I think sometimes scarves get a bad rap. The word alone makes me think of old school flight attendants and their perfect little neck scarves serving peanuts and Coke. But they can be real cool and I’m going to show you how to use a scarf two ways. I promise, no one will ask you for an extra blanket.
I love to find simple ways to make something feel extra special. And while champagne feels pretty darn special on its own, even that can use some dressing up once in a while. I keep dried rose petals on hand so I can easily make my favorite goat cheese appetizer recipe so I like to figure out how else to fit them in to my cocktails or cooking. This rose rimmer for your glass is super simple but adds a fun bit of color and taste to your glass of bubbly.
We love Netflix in this house. My husband loves to watch movies while I prefer TV shows. My kids are open to both and love to discover new shows they’ve never heard of before. Everyone I knew had been talking about how good Scandal was. So when I saw that the first 4 seasons were on Netflix, I decided to check it out. Once I started, I couldn’t stop and the Netflix binge watching began. I watched 4 seasons in a few weeks. It was consuming me. I would sit down to watch an episode at lunch and end up watching them until I had to pick up the kids at school. I’d go to bed early so I could watch a few at night. Once I was 2 episodes in, I knew my husband would like the show too, but I couldn’t stop to let my husband get caught up. (I did make him jump in for the new season that began on network TV, but I’ve had to explain A LOT!). It would have been so much fun to have someone sharing the emotional highs and lows of binge watching with me which is why I’m sharing ideas for how to have a Netflix binge watching party. Also, if you are packing all the shows in to a day or two – depending on how many seasons, you’ll get your life back sooner. Your family will thank you.
Have you heard of infused wine? It’s where you take fresh herbs, and maybe some citrus, and let it flavor your wine. I’m a big fan of fresh herbs (and wine, duh) so I decided I needed to try this out for myself. I’m not sure why this isn’t more of a thing. It seems like a super simple way to add your personal touch to a beverage. It is both hippie and Martha Stewart at the same time. And it is SO easy to do! The only hard part is letting the wine sit long enough to pick up the flavors…
This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I love when a new grocery store comes to town! ALDI has expanded in to the West Coast and I couldn’t be more excited. There has been a quiet anticipation for months as opening dates were leaked and articles began appearing in the papers explaining why this store is different from the others. While my closest store is about 25 minutes away, it happens to be right around the corner from my mom’s house which means I will have tons of opportunity to shop there. So you know I had to check it out. The stores are much smaller than most grocery stores. I was worried that they would only carry the very basics and you’d be forced to finish your shopping somewhere else. But that was not the case at all! Since I entertain often, I decided to see if I could put together a nice spread for having friends over. There is nothing worse than picking up most of your items and having to make an extra stop for those last few things. That wasn’t the case at all!
My sweet tooth gets me in trouble. I can’t say no to most sweet treats that end up in my path. If it’s a new dessert idea, I have to try it because I need to stay in the know. If it’s a classic then I need to try it to see how it stacks up to others I’ve had. It’s really not good for my waistline. But you know what is good for me? Reading dessert cookbooks. I don’t gain any weight that way. And because I possess little to no baking skills, I don’t have to worry about making these things at home. But that doesn’t stop me from devouring the pages of a beautiful book. If you haven’t checked out the cookbook, Eat More Dessert from Jenny Cookies, you have to! It’s SO well done. And not only are there super yummy sounding recipes, there is also tons of fantastic party inspiration. You’re really going to love this book!