5 Ways to be a "do-it-all" hostess without doing it all

5 Ways to be a “do-it-all” hostess without doing it all

This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #KrogerPizzaDeal #CollectiveBias I’m hosting for the holidays, have 6 family birthdays between November 22 and December 25th, plus Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, and a New Year’s Eve dinner. Quarter four of this year is absolutely hectic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. One thing I’ve learned is that family is everything and spending as much time with them especially around the holidays is important. This time of year can be overwhelming with all of the dinners, pot-lucks, and parties, so I try to incorporate convenience meals to lessen the burden. After hours prepping and cooking for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I don’t want to think about [Click here to continue reading]

Time to Prep for the Holidays

Time to Prep for the Holidays

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Its time to prep for the holidays y’all and what better way to do that than with appliances with next generation features and brilliant touches that answer real-life needs? My favorite holidays are coming up and I couldn’t be more excited. I love having family over and entertaining. When people are here I want them to feel relaxed and to have as much at their fingertips as possible. My appliances and entertaining areas really help me pull that off. Prepping food and staging the spaces where my guests hang out got so much simpler when I started putting thought into [Click here to continue reading]

Little Black Dress

When you saw the title I bet you were thinking this would be a fashion post. My bad. Don’t be disappointed though because it’ll be just as good. This Little Black Dress isn’t a dress at all, it is an affordable and delicious female-centric wine collection. They are the brain-child of Margaret Leonardi and are crafted in California. I adore the cute feminine packaging from the muted pink and peach foil to the delicate LBD font on the label and cork. Pinot Grigio Grapes: This wine is predominately Pinot Grigio, with small amounts of Chardonnay, Muscat, and Viognier grapes. Flavor: It has a light, pale yellow color with scents of apple, pear and lemongrass upfront followed by hints of orange and tangerine. Pairing: Little Black Dress [Click here to continue reading]

DIY Outdoor Entertaining Deck Update

DIY Outdoor Entertaining Deck Update

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Enbrighten Color Changing Café Lights. I’ve been wanting to do something with this deck for years, but never got around to it. I’d paint it then tell myself, I’d decorate it, but it never happened. For years it was used as my kids’ outdoor playroom or sorts, but they are teens now. No longer do I need to fill this deck with their kiddie pools and sand boxes. I can actually turn it into a space where me and my husband can relax or have game night with the kids. Now that my kids are all teens, I stopped making excuses and turned my deck into a useful outdoor entertaining space. Supplies Used: one gallon of deck [Click here to continue reading]

Wine Tasting & Tapas Viewing Party

Wine Tasting and Tapas Viewing Party

My Wine Tasting and Tapas Viewing Party tutorial has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #Chardonnation, #NotableSummer #CollectiveBias” The secrets I share today will show you how to put together a wine tasting that will make you look like a professional chef. I returned home from an amazing trip to Kenya and have a ton of pictures to sort though. Our friends and family have been asking to see them, but I don’t just want to swipe through them on my phone. Instead, I’m hosting a small viewing party. For the menu I’m serving Tapas and wine. The Tapas I’m serving are a mix of [Click here to continue reading]

Frugal Movie Night Decor

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #YourTaxCash #CollectiveBias A few weeks ago when I got my income tax return I was in the market for new phone and phone plans for the family. My goal was to get the most bang for my buck, save money and use as little of my tax return as possible to make this all come together.  Value After comparing mobile phone plans to get the most value, I decided to upgrade my kids Walmart Family Mobile and get them a new phone. I switched them to the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan which gives them Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data, includes up to 10GB of [Click here to continue reading]