Friday, August 29, 2014

My Favorite Things Saturdays # 41 - 8/30

Every Saturday I like to wrap up my week with some of My Favorite Things. Please grab a button and join me!

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Posts you may have missed this week:

My favorites from around the web:
New Driver Survival Kit
Fall Autumn Nail Art
Make A Month of Green Smoothies in an Hour

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Guest and Giveaway: Six Apps That Will Help You Throw a Successful Event

The following is a guest post from Jennifer Lutz at

After working as a wedding consultant for more than 10 years, I've experienced my fair share of challenges when it comes to event planning. There are so many things to consider - budget, menu, invites, décor, and entertainment, to name a few-and things can get frustrating, fast. Luckily, party planning is easier than ever thanks to a wide range of clever smartphone apps. Read on for some of my favorites.

Pro Party Planner
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If you're looking for something that will help you organize everything, Pro Party Planner can make it happen. The best thing about this app is that it covers everything - from guests to decorations to entertainment and drinks. It has a tab for seating arrangements, a useful tool for arranging formal events. It also allows you to choose the type of event you're planning and then shows the factors accordingly.
The sharing option lets you share tasks with other people while the budget tab keeps track of your expenses. And if you're planning the event for someone else, the app allows you to download all the information as a PDF or share it via email.  
Price: $5

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Punchbowl is a web-based app that takes you through the step-by-step process of planning your party. Unlike Pro Party Planner, Punchbowl helps you do one thing at a time. This is ideal for people who are just starting out with party planning and want to take it slow. It offers colorful invitation templates that you can customize before sending out to guests. There are options for a potluck party, a guest list, and a gift registry for more formal events. Punchbowl also offers Social Networking sharing to easily reach your friends, families, and contacts with the touch of a button.
Price: Free

Pepper Plate
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No party is complete without food, and Pepper Plate helps you plan the all-important menu. You can import recipes from websites using the Import Recipes tab or save your own with the Manual Recipe option. Pepper Plate also helps you manage your menu or simply plan the week's dinner. The Shopping tab generates a grocery list according to the menu and you can even filter it by grocery aisle or recipe. You can also print or share recipes with your friends.  
Price: Free

Speakeasy Cocktails

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If you want to serve something other than wine, but you're afraid of experimenting, then Speakeasy Cocktails is the perfect guide for you. This app features recipes for more than 200 drinks. It also has videos, slideshows, photos, and tools that will help you become a master in Mixology just in time for your event.
Price: $10

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You'll need the right music to set the atmosphere, and Spotify does just that. Browse through thousands of songs, choose your favorites, and then save them as a playlist. This saves you time from switching from one song to the next during your party. You can also create more than one playlist for different times during the party (dinner, late-night), so the music will never stop.  
Price: Free

Heads Up!

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Heads Up is an app you can play with your friends for an entertaining end to your party. It features 18 decks of cards with different themes. Simply choose a deck, draw a card, and then make your friends guess what you're trying to say. Like a reimagined charades game, this app makes you sing, act, or use crazy accents that promise a fun time.  
Price: $1
Whether for an intimate dinner party with friends or a huge backyard bash with the family, these apps will help you plan, track, and execute the perfect event. What are your favorite party planning apps?

Jennifer Lutz writes about home décor at A seasoned hostess, Jennifer cooks up unique party ideas, too! Check out her Emmy party tips here:

To help you get started with your event planning I am giving away a $10 iTunes Giftcard! US residents only please. Contest ends next Thursday.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Printable Fall Bucket List

Here is this year's Fall Bucket List in a printable form. If you are printing it off for personal use, you are more than welcome to crop the watermark off the bottom. If you wish to share the file, I ask that you leave the watermark on. Enjoy!!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall 2014 Bucket List

Labor day always seams to mark the end of summer and the beginning of fall for us. So I've already been working on this year's fall bucket list.  There are several items from last year either because we didn't get to them or we just love them so much.
  • Go to the pumpkin patch
  • Pick apples
  • Enjoy a hayride
  • Go to Stone Mt.
  • Decorate for the season
  • Try a new fall drink
  • Carve or paint pumpkins
  • Try a new pumpkin recipe
  • Make leaf prints
  • Start some Christmas crafts
  • Attend a collage football game
  • Do a family service project
  • Drink apple cider
  • Go to a corn maze
  • Jump in a leaf pile
  • Party at the state fair
  • Make homemade soup
  • Go to Veteran’s Day parade
  • Host a game night
  • Plant bulbs for next spring
  • Bake a pie
  • Take a family walk at dusk
  • Make a Thanksgiving table decoration
  • Take fall pictures at town square
  • Go to a new fall festival
  • Make button leaf branches

My MUST do this year is Pick Apples. Of course the party at the State Fair will be to celebrate Rosey Posey's birthday. She loves to do this each year. Little Lady is finally old enough to participate more in some of these activities, I can't wait to see what she thinks of jumping in the leaves.

What's on your fall bucket list this year?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer Bucket List Wrap-up & 1 Year Blogiversary

WOW! Summer is over?!? I can barely believe it. With 4 birthdays and 3 weddings I'm so happy we actually got as much done as we did (which wasn't really that much). I also can't believe that A Time for Seasons is 1 year old. It's been a great a great year and I look forward to many more to come! 

Here's how we did on our Summer Bucket List this year:

  • Make Chocolate Bowls - SO Yummy and fun!
  • Go White Water Rafting - Decided to wait till next year: Rosey Posey will be old enough to go longer. TN State Laws and all :P
  • Canning - Peaches!!!
  • Go to the Zoo - Too Hot!
  • Make a Fairy Garden - :(
  • Go to the Farmer's Market - YES!! Got Peaches and more!
  • Eat Dirt (Pudding) - This was such an amazing success, we made Sand too!!
  • Watch Fireworks - Didn't have the best view, but got to see some for 4th of July
  • Make our own Sidewalk Chalk- Wanted to so badly, might move this to the fall list.
  • Go to a Baseball Game - Going this Sunday!! Go Braves!!
  • Mail Pen-pals - Check!
  • Make an "I'm Bored" Box - Didn't make and actual box, but did make this printable that helped.
  • Play with Bubbles - Enjoyed bubbles at camp.
  • Swim - LOTS and LOTS!!
  • Make Homemade Ice Cream- Didn't get my IC Machine for my birthday... poo
  • Celebrate Birthdays - All 4 of them!! And that was just our imitate family.
  • Read Some Books - Bubee is doing AMAZINGLY well with his reading!
  • Water Fight - Made some amazing Water Bombs.
  • Enjoy a Dollar Movie - Went to the movies 5 times. It was so much fun!
  • Catch Fireflys - This was such a magical night: watching the kids play on the farm!
  • Go to Stone Mountain - Bumping to the Fall list
  • Build a Sandcastle - Had to spend our vacation time at the lake this year. :/
  • Bar-B-Q - So yummy! Will share the recipe soon.
  • Have a Media Free Day - It was SO peaceful, may have to do this more often.
  • Try a Gourmet S'more- YUMMY, that's all there is to say!
  • Make a Kiddie Car Wash - Still want to do this. Will add to next year's list.
  • Go Back to School - Today was Little Lady's first day back. Enjoyed having a morning to myself and all 3 kids enjoy having a day out of the house ;)

Looking over the list, I guess we actually got quite a bit done. I am very ready for fall though: Cooler weather, scarfs, boots and all things Pumpkin!!! :D

To finish the wrap up, here's a few of my favorite pictures from this Summer:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Did Anyone Get the Number Of that Bus?!?

So yes, I feel like I've been hit by a bus! It's been a crazy week to say the least. I was gone most of the week and up for more than 48 hours with little more than 2- 30 min naps... So I am bushwhacked!! I appologize for My Favorite Things not being updated this week: But no worries, it will be back this week. The good news is Consignment Sale Season is OVER!!!! *Doing my happy dance* and I will not have another one as crazy as this one. The great news is I will be sharing my Fall bucket list this week and transferring my site over to fall! I can't wait; I LOVE fall!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

20 Ways to Upcycle a Crib

Another Popular post from my Consignment Sale Queen Blog: 

Consignment sales are a great place to not only find great deals for your kid's clothes and toys, but also a great place to find items for upcycleing and craft projects. For those of you who don't know upcycle is defined by the urban dictionary as "1.Using ordinary objects to make something extraordinary 2.The process of converting an industrial nutrient (material) into something of similar or greater value in its second life." I plan to give you several ideas for some of the most popular consignment sale items. This week, many have been recalled and need a new home:


10.Mini Day Swing /// 11. Dog Bed /// 12. Reading Nook /// 13. Bench  

14. Art Desk /// 15. Magazine Rack /// 16. Bird Coop /// 17 and 18. Drying Rack /// 19. Shelves

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