Dec 31, 2010


Anyone having a hard time deciding on plans for new years? The crowds are crazy if you go out and you end up spending too much money on things you don't even really enjoy. Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands and plan the party yourself! 
Here are a few ways to make the most of your New Years Holiday. 

Family Fun Block Party - Designed w/ Kids in Mind
Use Sparkling Cider in place of champagne so that kids can take part too.
HEB sells party plastic champagne glasses that everyone can use! Cheap and easy to jazz up- add stickers or different colored ribbon on the bottom to designate who's glass is who's. 
DIY new years hats etc. - or wal-mart has party packages with hats and noise makers. 
Board, card and dice games - set prizes for each game winner  
Fireworks - if you live near a cold-a-sac, invite neighbors and volunteer the idea that everyone share the show! Give everyone a chance to light up the sky.  
Do finger foods like pizza rolls and bagel bites. This will limit the mess and makes prep time a snap! 
If you decide on a block party, coordinate with moms and dads around the neighborhood. Each family can bring something. 
Food Ideas: begal bits, pizza rolls, Fruit, chips, scooby snacks (chex cereal mixed with chocolate, peanut butter and sprinkled with powdered sugar. YUM! 

21 & Up Party :-)
 Have a 'Key Bowl'- anyone who plans to drink must give up keys either to the host/hostess or to their designated driver. If you plan to host, be prepared to keep a few friends over night. Better safe than sorry is my motto.
Champagne or my personal favorite, Botega: Petalo Moscato Spumante, also known as, a sparkling wine. Imported from Italy. 
Lighting, if done right, can give a party the right mood to bring everyone out of their shell. String up some white christmas lights around the perimeter of the room, use low light lamps and set out candles in darker areas. 
Karaoke! who doesn't love to watch other people make a fool of themselves, its a great way to liven up a party where the guests might not know each other. 
Photobooth! if you have a computer or a camera and tripod - grab everything prop style you can think of and put it in a box near the photo booth. Hang a black sheet over a wall as a backdrop. You can FB, email or tweet the photos so that everyone can share!
Games w/ Incentive : win a bottle of liquor or fine wine
Play a game where you have to name everyone at the party by a certain time in the evening. This will get your friends to mix and mingle faster. Once everyone is acquainted they will have more fun! 
Dress Code: set a dress code based on the style of party you wish to have. Formal, Semi-formal, or Casual. Personally i prefer the semi-formal because you can be comfortable and still get a little snazzy.  

I could go on forever with ideas, but that's all for now. Happy Hosting. 

Be safe and Happy New Year!!
Shadia Phillips 

Dec 30, 2010

Everything Scarves

Scarves!!! I love them! Accessorizing an outfit can come as easy as adding a beautiful scarf. You can substitute a scarf for a necklace or just wear it for warmth. Whoever said that fashion isn't function, has clearly never met me. 

I have this thing for dressing up a casual outfit when I have limited resources. My husband and I travel a lot , especially recently. We moved to a remote area of Texas therefore we travel to see friends and family. So being able to mix and match outfits has become a familiar recurrence. 

Scarves can be beautiful and functional, you just have to know what to do with them. 

From my own closet ranging in color and size and formality...

 When dressing up a casual outfit for an evening out, or just warming up for the holidays, ask yourself one thing..."to add or not to add? a scarf, that is. 

Be comfy and cute!

Dec 28, 2010

oy vey

Holidays can be such a drain. Brent and I had a wonderful Christmas with eachother and we are really glad that we didn't travel until after Christmas day. The traffic and crazy people in the stores can really wear you out!

Then after church on sunday we took a road trip to see my family. We still have one more Christmas left...but im glad at least we got two down!

I made four posts about crafts and holiday ideas, but I never had enough time to finish them. I hope that they are useful to everyone for future reference and gifts.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 15, 2010

New Camera!!!

There once was a girl who loved taking pictures, her friend told her about DSLR cameras and poof! it was like magic...she and her hubby got one for Christmas!

Model : Canon Rebel EOS XSi
If you haven't ever had an SLR camera this is the one to try! 
Check out the Canon website and see for yourself. Worth every penny!!! 

Happy Christmas!

Dec 4, 2010

Book Series

I am going to be reading book series' and sharing on this blog. Mostly so that I can keep track of what I want to read and to share what I love.
My friend Erin is my previewer for a lot of the series' I read. She got me into reading much more after I enjoyed the Twilight Saga so very much.
So this will be a list of books/book series that I have read, or wish to read as soon as I can.

the color red means that i have already read it.

Novels by Emily Giffin -
    Something Borrowed
    Something Blue
    Baby Proof
    Love the One You're With
    Heart of the Matter

The Eragon Series - by Christopher Paolini

Twilight Saga - by Stephenie Meyer
     New Moon
     Breaking Dawn

Infernal Devices - Cassandra Clare
     Clockwork Angel
     Clockwork Prince
     Clockwork Princess

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
    City of Bones
    City of Ashes
    City of Glass
    City of Fallen Angels
    City of Lost Souls
    City of Heavenly Fire

The Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Marr
    Wicked Lovely
     Ink Exchange
     Fragile Eternity
    Radiant Shadows
Short Story: Stopping Time

Modern Fairy Tale Series by Holly Black
    Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
    Valiant: A Modern Faerie Tale
    Ironside: A modern Faerie Tale

Crank - Trilogy by Ellen Hopkins
Others by Ellen Hopkins

Nevermore Series by Kelly Creagh

The Demon's Trilogy - Sarah Rees Brennan
    The Demon's Lexicon
    The Demon's Covenant
    The Demon's Surrender .....order?

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mocking Jay

Kathy Reichs - many many books. im going to be reading the rest of my life. Cant wait!!
206 Bones
Devil Bones
Bones to Ashes
Break no Bones
Cross Bones
Monday Mourning
Bare Bones
Grave Secrets
Fatal Voyage
Deadly Decisions
Death Du Jour
Deja Dead
I'd Kill For That

Jars Jars Jars

I don't know about y'all but I love jars. They come in all shapes and sizes for all sorts of reasons!
For saving fruit, for storing crafts, for decorations, candles, etc. etc.

I have decided that  I want to do personal Christmas Jars for my family and close friends this year. I haven't often had the extra time on my hands to make each person their own unique gift. This gift idea can be used for so many different options.

you can jar, cookie mixes or drink mixes. what about s'mores!! yup, those too!
if you have a family member who likes buttons...go to your local craft store and get a bag (cheap) and fill up a jar. they will be so excited to have all sorts of colors and combinations.

Decorate them with embossing, sketching, tape/glue leaves on the outside for a autumn look, use ribbon and small pieces of fabric,

some jars even have bubble lids...these you can fill the lid with a decor or food also. Glitter is fun. or red hots!!

I'll add pictures soon so that everyone can share.

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