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Food Safe Families Wants You to Have a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving  

Cooking a turkey properly makes even the most confident chef just a little nervous, not to mention the millions of first-time cooks attempting the turkey trot to the Thanksgiving table. There are many commonly held practices when it comes to cooking the big bird that are actually harmful and can cause food poisoning; not how anyone wants to spend their holiday! The Food Safe Families campaign (from the USDA and the Ad Council) wants to make this a food-safe Thanksgiving for turkey newbies and seasoned professionals alike. Below are the top five Turkey Myths that most Americans believe are safe practices. Follow the facts listed after the Myths for a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends!   Myth: Washing the turkey before cooking makes it cleaner and safer. FALSE It’s impossible … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Parties, Seasonal, Thanksgiving

Decorating With the #aladdinmason Entertaining Collection

Decorating With the #aladdinmason Entertaining Collection

*I was sent the Aladdin Mason Entertaining Collection to use and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* With Easter right around the corner, I am starting to think about my table settings for my family dinner (that sounds SO Martha of me, doesn’t it? Haha). Sure I could use these adorable Aladdin jars for drinks, but why not put a fun twist on them and use them as part of my table décor? Channeling my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Decor and Furniture, Design Your Own, Easter, Entertaining, entertainment, Flowers, Home and Decorating, Parties, Seasonal, Spring

Host a Festive Holiday Sweater Party with Goodwill!

  I swear the days go by faster and faster every year. Here we are, in the midst of the 2013 holiday season and where did the year go? A fun way to commemorate holidays past is to host, yep, you guessed it, a holiday sweater party! If you don’t have anything to wear, take this Festive Holiday Sweater Quiz: http://bit.ly/SweaterQuiz and head to your local Goodwill via our store locator at www.goodwill.org to find a holiday sweater that suits … Read entire article »

Filed under: Budget Buys, Charity, Christmas, Entertaining, entertainment, Fashion, Parties, Seasonal, Socially Conscious

eMeals Planning is a Life (and Time) Saver!

eMeals Planning is a Life (and Time) Saver!

Halloween is over and we all know what means; the holidays are nigh! The planning, the cooking, the clean up, the shopping, the wrapping, what to get everyone, families, friends, stress, stress and more stress. Stop. Breathe. Take a few more deep breaths. And now I am going to tell you about eMeals. eMeals is meal planning made simple. You get 7 meal recipes each week and an organized shopping list delivered each week via email … Read entire article »

Filed under: Entertaining, entertainment, Food, Health, Nutrition, Parties, Recipes

Have a Happy and Healthy 4th of July!

The 4th of July is this week… this summer is flying by so fast!  I don’t know about you, but I am getting excited for some delicious barbecue, colorful fireworks and making more great memories with family and friends. There’s no better way to spend America’s birthday in my opinion! As I start my party preparations, I wanted to take the time to post about food safety in the summer. Did you know that the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Entertaining, entertainment, Food, Health, Parties, Safety, Summer, Uncategorized

Martie Duncan Shares Food Safety Tips For Super Bowl 2013

Martie Duncan Shares Food Safety Tips For Super Bowl 2013

This week I had the pleasure of talking with my friend Martie Duncan on Twitter where we discussed food safety tips for this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Martie is known both for her blog MartieKnowsParties.com and for being a finalist in Season 8 of Food Network Star. She is also known for her affordable ideas for easy entertaining which I love to look through before getting ready for a family gathering myself. This year Martie is partnering with the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Parties

Food Network Star Season 8 Fan Favorite: Martie Duncan

Food Network Star Season 8 Fan Favorite: Martie Duncan

We’ve been fans of Martie Duncan, the talented blogger behind MartieKnowsParties.com, for many years. She’s been the featured entertaining expert on sites like MSN.com as well as MyRecipes.com, where she shares her stylish, affordable entertaining ideas and delicious, easy-to-make recipes. And she wowed the bloggers at SheCon2012 with her presentation on building your blog into a brand. Over the past few months, we’ve tuned in to watch Martie Duncan on The Next Food Network Star and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Entertaining, Featured, Food, Hip Find, Home and Decorating, Parties

Aquafina Celebrates Moms

Aquafina Celebrates Moms

Pepsi gives back to the community in many ways. In particular, I’m a big fan of the Pepsi Refresh Grant. (In the month of June, vote for my friend Aprile’s grant application to help build a playground! And I’ll be announcing another Pepsi Refresh Grant application soon.) While I love the Pepsi Refresh Grant, I’m also happy to see Pepsi reaching out to mom bloggers in particular. I recently had a chance to attend a special … Read entire article »

Filed under: Entertaining, Parties

Easy and Affordable Halloween Decorating Tips

Easy and Affordable Halloween Decorating Tips

My uber-creative friend Martie made these adorable and affordable pumpkin people decorations. Visit her blog to learn how to make pumpkin people. Martie is the party and entertaining expert on MSN, but she’s no Martha Stewart. Her ideas are meant to be affordable and easy for normal people to do. For a recent party, Martie used hollowed out gourds she found at a farm stand as vases and candle-holders. She spent less than $40…but the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Entertaining, Halloween, Home and Decorating, Parties, Seasonal, Uncategorized

Mocktails for Modern Mamas

Mocktails for Modern Mamas

When you have children, you make certain sacrifices. And of course when you look into those smiling faces, it is all worthwhile. But when you watch others sipping cosmos at a cocktail party or mint julips on Derby Day, perhaps you feel the slightest bit jealous? And very thirsty…parched even? When I was pregnant with my first, a couple of other expecting friends and I downed sparkling cider and wished there was a fun recipe book … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (Recipes), Breastfeeding, Momma Gotta Have, Parties, Recipes, Summer