Be Royal

Royals baseball field

Most of Kansas City is smiling because the Kansas City Royals are the 2014 American League Champions and are playing in the World Series tomorrow.  I think at one point in my blog I shared that you'd never find me writing about sports.   I don't know much about the rules of sports and it's not a passion of mine.  I enjoy the social aspects of … [Read more...]

Halloween Ideas Resurrected

Halloween party ideas

I'm resurrecting a few past of my past posts on Halloween for those of you that are new readers and for long term readers who may have forgotten about them.  I have been blogging for almost three years and even I've forgotten about some of the things I've posted.  Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays and I explain why I'm … [Read more...]

Tempting Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

lemon poppy seed bundt cake

My friend Angela made these adorable mini lemon poppy seed bundt cakes for a lunch I hosted back in the Spring.  It's her mother's recipe and a family favorite, including her dog.   She had the cakes cooling on her kitchen counter and while she was out her dog ambushed them and devoured all but two. We had some fun photographing one of the lone … [Read more...]

An Easy Way to Create a Color Palette for a Room

Sherwin-Williams chip it tool

Office image via Kendra Scott Creating a color palette for a room just got easier with my new favorite find.  While collecting images of offices I love on Pinterest,  I came across a post from Ask Anna on How to Create a Design Board. I could spend hours creating design and vision boards which is one of the reasons I run out of time to actually … [Read more...]

25 Fall Recipes

25 fall recipes

  I love the scents and flavors of Fall. The smell of apples and pumpkin spice make me want to curl up under a blanket with a hot beverage, something sweet and a good book.  It's my favorite time of the year.  I've found so many delicious looking Fall recipes on Pinterest lately that I couldn't wait to share them with you all.   When I … [Read more...]

My Favorite Book of the Year & Other Good Reads

favorite books

  I love to talk about books, read reviews of books, collect books and if I'm lucky I actually get a few books read.  I'm currently reading Gone Girl.  My Aunt gave me the book a year ago and I've been frantically trying to finish it so I can go see the movie.  I've heard the movie does a great job of portraying the book.  I'm enjoying Gone … [Read more...]

The Smile List

healthy hummus dip

It's been awhile since I've shared a smile list and lately I've had a lot to smile about.  I've been learning lots of new things at an Online Blog Conference and discovering new bloggers.  I'm guest posting for Brianne with Cupcakes and Kale Chips today and sharing this easy healthy hummus appetizer.  My friend Mary shared the recipe with me and it … [Read more...]

Favorite Fall Entertaining Serveware

Fall Entertaining Serveware

I'm excited to introduce you all to Jessica from Pen N' Paper Flowers.  I met/stalked Jessica at the SNAP conference this past Spring.  I can't recall how I originally came across her blog, but it may have had something to with this amazing popcorn bar she created.  She is a party planner extraordinaire as well as a talented graphic designer and … [Read more...]

KC Holiday Mart 2014 Ticket Giveaway

holiday mart logo

There are many things I love about the Fall season and one of those things is the annual Kansas City Holiday Mart.  It's a fun-filled four-day shopping event sponsored by the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri.  The KC Holiday Mart features nearly 200 specialty retailers offering unique and oftentimes exclusive products and specialty gift … [Read more...]

Spicy Garlic Chex Mix

#spicy garlic chex mix

What is it about homemade Chex Mix that makes it taste so much better than the prepackaged stuff?  Don't get me wrong , I still buy the prepackaged mixes, but it really is quite easy to make.  If you googled Chex Mix you could probably find thousands of recipes for it.  My friend Anne shared this Spicy Garlic Chex Mix with us and we all loved it. … [Read more...]