Friday, January 30, 2015

Party Prep: Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is in two days! As a huge football fan and Patriots fan I am excited! I always throw a Super Bowl party at our home with our friends. I love entertaining, eating and football! Here are some of my party tips to make your party great!

#1 - Don't stress! It's easy to stress about having a party at your home. I've learned that every inch of the house doesn't need to be scrubbed until the surface is almost gone. The house will just need to be cleaned after the party so while I do give my whole house a thorough clean before our parties, I'm definitely not freaking out if everything isn't perfect. 

#2 - Don't carry the load yourself. Ask your guests to bring an appetizer to share, they will be more than willing to do so. We like to provide a main dish and an appetizer, although I must admit, I tend to go overboard on parties and we always have way more food than what is necessary. Some food suggestions:

Chili Bar - Provide hot dogs, tortilla chips, corn bread, shredded cheese, and sour cream available. The guests can build chili dogs, chili nachos or just have a bowl of chili. 

Pulled Pork Sandwiches - Slow cook the pork and add BBQ sauce in a crock pot. Put it in mid-morning and forget about it until party time. Low maintenance and always a hit! 

Order Pizza in - Pizza is always a hit but beware. Delivery may take a little longer on Super Bowl Sunday. Another option is to make your own pizzas. 

#3 - Disposable, Disposable, Disposable! If there is ever a time to use paper plates and plasticware, it's Super Bowl Sunday! It makes for an easy clean up at the end of the night! I like to get a plastic green table cloth and use white masking tape and mark of yards to mimic a football field to add a little festive decor to the table. At the end of the night I wrap up the table cloth and toss in the garbage. It has saved me from a lot of clean up! 

#4 - Interactive Games - We like to make a chart and everyone picks numbers for what the score will be at the end of each quarter. We chip in a few bucks and it makes it a little more interesting. I also put together a beer taste test for our guests. I pick a few beers and have our guests do a blind taste test. The winner gets a prize. 

#5 - Have fun! Enjoy the party and don't stress! Once the game starts, sit back and enjoy your company and the game! Your guests will find where the drinks are. Everyone will enjoy the party more if you are relaxed! 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Beauty Finds: Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens

My skin is combination which can be very hard to deal with at times. Some days I'm really oily and some days my skin is thirsty for some hydration. Since I never know how my skin will be on any given day I need to be prepared at all times, this is why I ALWAYS carry blotting papers with me. I have tried many different brands, both high and low and have found Boscia Green Tea blotting linens to be my favorite. They suck up the oil without taking my make up away with it. The green tea also provideds antibacterial properties which help fight against germs and soothes the skin.  At $10 a pack, they are pretty reasonably priced too!

They are available at your local Sephora or online.

Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens - $10

***This is NOT a sponsored post***

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gift Guide: Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

Valentine's Day is right around the corner so I thought I would put together a few gift guides to help all those who celebrate Valentine's Day and want a little help with gift giving. Today I have my gift guide the women in your life, I will follow up with gift guides for men and children. 

Here are a few items that I would love to receive and think they would make the perfect gift. 

Pave Hinged Open Bracelet  - $90

I LOVE these sweatshirts. They are so cute! You may have even seen some of your favorite celebrities sporting them. 

I got one of these in gold around Christmas time and I love it! If you can score a gold one in store I say "Go for the Gold!" 

I absolutely love these May Design notebooks. I carry one in my purse at all times. These are a must have for me and such a fun gift to give. They have many different patterns and its not just limited to notebooks! 

May Design Notebook  - Starting at $19

A perfect spot for your jewelry to rest. 

These candles are one of my favorite luxury candles. Perfect for pampering the woman in your life!

'cobble hill - mini carson' crossbody bag

This is the perfect crossbody bag and what girl wouldn't love getting a purse?! 

These cosmetic bags are super cute and the various sizes make it a must have item!