Don’t Forget When You Are Hosting Any Event…

Don't Forget You Time

Don’t Forget You Time

Hello Sunshine! Hoping all is well. Are you planning on shopping the Black Friday Sales? They are already advertising, but I sure hope it is safe out there. So I wanted to let you in on something. First, I am no Super Model~By Far! I am also no Beauty Expert~By Far! I just want to make sure during all of this planning that you are doing, you take care of yourself! You must keep up with your daily beauty routine and fitness routine, if you have a fitness routine. Hey, if you don’t have a fitness routine, you may want to pick up a little something now, if it is ok with your physician, of course. Just a little something, like even walking in your neighborhood. Yes, the Holidays can be very busy, but you have to take care of yourself and your family.  Just remember, if you do not take care of yourself, you may become ill and you won’t be able to take care of much else. You also want to be looking fabulous when your friends and family come by to visit! You want that fantastic glow! Of course, you will have that because you will be visiting the ones you love, but you don’t want to be run down. Think of all the photos you will be taking. You want to have the best skin and when the kids come and visit, you want to make sure you have been active!

Neighborhood Runs, Jogs or Walks,

Neighborhood Runs, Jogs or Walks,

Also, when the family is here, maybe after the big meal, see if they want to go for a walk in the neighborhood. Some of the best talks happen when there are no phones, TV’s or any electrical devices. Just walking and talking! You would be surprised at how fast you walk and how long the walk is also! I know that our neighborhood is 4 miles & ugh, with lots of hills. Sometimes when I am on the phone with my family or a friend, before you know it, I have walked the neighborhood twice & haven’t even realized it. It’s a great way to be active with the family. It’s also a great way to get to know the community.

I put up a video of a few of my favorites. Now, remember that I am no Super Model (or regular model!), Beauty Blogger and definitely not a Video Maker!  I think this is my 3rd or 4th Video…. So, it takes me a while to even realize the video is recording. I am too old to make videos, I guess! If you have any questions, ask away. Also, remember~ what works for me may not work for all. I have ‘mature skin.’ I am 41 years old after all.

The point is, Take Care Of Yourself During This Time! Do not get worked up about little details. Spending time with your loved ones is what matters & you want to enjoy it. Don’t be tired, be anxious and excited to see them. Remember, Love is why we are here!

This will be a series of posts so I do hope you come back and view Mousey’s Parties Tab for updates. Also, if you like this post, I would appreciate if you share on your social media pages with the tabs provided below. Thanks so much!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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We Were Grateful

We Were Grateful

We Were Grateful

Hello Sunshine! Hope you had a fun weekend! We were busy stocking up or groceries, as usual. Seems like we always make a run to about 3 different grocery stores. I made my 2nd trip to Trader Joe’s and I found so many goodies. I guess living in Austin I am more of a Whole Foods & Central Market shopper. My husband has been doing lots of the shopping lately because of my broken ankle and my limited walking & he has grown to enjoy Trader Joe’s so he has now introduced me.

If you follow my Instagram, @princessmousey, you probably notice that I have been posting a few little snack ideas for your Thanksgiving plans. I like to give little ideas there also.

Well, over the weekend I always enjoy catching up with my family and friends. With a quick phone call or just a quick text message. These days lots of us even have Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. Social media has really been a nice way to share all of our happy moments. I also love when my brother just sends me a text message with photos of my nephews. He will send me Holiday, Birthday and just any happy moments. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love when others are happy! When they are happy, I am happy. I then decided to look through those photos of the pics they shared of their happy moments, the moments they were grateful. You  can easily print screen shot from your computer and there you have it!

Living Favors of Gratitude

Living Favors of Gratitude

I found these perfect small frames at Michaels Craft Store that fit perfectly on a place setting. I found them in different colors and they were $2 each! Personally, I think these are great take aways for your Loved Ones because they are their happy moments captured for them. You can look for pics that they posted from the year of their vacation, of a wedding, birth of a child, a happy couple moment, new home, or I printed a pic of my nephews when they adopted their rescue kitty~ King Cesar! I absolutely love the huge smiles on their face. They had been wanting a kitty for so long and my brother finally felt they were responsible to adopt. They were grateful! Another reason why I like these frames is it’s a conversation for the table in that we can ask each other what their happy moment was. Then we it may start of about the time of when each others vacation of the year or the first adopted kitty from another member at the table and so on. I am sure my guests will want to know how my nephew came up with the name King Cesar!

Second option I have is persimmons as a table favor. I know those mini pumpkins are the usual favor, but you really can’t eat those and again, I am a vegetarian so I love to share a natural fruit snack with all. Plus, I have come to notice that many have not eaten persimmons. They are so delicious and I love to introduce them to as many of my loved ones as I can. I have found that Costco has them at their stores. They have a package of 12 for a great price, so placing 1 on each setting is perfect.

Persimmons are a great favor

Persimmons are a great favor

Ok, another option for a table favor I found these adorable mini rose bushes from Trader Joe’s! These are the priciest of the favors at $3.99, but I found that they came in different colors and they were a great size for each setting.

I guess what I am saying is I like to give living favors. Something that will bring us gratitude ahead, remind us of our gratitude from the past and show our guests how much we remember and appreciated their happy moments from the year.

Maybe you can use these favor ideas for your Thanksgiving event. Always remember~ it’s all about love & enjoying your loved ones. Love is what it’s all about.

This will be a series of posts so I do hope you come back and view Mousey’s Parties Tab for updates. Also, if you like this post, I would appreciate if you share on your social media pages with the tabs provided below. Thanks so much!  

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Love Is Why We Are Here Thanksgiving

Inventory The Serveware & Linens

Inventory The Serveware & Linens

Wow! It really got to Thanksgiving talk quickly didn’t it! Great! The mouths are watering. So, have you decided if you are having a traditional Turkey Dinner or maybe something different? Funny, I was watching The Steve Harvey Show the other day & I don’t usually watch, but it was playing in the background and I heard him mention that this day is only once a year & he wants Turkey and everything with it! It made sense. It’s one day a year. We should go out and do the entire day justice. Our family and friends deserve the best. We deserve the best.

Checklist

Checklist

I made you some Inventory checklists for your serve ware and table settings to make sure you  have all you need for your guests. Items can easily be missed and then you won’t know till it’s too late. Also, you may not know you have broken dishes and then you will be searching for replacements at the last minute. Now that you know your menu, you know what serving utensils you will require for each item, so on the checklist I have left cells for you to place the menu item and the proper utensil. You are going to be so organized!

Serving Checklist         Table Setting Checklist

Keep in mind, if you are having your Feast catered your caterers will usually provide your  utensils. They are extraordinary that way!

I generally start pulling my dishes out and running them in the dishwasher and hand cleaning   if needed. If I am having a formal event, I wash the linens only if I am not getting them dry   cleaned. For the record~ I do not get them dry cleaned. I know you think it is a lot of work to clean. No! Washing them takes no time at all! Napkins are only the length of your lap so it’s not like ironing is a huge task. It took me less than 5 minutes to iron 8 napkins. So iron while you are watching Scandal & you will knock it out! That little bit is so worth it in the end!

Checklist

Checklist

You may notice on the checklist I have 2 gravy boats. If you have a Vegetarian/Vegan Guest, you want to make sure the gravy is ‘meat free’. Often times the gravy is made with Turkey or chicken broth. Since I am a vegetarian, I am very much aware & I just like to pass this information on. Whole foods and Central Market and many other catering Thanksgiving offer Vegetarian options for Thanksgiving meals, so you should not have a problem if you have a vegetarian guest. If you have a guest and you are cooking for them, you may ask if they prefer something or they may even offer to bring their own, but I definitely placed many vegetarian sides on the menu list for my Veggie Friends.

**One very important detail that I want you to remember** Please have plenty of water available for your guests. Have water bottles,  water pitchers and water decanters~ Plain Water, Spa Water, Tap Water or Ice Water. I just can’t say it enough! When you have talking, eating and definitely alcohol, you need to hydrate your guests. Make sure your guests are having water and make sure the water is placed around your home and looks delicious & inviting.  You know your guests are going to enjoy themselves with the alcohol, you don’t want anyone to have a terrible hangover from dehydration! Also, your guests will thank you if they fill up on such refreshing water and not all the food. I am telling you, You are doing Thanksgiving The Right Way!

Remember, if you have questions so far, ask me in the comments. Don’t worry about this if this is your first Thanksgiving as a host. Thanksgiving is about being with our Loved ones. Love is what it is all about! Love is why we are here!

This will be a series of posts so I do hope you come back and view Mousey’s Parties Tab for updates. Also, if you like this post, I would appreciate if you share on your social media pages with the tabs provided below. Thanks so much! 

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Ironing Linens

Ironing Linens

Planning The Thanksgiving Menu

Starting The Menu

Starting The Menu

So, 2 weeks away & It’s your first time to host Thanksgiving in your home! Sounds pretty exciting, right? Well, it can be. Just don’t get too carried away. Remember what Thanksgiving is all about, Being Grateful! For the love we have for each other and to be surrounded by warm hugs from our loved ones every time the door opens. We have 2 weeks to work on this, if we make a little blunder, it’s ok! We are human! Let’s just enjoy this and make memories!

The first thing we want to think about is ‘who will be coming by to enjoy this Thanksgiving’? We need to have a proper guests list for food buying and/or ordering. We need to make sure we have enough seating arrangements, serve ware, and sleeping arrangements if any guests will be staying over. You never know who may be needing to stay overnight in order to hit those early morning “Black Friday” Deals!

With your guests, you definitely want to make sure you accommodate their dietary needs, so be aware of any restrictions. It is generally the guests responsibility to mention it, but when you call to invite or follow up after an invite has been mailed, you can always ask if there are any restrictions.

Planning The Thanksgiving Menu

Planning The Thanksgiving Menu

Ok, so keep in mind that I am not a ‘Master Chef’ in the kitchen. I am more of the sous chef. Well, maybe not even the sous chef. I can make simple items, but when it comes to making a huge Holiday Turkey & the entire arrangement, eh ~ not for me. If you are into it and you are great at it, I think that is fantastic and you probably don’t need any help at all! In our home, we are a team of 2! So, The Hubby is usually working on getting the outdoors tidy and I am making the inside of the home ‘Perfect’! In doing that I really can’t focus on all of it, the cleaning, the decorating & the cooking. So, I do what every High Power official does, I delegate! That’s right, for the past 20 years I have been buying our Thanksgiving Package from Central Market or Whole Foods. Why not? They know what they are doing! My family that comes over has always been pleased. Before I married my husband, my grandparents would have Thanksgiving with us & they would always enjoy our family time. That is the most important memory. Not having them watch me destroy the kitchen and exhaust myself to clean up after. Instead we enjoyed the time we had to put up our Christmas decorations together.

If you are having a Casual or a Formal Thanksgiving, may I suggest you look into letting the professionals get your meal ready for you. Maybe even having the professionals make just the turkey or just the side dishes. I just had a fantastic Coffee and Baked Good at St. Philip this morning & they will be having gourmet pies for Thanksgiving that you will be able to order and pick up!

We will be hosting in our home with Whole Foods making our Turkey and the usual sides. Keep in mind, I am a Vegetarian, I am also a low carb eater & most Thanksgiving Menu items are not low carb. So, NO turkey for me & ‘NO’ to most of ‘the usual’ sides. Guess what? I am making great sides and party starters that our guests will not even know are low carb and vegetarian. They will really appreciate it when they start watching football and not feel that nap kicking in like it normally does every year. Yes, I love Pumpkin Pie & I do let myself have sweets every so often. When I heard St. Philip is having non-traditional, kicked up Thanksgiving Pie’s, yes, that is what we will be having! Costco is also great at having fantastic tasting pies at fantastic prices! Perfect if you are having an occasion at home or if you are a guest. I know either one of these pies will be a party pleaser.

So, print up the Planning The Thanksgiving Menu list from my Google Drive to get started with your planning and we will go from there! Oh! If you have any questions along the way, please leave them in the comments. I will be happy to go over them with you. Keep in mind this is a preparation in steps, so if you ask a question, we may not be there yet…. Be patient, but DO NOT be afraid to ask!

This will be a series of posts so I do hope you come back and view Mousey’s Parties Tab for updates. Also, if you like this post, I would appreciate if you share on your social media pages with the tabs provided below. Thanks so much! 

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Doing Thanksgiving The Right Way

Preparing For Thanksgiving

Preparing For Thanksgiving

Hello Sunshine!

Brrrrr! Have you gotten a Cold Front? Wow, we did here in Austin. Luckily I did my errands last week. Not sure if you follow my Instagram, @PrincessMousey, but I let all in on a week in the life of a Boutique Chic Mousey. I am usually running around Austin getting supplies for my card shop Princess Mousey Cards, fulfilling my Sacraments of Reconciliation, I also do a bit of volunteer work. Because It was the Mid-term Elections, I was campaigning for a political party so I was at The State of Texas Capitol. I also had a few medical appointments due to my injury follow up. I keep quite busy.

Can you believe it is 2 weeks until Thanksgiving? Well, I wanted to share with you on prepping for the holiday if you are hosting. Of course, not everyone hosts a formal event. I am the kind that lives the life that does not save the ‘fancy lingerie’ for special occasions. We were gifted our fine China for our wedding so, we use it if we are eating pizza or we are having guests over! So, if you are hosting a formal Thanksgiving of Fine China or the ‘Chinet’ I want to show you how I prep for having family and friends over to make it easier on time and less stress!

  • Guest List! Who are you having over? Are you having family? Does everyone get along? It’s always a nice thought to be a Peacemaker, but really, is it worth it? Are you having a Vegetarian/Vegan over? Plan the menu accordingly.
  • Lists! Are you having guests stay over? Clean out those guest rooms. Start pulling out that Fine China. That Mikasa has been in the cabinet collecting dust, better make sure there are no chips or missing pieces for the amount of guests you are inviting. Are you having a formal event or a casual event? Do you need acrylic pieces? Check the web for best prices and delivery dates for your event.
  • Linens! If you are having a formal event, you need to have those linens pressed. You can save some funds by pressing them yourself, or you can take them to your dry cleaners and have them pressed. Start checking for coupons now for discounts. Some days they have specials for house linens instead of clothing.

Menu! Will you be cooking? It seems ideal to make your own moist and huge 14 lb. turkey, but can you believe Whole Foods can make your entire menu? Time to start deciding on what you plan on doing.

 

Over the next few days, I will be helping you with all of this. Plus I am going to give you Kid Games, Adult Table Discussions for those Awkward Moments, After dinner plans…. and so much more. Don’t worry, I have you covered!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Busy Month!

Epilepsy Awareness Month

Epilepsy Awareness Month

Hello Sunshine! It’s November 5th & it’s already a full month! I was a Busy Bee helping with campaigning for the Mid-Term Elections. In Texas we elected a new Governor and we have not had one in a while…. Now that that is over. I have a few other items that I will be helping out. I hope y’all are getting ready for Thanksgiving! I don’t know about you, but I have so much to be Thankful for. Everyday I give thanks for even opening my eyes.

If you have followed me, you may know that I suffered a concussion about 2 years ago. I have since been diagnosed with daily migraines and epilepsy. Neither of which I ever had prior to my concussion. Of course I take medications to help with my migraines and seizures, but I have never been able to find the right mix to get them controlled. I wake up with about a 1 migraine & depending on how many ‘triggers,’ such as fragrance, bright lights, extremely loud noises in different directions at one time, sleep deprivation or stress I can reach a 10 at the end of the day on a daily basis. This is with medication, so I just try to keep a mellow lifestyle. With my epilepsy, I didn’t know for a long time that I was having seizures. I had seizures every time I slept and sometimes when I was just sedentary for a moment. I finally mentioned the experiences & showed pictures of my chewed and bruised tongue to my neurologist. Of course with tests, I was diagnosed with epilepsy after concussion also.

I have learned so much about Epilepsy & migraines since being diagnosed, but I still have so much to learn & I am constantly asking questions. Luckily, I have my fantastic Neurologist, but I also have gained friends who have been diagnosed since they were children or some diagnosed as older adults~ like myself with migraines and or seizures.

 

I follow Changing Focus: Epilepsy Edition Blog for so much information.

I also learn from websites and I have participated in fundraising for Epilepsy. Right now, I just want you to know how to help me or anyone having a seizure! Here is a first aid picture to let you know what to do. Feel free to print this up and place it somewhere that you think it will help.

First Aid For Seizures

First Aid For Seizures

I will keep the ‘Purple Ribbon Pic’ on my blog home page to take you to Epilepsy Foundation Texas, so you can find more information about epilepsy.

In addition to Epilepsy Awareness Month, This year I am helping THE MOVEMBER FOUNDATION!
The leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health.

Let’s do it for our Men & for Men’s Health. Our Men deserve it! I have joined Team ATX STACH CREW.

If you would like to donate, Click on my ‘Stach’. I will keep ‘My Stach Pic’ on my blog home page through the month on November, so come back and donate all month long.

Donate To My Movemeber Page

Donate To My Movemeber Page

Thank you so much & lots of love,

Lisa

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Trick or Treat?

Trade Treats To The Treat Trader Phantom

Trade Treats To The Treat Trader Phantom

We all love Halloween, right? We love to get the kiddos dressed up because they look so darned cute! They love picking out their costumes months ahead of time. I mean come on, how many Frozen Princesses are we going to have this year? And how about Those adorable Box Trolls? Lets not exclude ourselves adults, I can already see Austin’s Own 6th Street crowded with Orange Is The New Black Prisoners.

No matter what age we are, we love to get our costumes on! What we are not into so much, is the candy. I mean, I do like my Skittles and chocolate a little, but I don’t need a bucket full. I just want to show off my costume and my cute nephews or cousins costume. The kids don’t even consume that much candy. The just want to show you all the hard work and thought they put into their get up.

So, I am going to let you in on a little alternative.

The Treat Trader Phantom

The Treat Trader Phantom comes to collect your ‘treats’ that you have collected for him on Halloween Night. The Phantom only wants candy or ‘junk food’, so if you received stickers, pencils, toothbrushes or any good treats ~ well, those just are not accepted. The Phantom will weigh the acceptable treats and leave you books, a toy you have been wanting or maybe a small monetary trade.

While you have been going to the shops looking for costumes, or going on regular errand runs in the shops~ during those times your child or children has possibly seen a few items that they have desired and possibly asked for? Wouldn’t it be nice if they had a few extra dollars? Perhaps, after Halloween night, they could have a few dollars if they left their treats out for The Treat Trader Phantom? Such a better treat to have something worth lasting than sugar and fats!

And what about you giving treats at your home? Will you be giving candy as treats? I really encourage you to look outside the box. There really are so many more options. Last year I went to Target, Dollar Shops and there were so many great items that were great to give out! Little tubs of play dough even! Little skeletons, pencils, puzzles, crayons, etc. Also, candy is getting pricier! Not to mention, our children are getting too many unhealthy snacks. Let’s make Halloween fun again & not just about eating candy.

I hope I get to see you out there in your costumes, look for me, I am always the bride!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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