5 Tips for Hosting A Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

5 Tips for Hosting A Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

5 Tips for Hosting A Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

Summer is in full swing and nothing is more summer-y than an outdoor dinner party. Balmy temperatures and late twilight make your backyard the perfect place to enjoy your summer evenings. When throwing an outdoor dinner party there are key components to take into account for maximum guest comfort and enjoyment.

Shade & Lighting

An outdoor dinner party means that you might start with the sun in the sky and end in the dark. Make sure that you think of guest’s comfort in the direct sun and the lighting needed once the sun goes down. Patio umbrellas and pergolas are perfect for shade when the sun is high. For lighting think of café lights and candle light on the table to keep it cozy and keep people around the table long after dark.

Comfort Items

 When dining outdoors you may start in the full sun of the afternoon and end in the cool darkness of night. Think of the change in temperature throughout the party and have comfort items available. Fans, light blankets and shawls are a great way to keep people comfortable and keep the party going.

Ambiance

Set the tone of the party with music! Even though you are outside music makes people feel like they are at a proper party. A simple blue tooth speaker connected to a phone is all you need. Create a playlist in advance filled with songs that will keep your party lively.

Table Décor

When decorating your table simple is key. Since you are dining outdoors you want to keep things low and wind proof. Low centerpieces, napkins weighed down with a napkin ring and candles in votives will ensure that even if you have wind blowing through your table décor will stay in place.

Entertainment

Finally, nothing ruins a dinner party more quickly than bugs. Think of adding citronella torches around the perimeter to keep mosquitos away. You can also have some repellent handy for guests to use as needed.

An outdoor dinner party is a great way to celebrate any summer holiday, or simply entertain your friends in your home. Follow these tips to create an exceptional experience that your guests will remember well into the winter months.

5 Tips for Hosting A Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party
Karen Rae

Karen Rae

Owner, Fave Lifestyles
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Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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3 Steps to Calm the Chaos in your Garage

3 Steps to Calm the Chaos in your Garage

3 Steps to Calm the Chaos in your Garage

Can you park a car or maybe two in your garage? Can we walk up to the workbench?

Now is the best time of the year to put some order in the garage chaos that you have been living with for too long. Take advantage of the remaining days of good weather left this summer to finally tackle the mass accumulation of stuff in your garage. First: Set a goal for your garage, like park a car in the garage, Second could be walk up to the work bench, not over stuff to get to it. Third, have a cleared off workbench to step up to and work on a project.

One contractor I worked with had those three goals in mind but his garage was so crammed full of stuff there was literally no more room. So he set a goal to only keep what he needed to complete three remaining projects. He wanted to park a car in the garage and be able to walk up to his workbench. This is how we helped him reach his goals:

1st We spread a tarp on the driveway and brought out all the extra electrical wire, and there was lots of it, then all the plumbing supplies. We consolidated all the somewhat white latex paint into one 5-gallon bucket. All the scraps of metal were sold. We continued to bring things out to the tarp for the gentleman to go through and select what he would keep. Remember, his goal was to keep only what he would need for the final three projects.

2nd Each category of supplies was groups and placed on racks stacked floor to ceiling along all the walls of the garage. So we had all the electrical supplies grouped, all the plumbing, all the paints and painting supplies, all the medium sized tools then all the large tools. In front of the workbench on the wall we placed a pegboard to hold the tools he most often needed for his projects, so he had at his fingertips what he used and needed. We also had a row of racks in the area between the where the cars would be parked. Every inch of wall space was used so nothing rested on the floors which made for easy cleaning. A blower could make quick work of cleanup.

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

Elisa Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community
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Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.

 

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Cleaning up the Emotional Moldy Oldies of our Minds

Cleaning up the Emotional Moldy Oldies of our Minds

Cleaning up the Emotional Moldy Oldies of our Minds

Our thought-life can be like a radio station that repeats the same tunes over and over, and when we have a hurtful or painful experience, it can cause us to ruminate or think of the past situation again and again, like a broken record. Have you ever had a disagreement with someone and after it was over you couldn’t get all the things you “should” have said out of your mind? I call this group of recycled stressful thoughts and the emotions they create “Moldy Oldies.” Moldy Oldies are different than those songs we remember that make us smile—they are painfully powerful. When these thoughts are directed toward ourselves they can actually cause depression and when they are directed toward another, can cause anger. These types of thoughts have been linked with general anxiety, post-traumatic stress, binge drinking, eating disorders, and self-injurious behavior and depression. Paying attention to what we are thinking about is critical to our health and happiness.

Our thoughts tend to travel in groups that center around a memory of a bad situation, in essence forming the “lyrics” to the Moldy Oldie. It becomes part of the landscape of our minds and pretty soon, that song is stuck in our head – stuck in our subconscious mind. A nasty little habit of our subconscious mind is it wants to hang on to painful events and emotions relentlessly in an effort to help us avoid similar pain in the future.

A client of mine had a favorite song that reminded her of her partner – the love of her life. It was their song. Eventually, the two had a bitter break-up, and that song became a reminder of anger and resentment.  A few years passed by and she soon found someone new. She was in the middle of a date with him one evening when this old song played through the sound system at their favorite restaurant. She hadn’t heard it for a very long time but that didn’t matter – out of nowhere she began to cry uncontrollably.  She and I worked together on all of the old “triggers” associated with their relationship and within a few sessions she no longer felt the old twinge. Each one of the reminders became a non issue.  She was freed up to move forward in her personal life in a way that felt good. No more outbursts!

Letting go of a Moldy Oldies

You try it.  Think of something that bothers you from an old relationship. Maybe seeing or thinking of that person with someone new, or maybe there is a memory makes you cringe for whatever reason. Maybe it is a thought of wishing it were like it used to be or wondering how you tolerated mistreatment for so long. All of these types of thoughts/emotions can leave us feeling heavy and in the past. We want to be present. The present moment is where ALL the magic happens in life.

Take the following steps to free yourself from Moldy Oldies.

Stop what you are doing. Making a moment creates a space for something new to happen. 

Acknowledge how you are feeling. Most times we barrel ahead in life because thinking about it hurts too much.  A funny thing happens when we do this. Our emotions get louder, they need our attention. They are trying to tell us something hurts, something is wrong. Take a moment and honor how you feel. Listen to yourself. Name the emotion. Be gentle.

Breathe in deeply a few times. This helps create a relaxation response.

Repeat “I am open to relaxing about it” three times.  Offering something as simple as this mantra helps your brain associate something positive with the old uncomfortable or painful thought.  Studies show that your brain will hang onto a positive thought if it is offered. In some instances this may be the very first time you have offered a new supportive idea into the playback tape of your mind in this area.  Words and emotions are very tightly knit and you’ll find that offering this mantra will introduce a lighter emotion as well.

Try it a few times and if you are persistent you will be able to update your Moldy Oldy with a newer cooler emotional tune. You’ll know you’ve been successful if you feel better about it or better yet if you wonder why you were so upset about it in the first place.

Your body enjoys lighter emotional fare. Feeling emotionally lighter increases circulation, metabolism, energy and youthful vitality so don’t stop there choose another. It’s important to have a something simple to use in the spur of the moment. Going through this process will help you commit it to memory. You are worth it!

Reducing stress from old relationships is one of the most important things you can do for your health and business. It’s never too soon to heal your heart.

Diana E. Ruiz, M.A.

Diana E. Ruiz, M.A.

Grief Recovery Method® Specialist
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Diana E. Ruiz MA helps women entrepreneurs resolve deep losses in life and relationships through practical steps so they can feel good in their skin again and experience their true brilliance in life and business. “The work Diana does is personally freeing and liberating…the added bonus? I am on fire in my business!” Rae Anne Hall – CEO Forward Principles – Diana is an Author, Grief Recovery Method Specialist®, Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner

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Why Developing A Financial Ritual Is A Good Idea

Why Developing A Financial Ritual Is A Good Idea

Why Developing A Financial Ritual Is A Good Idea

Do you have a favorite self-care ritual? How about a holiday tradition that brings you and your family closer? Most of us do things on a consistent basis that bring joy, but what about with your financials?

Have you ever considered a financial ritual that helped you notice, track, and prepare your financial world better? It’s time we add financial awareness to the self-care conversation. Consider developing a financial ritual to bring everyone in the household into the conversation around goals, responsibilities, and money matters.

Years ago I didn’t realize how much is required to make a household run when it comes to the numbers. Our family was quite chaotic and there was no safe place for people to ask questions. A lot has changed for me since then and I’ve learned about the darker side of the financial world when people don’t have awareness. Basically, when we have our heads in the sand, we become easy targets. The official term for it is financial abuse. I want to help you never experience it.

You may think the people in your home are trustworthy and honest, and they may be. The majority of our world is kind and generous.

When our living environment changes or new people are added to the picture; everything shifts. Whether you are caregiving for someone, having new renters, or simply growing your family and sharing space with in-laws; it’s good to know the patterns in your finances and to be able to identify when trouble may emerge.

Why is developing a financial ritual a good idea?

  1. Being unaware of financial concerns leaves you open to be a target of scams or financial abuse
  2. You can catch errors quickly.
  3. You can sleep peacefully at night with full awareness.

For me to pay attention to my business finances each month, it was essential that I made it fun. It is a priority for me and if it’s not enjoyable, I likely won’t do it. I created a financial mindfulness practice around doodling the data and even wrote a book about it. It’s an incredible joy and that’s why I want to share this idea with you!

I encourage you to look at your own financial picture with eyes of appreciation and awareness each month. Develop a time and place where you focus on the financial matters and if you have to, get creative and bring friends into the conversation.

Do you have a best practice you’d like to share? Leave a comment below.

Marcelle Allen

Marcelle Allen

Financial Joy Author
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Marcelle Allen is the author of Financial Joy: Know the Data Behind Your Dreams and has created several workshops designed to help women understand and enjoy financial matters in business and beyond. She’s a social media manager and data artist and knows that when women are safe and comfortable, amazing insight can emerge with an authentic conversation.

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I Can See Clearly Now!

I Can See Clearly Now!

I Can See Clearly Now!

Remember a time in your life when you were so excited for something to happen and you envisioned it in your mind, what it would be like?

Maybe it was when you were a kid – you and your family were going to Disneyland, you could just see yourself standing there next to Mickey Mouse getting a picture, and in your mind, you could see yourself on the boat going through It’s a Small World singing along with the characters, or on the boat of the Pirates of Caribbean ride.

Perhaps it was graduating from school, getting married, a big promotion, your dream vacation, surely your imagination gave you a vision of what it would be like when you accomplished it or lived it.

Having that vision created a joy and excitement. You had something to work for and look forward to.

When we are intentional with our vision for ourselves on a daily basis, it will fuel our desire to achieve it and spark our thoughts and actions to go after our dreams.

Without vision, and I am talking about the internal vision we have for our lives, we are not motivated or determined to get out there and live our potential.

What can cloud our vision?

  • Negative Attitude – Setbacks in life can turn into a pessimistic attitude if we are not careful to turn disappointments into learning lessons in life. It can also create a feeling of deprivation and desperation if we are not proactive about turning it around with what we can do.
  • Doubt and Fear – Focusing thoughts on doubt and fear is cluttering our mind with all the wrong things. Our imagination of what could be is halted and crippled by unbelief.
  • Buying into others limiting beliefs and perceptions of ourselves. When we put other people’s opinions about us over our own empowered thoughts and beliefs, we are out of integrity with our greater self and we show up awkward, acting differently. We are on shaky ground when trusting that someone else is right and that their opinion is more important than our own. Someone else’s perception is limited to their understanding, plus they may not have your best interest at heart.

What clears up our vision?

  • Imagination – Take time to get inspired and really let your imagination go wild with all the possibilities. Clear away any limiting beliefs and just imagine the possibilities of your wildest dreams. What would you be like, who would you be around, where are you living, what is making you smile, what is your presence when you walk into a room?
  • Belief – Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can, or can’t, YOU ARE RIGHT!” Really hone into what your thoughts are about yourself and what you can do. Do you think, I could never? Or could you flip those limiting beliefs to – I believe I am talented and capable of achieving anything I set my mind and talents to.
  • Focus – What you focus on EXPANDS! Guard your thoughts and focus them on the possibilities, the goals you are setting for yourself, the actions to take, the growth you are creating, and the strength you are acquiring by applying yourself. Keep building on and focusing on your strength, when you do you will enjoy the journey more and the accomplishments will be even more fulfilling.

What happens when you have a clear vision and you claim your vision daily; you get after it and start creating your life intentionally. So, go get after it, don’t wait…. start today! Clear up your vision, get acting on your goals and claim the success you are experiencing. Encourage others to do the same and it is magnified exponentially!!!

Rae Ann Hall

Rae Ann Hall

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Rae Ann Hall

 

Rae Ann Hall is the founder of Forward Principles. She is an author, speaker, and a mindset/results coach. Having had success in the business world as well as overcoming major adversities in her personal life, she brings an authentic message with a lot of heart and passion. She teaches actionable ways to get past difficulties, getting you results and motivating you to get after your dreams. Her own experiences of bringing her pain into purpose, inspires others to do the same.

Her honor is coaching people and encouraging them by providing practical tools and Forward Principles to get inspired and motivated. She helps people discover ways they can put action toward their goals through her "Result Cycle" Process. It is a thrill for her to see her clients push past limiting beliefs by tapping into their inner strength, and living their life on purpose with passion.

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