Birthday Party Ideas Unique and Fun + HM #245

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Birthday Party Ideas Unique and Fun + HM #245

We’re celebrating birthdays!  The gals of Home Matters have collected some awesome birthday party ideas from themes to decorations, to checklists, recipes, and more. We hope you will be inspired and have some fun!

 

Birthday Party Checklist from Denay @ Confetti and Bliss

 

Simple Harry Potter Party Ideas from JessecaOne Sweet Appetite

 

Little Witch’s Tea Party on a Budget from PaulaFrog Prince Paperie

 

How to Make a Killer Cake for a Theme Party from LorelaiLife  With Lorelai

Birthday Party Ideas Unique and Fun Blog Hop

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A Home Matters Themed Roundup

Last Week’s Theme: Back-to-School

Next Week’s Theme: Cakes & Desserts



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Pineapple Malibu Slushie Recipe from Ann @ Ann’s Entitled Life

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How to Repurpose a Piano into a Bar / Drinks Cabinet from Anita @ Unique Creations by Anita

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Back to School Organization and Time Management Printables from Susan @ Crafting a Family

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Gluten Free Slow Cooker Tangy Turkey Meatballs from Kristy @ Kristy Still

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Salted Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies from Tracey @ The Kitchen Is My Playground

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Gift Ideas Using 5 DIY Natural Products

Check out these handmade gift ideas using natural products to make bath and beauty gifts everyone will love. These quick and easy gifts are great last-minute ideas.

5 Natural Products That Make Great Gifts

Perfect Last-Minute Gift Ideas

 

Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? The holidays are here and so is the season of giving. It’s time to trim the tree, and ponder your gifts for friends and family. If you haven’t finished your list yet, have no fear. There’s still plenty of time to fill the stockings.

Instead of hitting the stores for a shopping spree, consider making gifts. Natural beauty products are great for your friends and family. Who doesn’t love handmade gifts? Here are five of the best.

 

  1. Shampoo

 

Shampoo is beauty product that is often full of chemicals and harmful ingredients. You can actually make natural shampoos for healthy hair growth. There are great shampoo recipes that contain only natural ingredients and keep hair soft and silky, especially during the holiday season.

 

Consider adding vitamin E oil to the recipe for extra shine. Coconut oil and green tea are also great ingredients to make any type of hair more smooth. Give your friends and family natural shampoo and healthy hair goodness this year. A good hair day is a wonderful gift!

 

  1. Foot Scrub

 

Along with the holidays come long days of being on your feet. Whether it’s long walks in the snow or cocktail parties spent in high heels, feet get extra sore this time of year. Homemade foot scrub is a fun gift for friends and family.

 

A peppermint foot scrub is perfect for the holiday season. The herbs and other ingredients provide great moisture and therapy for achy feet. Peppermint essential oil is also an item you’ll love to have in your home during the winter for use for other natural remedies. Your friends and family will thank you for this scrub. Plus, the peppermint scent is a holiday must.

 

  1. Exfoliating Scrubs

 

Consider making exfoliating scrubs for the people on your list. Many commercial brands contain harsh chemicals and are bad for the skin. In all exfoliating scrubs, plastic microbeads have been banned due to their harm to the environment. Ecomyx Beads are an all-natural alternative to plastic microbeads and make a great exfoliator.

 

Give your friends and family homemade exfoliating scrubs with all natural ingredients. The scrubs are easy to personalize based. This gift helps skin look radiant all winter long!

 

  1. Bath Bombs

 

There’s nothing quite like a hot soak in a bathtub when the weather turns cold and bitter. You can find great recipes for natural bath bombs that everyone will love this Christmas. They’re basically homemade happiness in a bubble bath.

 

You can add natural herbs like mint leaves or lavender seeds, and once the bath bomb dissolves, the herbs release and coat the water. The gift of bath bombs gives a reason to take time and relax. Everyone deserves some rest and relaxation during the holidays!

  1. Lotion Bars

 

All natural lotion bars are a great handmade gift. Silky, smooth skin remedies are a luxury during winter when the cold and wind can easily dry and crack skin. With just a few ingredients, you can make natural lotion bars for anyone. They’re an ideal, last-minute gift if you’re in a hurry and need something quick — but still want it to be homemade and amazing.

Everyone loves a handmade gift for the holidays. Natural beauty gifts are a great way to give healthy, happy gifts to your friends and family. Show you care this Christmas and give the gift of handmade love. Christmas is just around the corner, so get your craft on and start making these recipes!

 

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Birthday Gift Ideas For The Stylish Mom

Our guest blogger, Peter Minkoff, has put together some fantastic ideas to help mom feel special on her birthday. Check out these birthday gift ideas for the stylish mom.

Stylish Mom Birthday Gift Ideas

 

A mother is a person who is always there for her kids, unconditionally and endlessly. We owe it to the mothers of the whole world to try to repay for their kindness. It is difficult, but we have several chances a year to give it our best shot – Christmas holidays, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day and her birthday. When buying a gift, you must do what she always does for her kids – put her desires first. If the special mom you are buying the gift for has a passion for fashion and a stylish gene, then you know what you should do – find a gift that is equally as stylish and fashion forward as her. If you are feeling a bit lost, we’ll help you with some suggestions, and we trust you can take it from there.

Nail Polish Set

There is nothing gentler than the hands of a mother, so make them even more beautiful by adding all the colors you can find. Try to find a store which allows you to handpick the shades you are going to give her, in order to avoid any mistakes concerning the shades.

Eye Shadow Palette

 

A professional eye palette is exactly what the doctor ordered for a stylish lady. Opt for classic instead of trendy shades, because a good and rich palette will last longer than a beauty fad. Your best choice is earthy tones palette.

A New Hairstyle

We all know how changing of haircut can have a positive impact on our mood and self-confidence. Treat the lovely lady with a hair revamp at some of the best saloons in the city. Sure, if she’s not that prone to making changes and she doesn’t appreciate a surprise, make sure you talk it through with her first. It will take away some of the magic, but that’s better than to shock and annoy her on her special day.

Her Favorite Perfume

Perfumes are special gifts, and if you don’t choose well, they can turn up to be quite a failure. So, instead of risking with new scents, opt for her favorite perfume that she has been using for years. After all, she’s bound to empty that bottle eventually.

LBD

Little black dress is the ultimate fashionable gift and a wardrobe essential. Choose a stylish and subtle piece that she can further enhance with accessories.

Underwear

New lingerie can make every woman happy, but if you want to buy something different, try with discrete body shapers she will love because they are hiding flaws, while enhancing curves.

Stylish Accessories

Accessories are always great gifts for every woman. Depending on her preferences and style choices, you can get her a patterned scarf, a statement necklace, a classic leather watch with thin straps, a leather bag, a wallet, etc.

A Day of Pampering

If anyone needs a day of pampering, it’s are our mothers. They work hard every day and worry about everyone’s wellbeing. So, give your mom a full-blown spa day, with sauna, relaxing massage, manicure, pedicure, scrub, and all other perks she deserves.

Fitness Related Items

A stylish mom is an active mom, so some fitness related gift is always a good idea. If your mother is always talking about how she would love to go to the gym, but she never finds the time or always forgets about signing up, do it for her. Get her a gym membership or sign her up for Zumba, aerobics or some other fun activity. If she is already a gym member, you can get her some nice accessory, like fitness tracker, wireless headphones, or a stylish gym bag.

Tech Gadget

No matter if she enjoys scrolling down Pinterest or she likes to snap a few selfies a day, her favorite gadget will always come in handy when she wants to be updated with latest tech trends.

Every mother deserves a lovely birthday gift, so do your best to treat, not only yours, but every mother you know with a stylish surprise, and you will make this world a better place.

 

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My Birthday On Mount Pilatus, Switzerland

It’s My Birthday!

For my birthday this year, I wanted to share a special birthday memory. It happened to be my Golden Birthday, the age that matches the day of the month you were born, and it may have been the best birthday of my life!

I was lucky enough to go on three family trips to Europe. These trips took me to eleven European countries and provided me the incredible opportunity to spend three birthdays in a way that most people do not get to experience. Allow me to take you on a trip to Mount Pilatus, in the Lucerne Valley of central Switzerland, where I celebrated my 8th birthday.

August 8, 1971, what a wonderful day! I have very fond memories of my 8th birthday. When you turn the age matching the day of the month of your birthday, it is said to be your Golden Birthday… indeed it was! I spent my 8th birthday in Lucerne, Switzerland.

We woke early and headed out to Mount Pilatus. We spent our day traveling to the top, exploring, seeing the beauty that lay around us, and learning the history of the peak with its rich legends and lore.

We began our day trip with a boat ride across the beautiful Lake Lucerne to the base of Mount Pilatus. Once across, we made our way to the Aerial Gondola station where our journey up the mountain would begin.

We stepped into the gondola that took us part way up the mountain. The Lucerne Valley is breathtaking. We saw edelweiss, goats, sheep and cows, shepherds, longhorn blowers and yodelers.

We then boarded a train that would take us up near the top of Mount Pilatus. This train is the steepest Cogwheel Railway in the world with a maximum gradient of 48 percent. The train took us to the Hotel Pilatus-Kulm, where we stopped for something to eat before continuing our ascent to the summit.

The Hotel Pilatus-Kulm, built in 1890, is a romantic destination with a sun terrace and gorgeous views. After eating, we took to the trails and hiked the rest of the way to the top of Mount Pilatus. My sister and I even got to pet a cow. We were so high up the mountain that we were above some clouds. The fog swirled around us and was cold and wet. Our mother bought us some really “attractive” raincoats.

Mt. Pilatus, home of giants and dragons, towers above the Lake Lucerne region to an elevation of 2.132 meters, and once at the top, you have a panoramic view of 73 Alpine Peaks.

Legend has it that in the year 1420, a dragon rock fell from the sky, and Mount Pilatus became the home of the legendary dragons of lore. The most famous of these is a winged dragon that used a dragon-stone to divulge his healing powers with an elixir that revived weakened spirits and healed sick souls.

The mountain may hide another secret. According to local folklore, it is the final resting place of Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor. Legend says that every year on Good Friday, the tormented soul of Pontius Pilate surfaces to cleanse his tortured soul.

After an exhilarating day, we journeyed back across the lake to our hotel where we celebrated my birthday with a Sacher Torte and some other little goodies before heading off to bed in a comfy, cozy, feather bed.

It was an amazing day, an amazing birthday, an amazing adventure, and a heartwarming lifelong memory.

I hope you have enjoyed your little visit to Mount Pilatus in the Lucerne Valley of Switzerland. Thank you for sharing the memories of my 8th birthday with me.

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Happy 21st Birthday, Kirk!

Happy 21st Birthday, Kirk!

Kirk, Rory, and cousin – Easter 4-16-2006

I found these awesome pictures on my computer one day…
Kirk had been making faces while playing with my webcam! LOL
I put them together in a GIF for you.

Happy Birthday, son!
Hope you have a fantastic day, and CHEERS to a bright future!
Love you!!!

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Birthday Bash Winners – Announced!

Thank you to everyone for all of the wonderful birthday wishes. I had a spectacular birthday that lasted throughout the entire weekend. I was made to feel very special by my children Kirk and Rory, and by my loving boyfriend, Luke.

I hope you had as much fun with the Blog Birthday Party as I did. We had a some really great game players, and I love how interactive everyone was with this post.

So now, without any further ado…

The Birthday Bash Winners!!!

The 8 blogs that will receive 1-month of Free Advertising on Life With Lorelai are…

I need to get Blog Buttons from you for the ad. Please leave me a message in the comments if you have one you would like to use. I would like to get the advertising placed by the end of the week.

Congratulations to all of the Winners!

Coming this Wednesday, August 14th…
X-ray of a Blog pt. 2

If you missed PART ONE of this blogging tips series, check it out here.

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It’s A Birthday Bash!!!

Welcome to My 50th Birthday Party!

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I love my birthday, and I love to celebrate it with good friends. So today, I’m hosting a little fun-filled get together for all of you. We’ve already done a karaoke song, and we’ll play some games too. Prizes? Of course there are PRIZES! What would a birthday party be without the goodie bag?

So here it is…

I am offering…
An Advertising Spot for your Blog on Life With Lorelai for One-Month.

This prize will go to the 8 people who are the most interactive with this post and have the highest scores in the games. Isn’t that a great prize?

When playing the games, enter your name and blog name like so:
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

Don’t forget to leave a comment about your party experience!
Be sure to post your SCORES.

Are you ready to have some more fun?

A few Childhood Favorites Go Bloggy!

Remember Mad Libs? Click the image below to start the game.

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It’s time for a Scavenger Hunt! Click the image below to find your hunting list…

Do You Know Lorelai?
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What is a Birthday Party without a Special Treat?
Help yourself to this delicious and easy recipe!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful time at
My Birthday Bash!

Don’t forget about the Pinteresting Bloggers Scavenger Hunt…

Check out the progress on my Pinteresting Bloggers Board…

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Pinteresting Bloggers Board

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Play all weekend… Winners will be announced Monday, August 12th.
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You’re Invited!!!

For a Birthday Bash right here on
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Stop on by for some good fun and laughter…

Don’t forget tomorrow begins our new Blogging Tips Series.

Also

Life With Lorelai is being featured tomorrow on I Am Meg & So Can You!
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Happy 18th Birthday, Rory!

Rory – Newborn Photo – 7-6-95

The Life and Times of Lorelai “Rory” Leigh…

18-months, 3-years old – preschool, 8-years old – Dancing with her Godmother.

11-years old – Rory was the star of the Christmas Play in 2006 –

as Norma Gene, Sassiest Angel in Heaven!

Rory has spent a multitude of time in the hospital.

Play-doh Snowball Fight in the hospital garden, and her 13th Birthday.

A little Web-Cam fun…

15-years old – 1st day of Sophomore year; the Sadie Hawkins Dance with Dean.

Rory went to her first ever Summer Camp at The Painted Turtle. We had never spent a night apart. It was a wonderful experience for the both of us. (The Painted Turtle is a camp created by Paul Newman where children with medical issues can experience normal-life activities, like horseback riding, swimming, and everything else that goes along with summer camp. It is truly an amazing place!)

Rory – 16-years old.

1st day of Junior year; Dressed up as Tonks, from Harry Potter, for the midnight premier of the last HP movie; Rory finds a boyfriend at Sugar Plum Boutique; and at Disneyland with her life-long best friend, Paris.

Rory, 17-years old, ready for Senior Prom (in a free dress she was given and that I made a detachable asymmetrical attachment for), and a new hair cut for Graduation.

Time to Graduate High School…

Rory and Lane – High School Graduates, Class of 2013!

Happy 18th Birthday, Ladybug!

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