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Be a Celebrity This Summer! {Guest Post}

Although we are approaching the end of summer Arianna from Arianna Knows Best would like to share with you some ideas on how to have a some celebrity style fun.

It’s amazing that summer is one of the most anticipated seasons of the year, yet it can be a pretty hectic time of year. Throw in a few family trips, and summer is almost as busy as the school year!   My girlfriends and I were daydreaming about escaping to someplace luxurious and serene, where we could work on our tans while sipping on one of those fruity drinks with an umbrella in it.  We thought that with a little creativity we could create lavish getaways right in our own backyards.  We came up with some great celebrity-inspired party ideas that are sure to make us feel like real Hollywood A-listers!

    • Celebrity summer: Album Release Party

If you were Kanye West or Britney Spears, you’d be spending the summer promoting your new album by traveling the world via chartered private jet to exotic locales and attending glamorous, star-studded events.  If you’re actually invited to one of these shindigs, don’t forget your dancing shoes, because you’ll be dancing with the stars all night long!

Image ~ Priority1Jets

    • Reality summer: Dance-Off!

Get your talented kids and friends together and create your own dance crew using your backyard as a stage! Split up into teams, pick some music, design costumes and practice.  After the performances, have attendees cast ballots to pick winners in different categories, and award music-themed prizes like iTunes gift cards or headphones!

iTunes gift card from Apple

This annual ceremony hails trend-setting, fashion-forward designers.  Chic, modern fashion stars vie for awards in categories like “Next Future Icon” and “Contemporary Brand of the Year.”  Bloggers, journalists and industry insiders agree that the stars must dress to impress on the red carpet for this event.  Anyone who’s anyone in the fashion industry is sure to make a memorable appearance, donning a hip and stylish frock and dripping in stunning jewels!

Celebrities like Katy Perry and Vanessa Minnillo celebrate their last nights of single lady status in Sin City’s hippest clubs!  But try not to feel too left out, because what happens in Vegas usually ends up in the tabloids, and you’ll get to read all about how these famous party goers celebrated their last nights of freedom!

    • Reality Bachelorette Party: Night on the Town

If the nightlife in your hometown doesn’t have much to offer, you don’t have to travel all the way to Vegas for an exciting bachelorette party!  Just going one or two town’s over gives you enough of a change of scenery to create a memorable event for the bride-to-be.  Dine in an exclusive restaurant for dinner, see her favorite performer in concert, or hit the dance floor at a hot club!  Give her a night that will make her smile every time she thinks about it – at least the parts she can remember!

    • Reality summer: Clothing/Accessory Swap Party

Spruce up your wardrobe and party with your girlfriends.  Have everyone bring gently used or clothing or unworn impulse buys, and have a swap party!  Does your sister have gorgeous taste in shoes?  Trade her a pair for that silk blouse she’s always complimenting.  Sort items into categories like “dresses” and “handbags” for easy browsing!

Image ~ TLC





Arianna has written and submitted this article, the opinions expressed are all her own and may not be that of the owner of this blog.   

Arianna is a full-time mom and a fashion-lover, world traveler, animal lover, and family woman extraordinaire. She loves to cook and bake, travel to new places, share great fashion finds, and spend time doing crafts and projects at home with her kids. She’s got a crazy busy life, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! Follow her blog at Arianna Knows Best!


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Necessities for Baby- What To Save On and What To Splurge On {Guest Post}

There was another baby added to our family (not by me!) recently.

The birth of babies always has me thinking back to when I had my boys.  Which makes me think about the things that we need and don’t really need for these tiny little humans.

Katie Moore from Moore From Katie would like to share with you what she feels is a necessity for new babies.

Necessities for Baby: What To Save On and What To Splurge On

When I was pregnant with my daughter, it was quite overwhelming to see all of the different baby items that were available for purchase online and at baby stores in my area. I had no idea whether or not some of these items were actually necessary or if they were just over-hyped and far too expensive for what they were worth! With a little experimenting and the help of other expectant parents, I was able to narrow down the list of items that I would actually need for my little one. If you are just as overwhelmed while doing your baby shopping, these tips will assist you in picking some things that you should definitely splurge on while opting to save on others.

    • Splurge On A Crib 

Splurging on a crib is a must when expecting a newborn. A quality and safe crib is an important investment for any nursery. A crib should never be purchased used as it may no longer be safe or may have been recalled in previous years. Opt for a crib made from high quality wood that will offer sturdy construction and a long-lasting design that can be used from infancy throughout toddler-hood when choosing a crib that converts into a toddler bed.

~Babies R Us

    • Splurge On Cord Blood Banking

Cord blood banking has become an increasingly popular choice over the last several years.  Cord blood comes directly from the umbilical cord after birth, so the decision to splurge on this option should be made before the birth of your child.  Your child’s cord blood can provide your family with a source of related stem cells, which could possibly be used in a medical treatment – should the need ever arise.  Make this a splurge but be sure to do your homework; talk with your doctor and find out more about cord blood banking and potential benefits.

Forget about picking out a stylish diaper bag that could run you into the hundreds. Instead, opt for a more practical, comfortable bag as this will most likely take the place of your purse and be something that you will be carrying around with you for years to come. The most important thing about a diaper bag is that you have enough space for diapers, wipes, bottles and other necessities!

    • Save On A Wipe Warmer

Wipe warmers are simply something that you do not really need to have for your child. While having a warm wipe may feel nicer during diaper changes, there is no need to warm a wipe before using it.  If you do want to warm the wipe, simply rub it between your palms before changing your little one.  If this is something that you must have, consider buying one used or a cheap model rather than splurging on an expensive wipe warmer that you may rarely, if ever use.

~ Babies R Us

Take it from me- a little bit of research can go a long way when trying to prepare for a baby on a budget.  Talk to others parents and find what worked and what didn’t work for them.  This exciting time will be much smoother with extra change in your pocket!

Moore from KaiteKatie Moore has written and submitted this article, all the opinions expressed are her own and may not be that of the owner of this blog. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26

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