Jul 28, 2012

Spa Party

My sister was in town to visit earlier this week.... she made a quick stop here in Houston while on her way to Dallas for a Mary Kary conference.  It was her first trip to Houston, so we explored a little around town and she experienced life in TX.  We knew after a few days of busyness, we'd want to relax and pamper ourselves.  Since she's a Mary Kay director with so many great products in stock, we thought making food, inviting friends and having a spa party (a Mary Kay spa party) would be the perfect end to a visit!

I mailed invites and planned a party full of food, drinks and spa treatments....

As friends arrived, we lingered around the food table sharing our week's adventures and tasting new treats.

Spa Food

Spa Drinks

We slowly moved into the living room with our plates and drinks to begin a night of pampering.  My sister and I set several spa supplies and lighted votive candles on various tables around the living room.

Spa Supplies

During the party we pampered our face, arms, legs, hands and feet.  We used all Mary Kay products (MK products are listed in parenthesis), but any homemade or store bought products would work for a spa party too!

Spa Treatments
  • facial and eye cleanse (MK TimeWise 3-in-1 cleanser, Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover) 
  • microdermabrasion (MK TimeWise Microdermabrasion)
  • facial mask (MK TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask)
  • facial moisturizer (MK TimeWise Age Fighting Moisturizer)
  • eye soothing (MK Firming Eye Cream, Indulge Soothing Eye Gel with Calming Influence)
  • lip mask & balm (MK Satin Lips)
  • body lotion (MK TimeWise Body Targeted-Action Toning Lotion)
  • pedicure (soaked feet in tub of warm water with MK 2-in-1 Body Wash & Shave, used MK Satin Hands to soften and scrub, MK Mint Bliss Energizing Lotion for Feet & Legs to moisturize, then finished with nail filers and polish)
  • manicure (MK Satin Hands to soften, scrub & moisturize, then finished with nail filers and polish)

To make nail polish selections easier, I created a sheet with polish names, then painted a square with the actual polish color....

We used the tootsie footsies (tootsie rolls) as toe spacers while applying the nail polish (or you could just go ahead and eat them!).

Great night.... I'm relaxed and had a fun time visiting with my sister!

Later in the week, I'll make the spa invite, food labels and more available as a free download.
Update: Spa party printables

Jul 16, 2012

Recipe: Easy, Delicious Nachos

The husband was out of town for a few days and to welcome him back, the kids wanted to help make a special dinner.  With three little ones in the kitchen, I wanted to make something easy.  No mess.  Not much clean-up (well, as little clean-up as possible).  We excitedly agreed on nachos.  Nachos = happy kids!  And I also found out, nachos = happy husband.

These delicious nachos were so easy to make.... just a bunch of layers piled high.  And, to make it even easier, I bought all the toppings already prepared, no chopping involved! (pre-cut vegetables are packaged in a container in the produce aisle at my local grocery store, I love it!)

Delicious Nachos Recipe

  • lightly salted tortilla chips, about a 14oz bag
  • pico de gallo (there is usually a variety... original, black bean, corn, mango, pineapple or a combination - I like to combine the original in mild, original in medium, and one made with a mixture of black beans and corn).  For a full baking sheet piled high, I buy about 48oz.
  • 1c green onions
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • 24oz cheddar cheese
Directions (looks long, but it's not):
  • preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • line baking sheet with aluminum foil
  • spread tortilla chips in a thin layer covering entire baking sheet
  • sprinkle thin layer of shredded cheddar cheese over chips
  • spoon about 12oz of pico de gallo mixture over cheese
  • sprinkle green onions over pico de gallo
  • sprinkle an extra-thin layer of shredded cheddar cheese over onions
  • add more chips
  • add thin layer of cheese
  • add more pico de gallo
  • a little bit of onions
  • little bit of cheese
  • more chips
  • more cheese
  • pico de gallo
  • some onions
  • cheese
  • chips again
  • lots of cheese
  • top with pico all over the top
  • sprinkle with cilantro
  •  place baking sheet on middle rack in oven for about 15 min, until top cheese is golden brown and cheese in middle has warmed and melted
  • remove from oven

Serve immediately to hungry little ones and a happy husband!  We add guacamole on the side (I bought our guac already made too, so convenient and HEB has an awesome one that's pretty close to homemade).  No forks involved, dig in! 

You could also add sour cream, salsa, a squeeze of lime, chicken, beef, olives, sliced avocados or even more cheese!  Who doesn't love more cheese!  Yum!

Jul 11, 2012

Free Printable: Custom Postcards

It's been cloudy and very, very rainy here in Houston this week.  We don't have many weeks filled with heavy rain, so this weather is wonderful... and it's an excuse to stay indoors and get creative!  The kids and I invited friends over to play and paint.  I printed postcards and let the kids brush, swirl and flick paint all over the front of their postcards.  Once the paint dried, we flipped the postcard over and wrote a short sentence, filled in the address and added a stamp.  Tomorrow we'll drop it in the mail to send to far-away-family.  It's a bonus for the grandparents.... a letter and a painting in one, a custom painted postcard!

 We started with the blank postcard....

... then got out acrylic paint (I buy the Folk Art paint in the 2oz bottles, they're available at just about every craft store.  I like the thickness)....

... and got to work.

In the end, we had custom art on a postcard...

.... and ready to be addressed.

The kids had fun, so I think we'll be doing these again real soon... maybe next time we'll use watercolors paints!

Here's a free printable postcard for your kids (or you) to paint, draw, color or even scribble to send to those you love.  These postcards are available for your personal use for FREE.... download, print or just pass along the link: postcards

Print on 8.5x11" heavy-duty painting paper (I prefer acrylic paper for mine, but my printer will only take water color paper).  Once printed, cut down the middle, both horizontal and vertical.  There are four postcards per sheet.

Have fun!

Jul 6, 2012

60th Birthday Party (and Free Printable)

It's been a while since I've tapped at my keyboard and posted decorating or party pictures... I've been busy having fun with the family celebrating some exciting events the last few months.  We finished a successful year of homeschooling our oldest daughter thru kindergarten (yay!), then we traveled to the northeast part of the country to visit family, attend a beautiful wedding and celebrated my dad's 60th birthday.

My sister, brother and I wanted to plan a special surprise for my dad since it was such a big year, a 60th birthday is definitely a time to celebrate!  I saw a birthday idea on Pinterest from Nothing But Bonfires to create a memory for each year.... so, we sent a note to family and friends of my dad asking for their help.... in the end, we compiled over 60 memories to honor my dad and present to him as we celebrated his 60th birthday.

Family and friends emailed their favorite memory of my dad to me.... I printed the memories (so they all had the same heading), stuffed the envelopes sealed with circle stickers and then stacked them in small boxes tied with bakers twine....

To present the memories, we planned a special evening at a AAA baseball game.  We rented a suite for our family and our kids, then surprised my dad as he walked in.  The surprise was a few weeks before his real birthday, so I think he was a bit shocked (and excited!).  Now it was time to celebrate (and watch a baseball game)!

In between all the game watching and eating, we surprised him with the memories.....

As my dad read through memories, there were so many great times brought back to life, some heart-touching, some super hilarious.  Lots of dare-devil stunts were mentioned, especially on four-wheelers and dirt bikes, and then of course over and over again we heard of my dad's humble heart and graciousness towards those he encounters....

Then we got a little camera crazy in between reading all the memories (the little ones took most of these photos!)....

Me and my dad...

... my sister and my dad...

... my brother and my dad....

... and I can't forget the mascot and my dad.

We had a great time celebrating, especially my husband!  He really gets into the game :)

And as promised, here's a free printable birthday banner for you.... there's three colors to choose: red, pink or blue.  For my dad's 60th birthday party I strung the red happy birthday banner across the wall with red and white bakers twine....

Here are the free printables:
Happy Birthday Banner - Red
Happy Birthday Banner - Blue
Happy Birthday Banner - Pink

Download the pdf file and print on 8.5x11" white/cream colored cardstock, trim along the dotted lines, then punch two small holes at the top of each card.  Thread twine, yarn, string etc in and out of the holes to create a banner just like the photo "happy" above.  Then hang the happy birthday banner and celebrate!

Happy 60th Birthday Dad!!!  We love you...

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