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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 5 days ago 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.
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Moving house has been totally kicking my behind this summer. I can't seem to unpack boxes fast enough and have spent more time packing, unpacking, cleaning and driving trucks than I ever wanted to, so it makes me smile when a space finally comes together and I can see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Aside from the kids bedrooms (of course), one of the first areas I wanted to decorate is our entryway. I haven't completely finished, because it's quite a large space, but when you first walk in the door, this is what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I recently got to play Undercover Tourist with the kids at Universal Studios Hollywood. It had been many years since I'd visited this theme park, way before the little ones were born, and I have vague memories of Jay being little and I think my parents may even have been visiting from Australia at the time. So, when a recent opportunity to visit the park for Undercover Tourist presented itself, I jumped at the chance to take the little ones. In June, Undercover Tourist began selling discounted tickets online for Southern California theme parks so I'm going to share with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Guess what is finally available for purchase? Recognize those two cute kids on the cover? Playful Hoodies is by Mary Rasch, and is available on Amazon for $14.19. My friend Cynthia Shaffer did the photography. It has detailed instructions for 25 reinvented hooded sweatshirts that can be used for dress ups and costumes. And they are fantastic. It's out just in time for parents who are thinking about making handmade costumes for Halloween (which is only a couple of months away). Here's a little sneak peek at some of the costumes in there ... modeled by Marisol and Flynn. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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To celebrate the summer season, MorningStar Farms® is stopping at local festivals across the country to serve up a variety of delicious, flavorful and good-for-you meal options during the "Good Food for Good Times" tour. For those who are on the lookout for inspiration to live healthy, MorningStar Farms® is excited to share some innovative ways to create flavorful meatless meal options – without compromising taste. Whether it's hosting a party or cooking dinner for the family, MorningStar Farms® offers a fresh and versatile take on eating well with more than 30 products and 600 recipes that are convenient and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Triscuit and Martha Stewart have partnered up this summer for the Triscuit Summer Snackoff Challenge (which I'll share more details about below). My challenge to help promote this and to give you a little inspiration (as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #TriscuitSnackoff) was to create a topping for Triscuit crackers using peas, which is this week's featured ingredient. So I give you Prosciutto and Pea Crackers. They make a tasty little appetizer, that are perfect for summer entertaining. Ingredients: (makes approximately 1 dozen crackers) Triscuit - original crackers 1/2 cup English peas - cooked and cooled, I like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Remember a while ago when I posted about Sauder and some of the gorgeous furniture they have? Well, as luck would have it I was asked if I'd like a lovely piece and so of course I jumped at the opportunity and after days of narrowing down choices, because really I couldn't decide between a new bed for my baby girl, an armoire for her brother or a sewing cart for me, I selfishly chose the sewing cart. Isn't it fabulous? And it gets better, just look inside. From ordering, to delivery and then assembly it was smooth sailing. My... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Did you go strawberry picking this season? We forgot, and I simply can't believe it, we've gone every year until now, but thankfully the kids haven't remembered that we haven't been, and as long as I have a constant supply of strawberries on hand they seem to be happy. I even made these yummy strawberries and cream chocolate cupcakes. These are great for a summer get-together with friends. This is what you need to make these fun summer berry sweet cupcake treats: chocolate cupcakes - yes I even used a box, sometimes you just want quick and easy (of course... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I absolutely love lemon drops. They are without a doubt my favorite cocktail. It could be because I love just about anything with lemon it it, but these are also quick and easy to make. And so I made a really simple (and delicious) Sweet’N Low lemon drop as part of a sponsored post (I'm a Sweet'N Low ambassador) for Socialstars #SweetNLowStars Of course I couldn't help but add in a sprig of thyme too. I think thyme should be a staple item in everything. Aside from smelling divine, I sprinkle it in just about everything I make. Now let's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Entertaining at home is a breeze with this new CW by CorningWare™ line of bakeware. Your dishes can go from oven to table and look stylish all the way. I was inspired to create a summer brunch and show my True Colors with my new CW by CorningWare™ bakeware in curry. This bakeware is so versatile and comes in the most vibrant colors. You can use it in the oven, microwave or refrigerator, which makes entertaining so easy. You can bake ahead, store in the refrigerator and then reheat in the microwave before guests arrive. I've got some simple tips... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I've always hated being on the other side of the camera. I don't consider myself photogenic and I'm way too critical of myself, but I've been making a conscious effort to step out from behind the lens and get in front of it a little more often. I'm learning to embrace how I look, and I like to think that if I do that and stop being so shy then just maybe my daughter will grow up to not be as self conscious as I am. So when PinkBlush reached out to see if I'd like to take a look... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I totally forgot to show you these fun popsicle holders I made for the kids in Marisol and Flynn's classroom at the end of the school year. I had seen felt ones on-line before, but the thought of having wet, sticky felt that needs to be washed from drips and sticky fingers sent me searching for an alternative that could be wiped clean or rinsed out in the sink. Then I remembered I had some oilcloth scraps in my craft room and they were the perfect color to match boxes of Jolly Rancher popsicles that I picked up at Dollar... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
Hi Michelle, thank you for letting me know about the link to the giveaway, it's working now. Tonya
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I love a white kitchen. It looks clean and fresh, and with lots of light coming in through the windows, it's somewhere that I want to cook. But, there is such thing as too much white, sometimes you need a pop of color, or decor that makes a statement. This one needed a little something to make it feel more homey, you know, somewhere that you want to be ... that's welcoming. And so I made this kitchen sign using Mod Podge Collage Clay: When I've completely finished decorating the kitchen I'll share more photos. It's a long, slow process... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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If you are looking for a simple 4th of July party drink for your upcoming celebration, I've got the perfect one for you. I'm also going to show you how you can take one of your kids old toys and turn it into a test tube beverage holder, perfect for parties. This project has been on my to-do list for a couple of years. I know, some may think that my craft room is full of stuff that probably needs to be tossed out, but I swear it all has a reason for being there, sometimes it just takes me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I love being outside, especially over the summer. There's something quite lovely about enjoying a meal outdoors while the sun is still shining until late and the kids are still able to play. The one thing I don't like though is dragging everything outside, you know the numerous trips it takes to get all of the cutlery, place settings, food and condiments out there, and back inside again. So I made this: Isn't it lovely? Jay had made this wooden caddy at a Home Depot kids clinic years and years ago. It's been in our garage storing tools all this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Looking for another creative way to display your kids art? I'm over at The Centsible Life with a tutorial to make this simple (and very cheap) cuff. This would make a lovely teacher, grandparent or Mother's Day gift. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Okay lovely readers, I've been compiling, and compiling, AND COMPILING lists of things for you to do this summer with the kids. A lot of it's free, some of it isn't, a little is educational, and all of it is fun. And also you get to see a glimpse of what we've been up to lately, because sometimes I forget to share. I get a little caught up in the tutorials and recipes so it's nice to share other things we've been doing too. Let's get down to it shall we. Knott's Berry Farm A little while ago the kids... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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In anticipation of DreamWorks Pictures’ charming new movie THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY arriving in theaters on August 8th, starring Helen Mirren, I've got a couple of fabulous brunch recipes to share with you. THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY: Omelette Recipe THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY: Quiche Lorraine Recipe Note: click on the images (or on the link under each image) to be taken to the PDF which you can print and keep. Learn more about THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY here: Facebook | Twitter #100FootJourney | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube | Website ENJOY! Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore