New Years Eve – Farewell 2016

As we wrap up another year (they go faster and faster!), I have looked back at all the experiences and visits with family and friends during 2016.

Hospitality is something that I have always enjoyed and embraced and last New Years Eve I had the pleasure of welcoming one of my dearest friends and her family to our home. It was not one of my most original parties, as we decided last minute to pull it together, but sometimes that is freeing. It really doesn’t have to be perfect…just heartfelt.

And, it’s also a lesson in having party supplies at hand. Because you never know when you might get to host an impromptu soiree! And, holidays come around every year, so don’t fret if you don’t get to use those sparklers or streamers or great cocktail napkins this year. You can use them next year. As they say, success is when preparation meets opportunity. And, that’s the way to have a successful party….always be prepared!img_7961 img_7966 I hope that you had numerous reasons to celebrate this year and that the year ahead brings joy, adventure and many good times!

Happy New Year to all!

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Happy Halloween

img_4500Who else is relieved Halloween is on a Monday?! I’m all for the fun, but it does make it a little easier knowing that it’s on a school night!

One exciting event happened in our house last week that will make this a Halloween to remember….my youngest got his braces off, after having them on for 4 years. And, he’s a big fan of all those gummy things!

As one son has outgrown trick-or-treating and the other is nearing the end of that childhood right of passage, I thought I’d take a trip through the years and the costumes.img_1095dsc_0045 dsc_0103img_7632 dsc_0051 dsc_0017 img_0426 img_4568 img_7626 img_0357Whether you’re dressing up little ones or handing out candy….may it be a fun and safe Halloween. And, I wish you a few pieces of your favorite candy!

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Red, White Hot and Blue

4986cf08edb6f9353ce8e345db3aa5b7Well, the long weekend is finally here and how convenient that the 4th falls on Monday. I think by then, I’ll probably need to take a big nap! This is a BIG weekend where I live and I’m guessing it is where you do, as well. Fireworks, bbqs, boating, picnics, swimming….and a whole lot of RED, WHITE and BLUE!

Here’s just a little bit of what’s inspiring me this weekend….to make, to wear and where to lounge!5c6e59ada9611f7843e6b3fdb4229a5f ebad55b0f325578ea29f39cfe49ad67d 85649063912a41e77f2ff8ae23dfb0c9 18976a39faefa7b06fdb4e60fef357cd7c7222ae9ac660be5868ee10e1efae4d b84ff99af8e5a2f0c30e36d36701c0a7d18e7e063f3b804d0b34aff23405d66fHope you have a BLAST!!

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images: MomDot, SheKnows, Carolyne Roehm, ppt