Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Super Bowl Printables: Free Download!

Hey Gals! With the Super Bowl only days away, we thought it would be fun to craft up some cute (and glitzy!) printables to spruce up your game day parties!

I'll be cheering on the Seahawks, but I've crafted them for both teams.  So no matter what team you're rooting for, we've got something for everyone, and if you're just a fan of the halftime show and the commercials, we've got you covered too with our glitzy one in the middle!

Download your FREE printable 8.5x11 sheet HERE!

They are super easy to assemble - just print from your home computer and either cut by hand, or with a 2'' circle punch if you have it laying around in your craft arsenal. 

Then, you can stick to a toothpick with a piece of tape (bonus points if you use washi!), and pop them in all of your dips, snacks and treats.  I decided to jazz these up a bit, and do a second layer of glitter behind them, because glitter (duh!).
And of course, we can't forget our cocktail glasses! Just punch a hole on the top, add some bakers twine, and add to your glass of choice!
To add these to your straws, just punch a hole in the top and bottom and then thread the straw thru - super easy, and oh so cute.


So download your set and add a little extra sparkle to your Super Bowl party!

What are your plans for Super Bowl?

Linking up with Morgan








Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Skinny Slowcooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach artichoke dip is one of my favorite guilty pleasure snacks - I can never resist ordering this yummy dip as an appetizer when out with friends (and let's face it, it has definitely also made an appearance as my dinner once or twice). Since this dip is pretty decadent, I am all about this skinny version which lightens the calories and fat but still packs a full flavor punch! Best of all, you can make this in your slowcooker so it's a snap to throw together for a party - I'm planning to eat every last drop of this warm dip during this current blizzard, then make another batch and bring it with me on Sunday for a Superbowl viewing.

Skinny Slowcooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients
* 1 can artichoke hearts
* 9 oz. frozen spinach
* 3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
* 8 oz. fat-free cream cheese
* 1/4 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
* 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
* 3 cloves minced garlic
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon oregano
* 1/4 teaspoon dried basil



Directions
1) Cut the cream cheese into cubes and chop your artichokes.
2) Combine all ingredients in your slowcooker and stir.

3) Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.

4) Serve with tortilla chips (I used whole wheat tortilla chips from Trader Joe's), vegetables, or pita chips.
How do you lighten up your favorite treats?

Linking up today with EmilyJennifer JuniperKaryn, KristenEmilyMandyMaryJessicaMandySusanLisaNatashaMeg, and Molly!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekending & Delta Childrens Max Ultimate Stroller Review

Hey Gals! We're gearing up for a big snow storm here in the North East, so I'm happy that I was able to have a weekend jam packed with lots of fun activities and also some errands to make sure we are all set if we need to be shut-ins for the couple of days!
Even though it was a short work week, it felt super long, and I was all too ready to relax on Friday night with a cocktail or two.
We've got the classic dirty martini and the super classy vodka/crystal light martini - yum!
 That mixed with some quality time with Little M and lots of playing made for the perfect way to unwind from the week.
Then on Saturday, we headed in to our old stomping grounds to have brunch with B and T! This was only the second time Little M has been to NYC and he did so great and we're eager to plan lots more outings since we had such a great time.
I promise Little M was more excited than he let on!
B found the perfect brunch spot down in the West Village at Philip Marie.  


They had a fab brunch deal that included unlimited Mimosas, and while we devoured the food too quickly to take any pics (#badbloggers), we did manage to capture one of us cheers'ing! 

And even though my birthday isn't until next week, we did a little early celebrations and B spoiled me with the most amazing gifts ever!


I mean, you know they are pretty fabulous when you get the thumbs up from Andy Cohen himself!


After plenty of indulging, we took to the streets to walk off our brunch and enjoy the day out and about.
 Even though it snowed earlier in the day, it warmed up a bit and we were excited to try out our new Delta Childrens Max Ultimate stroller.
 We've been on the hunt for a lightweight stroller after having borrowed one for our trip to San Diego in December. I love how easy the Delta MAX is to manuever, especially since our other stroller can be pretty cumbersome and I have a lot of trouble getting it in and out of our car when I'm by myself.  
The Delta MAX is very lightweight and is a snap to open and close.

I also love how you can adjust the seat back with a the pull of an elastic support, which makes for a quick adjustment when Little M decides to take a snooze and would rather lounge a bit more. The Delta MAX is also super easy to push, and even Aunt B was able to take the reigns and lead with way!

Little M was definitely very comfortable in it too, which is a huge plus, since if he's not happy, no one is!

The next day we ventured out to the mall, and it was just as convienient for a quick trip out, plus look at how happy this little jokester is being carted around in it!
 I also loved that it didn't topple over when I tested the limits of the handle bars by hooking a couple of shopping bags along with Little M's diaper bag.  This was my big gripe of the one we borrowed for vacation, and I was very pleased that it wasn't an issue the Delta MAX. Even though it's lightweight, it's definitely sturdy!
Overall, I'm super happy with the Delta MAX stroller, and would definitely recommend it. It's perfect for travel, running errands, and everything in between.

We spent the rest of Sunday cooking for the week and getting ready for the week ahead.

How was your weekend? What was the highlight for your?!

*The Delta Childrens MAX stroller was provided to me for review but all opinions are my own*

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Linking up with Meg,Molly, Biana, and Meghan!



Friday, January 23, 2015

Five on Friday {January 23, 2015}


Happy Friday! Even though it was a short work week thanks to Monday's holiday, I'm still quite ready for the weekend! I've been out of the city the past two weekends so I'm looking forward to spending some time close to home but before we get into that, here are five things I'm loving this week!

 
Martin Luther King Day


Not only did Monday provide tons of inspiration courtesy of the many Dr. King quotes all over social media, but it also provided a much-needed day off from work, which was quite welcome! My day off was a mix of work, play, and tacking some errands that I've been pushing off for a long time. For example...


New phone

...I finally upgraded my phone to the iPhone 6! I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that not only was I still using an old iPhone 4S that had no battery life and couldn't get app updates, but I've been eligible for a phone upgrade for over a year and hadn't taken the plunge yet. After some gentle prodding (and a slight temper tantrum bit of concern on my part), T and I made our way to the Apple store and I walked out with a beautiful new gold iPhone 6! I had originally thought I might get the 6 Plus but that dream was squashed when I tried to hold it in one hand and text and realized my thumb could physically not reach the A key - haha! I've only had it for a few days but I'm already completely in love and not sure how I lasted without it for so long!


J's concert


In addition to being a fabulous TSN guest poster, my bestie J is also an outrageously talented songwriter! He was performing some songs off of his new album, so T and I made our way downtown to the concert venue and spent an awesome night rocking out to J's catchy tunes. Of course, we also had to make an appearance at the afterparty, which led to a pretty eventful Monday night out on the town!


My candy obsession


Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote about my obsession with Brach's conversation hearts and my annual hunt for my seasonal sugar crush. This year, the hunt for this elusive treat was over before it started when T surprised me with a jumbo bag of the hearts, plus a small bag of red-only conversation hearts (which I had never seen before!). I've pretty much been inhaling them after dinner every night this week...which reminds me, I should probably make a dental appointment.


Gals Birthday Brunch

One of the reasons I'm super excited for this weekend is that M is coming to town with GG and Little M! We're having a group brunch on Saturday which will also serve as an early birthday celebration for M. I'm super psyched to hang with my bestie and co-blogger, so keep an eye on our Instagram on Saturday to keep up with our adventures!

I hope you all have super fun weekends - what are your plans?


Thanks to our gals AmandaJennieKarliClare, Rebecca, Katie, Natasha, Heather, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY Sharpie Cocktail Glass

Hey Gals! By now, I'm sure most of you are pretty familiar with the super popular DIY Sharpie Mug that's been alll over the blogosphere and Pinterest. 
So many pins, so little time!
 In fact, we even did our own version of it last year, with B's super cute Christmas mugs! I tried my hand at it this Christmas, using this tutorial by Designer Trapped, and was instantly hooked!

I ended up making 30 mugs (no joke!) for all of my husband's office staff, along with a couple for Little M's daycare teachers, and even though my hand was ready to fall off by the end, I couldn't be more happy with this awesome DIY, especially given I was able to find the mugs at The Dollar Tree!

It was a super cheap way to make something very cute and personal, and soon I was on the hunt for other types of glassware I could sharpie-up! Luckily, The Dollar Tree once again did not disappoint and I found these blue martini glasses for a dollar each (duh!). I picked up a couple and decided to stick with my dotty pattern, but instead of doing initials, I did a gradient pattern which ended up being even easier!

One thing to be aware of before you get started! As noted in the tutorial I reference above, make sure to get the oil based Sharpie paint pens.  They are a little more expensive, but they ensure your beautiful designs won't wash away once you clean them.  And given just how many mugs I've been able to make with mine, it was well worth the initial investment!
 I decided to do two different color combinations since I couldn't narrow down my choices, so I went with a purple/blue/silver combo and a black/white/gold combo. 
First, I turned the glass upside down to make it easier to apply the dots, and then I did one color at a time, allowing time to dry in between colors (about 5 minutes - it dries quick!).

If you want to do a gradient pattern like how I've done, just keep the dots very close together and plentiful on the bottom, and then taper them off as you dot up to the top.

I found it easiest to cover a third of the glass, all the way around, before moving up.
After the first color, I next applied the gold layer using the same technique as above.

And lastly, the black!

Then, you just pop them in the oven, heated at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Just be careful when you remove them, since they are pretty hot!

The best part is that precision is really not necessary since the finished product is just dots on top of dots!


I'm loving how these glasses turned out, and I'll be headed back to The Dollar Tree asap to find some more glassware to fancy up! Have you tried out the ever popular sharpie mug/glass?! What is your favorite design?


Linking up with Kristen for Thursty Thursday!


 
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