Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Margarita Punch for Cinco de Mayo

Margarita Punch

Cinco de Mayo is upon us - bring on the fiesta themed dinners and snacks. I love any kind of excuse to celebrate with fun food and drinks. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, I’m going to make a Margarita punch to serve with our dinner. This punch is so easy to make and quite yummy. It can be served with or without alcohol.

Margarita Punch ingredients

Margarita Punch ingredients

To make a pitcher:


Fresh lime, sliced for garnish
1 Liter of Sprite

10 oz margarita mix
Simply Limeade

To make a punch bowl:


Fresh lime, sliced for garnish

2 Liters of Sprite
20-25 oz margarita mix
Simply Limeade


Margarita Punch directions

This punch is so easy to make and doesn’t involve any extra work except slicing the lime. If you want to make one pitcher of the punch to serve to a few friends, then just add the Sprite and margarita mix to the pitcher. Then fill the remainder of the pitcher with Simply Limeade. The same principle applies for making a larger batch in a punch bowl. Add in the Sprite and margarita mix first, then fill the bowl with Simply Limeade. 
If you are planning to add alcohol, add in shots of tequila based on how many people you plan to serve. 

Garnish with a lime (and salt on the rim if you want!) and serve.

I love that this tart punch is something anyone can enjoy. Fill up a glass with ice, head out to a patio and enjoy this punch on a hot day. 

Margarita Punch Cinco de Mayo
Non Alcoholic Margarita Punch
Margarita Punch with or without alcohol

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Decorating Tips For Beginners

So you have a desire to decorate but you don’t know where to begin, right? Using just a few tricks, you can easily create a room or a home that you love. I've identified seven tips below that I use often whenever I decorate my home. (If you want to see this blog post in a reel/video format, click here to go to my instagram profile.)

1.) Clean your space.

Clean your space

Yes, I know this sounds boring, but starting with a clean space will instantly transform your room. Clear out the clutter, get rid of items that don’t belong in that particular room, and vacuum/dust. Also, always make the bed if you are working in a bedroom. Doing a bit of cleaning first helps you to start with a blank space which keeps you from getting distracted when you actually start to decorate your house.

2.) Choose a color palette.

Choose a color palette

It is helpful to decide on 3-5 colors that you want to use in a space. This way you have somewhere to start when deciding on what
décor pieces to select. If you focus on selecting items that are similar in color or in the same color family, then your room will have a cohesive feel. Also, this will help to give some vision to the design of the room instead of just putting anything and everything into the space.

3.) Mix in different textures.

Mix in different textures

To make a room feel cozy and welcoming, you want to add in different textures. Try using throw pillows, blankets, rugs, window treatments, and wall hangings to add dimension and interest to a room. 

4.) Feature walls can make a big impact.

Board and Batten
Feature Wall
Feature Wall Painted Arch

Consider adding a feature wall to a room that you want to decorate. This could mean simply painting the wall a bold color, adding some molding/trim/board and batten, or painting a design on the wall. Adding a feature wall will give your room a focal point for not a lot of effort or money. Feature walls help to give a room a new look and liven it up without redecorating the entire space.

5.) Use plants to bring in color.

Use plants to bring in color.Add Plants

If you want to add some extra color to a space but don’t want to make a big purchase, consider adding plants. You can use real or fake plants, whatever you are comfortable with. Plants also help add warmth to a room. Start simple and learn as you go.

6.) Group items in odd numbers.

Decorate in odd numbers
Group decor in odd numbers
Gallery Wall odd numbers

Odd numbers create visual interest better than items grouped in even numbers. Three is a good number to use, but other odd number groupings work well too. You can use odd number groupings with pictures/art, a gallery wall, similar objects, or by placing three different objects together.

7.) Use different heights of objects.

Use different heights
Decorate with different heights

Having objects that are all the same height can be boring, but if you use items that provide different heights, then you will create a better look for your decor. Play around with groupings until you find something that works for you. It is ok for items to NOT be symmetrical, that actually adds interest to your decor. Which of these tips do you think you are going to try out first?