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Kids and teens alike look forward to the holiday tradition of searching for their Easter baskets.
When they do find them, they love digging right to the bottom to discover what goodies are inside.
The Easter basket stuffers listed below are sure to please your children and teenagers for weeks and months to come.
spa items–scented soap, lotion, bubble bath, bath salts
beauty–lip balm/gloss, makeup, perfume, shampoo/conditioner
healthy snacks–fruit, crackers, trail mix, granola, sugar-free gum
hair accessories–hair bands, barrettes, styling products
mani-pedi products–nail polish, file/buffer, foot scrub, aloe-infused socks
toys–playing cards, games, puzzles, miniature cars, action figures
sports–golf/tennis/lacrosse balls/baseballs, baseball glove, jump rope, shin guards
crafts–coloring books, sketch pad, crayons, colored pencils, sidewalk chalk
Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day from Landis Reed Homes.
Not Irish? Not a problem! Anyone can catch the St. Patrick’s Day spirit! Here are some fun ways to celebrate with your family and friends.
1. Dress up to get in the spirit. Wear green, color your hair, or even apply face paint to celebrate the day. Adults and children alike enjoy this annual tradition.
4. Enjoy traditional Irish food and beverages. Here are just a few of our favorites.
5. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte. Enjoy traditional Irish music, dancers, pipe bands, drum bands, Irish vendors, and food and beverages at the annual parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival.
Spring is Sunday, March 20, 2016. It’s time to take the party outdoors!
Garden parties can be casual or elegant. Above all, they are about spending time outdoors with friends and family, while enjoying refreshing beverages and delicious food.
Hosting a garden party for the first time? Don’t stress!
The steps to creating an amazing garden party are simple. Start with a deck, patio, or just a patch of green grass. Add tasty and easy-to-eat food and drinks. Then invite your favorite people and enjoy!
Check out the ideas below for your next garden party.
Party Decor–Let Mother Nature be your guide when decorating for your garden party. You don’t have to plant a garden, of course, but you can lavish your deck or patio with potted plants and put vases of fresh flowers on the tables. Want to have a party theme? A favorite flower, color, or even fruit is all it takes.
Seating Arrangements–Set up tables and seating areas so your guests have room to mingle outdoors. Provide a mixture of chairs and benches for comfort and versatility. Make your table settings as casual or elegant as you like. Read 50 Great Designs for a Garden Party.
Lighting–Will your garden party continue into the evening? If so, lights and paper lanterns will add light, ambiance, and fun to your festivities. String your lights around the perimeter from your pergola, trees, or deck/patio railing or roof. For more inspiration, check out 28 Outdoor Lighting DIYs to Brighten Up Your Summer.
Chilled Beverages–Make batches of your favorite drink to share with your guests. This signature beverage can be anything from sangrias to margaritas. Keep plenty of beer and wine cold in coolers or buckets filled with ice so guests are free to help themselves. Make sure to offer a variety of nonalcoholic beverages including iced water, tea, and lemonade. Check out the Cooking Channel’s Best Summer Drinks and Cocktails.
Finger Foods–We all love finger foods. The pure genius of them is that you and your guests are free to stroll, mingle, and socialize as you eat. Appetizers work well for outdoor parties because they are easy to prepare and you can often make them ahead of time.
This weekend, why not whip up one of your family’s favorite comfort foods?
These time-tested favorites are loved for a reason. These dishes look and smell wonderful. They also taste best when shared with family and friends.
The best part about many of the dishes listed below is that they can be prepared ahead of time or placed in a slow cooker to simmer throughout the day. To complete the meal, serve with warm bread, biscuits, or cornbread and a salad.
Soups/Stews–This is what your slow cooker was designed for. Place your meat, vegetables, and seasonings in the crock and set the controls to low. The time you spend preparing this in the morning is well worth it when you get home at the end of the day and dinner is ready. If you are going to be home while your soup or stew is cooking, simply place your ingredients in a large, heavy-bottomed pot and simmer all day long. Our Very Best Soup Recipes, Classic Homemade Soup Recipes and How to Make the Perfect Stew
Melted Sandwiches–This is gooey deliciousness at its best. Grilled bread, melted cheese, and savory meats and vegetables make these classic sandwiches unforgettable. 10 Great Sandwich Melts
Casseroles–Make-ahead and bake in the oven. Casseroles have everything all in one dish. Place meat, vegetables, and spices in a large casserole pan. Cover and keep in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. Many busy families like to make two of the same casserole and stick one in the freezer. Try these Comforting Casserole Recipes-Food Network.
Pizza–Making your own pizzas couldn’t be easier and is a simple way to please everyone at the table. Make several pizzas to keep a hungry crowd happy and satisfied: cheese, vegetarian, and meat lovers are just a few of our favorites. The combinations are endless. 50 Easy Pizzas-Food Network
Pasta–Boil a large pot of water. Cook and drain the pasta, then add your favorite sauce, fresh herbs, meat, and veggies. Top with grated cheese and serve with fresh bread and salad. Pasta Main Dish Recipes
Desserts–Homemade pies, cobblers, and crisps will warm your kitchen and smell amazing. How about creating a make-your-own sundae bar at home? Scoop ice cream into bowls. Set nuts, crushed cookies/brownies, whipped cream, cherries, and your favorite sweet sauces on the kitchen table or island. Let kids and adults alike create their own unique desserts. Making them is almost as much fun as eating them. Topping Ideas for an Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Great idea! Area rugs are a great addition to bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. They offer a lot of attractive qualities, including:
Before purchasing your next area rug, consider these important factors.
texture–A rug’s material determines whether that rug will withstand heavy foot traffic, dirt, and spills. Fiber options include natural and synthetic.
- cotton: natural; durable; soft; wide range of colors
- jute: natural; soft; use in low-traffic areas
- nylon: synthetic; strong and resilient; use in high-traffic areas; conceals and resists dirt and stains; available in many colors
- polyester: synthetic; easy to clean; plush feel; great for living areas
- olefin: synthetic; easy to clean; resistant to moisture, mildew, stains, and sunlight; colorfast
- sea grass: natural; easy to clean; use in high-traffic areas
- silk: natural; high luster; soft; best in low-traffic areas
- sisal: natural; strong; coarse texture; for high-traffic areas
- wool: natural; strong, soft, thick; resilient and static-resistant; use in high-traffic areas
size–Most home design experts agree that an area rug should be a minimum of six inches and no more than two feet away from the wall. In the living room, select a size that will allow at least the front legs of couches and chairs to be on the carpet. For your dining room, choose an area rug that is four feet wider and longer than your table so that the chairs will remain on the carpet when pulled out. Here are some common sizes of various area rugs. How to Choose an Awesome Area Rug No Matter What Your Space
- scatter rugs–2 x 4-feet
- runners–2 x 8-feet
- accent rugs–3 x 5-feet or 4 x 6-feet
- entire room–5 x 8-feet, 6 x 9-feet, 8 x 11-feet, 9 x 12-feet, and 10 x 13-feet
placement and function–Knowing where you are putting the rug will help you determine the type of rug you need and want. What is the purpose of this rug (color, warmth, safety, noise reduction)? Does the rug need to be durable, decorative, or both?
color and pattern–Since an area rug makes a big impact on a room, many interior decorators suggest choosing your area rug before selecting other design elements, such as wall color, pillows, and other accent colors.
cost–Most home decorators will tell you to purchase the highest quality rug you can afford. Cost is determined by a rug’s size, materials, and construction method. Larger carpets cost more than smaller ones. Synthetic materials are typically less expensive than natural fibers. Handmade rugs are more expensive than those made by machine.
rug pad–A rug pad helps extend the life of your rug by keeping it securely in place and providing extra cushion. It also helps protect your flooring by keeping moisture and spills from seeping through the carpet to the floor below.
It’s finally Super Bowl Sunday! Are you ready to host an unforgettable party at your home?
Don’t stress about this year’s Super Bowl party. The recipe for success is really pretty simple.
- Turn on the television.
- Invite family and friends to help you cheer on your favorite team.
- Enjoy delicious food and icy-cold beverages.
Don’t be afraid to show off your team spirit! Use your team’s colors for napkins, plates, and tablecloths.
Keep your serving style stress-free with a buffet. Guests can help themselves, which leaves you free to relax and enjoy the game. Slow cookers will keep your hot food items ready to eat throughout the entire game. Keep drinks handy in coolers or large buckets filled with ice. Set up containers for trash and recyclables to make clean-up easier.
What’s on your Super Bowl menu? Here are some of our all-time favorites.
pizza–Homemade pizzas are easy to prepare. Make a variety to please a crowd: vegetarian, meat lovers, and cheese lovers. Super Bowl Pizza Party-Taste of Home
sandwiches–Assemble before guests arrive or prepare a meat/cheese platter with sliced rolls and condiments nearby. 16 Party-Friendly Sandwiches for Your Super Bowl Bash
lasagne–Make this hearty dish ahead of time so all you need to do is bake it on game day. Serve with fresh bread or rolls and salad. The Best Lasagne Ever
chili–Make chili in the slow cooker. Set bowls, spoons, shredded cheese, and crusty bread nearby. Top Chili Recipes-Food Network
dips–Everyone loves to dip. Include cold ones like guacamole and veggie and hot ones like spinach and artichoke. 50 Game Day Party Dips-Delish
wings–No Super Bowl party is complete without wings. 20 Favorite Chicken Wings
sliders–Delicious little bites of heaven! 20 Slider Recipes-Taste of Home
tacos–Set up a taco station. Keep seasoned meat in a slow cooker. Stock a table or countertop with lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, olives, cheese, sour cream, taco shells, fajitas, and your favorite sauces. Super Bowl Party Taco Bar-The Kitchn