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Host a Favorite Things Party

Host a Favorite Things Party

I had the pleasure of attending this uber cute party called “Favorite Things Party.”  Hint, hint, Oprah’s Favorite Things.  Well, because I love a surprise, I had to attend!

The idea is to invite different friends, ask them to bring three of their favorite items or in the alternative, bring three items of something that they really like that cost $7 or less, bag or wrap it up pretty, and then everyone when they leave, will have received THREE new finds.  Doesn’t this sound like fun?   You meet new friends, find out about new items and you do not have to spend a ton of money.

When I ventured out to find my three finds, I must say it was harder than I originally thought.  I mean, let’s face it, everything cost at least $10 nowadays.  Should I bring my real favorite things like Haribo gummy bears or Wet n Wild lip gloss #553, or how about Lindor chocolates?  Then one Saturday, I ran across a fragrance that I totally forgot about but that I truly love and wear.

It’s a body mist spray that I wear when I’m running errands or when I just prefer something light.  It can be found at all your off-price retailers like Ross Dress for Less, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls for under $7, and it smells a lot like the actual Vince Camuto perfume.  I was so excited!


Some other ideas are candles, hand lotion, a cute thermos, you can go on and on.

How the game works: 

  1. Everyone writes their name down three times on a sheet of paper.
  2. Tear the names into three pieces.
  3. All guests put their three names into a hat.
  4. Mix up the names.
  5. Then have everyone pick three names out of the hat.  (Throw the name back in if you pick yourself)
  6. One by one, each person pass out the gifts that they brought to the party to the three people they picked out of the hat.  

This was such an adorable idea!  You must plan this for your next girlfriends event.  You can send out Evites, serve mimosas and appetizers.

Here is the picture of my three gifts that I received.   Yes, wine!

Have you been to a favorite things party before?  I’d love to hear the details!   Please, comment.

 

Heath and happiness.  .  .

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SPRING BREAK ON A BUDGET, CHICAGO STYLE

SPRING BREAK ON A BUDGET, CHICAGO STYLE

Well, it’s spring break time!  It seems everyone around me has already had their break, but this year’s spring break is late for my daughters.  This is a time where I must be creative.  As a single mother, one of the biggest challenges is having enough disposable income. There are just not enough coins to go around for vacation, music lessons, swim lessons, summer camp or just enough money for leisure time.

I sought out the best things to do around town for spring break 2019 that won’t break the bank.  Here’s my list:

  1.  TAKE A TRAIN RIDE TO MAGGIE DALEY PARK
    This is one of my family’s favorite places to visit especially in the summer. They have stuff for all ages: Wall climbing, roller blades or scooter, and mini golf. And then when they are all wiped out, head on over to get some food at Rink Café. Who doesn’t like a Chicago style hotdog?
  2. CATCH A FLICK
    Tickets for a movie would normally cost my family of three $36.50 and that’s before you even purchase snacks. On Tuesdays at Marcus Theaters, movies are $5.  That’s a whopping $21.00 savings!  And that includes newly released movies.  AMC Theatre also offers $5 Tuesdays for members.
  3. TAKE YOUR KIDS OUT TO EAT FOR FREE
    How come no one told me about this? There are places throughout the Chicagoland area where your kids can eat for free.   Click here.  
  4. HEAD TO THE ZOO
    Hanging out at the zoo is always cool and it’s educational.   Lincoln Park Zoo always has free admission.  They have a schedule of fun programs that you can check out and then plan a head.  In the suburbs, Brookfield Zoo is a great option.  Groupon now has a deal but limited time remaining!
  5. GO MUSEUM HOPPING
    Head to the Chicago Botanical Museum or Legoland Discovery Center.  Visit your local library and snag a museum adventure pass to receive admission or a special discount at participating Chicago area destinations.
  6. VISIT A TOY STORE
    I asked my little one what were some things she wanted to do on break and she simply said go to the toy store.  You could go to a toy store that you would not normally go to and explore Chicago!
  7. GO ON A TOUR
    If you are a person who enjoys history (like me) take advantage of Chicago free tour options from Chicago Walking Tours and learn something new about our great city.
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