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15 Easy, Breezy Summer Cocktails

Whether you’re planning for the 4th of July or just a family BBQ, nothing gets the party started like a cold, refreshing cocktail.

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But when you have friends coming over, you don’t want to spend forever in the kitchen mixing drinks…thankfully there are tons of tasty beverages you can whip up in no time…and most of these can even be made virgin for young kids or those who don’t want the booze.

From frozen adult slushies to tasty, fruity gin drinks, these easy, breezy summer cocktails are sure to get your party off to a great start!

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15 Easy, Breezy Summer Cocktails

  1. Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria
  2. Grape Frose Rose
  3. Guava Watermelon Martini
  4. Bourbon Blackberry Smash
  5. Pineapple Slushie
  6. Basil Pineapple Moscato Sangria
  7. Prosecco Party Cocktails
  8. Red, White, and Blue Sangria
  9. Raspberry Gin Fizz
  10. Lemonade Slushies
  11. Watermelon Mojito
  12. Frozen Cantaloupe Margaritas
  13. The Best White Sangria
  14. Cherry Agua Fresca
  15. Summer Lemonade Cocktail

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11 Crafty Food Ideas for a Grown-Up Disney Princess Party

Every girl may dream of becoming a Disney princess, but not every girl can…

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Not even ELSA made the final cut, you guys. The stakes are high.

Just like real life, becoming royalty in the world of Disney requires certain qualifications:

  • An Official Disney Princess must have a primary role in a Disney/Pixar animated feature film
  • An Official Disney Princess must be human or mostly human (Ariel)
  • An Official Disney Princess cannot appear primarily in a sequel or commercial failure

Some female protagonists, even those that hold the “princess” title, may not be included in the Official Disney Princess lineup. This could be because of one of several reasons: they are not marketable, their film did poorly at the box office, they are too young, they are not human, etc. In the case of Elsa and Anna, their franchise (Frozen) was so successful on its own that Disney figured they didn’t need to be part of the lineup. Tough break, ladies. Apparently it IS lonely at the top.

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Those lucky enough to make the cut were: Jasmine (Aladdin), Rapunzel (Tangled), Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Mulan (Mulan), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Cinderella (Cinderella), Pocahontas (Pocahontas), Tiana (The Princess and the Frog), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Arielle (The Little Mermaid) and Merida (Brave). For the rest of us poor, unfortunate souls, we can only dream of joining the official ranks!

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One way to pretend you’re BFF’s with Mulan and Belle is to have a grown-up Disney Princess party! With these grown-up treats, you can create a whole new world of magic and childhood giddiness! Just remember to wrap everything up by midnight…mostly because, let’s be honest, we’re all gonna be passed out anyway…

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11 Crafty Food Ideas for a Grown-Up Disney Princess Party

Jasmine
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Use the flavor of Jasmine to ice these delicious Vanilla Cupcakes with Jasmine Buttercream. Hopefully everyone can try one before Abu snatches them away!

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Belle
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Entice guests to the west side of your kitchen with these blooming Apple Roses. A soft sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar makes these sweet flowers irresistible to curious minds.

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Rapunzel
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She may have been trapped in a tower, but home girl certainly knows how to work a skillet! Serve up these tasty Rapunzel Braids in a cast iron skillet…or use the skillet to make a decadent chocolate chip cookie to enjoy with friends (or by yourself!).

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Ariel
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Life is better under the sea…and these Oyster Pearl Cookies are a sweet bite of better living! Don’t forget to serve them with a dinglehopper!

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Tiana
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Nothing says New Orleans like beignets. Coated with sweet confectioners’ sugar and a delightful mess to eat, these southern staples will help you catch your man in no time!

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Snow White
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This Dutch Apple Pie certainly isn’t poisonous…though you might want to tell people it is so there’s more to eat for yourself! Topped with tasty vanilla (or cinnamon) ice cream, this pie is a must for any princess-themed party!

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Cinderella
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These little Clementine Pumpkins can be eaten before, during, and after midnight without any risk!

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Sleeping Beauty
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Here’s a fun play on Sleeping Beauty’s pink/blue dress. These Pink and Blue Macarons are so cute and colorful…and they’d be even more on point if you mix the batter colors before piping your cookies!

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Merida
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These Big Brown Bear Cookies are perfect for Merida fans! Use a brownie mix to make your cookies, then add nails with slivered almonds for a ferocious cookie worthy of royalty.

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Pocahontas
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First of all, #hairgoals. Second, Native American Fry Bread is a great way to honor this beautiful Disney princess. A great accompaniment to stew or soup, this fry bread may not be all the colors of the wind, but it’s all the flavors of delicious.

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Mulan
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Nothing goes better with tea than these delicious Chinese Almond Cookies. A traditional Chinese dessert, these sweet and crunchy cookies are sure to bring honor to your party!

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Crocheted Ice Cream Cone Garland

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Let’s face facts…ice cream is the best part of summer.  It’s also the best part of fall and winter and spring, too!  Ami right?

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But ice cream certainly gets some extra love in the summertime, and this cute crocheted ice cream banner is the perfect addition to your summertime BBQ or birthday party.

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An AWESOME yarn scrapbuster, these mini ice cream cones will clean out your yarn stash in no time.  Use beads to add sprinkles or chocolate chips…or use multi-colored yarn to create delicious-looking flavor combinations!

Crocheted Ice Cream Cone Garland

Materials:

  • Tan yarn for cone
  • Bright yarn for ice cream
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing

Instructions:
*Rows are worked in continuous rounds.

Starting with tan yarn, make magic circle.  SC 6 into magic circle.

Row 1:  SC in each stitch around (6 SC)

Row 2:  SC 2 in first stitch, SC in next stitch.  Repeat two more times (9 SC)

Row 3:  SC in each stitch around (9 SC)

Row 4:  SC 2 in first stich, SC in next two stitches.  Repeat two more times (12 SC)

Row 5:  SC in each stitch around (12 SC)

WITH ICE CREAM COLOR YARN:

Row 6:  SC in each stitch around (12 SC)

Row 7:  SC in FLO each stitch around (12 SC)

Row 8:  SC in each stitch around (12 SC)

Row 9:  SC in each stitch around (12 SC)

Stuff firmly.

Row 10:  SC2TOG.  Repeat to close.

Bind off; weave in ends.

With cone facing away from you, attach yarn to one of the ridges created in the FLO round.  SC 3 in ridge.  Skip next ridge.  SC in third ridge.  Repeat around entire cone.

Bind off; weave in ends.

Tread a needle with the color yarn of your choice.  String yarn through tops of cones.

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Cute Birthday Hat Garland

I recently went through my craft stash and did a MASSIVE clean…I got rid of yarn I don’t use, supplies I never use, paper I’ve never used…and sitting at the bottom of one of my craft containers was a stash of scrap paper.

Saved from various paper projects, this collection of scrap paper had a whole mess of paper in it. In an effort to really make a dent in my craft stuff, I set it aside to be recycled…

But…then I got an idea!

Also in my collection of stuff to bring to work and put on the free table was a bag of small pom poms. I have no idea why I had these or where they came from, but I grabbed them and my paper stash and got to work making some little party hats.

Needless to say, this was a great way to use up my paper scraps and now I have a fun little garland to hang up during birthday celebrations!

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I found a template for a mini hat at the This Heart of Mine blog (link below) that made super cute hats about 1 in. high. She also includes a pattern for human-sized hats if you want to get crafty for a party!

A fun garland to hang on the wall or use to wrap a gift, this birthday hat garland is fast, easy, and oh so adorable!

Cute Birthday Hat Garland

Materials:

  • Pattern (I used the pattern found here)
  • Scissors
  • Scrap Paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Mini Pom Poms
  • String

Instructions:

  1. Cut out your pattern and assemble your little hats. You can follow the instructions at the link above for the mini party hats.
  2. Using a glue gun, top your hats with mini pom poms.
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  3. Attach back of hats to string using glue gun.

String up and enjoy!

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Sweet Notebook Paper Goodie Bags

My dad was a sucker for Valentine’s Day. He always showered my mom with cards and gifts and would get us kids little Valentine’s for our lunches.

I loved getting little Valentine’s from my dad, and with the holiday of love on the horizon, these Sweet Notebook Paper Goodie Bags make wonderful Valentine’s Day treat holders!

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Great for filling with candy, cookies, or just a sweet love letter, these adorable paper bags are super easy to make and only require a handful of supplies.

One sheet of notebook paper will make two bags, so don’t be surprised if you create a whole bunch of bags in less than a few hours!

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Also fun for birthday party favors or just for wrapping a simple gift for someone, these cute paper goodie bags are just as fun for kids as they are for adults!

Sweet Notebook Paper Goodie Bags

Materials:

  • Notebook paper (1 sheet will make 2 goodie bags)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stickers

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Directions:

  1. Cut your notebook paper in half hamburger style.  Fold short side of the notebook paper up to the red margin line.
  2. Bring other side of paper up to folded line, tucking it underneath the flap.  Fold.
  3. Place glue on underside of flap.
  4. Seal down to close.
  5. Fold bottom of bag up to middle of bag, creating a fold about 1.5 in. to 2 in. high.
  6. Open bottom fold and fold in both corners, forming two triangles.
  7. Add glue to long ends of triangles and bottom of bag, as shown in photo above.
  8. Fold top flap down to center line.
  9. Press to secure.
  10. Fold bottom flap up to close bag.
  11. Press to secure.
  12. If desired, cut pattern on top of bag.

Fill bag with whatever you’d like!  Fold to close and secure with a sticker or tape.

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9 Foods that Help Cure Hangovers

First thing’s first – HAPPY NEW YEAR! Phew, 2016 is finally over and done with and I bet we’re all ready to move on to bigger and better things.

I hope you all had a wonderful, fun, and SAFE New Year’s celebration! After a night of drinking and celebrating, it can be hard to get up and going the next day…especially if you’re nursing the common New Year’s hangover…

But you don’t have to suffer through it! There are things you can eat and drink now to help put a kabash on those headaches and stomach pains so you can get 2017 off to the right start!

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Unfortunately, the science of hangovers (and how to prevent them) hasn’t quite made it to the research table…leading to brave souls inventing their own “cures” for morning headaches, nausea, and overall crappy-ness.

Though there is nothing that exists – that we know of, at least – that can act as a 100% cure all elixar, there are certain foods and drinks that are better for refuling than others. Stick to foods high in fructose, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals to banish those horrible headaches and help break town the toxins that are causing the reaction…and remember that alochol is a diuretic, which means it pushes water out of the body…so keep drinking water before, during, and after your night of drinking to help avoid a horrible morning.

If you still need some help getting out of bed today, here are a few drinks and foods that will help re-energize you, as well as a few foods to avoid so you don’t have problems later on!

9 Foods that Help Cure Hangovers

Water
Well this is a no-brainer. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means is pushes liquids out of the body (which is why you have to pee so much when you drink). For nourishment, the body will draw water from any available source, including the brain…thus the headaches. Drinking water before heading to bed and when you wake up can help prevent, or at least lessen, the hangover headache.

Sports Drinks
Sometimes there’s just nothing like the taste of a good ol’ fashioned Gatorade to get you back on your feet. Packed with electrolytes and sugar, sports drinks can help restore liquids and help you feel like your normal self.

Ginger or Peppermint Tea
If the nausea bug’s got you down, try an herbal tea. Ginger and peppermint are both known to help reduce nausea and motion sickness and may help ease stomach pain.

Coffee
If you drink coffee on the daily, keep on keepin’ on. The liquid in coffee can help rehydrate your body and skipping it may even lead to a worse headache. However, if you’re not normally a coffee drinker, the caffeine in coffee could make your headache worse…so to each his own.

Eggs
Ugh, eggs are literally one of the last things I want sometimes, but they are chock full of amino acids, which boost liver function. They also help break down the chemicals in alochol that cause headaches.

Bananas or Leafy Greens
Bananas have been praised for ages for having a lot of potassium, but there are actually some greens out there that pack more potassium than bananas…regardless, anything with potassium can help restore important electrolytes in the body. Add yogurt to your banana for an even stronger boost of the good stuff.

Chicken Noodle Soup
All us Jews out there know…this stuff is magic. Chicken noodle soup can help restore liquids in the body as well as restock sodium levels. The chicken is also packed with nutrients that are great for liver recovery.

Oats
A hot bowl of oatmeal contains a ton of essential nutrients, including B vitamins, calcium and iron. Oats can also help neutralize acids in the body and raise blood sugar levels, giving you an instant energy boost.

Watermelon
Any water-rich fruit will help hydrate you and watermelon is loaded with potassium and magnesium, as well as other amino acids that help boost blood circulation.

WHAT TO AVOID

Greasy Foods
I know, I know…everyone says that a greasy spoon breakfast is what you need to fix everything, but actually a hamburger and fries is much better at PREVENTING a hangover than curing it. If you’re planning a big night of drinking, down a good pub meal beforehand to help prevent alcohol from being absorbed into the stomach lining and bloodstream. Eating food like this after you’re already hung over may actually cause more hurt by irritating your stomach.

Hair of the Dog
The Scandinavians were the ones who gave us this popular saying, but boozing in the morning is not the best solution to curing that hangover. Alcohol can help take the edge off, but it will further dehydrate you and make your hangover symptoms worse throughout the day.

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10 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas

AHH!!!  Christmas has already come and gone and we’re only a couple days away from kicking 2016 out the door and welcoming in a new year.

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to get so wrapped up in Christmas that I’m almost constantly shocked at how fast New Year’s Eve follows…and it’s not like it’s a surprise…I mean, it’s the same thing every year…but it just never fails to spring up on me!

Thankfully, there are tons of easy, fast, and budget-friendly ways to welcome in 2017 with your friends and family…and they’ll think you’ve been planning for months!  With this collection of 10 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas, you’ll learn how to create tasty treats and classy decorations that will make your hub THE PLACE for welcoming in a new year!

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So don’t put those Christmas decorations away quite yet…here are 10 easy and fast last-minute NYE decorations that will up your party game in no time!

10 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas

Before you pack up all your Christmas ornaments, sort out those silver and gold bobbles…they’ll come in handy for your New Year’s decor!  Hang them from the ceiling or gather them in a bowl or apothecary jar for a festive decoration that will liven up your home.

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Turn a corner of your home into a fun photo booth!  Use leftover ribbons or cheap streamers to create a fun backdrop and cut NYE letters out of posterboard.  Decorate with balloons and you’ve got a fun photo area your guests will love!

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Jell-O shots have gotten an upgrade!  With these classy Champagne Jell-O Cups, you and your adult friends can enjoy a delicious and tasty start to 2017.

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No NYE party is complete without poppers!  But don’t go out and buy them…you can use leftover toilet paper rolls and any remaining Christmas gift wrap to create your own!  Fill with confetti, candy, or wishes for a great new year.

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Forget those cheap paper party hats…you can craft your own sparkly glitter hats using paper mache cones and fine glitter and tinsel.  Attach your hat to a headband so you don’t have to worry about those uncomfortable elastic strings.

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Whether you make your own or you decorate some store-bought cookies, these glittery fortune cookies are sure to delight.  If you make your own, don’t forget to fill them with good fortunes for your guests!

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Not everyone has a date on NYE…and for some, that’s A-O-KAY!  But everyone deserves a little midnight kiss when 2017 makes its official appearance!

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These free clock printables are great for attaching to goodie bags, hats, cupcake toppers, and more!  Print out your own clocks from nobiggie.net.

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If you’re having friends over throughout the day on NYE, it can be a loooong time until midnight.  To help pass the time, print out some cards and get to know your guests and their hopes and wishes for the new year.  You can print out your own set here.

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Here’s another cute way to use any leftover gift wrapping supplies.  Wrap bamboo sticks with gold pipe cleaners and top with a cute pom pom for a celebratory drink stirrer.

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