Getting Music Together for a Party, Work, Exercise….Whatever!

Getting Music Together for a Party, Work, Exercise….Whatever!

Guess what I got for my birthday this past year?  Every song by every artist….. ever.   I have been blogging about entertaining ideas & each time, I have mentioned “creating” a playlist.  After the last few get-togethers at my house, I realize I need to share my most recent find in the realm of “playlists.”  I also realize – not everybody knows what I’m talking about, and it’s a valuable resource to have! I even prepped myself for an 80s Party this weekend, by teasin’ my hair to Cyndi Lauper! A playlist is a group of songs you select that can be themed (baby songs, love songs) or be completely unrelated – just songs you like!  You can group songs together on your listening device or you can group several CDs from your CD collection. ...

Quick & Easy Chocolate Recipes: Chocolate Chili!

Quick & Easy Chocolate Recipes:  Chocolate Chili!

If you’ve procrastinated & are looking for a chocolate recipe for tonight (It’s Valentine’s Day, by the way….) then treat your Valentine or whole family to a dinner that incorporates the standard ingredient in a not-so-standard way! Chocolate Chili!!!! I love dishes that are weird & shocking at first glance! When I first saw Paula Deen’s Chocolate Shrimp Tortilla Soup (using cocoa powder), I had to try it.   A year later, I was helping a friend move apartments, and she took us out to a new mexican restaurant.   I could have sworn there was chocolate & sugar in my dish, and everyone thought I was crazy! !  So…. my curiosity got the best of me. It turns out, I was eating mole sauce which contains chocolate, a staple in mexican...

Cherry Jubilation! The Benefits of Cherries During the Winter!

Cherry Jubilation! The Benefits of Cherries During the Winter!

Do you have a sinus headache?  Are you watching your sugar or weight?  Are you looking for a great way to relieve arthritis? CHERRIES! Cherries will help you cheer up, provide you with many nutritional benefits, comfort your pains, and sweeten your life! They’re not in season everywhere right now, but don’t let that stop you from adding them to your routine – especially in the winter time!  You can buy them dried, frozen, or fresh!  However they come, they are one of nature’s marvels! My valentine & I attended a dinner on Saturday, and had roasted pork tenderloin with cherry chutney!  It was the perfect sweet & tart accompaniment to the meat!  During the conversation, my friend Rachel mentioned she’d heard you’d have to eat a pound of...

Scarves: The 2 Easiest Ways to Tie a Scarf

Scarves: The 2 Easiest Ways to Tie a Scarf

The scarf is the “IN” accessory this year.  There are literally hundreds of ways to wear, style, and make scarves coming out of the woodwork right now.  For starters, it’s hard to keep them all straight.  Some of them are complicated….. and by complicated I mean – more time-consuming than 5 seconds, and usable only to those who can “visualize” what form it’s supposed to look like.  For those who want something quick, unique, and personalized – here are the two EASIEST ways to tie a scarf for a year-round accessory! Any long scarf will do – a silk scarf, a pashmina scarf, or a knit scarf – whatever you need will work! If you’re more of a “monkey-see-monkey-do” person, check out the video below!  “The Winter...

How to Make Christmas De-Decorating Easier: “A De-Decorating Party”

How to Make Christmas De-Decorating Easier: “A De-Decorating Party”

Are your holiday decorations still up? Mine are.  (What?! I don’t have an assistant!  I ask Santa for one EVERY YEAR….)Are you contemplating changing the ornaments out for Valentine’s Day hearts & naked flying babies armed with crossbows…..& then tiny red-headed Irishmen…… and then bunnies/eggs? Everybody knows putting up decorations is the best part and taking them down is the most dreaded.  We’ve all had that conversation about leaving up the tree & changing out the decorations each month…….. Christmas is a beautiful holiday, and the decorations take some time to put up.  You should definitely enjoy them as long as you can.  I not only dread the de-decorating, but the “end” of the most special & glitzy...