Oops! Party Planning Checklist Now Working!


Hey guys!  Big apologies for the confusion with the party planning check list! I’ve updated the link and the document is now available for downloading!

Planning a party can be overwhelming!  There is soooo much to do, order décor, make food, ice drinks, clean the house… the list goes on and on!  I have found that if I plan in advance, my stress level significantly decreases!  I have created a super easy to follow party planning checklist for you…. and it’s FREE!!!!!  Simply click the link and it will direct you to the Party Prep Check List.

Hope you guys enjoy and sorry for the confusion!


03/14 Wine Crush Wed: Napa Valley Wine Train

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As many of you know, I was lucky enough to pop over to Napa for an awesome trip filled with wine, wine and a little bit more wine.  One of the highlights of the trip was getting to take a full day excursion on the historic <a href="http://Wine Accessbanner“>Napa Valley Wine Train.  Wow, I have to say, I was totally blown away by this fun, educational and relaxing experience.

The historic train takes of from downtown Napa and is an easy walk from many of the downtown hotels.  Upon arrival, you check into a train depot, then board for your specific tour.  We selected the Quattro Vino Legacy Tour which included a four course meal and guided tours at 3 well know wineries in the valley.  Upon boarding the historic train you are greeted with a bubbly tasting of champagne and seated in a comfy velvet booth with beautiful marble features and shiny brass fixtures.

As the train slowly and smoothly departed the station, we were served our first course as we started the journey to the first winery.  The train takes a slow and steady pace so you get sweeping views of the countryside making the journey just completely breath taking.  There were two attentive servers that serviced the cart, and they were on top of each request, and the train offers an excellent wine menu to help keep you hydrated during your journey!

The pace of the day is absolutely perfect and includes lots of yummy food with guided winery tours tucked in between.  We loved how the winery guides greeted you right as you exited the train and each were highly educated about the history and details behind the wines you are tasting.  The tours were just long enough and each allowed for extra time to walk around on your own prior to boarding the train for the next stop!

As I’m sure you can tell, I would highly recommend The Napa Valley Wine Train to anyone headed to the Napa Valley.  The romantic atmosphere and gourmet meals combined with the interesting guided wine tours tops a van tour any day!  Next time you are in Napa checkout The Wine Train and let them know Sip Sip Hooray sent ya!

If I have got you wanting to head to Napa right now, head on over to our partner, Wine Access and order up some authentic Napa Valley Wine that will at least take your taste buds to the valley right from your own home!

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Mon 3/12: Flower pots aren’t just for flowers

Now that we are recovering from that horrid time change, spring is in the air!  Time to get outside and freshen up those flower pots with the latest trends….unfortunately I am basically a flower murder!  I get busy, I forget to water, then next thing I know my $40 pot of flowers is as dry as the dessert, brown, brittle and broken!  One trick I like to do is make fun creations for my front porch that rotate with different holidays.

For a St. Patrick’s Day themed front porch I headed to my favorite store… The Dollar Tree!  For $7 a planter I was able to turn a basic empty flower pot into a fun whimsical celebration.  Hope you try it out also!

  • Flower arranging base
  • A large green flower pinwheel
  • 3 small yellow tulip pinwheels (which I am also going to use for Easter)
  • 1 package of green pre-curled bows (3 were in a pack)
  • 1 package of mini tissue paper puffs (6 come on the line, but I trimmed to just 3)


Sun 3/4: Lights, Camera, Oscars!

Grab your popcorn and get ready for Hollywood’s biggest night! Red carpets, glitzy outfits and gorgeous jewels will have me raptured as celebrities flock to learn who’s the best of the best! The first ceremony was held back in May of 1929 at the famous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and only 15 golden statuettes were handed out for outstanding achievements in 1927 and 1928. We all know today’s awards celebrate a LOT more than 15 folks, so try making this Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Savory Popcorn to get you through to the fabulous BEST categories!

Also check out The Oscar’s official site where you can test your knowledge with some Oscars Trivia Quiz.


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3/3 Saturday Sips & Tips: Free Party Prep Checklist

Planning a party can be overwhelming!  There is soooo much to do, order décor, make food, ice drinks, clean the house… the list goes on and on!  I have found that if I plan in advance, my stress level significantly decreases!  I have created a super easy to follow party planning checklist for you…. and it’s FREE!!!!!

How do you get one of your own???  Just head to our blog and sign up to follow!  Click the Follow button, add your email address and I will be sending you your very own copy of the FREE Party Prep Checklist via email on Thursday 3/8.

You have less than a week to sign up for this offer that will expire at midnight on Wednesday, so hurry up and sign up today!


Thurs 3/1 National Peanut Butter Lovers Day

Oh my sweet waist line, I love me some Peanut Butter! Peanut Butter dates all the way back to ancient Incas and Aztecs who would roast and then grind peanuts into paste, however George Washington Carver was the premier brainiac associated with this beloved treat. He discovered over 300 uses for peanuts including shampoo, shaving cream and glue. Today we mostly inhale it due to it’s amazing creamy consistency, but it actually is a healthy treat that’s high in protein when eating in a normal portion… and a no a serving spoon doesn’t count as a spoonful.

Checkout this fun no cook peanut buttery treat that’s easy to make with the kids and perfect for Easter!

Click here to for a free download Easter Basket

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3/28: Wine Crush Wednesday, Just Chillin

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I will be the first one to admit my wine knowledge is totally basic.  I know I like wine, but that’s about where my knowledge ends.  There is no shame in this blog, so I’m just gonna say it, sometimes I drink warm Chardonnay, I know I’m not supposed to, but I do.  While you were gathering yourself from that revelation, I would like to pinky promise that moving forward I want to do better… I need to do better… so I got down and dirty with research on the proper way I should be drinking my best friends… ummm I mean wine. thermo wine

What I discovered in my research is that serving your wine at the ideal temperature will drive an optimal drinking experience.  I don’t know about you, but if I’m adding in extra calories, they better be optimal.  If you are serving your wine to warm, the alcohol flavor will be enhanced, which I know might sound enticing, but ultimately it just makes the flavor of the wine feel flat.  And if you are serving your wines too cold, it will mute flavors making them taste too harsh and astringent.

So it seems we have ourselves in a bit of a goldilocks scenario, what is the perfect temp for your wine?  Glad you asked, the majority of the resources suggested the following serving temperatures:

wine tempsSparkling Wine: 45-48 °F
Light White Wines: 45-50 °F
Full Bodied White Wines: 50-55 °F
Light Red Wine- 55-60 Degrees °F
Full Bodied Red Wines- 60-65 °F

Helpful right?  Ummm, no, and just so you know your kid’s little forehead thermometer is no help in checking wine temperature.  All of this is great info, but how the heck do you check a wine bottle’s temperature?  So glad you asked!  We have researched some of the top rated wine thermometers on Amazon and have provided you some affiliate links so you’ll never be abashed by your wine temperature again!

Is your wine a bit too hot?  Too cold?  Check out the quick how to video on the fastest way to make your wine perfect for that picky Goldilocks wine snooty guest.

Take a look at these great and affordable thermometer options!  After all this digging, I am going to pinky promise to try to stop dropping ice cubes into my Chard!  Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Kikkerland Wine Bottle Thermometer

Plastic Cased Alltemp Select Infrared Wine Thermometer with Clip

Vacu Vin Wine and Champagne Bottle Snap Thermometer – Purple