May 20, 2014

DIY: Vintage Coffee Can Succulent Planters

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I, like most people not living under a rock, have an obsession with succulents...and coffee. So this DIY was a match made in heaven! These Vintage coffee cans have so much character and they will look great in my studio! 

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WHAT YOU NEED:
  • Vintage Coffee Cans (I got mine for a few dollars at antique shops)
  • Potting Soil
  • Succulents of your choice
  • Large wood Skewers
  • Washi Tape
  • Scissors
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DIRECTIONS:

Take your large skewers and wrap your washi tape around the tops & cut them in the shape of little flags.


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The washi tape flags add a little pop of extra whimsy to the platers! 

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Fill your coffee cans with potting soil & arrange your succulents, leaving room for growth. My studio has a ton of natural light, so my succulents grow well in there! 

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I am so happy with how these turned out! The perfect accents to my studio, which is fueled by caffeine!! 

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May 19, 2014

Father's Day Gift Guide

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Got a devoted Dad in your life that has it all? Running out of clever and 'outside the box' gift ideas for the main man in your life? We have made Father's Day easy and have already done the shopping for you! Check out these rad gifts for Dad!

1. For the rugged type: this brand new leather key fob made from up-cycled leather gives his keys personality and makes them easy to find!

2. For the money minded: a shiny new brushed aluminum money clip personalized with his initials keeps his bills organized!

3. For the sentimental man: personalize this we daddy key chain with the names of his prized babes and he will carry his heart in his pocket!

4. For the coffee connoisseur: Be the cream in his coffee with this vintage teaspoon perfect for stirring up his cup of joe in the morning.

Deadline for Father's Day orders is June 3rd so hurry on over & get something special for Dad! 

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May 12, 2014

Yummy Mini Fruit Tarts.

Yummy Mini Fruit Tarts
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When Spring and Summer finally arrive, I look for any way to incorporate fresh fruit into my recipes! These mini fruit tarts were easy, delicious & a big hit at my last get together!

Yummy Mini Fruit Tarts

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Tube of Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla 
  • Lemon
  • Fresh Berries of your choice
  • Mini Muffin Pan

DIRECTIONS:


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DOUGH:

  • Grease your mini muffin pan with coconut oil.
  • Roll sugar cookie dough into 1/2" balls and place them in the muffin tin. 
  • Use your thumb to press the dough down to form the cup like tart.
  • Follow directions on the tube & bake accordingly.

FILLING:

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Squeeze a bit of lemon into the filling & beat until mixed.
  • Put the filling in a sandwich bag & cut the tip off one corner to use as an icing bag to fill the tarts.
When the tarts are cooled, squeeze the cream cheese filling into each tart & top with the fresh berries of your choice! 

Enjoy! My next mission is to create a guilt free, healthier alternative to these yummy mini fruit tarts! 


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May 7, 2014

Aladdin Southern Luncheon.

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Aladdin Southern Luncheon
Hosts: Elizabeth Mascali (Party Blueprints), Nicole Feliciano (Momtrends) and Dawn Sandomeno (Party Blueprints)
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Just so you know: I was compensated for this post, but the opinions are my own and I only write about brands & products I love & believe you will too!

Piedmont Estate Buckhead Atlanta


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I had the pleasure of attending the Aladdin Southern Luncheon to celebrate the launch of the Aladdin Mason Entertaining Collection. The luncheon was hosted at the gorgeous Piedmont Estate in Buckhead, Atlanta.


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The Aladdin Mason Dispenser station was my favorite! There were a variety of refreshing, fruit infused lemonade's offered.  We had time to sip & mingle! 

Beautiful Tablescape

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Bloggers from around the country were treated to a fabulous Southern luncheon featuring Aladdin's newest entertaining products. The tablescape was just breathtaking! 

Flavored Lemonade in a Mason Jar
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Layered Berry Trifle Dessert Bar


We had a delicious berry trifle dessert - Vanilla pound cake, raspberry coulis or lemon curd, fresh berries & whipped cream layered in the Aladdin mason jars!

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We were also able to make our own rub using Southern spices & took them home in a Aladdin Mason to go cup! The rub was delicious rubbed on pork chops!

Make your own meat rub
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What an amazing time it was! Thank you so much Mom Trends, Party Blueprints & Aladdin for making this day so special!

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