You don’t need a reason to party, but from time to time I’m going to give you a good one. Then I’m going to suggest the essentials: what to eat, drink, bake, make and wear.

Reason to party: College Football!If the first college football Saturday of the season isn’t a reason to party, I don’t know what is. Get the gang together for a  tailgate at home. Send out a schedule for the day, including what games will be featured. If possible, set up a few viewing areas so guests can catch various games. Ask everyone to bring a dip while you provide the main course, drinks and dessert.

EAT: Wings are an essential part of the game day experience. Pizza is delicious. Why not combine the two for a wingless buffalo chicken pizza?

DRINK: No need to get fancy. The people want beer while watching college football and the people shall have it.

BAKE: Beer ice cream chocolate chip sandwiches. There isn’t much else to say.

MAKE: Make favors with the faces of your guests’ favorite mascots.

WEAR: Swap your typical college tee for a dress in your team’s colors. It seems like an appropriate way to usher in a new season. Plus it’s August and hot outside.

So what will you be doing on August 31st? More importantly, who will you be routing for?


glitter rules.

I have some great clients whose upcoming wedding involves lots of shiny gold details (a couple after my own heart). Accordingly, I’ve been working with a lot of glitter over the past few months. I love glitter but more times than I care to admit I have looked in the mirror and thought, “Oh hey, you have glitter on your face.” The remnants of these projects will be with me for a long time.

Here are some tips I’ve learned about working with glitter.

  1. Do not play with glitter near your computer.
  2. If you get a cut while playing with glitter, you should stop and clean the wound before proceeding.
  3. When traveling with glitter, pack it securely in a zip lock bag, a Tupperware container or, and this is most highly recommended, double packed in both a zip lock bag and a Tupperware container.
  4. If you feel a sneeze coming on, step outside of the glitter area.
  5. Before bringing glitter into your home, be sure your domestic partner(s) really like you.
  6. Do not bake cookies within 24 hours of playing with glitter.
  7. Do not eat out of a community bag of chips while playing glitter.
  8. If your friend despises glitter, do not invite this friend over to your house before, after or during glitter play time. A month buffer period is preferred.
  9. Tile grout is the enemy of glitter.
  10. While you may not, your dog will look cute with glitter on its face.

Glitter rules. Proceed with sparkly caution.


My new life plan:

1. Think of all the art/craft projects* I liked doing as a kid.
2. Do said projects but class them up a bit.
3. Post them on Pinterest.
4. Become a famous trendsetting crafter.
5. Live happily ever after making macaroni necklaces, things decoupaged with magazine cutouts and popsicle stick houses.

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