it on the underside of the plate; press gently. Squeeze more adhesive around the bottom of the glass where it meets the plate to help reinforce it. Allow to dry, upside down, overnight. 

I recommend hand washing these; I haven't tried them in the dishwasher and I'm not sure how the paint will hold up.

Wordsmith Wednesday: Alfresco

April 27, 2016

Here's where I share my favorite words with you. Because savvy girls have impressive vocabularies.

Fun Tablescape Ideas for a Cinco de Mayo Feast

April 26, 2016

Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday this year, which means it will likely be the most epic Taco Tuesday you've had in years. At any Cinco de Mayo festivities, the food and drinks (margaritas!!!!) take center stage, but it's still fun to have a festive presentation for all those tacos and tequila. If you're hosting, here are a few fun ideas to make your Cinco de Mayo table look awesome.

1. Use a serape (those brightly colored, striped, shawl-like blankets) as a tablecloth or runner, and if you have several on hand, drape them over the backs of a few chairs. If you don't have any, try to find striped placemats in punchy colors to mimic the poncho's pattern.

2. Fresh flowers are key to a festive tabletop, but think outside the box when it comes to the vase. Wash out empty Cholula hot sauce bottles, Corona or Patron bottles, or even cans from tomatoes or chipotle peppers (check the Latin food aisle at the grocery for brands like El Pato and La Costeña) and arrange fresh blooms in them.

3. Set out colorful bowls or terra cotta pots with mini cacti in them; even better if you can find grafted cactus (also called "moon cactus")--they're bright red, pink, orange or yellow instead of the typical green.  Just make sure they're far enough from the food that no one has a painful run-in with the spiky plants.

4. I love using fresh fruit or veggies to add a natural element to a table. Limes are bright and colorful--perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration--plus, they make a great canvas for paints or markers (use colorful Sharpies to write your guests' names on them, or add sparkly designs with a metallic paint pen). You could also place fresh peppers or avocados in wooden bowls for a more rustic feel.

5. Mini piñatas, sombreros, or maracas all make fun and festive decor; arrange them around the center piece, along the runner, or if you're having a sit-down dinner, use them as place settings and put them right on each of the plates.  

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