Friday, March 17, 2017

Dare to Share #255


It's Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 



This week my friends and I had a movie themed party


Since today is St. Patrick's Day, I thought it would be fitting to featured a Shamrock Shake recipe by My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings.  I have not had one yet this year, so it would be really cool if I could make myself one at home. 



I am so excited about the opening of the Beauty and the Beast movie. I hope to watch it this weekend with my friends.  My co-host Kim from Kandy Kreations is excited too. She shared how to make Beauty and the Beast Chocolate Oreos this week.  They would be perfect for a party, or even just watching the movie.  

Now it is time for this week's party. You are welcome to share anything that you would like to share. If you are chosen as a Dare to Share Feature, you post will be featured on the blog and social media.  This party is also seen on Kandy Kreations for double the exposure.  Kim also chooses posts to feature on her blog and social media.  

Link up and HAVE FUN! 

   
   














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Monday, March 13, 2017

Hosting a Movie Party


Did you watch the Oscars this year? This was the first year that I had actually seen several of the Best Picture movies with my friends.. We loved La La Land, Hidden Figures and Hacksaw Ridge. There were also favorite movies in other categories, such as Moana, and Zootopia.   This year would have been a great year to have an Oscars party, but with work schedules and illness a late Sunday night party did not work out.  Instead we decided to get together on a Saturday night this past weekend.  As you know from past posts, I am a brand ambassador for Oriental Trading.  I am going to share some of the great movie party supplies they sent me to try out.  In the picture above you can see the film strip table runner, the cascading centerpiece, one of the popcorn cups, and the glitter star garland. 

We had originally thought we would have pizza and finger foods, but the meal kind of morphed into a sit down dinner since we kept the party small. We bought a couple of rotisserie chickens, frozen veggies, and salad.  Then during the movies, we snacked on popcorn, cookies and ice cream.   





Here is a better view of the table runner and centerpiece taken while we were setting up.  The table runner was made a paper. I did have to tape it down to keep it flat, but once secure it fit perfectly on the table. 



We had clapboard favor boxes which were the perfect size for treats. 



Because my friend has painted walls, I did get a little creative on how I hung the decorations.  The glitter star garland, made her light over the table will stand out. 




The film strip paper streamer was hung in a few places in the kitchen and in the family room where we watched the movies.  It was only one sided, which is why it looks like it is hanging a little funny.  I did not want the back side of the streamer to show. 


We ate our meal on special movie themed plates, and used movie night napkins.  





All around the house we hung movie night themed cardboard cut outs..  





While B was helping me set up, she also had some fun with some of the photo props. 



We hung the VIP red carpet banner in my friends bay window which ended up being the perfect spot for some picture.  B and T are showing off the directors clapboards. I had planned on writing on them which movie we were watching but did not end up deciding until every one was there.  We ended up watching Guardians of the Galaxy and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 


I have no idea why this was taken on an angle, or why I am holding my leg in a funny manner but me, B and T are posing with more of the photo props.  




I asked my friend to send me the photo we took of her in front of the VIP banner.  I really thought they were holding some more of the photo props, and was surprised to see that they were not.  You do get a closer look of the banner in this picture. It is actually made with 3 pieces of plastic and when hung all together it is 9 feet by 6 feet. When done, I was able to easily fold it up, so I can use it again at a later date.  

One decoration I did not get a photo of was the film strip photo frame that holds a 3 x 5 picture.  I am planning printing one of my favorite pics of the night to put in the frame. 

Oriental Trading  has many more movie night themed party supplies in addition to what I shared here. There are so many, it is easy to have a low key night with friends like we did, or an elaborate themed dance or party that is a night to remember.  









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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Dare to Share #254


It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share!  



Wow, what a crazy week! We had an all day wind storm on Wednesday that lasted for hours.  Almost a million people in my state have been without power the last few days. Schools in my area have been closed because of the power outages. Now that things are settling down, we  are planning to have a movie themed party this weekend which you will see posted very soon.


Have you seen the movie Trolls.. I saw it with B and T.  We might even see it again this weekend since they are showing it at a local free film festival. All three of this movie, and I know we would love this Troll movie popcorn by Comic Con Family. Be sure to stop over to see the full recipe.  


My co-host Kim from Kandy Kreations, shared these really cool fabric flowers. These would be perfect to make in several colors just in time for spring.  

Now it is time for this week's party. You are welcome to share anything you would like to share. If you are chosen as a Dare to Share feature, you post will be featured on the blog and social media. This party is also seen on Kandy Kreations for double the exposure. Kim also chooses posts to share on her blog and social media.  

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Dare to Share #253


It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 



Now that Valentine's Day is over, many people are starting to look ahead to Easter.  My Life from Home share these Easter Cookie Bars on last week's Dare to Share.  I just love all of the colorful, marshmallow goodness.. 



Have you see the LEGO Batman movie yet?  If you have, and are thinking of having a LEGO Batman party, my co-host Kim from Kandy Kreations has this awesome Free Printable Batman Party Favor Box perfect for your Batman themed party. 

Now it is time for this week's party.  You are welcome to link up anything you would like to share. If you are chosen as a Dare to Share Feature, your post will be featured on the blog and social media. This party is also seen on Kandy Kreations for double the exposure.  My co-host Kim also chooses posts to feature on her blog and social media. 

Link Up and HAVE FUN!!  

   
   











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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dare to Share #252


It's Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share!  

Are you staying healthy?  After last week's busy week at school filling in for others, this week I had caught what was going around. It seemed like everyone was fighting some kind of bug, and I ended up catching it.  I do feel better today, just in time for the weekend!  



A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that my daughter was making a tutorial on How to DIY Unicorn Rainbow Eye Make Up .  It is now currently up on the blog. We still have a few more Unicorn themed crafts that will hopefully be up shortly. 


While this week's really warm weather made it seem like spring and not February, it is still officially winter.  I would love to try this White Hot Chocolate with Polar Bear Marshmallows by Gluesticks. I know several kids around here who would love it too.  


I have to admit I am still in a chocolate stupor from Valentine's Day, so I have yet to  start thinking about St. Patrick's Day.  Luckily my co-host Kim from Kandy Kreations is, and this week she shared a fun Leprachaun candy topper printable. 


Now it is time for this week's party.  You are welcome to share anything that would like to share. If you are chosen as a Dare to Share feature, your post will be featured on the blog and social media.  This party is also seen on Kandy Kreations for double the exposure.  Kim also chooses posts to feature on her blog and social media. 

Link up and HAVE FUN!! 

   
   







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Friday, February 24, 2017

How to DIY Unicorn Rainbow Eye Make Up


My daughter loves make up.  She will most likely go to cosmetology school, and become a make up artist someday.  It does have some benefits for me, because she often likes to do my make up for me when I am going somewhere.  Recently, she was experimenting with
her eye shadows and decided to try Unicorn Rainbow Eyes. I posted it on my personal facebookpage, and she immediately got a lot of great comments.  I love the look, and may have her help next Halloween if I decide to be a Unicorn. 

This is her first time doing a tutorial video for the blog. I may be able to get her to do some more..  



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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dare to Share #251


It's Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 



I did have a few posts planned for this week, but was called into work everyday. It's that time of year, when everyone is sick, and subs are really needed.  So while I am not getting as much done at home as I would like, it will be worth it come pay day. I did have the chance to finally post the Review of SmitCo Nail Art Sets, that the girls tried out the day we made the Valentines Day Crafts and had the Super Bowl Party. 

I LOVE these Candy Haystacks by Simply Stacie. The colors and sprinkles were based on the Trolls movie (which I took B and T too), but I can see them being perfect for other things like a Unicorn Party. No matter the them, these candy treats are a lot of fun to make and eat. 



My co-host Kim from Kandy Kreations has shared several love and Valentine themed post this week like this recipe for a Kid Friendly, Yummy Celebration Drink. 

Now it is time for this week's party. You are welcome to link up anything that you would like to share.  If you are chosen as a Dare to Share Feature, your post will be featured on the blog and social media. This party is also seen on Kandy Kreations for double the exposure. Kim also chooses posts to feature on her blog and social media.  

Link up and HAVE FUN! 



   

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Review of SmitCo Nail Art Sets for girls


Do you remember a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned how you could Save 15% off of gift sets for girls by SmitCo.   I was sent two of the sets for my special tweens B and T to try out. All opinions of the sets are 100% ours.   We had the Sweet Crush nail set that glowed in the dark, and the Sparkling animal print stickers.  On the website, they are part of the same gift set.  



The girls were very excited to open the sets and get started while my daughter decided to join in as well.  



B was not wearing any nail polish, so she put the stickers on both her nails and her toes. T had polished her nails the day before, and did not want to remove it, so tried out the stickers on top of her polish. She also did her toes.    


The sets included stickers in two different sizes to fit both fingernails and toenails, several patches, nail files, nail sticks and top coat polish. 


B putting on her nail stickers on her toes with great flexibility.  


B's hand with the nail stickers on her hand before trimming and shaping. She loved the look of the longer nails, but found that the longer length got in the way and she really needed to trim them.  



Ts hand after trimming and shaping.  My daughter helped the girls take their pictures of their hands, and did not take one that was close up.  She also did not get any of their finished feet. 

The girls had a lot of fun working with these nail sets.  I asked them for their honest opinions, and this is what they said.    Since T already had nail polish on her fingers, they did not stay in place as well as they would have had she had clean, unpolished nails. (like it says to do in the directions)    Both B and T said that they had to trim some of the really cute designs off, because their nails were different sizes than some of the stickers.  If you have really big or really small hands and toes, the stickers may be harder to fit.  They would both use them again though, because they were a lot of fun to work with and they love being creative.   These sets were perfect for the tween age group.  If they are for girls who are younger than that, they may need some extra help while doing their nails.   

If you would like to check out the nails set we used, or any of the other gift sets for girls, you can find them here. 




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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dare to Share #250



It's Friday night, and you know what that means... 
It's time to Dare to Share!



This week was a busy one! Between work, making crafts with T and B, and having a Super Bowl party the week seemed to fly by.  You can see what we make on Valentine's Day Crafts with Oriental Trading.  Their favorite craft were these Unicorn Bags. 




The same day we worked on the crafts, we also had a Super Bowl Party.  You can read more about it on the post Super Bowl Party Fun




Valentine's Day is just days away. I would love to have some Super Easy Strawberry Fudge by Dizzy, Busy and Hungry. It would make a yummy treat for your sweetheart. 





My co-host Kim from Kandy Kreations has several Mermaid themed posts this week like these Mermaid Tail Chocolate Oreos.  

Now it is time for this week's party.  You are welcome to share anything you would like to share. If you are chosen as a Dare to Share Feature your post will be featured on the blog and social media.  This party is also seen on Kandy Kreations for double the exposure.  Kim also chooses posts to feature on her blog and social media.  

Link up and HAVE FUN! 

   
   



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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Super Bowl Party Fun


A few weeks ago I shared a post about Super Bowl Party Supplies I received from Oriental Trading Company. I also have mentioned a couple of times recently, that I would post what we did at our actual party.  Since the Super Bowl was on Sunday night, and none of us were super invested in the teams playing, it was on the casual side with a handful of friends. This time I am able to show a picture of  Inflatable Buffet Cooler, because we had an air pump on hand.  While it is designed to hold ice and more, we used it to hold some of our snacks and snack boxes. It is something we can use again for future parties.





The football pennant banner looked great on my friends bookcase. 


We decorated right before the party started, so we got a little creative to get everything in place quickly. The chandelier over the dining table was a great place to hang the football paper lanterns. 



The football utensil caddy held our silverware and napkins, and the football paper bowls were the perfect size for macaroni and cheese servings  


I brought cheesy tator tot skewers that I saw on Pinterest as my dish. They were super easy to make, and a big hit.  I will be making them again, but in/on a different pan. I had to stack them on top of each other to bake in a disposable pan, so some of the cheese made a few of the skewers stick together.   I thought I took pictures of all the food at the party, but once I got home I realized I hadn't.  The rest of the snacks were party main stays.. popcorn, chips and guacamole, a veggie tray and dessert. 





Even our pictures with the  props (photo prop sticks, mini fingers, and football necklaces) that night were pretty casual.  I took a couple on my camera, and a friend took some on hers. There was maybe only one or two pictures where there was not someone doing something goofy.  Most of our pictures looked like this, with people not ready, and not looking at the camera. I have no idea what we were looking at here. 


We got the kids involved with the pictures too, and still had some pretty funny shots.  


I have one friend who loves to take pictures of people when they are not ready or looking. I have no idea why she likes to do that, but she does. I know she got several shots of me eating.  In this picture at least she got us looking at the camera all at the same time. 😃 


My daughter's favorite part of the night was bonding with my friend's dog. She loves posing for the camera. She did really well having a house full of people, and loved hanging with my daughter just as much.   

Our Super Bowl Party was a lot of fun, and it turned out to be a really good game.  We are already planning our next get together..  I am not exactly sure what we will watch yet, but it looks like the theme is going to be a MOVIE NIGHT. 


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