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DIY Mother’s Day Bunting

As promised, I’ve got a fab printable Mother’s Day Bunting for you to DIY just in time for this Sunday’s events!

Print this “Best Mom Ever” DIY Mother’s Day Bunting, & follow along with me.

DIY Mother's Day Bunting

You’ll need:

First, cut along the dotted line around each individual flag. Crank some tunes or binge some Netflix, because this takes some time.

Next, select which ‘mom’ name you’d like to use. I’ve included the extra letters necessary to make the following names: Mom, Mommy, Mum, Momma, Mother, Mama or Ma.

Once you’ve chosen a ‘mom’, place your flags spaced as you like, and lay out your twine/ string over top to measure the length needed. Then cut your twine.

Now it’s time to secure your flags onto your string. Place a small piece of tape on the top of your flag. Then, fold the tape over the string and on onto the back of the flag securing the string in the tape. Continue on until all your flags are attached.

 

DIY Mother's Day Bunting

Voila, you’ve made a festive Mother’s Day Bunting! Now string it up over Mom’s bed, in the living room, over the brunch table, wherever you please.

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day?

 

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Printable Mother’s Day Cards

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! So for you babes who are running a little behind on goodies for your Momma, I’ve got you covered.

Just print this Printable Mother’s Day Card, grab your trusty scissors, & follow along with me!

Printable Mother's Day Cards

Once you have your PDF printed, it takes a few simple steps to get your finished Mother’s Day cards.

First, cut along the horizontal dotted line to separate your two cards. I like to cut with an x-acto knife & a straight edge, but scissors work just as well.

Next, fold your cards along the solid line in the center. If you’re using a thicker paper weight like cardstock, you’ll want to score your card for a clean fold. A bone folder like this one is my go-to, but in a pinch, any small pointed edge will do the trick. Just flip your card over & score the inside. Then fold your card over & press down the seam.

You’re all done! Not only are you finished with this DIY in a snap, but you also get two cards out of it. Plus, they’re not Mother’s Day specific, so you can gift them to your babes on any occasion.

Check back in Friday for a DIY Mother’s Day Bunting Printable!

What are you giving your Ma for Mother’s Day?

 

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Party Time | Cinco de Mayo

Hola Babes! In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, I’ve got some festive fiesta inspiration for you!

But first, a little history lesson.

Cinco de Mayo is a day to pay tribute to the Mexican army’s improbable victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The French army was well-equipped, had twice the man power, and had not been defeated in almost 50 years, but under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín, 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the French forces. As Time magazine remarked, “The Puebla victory came to symbolize unity and pride for what seemed like a Mexican David defeating a French Goliath.” Mexico did remain occupied by the French a year later, but the victory at Puebla helped establish a much-needed sense of national unity and patriotism.

In America today, due to typical over-commercialization and general stupidity, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse to buy (racist) fake mustaches from the party store and get bombed on tequila. I try to keep the core spirit of any holiday in mind when celebrating, so for Cinco de Mayo, I’ll be cooking up some authentic Mexican recipes and enjoying the sunshine with friends. No appropriation or inebriation for this babe.

If you’re interested in celebrando, here’s a look at some Cinco de Mayo food & fun:

Margarita | Barbacoa | Corn | Guacamole | Sorbet | Agua Fresca

Table | Gilded Piñata | Streamers | Planters | Wall Hanging | Cactus Piñata | Flowers

How will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

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Birthday Babe

Here are a few photos from various celebrations early this month.

My babe Bekah, my boo, & I celebrated early with brunch in downtown Anchorage.

Once in California, I celebrated with my family in Los Angeles.

Finally, I celebrated my BFF Ashley’s birthday in Venice along with some of our friends.

Because I live in Alaska and my family & dear friends live in California, we don’t normally get to spend special occasions together. It was really such a pleasure to celebrate with all the people I love this year. Truly a fabulous start to my new year!

How do you like to spend your birthday?

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St. Patrick’s Day Libations

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some festive cocktails to get your party started!

  1. Green Tea Mojito from The Kitchn
  2. Drunken Leprechaun & Pot-O-Gold from Real Housemoms
  3. Irish Car Bomb from bogerk
  4. St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail from Style Me Pretty
  5. Irish Flag Shot from DrinkedIn
  6. Grasshopper Ice Cream Cocktails from Dine & Dish
  7. Guinness and Baileys Jello Shots from Brit + Co
  8. Green Apple Sangria from Made With HAPPY

Are you doing anything festive for St. Patty’s Day?

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A Hanukkah Feast

Tomorrow night, I will be preparing the following menu for my Hanukkah celebration!

When cooking for friends, or anyone for that matter, I think it’s best not to put pressure on yourself to make everything from scratch. If you can make it without too much trouble, make it! If a recipe stresses you out, ditch it and go the store-bought route! It is your meal to make, and it is up to you to decide how you make it.

For the dinner I’ll be making, I’m going partially homemade. I’ll slow cook the brisket myself, but with seasoning help from a packet of Onion Soup Mix. Matzo Balls will be prepared from a helper packet as well, but I’ll add in fresh carrot to the soup. The green bean casserole will be mostly pre made, but I’ll make the Latkes from scratch. I’ll buy a Challah, and dessert will be a mix of store-bought and homemade treats. It’s all about balance babes!

Here’s my menu for a delicious and simple Hanukkah Feast:

Starter

  • Matzo Ball Soup- I bought this and I’m going to do as the box tells me to! Then I’ll float my matzo babes and sliced carrots in chicken stock. Boom! Soup’s on.

Main

  • Beef Brisket- I’ve shared this recipe before, but here it is once more. Thanks again Momma! I’ll season a medium-sized beef brisket with salt & pepper, then place the meat fat side up in my slow cooker. Next, I’ll pour a 14oz can of crushed tomatoes over top, adding up to one 14oz can of tomato sauce as needed. Then, I’ll sprinkle one packet of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix over the meat, cover, and cook on low for 6 hours. Make sure to let your meat rest a bit (while covered) on a board or platter before slicing!

Sides

Dessert

  • Store bought Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons- Here’s a good recipe if you’d like to DIY.
  • My Version of Sufganiyot (Israeli Jelly Doughnuts)- I’m going to fry quartered biscuit dough in oil until golden, drain on paper towels, then top with powdered sugar. I’ll serve them with an easy raspberry dipping sauce.
  • Sprinkle Cookies- I’ll smash blue & white sprinkles into store-bought sugar cookie dough and bake according to package directions.

What foods are you making to celebrate Hanukkah?

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Hump Day Treat | Halloween

Today’s Hump Day Treat is actually 5 treats!

I’ve got two cocktail recipes, two cocktail garnish, and a spooky set of  stemware; all perfect for your Halloween celebration.

  1. The Blackbeard from Honestly Yum
  2. Black Widow from DIY Network
  3. Eerie Eyeballs from Martha Stewart
  4. Spider Ice Cubes from Peppermint Creative
  5. Onyx Stemware from Z Gallerie

What will you be drinking this Halloween?

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Yom Kippur Recipes

G’mar chatimah tova! Translation: May you be sealed (in the Book of Life) for good.

Yom Kippur is a time for fasting, prayer, and reflection. It is a time to look back on the past year, assess what you want out of this next year, and take the necessary steps toward that self-improvement.

What I would like to look forward to this coming year is more delectable meals. So to start the year off on the right foot fork, I’ve gathered some Yom Kippur recipes sure to make your break fast a scrumptious celebration.

  1. Perfect Roast Chicken from Ina Garten
  2. Chicken Kreplach from Tori Avey
  3. Noodle Kugel from Dave Lieberman

If you’re celebrating Yom Kippur, what are you making for your break fast feast?

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Birthday Cake Shot | Hump Day Treat

This week, my college roommate, my sister, & my boo celebrate their birthdays! Happy Birthday Mary, Ashley, & Nic!

To honor some of my favorite babes, I thought I’d make a delicious, festive treat. This Birthday Cake Shot is a rich & decadent drink perfect for a 21 and over birthday celebration.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 oz Cake flavored Vodka
  • 1 oz Creme de Cacao or Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 oz Half & Half
  • Whipped Cream for garnish
  • Honey or Frosting for rimming
  • Sprinkles for rimming
  • Shot glasses
  • Shaker filled with ice
  • Jigger or other measuring cup

IngredientsPrep your shot glass by dipping the top in honey/ frosting, then pushing the glass into the sprinkles, taking care to cover the honey/ frosting throughly.

Into the ice filled shaker, pour the vodka, creme de cacao, and half & half. Shake well until chilled through, and strain into shot glasses. This recipe makes 3 small (1 oz) shots.

Finished ShotTopped with whipped cream and more sprinkles, this shot is a sweet way to celebrate the birthday babe!

Who’s celebrating their birthday this month?

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Platforms & Midriffs: Celebrating Spice Girls Fashion

One of my oldest & dearest friends, Hannah Abrams, is the online editor for Technology Tell. She wrote a fun-tastic piece about the 18 year anniversary of the release of the Spice Girls’ first single, “Wannabe”. I figured I’d follow suit & spice up your lives with a Spice Girls inspired post.

One of the most captivating aspects of the Spice Girls phenomena was their fashion. Victoria always looked so chic & feminine. Mel C outfitted in athletic apparel was so fierce. Mel B had such presence in bold patterns. Gerri must have lived by the motto, “No pants are the best pants” (& so rocked it). Emma’s look was cute & sweet, yet still pretty sexy. These babes epitomized 90’s fashion & today, their looks are still coveted. So here’s my salute to the spicy pop stars of my babe-hood.

Image of Spice Girls Fashion01 Posh | 02 Sporty | 03 & 04 Scary | 05 Ginger | 06 Baby

Whatever you’re doing, stop right now (thank you very much) & snag these Spice Girls inspired pieces!

Who was/is your favorite Spice Girl?

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