Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Punny Valentine's Ideas

Today's post may be a bit random and sporadic, and that's because IT IS!  I don't often post about items in my Etsy shop.....but I'm so excited about this that I am putting it out there....

Last year, I created a huge handful of printable punny Valentine's to sell over in my Etsy shop.  This year, I created a few more.  Last weekend, I shared my first REAL Facebook live for my page and am getting a HUGE response to these tags.

I created them for convenience.  I know there are a lot of moms who are waiting until the last minute to get those classroom Valentine's and we can't always find what we're looking for.  So, I figured, make a few tags, that moms can download, print, then cut out and attach to some fun toys or candy...and hey, make them PUNNY!  So, if you're looking for some creative Valentine's that are super punny, head over to my Etsy shop and see if anything sparks your fancy!

If you need to get some ideas - you can watch my Facebook Live video here with tons of ideas on how I use the Punny Valentine's tags to make easy classroom treats!

and you can find my Etsy shop here.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Chinese New Year Pot Sticker Station

Disclosure: Thank you to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring this post. Product and/or compensation was provided to me to share my ideas and tips, however, all opinions are fully my own.  #ad #worldmarkettribe

I'm  a celebration girl and love just about any chance to entertain.  With Chinese New Year fast approaching I wanted to share a few simple ideas for setting up a Chinese New Year Pot Sticker Station.

Dumplings (sometimes called potstickers) are a main staple of many Chinese New Year celebrations.  If you're hosting a Chinese New Year celebration this year, you may want to head to Cost Plus World Market to decorate your space.  There were so many beautiful Chinese New Year Decorations at my local store at Pentagon Row in Arlington, Va

We have an old vintage dresser that we converted into a buffet for our dining room.  It's typically where I set up all of our food and desserts when we're hosting gatherings.  Normally, it's just decorated simply with a bouquet, the kids schoolwork....or mail....but I cleaned it off nice for this post ;)

I set up my Pot Sticker station by hanging a black fabric over a curtain rod for a backdrop behind the buffet.   Most Asian design is very simple and minimalist and I wanted to keep to that aesthetic.  Red is a color of good fortune and a must when decorating for Chinese New Year, so, I  placed a Red Hexagonal Porcelain Jar on top of a wooden crate to display a dainty pair of 
White Velvet Plum Blossoms .   Inside the wooden crate, I added tasting square tidbit plates that displayed clementines, which are another symbol of good fortune. 

Blending nature into the design, a key component to most Asian design, I placed a woven fiber runner on top of a red table cover.  The dumplings were placed in bamboo steaming baskets.  I thought they needed a pop of color so, I added a 
Lucky Coin Hanging Decor onto each of them. 

Brown Ironwood chopsticks were placed on top of a Matte Black Sushi plate.  Also on the table, I added these Shanghai Dip Bowls for my dipping sauce (recipe follows). 

To dress up the chopsticks, I found a beautiful gift bag at Cost Plus World Market that I just had to use in this set up.  I cut a few strips and wrapped them around the chopsticks and I love how they turned out.

Since I am SUPER intimidated by making dumplings I ordered them from my favorite Chinese Take-Out restaurant.  What I do know how to make is a great dipping sauce to go with the dumplings. 
To make the sauce, all you need is:

1/2 cup  Lee Kum Kee Premium Soy Sauce

2 Tablespoons water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Marukan Lite Rice Wine Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Lee Kum Kee Chili Oil Sauce
1 tablespoon fresh chopped garlic
2 sprigs green onions, 
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste (optional) 

Whisk all the ingredients together and enjoy (see.....I told you it was super simple!)  Tip: You can use low sodium soy sauce and skip the sugar for this recipe.

Prior to writing this post, I didn't know very much about Chinese New Year, but I know I love so many things about Chinese culture, design and cuisine.  So, I've also decided to share 10 Things to Know about Chinese New Year.

10 Things to Know about Chinese New Year

Red and gold are common colors used through the holiday and are symbols of good fortune and prosperity.

Clementines are often given as gifts of good fortune.

Fireworks are used to scare evil spirits.

Dumplings are a main food item in most Lunar New Year celebrations.

Chinese New Year is a time to start things new and sometimes called Spring Festival....people will use this time to make amends, reconcile and clean house (but only after the 5th day - otherwise cleaning/sweeping is considered moving out the good luck!)

The holiday is actually celebrated in many of Asian countries like, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia!

Chinese new year lasts 15 days lasting from the new moon to the full moon.

The last day of the Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival.

Red Envelopes are passed out as  a way to pass on good luck and a typically handed out to young children.

The world's largest travel migration happens during Chinese New Year.

Don't forget to send your guests home with Chinese take out boxes filled with fortune cookies or chocolate coins- and don't forget to pass out red envelopes to children, they are perfect Chinese New Year Gifts.  

Visit your local Cost Plus World Market for your holiday entertaining needs.  Find your local shop here:

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Easy New Year Hairstyles

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

A few years ago I became an official Wiggy (lady who wears wigs often), mostly because I have Hashimoto's and suffer from hair loss as a result.  I may, perhaps, share that journey in a later post, but I digress.....I was hesitant about wearing wigs because of this stigma that it is 'fake hair' and maybe I was being someone I wasn't.  I mean....I like being as natural as possible when it comes to hair...but I just could not handle the bald spots all over my wasn't cute so, I needed a solution.  
Here I am in my current wig style.

There are many beauty supply stores in my area, but I struggle with sitting in a store, trying on wigs, on account, I'm a bit embarrassed by the balding areas on my scalp.  I just don't want everyone looking at my head.  So, when I heard about Black Hairspray I knew this was a solution to all my problems.  I searched the site and found a few styles that are perfect for the New Year!

Black Hairspray is an online hair supply retailer offering a variety of wigs, weaves and hair care supplies.  They offer same day shipping and a 30 day no hassle return (which, I've yet to experience with most local beauty supply shops in my area).

I love the look of crochet braids I use them on my daughter a few times throughout the year to change up her style and to just give us both a break from her natural hair - which is very thick and very high maintenance.  They're super easy to install and come in so many different styles.  Here are a few styles that I would love to try for the new year!

These styles are fun, playful and low maintenance.  I also love many of the other style, color, and length options that are available on the site.  The prices on the site are actually a lot less than what I've actually seen in most brick and mortar stores.  Most of all, there is the convenience of being able to shop from the comfort of my home. They also offer brands I know and recognize like Viveca Fox Collection, Outre and Equal.

If you're looking for different style options for your hair, have a look at Black Hairspray.  

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