Thursday, August 29, 2013

The House of Bachelorette Super Glam Bride Rhinestone Sash Review

This summer Joe and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.  Whenever our anniversary rolls around, I find myself reminiscing.  Not only about the wedding day itself, but all of the planning that led up to our special day!

Sure, there were some stressful times.  Every bride faces some sort of stress while trying to juggle wedding planning along with the duties of every day life.  That's what the bachelorette party is for!  A night of fun for the bride!  A night out with the girls!

While our wedding and respective bachelor/bachelorette parties were small, I wish there was a company around like The House of Bachelorette at the time.  A website that offered a variety of different bachelorette party favors to fit any bride type!  Not every bride is looking for a "Magic Mike" type night out!

For me, the perfect pre-wedding party was a quiet dinner at a fancy restaurant with my closest friends.  Ten years ago it was difficult to find bride-to-be items that would have been welcome in that sort of venue!

The House of Bachelorette offers a wide range of party favors appropriate for both low-key brides (like me) and those looking for some more risque, blush-worthy items!  The prices are great, too!

Recently, The House of Bachelorette sent me their Super Glam Bride Rhinestone Sash to review.  This is something I would have loved to have worn on my night out on the town with the girls!  The satin sash is the perfect addition to any outfit and is studded with beautiful-shiny rhinestones announcing the guest of honor as the bride-to-be!  It's also available in 6 colors and is shipped in a pretty organza gift bag!

Since my bachelorette days are long behind me, I gifted the Super Glam Bride Sash to a friend that was planning her pre-wedding girls' night out!

Disclosure:  I received this product for free from The House of Bachelorette in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions in this post are honest and my own.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Grace visits Crayola Experience in Easton, PA

Recently, we had the opportunity to visit the Crayola Experience.  Something Grace was looking forward to ever since she first saw the commercial for the newly remodeled attraction on TV.

We decided that a rainy Monday was the perfect time take the trip out to Easton, PA and add some fun to a dreary day!

After watching a youtube video while we were getting ourselves ready for the outing, Grace could hardly wait to get there and her excitement was evident when we found ourselves outside of the colorful 4-story building!

Once we were inside, we let Grace take the lead for the day and take us to the activities that she wanted to see.

First stop was Wrap it Up, where you can name your own crayon!

Grace, of course chose to personalize a PINK crayon using the tokens provided when we checked in.  With a little help from her daddy, she was able to personalize and print out a label for her crayon!

From there, we went on to visit Art Alive!  I think Grace could have spent the entire day in this room!  She loved creating digital works of art on the touch-screen monitor and seeing them projected onto the wall to incorporate her creation onto a large underwater scene!

She is so proud of her PINK crab!

From there, Grace led us to the Colossal Caddy!  So many crayons in one place!

I can't be sure, but I suspect she colored her picture PINK!

Next stop, Toddler Town!

A room of activities geared toward younger kids.  I'll admit, I didn't see all of it since I was busy watching Grace play with the multi-colored pegboard.  Reminded me of one of my favorite childhood toys!

Since Grace was leading the way, we ended up skipping over a few attractions before arriving at the Water Works.  She loves to play in water, so there was no way she was skipping her chance to navigate her crayon boat through the canal.  She even tried cutting through the line to play again when her turn was over!

Our last stop before heading back down stairs to the lower level was Melt Down where Grace painted a dinosaur (I kept calling it an alligator) with melted crayons.  I didn't get many pictures of this as I was helping Grace with this activity since she was nervous of the hot wax.

Of course, we couldn't skip the Crayola Store!  I was like a kid in the candy store and could have easily purchased two of everything if Joe wasn't with us!

Instead, we let Grace fill a souvenir tin with crayons and markers.  Just like I thought she would, she tried to fill it entirely with PINK crayons and markers!  Grace also picked out a plushy and a Christmas ornament along with a couple other must-have items!

After peeking out the door, I saw that the rain held off.  So, we decided to use another exit and take the long way around back to our car.  I'm glad we did!  These giant crayon and marker sculptures are awesome!

I look forward to visiting again to try out the attractions we skipped over as it was all too much for her to take in all at once!

And if seeing Grace's smiling face while she was enjoying her day at the Crayola Experience wasn't's a picture I snapped of her outside!  The Crayola Experience was a definite hit!

Even after a few weeks since our trip to Easton, Grace is still talking about her Crayola Experience!  Fitting the topic into just about any conversation she can!

Disclosure:  My family received free tickets and a gas card from Crayola Experience in exchange for a review of our experience.  All opinions are honest and our own.

Menu Plan Monday 2013 ~ Week of August 26th

It's been very difficult to find blogging time this summer!  Mainly due to Grace and her horrible sleep habits and the fact that laptop has now decided to become a desktop.  Working around those two factors has been a huge pain in the butt!  

Along with blogging, menu planning has also been neglected and I've been finding myself at a total loss come four o'clock when it's time to start getting dinner to the table.  

Blogging and menu planning tend to keep me on track and that's really where I need to be during the next several months.  So, I'm back...with lots of great things planned for the new season ahead!  I'm really looking forward to sharing it all with you...and I hope you will all come back to check out what's going on around here!  

For now, here's what's on the menu for this week!  


Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
The photo above is raw,
it doesn't look so pretty at start or finish
but it's oh-so-delicious!  


Chili Macaroni
This is an old favorite that I just don't serve often enough!
Can't wait to enjoy this delicious dish!
I even have a head start with some precooked
ground beef in the fridge!


Leftover Night 
Spaghetti and Meatballs 


I might try something new....




Balsamic Pork Tenderloin
Corn on the Cob 
Acorn Squash

Now that you know what we're eating this week, let us know in the comments what's for dinner at your house this week! Or, if you need more menu planning inspiration? Follow me over to  Menu Plan Monday hosted by I'm an Organizing Junkie! Or, if you like what you see here, you can check out my past menu plans.

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