Filtering by Category: Leisure
Lately I've found myself giving all kinds of advice - which I've come to realize are really fabulous wisdom sound bites! So I decided to compile my most widely used life perscriptions - these really are words of high wisdom + tactics I use to help make life desicions. I hope you gobble them up and store them in a special place - they may come in handy one day when you want to punch someone in the face!!
One step inside San Diego's El Camino Restaurant - and I'm inspirationally ambushed, creatively bombed!! This mexican joint is a mecca of high color + bold decorative statements - a place that evokes the need to revamp your own space + make it just as awesomely audacious! Having a meal there and contemplating your home decor can be rather treacherous - for your need to go crazy + repaint your whole house will be most generous! Why not paint your front door Blooming Fuchsia?! Or, stencil bold Cool Cobalt flowers all over your entry way, hallelujah!! Perhaps an adventurous black and white statement wall is more your speed - then a can of Onyx Black is really all you need! What ever your fancy or level of creative ambition - Glidden's got your back + is capable of fueling any wild painting expedition. Go ahead and rid yourself of decorating doubt - get inspired, paint it up bold + make this MRS proud!!!
It's about time for some serious Halloween madness and by that I mean craft making + hunting for costume badassness!!! I'm all for a clever, collaborative cost-y...ones that work for the whole fam is even better, its SAUCY! Aside from the costumes are fun crafts for the kiddos, one's that won't take hours to read through directional info. So here are some of my Halloween faves! But please, leave a comment with the ones that you crave!!!
All of the above can be found on THIS very Halloween Pinterest board...have fun, delve in + you'll totally score!!
Lately I've been bundting, I believe it's the phase that follows nesting - what ever the irrational reason behind it, my taste buds certainly are not protesting!! I stumbled upon the frantic urge to Bundt right after my mini mister was born - and what transpired next was pure unadultrated bundt porn!! I proudly present you with the two recipes that were wildly requested - once these bundts hit your lips you'll know why they came so highly recommended!!
BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP BUNDT
1 cup butter, at room temperature, plus more for bundt pan
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
3 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cup mashed very ripe bananas
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter bundt pan; set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and beat to incorporate. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and mix until just combined. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla; mix to combine. Stir in chocolate chips, Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in bundt pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a pretty plate to cool.
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP BUNDT
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature, plus more for bundt pan
3 large eggs
1 16-ounce can solid pack pumpkin
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour le bundt pan. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl to blend. Mix in eggs and pumpkin. Sift flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and baking powder into another large bowl. Stir into pumpkin mixture in 2 additions. Mix in chocolate chips. Add batter to prepared bundt pan. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in bundt pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a pretty plate to cool.
Happy Sunday, y'all - I hope you're all relaxing + enjoying this glorious fall! Just a quick weekend reminder that our Mrs. October Gazette will be dispatched first thing tomorrow - it's filled with all kinds of fire + brimstone, and something ominously boozy to swallow! Don't be a hag and let this one pass you by - for if you haven't already signed up, the bitch above will curse you to die!!
Just kidding... (but not really.) Have a fabby Sunday!!
Whoever thinks duct tape is but just another item in their hubby's ten-foot-tall pile of things of no use (admit it, 99.9% of you) I must demand you rethink this theory and call it truce! Yes, that's right, the unthinkable is gettin' real so sit back + read on as I go on my little 3m scotch-lovin' shpiel. Scotch-loving...the Mrs? You don't dare say! This time (the one and only) the reference lay not with an alcoholic bevvy, but scotch duct tape! (yes, way!) I, not long ago, would be right there beside you rolling my eyes... at the thought of scotch duct tape doing anything other than something I wholeheartedly despise. Here comes the twist, they brilliantly came out with a brand-spankin' new line of Scotch® Colors & Patterns Duct Tape boasting color options of white, yellow, neon green + hot pink.. all totally divine! That's when it hit me there's gotta be something I can do... to replace the hubby's collection without giving him the obvious + insulting clue. Turn it into a pretty project with just enough leftover for him, too!! (brilliance, I know) An affordable, colorful + fun DIY all in the midst of my little white lie! So all you wives trying to pretty up your hubby's pile of not-so-pretty junk, take my advice + make some home decor with serious spunk!!! Step-by-step video tutorials for other fun + colorful DIYs can be found on this YouTube channel and on this Twitter feed!
Happy taping! XXX!
Never miss an important call, birthday, meeting or picture day for as long as you shall live - just follow my step by step scheduling plan and incorporate it into your daily biz! Take it from me, the queen of "oopsie daisy" - blowing a deadline + coming up with sorry excuses sure makes you look lazy! Since my days of ignorant scheduling mishaps - I've concocted my own foolproof scheduling mishmash! I promise you if you put a few of these steps into place - you'll never miss a THANG and perhaps even become the poster child of social grace!
Give it a whirl, I just know you'll reap the bennies - and say good bye to all those forgetful fits + frenzies!!
I've always been wildly clear about professing my love of laundry - it's an obsession that runs deep within my veins, an act that I honor staunchly! Throughout my laundressing practices, I've acquired many secrets - all of which have aided me in reaching my laundry wielding zenith. One of said laundry secrets I've picked up along the way - is that of the PRE-FOLD, in which I've decided to share with you all today! As a woman of HIGH-laundress status, I'm a stickler when it comes to folding - a poorly folded load is something I will forever be loathing! That said, as a busy mother of 3, finding time to fold can be well, a little bit tricky. That's when I call upon my Pre-Folding skills - a quicky, easy + load saving solution thats totally BRILLS!! Once I hear the chime from the dryer signifying its completion - I promptly administer the fluff + stack technique and with good reason! What happens next is a laundresses wet dream - for the weight of the warm stack presses out all the wrinkles, thus eliminating the need to iron + steam!!! I then leave said stack for a lovely little private window of folding opportunity - this then results in a load thats been executed + folded rather beautifully!!
Oh go on and TRY it, I triple dog dare you!!
Uh-huh! That's right! The word on the block is true + if you haven't yet seen or heard, then let me tell you...yesterday I was tweeting away + one tweet in particular stole the day! One tweet to Martha + that's all it took, but her response is what made it unlike any other...a tweet for the books! Not only did Martha respond to my query on fitted sheet folding, she did so in a fashion that had my excitement exploding! She recorded a vid personally acquitted to moi + I couldn't be more thrilled to share with y'all!
It sounds naughty and indulgent, a little piggish + lazy - I'll tell you what... it's all of the above AND a pinch crazy!!But hear me out... I've been doing it for months - it's a total game changer, and all it took was once! Sure, I'm all kinds of massively pregnant - so it makes sense to make part of my day a sleepy segment. However, pregnant or not a daily nap is hands down rejuvinating - it's European (right?!), it's sanity saving, it's DAYMAKING!! So the next time you catch a case of the wearies, do yourself a favor - give into a daytime nap + make it a daily habit to savor... you can thank me later!!
Mmm Mmmm Mmmmm I can almost smell the yummies of these six fabby socal eateries....each one a recurring favourite on my long, long list of memories. These picks are nothing uber-lavish or anything of that sort, but take my word they're fantabulous + I 100% support!
Although only Sea + Mexican food, i'm sure you'll love them all the same. Just the mere thought of a carnitas taco from the snack shack is driving me insane. Be sure to thank me later, nows not the time...and for all you NorCal wanderers, where do YOU prefer to dine?
1. Lobster West Encinitas, CA // 2. Carnitas Snack Shack San Diego, CA // 3. Lucha Libre Taco Shop San Diego, CA // 4. The Fish Box Food Truck Los Angeles, CA // 5. Ponce's Mexican Restaurant San Diego, CA // 6. Miguel's Cocina Coronado, CA
Summer laundering is truly one of my greatest passions - pinning up our household's freshly cleaned fashions - brings me pleasures you'd be hard pressed to fathom. Luckily for us my line stays up nearly all year long - allowing my obsession to carry on strong. What's made taken my lining to a whole new level - are these latest outdoor laundering sundries I've deemed utterly essential. First, if you don't have a set of fabby pins, then what's the point? You might as well just take your dirties down to the local fluff n' fold joint!! Did you know there are now SCENTED PINS?! A new invention that'll win anyones laundry heart, I'm convinced! And howabout marked bins and my all time fav, the on-line pin bin - laundry line naysayers.... these babies are for the win!! I can't encourage enough the art of line drying - it'll change your life (for the better) the second you start trying!
There's nothing better than rounding up the pals + partaking in some ridiculously fabulous outdoor dinner chatter! I mean, what better weather than summer to avoid any possible rainy pitter patter?! I must admit, I received some major direction after a recent DBA dinner. The DBA gals did a splendid job of displaying the ultimate patio party perfection. So allow me to pass on to you the tricks of the trade and bump you one step closer to setting off a voluptuous summer patio party grenade! As stated above, you will need table top succulents, tealights + utensils galore...not to mention some fabby alchy that your guests will AH-dore!
Shall you have any questions on hosting such a lovely event, leave a comment below + the MRS herself help guide you to the fullest extent!
My heart nearly skipped 3 beats when I stumbled across these fascinations from beyond + abroad - garden delights with such high MRS appeal are certaqinly deserving of prizes + applaud!! It's too bad that their far off locations deter us from aquiring - but nontheless it doesn't hinder them from being every bit inspiring! At the very least you can always spice things up with a set of snomingos - these babies are as available + abundant as Vegas casinos!!
If you're an avid MRS reader, then you're familiar with my love of food on sticks - if not, now you do and get excited because I'm going to share with you one of my favorite little tricks! In all my entertaining shenanigans, I've come to learn a thing or two - food on sticks is a total croud pleaser through + through. That said, over the years I've found ways to glam up said food sticks - and my favorite way to do so with with glittering pipe cleaners + long bamboo picks. What I can promise is that what ever your serving - it'll look 8 million times more discerning - when its speared with a festive stick that's glistening + diserving. It's certainly not rocket science nor time consuming - which is the only reason why I bother with this type of food utensil pruning. I highly suggest you give my festive food stick trick a try - and when you assemble them, make bucks of them to always have on supply!
Hooray for July + hooray for the new Mrs. Gazette - this edition is so smokin'it's like a lit cigarette! I've got some fun tips + tipples - amongst all that news + my kooky MRS riddles. I do hope you've done yourself the favor of signing up - there are all kinds of goodies that need your sizing up! I'll stop with the hard sell + let my Gazette do the talking - afterall it's well worth creepily stalking!!