Party for the Fourth!

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Fourth of July is right around the corner and while the invitations may have already gone out for your Fourth of July party, now comes the planning. It may not be the most enjoyable part of throwing your party but if you plan ahead in a few strategic ways you will be able to remove most of the stress that comes with hosting a party.

 The first thing to tackle is the food. Plan on providing a few of the main dishes, such as barbecue or hamburgers and hotdogs. Grab the meat and buns and condiments necessary for this and then let your guests know that it will be potluck style. Ask each guest to bring one thing, such as side salads, potato salad, deviled eggs, chips, baked beans, and the like. This will take a significant amount of preparation off of your table and allow you to devote your time to all other aspects of the party.

Next you will want to think about decor. There are great ideas to find online if you want to craft for your party but it never hurts either to raid the dollar store for some red, white, and blue napkins, plates and small decorations. Don’t go too overboard with it though, otherwise it can come across as a bit over the top. Keep it tasteful, and be sure to string up some lights if you haven’t already for ambient lighting. 

Finally, prepare the entertainment for the night. Purchase a couple of rounds of sparklers for everyone to light up in celebration of the holiday. Create several playlists for your guests to enjoy in the background ahead of time so that when the day comes you aren’t having to scramble back to your phone whenever a song comes on that isn’t appropriate for the occasion. You can also grab a few lawn games for your guests to enjoy, such as bocce ball or corn hole. These games are a sure hit.

Now that you’re prepared for your Fourth of July party, let yourself enjoy it. The preparation you’ve done will allow you to sit back and relax with your guests as we celebrate the day of our country’s independence.

Non-Traditional Easter Decorations

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Decorating your home for Easter is fun and fresh. Spring has just begun and winter is officially over! Celebrate the Easter holiday and the season change with a slightly different fashion this year by getting a little closer to nature.  Even if displaying Easter eggs and bunnies doesn’t fit your personality, you can still spruce up your home with seasoned sophistication!

Pastels are the choice color palettes for this time of year. Use pretty pastel accent pillows on your sofa and bedding. These are a great addition to your usual color scheme and are easily stored after the holiday is over.

Buy a few festive dishes in pastel color pallets. These will make your table setting look fresh and clean with a dash of fun. Add some cloth napkins in brighter color selections.

Fill clear containers with colorful Easter candy. Add shredded green paper to the bottom of the containers, to add another breath of spring to the space. Place these containers on your dining table, kitchen counter top and on the cocktail table. These little accents are pretty to look at and welcome visitors with a sweet.

“Spring” for a naturalistic wreath for your door. Finish off with a pretty pastel bow and faux Robin’s eggs (light blue eggs with brown speckles.

Tulips are the perfect flower for this time of year. Used in flower arrangements, they tend to last longer than other flowers. When you are shopping for tulips make sure and get a bouquet composed of closed flowers. They look pretty when they are closed and continue to look good as they bloom.

Enjoy brightening your home and welcoming the seasonal change!

Valentine’s Day Rhinestone Rescue!

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Major retailers of jewelry across the globe have convinced us that in order for Valentine’s Day to be a success there must be diamonds. If you can afford them they are certainly impressive. Go for it and enjoy! But, if they’re not financially within reach you don’t necessarily have to forego a great dose of sparkle for your loved one. Instead, opt for rhinestones! Traditionally they have been associated with embellishment of garments or costume jewelry for formal events. These days, however, a lot of very beautiful rhinestone goods are available, including tasteful jewelry.

Here’s a list of suggestions so you can choose the perfect, affordable gift for the person in your life whose eyes light up at the sight of something sparkly. Are you the one with a heart desirous of some glimmer? Share this post with the one who needs to know!

Jewelry: brooches, bracelets, beads, earrings, charms, necklaces, rings, pendants, watches

Figurines: zodiac signs, butterflies, birds, animals, cartoon characters, holiday, flowers

Fashion Accessories: handbags, sunglasses, card holders, key rings, scarves, mobile device accessories

Home Accessories: candle holders, picture frames, ornaments, vases, dining items

Stationary: pens, stylus, USB pens/drives

Super spectacular: A tiara for the princess or crown for the queen in your life!

As you can see there are far more options with rhinestones than most of us realize. From the list above you’re sure to be able to find something for any personality type. Does the object of your affection have a deep love for animals? Offer up a lovely figurine of a favorite creature. Or maybe it’s someone who has a very busy and structured life that entails a nearly permanent attachment to the mobile phone. Who better to give smart phone case covered in rhinestones?

Last, consider wowing the object of your affection a little more by including some facts about rhinestones. Even though they aren’t diamonds, they still have an intriguing history that will add glamour to your gift! Rhinestones were first rock crystals that were collected from the Rhine, which explains their name. Later, a jeweler tried coating the underside of glass with powdered metal and they were thus manufactured.  In modern times manufacturing is so advanced that rhinestones have nearly the same dazzle as a diamond when exposed to sunlight. The largest supplies come from Austria and the Czech Republic.

Want one last unique, slightly silly idea? Lavish your gift upon your loved one with the song “Rhinestone Cowboy” playing in the background! Best of luck!


A Compilation for Christmas

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How Do I Get Hot Chocolate Out of My Carpet?

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Hot chocolate is a staple on cold winter nights and holiday parties. Unfortunately, this dark liquid can stain your carpet quickly in the event of a spill. While it looks like it’ll be there forever, chocolate can be removed from carpeting. Just be sure to clean up the spill as soon as you see it to keep it from setting.
Begin by blotting up as much of the spill as you can with an absorbent cloth. Don’t rub the stain; you don’t want to work it further into the carpet, just absorb some of the liquid to help lighten the spill. Keep blotting until the cloth comes away dry.
After blotting the liquid from the spill, use one of the following mixtures. As a note, pretest any solution used on an inconspicuous location first. If a small amount of solution results in color transferring to a white cloth, use a different spot solution.
• Mix one fourth (¼) teaspoon dish detergent with one (1) cup of lukewarm water (don’t use any mixture stronger than this!)
• A non-flammable spot removal solution, such as a dry-cleaning type solvent.
• A mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts warm water.
• Warm water
Dip a soft cloth into one of the above solutions. Use this to carefully blot the area of the spill. Begin on the outer edges of the spill and work towards the center. This will keep it from spreading.
Keep blotting the stain until you get the majority of it up. Rinse the cloth with water and pat the area again to help get any remaining soap out of the fibers.
If none of these solutions work, remember that professional cleaners are a great way to attack stains. Professionals have the equipment and skills to attack spots more aggressively.
Spills happen, particularly during parties. If you happen to notice some hot chocolate on your carpet, don’t panic. Take steps to clean it up as quickly as you can, and you shouldn’t notice any lingering stains to remind you of what once was spilled there. Learn more on removing chocolate stains here!


The Perfect Party Playlist

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The Fourth of July is almost here.  Independence Day means family gatherings, food and decorations.  July is an amazing time, the middle of summer; marked by the outdoors, warm nights and fireworks in the evening air.  Throughout the country memories are made in very separate locations and yet have much in common with one another, from helping a father with the grill in Seattle to chasing fireflies with neighbors in the Appalachians or waving a flag at a parade in Phoenix. 

Creating these memories alongside friends and family can be one of the best inspirations for celebrating and celebrations are often the best time to play music!  A perfect playlist fits the mood and rhythm of the occasion and inspire memories down the road for all those listening.  The playlist below may just help create those moments for the guests on your special day.

  • Born In The U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen
  • Hotel California – The Eagles
  • Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
  • City of New Orleans – Willie Nelson
  • Miami – Will Smith
  • Texas Women – Hank Williams Jr.
  • Save Me, San Francisco – Train
  • Rocky Mountain Way – Godsmack
  • New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
  • Los Angeles – Anya Martin
  • Arizona – Mark Lindsay
  • Ohio – The Black Keys
  • Florida Moon – Gene Mitchell
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
  • Albuquerque – Sons Of The Desert
  • Wild Montana Skies – John Denver
  • Sunny In Seattle – Blake Shelton
  • Sweet Home Chicago – Eric Clapton
  • East St. Louis Toodle-Oo – Steely Dan


The above is just a start – can you think of more songs about American cities?  Using this list, craft your own collection to inspire mid-summer memories.