Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter in a Glass: Flaming Peeptini Recipe

Hey Gals! A couple weeks ago we posted a little teaser on Instagram of our new favorite Easter cocktail, the Flaming Peeptini, and today I'm finally posting the recipe! 

I've had this idea floating around for over a year now, and I've finally been able to perfect it!

 The cocktail itself couldn't be easier to make - 2 parts Marshmallow Vodka and 2 parts Caramel Baileys

The trick is getting that little pink clown to catch fire
After many trial and errors... and a busted martini glass
Turns out, plastic martini glasses and flaming drinks don't really get along.. imagine that!
I finally figured out how to get the Peep nice and charred
sorry little fella!
After you mix-up your cocktail, pour some over-proof alcohol into a shot glass - you don't need a ton, but just be sure it's a high proof.  Unfortunately your standard vodka isn't going to cut it, so I opted for the cheapest over-proof rum I could find.
Don't worry, you won't end up tasting it - all of the alcohol ends up burning off during your little bonfire in a glass

Next, carefully light the shot on fire - I recommend using one of those long lighters that are typically used for lighting candles

Then, once your shot is on fire, put the lighter flame on your peep and slowly pour a little bit of the shot over it.

Say your farewells to your Peep as the flame in your glass eventually goes out, and of course, thank him for having the courage to sacrifice himself for the greater good of your cocktail

And that's it! I'm not going to lie, this one is a little tricky but I promise it's worth it - not only is the Peep super delicious after getting burnt to a boozy crispy, but it's also one hell of a show!
 Now, if you're more of an anti-Peep cruelty sort of Gal, you can always opt to just float the Peep on top of the cocktail and skip the pyrotechnics - either way, I promise the cocktail is so, so good!

The marshmallow vodka gives it the distinct Peep flavor, while the caramel Baileys makes it sugary sweet, just like the crunchy pink outside

Linking up today with EmilyJennifer JuniperKaryn, KristenEmilyMandyMaryJessicaMandySusanLisaNatasha, and Pam!

p.s. - Can't get enough of our cocktail recipes?! Don't forget to join us on April 14th for our next cocktail link-up!

Monday, March 30, 2015

DIY Easter Centerpiece Round-Up

Happy Monday, Gals! Since Easter is only a week away, I've rounded up a few of my favorite DIY centerpieces that are sure to outshine a more expected spring floral arrangement. I'll be spending the holiday home in NJ for the first time in several years, so I'm excited to bring some craftiness to the table (since obviously I will not be the one doing the cooking!).

And if all else fails, just make a bunch of glitter Easter eggs and arrange them in a small bowl - sometimes simplicity is best (and yes, it still counts as simple even with the glitter!). What's your favorite way to add some Easter cheer to your table?

Linking up with Meg and Molly!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Five on Friday: {March 27, 2015}

Hey Gals! Happy last weekend of March (umm.. how did that happen?!). Sorry for being pretty MIA this week with posting and commenting - thank goodness I have such an amazing co-blogger who was able to pick up my slack (thanks B!!). The entire M household was hit with a plague of sickness early this week and I've been struggling all week to come out of the post-sickness funk, between catching up with work, recovering and attempting to not let my house go to complete shambles! But it's Friday, I'm feeling much better, and I was able to center myself by organizing my entire nail polish collection (wait, it's not normal to find peace by seeing all of your nail polishes lined up and organized by color and collection?!).

Yes I have a problem, and no, I do not wish to seek help for it
So I'm back and ready to welcome the weekend with arms wide open! To kick things off, here are my five favorites of the week:

Favorite Spring Polish

Deborah Lippman - Lilac Wine
And speaking of nail polish, I obviously had to paint my nails after organizing all of my polishes! I wanted something bright and springy so I went with this gorgeous pastel purple that I got in my Christmas stocking but had yet to try out.  It's from Deborah Lippmann and called Lilac Wine - I mean the name alone pretty much had me, but I love it even more after seeing it on.  Definitely the perfect color for Spring!

Bento Lunch Inspiration

Little M has turned into quite the picky eater, as most toddlers do, and it's been a constant battle to get him to consistently eat the meals we serve him. One minute he's obsessed with meatballs, the next, he won't touch them with a 10 foot poll!

Gotta love the detailed reports from school in which your child completely refuses all the food you packed!
 So I've been searching for ideas and recipes to ensure he's getting all of the proper nutrition and decided to start getting a little more creative with his meals. I've seen a lot of parents swear by Bento box meals, which is basically a little assortment of different foods that are presented in a visually appealing way in order to encourage little ones to eat. I know - the lengths we'll go to, to get our kids to eat, but if it works, I'll take it! So I've ordered some sandwich cutters, muffin cups, and adorable picks and hopefully this will be a success with Little M.  Any other parents out there try Bento meals or have any tips or tricks to share?!

RHoNYC is Coming Back
I am so, so excited for the return of the Real Housewives of NYC! Not only is Bethenny coming back, but Bravo recently released the trailer and it looks a-mah-zing! So much drama, plus Countess LuAnn telling the other girls to "just be cool"... obsessed!

Almond Butter

On top of Little M being a picky eater, he unfortunately had some food allergies, one of which being a peanut allergy. I've been experimenting with different alternatives and recently tried out almond butter.. and OMG is this stuff good! Specifically Justin's Maple Almond Butter. It is so delicious and it's taking me everything to not eat it with a spoon right out of the jar! I definitely recommend it if you having peanut issues or are looking for a good peanut butter alternative!

Lilly Pulitzer x Target Collection

Who else is excited for the Lilly Pulitzer collaboration with Target?! Refinery 29 just released pictures of every single item from the line and they are all super adorable! I'm hoping my local Target is chock full of these goodies when the collaboration goes live on April 19th, but at the very least, I will definitely be stalking it online.

Hope everyone has a fab weekend!

Cheers to AmandaJennieKarliClare, Rebecca, Katie, Natasha, Heather, Farrah, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Party Planner: I'm Feeling 32

I'm never one to shy away from a theme party, but when it came to planning my recent birthday celebration, I was a little at a loss as to what would be an appropriate theme to ring in 32. I finally found some inspiration from an unexpected source...pop sensation Taylor Swift! Her song "22" pays tribute to the "happy, free, confused, lonely, miserable, and magical" times that surround that age...and being a decade removed from it, it kind of made me feel a little old! Check out the music video:

Luckily, I stumbled upon a hilarious parody video all about "feeling 32" which includes situations that are much more familiar to me, such as eating huge blocks of cheese for dinner (washed down by a bottle of wine), scrolling through constant baby photos in my Facebook newsfeed, and the curse of having both acne AND wrinkles at the same time. Just to be clear, I don't think that being 32 is actually old, but let's just say...this song definitely hits close to home for me, in the funniest possible way:

Suddenly, a theme was born! I included both music videos on my invitation and enlisted M's help in designing some paper products for the party.

M and me, cracking ourselves up before the party
We love the big impact that simple crafts can make, so M fashioned some adorable paper straw flags - one side said "I'm feeling 32" while the other featured two thirty-something icons from the parody song...sketches of a cat and a glass of wine:

Checking out the straws with our friend Jeff and fellow blogger Allison


We also carried out the theme through the goody bags, which contained "sensible" items that all 32-year-olds should have on hand - a pack of Kleenex, individual packets of Tylenol, and single-use packs of floss! We bundled the items up in a black gift bag and affixed a custom sticker to the front that was also designed by M - this time, the cat and glass of wine were joined by two other things that 32-year-olds love...a carton of take-out Chinese food, and a big pair of comfy sweats!

I'm so thankful to my BFF/co-blogger for all that she did to make my party so much fun...I may be feeling 32, but I'll always feel 22 (or let's face it, 16!) when the two of us are hanging out!

And just to cap things off, here are a few party pics:

Mmmm a 16 Handles gift card in a take-out container filled with sprinkles...yes, please!

 What's your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?

Linking up with Morgan, Anni, Thoughts for Thursday, and Joey.

Monday, March 23, 2015


It's never easy to face Monday after an incredible weekend, and this was definitely one of the best! I was showered with all kinds of birthday love and got to spend time with so many of my favorite people...32 is off to an amazing start! Here's a quick snapshot of some weekend highlights:

* Ate some yummy comfort food before heading to Coldstone for a birthday ice cream lunch
* Snow made its unwelcome return to NYC on the first day of spring, and coated my patio
* Took some snaps with T before enjoying a special birthday dinner at a restaurant I've been wanting to try
* Surprise cupcakes from my parents were delivered right to my door for a perfect birthday dessert!

* Primped at the newest NYC Drybar (right around the corner from my apartment!)
* Crafted party supplies with M (full party review coming later this week)
* Got fancy with M to head to my big birthday party!

* Relaxed at home
* Took a leisurely walk around the neighborhood
* Capped off the night with some live music at a local concert headlined by my good friend J

Thanks for all of the blogger birthday love - I hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

Linking up with Meg, Molly, Carylee, Erin, Ashley, Biana and Bella!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Five on Friday {March 20, 2015}: It's B's Birthday!

Yay, my birthday is finally here! I'm keeping today's post short so that I can focus on all of the celebrating, but of course, I have to share my five (birthday-related!) favorites!

Ice cream lunch

Because nothing says 32 like celebrating your birthday with some ice cream! T is meeting me at the office to take me out to a birthday lunch, and obviously we have decided that we will be having ice cream for lunch because that is a totally normal and acceptable thing for adults to do. The rest of the day's plans are a surprise for me, so I'm excited to see how it turns out!


Tomorrow night is my big birthday night out on the town with friends, and I couldn't be more excited to see everyone! As usual, the party has a theme, and I'll be revealing it in a full party post next week (or you can follow us on Instagram for a sneak peek tomorrow night). M is coming into the city for the party and has also created some fantastic printables for the gift bags and straws!

Extraterrestrial Abduction Day

Apparently I share my birthday with Extraterrestrial Abduction Day (who knew?!) so here's hoping I manage to stay on Earth while turning 32!

Birthday treats

I have been mapping out all of the birthday freebies I need to take advantage of (because as we know, everything functions best with a list and a spreadsheet) - I will definitely be stopping by Starbucks and Dunkin for free coffees today, plus I've already picked up my Sephora goodies. I'm hoping to pop into 16 Handles and/or Pinkberry for some free birthday yogurt, though that may be tough to plan around the birthday ice cream lunch :)

First day of spring

Oh yeah, in addition to being my birthday, today is also the first day of spring! NYC still hasn't quite gotten this memo considering it's actually SNOWING today, but the weather tomorrow is supposed to be much warmer and sunnier so hopefully things will continue to move in that direction. I hope you all have beautiful weekends filled with some spring sunshine!

All photos courtesy of Idalia Photography.

Cheers to AmandaJennieKarliClare, Rebecca, Katie, Natasha, Heather, Farrah, and Tif for hosting today's link-ups!
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