Tasting Party Review

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What a week we had last week! And what a weekend I’ve had too. I meant to do a little roundup like this on Friday, but life got in the way. A new little perfect life that was born Friday afternoon. So I’m sorry, but not really sorry. Because photographing that birth was numero uno that day! Then the rest of the weekend followed with a middle school tour I organized, a baby shower, babysitting sweet Sailer, and then finally on Sunday I got to spend time with my kids. Phew.

I wanted to have a one stop place you could go to make sure you didn’t miss any of the recipes or decor posted last week.  

Highlights from the Fall Tasting Party: 

My Life at Playtime

ItSweet & Savory

A Simply Raw Life

Party How Tos: 

How to host a coffee tasting

How to make coconut vanilla body butter

How to create a painted pinecone garland


Raw Double Chocolate Cookie Dough Tartelettes

Cream Cheese Frosting

Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Crostinis

Black Rice Salad with Sweet Potato & Kale

Acorn Sugar Cookies

Raw & Vegan Green Smoothie

Raw Apple Pie Crumble

Dark Chocolate Cups with Hemp Hearts

Wow! I really hope you bookmark, pin, take note of these recipes because they are all delicious! And if you are inspired to make one of these dishes, please let us know, we would love to hear.  

We really cannot wait to do another fun event in the future. We held a fun Instagram giveaway this weekend, we had favor bags which guests went home with, and we really wanted to share it with more than who attended. So if you were one of the winners, the goodies will be mailed out this week.  



How was your weekend? I saw lots of fun autumnal (that's a word right?) adventures happening on my Instagram feed the last few days. Pumpkin picking, oatmeal cookie baking, apple orchard journeys, mantle decorating. We had our own 'welcome to fall' family date at Riley's Farm on Saturday. I can't wait to show you as soon as I load my big camera's photos. It's one of my favorite days of the year. And this year was no exception, glorious weather in the 70s, sunshine, and my husband's amazing packed picnic lunch and road trip playlist. Can't get much better than that. I want to say this was our 5th annual visit to Riley's, but I'll need to check the archives and get back to you.

In great news, my washer is quite the fancy washer now. We're talking delayed wash, tumble fresh, digital numbers  !  In terrible news, guess what also broke? Our hot water heater! I'm not joking, but I wish I were. When it rains it monsoons, people! We woke up to a flooded garage, and leaky water heater. This month alone, since it's still technically September, we've had a broken A/C unit, washing machine death, and now a hot water heater loss! This has been a bad bad month in the home owner's maintenance book. I'm afraid to say 'what else can go wrong?' because I actually said that 72 hours ago, and then well, you know, a lot else did go wrong. But it's just stuff, so we aren't sweating it too much. Not that we aren't sweating the cost, that's kind of ridiculous and laughable at the moment. I mean seriously, do you know how many 'emergency' funding situations this is covering all in ONE month!? Laughing is better than crying right? However, washing your hair in cold water is really a crying situation if you ask me.

Let's hope this week heads in an upward direction, because seriously, it can't go down right?! RIGHT!? 

Posting might be on the lighter side again this week, I'm trying to make a few deadlines for an exciting project I'm contributing on. I can't wait to share it all with you, but it's just not there yet. I'm a lot more active on my Facebook page, I pop in there several times a day with cool links, photos, and fun stuff, so if this space is way too quiet head on over there and say hi.

Hope you all had a glorious fall weekend!


winter breaking part II


1.BFF 2.bring a box of tissues 3.cabbage patch kid goodness 4.chinese with the family 5.my NIECE 6.push pins making me smile 7.flashback friday 8.a "bad guy" in the collection 9.a plus to organizing is finding your wedding band after three years of it being lost 10.an adventurous double date 11.family date 12.wintry lights 13.goodness 14.monday comes too quickly 15.bubbles 16.organizied beanie boos by size, she kills me 17.satsuma oranges 18.we changed out of our pajamas for an adventure 19.NHM 20.throwback thursday 21.just a tad excited 22.disneyland on the final day of winter break 23.skipping bffs 24.flashback friday

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Hope you all get back into the routine of school and normal life quicker than I do!! This week has been a littel challenging, but I do like having the kitchen stay clean for more than 15 minutes at a time.