Make The Best Pumpkin Pie On Earth This Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin-PieWith the big day only 3 days away I want to share with you my favorite Pumpkin Pie recipe that is always a huge hit with my family every year. I know the grocery stores sell a million pre made pumpkin pie’s but there is nothing like the real thing! Without further a due here’s how to make the best pumpkin pie I have ever tried.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 unbaked 10-inch pie shell

1 3/4 c canned pumpkin puree

3/4 firmly packed golden brown sugar

2/3 c cream cheese at room temperature

3 eggs

1 1/2 c half-and-half (half cream)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground allspice plus extra for garnish

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cloves

salt

Whipped cream for serving

 

1. Position rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 425.

2. In a large bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and cream cheese until smooth.

3. Whisk in the eggs one at a time.

4. Add in the half-and-half, vanilla, ginger and 1/2 tsp allspice, cinnamon, cloves and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine.

5. Pour the filling into the pie shell.

6. Place pie in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 and continue to bake until the filling is evenly but not firmly set. About 35 minutes longer for a total baking time of about 50 minutes. Check the pie 10 minutes before it is ready and cover the crust with aluminum foil if it is browning too fast.

7. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature before serving. Cut pie into wedges and serve with whipped cream.

*Recipe courtesy of William Sonoma

 

Wow Your Guests This Thanksgiving With The Best Pecan Pie Ever!

pecanpieIt’s that time of year! Finally Thanksgiving is right around the corner. With the biggest meal and family get together of the year only 4 days away I’m sure you have your menu all set, but if you really want to try something special and blow your guests away with your culinary skills then you’re going to love this easy and delicious Pecan Pie recipe. It’s simple to make and will add an extra touch of wow to your turkey day feast!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

3 eggs

3/4 c dark corn syrup

2/3 c firmly packed dark brown sugar

1/4 c unsulfured light molasses

1/4 c unsalted butter and slightly cooled

1 tbsp Kahlua or other coffee-flavored liqueur

1/4 tsp salt

2 c coarsely chopped pecans

whipped cream (optional)

 

1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350.

2. In a large bowl whisk the eggs.

3. Add in the corn syrup, brown sugar, molasses, butter, liqueur and salt and whisk until the mixture is smooth.

4. Scatter the pecans evenly in the pie shell.

5. Scatter the mixture over the pecans.

6. Place the pie in the oven and bake until the top is browned and the filling is evenly but not firmly set. (About 40-50 minutes)

7. Remove the pie from the oven. Let cool completely before cutting. To serve cut into wedges and top with whipped cream if desired.

*Recipe courtesy of William Sonoma

Ribbons For A Reason. Show Your Support For The Causes Dear To Your Heart With Custom Wearable Ribbons.

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Every month I see countless people wearing ribbons in a vast array of colors to show their passion, commitment and love for a particular cause, charity or organization. What a beautiful way to show support! Most of us are familiar with seeing the more popular ribbons like Pink for Breast Cancer in October or Teal for Ovarian Cancer in September but if you’re like me you may be unaware of so many important and beautiful causes that are out there and that have managed to have flown under the radar, until now! After getting involved last month with Bright Pink Org to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer I encouraged myself to dig deeper and find out what all of the other months, colors and ribbons stood for.

 

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Before I take you through the year to discover these days, weeks and entire months dedicated to wonderful causes, I wanted to share a fun activity I had my guest participate in at my luncheon that was fun, festive and most importantly super simple to do! I set up a crafting station courtesy of Michaels Arts & Crafts

I had two shades of pin ribbons pre cut, hot glue guns, fabric paint pens, crystal embellishments (You can even use old earrings for your bling!) and safety pins all showcased in pretty antique tea cups on my dining room table. Before lunch while guests were sipping on cocktails and mocktails the ladies rolled up their sleeves and got creative making their own custom bedazzled ribbon broaches. This simple yet elegant project was a huge hit and can be recreated for any cause you choose to celebrate!

 

Here the are 5 easy peasy steps.

1. Cut your ribbon

2. Fold your ribbon.

3. Apply a small dot of glue on the inside to adhere it.

4. Glue your bling on the center.

5. Add your safety pin on the back.

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Without further a due… Here is the master list!

January:

Cervical Health Awareness Month (Teal & White Ribbon): www.nccc-online.org/awareness.html

National Birth Defects Prevention Month (Pink & Blue Ribbon): www.nbdpn.org/current/resources/bdpm2010.html

Thyroid Awareness Month (Thyroid Cancer Ribbon): www.aace.com

Glaucoma Awareness Month (Green Ribbon): http://www.preventblindness.org/news/observe.html

National Radon Action Month: www.epa.gov/radon/nram

National Folic Acid Awareness Week (4th – 10th): www.folicacidinfo.org

 

 

February:

AMD/LOW Vision Awareness Month: www.preventblindness.org

American Heart Month (Red or Red & Blue Ribbon): www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4441

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month (Pink & Blue Ribbon): www.groupbstrepinternational.org

National Children’s Dental Month: www.ada.org/prof/events/featured/ncdhm.asp

National Wise Health Consumer Month: www.aipm.net/wise

Give Kids a Smile Feb 5th: givekidsasmile.ada.org

National Wear Red Day Feb 5th (Red Ribbon): www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth

Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week Feb 7-14 (Red or Red & Blue Ribbon):

Burn Awareness Week Feb 7-13 (Red Ribbon): www.burnawareness.org

Children’ of Alcoholics Week Feb 14-20: www.nacoa.org

National Donor Day Feb 14th (Green) : www.organdonor.gov/get_involved/nationaldonorday.htm

 

 
March:

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (Blue or Brown): www.preventcancer.org/colorectal

National Nutrition Month: www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/NNM_2007_home.htm

National Endometriosis Awareness Month (Peach or Yellow): www.endocenter.org

Save your Vision Month (Green): www.aoa.org/x5072.xml

Trisomy Awareness Month (Light Blue):

Workplace Eye Wellness Month (Green): www.preventblindness.org

National Patient Safety Awareness Week March 7-13: www.npsf.org/hp/psaw/

National Problem Gambling Awareness Week March 7-13: www.npgaw.org

National Sleep Awareness Week March 7-13 (Black): www.sleepfoundation.org

National School Breakfast Week March 8-12: www.schoolnutrition.org/nsbw

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 10 (red): www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/

World Kidney Day March 11 (Green): www.kidney.org/news/wkd/index.cfm

National Poison Prevention Week March 14-20: www.poisonprevention.org/poison.htm

Brain Awareness Week March 15-21 (Grey): www.dana.org/brainweek

National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 20 (Red): www.nnaapc.org/news/awareness-day.htm

American Diabetes Alert Day March 22 (Grey): www.diabetes.org/communityprograms-and-localevents/americandiabetesalert.jsp

World Tuberculosis Day March 24 (Red): www.stoptb.org/events/world_tb_day

Root Canal Awareness Week March 28 – April 3: www.aae.org

 

 

April:

Alcohol Awareness Month (red): ncadi.samhsa.gov/seasonal/aprilalcohol/

Foot Health Awareness Month: www.apma.org

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month (Periwinkle): www.aboutibs.org/site/about-ibs/april-ibs-awareness-month

National Autism Awareness Month (Puzzle): www.autism-society.org/naam

National Cancer Control Month (Lavender or specific color): www.cancer.org

National Child Abuse Prevention Month (Blue): www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/

National Donate Life Month (green): www.organdonor.gov/get_involved/donatelifemonth.htm

National Facial Protection Month: www.aaoms.org

National Minority Health Awareness Month: minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlid=182

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month (Purple): www.nationalsarcoidosisfriends.org

National Youth Sports Safety Month: www.nyssf.org/campaign.html

Occupational Therapy Month: www.aota.org/news/consumer/ot-month.aspx

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (Teal & Purple): www.rainn.org

Sports Eye Safety Month (green): www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/injuries/index.cfm

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month (green): www.preventblindness.org

National Public Health Week – April 5-11: www.nphw.org/nphw10/home1.htm

World Health Day – April 7: www.who.int/world-health-day/en/

National Alcohol Screening Day April 8; www.mentalhealthscreening.org/events/nasd/

Sexual Assault Awareness Month – Day of Auction – April 20 (Teal & Purple) www.nsvrc.org/saam/current-campaign/day-of-action

National Infant Immunization Week April 24 – May 1: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/default.htm

2010 March for Babies – April 24-25 (Pink & Blue): www.marchforbabies.org

World Meningitis Day – April 24 ( Burgundy): www.comoonline.org/wmd.html

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day April 24

 

 

May:

American Stroke Month (Red): www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3073279

Better Hearing and Speech Month: www.asha.org/bhsm/

Clean Air Month: www.lungusa.org

Electromagnetic Sensitivity Awareness Month:

Healthy Vision Month (green):  www.healthyvision2010.nei.nih.gov/hvm

Hepatitis Awareness Month (Red & Yellow): www.hepb.org/advocacy/awareness_month.htm

Lupus Awareness Month (Orange or Purple): www.lupus.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/templates/new_newsroomawareness.aspx?articleid=1726&zoneid=62

Lyme Disease Awareness Month (Lime): www.lyme.org

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month (Black): www.aad.org/media/press/month.html

Mental Health Month (Green): www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may

National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month (Orange): trafficsafetymarketing.gov/motorcycles/ShareTheRoad/index.cfm

National Arthritis Awareness Month (Navy): www.arthritis.org/arthritis-awareness-month.php

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month (Grey): www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=10&sub=99&cont=457 

National Bike Month: www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth

National Celiac Disease Awareness Month (Light Green): www.capwiz.com/celiac/home

National High Blood Pressure Education Month (Red): www.nhlbi.nih.gov/new/press/mayhbpmo.htm

National Neurofibromatosis Month (Green): www.ctf.org

National Osteoporosis Awareness Prevention Month (White): www.nof.org/awareness2/annual.htm

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: www.fitness.gov

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (White): www.advocatesforyouth.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1304&Itemid=77

National Toxic Encephalopathy and Chemical Injury Awareness Month (Purple & Yellow): www.NTEF-USA.Org

Older Americans Month: www.aoa.gov/aoaroot/press_room/observances/oam/oam.aspx

Sturge-Weber Awareness Month (Burgundy): www.sturge-weber.org/get-involved/month-of-awareness.html

Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month: www.tsalliance.org

Ultraviolet Awareness Month: www.preventblindness.org

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Month

National Physical Education and Sport Week – May 1-7: www.aahperd.org/naspe/advocacy/events/mayWeek/resources.cfm

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week – May 2-8 (Green): www.ffcmh.org/events/national-children%e2%80%99s-mental-health-awareness-week/

North American Occupational Safety and Healthy Week – May 2-8 (Green): www.asse.org/newsroom/naosh09/events.php

National Mental Health Counseling Week – May 3-7 (Green): www.amhca.org

Melanoma Monday – May 3 (Black): www.aad.org

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day – May 8: www.cdlsusa.org

Food Allergy Awareness Week – May 9-15 (Teal): www.foodallergy.org/faaw/index.html

National Alcohol and other Drug Related Birth Defects Week – May 9-15 (Pink & Blue): www.ncadd.org

National Stuttering Awareness Week – May 10-16: www.stutteringhelp.org

National Women’s Check-up Day May 10: www.womenshealth.gov

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day – May 12 (Purple): www.fmaware.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8639

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day – May 18 (Red): www3.niaid.nih.gov/news/events/hvad

National Employee Health and Fitness Day – May 19: physicalfitness.org/nehf.html

World Hepatitis Day – May 19 (Red & Yellow): www.nvhr.org/WHD-2009.htm

Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week – May 24 – 30 (Blue): www.cdc.gov/healthyswimming/rwi_prevention_week.htm

National Senior Citizen Health and Fitness Day – May 26: www.fitnessday.com/senior/index.htm

World No Tobacco Day – May 31 (Brown): www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en

 

 

June:

Fireworks Safety Month June 1 – July 4 (Red, White & Blue): www.preventblindness.org

Home Safety Month: www.homesafetycouncil.org/AboutUs/HSM/au_hsm_w001.asp

National Aphasia Awareness Month (Grey): www.aphasia.org

National Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month: www.stopcmv.org/june.php

National Scleroderma Awareness Month (Light Blue): www.scleroderma.org

National Scoliosis Awareness Month (White): www.scoliosis.org

Vision Research Month (Green) :

National Headache Awareness Week June 6-12 (Burgundy): www.headaches.org/NHF_Programs/National_Headache_Awareness_Week

Sun Safety Week June 6-12: www.sunsafetyalliance.org

National Cancer Survivors Day June 6 (Lavender): www.ncsdf.org/Pages/AboutNCSD.html

National Men’s Health Week June 14-22 (Light Blue): www.menshealthmonth.org/week/

Lightning Safety Week June 20 -26: www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/index.htm

National ASK Day June 21: www.paxusa.org/ask/index.html

Eye Safety Awareness Week June 27- July 5 (Green): www.useironline.org

National HIV Testing Day June 27 (Red): www.napwa.org

 

 

July:

Cord Blood Awareness Month: www.parentsguidecordblood.org

International Group B Strep Awareness Month: www.groupbstrepinternational.org

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month (Blue): www.arthritis.org/ja-information.php

UV Safety Month: www.geteyesmart.org

 

 

August:

Cataract Awareness Month (white): www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/diseases/index.cfm

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month (Green): www.preventblindness.org

National Immunization Awareness Month: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/default.htm

Psoriasis Awareness Month (Orchid & Orange) : www.psoriasis.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=937

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month (Cream): www.curesma.org

National Minority Donor Awareness Day August 1 (Green): www.nationalmottep.org/nmdad.shtml

National Health Center Week August 8-14: www.healthcenterweek.org

 

 

September:

Childhood Cancer Month (Gold): www.candlelighters.org/awareness/childhoodcancerawarenessmonth/tabid/406/default.aspx

Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month (Green or Orange): www.lls.org

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Red): (www.recoverymonth.gov

National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month: www.stopafib.org

National Cholesterol Education Month: hp2010.nhlbihin.net/cholmonth/

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month (Pink & Blue): www.healthystartassoc.org

National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month: www.headlice.org

National Sickle Cell Month (Burgundy): www.sicklecelldisease.org

National Yoga Awareness Month: www.yogamonth.org

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (Teal): www.ovarian.org

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (Light Blue): www.zerocancer.org

Reye’s Syndrome Awareness Month (Blue): www.reyessyndrome.org

National Suicide Prevention Week Sept 5-11 (Yellow): www.suicidology.org

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day Sept 13 (Light Green): www.csaceliacs.org

National School Backpack Awareness Day Sept 15: www.promoteot.org/AI_BackpackAwareness.html

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day Sept 18 (Red): www.theaidsinstitute.org

National Farm Safety and Health Week Sept 19-25: www.nsc.org/necas/

National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration Sept 19-25: www.nraf-rehabnet.org

World Alzheimer’s Day Sept 21 (Purple): www.alz.co.uk/adi/wad/

RAINN Day Sept 23 (Teal): www.rainn.org/get-involved/college/rainn-day

Family Health and Fitness Day Sept 25: www.fitnessday.com

National Mesothelioma Awareness Day Sept 26(Purple): www.curemeso.org

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Sept 28 (Red): www.napwa.org/

World Rabies day Sept 28: www.worldrabiesday.org

National Women’s Healthy & Fitness Day Sept 29: www.fitnessday.com

World Heart Day Sept 30 (Red or Red & Blue): www.worldheart.org

 

 

October:

Eye Injury Prevention Month (Green): www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/injuries/index.cfm

Halloween Safety Month: www.preventblindness.org

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Pink): www.nbcam.org

National Celiac Disease Awareness Month (Light Green): www.csaceliacs.org

National Dental Hygiene Month: www.adha.org

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (Burgundy): www.dol.gov/odep

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (Teal & Purple): www.nrcdv.org/dvam

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month (Blue & Yellow): www.ndss.org

National Medical Librarians Month: www.mlanet.org/resources/nml-month/index.html

National Physical Therapy Month: www.apta.org

National Spina Bifida Awareness Month (Yellow): www.spinabifidaassociation.org

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month (Purple or Lavender): www.rettsyndromeawareness.com

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month (Pink & Blue): www.firstcandle.org

Talk about Prescriptions Month: www.talkaboutrx.org

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Week Oct 1-7: www.nationalsarcoidosisfriends.org

Hearing Aid Awareness Week Oct 3-10: www.ihsinfo.org

National Fire Prevention Awareness Week Oct 3-9 (Red & Black): www.firepreventionweek.org

Latex Allergy Awareness Week Oct 3-9 (Red & Pearl):    www.latexallergyresources.org

Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct 4-10 (Green): www.nami.org

Drive Safely Work Week Oct 4-8: www.trafficsafety.org

National Child Health Day Oct 4: www.mchb.hrsa.gov

National Depression Screening Day Oct 7 (Green): www.mentalhealthscreening.org

World Mental Health Day Oct 10 (Green): www.wfmh.org/00worldmentalhealthday.htm

National School Lunch Week Oct 11-15:  www.schoolnutrition.org/nslw

Bone and Joint Decade National Action Week Oct 12-20 (White): www.usbjd.org

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day Oct 13: www.mbcnetwork.org/page.aspx?nm=mbc_awareness_day

National Latinos AIDS Awareness Day Oct 15: www.nlaad.org/

World Food Day Oct 16: www.worldfooddayusa.org

National Drug Free Work Week Oct 18-24: www.dol.gov/drugfreeworkweek

World Osteoporosis Day Oct 20 (White): www.iofbonehealth.org/about-iof/iof-programs/outreach-education/world-osteoporosis-day.html

International Stuttering Awareness Day Oct 22: www.stutteringhelp.org

National Mammography Day Oct 22 (Pink): www.cancer.org

Red Ribbon Week Oct 23-31: www.nfp.org

Respiratory Care Week Oct 24-30 (Pearl): www.aarc.org/rcweek

Lung Health Day Oct 27 (Pearl): www.aarc.org/rcweek

 

 

November:

American Diabetes Month (Grey): www.diabetes.org

COPD Awareness Month (Gold): www.uscopdcoalition.org/NewsAndEvents.htm

Diabetic Eye Disease Month (Grey): www.preventblindness.org

Foot Health Issues Related to Diabetes Awareness Month: www.apma.org

Lung Cancer Awareness Month (Pearl): www.lungcanceralliance.org

National Family Caregivers Month (Burgundy): www.thefamilycaregiver.org

National Healthy Skin Month: www.aad.org

National Hospice Palliative Care Month: www.nhpco.org

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (Purple): www.pancan.org

Prematurity Awareness Month (Pink & Blue): www.marchofdimes.com

Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month (Red & Blue): www.phassociation.org

RSD/CRPS (orange)

Worldwide Philanthropy Day Nov 15 (lime): www.fcpr.org

Prematurity Awareness Day Nov 18 (Pink & Blue): www.marchofdimes.com

National Survivors Of Suicide Day Nov 20 (Yellow): www.afsp.org

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week Nov 21-27 (Periwinkle): www.aboutgerd.org

 

 

December:

Safe Toys and Gifts Month: http://preventblindness.org

National Aplastic Anemia and MDS Awareness Week Dec 1-7 (Red & White): www.aamds.org

World AIDS Day – Dec 1st (Red): http://www.unaids.org/en/default.asp

National Hand washing Awareness Week Dec 5-11: http://www.henrythehand.com

 

The Winners of My Annual How2Girl Pumpkin Contest.

PumpkinwinnersThank you to everyone who entered my pumpkin contest this year. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to see all of the creativity pouring into my inbox everyday! Out of all of the amazing submissions I have picked my top 3! Each winner will receive a $50 gift card to Michaels Art’s & Crafts. Can’t wait to see all of your fab submissions next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Think Pink Ladies Luncheon. The Drinks.

IB97U8546n honor of breast cancer awareness month I hosted my Think Pink How2Girl Ladies Luncheon at my home in Westlake Village, Ca this last weekend to bring awareness and raise money for breast cancer. I teamed up with Bright Pink Org, who is a wonderful non-profit specializing in breast and ovarian cancer and had all of my girlfriends over for cocktails and h’ourderves to raise money for Bright Pink and hundreds of women in need.

B97U8120The delectable passed h’ourderves were made specialty by world renowned caterers AC Events. They are the geniuses behind Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding and were kind enough to team up with me for cost to make this event spectacular!

 

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 5.30.56 PM ThinkPinkGirlsCocktail As for the drinks,  I was recently asked by SodaStream to tryout their new SodaStream Play Machine. After playing around with it I thought it would be fun and different to use their soda flavors to customize my mocktails and cocktails. The SodaStream has once again partnered with Yves Behar, world-renowned designer for the Play Machine. Featuring refined mechanics, a sleek new look and the best part customizable skins to dress up your machine! To customize my new machine I opted for a pretty pink and green floral skin to go with the look and feel of my event but the options are never ending! From sports teams to animal prints there is a SodaStream Play Skin for everyone. They even give you the option to customize your SodaStream to you and your family with a skin made from your own pictures! To learn more about the Play Skins and how you can customize your very own Play Machine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo 2photo 3The Play Skins are extremely simple to use. They come in the form of stickers which can be removed at a later time if you want to change things up. They are labeled clearly, only take a minute to apply and are pretty much idiot proof!  I love these because you can makeover the look of your Play Machine and your kitchen whenever you like.

 

 

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photo 15One of the features I fell in love with when trying the SodaStream is that you have the freedom to customize your soda. There are so many amazing flavors to choose from and using the SodaStream really gives you the freedom to get creative and have fun with your drinks whether your entertaining with mocktails and cocktails or just making root beer for your family. You get to be a mad scientist mixing different flavors and creating your own unique taste specific drinks!

 

You saw my delicious recipes in Friday’s post so without further a due… Lets bring out the cocktails!

 

photo 13photo 12I set up my bar with all of the fresh ingredients my drinks called for like strawberries, mint from my yard, raspberries, limes and lemons.

 

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Next to them I had all of the SodaStream Flavors I was using like Sparkling Pink Grapefruit and Country Time Lemonade. (for my non-drinkers)

 

 

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To add a touch of elegance I showcased the cocktails and their ingredients to guests by printing them out and placing them in gold frames from Michaels Arts & Crafts.

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photo 2I had so much fun chatting with my guests and playing the bartender/mixologist at the same time! The drinks were a huge hit because the SodaStream gave them the perfect amount of fizz and I could make them stronger or lighter flavored depending on who I was serving. All in all the luncheon was a huge success! We had a crafting station set up courtesy of Michaels Arts & Crafts where guests customized their own pink ribbons and we set up a room where everyone donated designer clothing, accessories and shoes which will be auctioned off next week on ebay for Bright Pink Org. It felt so great to bring an amazing group of women together for such an important cause and to give back in a fun and out of the box way!

Be sure to stay tuned this week for all of the food, the crafts and everything you need to know regarding the auction because you won’t want to miss these beautiful clothes! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Bright Pink.