Ever notice how your makeup bag seems to be a bottomless pit of lip-glosses-long-forgotten? That’s where my mascara went! There’s that button that came off! How’d that tennis racquet get in there?? Okay, maybe that last one is a stretch, but there are simple steps to disarm the bag-that-time-forgot. One way to start is to compile all those makeup brushes. Who hasn’t mercilessly dug through a bag and inevitably always ends up pulling out the wrong one? Taking a toothbrush holder is an easy (an attractive) way to keep your brushes out of the way and always have them on hand. Another good aspect is the whole thing can be easily put in a cabinet without falling all over. So, with the makeup brushes conquered, maybe I can finally finish a whole lip gloss without losing it!
And you thought the fun only started when you popped that cork! Now you can upcycle all your months of hard partying (…er…work) by reusing all your old corks as wine glass charms for your guests! A Charmed Life has a wonderful tutorial (with pictures!!) on their website that will guide you through how to create these little jewels. Their final product is pictured above. So, remember, when you open your next bottle for a party, you are technically saving the environment. You rock.
Imagine having 30 kids that constantly are looking to you for six hours a day for 180 days every year. No, you are not part of the Duggar family, you are a teacher. One of those hard working, under appreciated breed of men and women that day in and day out give it their all to better our future, one child at a time. Every year in May, Teacher Appreciation Day comes around. Here are some ideas that let your child’s teacher know they are doing a great job.
- ‘Thanks for Helping me Grow’ Flower Pot (with tutorial!)
- Crayon Monogram (with tutorial!)
- Pencil Vase (with tutorial!)
Also, if you can read this, don’t forget to thank a teacher!!
Ever put your glass down at a party never to find it again? Problem no more! The blog Just Short of Crazy and MollyO came up with a stellar way to literally mark your own glass. Chalkboard paint on the bottom on the glasses allows guests to create their own moniker for their glass. Although wine glasses were only highlighted, this can be most likely be painted on a beer mug, champagne glass, etc. Much more sophisticated than the red plastic cup and a permanent marker. Your guests will love it.
With 2011 in the review mirror and 2012 shining in the distance, it is time toast to all the happy moments, all the laughter, and all the lessons learned from this past year. As all your dear friends huddle around the tv, the bar, or wherever you choose to bring in the New Year, there has to be an appropriate toasting drink. After all– it is the first thing you will say and taste this new year and you don’t want to start off with regrets! Here are some recipes to get your toasts going! But remember, moderation is always number one. Have a very Happy New Year!
- Champagne Cocktail
- Red Royale
- Bellini (this can be made with or without alcohol)
- Lady New Year (a punch that will serve a large crowd)
- Pomegranate Champagne Punch
- Beer Cocktails
- Pink Champagne Cupcakes (not a drink, I know, but still something a little fun
So drink up — Skål, Santé, Zum wohl, Salud, Salute, Gan bei, Egészségére, Cheers!
With all the hectic, festive activities that will consume your time this year, it is nice to have a reminder why you are sweating over three dozen elf shaped cookies at 11 pm Christmas Eve. This Santa’s Belt Countdown Pillow available at Kohls, can be your sanity check. Move the numbered belt under the belt buckle to mark the days until Christmas. Now you can merrily and comfortably decorate knowing your big deadline.
ps– Since I found it last week, they have sold out, however, this would be a great “go-to” gift next year for an unexpected guest!
It is that time of year when the holiday parties are coming in droves. Each weekend has (or will be) claimed from here until New Years. If you are lucky enough to host your own, you want to make sure to welcome your guests right at the start! Here are some fun, festive, and quirky front door mats that will certainly impress, if not begin, some chatter at your party. Most listed are made from coir (coconut husks) and are environmentally considerate.
Fun & Festive
…festive doormat depicts red birds and white branches against a blue sky. Simple, silhouetted shapes make for a modern design, while sustainable and absorbent coir minimizes damage to both the environment and the doorstep.
- Branch Doormat US$50
…leftover birch twigs and branches that would otherwise be burned and slice them into cross-sections to expose their growth rings and beautiful, natural coloring. The disks are sanded smooth and mounted on a water-resistant backing. (INDOOR USE ONLY)
- Tree and Snowflakes US$12
…A peaceful forest of evergreens is dotted with white snowflakes on a natural background. This easy-care, durable doormat is a great way to welcome guests to your home.
- Reindeer Doormat US$20
…Crafted from coir, a sustainable material made from the husk of a coconut, this durable Reindeer Doormat is great for high-traffic entryways.
- Beware of Dog US$20
…This natural coir doormat tells your guests to “beware of dog,” right down to the bite taken out of the corner. The 100% natural coir mat if fade resistant and vinyl-backed…
- Come In, Go Away US$38
…Give guests a laugh with this good-humored, mind-boggling doormat that reads differently depending on whether you are walking in or out of the house. Carefully designed letters read “Come In” from one angle and “Go Away” when flipped…
The weather knows it, the leaves know it, and children definitely know it. What is it you ask? Well, it is the beginning of that magical holiday season, of course! And what better to start that season with friends and family than with the all important Thanksgiving dinner. As soon as Halloween is over, the kids begin preparing day in and day out at school with traced hand turkeys, feathers, and glitter– apparently a very important fashion statement for pilgrim belt buckles. So, why not reward all that hard scissor work with a table all their own at the Thanksgiving feast? Here are some ideas to make your children’s table seem less like an after thought and more like the place to be!
• Turkey Place mat (with tutorial!)
• Thanksgiving Themed Finger Puppet Favors (with tutorial!)
• Pine Cone Crayon Holder (with tutorial!)
• Pilgrim Hat Holder (with tutorial!)
• Oreo Turkeys (with awesome tutorial!)
• Acorns (with how-to)
• Corn Cookie (with how-to)
Hopefully these wonderful ideas help jump start your kids’ table and make the adults try to sneak a seat over with the kiddos. As a note, adjust all the ideas accordingly for different age groups. Remember that happy entertained kids also means happy entertained adults. Happy planning and Happy Thanksgiving!