Guest Posting – Fashion Inspo Boards!

I’m so excited!  I was asked to put together my first fashion inspiration board based on a fictitious (well, fictitious for me anyway) High School Reunion at a local bar by Amanda of I Go You Go.  It was certainly a challenge but I think I picked looks that I would actually wear and that fit my style (although I am not sure that comes through in my standard issue jeans and oversize t-shirts that I wear on a day to day basis…)  Go check out my two looks here
image courtesy of I Go You Go


Guest Posting at – Part 2 {Food}

In case you missed it, yesterday I did a guest post over on about fall entertaining and ways to keep the costs down as we head in to the holiday season.  I focused on decor, materials and ways to jazz up already owned items.  Check it out here.  Then pop on over to see Part 2 that was shared today.  I share how I created the buffet menu (above photo) that is both delicious and totally affordable.   Part 3 will be up tomorrow!  
I’m so glad I could share these tips with you all via  Happy holidays!  

Guest Posting on! {Fall Entertaining}

In case you hadn’t heard about it over on Pizzazzerie, Sterling Vineyards is hosting the “Ultimate Hostess” contest.  The first challenge was to create a party for friends including the wine for no more than $75.  I love a challenge so I decided to see what I could put together.  I was super happy with the overall party I designed (note:  should there be a party girl episode of Hoarders I will surely be on it…). BUT  turns out that due to some dumb California law, I couldn’t enter the contest!  So instead, I decided that I would share tips on entertaining on a budget with you via  Check out part 1 today and then check back there tomorrow for part 2!
Head over to now to check out the post.  And let me know what you think of the party! 
all photos are mine. 

I’m on Hostess with the Mostess!!!

image by Jackie Culmer

Since starting my blog, I have always wanted to be featured on Hostess with the Mostess.  Until earlier this year, I thought that the larger party sites scoured the webosphere to find the coolest party and prayed they would find mine and think they were awesome.  Duh.  Then I realized you can submit them for review.  I’m so glad I submitted this party thrown for my friend, Erika because today my dream comes true.  I’m on Hostess with the Mostess!!!!!!  I already shared the party photos here but please go check them out again!

This party only looks as good as it does because of the incredibly talented photographer,  Jackie Culmer and the pattern and printables created by Jenny of Hank and Hunt {download here!}.

I have always admired Jenn who IS Hostess with Mostess (well, I mean she has staff now but she started it…) and look forward to watching her continue to grow her business.  I am honored to be on the site!  Yeah!!


Lowe’s Creative Ideas…and me

Some of you may have seen this on my Facebook page already but Lowe’s recently posted this video they did at Blogher 11 where they had some bloggers talk about creativity. 
SEE THE VIDEO HERE (I couldn’t figure out how to shrink the movie file size to work on blogger so you can check it out on the Lowe’s Facebook page)  Did you remember to “like” them? 
I wish they would have passed out some ritalin or xanax or something because I am quite twitchy.  But this was a super fun opportunity.  Did you catch my roommate (Blogher roomie, that is) Amy, at the top of the video?! 
They’ve got a lot of fun holiday projects coming up so stay tuned!!! And be sure to visit the Lowe’s Creative Ideas website for more fun tips and ideas! 
If you haven’t yet signed up for the free Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine do it {here}.
Video and still taken from video courtesy of Lowe’s Creative Ideas

First day of School!

Today is our first day of kindergarten!!! I’m nervous and excited and sad and happy and a whole mess of emotions all rolled in to one.  We are so proud of our little guy.  Just wanted to share a few videos of him that have made us smile over the years.  
Caution:  The first video contains spit up.  If you are easy to gag, maybe do not watch it all the way through.

We wrote and sang this song as part of our family Christmas card when Oliver was about 1 1/2 years old.  He loves watching it and thinks he is kind of a musical genius based on how well he played the cow bell. 

And this is the video invitation to his 3rd birthday.  I can’t believe how little he looks and sounds here.  It is crazy how fast they change. 
And that is it.  No videos of him as an older kid.  And absolutely NO videos of our youngest son.  I wonder if there is a way to go back and create some so he doesn’t feel unloved…
Happy First day of School Oliver!  We love you!!
All videos were created by my husband.