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The weather still hasn't cooled down here, but I'm dreaming of autumn and hoping for a few cooler nights when we can sit outside to eat. It doesn't mean that I can't make a little comfort food though, right? We can just crank that air conditioning up a little. Last week I was down and out for a couple of days with what I'm assuming was a reaction to a tetanus shot. Whenever I'm sick, or feeling a little down all I want is comfort food. On one of the mornings I woke up and was craving scrambled eggs, so... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® Tyson and WetNap®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #wingsandwipes http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV If you are sitting at home watch the football with friends and family, you want to put out fun food, but sometimes all of the amazing ideas you see on Pinterest feel a little overwhelming to do on an ongoing basis ... don't get me wrong, they are fantastic for the big game, or if you are hosting a big party, but not for every game. In order to keep things... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Start your kids birthday with a very special birthday cake pancake stack. Isn't that the perfect way to start the day? The best part is you can make the pancakes the night before so you aren't rushed, especially if their birthday falls on a school day. Just heat, assemble, and enjoy! I made mini pancakes because I knew the kids would think they are fun, plus you can stack them and still keep them an edible portion size without any going to waste. I think if I stacked larger ones, they simply wouldn't be able to eat the whole thing.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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A while ago I posted a photo of the dining room wall in our old house, complete with a spoon holder I had picked up on one of my many days spent wandering around my favorite thrift stores. I'd filled that holder with spoons that had once belonged to my Nana. Upon seeing that post, my mother informed me that she had plenty more where they came from and when I went back to Australia over Christmas last year she handed me another bag full. Of course this meant more thrift shopping, but I found the perfect spoon holder. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We are all looking for ways to save money when grocery shopping so I'm showing you how you can earn cash back by shopping at Walmart and Target and using the Jingit app. It's football season and whether you are homegating or tailgating you are probably feeding more than your immediate family so saving money is essential. I wanted to make homemade mini pizzas, that everyone could add their own toppings too and then be cooked on the grill. So using the Jingit app I checked for items I could purchase at my local Target store. Here's how it works.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier was released on DVD on September 9th. Watching it with friends and family will be a movie night to remember with these simple movie viewing party ideas that use just a few key items, including M&M'S®. Everything that I needed for this party I found at Walmart. There is even a coupon that gives you $5 off when you purchase Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier and two bags of M&M's (15.4 oz or larger). You can download the coupon from Walmart.com. This is what you need: M&M's Kettle Corn White chocolate morsels Sprinkles... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Kids parties can be overwhelming (and expensive), but there are simple ways to cut a few corners, save yourself time, money and still put together a party table kids will love. I'm starting the preparation for Marisol and Flynn's upcoming 8th birthday in a couple of weeks. I can't believe how big they are getting. So today, I'm going to show you a few simple ideas for putting together a party table little girls are sure to love ... all for the love of sprinkles, one of my daughter's favorite things. This party table requires very little effort, with no... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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It may not feel like Autumn yet here in Southern California, but I did spot pumpkins in the grocery store this morning, and if I turn on the air conditioning, close the blinds and create a little something out of pears, apples or spices then it just might ... for a little while at least. Who wants to come and join me for an Autumn Spiced Pear Cocktail? Ingredients: This recipe makes 4 cocktails. 3 pears - ripe and softer, not firm, peeled and diced 1/4 cup Sweet'N Low 1/4 cup water Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist - 2 oz per drink... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he suffered from ADHD, reading challenges, and behavioral problems. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent this time creating his own original comic books. In second grade, Dav created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his life making silly books. Dav was not a very good listener though. He went on to create Ricky Ricotta,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Each time I pull another box or bag out of the garage, unpack it and decorate another small space in our house it makes me smile. It's a long, slow process, between juggling kids, homework, housework, and of course work - and the few hours a night I may actually sleep. I finally got around to decorating a section of our bedroom last weekend. I also made a fun DIY project for it. One day I will take photographs of the entire room, once it's finished of course, but to explain it a little, it's large area with a walk... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I've been keeping a little something from you. I was contacted by Real Simple magazine a little while ago to do a photo shoot in New York with Olay for an upcoming article. To say I was giddy is an understatement. I mean this is Olay and Real Simple! I purchase very few magazines, but when I do it's almost always Real Simple or Sunset ... or both, because well, they are fabulous. Before I share a little about the photo shoot, I want to show you some fabulous dresses. You see I absolutely love lace, it's timeless, it's feminine... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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My kids have been back to school for a few weeks now but others are only just starting this week. Are you packing lunches, or are your kids buying them from the school cafeteria? My kids are super picky when it comes to school lunches so I pack homemade lunches almost every day. Only twice has my daughter wanted to purchase from the school cafeteria, but her brother insists that I make lunch every day for him. I like to make their lunches fun when possible, but we all know some mornings are more difficult than others. So whether it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Last summer, I took the kids to Universal Studios Orlando as part of the Family Forward conference (which is currently happening at this very moment again this year as I type this post). You may remember my post about why you should stay at the Universal Orlando Resort, or more specifically, stay at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. This summer I took the kids to Universal Studios Hollywood. Granted we were at Universal Orlando for 6 days and at Universal Hollywood for just 1 day, and with two theme parks to choose from, Universal Orlando will always have my heart, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Last week my oldest (you know, the one who recently moved out of home, sniff) asked me to make a birthday cake for his girlfriend. Of course I obliged. The only criteria he asked for was that it needed to be red velvet with vanilla icing, and Spider-Man themed ... apparently she loves Spider-Man. I would love to share a fabulous red-velvet cake recipe with you, but things have been busy lately ... too busy. I didn't have time to experiment in the kitchen like I would normally do and don't have a tried and true recipe on hand for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
You should definitely go, it's worth the drive. I'll be posting about the other venue we stayed at shortly. It's a great trip.
Thank you Maggie. I swear if I didn't want a beach wedding next time around, this would be my destination, it's perfect for a small intimate affair.
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Earlier this year I was invited to spend some time in the Carmel area. Those of you who have been reading along for a while will remember that we lived in Monterey for a couple of years, so I was eager to get back. I decided to take advantage of the trip over the summer because the kids would be out of school and could spend some time visiting their dad. It turned out that my new love didn't have his children over the week that I was scheduled to go so he was able to join me, which I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Still unpacking over here. I swear it may never be finished, and some days I'm tempted to just leave everything in boxes and just dive in whenever I need something, because let's face it, this isn't our forever home so at some point all of this stuff has to be packed up again, right? But, instead of being so practical, I'm convinced that I this house will look like a home if it kills me. And it just might. Dammit though, it will be finished ... most likely right in time to start packing it all up again. And with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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A while ago I showed you my new Sauder sewing cart. If you entertain at home, it's important to have a piece of furniture that's versatile and that you can use for a number of different things. My sewing cart is just that piece. The fact that it's on wheels is a huge bonus, because moving it from room to room, or even wheeling it outside as a party food cart works amazingly well. Note: If the above image looks familiar, it's because this party table is from the yellow party post for CorningWare. If you are on Pinterest, you've... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
The Saturday morning market in Temecula Dariela. You should come up here and check it out.
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For the longest time I wished that I didn't have to just use the PicMonkey collage feature to format images. I had wanted to overlay logos that had a transparent background, overlap photos for infographics and tutorials and add in any custom images from clients wherever I wanted to place them. This frustrated me to no end because although I use Lightroom for editing photographs I'm completely clueless when it comes to design so have always relied on PicMonkey for adding text, fancy borders, overlays and creating collages. I have finally figured it out though, and it's so simple to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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One day (early in our relationship) the man and I were having a conversation about our favorite foods, and the topic of fruit came up. I didn't have to think twice about this, because passionfruit has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. My parents grew it at one point and I mentioned that I had never seen it over here. So being the lovely man he is, the day after Valentine's Day, I was surprised with a trip to a local farm where they grow passionfruit. We purchased a bag full and I took them home,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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The post where I get personal. It's such a rare thing these days, I know. I've found myself drifting away over the years from personal blogging into a more creative space where my days are filled with unicorns and rainbows. This has become somewhat of my happy place, where I can, on some days, escape reality. But, we all know that behind every happy place there is always something going on, right. Nobody's life is perfect, and a lot of us tend to hide behind our computer screens or iPhones, rarely sharing much about our heartbreaks, fears, and failures. What... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
I wrote a tutorial for those stands a while ago if you want it http://www.tonyastaab.com/2013/06/entertaining-tip-making-food-visible-on-diy-stands.html - I use them all the time, they make it so much easier to fit more food on the table and things are easier for the kids to see.
Thank you Carole. I think the turning point came for me when I realized that if something ever happened to me, would the kids only have memories of things they did with me. I want them to see that I was there and part of the fun, not just behind the camera taking photos. I want them to have something to show their kids and grand-kids one day and if I kept hiding from the camera then they wouldn't have that.