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The Easiest TGivs Dinner and a Giveaway

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Last week you may have seen this post all about Friendsgiving, well I have to confess: that was the first time I’d ever hosted one.  And I LOVED it!  Most of all I loved how easy the menu was.  Do you remember that show “Semi-homemade with Sandra Lee”?  I used to be completely obsessed.  The show is all about mixing store-made items with some homemade stuff and showing different ways to jazz up store bought items leaving all kinds of time to add some special touches and a gorgeous tablescape.  So when Raley’s contacted me and asked me to try one of their (pre-cooked and trussed) Diestel Turkeys and write about it on my blog. I was all in!

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Bip & Bop

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I have some seriously stylish girlfriends.  They are always inspiring my fashion choices and I’m always learning about something new or some new way to wear something I already own.  Last week I asked my friend Ana about her gorgeous necklace.  I thought it was S&D, but she said it’s made by a company called Bip & Bop.  It’s made by a local (Sacramento) woman.  Love that!  Here are some of my favorite pieces from her Etsy shop.  You can see the complete collection here.

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End of Year Soccer Party

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Soccer season is a super fun (and sometimes long) time of the year.  All the girls on the our team, the Folsom Unicorns, had a great year.  It was really amazing to watch them get better and better over the season.  But that doesn’t always just “happen”.  No it takes dedicate from parents, parent volunteers, and especially the coaching staff.

We had two new players this season.  Neither girl had ever played soccer before, but you wouldn’t know it!  They were awesome.  I have to credit the majority of the awesomeness and athletic improvement to our amazing coaching staff.  We have 3 assistant coaches and one head coach.  They work so well together and really enjoy spending time with the kids.  This year our 5 year olds learned how to pass and were successfully executing passes by the end of the year.  That far exceeded my expectations.  Plus, they all had smiles on their faces.  I love it.

Last night was our end of the year soccer party, my co-team mom, Sara, and I had a great time coming up with some fun little things to make the party one to remember.  Here are the super fun details.

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The Tooth Fairy Visited!

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Earlier this week my daughter lost her first tooth.  She’s 5, soon to be 6, so it was definitely about time!  Almost all of her friends have already lost teeth by now.  And that bugger was super duper wiggly.  But, when it fell out at breakfast, for some reason I cried really really hard.  You know that ugly cry.  Yeah, it was like that.  My son said, “Ah man. Mom stop crying it’s just a tooth!”  He’s right, it was just a tooth, but these little special moments seem to be flying by at warp speed these days.  It’s just a sign that these kids of mine are growing up.

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Friendsgiving Tips, Tricks, and Crafts

DSC_5325 With Thanksgiving just around the corner, consider hosting a Friendsgiving.  It’s a great excuse to get together with friends and test out your TGivs recipes before the BIG day.  Plus, for some people their friends are their family.  I wanted to share my have tips and tricks to make it the best holiday yet!

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Good Day Sacramento Tomorrow

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Tomorrow I’ll be on Good Day Sacramento during the 9 and 10am hours talking all about TGivs.  The segment will include tips and tricks to streamline the already tough day with make ahead dishes and their recipes plus a few special touches to make everything more meaningful.  The second segment will be all about keeping the kids busy with crafts that area part of the decor.

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Fall to Winter with CAbi

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Next Friday I will be hosting my FIRST EVER CAbi party.  I’ve loved the clothes for many years now and always pick up at least one item at every party I go to.  CAbi stand for Carol Anderson by invitation, she started the company long ago after working as a designer at some pretty big name companies like Nordstrom’s.  CAbi releases two full lines annually with some “Limited Editions” or late season releases as well.  Anyway, the price point can be kinda high (that’s why I try to spread out my purchases throughout the season), but the quality is always worth the price tag.  At my first ever CAbi party almost five years ago, I bout a pair of their Ponte Knit leggings in black.  I’m wearing them while typing this post.  Yep, they have lasted through wash after wash after wash and they are not see through at all!  Anyway, I thought I would show you some pretty cute items from their fall line that I am currently coveting.

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