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Galentine's Party 2017

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So as part of my month of kindness I decided that it would be great to cook for my friends and show my appreciation for their friendship by hosting a Galentine's Party.  I had such a blast planning the decor and was able to collect a few more items to donate.

Here is what the party looked like:

 

For food we had a breakfast burrito bar and a waffle bar for dessert!  I love breakfast!

The best part of the day was hanging with these awesome women!

Casual Dinner Party

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My goal this year is to throw more dinner parties, it is so nice to prepare a dinner for friends and visit for a while.  For my first attempt at a dinner party I invited my brother and his girlfriend over for a birthday celebration.  I have a particular diet so we prepared a tasty allergy friendly meal and I had a lot of fun preparing the space.  Here are some highlights and tips for planning your own dinner party in a jiffy.

Decor:  A bouquet of flowers broken up using tiny vases (probably from the dollar tree), place mats and napkins on sale at Target, handwritten cards on kraft paper, done!

 

The Menu: Chicken Sage Patties from the Autoimune Paleo Cookbook, Sauted garlic spinach, mashed tumeric sweet potatoes and a salad with a homemade citrus vinegarette (my husband's creations)  For dessert, flourless orange chocolate cake (thanks Pinterest!)Recipe here: Chocolate Cake

Good Company!  After a lovely dinner we played the game Drawful, my favorite!  It is a digital game that is part of the Jackbox party pack, I think you can get it on Xbox.  Its a game of goofy drawing using your phone, hilarious and so much fun.

Lifestyle of a Busy Bee

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After a slow recovery from the flu, I have gotten back into my studio and feeling inspired.  So far my blog has been my way to share my love of creating and how I work that into my busy bee lifestyle.  While I am busy finding time to create while working a full time job I often have to make time for important things such as eating, which can be difficult for me.  I have a tough relationship with food and I find that there are many people who have similar issues.  I thought I would work that into my blogging in the hopes that it could help at least one person who struggles with similar issues.

To start I'll share some background, I have always had stomach issues.  I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome back when they were just learning about it and was told my options were to figure out triggers and avoid them or take anti anxiety meds.  I decided to try to live with it until I decided to eliminate gluten.  This was a big help but definitely didn't solve my issues.  I later visited a new doctor who prescribed me meds for my heartburn issues.  While preparing for my wedding, my stress aggravated my stomach issues and I was dealing with really bad heartburn on a daily basis.  I decided to see a gastroenterologist who had me do a scope to check for damage from the heartburn.  After being told the heartburn meds were working even though I didn't feel that they were I gave up on the doctor and started to see a more holistic practitioner.  For me, this was life changing.  This new doctor identified that I had leaky gut and after a strict diet and supplements all of my issues were pretty much gone!  I no longer had heartburn or daily stomach upsets.  I then tried to reintroduce foods and found some of my triggers.  

Where I am right now . . . i still follow pretty close to an autoimmune paleo diet while taking supplements.  My problems are not all solved but my quality of life is much better.  My challenge now is finding ways to stick to my diet and take care of myself while eating on the go, traveling, and entertaining.  

In between sharing my crafting ideas I will share some strategies I have developed to help deal with these issues.  I would also love to hear some strategies or ideas that you use if you have similar issues or dietary restrictions.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt

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After spending Easter with my family and watching kids run around the back yard collecting plastic eggs full of candy I remembered how much fun that was.  Why not have an adult easter egg hunt?  So of course I planned an Easter party for my friends and prepared to host an adult egg hunt.

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So, basically I arranged my guests into teams of two people.  Each team received a colored basket, a flashlight, and an instruction sheet.

Here are the instructions that each team received:

ADULT EASTER EGG HUNT

 Each team is assigned a color, a basket, and flashlight

You will be searching for the eggs that match your color, there are 15 eggs per team.

Additional eggs . . .

Hidden, there are Cascarones (confetti filled real eggs). If you find a cascarone egg you may crack it on someone’s head and steal an egg from their basket.

There are also yellow eggs hidden . . . these eggs have messages in them.  50% of the messages are good and 50% are bad.  (ex: give an egg to the blue team)

I suggest not opening your eggs until you make it back to the house in case you give away what you have before people open their yellow eggs.

Have fun!

I then had my husband hide the eggs at my parents house (which happens to be around the corner from our house).  As soon as the sun went down we walked over and started our hunt.  

The hunt was a blast!  The Cascarones were super fun to crack on peoples heads and we realized it was a little difficult to see specific colors in the dark.  The hunt also encouraged teamwork as each team only had one flashlight.

All my friends raved at how fun it was and that this should be a yearly tradition.  Looks like I will have to do it again next year.



Beer Tasting Bash!

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So for my husbands 31st birthday I decided to help throw a beer tasting party.  My husband loves craft beer and we thought it would be fun to have our friends bring their favorite craft beer and we can all spend a day tasting beer and snacking on junk food.  Between my craftiness and my husbands sweet design skills, I think we threw a good party and my husband had a great time.  Check it out . . . 

Here was the set up . . . metal bins for the different beers and places for snacks!

Here was the set up . . . metal bins for the different beers and places for snacks!

My husband really wanted to have a Pabst vs. Stella challenge to see if people could tell the difference so I had to have that!

My husband really wanted to have a Pabst vs. Stella challenge to see if people could tell the difference so I had to have that!

My husbands awesome graphic design skills at work . . . he had glasses engraved and designed beer tasting cards.  He also helped me make pretzel necklaces for cleansing your pallet.  

My husbands awesome graphic design skills at work . . . he had glasses engraved and designed beer tasting cards.  He also helped me make pretzel necklaces for cleansing your pallet.  

Tasty Beer themed desserts!

Tasty Beer themed desserts!

The final ratings!

The final ratings!

The top 10 lineup

The top 10 lineup