Hello Kitty Themed First Birthday Party – Lot’s of Fun Ideas!

I love it when a client is just as crazy about parties as I am!  Anna, my Hello Kitty obsessed client, planned her daughter's 1st. Birthday party around the iconic cat. We had a great time with Angela's Hello Kitty themed party.  Anna ordered all her stationary and party decor from me.  We made so many items for her that she kept me and my Cricut Maker and my crew busy for weeks! Anna was truly Hello Kitty crazy.  We did everything from the invitations to the photo photo booth and even ...

DIY Doggie Icy Pops

It's shaping up to be a very hot summer.  To keep Cannoli, our Siberian Husky, cool and comfy this summer we've been making her frozen dog treats. They are so simple to make, they not only keep her cool, they keep her busy for almost an hour! For these treats I used apples and blueberries I had in the fridge and low sodium chicken broth I had in the pantry.  Really you can use your pooch's favorite fruits and veggies or whatever you have at home as long as they are dog friendly. ...

Verona – Day Trip or Destination?

Verona is a city on the Adige River in Italy's Veneto region.  It is one of the seven provincial capitals of the region, and the 3rd. largest city in northeast Italy. The origins of Verona remains a mystery.  One theory is that due to the geographical position of the city, it was a key stop for people  traveling along the Via Claudia Augusta from Eastern Gaul across the Alps then onto to Rome.  The theory supposes that Verona is short for Versus Romae which means "In the direction of ...

Fresh Watermelon Ice Pops

My grandsons love watermelon, the can eat it 24/7!  It was only fitting that I made these Fresh Watermelon Ice Pops, they will be refreshing treats this summer for them and their friends. Best of all these Ice Pops have no added sugar and uses just 1 ingredient!  They're not only yummy, they're healthy too! These ice pops are a great way to cool down on hot summer days.  We serve them at kid's parties too!  The kids love them and the parents appreciate it. Fresh Watermelon Ice Pops ...

15 Cool Pool Party Ideas

Summer's just about here and that means lots of pool time ahead.  The pool is a great place to keep cool on a hot summer day; you can swim, splash, or just relax under the shade of a beach umbrella. Birthdays during the summer months can take advantage of the weather and have pool parties, young or old everyone loves a pool party. *clicking on product names will take you to our Amazon affiliate link. Birthday Party Ideas 101 Whether you're planning a birthday party, a ...

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki

One of our family traditions are Sunday night barbecues when family and friends drop by for dinner and a visit.  Everyone looks forward to this weekly event. Sometimes coming up with a different menu for the barbecues can be a challenge.  Last week we decided it would be Greek night so my daughter-in-law and I  made Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Dip. We love Greece and Greek food.  We've been trying different recipes to  replicate the souvlaki and tzatziki we enjoy whenever we're ...

Exploring the Venetian Lagoon – Murano and Burano

Venice, a city in northwestern Italy's Veneto region.  It's situated across 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.  It's a city of mystery, romance, culture, art, and so much more.  Not all of its islands are linked to the Venetian "mainland" by bridges, there are many islands including Murano and Burano that due to their distance are linked only by watercraft. Venice is one of our favorite cities.  We try to get there at least once a year.  So of course we've done ...

Memorial Day Barbecue Ideas & Recipes

Memorial Day rings in the first days of summer which means it's time to fire up the grill!  Many folks like to take advantage of the summer months to bring entertaining outdoors.  I'm fortunate enough to live in Hawaii where it's always summer so we do most of our entertaining outdoors year round. Barbecues can be as simple as throwing burgers and dogs on the grill or as elaborate as grilling ethnic specialties.  You can grill just about anything, meats, seafood, and veggies.  If ...

Father’s Day Subway Art Tray

Father's Day is June 17th.   This year we'll be home to celebrate the day.  We're usually on vacation and don't really make such a big deal about.  I mean dads are lucky to get a phone call or possibly a tie or bottle of cologne, assuming we remember to pack the gift and take it with us. Since it's so rare that we find ourselves home for Father's Day we'll be celebrating the day the right way!  For sure we'll be grilling steaks in the backyard, that's my husband's favorite meal!  The ...

Fun Summer Splash Party Ideas

Summer time is screaming for a Splash Party! There's nothing kids love more than playing in water.  If you have a summer birthday coming up hosting a Splash Party is a great way to celebrate and cool off at the same time; but even if you're not gather the kids, their friends, family, and neighbors and get together for a splish splashing good time. If you have a pool in your backyard, have access to a community pool, or live on the beach or lakefront then you already have your party venue; ...