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Christmas Essentials

Sarah’s Holiday Essentials

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Well we are just two days away and I still have a hand full of gifts to buy, ouch! I slacked. But there’s still time and I’m a clutch gift buyer, granted it won’t be the photo book that makes you sob or the monogrammed cocktail shaker (sorry Mom) or the perfect handmade gift but they’ll still like it and I’ll still enjoy giving it. Here’s a list of essentials that I need to gather up and have on hand on the Eve of Christmas. Got your needs covered? 1 Wham/ 2 Elf/ 3 cozy throw/ 4 poker deck/ 5 swiss dot PJs/ 6 Christmas Vacation DVD/ 7 Grown-up games/ 8 Thymes Frasier Fir candle/ 9 Hot cocoa/ 10 Cranberry Ginger Fizz

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Happy Hour

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      bar tools / shaker / ice bucket / vintage decanters A & B / bowls / stirs / wine glass / napkins / cart / flute / tonic / glasses / tray

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NYE 2012

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Inching ever so close to 2013. That sounds like the future doesn’t it—2013. In the 80s, if you would’ve told me that we wouldn’t be using hover-boards by 2013 I probably wouldn’t have believed you. We have big plans tonight, Mad Men party with Betsy! This is the dress I last minute ordered while I had the flu from this very nice Etsy seller. I practiced my winged eyeliner last night, thanks to this blogger for some tips. Although I have to say the tape trick didn’t really work for me, I just freehand the wing. Very excited to be ringing in the New Year with my friend once again. Happy New Year everyone!

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Babies and Birthdays

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My sweet little Laney turned one over the weekend. We started the day off right, Getting setup for the party, a year in review. Doubling as decoration and party favor, we let the guests take home any pictures they wanted. Not too long ago we started with this, and like most parents we feel like time has flown by and now we have a wonderful one year old with a great sense of humor that is oh so close to walking…any day now. have you seen this cake on Pinterest? A local bakery, The Bakehouse recreated the cake for us. Life is so much sweeter because of you.

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A little party #RIPtreehouse

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Dear Sarah, I know that it’s unlikely that you, Dan, DC and Pete can hop a plane for the party, but I wanted you to know that you are invited to help me and a few friends bid farewell to the Treehouse. I asked Heffe what the theme should be and he’s a genius. He immediately replied with “POOL PARTY.” So, the above pic is the save the date for my #RIPtreehouse party, and I just wanted you to see it now, cause I think it’s so pretty. I’ll be peppering our Facebook invite with photos from a photography exhibit at the Palm Springs Museum called Backyard Oasis for inspiration. Since the Treehouse decor ended up a little Palm Springsish w/ its blue and yellow theme – it’s appropriate. I’ll do my best to find an outfit that recalls this familiar image. <3 Betsy P.S. Here’s another that is just…

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DC’s Birthday Party

DC’s Birthday Party

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Well all of the yardwork, land clearing, planning, shopping trips, drilling and last minute party prep came to fruition on Saturday as my sweet girl turned 3. Here are the sights, The star of the show. The co-star, it was beautiful and tasted just as good as it looked. Thank you Kristin, you did a fabulous job! Recipe here. love the rainbow crumbs.  DC’s favorite, pink lemonade  straws from Sweet Lulu  DC insisted that there be dinosaurs, I obliged and lots of balloons still enjoying the balloons the morning after. Happy Birthday sweet girl, you’re the best.

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Playset Prep

Playset Prep

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As I explained in last Friday’s weekend post, my daughter DC is turning 3 this weekend. Before DC was even 2, we were invited to a slew of birthday parties complete with pony rides and bouncey houses.  But I figure Dan and I have a lot of birthday parties ahead of us and we’re going to reserve those kinds of antics for a later time–maybe when DC is in school. Right now we like to limit birthday parties to family and close friends. How do you feel about fancy parties full of toddlers and Cowboy Bill for entertainment before the age of 3? So a big part of this party happening this weekend is our gift to DC which is an outdoor wooden playset. We did some research before buying at places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco, Sam’s Club, Sears and Creative Playthings. I talked with my Dad about the different types of material that the various sets were…

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Birthday Party Inspiration

Birthday Party Inspiration

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In the spirit of keeping things simple for DC’s impending 3rd birthday party, I decided that what we needed was the ever fashionable rainbow themed birthday party.  Those rainbow cakes are everywhere! Nicole just had one for Eleanor and I first spotted the rainbow theme on Jordan’s blog Oh Happy Day. Here is what the party decorations will include- Crooked House We’ll need lots of balloons in an array of colors. one Charming party BHLDN, Anthropologie weddings string some rainbow polka dot garland over the dining table DC loves pink lemonade so we’ll serve some of that in some mason jars Sweet Lulu Is she too young for sparkler candles?

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Merry Muffin!!

Merry Muffin!!

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I have a gift for you, and it’s a great gift cause its a gift that you can give and give and give to others. Don’t know if you have met our friend Bregan from The Lead Chandelier or not, but she put together this snazzy album cover for an eclectic mix of Indie Christmas Music that Frank wrote for the AudioMuffin. He has collected as seriously relevant mix of Indie Music with Christmas Flavor. Best of all – You can download each of the songs, print the image out and “slap it on the cover of your CD-Rs” and I’m pretty sure your friends will say that you gave them the coolest gift of the year. It’s also a great soundtrack for your holiday party! Visit AudioMuffin Indie Christmas for your present!! We encourage you to share!!

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Domestic Bliss in Brooklyn

Domestic Bliss in Brooklyn

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I discovered this very respectable renovation last week thanks to Apartment Therapy.  It’s the renovation of a Brooklyn limestone. Stefanie didn’t skimp on the pictorial documentation of the project and I love that.  She captured every corner including the wall outlets and I couldn’t thank her more.  My opinion–thats how a renovation project should be shared online no matter how boring it might be to some, there’s someone out there who wants to know about those details. To see the total renovation check out Stefanie’s blog a brooklyn limestone and visit her flickr site. Living room photo by Mrs. Limestone Office Before photo by Mrs. Limestone Office after with cost breakdown photo by Mrs. Limestone Guest room before photo by Mrs. Limestone Guest room after, again with a handy cost breakdown photo by Mrs. Limestone Dining room before photo by Mrs. Limestone Dining room after photo by Mrs. Limestone Kitchen area before photo by Mrs….

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We’ll be seeing you…Alice

We’ll be seeing you…Alice

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You know I’ve never seen the animated version of Alice in Wonderland, only the 1985 musical version that aired on CBS with Sammy Davis Jr., Sherman Helmsley, Shellie Winters, Scott Baio, Lloyd Bridges etc.  Now don’t go saying that I need to see the animated version because I doubt it can top Sammy Davis Jr. sitting on top of huge toadstool smoking a hooka pipe. But maybe Tim Burton’s rendition could push it to #2 or maybe even a live experience like this… An Alice birthday party found via Swish and Swanky, photorgraphy by Jessica Claire. I would love to do this for my daughter DC, when she’s old enough of course.

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