Cinco De Mayo Your Way Into May

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Throwing the perfect Cinco de Mayo party will not only involve making the tastiest margaritas but also decorating your home accordingly. This day is to celebrate the Battle of Puebla which took place in 1862, the victory has been celebrated ever since. The holiday spread to the US where you can find tons of people each year enjoying the Mexican culture. Here is how YOU can have the perfect Cinco de Mayo party with the right decorations, food, and drinks.

Decorations
Colorful sombreros, big ones and mini ones are a must. Don’t even think about forgoing them. If you don’t look good in hats then wear it anyways because it will automatically put you in the celebratory spirit! Serapes are less common, however, they make great ponchos or colorful rugs. They will breathe extra life into your entryway or living room and you can hand some out to guests for them to wear. The lighting is of the utmost importance. Using luminarias to light your sidewalk or backyard, these little punched tin candle holders will exude a calming glow. Last but not least, a Mexican flag! Of course it can’t be a celebration without the country’s colors being represented.

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Food
There are three famous dishes from Puebla so naturally you should cook at least one of them on this special day. There’s Mole Poblano, Chalupas, and Chiles en Nogada. The first one has a hefty list of ingredients but it must be worth it if it’s the most eaten dish on Cinco de Mayo. The second can be summed up as thick tortillas with salsa. The third involves boneless pork butt and incorporates all colors of the Mexican flag. You can find all three dishes’ recipes on the internet, the key is to find and make the most authentic one!

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Drinks
Margaritas are Mexican therefore you NEED to make them for your Cinco de Mayo party. However, you’re going to forgo the store bought mix and make a true margarita: 7 parts tequila, 4 parts triple sec, and 3 parts lime juice. If you’re feeling adventurous and would like something different or just another option, try a paloma. One shot of tequila, three shots of Squirt, and grapefruit soda will give you a new refreshing drink that people will love!

Outfits
Women traditionally wear China Poblana or Escaramuza, which are dresses and skirts filled with colors and lace. They’re flowy and perfect for dancing! Men typically wear Guayaberas, which are traditional shirts with some kind of vertical motif on the front. You can also just wear something colorful and bright, just make sure you have some red, white, and/or green in there!

How are you going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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Kentucky Derby Themed Party

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Get out those pastel colored dresses because the Kentucky Derby is this weekend and even though you might not be going, you can still have a party and act like you’re there with your friends. Here are some great decorations you can make to put together the classiest event of the weekend and of course a Mint Julep recipe at the end!

Jockey Glasses
You’ll probably have some sweet tea at this party because it wouldn’t be Kentucky Derby party without it! Instead of just having boring glass cups, decorate them with fun jockey coozies. Cut a wide band out of felt, wide enough to cover the middle section of a glass (any color will work). Then cut out a number from a different color of felt and glue it to the band. Do this with as many different colors as possible!

Painted Horses
You can find all kinds of horse figurines at Hobby Lobby or Walmart. Spray paint them gold or silver, whichever color complements your party the best. Place them throughout the party and use them as a backdrop for placement cards on plates. You can also glue them onto stirs to add a little extra something to those Mint Juleps!

Chalkboard Menu and Race Listings
For this you might need to find someone who has really great cursive handwriting and can draw. If you don’t already have a chalkboard, you can buy one or make one with chalkboard paint. Write out the menu including drinks, if you’re just having hors d’oeuvres then list those. Below the menu, list what major races will be happening or what major horses there are at the race and their scores. Draw little horses and hats all the board, people will feel like they’re actually there!

Mint Julep Recipe (from epicurious.com)
Ingredients:
1 scant oz minted simple syrup
2 cups crushed ice
2 ounces bourbon
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish

Preparation
In a glass, add minted simply syrup then 1 cup of crushed ice, bourbon, splash of water. Mix back and forth between two glasses then pour, with the ice, into a sliver Julep cup. Add the remaining ice to fill the glass then garnish with mint sprig.

How are you decorating your home or backyard for this year’s Kentucky Derby Race?
Check back on Thursday for Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas!

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Graduation Party DIYs

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Graduation parties will start popping up all over the place in the next month so get on top of that planning with these fun DIYs that will make your party stand out!

Diploma Silverware
If you know you’re going to be having actual food at your party and not just finger foods then stock up on the plastic silverware, the kind that looks real, thick white napkins, and black ribbon. Stack the knife, fork, and spoon (in that order), roll into the white napkin, and tie the black ribbon around it with a bow. By the end you will have dozens of little diplomas!

Memory Jar
This is a great way to remember the good years of high school or college by having little cards for people to write memories of them with you. Grab a huge glass jar with a lid and either paint “Memories” on it or make a little sign next to it so people understand the concept. Don’t forget to have a jar with plenty of pens and markers as well!

Photo Balloons
Everyone wants to see pictures of the grad at the party, it’s just a given. To make it more fun than just an overwhelming wall covered in photos, buy school colored balloons, put some helium in them, tie string or ribbon to the end and let them hang from the ceiling (balloon touching ceiling). Once you’ve printed out your photos, hole punch a hole at the top of each photo and tie one to each balloon. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can tie a few of those feather weight lamps to illuminate the pictures better.

Instagram Frame
Let’s face it, we’re in an age that loves taking pictures and putting them on Instagram. So why not just make a frame representing an Instagram photo! Buy a big poster board, cut out a decent size square and transpose everything you’d see on a regular Instagram photo onto you the top and bottom on the frame. Make sure to come up with a catchy hashtag!

What are you going to make for your grad party to make sure it’s unforgettable?

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Sleep Inducing Decor For Your Bedroom

dv619054 832x1024 Sleep Inducing Decor For Your BedroomIf you’re like any other average adult, then you probably spend at least 8 hours at day in bedroom (sleeping and getting ready). Since you are spending a third of your time in this particular room, don’t you want it to be inspiring to sleep in? Here are some things you can add or take away from your bedroom to help with those Zs!

Add A Calming Canvas
Magenta is a calming color therefore when you look at you instantly feel it’s soothing aura. So what better way to calm yourself before bed than by having a canvas painted this color! Blues and greens also exhibit the same stress relieving factor.

Take Away Bright Lights
Switch out your bedroom light-bulbs for softer ones so that the light isn’t so stimulating. If you don’t want to do that with the overhead ones, then switch out the ones in your bedside lamp. If you don’t have one of those, invest in one that slowly dims on a timer to imitate a natural sundown.

Add Making Your Bed Everyday
It can seem like a hassle but once you get in the habit of making your bed as soon as you get out of it, it will be a natural response. Doing this will give your bedroom a cleaner feel to it which in turn will make you want to be there. Walking into your bedroom with a messy bed is not the most inviting thing.

Take Away Electronics
If you have a TV in your bedroom, get rid of it. Studies show that you should be turning off all electronics way before you actually go to bed so that your brain can start calming down. The blue light emanating from electronics stimulates your brain more than you think so either move the TV to another area or vow to turn it off 30 mins before sleep time!

Add Balance
Balance has a soothing effect. If your side of the bed has a table next it, add another one to the other side. Have the same number of throw pillows, instead of one lounge chair, have two facing each other for nightly discussions. Balance in your bedroom will bring balance to your sleep.

What have you done to prepare for better sleep?

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International Decor Pieces To Revamp Your Home

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The majority of Americans have a pretty traditional home style of chic rustic (what does that even mean). If you’re someone who would rather have furniture pieces from various countries or regions that you you typically wouldn’t see here then look no further because we have found some pretty nifty ones for you. Some of these can be repainted and refurbished, others are just as good as they come. So grab your international decor hat and get decorating!

France
The Louis XV chair is probably one you’ve seen before but didn’t ever know it’s name. Everyone needs to have one of these in there living room, bedroom, nursery, or dining room, or anywhere you can put one. There are timeless, comfortable, and can be reupholstered as many times as you want and with as many patterns as you want.

British Columbia
The most traditional piece of furniture you could buy from here would be a beautiful oak chest of drawers. Rich and elegant, the chest of drawers will bring depth to your room, if that’s where you decide to put it, as well as be an automatic conversation starter when someone walks in the room.

Guatemala
If you don’t have a wooden trunk sitting in your entryway or at the end of your bed then you’re doing it wrong. Guatemala has magnificent wooden trunks with a poinsettia pattern on them and they should be in every person’s house to bring a little South America to North America.

Japan
A traditional shoji is a wooden frame with paper over it to act as a wall/door, so basically a divider, but it can be made of bamboo as well. Regardless of what style of home you have, a shoji can be used in any room of the house to act as a separator. For instance, if you have two children sharing a room, simply install a shoji and that will create a makeshift room for each!

Australia
Now this is less about Australian decor or traditional furniture pieces and more about how much they adore the outside. Australians put a lot of work into their outdoor patios because of how much time they spend on them. With that great of whether year-round, they invest in some great furniture. With our own summer sneaking up on us, you should do the same!

Share in the comments below decor and furniture pieces you’ve seen around the world!

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8 Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets To Make Cooking Easier

iStock 000019902472Small 8 Must Have Kitchen Gadgets To Make Cooking EasierWhether you’re moving into your first apartment or just like to collect nifty kitchen gadgets, there’s something here for you! We’ve compiled a list of awesome gadgets you can use in the kitchen to make cooking easier, more organized, and more fun. And they’re all on Amazon!

Egg Perfect Timer
This little plastic egg will tell you when your hard boiled eggs are perfectly ready to be taken out. You’ll never have to worry about under cooking eggs again!

Nessie Ladle
And by that we mean the Loch Ness monster Nessie. This beauty will avoid splatter disastrous from here on out and it won’t go under whatever delicious soup you’re making either.

Pineapple Slicer and De-Corer
Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. No more slaving over getting all those divots out or cutting around the core. You have a slicer to do it for you!

Veggie Steamer and Strainer
This might sound like laziness but how many times have you been annoyed at having to get a strainer out after you’re done steaming veggies? Probably enough times to justify this purchase.

Onion Holder/Slicer
“Holder” makes it sounds like all it does is hold the onion for you but in addition to doing that, it lets you slice it in perfectly equal slices without having the odor all over your hands afterwards.

Cake Batter Dispenser
If you’re an avid baker then this is right up your alley! Forget the mess of spooning cake batter into cupcake wrappers or make the perfect pancake. It’s easy to dispense, easy to clean.

Over-The-Sink Cutting Board
This is allows you to clean your fruits and vegetables, let them strain,?and have a place to keep them while you cut them!

Herb Cutter
Make all you seasoning easier by using this 5-blade herb cutter instead of a knife to finely cut herbs. It also comes with a blade cleaner!

Whaare your favorite kitchen gadgets? Share a link in the comments and why you love it!

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The Best Drinks for the Weekend and the Dips to go Along!

It’s finally time to break out that blender that you use for frozen alcoholic beverages and start blending! These drinks are delicious, colorful, and will allow you to finally relax after a long work week. (For each recipe, simply combine all of them and blend then serve!) Make some of these dips as well that will go perfectly with any of the drinks below!

 

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DRINKS:
Strawberry Mango Margaritas
(from bakerbynature.com)
1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups tequila
1 cup triple sec
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 1/2 cups ice

Bailey’s Banana Colada?(from livelaugnrowe.com)
2 oz Bailey’s
2 oz Pina Colada mix
1 oz dark rum
1 oz cream of coconut
1/2 banana
2 cups ice
Cool whip and cherries for garnishing.

Strawberry Kiwi Mojito (from hostthetoast.com)
1 1/2 cups chapped stawberries
1 1/2 cups chopped kiwi
3 tbsps simply syrup
8 fresh mind leaves
3 oz rum
3 1/2 cups ice
Strawberry and kiwi slices, and mind leaves for garnishing.

Pineapple Daiquiri (from drizzleanddip.com)
3 cups pineapple chunks
1 cup ice
60 ml sugar syrup
50 ml white rum
1 lime, squeezed

Vodka Watermelon Frosty (from dinkedin.net)
2 1/4 cups frozen watermelon cubes
2 shots vodka
2 tbsp honey
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1/2 banana
Water or juice if needed to blend properly.

DIPS:
Strawberry Mango Salsa?(from peanutblossom.com)
2 quarts fresh strawberries, diced
1 fresh mango
2 tbsps brown sugar
2 tbsps orange juice
2 tbsps strawberry jam
1 package cinnamon pita chips

Simply dice up the fresh and in a separate bowl combine the brown sugar, orange juice, and strawberry jam. Once it’s mixed, pour over the diced fruit and eat with cinnamon chips. Serve chilled.

Dill Pickle Dip (from southernbite.com)
1 1/2 cups finely diced dill pickles
1 package cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 to 4 tbsps pickle juice

In a medium bowl combine the pickles, cream cheese, garlic powder, and salt. Add the pickle juice gradually to get the mixture to dipping consistency. Serve chilled.

Poolside Dip (from bunsinmyoven.com)
8 oz cream cheese
1 red bell pepper
1 jalapeno
1 small can black olives
15 oz can corn
1 packet range seasoning

Chop up the pepper, jalapeno, and black olives and dump them as well as everything else into a bowl. Stir until well combined and serve chilled.

Any of these dips will be delicious with the drinks and try lime chips with the dips as well! What are some of your favorite frozen drinks or dips?
Check out our post next Tuesday on How To Create A Vegetarian Date Night For Less Than $30.

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Creating A Happy Home With The Color Yellow

Gilt City Image2 1024x682 Creating A Happy Home With The Color YellowYellow is a bright and happy color that signifies spring, summer, sunshine, and joy. So why not plaster it all over your home?! Here are some great ways to put the color all over the house without feeling completely overwhelmed by it.

Wallpaper/Paint
It can be a lot to handle to have an all the walls in a room be yellow. However, if you choose a soft yellow such as Calm Meadow or French Vanilla, then you’ll have that perfect hue that doesn’t remind you of ?a lemon popsicle. Same goes for wallpaper! Choose a soft yellow and white patterned wallpaper either for one wall or all.

Pillows
Changing your throw pillows seasonally can really improve the space and atmosphere you’re trying to create. They’re a great way to redecorate a room without having to redecorate the whole room! If you have a white or gray sofa, buy some solid or patterned yellow throw pillows and instantly feel the energy in the room change.

Accents
No we don’t mean hot British or Australian accents. We mean decor accents! Whether it’s a yellow canvas, fake yellow flowers, yellow nest bowl, and even a yellow door. They’re all great ways to let the sun shine without having to re-frame the whole room.

Furniture
Yellow furniture might sound a little extreme and intimidating but don’t cross it off just yet. If you have a neutral colored living or kitchen and not a lot of color, this is a great way to overhaul that. By simply placing a yellow armchair in the room, it will instantly spunk it up and make it less boring!

Lemons
Lemons are the ultimate yellow fruit therefore you have to use it! Slice up a couple lemons, buy some sunflowers and place it all in a voluptuous vase. The lemons will enhance the scent as well as create a beautiful decor piece to place anywhere it your home.

Cloths
Yellow towels hanging in your bathroom or a yellow kitchen towel or a yellow table cloth are all ideas to spice up your home’s fabrics. It’s a technique that will add color and cheerfulness while being extremely subtle.

How are you going to incorporate yellow into your home decor?
Check out our post this Thursday on The Best Frozen Drinks For The Weekend And Dips To Go Along!

 

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Sweet Easter Recipes Your Children Will Love

Granddaughter Grandmother Easter  iStock 000019156324Small Sweet Easter Recipes Your Children Will LoveMost kids crave sweets all the time. However, you try to limit them so they aren’t on a constant sugar high. Well since it’s Easter, there’s probably an exception so make them these delicious treats!

Easter Oreo Bark (from lilluna.com)
Ingredients:
-1 package vanilla candy coating
-3/4 cup Easter/Spring M&Ms
-8-10 Spring Oreos, crushed
-Spring or Easter sprinkles

Directions:
1. Melt package of candy coating in a small pot on low heat. Constantly stir until all melted then pour on baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Sprinkle the Oreos, M&Ms and sprinkle onto the melted candy coating.
3. Place in the fridge for 30mins.
4. Once it has harden, break into smaller pieces.

Easter Egg Cookie Dough Truffles (from wineandglue.com)
Ingredients:
-1/2 cup butter, softened
-3/4 cup packed brown sugar
-2 cups all purpose flour
-2 tsps vanilla extract
-14 oz sweetened condensed milk
-1 cup mini chocolate chips
-pink, blue, purple, and white candy melts

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.
2. Beat in the vanilla and slowly add in the flour.
3. Slowly add the sweetened condensed milk. Continue to mix while doing this.
4. Once it’s fully combined, stir in the chocolate chips.
5. Form the dough into one inch balls then shape into eggs. Place on a baking sheet with wax paper and loosely plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
6. Melt the candy melts according to the directions on the bag. Take out two or three of the eggs from the fridge at a time and dip them into the candy melts. Gently tap off any excess and let dry on wax paper.
7. Once the eggs have hardened, you can decorate them even more with icing.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs (from cincyshopper.com)
Ingredients:
-1 cup peanut butter
-1/4 cup butter
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
-8 oz dark cocoa melting chips

Directions:
1. Melt the butter and peanut butter for 1 min in the microwave. Stir until blended
2. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and mix well.
3. Divide mixture into 10 portions and shape into eggs.
4. Place on baking sheet with parchment paper and place in freezer for 15 mins.
5. Melt chocolate in microwave by heating for 30 seconds then stirring and repeating process until it’s melted and smooth.
6. Dip each egg into the chocolate. Tap off any excess.
7. Place back on parchment paper and refrigerate for 10 mins.

What sweets will you be baking for Easter?

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Easter Weekend DIY Home Decor

Easter Eggs 000015974082Large 1024x676 Easter Weekend DIY Home DecorEaster is less than a week away and you need decorations! It can be a little hectic to host your family and you want to impress them with your awesome DIY items around the house. No worries, we’ve got you covered! Make these items and you’ll be golden.

Pastel mason jars
It’s quite easy. Simply grab three or four mason jars and paint them a pastel color: green, yellow, pink, purple or blue. Pick some fresh white Hydrangeas, cut the stems so that only the flower is sticking out of the jar. Fill the mason jars with water then put in the Hydrangeas. Buy some adorable gift tags and write Eastery things on them such as “Happy Easter” and tie one around each mason jars opening. Display them on a fireplace mantel or make them your center piece in your dining room.

Chicks on a branch
Buy those yellow plastic chicks, however many family members you have, as well as some Easter ribbon. Find a branch that will be able to support the chicks, they’re as light as a feather! Glue gun the chicks onto the branch and once it’s dry use the ribbon the make a hanging apparatus.

Bunny wreath
This one will take a little bit more effort. Buy two spring grass wreaths, one smaller than the other, some burlap ribbon, a fake Hydrangea, and gardening wire. Wire the two wreaths together with the smaller wreath on top because it’s the head. Use the wire to make bunny ears then wrap them with burlap and attach them to the head. Cut the stem of the Hydrangea then hot gun glue it to the body, off to the side a bit. To finish up, make a bow with the burlap and glue it where the wreaths connect.

Scavenger hunt tree door
Buy a poster board, pink paint, black paint, and silver paint. Cut out a small rounded door and paint it pink. Once it’s dry, paint a bunny symbol at the top of the door and two hinges to the side in silver. You can either buy a small metal ring to use as a handle or paint one on with the silver paint. Lean it up against a tree outside and make it the end spot with the scavenger jackpot!

What are you making for your Easter decor?
Check out our post this Thursday for Easter recipes!

 

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