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Valentine Party… Success!

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The “Anti-Valentine” Party was quickly transformed to a true Valentine celebration when I noticed just how much I love pink. Here are a few snaps of the party and my girls! I’ve also included my “secret” Love Bug Punch recipe.

Love Bug Punch

(serves… a lot)

2 Bottles of Champagne

2 Bottles of White Wine

1 Can of Frozen Lemonade

1 Can of Frozen Limeade

1 Can of Strawberry Daiquiri

Rasberries for yumminess and aesthetics!

Here are the few pictures of the decor that I snapped!

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DIY Glitter Bottles and Polka-Dot Champagne Glasses (which later tumbled)

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Lights and all in action!

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Roomie Pic!

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I highly recommend throwing at least one valentine party in your life. It is a fabulous celebration of pink and friends!

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Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Happy Single Awareness Day!

Valentine’s Day is… great. Sometimes. However, when you are single and have no man to sweep you off your feet with a dozen red roses and chocolates, it’s a great excuse for a party!

This year, my roommates and I are hosting our first ever Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. This isn’t going to be some depressing event though where we sit around and eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s while watching The Notebook. No way. This party is going to be legen…. (wait for it)… dary! -I’ve been watching How I Met Your Mother again.

Attire:

Of course full out obnoxious PINK! I’m talking over the top, all the shades of pink and red you can get your hands on. Maybe even a nice bobble heart handband.

What To Do:

 Gather your best friends, make a tasteful, yet strong, party punch and turn up the music. We have asked guests to bring their favorite valentine treat. For a twist though, make cupcakes with black icing instead of pink!

Decorations:

I’ve been cutting out paper hearts for DAYS. Black, red and pink hearts will create a nice swooping banner for across room. Then I’ve bought way too many rolls of streamers in red and pink. I want the house to be as pink as it can be. After all, just because we are single doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate each other!

Games:

Okay, so this may or may not be from the movie Valentine’s Day, but we are totally getting a PINATA! My only hope is that we do this before we start drinking. Anyways, fill up your pinata with fun retro candy or big wax lips!

Here are a few things from Party City that I’m thinking about getting to help get everyone in the “anti”-valentine mood!

heart.sunglassesWho doesn’t love heart-shaped sunglasses?!

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And these funny cupcakes as a sweet treat!!

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^^Basically… your house should look like this. ^^

(Minus that engagement photo. Boys… YUCK!)

Love is Sometimes Overwhelming

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Love. Everyone wants it, but we all look in the wrong places. Self love is one of the most important things in this world and is something everyone should constantly work on; however, appreciating the love that is already around you is just as important and can make you love yourself even more.

Every year on my birthday, when the cake comes out and my friends/family around me are singing, I start to cry. EVERY TIME! After further pondering this weird habit, I realized that I cry because other people’s love and care for me was hard to take in!  Think about it: a whole room of smiling people who want to be with you on your special day to show how much they care? That’s incredible. It was especially incredible to me on my 10th birthday. Fellow cast members of a musical I was in sang me “Happy Birthday” and all I could do was cry my eyes out. Love is sometimes overwhelming– so much so that it is difficult for me to absorb it… hence the tears. (If you know me well, I can be incredibly emotional). But these tears are tears of appreciation and joy. To know that someone cares for you and shows that through little things like offering to pay for your Starbucks when you are having a rough day, or someone who just sits and listens to your worries- Some of you may never know how appreciative I am of those things and because I keep those feelings bottled up until my birthday…well, Niagara falls appears in my tear ducts.

What I want you to take from this though is that everyone is loved by someone. Somehow, someway, somewhere! And what  us more reserved people need to do is appreciate that love every day so you won’t embarrass yourself year after year as you’re blowing out your candles.

Happy Birthday!

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Moms. What on earth would we do without them?

Who was there when you got in a wreck? Or came home late and didn’t tell Dad?

How about the time when she took you out of school early when you were having a bad day?

Or when she sang out in the car with you to Shania Twain??

My mother did all of those things and more. Today is her birthday and I am sadly not able to be with her. She has taught me so much through purposeful lessons and by accident. I can only hope that I live up to be everything she’s put into me and more and that I can someday share that with my future children.

My mom has gone through a lot. Let’s see… oh yeah, she raised me. 

I wasn’t a bad child per say, I was just a super emotional teen. Through my highs and lows, she was right there beside me. When I hurt, she hurt. Now being busy at college and away from her everyday comfort, it’s amazing how much of her time she put into making me happy. She’s still trying to make sure that I am always happy… Somehow she can comfort me and more through just a phone call. That takes talent.

Did I mention that she is beautiful? Inside and out? My mom has struggled with psoriasis for a good while and has had to cover her body for some time… it wasn’t until about two years ago that she found a medicine that worked. Now she’s feeling beautiful from the outside again. What she didn’t know was that during that difficult time where she didn’t feel pretty, she was radiating a deeper beauty than any other woman could ever attain. She pulled deep and didn’t care what others thought. That to me has been the biggest life lesson that she wasn’t even trying to teach.

Anyways, I love her and wish I could be there today to celebrate but I know she’s throwing it down somewhere. 🙂

If you haven’t already today, tell your mothers that you love them… they deserve it.