I don’t love 80’s music. I mean, of course, I like some songs from the 80’s but it is one of my last choices if I have to choose a musical decade. But I’m SUPER in to music that sounds like it’s from the 80’s but was really made in the last few years. Haim and Twin Shadow were the two that really got me in to this sound. So I made a summer music playlist for you. I realize it is just spring, but CA has been feeling decidedly summery these past few weeks. These songs are perfect for warmer weather, hanging out by the pool or just hanging out with friends. I’m pretty dang obsessed with the Brandon Flowers song, ‘Can’t Deny My Love.” It’s my JAM! Play it loud! P.S. I don’t know how to center the Spotify playlist. Can anyone help a sister out? It’s driving me crazy!
You guys. My birthday is coming up. You know, in about a month. But this is one of those years where I am really in to celebrating. Some years you just want it to pass without a lot of fanfare. But this year I’m celebrating. Over the last few months I’ve really needed to lean on my friends and they have been there for me in every way. So I just want to spend time with them. Maybe some food. Maybe some drinks. It really doesn’t matter. I just want to be with them, hug them, thank them and enjoy. My birthday is often an excuse for us to take time out and get together, it’s not all about me. And I love that. One year we took trapeze lessons. One year we celebrated at my favorite restaurant followed by an overnighter at a local hotel. What should we do this year? I have a month to figure it out!!!
And since my birthday is coming up, I thought I would give you a little insight in to who I am through a playlist of my all time favorite songs. This is not ALL of my favorite songs, but when I sat down to put this list together, these are the songs that immediately popped in to my heads. Chances are I’ll keep thinking of songs and I’ll just keep adding them to this list.
Also, this is my first time trying out Spotify. Do you guys like this better than how I’ve been sharing my other playlists on Rdio? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
This playlist is all over the place. And it’s everything I love about music. ‘Big Country’ and ‘Case of the P.T.A.’ are faves from high school. I remember listening to ‘Regret’ on my Walkman(!), on repeat, on a train heading to San Diego for volleyball camp my senior year. ‘Groove is in the Heart’ is from Junior High but still is such an awesome song. I don’t love disco but ‘Knock on Wood’ is my jam. Fast forward to my wedding day where my girls and I did a choreographed dance to Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’. And I wouldn’t leave the reception until they played ‘Frontin’. I thought was a great one to end on since after hearing Pharrell sing that he wants to “tear your a** up” all the older guests would be appalled and ready to go (it was also my favorite song at the time, so it wasn’t like I was trying to drive the guests away…:). There’s a little something for everyone on this list. I hope you enjoy!
I am OBSESSED! with this new show on VH1 on called Hindsight. Have you heard of it?! It’s the BEST! So the show starts, present day, the night before what would be the cute blond’s second wedding. She’s doubting the wedding. Then something happens and she wakes up in the year 1995. But this time, it is the night before her first wedding. The one that she knows isn’t going to work out. So does she change how she lived her life to make her outcome different, better? Will that, in turn, mean that other people’s lives are changed for the worse? The story line is unique, the cast is awesome. But we need to talk about the soundtrack. Because it is amazing! And the funny little 90’s jokes are pretty great too. And I adore the way that Becca (cute blond) tries to explain to her friend, Lolly (cute redhead) about all these modern advances and movies, etc. You HAVE to watch it. And it got me thinking about all my fave 90’s songs so I made a playlist. Ok, this isn’t ALL my favorite 90’s songs (when I started to add in R&B my list went out of control. I’ll save that for another post).
Watch VH1’s Hindsight Wednesdays at 9 pm! (photo credit via VH1) but you can also get caught up online!
Now here is a little bit about my 90’s:
1. I graduated high school in 1995 the year this show takes place.
2. I got my first cell phone in 1995 because I was working at a video store (ha!) as my first job and my parent’s didn’t want me to drive home late at night without one. I ended up transferring to a music store.
3. I grew up in Anaheim, home of No Doubt and they played at my grad night at Disneyland. Tragic Kingdom had just come out and it was the most amazing show to see them play that album there!
4. No Doubt’s ‘I’m Just a Girl’ was my anthem because see number 2 and 3 above.
5. My first concert in Los Angeles, without my parents, was Smashing Pumpkins at the Palladium. I stupidly wore my Birkenstocks. Everyone else had on Dr. Martens.
6. We got our first cd player for my sister’s high school graduation party (she graduated in 1994). The first two cds I bought were Throwing Muses and The Breeders.
Now got watch the show!
Surprise!!! Today is a surprise online virtual baby shower for my dear friend Melissa, of Melissa Creates! She’s expecting her first sweet baby in February and I couldn’t be happier for her! She’s going to make the best mom ever and I can’t wait to see her raise this little guy (a boy!)! Carmen and I gathered some friends to help celebrate Melissa since we are spread out all over the United States and couldn’t attend her real shower. I hope you’ll hop around and check out all their fabulous posts!
Carmen and I talked a little bit about what the shower should look like. I knew that I wanted the theme to be this song lyric from Paramore, one of Melissa’s favorite bands. We quickly discussed colors and then Carmen took that information and passed it along to Sarah, of Sarah Hearts, who created what is my most favorite baby shower invitation ever which was also used at a real baby shower held in Melissa’s honor. We’re just going to ignore my remedial Photoshop job of hiding important info…
The other gals will be sharing a variety of things from gift down downloads to printable quotes to cocktail recipes. I’ll have links to each gal at the end of the post!
If I got to throw Melissa a real life shower, this is what it would look like. I took my cues from the invitation and pulled out some “boy” colors and mixed them with some brighter, spring-like colors. I’d set out an iced tea bar (full post on this coming soon to Babyshower.com – I’ll link up when it’s live) but have a special cup for the guest of honor. And while some people won’t be drinking, I’d make sure there is a little something special for the people who want to.
For the food, I’d keep it really simple. I’d serve snacky foods, because who doesn’t love snacks? Popcorn is always a hit. And my fave goat cheese appetizer never disappoints. And when you have Firefly Confections doing your favors, you better order some extra to have out on the tables. Sandy’s caramels are so stop you in your tracks delicious that EVERY single person will be talking about them. No exaggeration. And Sandy might be one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. I’d round out the food with a delicious dessert and maybe a salad of some kind. Maybe. Salad just isn’t that exciting.
It’s not a party without confetti but I like to keep it a little bit more contained. Confetti is a great way to add color to a party table no matter how you use it. So I try to keep the mess down by keeping most of it in a vessel like this cup or even in small glass baby food jars. I like fun. Just controlled fun.
(confetti from The Flair Exchange)
I always do a treat favor at my parties. I’ve found guests love them especially because they know they don’t have to feel bad for throwing a tchotchke away. Most ladies will take their favor and say they are on a diet but you know they eat it the minute they get to the car. What’s even better is that these came ready to go, including gift tags so I it didn’t add to my work load. Reach out to Sandy to coordinate your next party favors. She’s amazing to work with and also a friend of Melissa’s. Favors are a great way to also play up personality traits of the guest of honor. If we had had more time, Sandy would have made butterbeer flavored caramels since Melissa is a huge Harry Potter fan. It’s all about making her feel extra special, right? And are you seeing a pattern? It would appear, from reading this post, that I’m pretty lazy about my party throwing. And that assessment wouldn’t be wrong…But trust me if I was throwing this for Melissa for real, she would feel the love. But I do not show my love through making layer cakes and scratch baked goods…Or even ironed tablecloths. :)
(Sea Salt Caramel Favors from Firefly Confections)
And because Melissa and I share a love of music, I decided that my contribution would be a baby shower playlist. To help me, I brought in another music loving friend of ours, Amy Belle Isle, to create the playlist with me. Amy and I met online when she had her own party planning blog. She has since left to work on event planning full-time for a non-profit but she has always kept in touch and supported us bloggers so I wanted to make sure she had a way to show Melissa the love also. We hope you enjoy it!
Head to Melissa’s site to see why we love her!
Attend the whole online shower!
Visit Firefly Confections for all your caramel needs!
Have you ever held a Friendsgiving? Friendsgiving pretty much is what got this blog started in the first place. My sister-in-law and I used to plan a Friendsgiving for all of our friends. We got crazy. We decorated, we cooked, we had a blast. And we knew that we could come up with really great entertaining ideas for other people. So months and months and many more parties later, this blog got started. While she couldn’t continue with it, I will always cherish those Friendsgiving memories. There has been talk of starting it up again but now with kids in the picture, and busier schedules, finding a day we can all agree on is next to impossible. I propose a mid summer Friendsgiving next year. Who’s with me?
In case you are having a Friendsgiving (or even just for Thanksgiving) I’ve made you a playlist. It’s about 2 hours long so you may need to supplement with other music but this is a great playlist for playing in the background. It’s got a little bit of everything, some soulful stuff, some up tempo, some new, some old. I plan on playing this when I’m prepping my Thanksgiving dishes in the kitchen. Nothing like a little good music (and a little wine) to make kitchen duty more fun.
I miss doing this blog and planning parties with my sister-in-law and friend, Alyson. Luckily I get to see her at Thanksgiving. It’s always so good to catch up with her at family holiday events. She’s been a great friend to me over the years and I’m glad that our kids are friends as well. You can be family, but that doesn’t mean you end up as friends. This is the perfect time of year to really look at friendship and what it means to be a good friend. Netflix has some great options for friend-focused shows. BTW, Friends hits Netflix (currently only available on the DVD service) January 1!!! That Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving episode is the best ever.
For the kids:
Phineas and Ferb (Brothers and Friends. Warms a mother’s heart. And this show makes my husband and I laugh.)
Thank you for supporting the companies that allow me to keep doing what I love. Like watching TV and hanging out with my family. And writing this blog. I’m a proud member of the Netflix #StreamTeam! As always, though, all opinions are my own.