How to Throw the Perfect White Party This Summer

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Need a break from the vibrant color-filled parties? Try removing all the colors and instead indulge in an all-white theme. Normally, white parties can be set up with the most minimalistic looking furniture and some arrangements for lighting. White is also the most preferred theme for weddings. So, if you are planning to throw your wedding after-party or a chic summer all-white party, you ought to find wedding rentals near me for styling and design of your party. Here are a few areas to focus on to blend the theme equally well across the setup.

Décor

Everything from the furniture, the garlands, to the lighting and the balloons can be white. This creates an all-dimensional ambiance that looks superbly white. Throwing off a completely white theme might miss out on the specialty of metallic edges. I mean, total white-out may not turn out to be what you have expected but metallic finishes and silver linings can give a special feel to it. When organizing your seating arrangement, carve out an ultimately relaxing area with white living room furniture complemented by silver or gold pillows. Cornering the furniture from all sides, high cocktail tables should be set up for the guests to get handy with the booze. For centerpieces to look magical, load up white flowers to keep the floral density minimal and inspiring. If you are hosting a day event, lighting can’t do much good. However, if you’re kicking it off in the evening, paper lanterns with warm lights can mesmerize everyone with the striking golden glow all through the night. You cannot forget balloons – stock up the place with small and large ones to notch up the atmosphere of the party.

Drinks

Champagne should run like water at the event. The guest should be served at the start and there must be frequent rounds to sensitize them with the party. An efficient caliber of bartenders should be showing skills and creativity by preparing a special line of ‘white’ cocktails, mojitos and margaritas. Lemon drop martinis and white sangria should lead in the lineup of drinks. Make sure the drinks are light and there should be an arrangement for guests who get hammered enough. One more thing, serve the drinks on metal trays or white trays with silver edges to intensify the appeal. Remember, these extra metal touches provide for the richness of the theme and have a captivating aura to it!

Food

The theme entails light food for serving. You can, though, have a couple of energy-rich foods on the menu too. Don’t offload the courses of food at once, keep it consistently flowing. Start off with appetizers like cheesy puffs, sizzling skewered haloumi cheese served with white grapes, crab ravioli, buttered cauliflower and hot tartlets to mark a savory decadence. For desserts, creamy coconut bites, chopped banana topped with dark chocolate and vanilla eclairs brushed with maple syrup – just yum! For more delightful recipes, follow the link.

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You can arrange for beaded necklaces or twig crowns for women while the men can have metallic handkerchiefs to go along with their ensembles.

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Razor Turbo Jetts Review

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I received the Razor Turbo Jetts to review with my son’s. Living in the Midwest, we get serious cabin fever during the winter months. So when the Razor Turbo Jetts arrived we couldn’t wait for the snow to melt, of course we then went into raining season. However, we finally got a good day where we could get out and about and try out the Razor Turbo Jetts. Talk about being thrilled to get outside! OMG! we were so excited to get out and do something together.

I tried them first so I could direct my son’s on how to use the Razor Turbo Jetts.
Okay, Okay, I wanted to try them first because they looked so fun! Shhhhh….that’s not what I told my son’s, I told them that I wanted to be able to tell them how to use them. Don’t judge me….all parents have done it at some point! lol Where was I? Oh, Yes, so I put on the Razor Turbo Jetts, and they were so easy to get on over my shoes, I had a helmet on (Yes, I’m sure it made me look very cute! Safety first, when teaching the kiddos) and elbow and knee pads. So I was building confidence that I could do this no problem! I pushed the switch and I was ready to test them out. I put my foot with the jett on it and I was ready to go. I had a straight sidewalk with no one around so I was on my way.

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I went down to the end and came back, the Razor Turbo Jetts worked great. My son’s were jumping up and down when I got back by them. They couldn’t wait to have a turn! So my younger son went first, he had all his gear on and I explained how to use them to him. He was off and down the same path I took. He was screaming as he went that he LOVED THEM! He had an easy time turning around and coming back again because it’s so easy to do, you just use your foot without the Turbo Jett on it and you can easily turn around and go the direction that you want to. My oldest son went next and he went down the same path and had some great time as well. He was also screaming how fun it was and could he take another turn right away! The boys had so much fun on the Razor Turbo Jetts.

We went for another ride before the boys had to get some school work done. It was the perfect way to relax them. However, getting them to do their homework was not as easy as I hoped, they were relaxed and just talking 50 miles an hour about how fast they went. How much they loved the Razor Turbo Jetts, and asking when we could charge them and go riding them again. They were so excited that it was an hour before we got any homework done. Okay, so maybe, just maybe I was joining in with their conversation about the Razor Turbo Jetts. I told them we would go out the weekend and ride them again.

Now, I have to say one day over the weekend the boys went with their dad over night. So if your thinking…”Did she go and have fun with the Razor Turbo Jetts?” The answer is a resounding YES! I went to a new area and had a complete blast with them. I had a few other parents ask me what it is that I was having such a fun time with. I of course told them that it was the Razor Turbo Jetts, so one of the mom’s asked if she could try them so I said of course. I explained how to use them and she just loved them as well. She wanted a set for her and a set for her children, so they could all go out together with them. I told her “Of course! Why shouldn’t we have fun too!” She just had so much fun with them, she said her son had a birthday coming up and she was going to surprise him with his. She was just so excited, she said her son kept asking for them but she wasn’t sure if they were safe for the kids and her. So she was so glad that she ran into me with his birthday coming up shortly. We talked for a little while longer and I was on my way having so much fun and not a care in the world. It was the perfect way to get rid of my cabin fever, let the stress go, and have a great time.

You can find the Razor Turbo Jetts at Razor.com, Amazon, Walmart, Target, and many other great locations. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about early Christmas shopping, birthday’s as well. They will be some happy campers!

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Candied Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe

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This Candied Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe would be a great make ahead dessert for any event that you have or to spoil the family with. It has me already drooling just thinking about it. I do believe that I’m going to have to make it very shortly for the family as we all love apples and we all love cheesecake. Is anyone else drooling over it???

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Easy DIY Dry Erase Board ~ Chore Chart, Calendar, Homework Chart, Daily Activity Chart Or More #MomHelper #Chorechart #GetOrganized

Daily chore chart DIY Dry Erase Board

We can always use organizational products but they can be expensive at times to purchase. I have made a DIY dry erase board that will cost you only $2.50 to make! It’s easy, fun, functional, and a easy way to organize the family in many ways and you can make more then one to fit all your family needs.

You can see that I made this DIY dry erase board into a daily chore chart. However, you can use them for so many different things that you need. They are easy to hang up where the family can see them as well. You’re able to write on them and then wipe them clean and then write on them again. I’m using mine to keep our daily activities where the family can see them and know what we have planned for the next day. We also have a daily chore chart, a calendar for the month, and a rewards chart for the family. They are all hanging neatly and are easy to change as well as easy to see for the whole family. It cost only $2.50 each to make and they have made everything in our home run smoother then in the past. Everyone can see what they are to do for chores, when homework is due, how far they are away from getting their reward, and what we have going on for the month for the family.

Project materials:

* 8″ X 11″ Photo Frame (purchase at Dollar Tree)
* Packing Tape
* 8 Discontinued Paint Sample Charts from paint store ~ Ask at the paint store for discontinued paint charts and choose the colors you would like for your Dry Erase Boards
* Thin tip dry erase marker (Dollar Tree)

Step 1: The names of the paints will be on the charts, so you will cut the names off, you will want to make sure the names are on either side of the charts and easily removed with plenty of space to use for writing

Step 2: Once you have all the names cut off you will put one chart next to your next paint chart that you want into your dry erase board and then tape the top and bottom. Then put one more piece of tape in the middle. You will do this on the back side of the charts while making sure that the lines on the front of your chart are lined up.

Step 3: Continue to tape all the color charts together till all 8 are taped together. If you choose a larger frame then given you will need more charts to fill the frame.

Step 4: Take off the back of your picture frame and put the charts inside of the frame with color charts facing down. Then replace the back of the photo frame.

Your photo frame is now ready to use as your DIY dry erase board. You will write on it with your dry erase marker and make it your daily chore chart, your calendar or whatever your family is in need of. You can also make it a message board as well if you choose. Then just write on it and you can wipe it off easily at any time and restart your board. It’s such an easy project but helps to keep you organized.

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Make Sure Your All Set For Your Child’s Sports Games This Summer #sports #SportsParents

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It’s that fun time of year almost when the kids sports for the summer will be starting up. The line up of a couple of games a day to watch our kids run around those bases, kicking a goal, kicking a field goal, and having a great time while doing it all. Who doesn’t love seeing those huge smiles on your child’s face after a great game!

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We are going to make sure your very comfortable at the games this summer because that’s very important to have a comfortable family cheer team. I mean let’s face it if you have those metal bleachers they are not the most comfortable things in the world! So we have found the Cascade Mountain Tech Portable Reclining Seat to make those bleachers much more comfortable. If you have a large crew coming to watch the games then the you will love these Multi Seat Portable Folding Team Bench with 4 seats, Multi Seat Portable Folding Team Bench with 6 seats, or the Multi Seat Portable Folding Team Bench with 8 seats. Everyone can be comfortable on these great benches and you can all sit together with no problems. I also love that it folds up easily, goes into a storage bag and can fit right in the trunk as well as leave plenty of room for anything else you need to fit in there.
With any of these comfortable seats your going to be able to enjoy the game and cheer your child on during the games.

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Now that you have your comfortable seating, don’t forget you need to keep your family hydrated during the game! The adorable Personalized water bottles for the family everyone can have their names on them so that they know which one is theirs. They come in a variety of colors as well with your name engraved for you. You also want to make sure that you have plenty of snacks for the family, even more so if you have little tiny ones with you.

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The Coleman 42-Can Wheeled Soft Cooler With Hard Liner will make it easy to have lunch, snacks, and everything that you need handy. I don’t know about you but my kids start from the time we get to the field till we are ready to go home with the “I’m hungry!” or the “I want a snack!”. So I make sure I have healthy options available for them to choose from. I like to pack apples, grapes, and oranges for the kids to choose from for snacks. I also pack raisins in the pocket of the cooler to keep them handy for a smaller snack for the kids. We also pack a clean eating veggie pasta salad, sandwiches, and some other goodies for our lunch like string cheese. We are then ready for the game and to have everything we will need while there. I also pack extra drinks to refill out water bottles with so they stay cold on those hot days.

Your now all ready to go to the field, have a great time watching your child play. No matter what sport your child plays your going to be comfortable, have some great foods for the family to eat and keep them cooled. Not to mention on those hot days keep your child’s drink and the rest of your families drinks cool in those great water bottles with their names on them so that there is not the which drink is mine? I don’t want that one because it’s hers or his! You can have a relaxing day and just enjoy the game.

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How to Talk With Your Teen about Dating Violence #Teen #DatingViolence

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Teen dating violence is not one of the topics that a lot of parents think to cover with their child. You cover stranger Danger, drugs, STD’s, having “the talk” about sex, and other topics that they need to be aware of. However, this is now more then ever a talk that you need to have with your teen. One in three teens are subjected to dating violence but are not making you aware that it’s going on. They believe that it will stop or it’s their fault it’s happening.

If you have a teen it’s time to have a talk with them about dating violence. You want to make sure that they are aware it does happen and what to do if they experience dating violence. You want to open that communication with your teen so they feel comfortable to come to you and discuss it if they are a victim of dating violence.

“I knew to talk with Jen about alcohol, drugs, sex and all those other parenting talks, but I never knew I had to teach her about dating violence,” said Drew Crecente, whose 18-year-old daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. “I did not realize that it was such a pervasive issue at such a young age.”

In fact, 81 percent of parents either do not believe that TDV is a problem – or do not know if it is a problem or not.

In an effort to combat this epidemic, Crecente founded Jennifer Ann’s Group to increase awareness about teen dating violence, as well as provide educational information to help teens, tweens, and young adults identify and avoid abusive relationships through free educational video games.

“Parents have a largely underrated influence in preventing TDV, and it begins with a sit-down conversation, but knowing what to say and how to say it is also important,” says Crecente.

1.Encourage open, honest, and thoughtful reflection. Talk openly with your teen about healthy relationships. Allow them to articulate his or her values and expectations for healthy relationships. Rather than dismissing ideas as wrong, encourage debate, which helps young people come to his or her own understanding.

2.Be sensitive and firm. Parenting a teen is not an easy task, especially when it comes to helping him or her navigate their way through relationships. To be effective, you will need to find the balance between being sensitive and firm. Try to adapt to the changes faced by your child. Be willing to talk openly and respect differences of opinion. Realize that the decisions you make will sometimes be unpopular with your teen – that’s okay.

3.Understand teen development. Adolescence is all about experimentation. From mood swings to risk taking, “normal teenage behavior” can appear anything-but-normal. New research, however, reveals that brain development during these formative years play a significant role in young teen’s personality and actions. Knowing what’s “normal” is critical to helping you better understand and guide young people.

4.Understand the pressure and the risk teen’s face. Preteens and young teens face new and increasing pressures about sex, substance abuse and dating. Time and time again, young teens express their desire to have parents/role models take the time to listen to them and help them think through the situations they face – be that person!

5.Take a clear stand. Make sure young teen knows how you feel about disrespect, use of abusive or inappropriate language, controlling behavior or any forms of violence.

6.Make the most of “teachable moments”. Use video games, TV episodes, movies, music lyrics, news, community events or the experiences of friends to discuss healthy and unhealthy relationships.

7.Discuss how to be an ‘upstander’. Teach teens how to stand-up for friends when he or she observes unhealthy treatment of his or her peers.

8.Accentuate the positive. Conversations about relationships do not need to focus solely on risky behavior or negative consequences. Conversations should also address factors that promote healthy adolescent development and relationships.

9.Be an active participant in your young teen’s life. Explore ways to know more about your teen’s friends and interests. Find activities you can do together.

10.Be prepared to make mistakes. You will make mistakes. Accept that you will make mistakes, but continue to help teens make responsible choices while trying to maintain that delicate balance of being sensitive, yet firm.

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Taco Soup Recipe #Recipe #EasyRecipe

Taco Soup ( We love this recipe it gets me in and out of the kitchen quickly!)

2 lbs Ground Beef (cooked & Drained)
2 cans of Cream style Corn
2 cans Stewed Tomatoes
1 Can of Golden Corn
1 Package of Ranch Dressing mix
1 Package of Taco Seasoning
1 bag of Tortilla Chips
Sour Cream
1 (8oz bag) Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Crockpot

After your Ground Beef is cooked and Drained add it to the Crockpot. Then Drain the juices from the Golden Corn and add to the meat. Add in the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT for the Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips and Cheese. Stir and put on high for 3 hours or you can put it on in the morning and put it on low till ready to eat. Put the Taco soup over the Tortilla Chips and top with cheese and Sour Cream.

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My Amazing Monster Can Help With Being Bullied Or A Child Who is Sick Review #BulliedChildren #Cancer

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When I saw Gobble, My Amazing Monster I knew I had to feature him in our Christmas gift guide! I knew that many parents would love to have him in their home to help their child if they are bullied or if they are a child that goes to the Dr’s or hospitals a lot. It’s such a comfort to the child and parents can find out how their child is feeling and help them to work through their fears, pain, or other emotions they are having. I will be using it with my son’s when we have Dr’s visits.

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My Amazing Monster meets the bully will be available in the fall of 2015, your going to want to keep an eye out for it if your child is being bullied. It’s a great way for them to learn more about why people bully, that it is not their fault that the bully does this, and it will make them feel better. They will also be able to write down their worries and have Gobble the monster eat them up. Once they are inside of Gobble, you as a parent can unzip the back of Gobble and find out what their worries are or their fears and help them. It’s a great way for them to communicate with you without knowing that they are doing it. Gobble can open the lines of communication between you and your child and help them to feel safe and get their fears out in the open as well.

My Amazing Monster Gobble also helps children who are sick with Cancer, EDS, or other chronic illnesses. If they are not telling you about their fears then they can tell Gobble and then you can help them with their fears after you read them. Sometimes children think that they have to be brave and not say when they are in pain, something isn’t right, or whatever the case might be. Gobble can bridge the communication gap and help you to know what your child is feeling and they can get the things they need. My son is a trooper, he doesn’t like to complain or say he is in pain. So Gobble will be helping me to let the nurses and Dr’s know when he is in pain, something is hurting and he isn’t telling me or anything else that he wants to share.

My Amazing Monster comes with a book, a notepad, and a pen for your child to use to write notes to Gobble and share with him. Once Gobble eats them he will take away their worries, fears, and other feelings. It’s a great way for parents to know what is going on with their child and make sure that the communication is open for them to help. This monster is just so adorable, cuddly and soft that your child is just going to love them and so are you!

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Free Ice Cream Cone At Ben & Jerry’s On 4/10 #IceCream #FreeIceCream

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Whooo! Hooooo! Get your stomach ready for a sweet treat! That’s right you can get a free ice cream cone from Ben & Jerry’s today from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. today! So get the family ready to go to Ben & Jerry’s and choose their free ice cream cone. You need to RSVP for your free ice cream cone.

What is your favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor? It’s going to be a fun family day for everyone going to get their free ice cream cone. I have so many flavors that I love at Ben & Jerry’s so it’s going to be tough to choose! Let us know what flavors you ended up choosing with your family when you go for your free ice cream cone. There maybe some new flavors that we need to try!

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