Category Archives: Parties

How To Stuff and Truss a Turkey -Paleo Thanksgiving Part 1 with #Semi_Handmade


It’s that time of year, and if you’ve always wondered how to easily keep that stuffing in (or apples/onions/lemons), here is a quick and simple How To with photos! Continue reading How To Stuff and Truss a Turkey -Paleo Thanksgiving Part 1 with #Semi_Handmade

Ice Cream Party with a Twist


If you’re looking for a mess free alternative for an ice cream bar or ice cream party, check out MyMo Mochi Ice Cream!

Holiday season means parties, potlucks and ultimate celebrations.  If you’re looking for a new go to, Continue reading Ice Cream Party with a Twist

5 Tips for the Perfect Fall or Halloween Party


Every year our friends and neighbors pack the house before trotting out to Trick or Treat.  It’s a lot of fun in new urbanism neighborhoods where living close together means maximum efficiency in the candy gathering.   Continue reading 5 Tips for the Perfect Fall or Halloween Party

EQtainment: What We Didn’t Love

We received free products from EQtainment in exchange for our unbiased review.  All opinions are our own.

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EQtainment is a newly launched brand with a suite of products by Harvard alumna Sofia Dickens, designed to “improve emotional intelligence globally by creating fun and simple tools for practicing social skills and better behavior.”

We love that this is a mom owned business by a clearly well spoken, intelligent momprenuer.  We really believe in emotional intelligence, and we are present parents, and really encourage our kids to name and share their feelings with kindness and respect. Sofia Dickens and her team did a ton of quality research, and her information is solid (see their blog).  Like I said, I really wanted to love these products.

Continue reading EQtainment: What We Didn’t Love

(Un)Biased? Writing Negative Reviews

We received free products from EQtainment in exchange for our unbiased review.  All opinions are our own.

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I’m sure you’ve seen that statement before.  If you’re a blogger or reviewer or journalist who has received products for free or at a discount, it’s required under the FTC so readers know that, although we claim our review is unbiased, there is a potential for, shall we say, influence?

In our experience, pressure to be positive never comes from the brand.  It’s something within ourselves, that if we’re honest about it, we might say:

a) I like getting free stuff; We fear, if I write something negative, I might stop getting picked to be a party host, product tester, brand ambassador, etc. Continue reading (Un)Biased? Writing Negative Reviews

InstaFire Inside


Well, every good event planner has a contingency plan, and in the atlantic region in August, you can basically plan on afternoon thunderstorms that threaten to flash flood.

We planned for the rain, but what was unusual for us this year was the HEAT!  It made an early August outdoor BBQ simply impractical since most of our friends have young kids. Continue reading InstaFire Inside

Palsun Party – Korean 80th Birthday Bash


I have this friend.  She is the kind of friend who is there for us no matter what…when it’s hospital time, she organizes the meal plan, recruits volunteers to cook, care for the kids, the dog…and never accepts anything in return.  She is the most kind, loving, generous person I have ever known. Sniff.

As events would have it, her dad, in stage IV cancer, Continue reading Palsun Party – Korean 80th Birthday Bash