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Dierbergs Holiday Appetizers and Cocktails Class

I’m always looking for new and fun experiences.  So when Dierbergs invited me to one of their “pop up” cooking classes, I was thrilled.  This particular class was for holiday appetizers and cocktails, which is right down my alley.  I’ve been to some classes recently for a girls-night-out and work team-building activity, and each time picked up something new.  

Dierbergs offers some of their more popular classes as “pop up”, or last minute, so make sure you follow them on social media.  Their Instagram handle is @Dierbergs, or sign up for their newsletter here so you don’t miss anything.  They do fill up quickly.  

If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone celebrating an anniversary or birthday, these classes would be something interactive and fun.

Dierbergs holiday appetizer and jim beam cocktail class

Here was the menu:  

  • Seared Tuna Skewers and Spicy Avocado Cream & Pickled Cucumber
  • Sun-dried Tomato & Mozzarella Bread Sticks with Olive Caper Cream
  • Candied Bacon Cornbread bits glazed with Sweet Tomato Jam
  • Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cups with Candied Pecans

This class was a demonstration with Chef Christie Maggi.  In demonstration classes, you get to sit back and relax while the chef does all the work.  

What we ate:
While Chef Christie was starting to cook, she passed around a couple of apps from the store for us to sample.  We had a festive olive and salami tray along with a cranberry pecan torte you can pick up from the deli, which makes for a quick party-pleaser.  

Salami and olive tray

torteRecipes and a couple tips Chef discussed.

Seared Tuna Skewers and Spicy Avocado Cream & Pickled Cucumber

This was my favorite appetizer of the night.  Chef Christie had a great tip about working with food on skewers.  Instead of soaking the food on the skewers, she recommended cooking the tuna first, then add the skewer after.  This prevents the skewers from burning and falling apart. 

Seared tuna skewers

Avocado substitution option: if the avocados you were planning on using aren’t ripe, you can substitute with Wholly Guacamole.  

Lemongrass substitution option: use lemongrass puree in the squeeze tube.  

Candied Bacon Cornbread Bits glazed with sweet tomato onion jam

Candied bacon cornbread bits glazed with sweet tomato onion jam

Sarah’s Scoop: These would be great served at a brunch or holiday appetizer party.  The tomato jam is what transforms this from good into an amazing item!


Sun-dried tomato & mozzarella breadsticks with olive caper cream

Sun-dried Tomato & Mozzarella Bread Sticks with Olive Caper Cream

sun-dried tomato breadsticks

Sarah’s Scoop:  If you don’t want to make the dough from scratch, Dierbergs sells pre-made pizza dough in the same aisle where fresh pasta is made.

Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cups with Candied Pecans

Filo cups are very versatile, so pick some up in the deli department.  I love using them for holiday appetizers too (see how I did for my holiday appetizer party here) but using them for desserts is equally delicious.  

Chocolate caramel mousse cups with candied pecans

Chef’s Tip:  This mousse can be made a day or two ahead of time.  A snazzy serving option is putting them in a shot glass with berries on top, or use a martini glass for a larger portion.  

Chocolate caramel mousse cups with candied pecans

 Jim Beam Cocktails

Jim Beam Side Car

Here’s what Stephen, the Jim Beam rep, made for us to sample.

  1. Moscow Mule
  2. Sidecar
  3. Manhattan
  4. Penicillin
  5. Maker’s neat

Up until this point, I hadn’t drank any whiskey since I was in college, so I didn’t know what to expect.  The Moscow Mule is definitely something I would serve at one of my own parties for my girlfriends.  My friend Jana recently served it at her house, and she threw in some cranberry to make it festive for the holidays.  These drinks ranged from light whiskey taste too very strong.  Penicillin and Maker’s Neat are more for whiskey lovers that enjoy the taste.  There were several whiskey enthusiasts in the class, that really enjoyed these cocktails.  The cocktail size was quite large, more than just a sip, so you really got to enjoy it.

This class truly had something for everyone, including dessert.  So, do you prefer to savor a rich decadent chocolate mousse or sip on a warm whiskey at the end of your meal?

Maker's neat and chocolate carmel mousse cups with candied pecans

Jim Beam cocktail recipes

Overall this class was a lot of fun, with a lot of pleasant surprises and fun people willing to learn.  Many attendees were celebrating a special occasion or having a fun night with friends. One couple in the class said they were hosting a lot of guests for the holidays, and wanted to gather some ideas.  They love to go shopping right after the class so they picked up the ingredients of the apps and drinks they liked the best.  Very smart.  Thanks to Dierbergs for such a fun experience.  

Did you know Dierbergs has classes for all tastes and preferences?  Even if you are not a cook.   Check out their list of options for January and February here.  Here are some I’d like to attend:

New Year, New You
Make it- Take it Valentine Spa-tacular non-food class.
Friday Night Dine:  Classy Appetizers and Craft Cocktails (super popular)
Gal-entine’s Brunch
Crock Pot or Not (for those who can’t live without their crock pot)
Puppy Love, Parent-Child Kids Class (My boys love helping me in the kitchen)

Dierbergs is so much more than fresh groceries, my boys love it too. 

We thoroughly enjoy their children holiday events.  We recently saw Santa and did fun kid activities around the entire store; such as sampling foods, getting balloons, face painting, and making ornaments.  It was a win-win for everyone.  

Dierbergs Santa fair

Dierbergs Santa Fair

Dierbergs Santa Fair

Also, I hosted a pumpkin beer and treat tasting with friends this past fall, where I picked up some pumpkin beer and snacks for my girlfriends to enjoy.  If you’re looking for a great place to host, but don’t have the time to do it at your place, this is a perfect solution.  They even have live bands every Friday to make for a really festive atmosphere.  Read all about it here.

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Swag Bag Party Photo Wall

I have always loved taking and having lots of photos so when I was planning my Holiday Swag Bag Party I knew I wanted to do some sort of fun photo wall.

I have an accent wall in my office that is a leopard pattern so I thought I’d start with that.  I rented a “pipe and drape” (poles and drapes) at a party rental store that defines the space a little more for the background.  Then I pushed aside the furniture in my office.

I found some fun photo props at TJ Maxx and got the letter balloons to spell out FUN.  The day before the party I took the balloons to my local grocery and had them filled with helium.  Then Wal-la!  A photo backdrop.

I have loved looking back at these photos.  Life is too short not to have FUN!!  🙂

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Fun Photo Wall Swag Bag Party | Sarah Out and Aboutpics were taken by @verajeanaephotography

Have you seen the other Holiday Swag Bag posts?

How to host a holiday swag bag party here
Holiday appetizers and drinks I served at the holiday swag bag party here

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Easy appetizers and drinks I served at my holiday swag bag party.  

Cheers Sarah, Christine, Rachel and Ann Santa define nice

 

 

 

 

 

I was in search of some easy appetizers and drinks to make for my holiday swag bag party.  I called my go-to foodie friend Christine to discuss options.  I knew she’d be a big help, because she knows I don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen cooking, but still want to wow my guests with a fun snacks and drinks.  

The primary goal for my menu was to serve appetizers I could assemble quickly, that would require three or fewer ingredients. I decided to showcase a mix of sweet and savory apps that were served cold and hot.

Here’s what I chose:

filo cups

Spinach Filo Cups.  

  • Filo cups
  • Your favorite dip (spinach artichoke works great!)

This is my “go-to” appetizer for all my parties, and are a huge hit.  They look really fancy, but they’re the easiest tasty bites to assemble.  Dierbergs carries already-baked filo cups.  While you’re there grab some of their fresh spinach artichoke dip.  All you do is spoon the dip into the filo cups, and bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.  You can also order them at pre-assembled, and take them home to bake.  

Anne and Sarah Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crockpot Meatballs

  • 1 package of meatballs
  • 1 bottle of BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Rays’ Honey Chipotle is really good).
  • 1 jar of apricot jelly

The crockpot can be your best friend when hosting a party.  Just throw the ingredients into the crock, and it takes care of the rest.  The apricot jelly adds a different twist to this classic appetizer.  My guests raved about this one, and requested the recipe.

cream cheese stars

Red Pepper Stars

  • 1 brick of cream cheese
  • 1 bottle of red pepper jelly

Divide and cut the cream cheese into a creative shape using a cookie cutter.  To prevent the cream cheese from sticking, spray the cookie cutter with Pam.  Then just top your shapes with the red pepper jelly, and enjoy with toast bites or crackers.  These are a simple way to make the holidays special.  For Valentine’s Day do hearts, shamrocks for St Patrick’s Day, and pumpkins for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

Baked goat cheese and marinara

  • 1 jar of your favorite marinara
  • 1 log of goat cheese
  • Fresh basil for garnish

This appetizer was inspired by my favorite tapas restaurant in St. Louis: Barcelona.  It’s so simple and looks so festive.  All you have to do is pour the marinara sauce into small baking dish.  Next slice the goat cheese and bake at 375 for 15 minutes, or until toasted and sauce is bubbling.  Serve with toast bites.

Cinnamon Chip Breadbowl

Cinnamon chip bread bowl

  • Cinnamon Chip bread bowl  from @Great Harvest Bread Co
  • Cheesecake fruit dip
  • Apple slices

I love making this Cinnamon Chip bread bowl into an amazing party treat.  This bread tastes like heaven!  Just core out the top and put in the smooth and tasty cheesecake fruit dip from Dierbergs’ deli department.  I also like to serve it with fresh apple slices.  If you’re looking for a show-stopper; this is it!

 

chocolate dipped clementines

Chocolate covered clementines

  • Clementines
  • Dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • Sea Salt

First, peel and divide the clementines.  Next, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, and dip half of the clementine into the chocolate.  Sprinkle with sea salt before the chocolate hardens.  Finally, place them on parchment paper and let cool in the refrigerator.  

Veggie Platter

Veggies and Dip from Dierbergs

I like having veggies as a healthy option for my guests.  I ordered a veggie platter from Dierberg’s because they’re always fresh and beautiful.  Just throw them onto your own platter and it looks like you did all the preparation.  

Buntini's

Bundtinis from “Nothing Bundt Cakes”

These delicious miniature bundt cakes, may be small, but pack a punch for any sweet tooth. Nothing Bundt Cakes has two   locations in Chesterfield and Brentwood.  They have a compact variety of flavors in six types of products (i.e. bundt cakes and bundt towers).  I went with chocolate chocolate chip (yep, that’s twice the chocolate) and red velvet for this party, and they all disappeared quick.

What we drank:

Very peary cocktail

Very Peary Breeze

  • 1 part pear vodka
  • 1 part cranberry juice
  • 1 part apple juice
  • Frozen cranberries
  • Rosemary

Just like the name indicates, this drink is like a fresh breeze.  Once mixing the three drink ingredients, throw in some frozen cranberries.  These make for festive ice cubes, a nice pop of color, and keeps your drink cold without watering it down.  Finally, garnish with rosemary.   

Wine decisions red or white? Heather C

I also had a variety of red and white wines and water on hand.  You can jazz it up the water by putting a large ice cube with frozen oranges and cranberries inside the container.  

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So that covers what we ate and drank at the Swag Bag Party.  If you missed all the fun swag items you will want to check that out here.  The recipe for the Peary Beary Cocktail here and other party ideas here.
Next I’ll be showing you how I turned my office wall  into a photo back drop.  Here’s a sneek peek.
Photo wall
XOXO  Sarah
Party Pic photos by the talented @verajeanaephotography

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I was tagged by @Kaitlinclaywell to share my answers to 15 winter related questions.  I absolutely loved reading Kaitlin’s questions and answers.  She is so happy and fun and lives life to the fullest.  I love following Kaitlin’s blog because you never know where she’ll pop up that week  major benefits of being able to work anywhere on the planet.  So I thought this would be fun.  

I absolutely love the holidays but I don’t like winter.  While holidays can be stressful, I thrive during this time.  I enjoy fun activities with my boys, parties, food and drinks, shopping, checking out Christmas lights, and much more.  Because I get so much enjoyment from the holidays, it’s no surprise I go into an activity slump in January.  

  1. What’s your favorite holiday tradition?  

Our favorite tradition, which has been around since my oldest son was little, is our “Elf on the Shelf” who’s name is Chip.  I sometimes wish he would be around the house all year, because the boys behave knowing Chip is watching and reporting to Santa.  The only downside to Chip, is remembering to move him to a different location around the house each night after the boys go to bed.     

Elf on the shelf trouble

  1. What is your favorite go-to lippies?

A makeup artist at Nordstrom told me red lips were big this winter, so I wear a subtle Bobbi Brown shade called Cranberry.  Besides lip stick,  Burt’s Bees’ lip balm is amazing.  Several of my friends gave it out at my swag bag party in November, and it was very popular, so I’ve started using it.  

  1. What is your favorite winter scent? (perfume, candles, etc.)

My favorite winter smell is pine greenery and Christmas trees.  

To wear I prefer sweet perfumes like Viva la Juicy and Daisy by Marc Jacobs.  

  1. What’s your go-to winter fashion trend?

My style is classic, but I try to incorporate leopard, sequins, fur, leather and lace when possible.

Leopard coat and denim

  1. What is your favorite holiday movie?

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  We watched it recently for our family movie night, and my boys are now obsessed with it.

  1. What’s your favorite holiday tune?

All I want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey.

  1. Do you prefer to travel or stay home?

I enjoy both, but if I had to choose, being home Christmas morning is so fun.  Some of my family live out of town, in Cape Girardeau but not too far away, so it’s easy to travel and join in on all the festivities.

  1. What’s your winter skincare must have?

Without a doubt, moisturizer.  My dermatologist says the best thing for your skin is moisturizer, sunscreen and retinol, so I never forgot to stay moisturized during the cold months.  I use Aveeno

  1. What is your favorite winter haircare product?

I really don’t have a favorite haircare product, but I love wearing stylish hats.  I’m in and out of buildings all day for work, so it’s easier for me to throw on a hat and still look put together.  (@NeverEnough)

Never Enough

  1. What is your favorite winter activity?

Looking at Christmas lights, especially ones that have pulled out all of the stops.  Two winter activities I’m hoping to do this year is tubing at Hidden Valley and sledding at Art Hill.  

  1. What is your favorite winter beauty product?  

I always feel better when I have a tan but I don’t want to damage my skin so, I use L’oreal’s Sublime Bronze towelettes  during the winter to get a little glow.  

  1. Love or hate the snow?

I love snow once a year.  I prefer just a dusting, because I don’t like driving in a lot of it; especially when I’m  “white-knuckling” and I hate being cold.  

  1. What is one item on your wishlist?

Having two busy-body boys, a full-night’s sleep would be tremendous.

  1. Favorite holiday treat?

I can’t pass up an Oreo cookie truffle ball.  The problem for me, is limiting myself to just one.  So, when I do eat one of these tasty treats, I savor it.

  1. Do you finish your holiday shopping before December or are you a last minute shopper?

I start early, but I always have some last minute things to grab too.  

It has been fun reflecting on why I love the holidays so much. I love reading these kinds of posts because I feel like I get to know my favorite bloggers better. If you do this tag, be sure to let me know! I want to learn more about you all. I’m tagging some amazing St. Louis mom bloggers below that I’m obsessed with. Be sure to check out their answers.  

Katelyn @thebejuledlife

Emily @emmyloustyles

Jen @andhattiemakesthree

Meghan @meghan.lane

Happy Holidays and thanks to @@Kaitlinclaywell

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How to throw a swag bag party and all my tips.

This is the hottest girls night out idea and perfect for the holidays.  You don’t need to be a celebrity or a blogger to get a great swag bag.  You just need to host a FUN filled holiday swag bag party and I’ll tell you how.  Swag bag party | Sarah Out and About

  1.  Invite your friends.  The swag bag party is a modern twist on the favorite things party.  The same premise applies.  Set a budget,  mine was $5.  I let my friends decide how much they wanted to spend but if you bring 4 items (spend $20) you take home 4 new items in your swag bag.  If you bring 6 items (spend $30) you take home six new swag bag items.

Swag Bag Party | Sarah Out and About

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  When the girls arrived I had them put the swag on my dining room table and asked each of them to write their name on a piece of paper for each item they brought.  So if they brought 4 items they wrote their name down 4 times.  Swag Bag Party | Sarah Out and About

3.  After eating, drinking and taking lots of FUN photos (blog posts on all those details to come) we started the swag bag game.  Here’s how it works:  Each person talks about their swag, why they love it, where they use it, etc.  Then they tell everyone where they can get it and depending on how many items they brought they draw names and those people get to take home the swag.

I also handed out a swag bag to each guest to put all of their goodies in.

Holiday wrapping tip:  My friend Jessica gave me this idea.  She gets the Erin Condren labels personalized and buys the brown or white paper bags then coordinates the label with the tissue.  This makes a custom and super affordable gift bag for the holidays.

 

Swag Bag Party | Sarah Out and AboutIt is such a fun party and getting to hear what your friends are loving and hearing about new items you may not know about.  I had a friend write down each item so that if you didn’t get swag you were interested in you can check it out later.

 

These items are all great stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, gifts for your BFF, sister, mom, friends, etc. Who doesn’t want a swag bag?

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Here is a list of all of the swag bag items brought to the party

Gold Bond Hand Lotion Target

Silicone wine glasses Amazon

Mini gold wallet Old Navy

Bissinger’s gummy pandas Bissinger’s

Woodsy Owl Ornament Cracker Barrel

Hand Made Holiday Soaps Christopher’s boutique

Aveda Foot Lotion Ginger Bay Salon

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm Target

NYX Lip Moisturizer Target

Plaid Blanket Scarves Online

Silver Arrow Earrings Zulilly

Buntlett Cakes Nothing Bundt Cakes

JR Watkins Hand Soap and Yogi Chai tea Target

Fingerless gloves Old Navy

Wet Brush Target

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm Target

Chapstick Total Hydration Target

Johnson & Johnson Travel items Target Aveno Lotion, Neutrogena make up remover, Listerine, Lavender Bath, Neutrogena hand cream

Ok so tell me what you would bring if you went to a swag bag party.  I want to know all the fun things you love!

XOXO  Sarah

Photography by:  @verajeanaephotography

 

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Grade School

 

This is the ultimate gift guide for grade school kids age 5-10.  Here’s the Scoop:   I talked with Logan’s teachers and my friends who teach grade school and they gave me the best ideas of fun activities and games they use at school that the kids LOVE.  The holidays will be here before you know it and your kids will be making a laundry list of things they want.  If you’re tired of your kids getting junk that they don’t play with the day after Christmas you have come to the right place.

Forward this gift guide to the grandparents, aunts, uncles, anyone who wants to know what your child wants for Christmas.  Everyone will feel good about giving your kiddos something fun that will also stimulate their mind over the long Christmas break.  

 

This gift guide is organized for recommendations I got for kids age 5-10.  

1. Playstix

Playstix, the toy that inspires kids to build extraordinary things.  Playstix have grooves that interlock and they are color-coded to make building easy.  Kit Includes Playsitx and idea booklet with instructions and examples of things you can build.  

 

 2. Magna Tiles

Are you a quick-thinker, have a good eye, or just always seem to get the luck of the draw? This brain-bending game can be played three different ways, making it great for all types of kids. Each player tries to recreate the card pattern drawn using their set of 16 cubes. Each level will offer a new challenge, as you race to get your ‘bitz in order! A great game for sleepovers or family night.

 

9. Kinetic Sand

It’s more fun when it’s Wacky! Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand where you can FEEL the fun! You’ve seen it before, but you’ve never felt anything like it! Pack it, pull it, shape it and love it, Kinetic Sand is so incredible you can’t put it down. It’s kinetic – meaning it sticks to itself and not to you! It oozes, moves and melts right before your eyes. It flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid, but leaves them completely dry. Kinetic Sand stimulates children’s creative skills allowing them to create anything they can imagine over and over again. Kinetic Sand never dries out and is gluten free. This soft and stretchy sand easily cleans up while delivering non-stop fun! It’s squeezable sand you can’t put down. Feel the difference with Kinetic Sand!

 

10. Pattern Play 3D 

Using brightly colored, multi-shaped wooden blocks, the goal is to turn 2D images into 3D structures. Some build-outs seem to defy gravity; others are stunning works of dimensional art. All puzzles will challenge kids and adults while providing a rewarding, towering finish! Includes 22 high-quality wooden blocks, 20 cards with 40 puzzles to solve and a 9-inch square wood tray.

 

11. Legos 

The great thing about Legos is not only are they great to keep your kids occupied and help with following directions and building but depending on what your child in into they have so many themes and options.  These will be huge in our house this Christmas.  
Create your own LEGO® vehicles with LEGO Classic! The LEGO® Classic Medium Creative Brick Box inspires open-ended building play and vehicle creation in a wide range of colors. Designed for builders of all ages in mind, this collection of LEGO® bricks in 35 different colors will encourage open-ended building play, and inspire any imagination. Windows, eyes, and lots and lots of wheels add to the fun and offer endless possibilities for creative construction and vehicle play. A great supplement set to any existing LEGO collection, this set comes in a convenient plastic storage box and includes ideas to get the building started.

 

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Pre-schoolers Gift Guide recommended by teachers 

All of these gift ideas were recommended by son’s pre-school teachers. These are some of the hottest items kids love, that are not only fun but have some educational component.  One thing is for certain, these gifts will not be gathering dust!

Forward this gift guide to anyone you know who’s purchasing a holiday gift for a child age 2-5. Family members and friends alike will thank you!

Cash Register

    • The Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register is great for growing imaginations.
    • Realistic money and a working calculator add to the fun while simultaneously helping to build math skills.
    • A winner of the Best Classic Toys Award, it’s a must-have addition to any child’s toy collection.

Marble Run 

    • Give your kids endless hours of engineering fun with the Mindware Marble Run game.
    • This engineering game gets the fun rolling, literally.
    • The kids can build tracks that twist and turn with colorful pieces that simply slide together.
    • They can test their design by sending marbles through chutes, merry-go-rounds, windmills, S-curves, a U-turn slide and centrifugal funnel, then make adjustments to send it off again.

Play-doh

    • Play-Doh Numbers Letters N Fun Art Multi Kids Toddler Games Play Set Playdough
    • Kids can roll, cut, press and mold their way back to school, identifying their ABCs and 123s as they play!
    • Then they can kick it up a notch, creating simple words and number combinations. Item Features:
    • With over 35 colorful number and letter molds the possibilities for creative learning are endless Set of colorful letter and number molds lets you mix and match your ABCs and 123s for endless spelling and counting fun Play-Doh -style

Wood Blocks

    • Wooden blocks never go out of style, and this classic Melissa and Doug block set will keep your child busy for hours.
    • This 100-piece set in bright beautiful colors is the ultimate for creative building and constructing.

Design and Drill

    • Get creative-on the go-with the Design & Drill Take-Along Tool Kit!
    • Kids use an electronic screwdriver to screw colorful bolts into custom pictures and patterns.
    • When it’s time to pack up the fun, all pieces fit in the storage case. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included).

Floof

  • Indoor Snow That Is Easy To Mold and Can Be Used Over and Over Again!
  • Super Soft and Smooth Texture That Feels Lighter Than Air!
  • Set Includes 6 Snowball Molds and 150 Grams of Floof Clay.
  • Safe and Non-Toxic Formula.
  • Designed For Children Ages 3 and Up

Turbo Twister

  • Patented 360-degree front axle rotation.
  • NEW: PULSE Lighting Technology: GREEN Opaque Glow
  • Radio Control, 49 MHz. Requires 5 AA batteries (not included).
  • Play indoor & outdoor, will interfere with other 49 MHz RC units, can play within proximity of 49 MHz RC toys
  • Fun & Safe for 3-Adult
Turbo Twister

Legos

    • Features an easy-to-build farm with opening doors and windows, and a feeding trough
    • Includes 3 brightly colored bricks decorated with farm animal produce
    • LEGO DUPLO products are specially designed to be safe and suitable for small hands
    • Farm measures over 7″ (18cm) high, 7″ (19cm) wide and 3″ (9cm) deep
    • Combine with 10615 LEGO DUPLO My First Tractor for more barnyard fun
    • This learning toy is suitable for ages 1½-5

Magic Tracks

    • Magic Tracks are amazing tracks that bend, flex and glow!
    • The Mega Set includes two battery operated cars that light up and 18 feet of track.
    • Kids can connect the tracks in any configuration. This set will provide hours of fun!

Fold & Go Barn

Your child will have hours of imaginative play with this beautiful doll playset from Melissa & Doug

Crayola Mess Free

  • Create colorful, mess-free creations with the Color Wonder Art Kit. This kit includes a variety of tools to create fun scenes that encourage creative
  • This kit includes a variety of tools to create fun scenes that encourage creative storytelling.
  • With all Color Wonder products, the inks and markers won’t color on skin, furniture or fabric and ONLY color on the special Color Wonder paper.
  • Perfect for on-the-go creativity.

Experience Gifts:  Kidzxplor gift card

  1. Rockin Jump
  2. Kor Komplex
  3. Vetta Soccerdome
  4. Companion teaching bakery
  5. My Gym
  6. Chess Hall Of Fame
  7. Sweetology
  8. Pinot’s Palet
  9. My Gym

 

 

 

A gift card to Kidzxplor.

I can’t say enough good things about Kidzxplor.  I first started using their app last Christmas break, and I was amazed how awesome it is.  If you have active kids who love doing new things, give Kidzxplor a try.  Their app has tons of activities all over St Louis.  Buying through Kidzxplor is extremely more affordable than purchasing directly through the companies, and allows you to try classes before you make a long-term commitment.

Here are some of my 3-year-old’s favorite places through Kidzxplor :  Little Fishes Swim, My Gym, The Little Gym, Vetta Soccer, Kokomo Joe’s, All American Gymnastics and Rockin Jump.

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Fitting room frenzy at J Crew Outlet.

This past weekend I made a whirlwind trip to the Premium Outmall Mall  and had to share some of the cute coat finds from JCrew Factory Outlet.  Everything is on sale.

I love winter coats because I work in and out of my car all day long.  There are some days I don’t take my coat off so I’m always on the lookout for cute coats each season.

Here are five of my favorite coats from JCrew factory outlet.

The Classic Trench Wool Coat

For more expensive pieces in my wardrobe I tend to have a classic style.  That is why I ADORE this wool topcoat.  I cannot decide what color to buy.  I tried on a size 6 in the navy and it was too roomy even with the sweater on.  The camel/sand color I tried on the size 4 it fit great but if you tend to wear heavy bulky items in the fall and winter it may be too snug.

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Navy trench coat
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Camel trench coat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vail Parka coat with fur hood

I’ll admit  I love all things fur so I had to try this coat on.  This was a size 4 and needed a 2.  This coat tends to run really big so I’d size down one.

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Vail Parka with fur
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Vail parka with fur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The quilted vest and coat

In the fall I love layering with quilted vests while I’m out running errands, hiking with my boys, or even for a more casual look for work.  They have 6 fun colors.  This layer adds so much polish to an outfit.  Then when you need more warmth they have the casual quilted coats.  They are so comfortable and come in several colors.  I wore a small and that size was perfect.

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Quilted puffer vest
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Quilted jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These tops are fall and winter staples.  The navy and white gingham button down can take you from work to weekend.

I am obsessed with the navy and white striped waffle funnel neck sweatshirt.  Its longer so it covers your rear.  Perfect for jeans or with leggings and runs true to size.  You will be weekend ready in a flash.

XOXO  Sarah

 

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Target Style Update:   Hearth & Hand with Magnolia launched Sunday.

Here are 5 Hearth & Hand pieces to update your dining table for Fall.

  1. Linen X Table Runner
  2. Wood decorative bowl
  3. 4 Leg Large Tray
  4. Striped Napkins
  5. Pine Garland
  6. Potholders

These pieces are so versatile.  I was excited to have some updates for Fall and Thanksgiving but they will easily transition for holiday.

Starting with the cream X linen table runner as a base I added the garland on top.  The color works perfect for my house and dining room.  I used my existing chargers and plates and added the black and cream striped napkin.  I am obsessed with all the beautiful fall colors so I wanted to stick to a natural fall look.  I grabbed my pumpkin from Halloween and took my boys out on a nature scavenger hunt to see who could find the biggest leaf.  I also cut some branches of pretty fall leaves and evergreen to fill in the faux garland.  This is a fun way to decorate for Fall without spending a lot of money.

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Fall Place Setting
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On my mantle I used the decorative bowl and some textural balls I already had.  I love decorating with texture while keeping colors neutral.  It creates so many fun places to draw your eye.

Decorative Bowl

In the kitchen I had to have the beautiful 4 leg tray and it was time to trash my old potholders.  This tray will make anything look amazing.  The boys and I experimented with a 3 ingredient no bake cookie bark so we plated it up on the new tray.  I’m a big believer for everything if you buy it, use it.  It doesn’t need to be a “special” occasion to use fancy pieces in the kitchen. How amazing would a cheese plate look and taste on this board?

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Wooden Tray and pot holders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is what I bought:

Here my other favorites:

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The O’Fallon Brewery pumpkin pack is one of my favorite treats when it hits the shelf at Dierbergs during the fall season.  These tasty brews will have you looking forward to autumn every year.  The popularity of the O’Fallon Pumpkin Pack is so high though, they fly off the shelves shortly after being stocked.  Last year I could not find it anywhere.  This year I decided to plan ahead reserve a Pumpkin pack and and host a pumpkin beer tasting party because there’s nothing like enjoying the Fall season with your girlfriends.      

How to host a pumpkin beer tasting party  

  • Set a date
  • Find a venue
  • Contact the venue
  • Think about food and drinks
  • Have an activity 
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O’Fallon Brewery Pumpkin Pack

 

 

 

 

 

1. Set A Date:

Talk to your friends and see who is interested in attending and what dates and times work best.  I wanted to keep this group to between 6-10 people since I wasn’t having it at my house.  This makes it easier to talk to everyone too.   I decided 8:00 p.m. was a good time, I wanted to squeeze in a little quality time with my boys after work and have time to freshen up, before heading out.

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Pumpkin Beer Tasting

2.  Find a venue:

Many times hosting at your house is the natural option.  If you’re like me, hosting a party at my house can be stressful after working all week.  Picking a neutral location can make it a lot more enjoyable because you won’t have to worry about getting your house picked up prior to your guests arriving, and cleanup is a snap.  The Dierbergs in Des Peres on Manchester Rd. was an ideal location for this party because it features a balcony area by the main entrance, they provide glassware, and every Friday night there’s a live band.  Plus, unlike at a restaurant, you won’t have to worry about how long your party runs and if you’re occupying much-needed tables during busy times.  Think outside the box when deciding on a venue.  It’s more important to get together than to have the perfect setting.   Some other options are  Park pavilions, Recreation facility, church hall, private rooms or alcoves at restaurants, your neighborhood clubhouse and coffee shops.

3.  Contact the venue and find out all the details.

It’s important to note any policies they might have, so you don’t have any snags once you arrive.

4.  Think about the food and drinks:

If you love cooking, making your own food items for the party is a great cost-saving approach.  However, I literally did one-stop-shopping at Dierbergs for my food and drinks.  The beer was not the only item that was pumpkin themed  here is what I got:

  • O’Fallon Brewery Pumpkin Beer 12-pack, which included flavors like “Jack O’ Latte”, and “Pumpkin Bread”
  • Sweet bakery items: pumpkin gooey butter cake bites,  pumpkin cupcakes, and scones.  I asked Dierberg’s to put this together for me since I was sticking to a pumpkin theme.  They were easy to work with and charged me for the food and a few extra dollars for the platter so just ask them if you want something you don’t see.  
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5. Have an activity:  

I like to have some sort of activity or simple icebreaker, especially if your friends don’t all know each other already.  I thought  it would be fun to get my friends’ engaged in tasting each beer, so my husband created a pumpkin beer tasting sheet.  Then they can make comments and grade each flavor.  The results from my tasting had the classic O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer claiming the blue ribbon, and O’Fallon Jack O’ Latte was runner-up. 

The food winner was far-and-away pumpkin gooey butter cake bites, followed by pumpkin cupcakes.

So, what’s your favorite pumpkin-themed recipe?  Is it a scrumptious sweet item, savory entree, or are you a novice brewer who makes your own pumpkin beer?

Happy Fall everyone!

XOXO Sarah

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