Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Chocolate Covered Baseballs: A Sweet Gift Idea

I spend a LOT of time researching ideas for centerpieces. Sometimes it is for work and other times it is for personal parties. I think Pinterest is a great way to source ideas because it can introduce you to new websites or blogs that you many have never heard of. One such site is Flowers on 1st in Vancouver BC.
Visit the Flowers on 1st Website

Their website says: We deliver flowers, balloons, gift baskets, birthday cakes and Belgian chocolates to all areas of the city including Vancouver General Hospital, the University of British Columbia and all cruise ship at the Vancouver ports.

But what I found on their Facebook page is so much more than what they describe! Check our these chocolate covered apples, for example. Aren't they adorable? Even though I am not that talented in the kitchen, I decided to give them a try.

Photo: Chocolate-Dipped Apples, great gift idea for any occasion.

My company recently signed a really exciting sports-focused client that is launching a new concept this fall. Our team spent weeks researching, preparing (sweating, whining, laughing, crying) and then presenting all of our ideas to our client in Jupiter, Florida. I know, I know, its a tough life but somebody's got to do it. Needless to say, our client loved our ideas which made all of our hard work so, so worth it. As a treat to our team, I made them all chocolate covered baseballs. 

Thanks to Flowers on 1st for their inspiration. If you are in their area, give them a try the next time you need to send flowers....or a sweet treat. And tell me, where does your inspiration come from?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Let's Make Jellyfish!

I recently got to spend some time with two of my nephews in Atlantic Beach where my dad rented a house for the month. Granted, kids really only need their imagination to have fun but I love doing crafts so I brought along one that I thought would be easy & fun. 

Let's Make Jellyfish!

Start with paper plates, bags, string, washable paint, paint brushes and two cute little kiddos.

Paint both sides of the bags & plates

After an adult makes slits at the bottom of the bags for "tentacles", 
have a little one crinkle the bag for some movement

After an adult cuts a small slit in the top of the bag & plate, 
have little one pull the string through both holes & tie in a knot.

OK, let's face it, I hung 98% of these but they did enjoy the painting aspect. Aren't they cute?

Our fun morning of crafting was followed by playing on the beach where we found an actual sea creature; a starfish. What a perfect summer day!

Monday, June 2, 2014

You're Simply Glowing!

I am a HUGE proponent of wearing sunscreen every single day, even in the winter. But, that doesn't mean that you all should have to experience the blinding paleness that is my legs when I decide to wear a skirt!

Last year, I demonstrated a few ways to achieve a golden tan without exposing your skin to the sun’s harmful rays. I focused on my favorite body bronzer and a custom spray tan service that comes to your home, both of which I still love!

A Memorial Feaux Glow

The body bronzer, Jiffy Tan, is no longer widely available so I decided to try a similar product, TANtalizer by Lorac. Sephora sells the travel size of this product for $9 so it is a perfect way to try it. I really love the smell and the light coverage. I have been using this like a body makeup on my legs. No gloves needed to apply!
LORAC TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer
I have always heard great things about the TanTowel by Look Good Naked but had never tried it. I also purchased them Sephora for $15.


After Using TANtalizer 
I think the Lorac product gives my legs a natural, subtle glow. 
Don't use too much or you will look orange. 
After Using TanTowel 
I liked the ease of use of the TanTowel and the color started to develop after about 2 hours. I honestly did expect it to be a bit deeper but, overall I was satisfied.

Here's hoping that you enjoy all that summer has to offer; sun, fun, relaxation and late evenings on a porch somewhere fabulous!

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