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Backyard BBQ Party

July 10th, 2012

I’ve been getting more offers recently through CrowdTap to review products and blog about them – and I love it!  This time, I was sent a McCormick Grill Mates party pack which included:

  • Grill Mates® Spiced Brandy & Herb Marinade
  • Grill Mates® Slow and Low Memphis Pit BBQ Rub
  • Grill Mates® Montreal Steak Seasoning Blend
  • Grill Mates® Molasses Bacon Seasoning Blend
  • Grill Mates® Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Sauce
  • Fashionable Apron

So I decided to throw a Backyard BBQ Party!

I was very blessed to have my great friend, Julianne, come visit me this past weekend.  She was the best sous chef one could ask for!

To maximize the tastiness of the guests’ experience, we created individual stations for everyone to taste each spiced meat.

Montreal Steak Skewers along side Spiced Brandy & Herb Chicken Skewers

Memphis Pit BBQ Pork Skewers along side Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Pork Skewers

Molasses Bacon Slider Burgers

Marinated and Grilled Veggies

White Queso Dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip, and Spinach Artichoke Dip

Yummy Side Dishes

And the party favorite:

Raspberry Blueberry Sparkling Cocktail

We had SUCH  blast!  And regardless of the 100 degree weather – I kept it together ;P

I will be posting all of the amazing recipes I used to make these dishes later this week, so stay tuned!

Again, big thanks to CrowdTap and McCormick for helping me host an amazing party!

Ch-ch-changes!

July 5th, 2012

So when I moved into Chris’ house back in  November, this is what the kitchen originally looked like:

Cabinets are in great condition – but that wallpaper!

It was blue with cream seashells and EVERYWHERE!

And don’t you love this matchy matchy lighting?  :)

Well, we decided it had to go (light and all).  So, we scored it, sprayed it with wallpaper remover, waited, and began removing…..

And 8 months later, and over 100 hours of work we finally have blank walls!  I know, you’re thinking WHAT!?  100 hours??  Yeah, I’m serious!  As I was removing the wallpaper I realized that this crap had been put up without priming the walls first, so it refused to come off.  Then, I realized that it had been installed prior to the cabinets being installed – AWESOME RIGHT!?

So if you come across gnarly wallpaper like mine that refuses to come down, I suggest first scoring the paper, then spraying down with fabric softener, then steaming off.  This was the ONLY effective way to get my wallpaper down, and for a room that is about 12″ x 10″ it still took 100 hours.

Anyways!  Now, it looks like this:

I have never loved white walls so much in my life :)

I’m currently painting right now!  Here are the colors we brought home to choose from.  Which do you think we picked??

Can’t wait to get this room finished!  Will be back tomorrow to share the finished results!

Beach Babes at Old Navy!

July 2nd, 2012

I was recently given another offer from Crowtap to review Old Navy’s beach accessories, and in return myself and three friends would receive a handful of goodies – of course I said yes!  So I gathered up my friends and headed to our local Old Navy.  First up, we checked out their selection of flip flops.  We were pleasantly surprise to see some new colors!

Our favorites were the super bright, day-glo colors!  Hot red, hot pink, and hot yellow!

Next, onto the sunglasses.  They had a pretty nice selection!

These were Aubrey and Gina’s final choices – looking good ladies!

Then we got to pick up some beach towels – can never have enough of those!

And to finish up, we all chose a beach bag to tote our new beach accessories home in!  Thanks Crowtap and Old Navy!

We had such a great time, and a big thanks to the Old Navy management who helped us pick out our awesome new accessories!  We will be back soon for sure!

I’ll be back again this week with a new tutorial, so be sure to check back!

Meet Shakira

June 22nd, 2012

So I picked up this display mannequin yesterday for a whopping $75 (can you believe it!?).  And I asked my Facebook friends what they thought I should name her.

I got a ton of responses like Bessie Mae, Tess, Ivory, Coco Chanel, Gladys, Manda, Mona, Bare Beauty, Stella, and Vintage Victoria.  But one stood out.  My friend, Erica, suggested I name her Shakira because she guessed that her hips don’t lie.  I laughed so hard when I read her comment!  So Shakira is it!

PS – Erica just got married this weekend (congrats to her and Ryan!) and I did her Save the Dates and Invitations – here’s a look at how the invites came out :)

So the reason I picked up Miss Shakira was so I could get petty pictures of these lovely vintage items for my vintage shop Rhea’s Modern Vintage.  Modeled by my lovely sister and cousin, of course :D

Ellen Tracey Company Vintage Orange Summer Jacket

Vintage Black Polka Dot Tulle Evening Gown with Belt

Vintage Pierre Cardin Silk Dress with Belt

1970′s Retro House Coat

Vintage Joanie Char Two Piece Dress

Vintage Diane Von Furstenberg Long Sleeve Dress

Vintage Robert David Morton Lace Long Sleeved Evening Gown

Vintage Miss Elliot Black and White Polka Dot Dress

Vintage Mistee Mushroom Print Zip Up Dress

Aren’t they beautiful!?

Well that’s what I’ve been up to this week :)  Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.  Can’t wait to finish up some other LARGE projects to share with you next week!

Summer Wine Totes 50% Off!

June 6th, 2012

So while my brain has been in total vacation mode, enjoying scenes like this:

I totally forgot to tell you that Blueprint Craft’s Summer Wine Tote is being sold at 50% off today through June 14 at Thrifty Seeker!  For only $9 + shipping, you can get one of these fab bags to tote your favorite wine around in:

Made out of 100% cotton, this bag is fully lined.  The outer material is a fun green and yellow stripe, with the inside being a complimenting yellow.

Reusable and reversible, the Summer Wine Totes are great to carry along to parties and an easy way to embellish a bottle of wine for a gift.

Great for a unique carry-along to birthdays, BBQ’s, weddings, and any BYOB event.  Makes for a unique hostess gift as well!

Each Wine Tote measures approximately 14″ tall with a 10″ handle.

The totes can hold either a 750 ml or 1.5 L bottle of wine, in addition to many other liquor bottles.

So head on over to Thrifty Seeker and check it out!

Happy Wednesday everyone :)

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