Shades of Grey Bachelorette

Just like every other woman I have recently read and become mildly obsessed with the Shades of Grey trilogy….how can one man be so so wrong and so sexy at the same time?!? Since it seemed like most of the girls in my group of friends had read or were in the process of reading the books this summer, and it was one of my good friend’s bachelorette party- we decided to throw her a “Shades of Grey” Bachelorette! It was a fantastic night (Sangria + Pole Dancing Lessons + Best Friends = Hilarious Night Out). I thought I would share with you some of the little details I did to include the Shades of Grey theme. I got a lot of my inspiration from- where else?- Pinterest. Here are a couple of the links that inspired me (Gotta give these girls props- they had some awesome ideas!)

:http://inspiredesignandcreate.com/50shadesofgreydecor/

http://www.throwbackroad.com/2012/05/50-shades-of-grey-party.html

The star of the decorating was definitely the cake my friend and owner of Sophisticakes made. I just asked her for a shades of grey themed cake and she showed up with this beauty- it is a large cupcake (like what you would use for a child’s smashcake) with lingerie-clad cookies on top…isn’t it awesome?

Ignore the smudged icing- that was totally my clumsiness in transporting the cake from my car into the house. I think the runner-up for biggest hit was my DIY party favors using lip gloss & lip exfoliant from Bath & Bodyworks.

Honestly- who hasn’t been going around biting their bottom lip in hopes of attracting a beautiful, rich Christian ever since finished the books? And what better way to display party favors at a bachelorette than in a martini glass?  We also wanted to have one special drink for all the girls that night so I mixed up a double batch of Sangria and the “S&M Sangria was a huge hit!”

I was also inspired by some of the blogs mentioned above to come up with some other clever “Shades of Grey” names for our appetizers: forbidden fruit kabobs, Ben-Wah balls (AKA chocolate covered berries), Red Room of Pain Vines ( Red Licorice Ropes). All in all it was a fabulous, fun girls night out.

And here is one pic of us at Pink Fitness Pole Dancing classes….you can get a private class in pole dancing or chair dancing (or both like we did!) for bachelorette parties…I highly recommend it!

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Wreaths, wreaths, wreaths….

Today was the first cool,crisp morning where you could feel that Fall is just around the corner. Fall is one of my favorite seasons and is definitely my favorite season for decorating. Something about all the earthy red, oranges & browns, pumpkins, gourds, hay & scarecrows just does it for me. So after enjoying a cappuccino and snuggling with the boys for a bit I decided I would work on some Fall wreaths.

Wreaths for me are one of the easiest ways to decorate and fulfill my crafty ambitions. Before I show you my most recent creations I’ll share with you two other wreaths I have made in the last little while. The first is a boa wreath I made for a friend’s bachelorette and it was insipired by my favorite website- pinterest! This is the pin that I used as my inspiration & tutorial:

And here is a pic of the finished product (although it had seen better days by this point…this is post bachelorette!)

It was really easy to do too- just buy a wreath form and wrap the boas around it. I used 2 black boas and wrapped them around first then layered 1 pink boa over top. The next wreath I made was for last Easter and being the crazy bird-lover that I am I decided to make an egg themed Easter wreath that I will admit has hung up on our door until I replaced it with a Fall wreath today…..I’m on top of things like that..

All the supplies for that wreath I managed to find at the dollar store- if you shop early in the season they usually have great floral pieces for $1/bunch. The total cost of this wreath was under $10!! (You can buy the wreath forms at Wal-mart or Michaels for around $5). My new Fall wreath is really just an updated version of this Easter one- I bought the Fall floral arrangements from the Dollarama and went to work- here is my masterpiece!

And then I made one more Fall wreath- wanting to do something a little different this time. I bought from burlap at Michaels using my 40% off coupon (don’t you love those??) and found those cute little Fall-colored flowers for only $1.50 apiece at Michaels as well. I just love the burlap- it just screams rustic, country vibe to me.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my recent craftiness at work. Now you know what I’ve been doing in my spare time!

Progress in the Apartment

Since I had completely forgotten to write any posts in over a month I thought I would kickstart my vow to start writing more with 2 blog posts in 1 day! This post is just an update on the progress we are making over in the apartment. My house is an old Victorian home and since it is so big it is actually divided into 2- we live on the main side and we also have a small 2 bedroom apartment. We had rented it out when we first moved here about 4 years ago but it was a disaster (that side of the house needs a lot of TLC) so we have left it empty for the past 3 years. It was an outta sight outta mind kind of thing. But in the last little while we have been working to fix up that side and attempt to rent it out again. First steps included ripping up all the dirty, old carpeting in the whole apartment ( a dirty job!) and then we primed every wall in the place. We will eventually get around to painting it….. ( we both HATE painting!) but for now everything is plain old white. Next we bought some laminate flooring & got that installed and already we can see quite the difference in the place! Here is the before:Image

The only cute thing in that picture is Rally! But here is the after…isn’t that floor gorgeous!

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We had been watching the flyers for weeks looking for a sale on a laminate we both loved and as soon as we saw this grey-wood beauty we were sold! And for only $1.39/sq.ft. we loved the price too. One step closer to becoming landlords again!

Birthday Cupcakes for Dogs

Today I want to share with you some canine cupcakes I made for my baby Ozzy’s 3rd birthday. I found a recipes on Pinterest and adapted it to use up ingredients I already had in my kitchen. The original recipe is from Dog Treat Kitchen.com and can be found at:http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/dog-cake-recipe.html

So here is a picture of my finished product

Peanut Butter-Banana-Pumpkin Cupcakes

These cupcakes were super easy to whip up and were a big hit with all the four-legged guests at the party. Here is the recipe:

Peanut Butter-Banana-Pumpkin Canine Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup canola or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour (white or whole wheat)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 ripe bananas

Preheat the oven to 350 and mix together the oil, pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs & bananas. Next add the flour & baking soda and mix well together. Pour into a well greased cupcake pan & bake for 20 minutes. Yield: 6 doggie cupcakes. (Could also do in a mini-cupcake pan for smaller dogs.) When the cupcakes have cooled I “frosted” them with peanut butter & placed a banana slice on top for decoration.

Here is a  picture of the birthday boy with his cupcake: