Planning the Perfect Kentucky Derby Party

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The Kentucky Derby is the perfect reason to throw a party! From food and drink to great décor, we’ll help you bring the fun and spectacle of the Derby home to your guests. So break out the mint juleps and put on your hat, it’s time to start planning your perfect Derby party.

Remember, you do not need to spend a lot of money.  A lot of these items I found at Party City, Michaels and Target.

1. Kentucky Derby Dessert Bar – Who doesn’t love a dessert bar?  Add all your favorite desserts from pie to derby themed cookies.  This is the perfect treat for adults and kiddos alike.  We found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest.

2.  Cocktails – It’s time for mint juleps!  To make the drinks fun for guests we suggest serving your cocktails out of mason jars.

3. Decorations – Try the above pictured “Run for Roses” centerpiece.  All you need is roses and spray paint a toy plastic horse gold and you have the perfect centerpiece for your party.

4. Games – We found these games on http://www.southernliving.com.  Since the actual race is so short these games were perfect for both kids and adults.

  • Hat Contest
    Ask your guests to wear hats to your party and encourage creativity by offering a prize for best hat. Award the winner with a homemade Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie or a bottle of bourbon so they can take home a little taste of the Kentucky Derby.
  • Game of Luck
    Let each guest draw a horse’s name out of a hat to cheer for during the race. The guest paired with the winning horse wins a prize. Up the ante by making the prize a Jockey Silks Scarf for women or the Off to the Races Bow Tie for men from Vineyard Vines, The Official Style of the Kentucky Derby.
  • For the Kids
    Set up a game of horseshoes in the yard, or have the kids bring their own stick horses for their very own Run for the Roses. (game cred. Southernlivingmagazine.com)

 

 

 

Digging In: Tips on Starting a Family Garden

Happy Spring!! It truly is a reminder that all things arerenewed! One of my very favorite things to do with my kiddos, ever since they were little, is have them help plant a garden! Not only is it fun to play in the dirt, but it teaches them an important lesson in responsibility. Typically, three things are needed to help you get ready to plant a garden- sunlight, good soil and water! There are many great websites out there that help with suggestions on these things.

I want to encourage you to have your kiddos “dig in” and help you with the family garden! Here are some tips how and reasons why! Happy Planting!

1.  Get them involved!  Kids love to dig in dirt & get there little hands dirty.   Get them involved right from the start. Let them help you select what your going to grow and actually plant the seeds in the dirt.  Lettuce, green beans, and tomatoes are all easy to grow and do not require a lot of maintenance. For flowers, marigolds are a good pick!

2.  Think small.  When gardening with kids think small.  Small tools, small in size, and small attention spans.  It’s important to encourage your child to be involved in the entire process.  Planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. Make it doable for them.   Your garden can grow a little bit each year as your children get older.

3. Life Lessons.  Growing something will give your kiddos a sense of accomplishment.  It will also help you spend some quality time outside together. More importantly, if you let them help you harvest the vegetables they might even be tempted to eat them!  They did grow them themselves!

A Healthy – St. Patrick’s Day Treat

Here is a fun and easy way  celebrate this St Patrick’s Day !

1. Taste the rainbow with a colorful fruit platter.  This platter is healthy and cute you can’t go wrong with the Pot of Gold (chocolate coins!) at the end of the rainbow fruit platter.  It’s a super fun way to serve fruit and is a hit in my house year round.

For the colors of the rainbow

Red : Strawberries cut in bite size pieces.
Orange: oranges or mandarin oranges,

Yellow: cantaloupe, pineapple chunks, or banana slices

Green: honeydew melon, bite size pieces, or green grapes
Blue/purple: blueberries, purple grapes

White Marshmallows

Chocolate Coins

Spring Cleaning Hacks!

 

  • Spring Cleaning HACKS – Ready to give your home a proper spring cleaning? Start by focusing your spring cleaning efforts for your home!

    • How to remove pet hair – After running a high-powered vacuum through the room, grab your tape roller. When you lightly roll it back and forth, the tape will pick up any leftover stubborn hairs still stuck to your the carpet.
    • How to clean blinds – The only things you really need to get rid of dust and grime on blinds are old socks, kitchen tongs, and white vinegar. Just slide the socks onto the tongs, secure with a rubber band or hair tie, dip in a mix of white vinegar and water, and get to cleaning.
    • Clean oil with oil – An oil spattered kitchen is just the worst to clean, because try as you may, the soap just never seems to be enough to clean it! So instead, use oil to pick your oil up! Add a few drops of vegetable oil to paper towel, then wipe the greasy surface and watch the oil disappear!
    • Dryer sheet magic – A used dryer sheet can buff out water spots from your mirrors and bathroom/kitchen fixtures, tackle waterspots on your shower doors, and even get rid of that loathsome ring in the toilet that just won’t budge! Use new dryer sheets to wipe your baseboards clean, and you’ll be not only be cleaning them but adding a dust-fighting layer to them as you go!
    • Clean your dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda – We don’t often think about cleaning the appliances that clean everything else, like your dishwasher, but it needs to be done! Place a container filled with white vinegar in the top rack of your dishwasher and run it on its hottest cycle with nothing else inside. Then, sprinkle some baking soda along the floor of the dishwasher, and run it again on a short-hot cycle, and you’ll have a super clean dish washing machine!
    • Revive Drab Drapes – To revive drab drapes, take them down, remove hooks and run them through an air-fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel (to attract the dust) for 15 minutes. Re-hang immediately. Wipe blinds with a damp cloth.
    • Wash Out Trash Cans – Wash out trash cans. To really clean garbage cans, spray them with a hose and dump out the water. Next, spray the inside with a disinfectant spray, scrub with a handled brush and rinse. Leave them upside down to dr

Laurie McRobbie

Indiana University’s, @IndianaUniv, first lady Laurie McRobbie has spent her career blazing the trail and reaching out to help other women achieve their goals.  In 2010 Laurie McRobbie found Women’s Philanthropy Council (@iuwomensphilmmb) at the IU Foundation (@IUFoundation).laurie-mcrobbie-inline-2

Photo by Tyagan Miller

Since March is National Women’s History month I would like to celebrate Laurie McRobbie.  I am so excited for my daughter to attend Indiana University this fall.  I am thrilled she has women leaders ready to inspire her and all women.

Mother Teresa

The countdown to National Women’s history day has begun!  Today I would like to celebrate Mother Teresa.

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Mother Teresa was a Noble Peace prize winner who devoted her life to helping India’s poor.  Her love, kindness, sympathy is an inspiration.  Mother Teresa didn’t advertise or work to convince people to follow what she did, but through her actions, she inspired people to follow God’s call.

 

 

Heros

March 8th is National Women’s History Day.  Leading up until March 8th I would like to celebrate women who have accomplished important goals in their life.

Cheers to all the extraordinary women who make a difference in our world.

Today, I would like to recognize Chloe Kim.  At 17 years old, Chloe won the gold in the women’s half pipe event at the 2018 Winter Olympics.  Thanks for following your dreams Chloe and inspiring all athletes out there.  I admire your tremendous work ethic.  It is a joy to watch you.

 

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Non Candy Valentine Ideas Can Still Be SWEET!

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Please tune in tomorrow to @Fox59 for non candy Valentine’s Day ideas.

I can’t believe it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s card ideas for kids.  I love the idea that Valentine’s Day can be sweet without the “sugar.”  Try these adorable DIY crafts.  These ideas are low-cost and a healthy alternative for kids.  You can find these items at any grocery and craft store. (Target, Michael’s, Wal-Mart).
  • Put a cutie in a clear bag attach a tag “You’re a Real Cutie Valentine” (photo cred @ Pretty Providence)
  • Use Goldfish as a healthy alternative to candy and sugary treats “So glad we’re in the same school”
  • Raisins are an extremely yummy and healthy candy option for Valentine’s Day. Attach a fun little note and you can feel good that you’re promoting good health! (photo cred http://bargainbriana.com)
  • It doesn’t get much simpler than Love Stitched’s “You Make My Heart Pop” valentine! Simply affix the printable to a bottle of bubbles, and you’re done!(photo cred. www.popsugar.moms)
  •  Printable Mason Jars for these creepy, crawly Love Bug valentines!  This is a free download on http://moziru.com. (photo cred http://moziru.com)
  • Two presses of your thumb create a quick heart that also adds a personal touch to any card.  This is great for grandparents and family members.  (photo cred http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/valentines-day-ideas)