Friday, March 7, 2014
Below is a pic of the necklace I received. I wore it out the other night and got so many compliments on it!
Isn't that the prettiest thing?
The second piece is this beautiful red agate and tiger's eye bracelet. I wore it the same night, and I felt almost like royalty!
Sitara Collections not only carries jewelry, they have kid's toys, home decor, holiday items, and gift items, and shipping is free! Right now they are holding a $100 gift card giveaway, so run on over there and check out their beautiful stuff and enter the giveaway!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Holidays are indulgent times, perfect for going above and beyond with festive gatherings and other shared joy. Families and friends recognize countless special occasions, from Christmas and Boxing Day to other special milestones held dear. While good times are the order of business, recognizing annual holidays and occasions, spending can get out of hand during these festive times. Parties and holiday travel are budget-busters for some families tight on cash, so money saving holiday entertaining ideas are always well received.
Don't cancel holiday fun, just because cash flow has slowed. Instead, work your festive magic with money-saving methods in-mind. By trimming costs here and there, you'll still be able to roll out the red carpet for family and friends during holiday seasons. A payday loan could enable you to enjoy the holiday season, even when savings are low.
Back to Basics for Savings
We all share a desire to impress friends and guests with elaborate party favors and ambitious menus for holiday meals. Unfortunately, budgets do not always cooperate with our best laid plans. To keep spending within your means, without sacrificing on holiday good times, reel-in ambition to manageable levels.
Instead of serving several exotic dishes at your next holiday dinner, pare the menu back, focusing on a few proven food offerings. You'll save money by trimming opulence, and also benefit from an easier party-planning mission. It's exciting to share new, over the top dishes with family and party guests, but trying elaborate recipes for parties can lead to wasteful missteps and high holiday spending.
Savings results from trimming the number of dishes you offer at holiday events, but money is also saved altering the types of things you prepare for guests. Unusual, hard to find ingredients push food tabs higher at the holidays, requiring party-planners to pony-up for exotic foodstuffs. While lobster and truffles might sound good for Christmas, it is not worth breaking the bank to impress party guests with over the top spending on food. To save on holiday entertaining, plan your menu around accessible, local fare, which is easily acquired for reasonable prices.
Share Entertainment Expenses
Being the best host or hostess you can be doesn't necessarily mean you need to shoulder the entire entertainment cost burden. Friends and family love to help out, so why not tap them to assist your next party effort?
Sharing dishes adds to the festive holiday experience, and deflects some of the expense away from you. To round out a festive holiday menu, enlist the help of friends, inviting them tom bring certain types of dishes to your party. Split requests into groups, like beverages, desserts, etc., so you are not heavy-handed in any single area. While it may seem unorthodox, your guests will be eager to share some of their favorite food and drink, allowing you to enjoy the season without money worries.
Manage Drinks for Savings
As expensive as it can be providing high-quality meals for holiday dinners, furnishing a selection of adult beverages can quickly blow spending out of proportion. Instead of trying to serve every drink need, limit your approach to a few well-received offerings.
Wine is a safe standard, because it serves happy hour and dinner needs, with reasonably priced options still reflecting decent quality. To personalize your party, adopt a signature cocktail for the event. You'll save money buying only what you need for the featured beverage, and guests will embrace whatever unique beverage option you offer.
To save on beverages and other party favors, don't wait until the last minute to cover party needs. Buy ahead whenever possible, spacing expenses out over time and taking advantage of discounts and offers you find along the way. As you spruce up your home to receive guests, lean on decorative items you already own, so you aren't adding unnecessarily to the cost of your event.