Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Super Bowl Party with Ross Dress for Less

Super Bowl Party

I asked my husband what he would like to have at his Super Bowl party, and he promptly replied with, Beer.  Ok.  What else?  Food that goes with beer.  Ok.  Anything fun and cute?  *blank stare*

So, when Ross Dress for Less asked if I would like to shop for my Super Bowl party at their store, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity for me to deviate a little from my typical cutesy parties and put on something a little more…manly.

Super Bowl Party

I had a mission to look for party set-up pieces in woods and darker tones.  Ross did not disappoint.  The first thing I found were the fun nesting crates with yellow chevron.  I hesitated since yellow wasn’t one of the Super Bowl team colors this year, but they are versatile enough that they don’t distract from the theme.  I used those crates as my main inspiration and added the other pieces from there. 

The chalkboard is a really cool shutter turned on its side.  I found it hidden behind some wall décor and it fit into my theme so perfectly that I felt like I found a hidden gem!

 Super Bowl Party

Ross has a great selection of beer mugs, pilsner glasses and pint glasses.  I chose the handled mason jars because they came with lids and I knew I would use them again.  When looking for party pieces, I try to shop wise and purchase items that I can put to use around my house or for future parties.

Super Bowl Party

My absolute favorite find was the wooden six-pack carrier.  Absolutely perfect for this party!  Also, the galvanized bucket was great for keeping extra drinks cold.

For food, I served a big pot of Cincinnati-style chili and a hot dog bar.  Chili is always a Super Bowl crowd pleaser. 

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For party snacks I found a few of my husbands favorites in the gourmet food aisle: hot and spicy snack mix, wasabi peas, and toffee popcorn.  The selection was great and it was hard to not go overboard picking out snacks and sweets.

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I loved that this party came together without the need to add a lot of extra DIY touches.  Finding perfect décor pieces and yummy snacks at Ross Dress for Less meant that I had to prep very little to put this party together.  This easy party set-up is great for those who are busy but still want to impress their guests with great party style.

What are your plans for the Super Bowl this year?  Any favorite party food recipes you’d like to share in the comments sections?  I’d love to check out your blogs!

~julee~

**A gift card was provided by Ross Dress for Less to share my shopping experience.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ultimate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

I have practically lived on peanut butter and banana smoothies this summer.  No exaggeration whatsoever here, people.  This smoothie has been my lunch more days than I should admit.  So easy to whip up, you should totally make one today.

Ultimate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

1/2-cup Almond Milk

1/2-cup Plain Yogurt

1 Frozen Banana

2-Tablespoons BP2 (or creamy peanut butter)

5-ish or so Ice Cubes (optional)

1-Tablespoon Honey (optional)

Blend.  Drink.  Enjoy.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

What are your favorite smoothie recipes?  I’m always eager to try new ones!

Happy smoothie whipping, DIY’ers!

~julee~

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Bouqs Flowers: Review

The Bouqs Flowers Review

There are few things that make me happier than fresh flowers in my home.  So when The Bouqs reached out to share about their flower delivery service, I was thrilled.  A no fuss way to send flowers?  Yes.  Sustainable growing methods that create jobs and quality of life programs for its farmers and communities?  Yes.  Affordable?  Definitely.  The bouquets start at $40 and includes delivery.

The Bouqs Flowers Review

I chose the small Cake N’ Cream ranunculus bouquet.  Ranunculus are one of my favorite flowers, so it was hard for me to resist these beautiful blooms.  The website was honest in its description that this was a smaller bouquet that would take time to open, and that the flower colors would vary.  Once I placed my order, selected my delivery date and instructions, The Bouqs Company sent me a confirmation email right away.  I also received an email when the flowers were sent from the source with a FedEx tracking number.  The communication was great.

The Bouqs Flowers Review

As the description said, my flowers did arrive as small closed blooms.  However, they immediately smelled heavenly!  I followed the directions on the box for cutting the stems, using the provided flower food, and placed in water.  (Greenery was also included in the bouquet, but I preferred the simplistic beauty of the ranunculus without the addition of the added greenery.)  Within two days the blooms started opening.  These photos were taken on the third day after delivery; Beautifully opened blooms, strong stems, and and a magnificent aroma. 

The Bouqs Flowers Review

Although my bouquet was gorgeous, my one tiny complaint is that the flower colors were nothing like the website showed.  The description did say the colors would vary, but I was really looking forward to the deeper hued tones showed in the image on the ordering page, as that suits my aesthetic more than the super-romantic pale blooms that I received.  Definitely not a deal-breaker considering the price and quality of the bouquet, but definitely pay attention to the details in the description.

The Bouqs Flowers Review

Have you ordered flowers from The Bouqs?  If so, what was your experience?  If not, take a look at their beautiful bouquets and let me know which is your favorite. 

~julee~

 

A sample product was gifted to me from The Bouqs in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions 100% mine.  This post contains affiliate links.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Local Louisville: Uber

Uber Louisville

Just in time for the multitude of Kentucky Derby festivities, Louisville now has a new option for car service: Uber.  Uber is a mobile app that will place you with a private driver within minutes, and all rides are charged directly to your credit card on file - eliminating the need to carry cash.

Louisville Uber riders can select between multiple vehicles: uberX, UberBlack, or Uber SUV.  Uber states that the most economical ride will cost you 20% less than a standard taxi.

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Using Uber is simple: Use the app to request a ride.  Your driver will come to you and you’ll receive a text when your Uber arrives.  Your credit card information is on file, and will be charged directly.  A receipt will be emailed to you.  That’s it!

Uber Louisville

Uber Louisville

First time Uber riders can enjoy a $20 discount with code DIYLOU, expires 6/30/14.

Have a fun and safe Kentucky Derby week, DIY’ers!

~julee~