Quirky 4th of July Hand Drawn Printables - Enjoy

Hi everyone. Just posted some 4th of July printables over on the Crafty Modern blog. Use them for cupcake toppers or hanging decorations or just whatever you like. Enjoy! ...more

The Firecracker Pinwheel Project

July 4th is fast approaching!The kids and I have been creating all kinds of fun decorations and activities for our party-goers ... like these pinwheels. They'd be great for any occasion, not just Indpendence Day. Best of all, they're easy to make and cute as can be! ...more

Blue Island Girl



That's how it was for me as well. When I was young, I felt out of sorts if I didn't go clubbing ...more

Grilled Potato & Broccolini Picnic Salad Recipe

When it comes to picnic food, I can’t help but think of the American staple, potato salad. So many directions you can go&;151;I had to put a spin on this classic perennial favorite. ...more

I love to create recipes, and, of course, I LOVE to eat. Lol! And I can very easily imagine the ...more

Host a Party Tonight - Just Because You Can

By Tara Riceberg, Guest Contributor – Party Planning & Entertaining Now is THE best time to have friends over to your home, as it has just been deep cleaned for spring!  What? You don’t like to entertain?  Worried that you can’t afford to host a party? You’ve never thrown a bash and have no idea how to do it? NO EXCUSES!  Don’t let laziness, or fear, stop you from entertaining....more

10 Party Building Blocks

  By Tara Riceberg, Guest Contributor – Party Planning & Entertaining...more

28 Again

This evening I wrote on my Facebook status update that ''it's good to remind myself that I'm 28 every once in a while'' and that couldn't be more true right now. Following a very stressful couple of months and a stressful week despite the lack of toddler tantrums and co-parenting negotiations, it was great this evening to take some time to go out and enjoy myself a little and to dance the night away, around the handbags (much to the joy of a group of onlookers who couldn't quite believe what they were seeing) and to basically feel my age for once....more

My Royal Experience

To be honest, left to my own devices, I probably would have slept right through it.  I probably wouldn't have even remembered what day it was on, let alone the time.  I would have realized when I turned on the computer and saw updates all over my homepage.  Maybe later tonight I would have caught a few hi-lights on the evening news.Lucky for me, I have a friend who is a royal junkie.  We've been chatting for years, our older kids in the same class, #2 and her youngest in the same class, so we run into each other all the time.  We invite each other to our kid...more