Bunny Cake

In June, my niece decided she wanted to celebrate her Half-Birthday, since her regular birthday, like many in our family, falls in December and gets absorbed by the Holidays.

Even though I have a sordid history of not being able to bake well, I decided to take on the challenge and make her a 3-D bunny cake.

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Spring Party Menus and Decor Ideas

Hello all!

I love Spring… it just feels like a new opportunity to get into warm weather party mode.

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Our garden wedding – photo by Barbara B.

In honor of the year turning toward the warmer months, I’ve compiled a few Pinterest Boards of spring holiday decorating and menu ideas for Passover, Equinox, and Easter festivities, or that will work for a festive brunch, intimate wedding, baby shower, tea, or bridal shower.

I’ve also included a few of my own ideas and recipes too!

Enjoy!

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Wills and Trusts: What Are Your Plans?

Another of my articles is live on OffBeat Home & Life. This one is called Wills and Trusts: What are Your Plans? and it’s something I wrote several months ago while paying a last visit to a dying family friend.

The topic is a little more somber than what I usually approach, but a good thing to dialogue about in every household. Have a look, and be sure to read the comments, some good stuff in there.

This article is dedicated to Grammy W., who I love and miss. Thank you for your memories, and thank you for including me in your family and life. <3

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Homemaking On the Road – Part 4 – Free In-Room Spa

Part Four – Free In-Room Spa! A Getaway from your Getaway

While traveling recently, I needed to give myself some much-needed pampering. My hair was fried, my nails were turning into talons, and my skin was breaking out in a rash from all the harsh hotel detergents and soaps. The problem is, when you’re traveling for work, you may be trying to save money, confined to a hotel, be on a wacky and sleep-deprived schedule, or simply be trying to get by on a set budget.

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Relaxing…

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A Vintage New Year’s – Atomic Bombshells Magazine

Wheee, I’ve got a new article and photo in Atomic Bombshells Magazine Issue #4, on sale now!  “A Vintage New Year’s”, featuring party tips and logistics, playlists, menus and more! Go on and take a gander, plus enjoy many other holiday honeys from the best in vintage-modern pinup!

Atomic Bombshells Issue #4

Atomic Bombshells Issue #4

Hosting While Moving

With just a few weeks left to pack up our home and say goodbye to our Los Angeles area friends, I still can’t stop partying. Ever inclined to host, even with one foot out my own door, I decided to just keep on inviting guests over and let us be our social selves. Because once we’re gone, it may be months or even years before we see our West Coast friends again.

One evening, after a long day of packing, our friend Jenny came over for dinner and relaxation with wine. We lounged in the back yard and grilled out and talked politics, religion, and jobs. Another night, we invited friends and family over for a “Come drink all our weird leftover alcohol” bar potluck. We still have a ton of vermouth, rum, and lychees, but we got rid of our pink champagne, vodka, and soda, and it was a pleasant evening enjoyed by all.

Here are some tips on how to host at home even when you’re moving out:

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How Learning to Delegate Equals Great Parties

A few recent threads and conversations in my social network has got me thinking about parties, potlucks, and events. Specifically, the logistics of executing hosting tasks in a fairly tasteful, fun, and drama-free manner. As we move into the wedding/party season of late spring and summer,  many brides and party  hosts are dealing with these issues:

“I don’t have time.”

“I would ask people to help, but I don’t know how to delegate.”

“How come potlucks always ends up being a random mix of weird foods?”

“I can’t make those cute decorations on Pinterest.”

“How can I feed a large party of people on $20?”

“I just don’t want to be a bitch/asshole.”

“Everything costs money.”

So… many… pom poms….

Let’s approach these issues one by one.  Ready?

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Easy Work Lunches – Salads!

I make these and take them to work in something like one of these nifty little things from Target. Since we’re heading into swimsuit season, and most of us love to save money, I thought I’d share these easy, cheap recipes for salads/sandwiches. They’re easily adaptable to make into vegan or gluten-free versions, too!* Now you can never say I didn’t tell you to eat your vegetables.

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