I know everyone makes a big deal about Cinco de Mayo, but today is actually Mexican Independence Day, on September 16. If you … [Continue Reading]
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I've shared about my 20lbs.+ weight loss transformation and my new life as a Curly Girl. Here are a couple of more fun things … [Continue Reading]
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I know everyone makes a big deal about Cinco de Mayo, but today is actually Mexican Independence Day, on September 16. If you are looking for a reason to enjoy some delicious Mexican food (and who isn’t, right?), why not cook up a simple dinner party for your family or friends? These images are from our Mexican-style Mother’s Day dinner earlier this year. We enjoyed a buffet of tortillas, shredded beef and chicken, roasted peppers and mango salsa. Here are a few tips to make it easy and festive!
- Let someone else do the heavy lifting. The goal on Mother’s Day is to keep the moms out of the kitchen, so rather than slow-cooking and shredding meat for hours, we used the Del Real meats shredded chicken and shredded beef dishes that were sent to me to try.
They were delicious! And their easy preparation gave us time to focus on other fun details.
2. Like festive drinks!
BSB akes a delicious pina colada (virgin in our house). Speciality drinks go a long way toward making it feel like a special occasion!
3. For a colorful, fun and reusable centerpiece all you need are some colorful cans of salsa and inexpensive succulent plants. Simply, open the cans and use or save the salsa for later (or discard if you can’t handle the heat).
You can set the plants still in their pots directly in their festive cans. Remember succulents don’t need as much water as typical plants. In fact, over-watering can kill them.
4. Finish off the table with colorful stoneware, colorful paper napkins, and bright paper flowers for a fun, festive feel that isn’t too kitschy.
Now let’s eat!
Viva Mexico! Happy Independence Day!
Disclosure: I was sent a couple of packages of Del Real Meats to try at no cost to me. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. Opinions expressed herein are, as always, my own.
It's been a bit quiet around these parts, and by these parts, I mean this blog, because there is really nothing quiet about my life these days. I have recently taken a position as the choir teacher at a local school. While I am excited to share my love of music with my students, this is my first time working outside of the home in 15 years, since I got pregnant with #1 (and also incredibly sick--vomiting can get in the way of teaching), so adjusting to the new schedule and our family life is still a work in progress. Busy or no, the insanity is always there. I have to have a cute classroom, of course. And though I haven't had time to add all of the creative touches I would like to add, I had to do a few things. I shared these pencil holders I created on Instagram the other day and they got a great response, so I thought I could share the printable here for other busy music teachers who like a little … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
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I've shared about my 20lbs.+ weight loss transformation and my new life as a Curly Girl. Here are a couple of more fun things that have helped me put a little spring in my step. Makeover #3: The Icing on the Cake Before the curly hair but after a bit of weight loss, I was super excited to be invited to a makeup party put on by Painting You Pretty and Red Poppy Photography. Lindsey from Painting You Pretty was a makeup artist to the stars before she moved to Arizona. She now does makeup consultations with individuals (celebrity or not) to help them know what to do with makeup to help them look their prettiest. I would love to have a one on one consultation, but just getting to listen to her tips that night changed some of my approach to make up and the great swag from Stila definitely helped as well. I find my makeup routine is as quick as before, but I just look more put together and feel more … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
Yesterday I told you about my 25 lb. weight loss transformation. Come back tomorrow for a little more makeover madness fun! Makeover #2: Curly Girl Despite success with my weight loss goals, it has still been hard to feel "put together". I hadn't been to a salon or done anything with my hair for more than 2 years, I think, between expense, baby, and a bunch of other children, etc., to attend to. I find myself going gray prematurely, which I find incredibly annoying. I've even considered embracing it and going for the granny chic hair trend, but I think I am past the age and not to the level of coolness to pull it off without really looking like a granny. Looking at the gray hair framing my face makes me feel old and tired. I was ready for a significant change, but not sure it would be wise to go very short with my kind of hair, and definitely didn't want a high maintenance hairstyle. Who has time to … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
Hello, There! Long time, no blog. Because...life. I have dozens of posts to share but it feels wrong to jump into business as usual without an update on some of the things that have kept me from blogging. Of course my #1 blog detractor is also the cutest blogging distraction. He turned 11 months old today, and while he is growing and developing well now and getting pretty darn cute, that also means, he likes to do things like pound on my computer and delete important emails, and he still doesn't believe that naps should happen with any regularity or predictability. His siblings are all competing for the next position of blogging obstacles. The time since Punkin's birth (his adopted grandma gave him that nickname and it is sticking) has been challenging for me personally. Keeping up with his needs and all of my other obligations plus finding ourselves with very limited funds this year has made … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]