9/20/17

Ladies Who Drink

One of my favorite parts of writing my book was being able to work with the amazing Anne Keenan Higgins. She is a fantastic illustrator, and one the nicest people I've ever met.

Anne has a new book out, Ladies Who Drink: A Stylishly Spirited Guide to Mixed Drinks and Small Bites. Written with Marisa Bulzone, Ladies Who Drink is the perfect gift for your girlfriends... or yourself.


And since we're in the midst of the madness of football season, here's a sneak peek at one of the chapters, all about Game Day treats.




Aren't her illustrations just the best?

To celebrate Ladies Who Drink, I've put together a PLAYlist of fun cocktail and appetizer goodies. Next time you're looking for a hostess gift, or planning a fun girlfriends night yourself, you're all good to go!

For the Lady Whose Spirit Animal is a Unicorn




For the Hostess Who Won't Let Guests Lift a Finger




For the Lady Who Loves Bright Colors




And finally, for the woman who creates beautiful images. 



I'm totally inspired to throw a girls night party, using some of the awesome recipes from Ladies Who Drink

Cheers to you, Anne! 

9/16/17

World Play-Doh Weekend Celebration

Since 1956, Play-Doh has been hacking our imaginations and helping us explore our creativity as children. But just like with coloring books and LEGO's, Play-Doh can be just as wonderful as an adult.

This year to celebrate World Play-Doh Day, Hasbro asked fans to bring their favorite destinations to life with a Play-Doh twist. I had to do a serious double take at some of these images because they are SO good.






These amazing images were created by Stephan McMennamy and Kim Hall, who I will be following on Instagram immediately.

Inspired by these Play-Doh wizards, I tried to make my own magical destination creations.

I'm no professional Play-Doh-er, but I had so much fun making these while in New Orleans, one of my favorite cities. I even roped my mom in, and she said it was an amazing stress reliever.



We had strangers come up and ask what we were doing, then say they were super jealous and wanted to join us.


Play-Doh really is for all ages, and you can bet I'll be keeping a yellow jar or too on my desk in the future.

– Alaina Buzas, MeredithPlays.com Contributor 



9/14/17

DIY Pop of Play Pom Pom Branches

Want to add a pop! of playfulness to your living room decor at minimal cost? And with things you probably have around the house?

Also, I promise this will make everyone who walks in your door smile, because... pom poms.

Yes, pom poms.

Today I'm going to show you one of my favorite new pieces of flair in my living room: DIY Pom Pom Branches. Check out the video below to see what materials you'll need, and seriously, just how easy this is to do.





I think one of my favorite things about this project is it is sooo easy to personalize. The bright pink and orange poms immediately reminded me of a little girl's room, and the muted tones fit perfectly with our currently living room design. But you can really take this anywhere.

For Halloween, maybe add in a few bats or cobwebs. And when winter hits, all white and cream poms for snow.

These also look great in unique holders, like the glass beakers I used.



Have you tried decorating with craft pom poms before? I saw a slew of other ideas on Pinterest (of course!) like wall hangings, or doorway curtains. I'd love to see what you've done.


DIY Pop of Play Pom Pom Branches

What You'll Need:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Small branches (from your own yard, or ask a neighbor nicely!)
  • Craft pom poms in a few sizes

What To Do:

  1. Warning: glue and poms can lead to fuzz balls stuck to your table, so I recommend putting something down first like newspaper or parchment paper. 
  2. Make sure your branches are about the same size. A little variety is good to give your arrangement some depth, but before you start pommin' away, you'll want to trim them to a good size for your vase.
  3. Use your glue gun to attach poms to the branch and other poms, creating small bunches. Go crazy! Do whatever feels right! Use 30 poms or just five. Totally up to you here.
  4. I stuck my branches into the vase immediately since the hot glue dried so quickly. 
  5. Place the vase in a spot you see everyday. It is sure to put a smile on your face. 
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