KC Live: Pop Up Pinterest Worthy Spread for Busy Moms and Flower Arranging Tips for Beginners

How to make a pop-up, pinterest-worthy party spread

Catch my segment here for details on some fantastic products and a few tips:

TableVogue – Don’t we all agree I need to order one of these for my future segments?? Also how cute would these be for a neighborhood cookout or tailgate party? Very easy to wash and no ironing required, just toss in the dryer with a damp towel for 5 minutes. My kind of effortless elegance.

Buddeez Party Top Beverage Dispenser – This is a much more versatile option than most of the styles of drink dispensers you typically find, and half the cost. It’s got a streamlined design, practical features, and it’s light-weight and shatterproof without sacrificing the pretty wow factor.

So to me the funniest (and funnest) parts of getting to go on live tv are usually the circumstances leading up to it.

My family has been on a dream vacation  until yesterday (IG @MrsKansasMommy) but it left us all exhausted. Nothing is unpacked. I can’t find any of my hair appliances. This, for me, is a very big deal; I was the weirdo who brought hot rollers to college in the early 2000s at age 17 just so I could rock smooth, voluminous, over-teased curls for class everyday. You can imagine my horror at going on tv with a head full of flyaways like one of those white dandilions children make wishes on. All of my makeup is the complete wrong color for my burnt, crispy face. (Side note: does anyone know what makeup shade Kurt Russell wore in Captain Ron, because that’s what I needed this morning.) I was also without an assistant today so I had to carry everything myself, in new high heels killing off whatever nerve endings I have left in my toes after walking miles at disney and the beach. On the way out of the house I shattered one of my DIY china teacup candles all over the kitchen floor. Smooth move, ex lax. It was also white-hot under the studio lights, so as I was telling you about the elegance and simplicity of fresh flowers, I had beads of sweat pooling up on the back of my neck and cascading down my back onto my microphone which had to later be removed from my sweat-soaked bra by a crew member I have never met before. We’re having dinner tomorrow night.

Kidding! He declined.

As a spokesperson, part of my job is getting to tell you about new or award-winning products from various companies with which I have the honor of partnering. This is great because it allows me to kid/mom-test a lot of game-changing products, but it doesn’t often leave a lot of time for me to show you much of my personal hobbies. Today was so much fun because I got to show you something I’m really passionate about, which is easy entertaining, particularly, setting up a focal point and making custom flower arrangements. If you’d like to incorporate flowers into your decor here are my tips:

  1. Skip the florist, buy whatever is on sale at Trader Joe’s, Costco, or Sam’s Club. If you’re unsure where to begin, buy Hydrangea or Gladiolus. Stick with one color palette to give yourself more pairing options.
  2. If it’s more cost effective to buy a big bouquet full of different colors, when you get home, take the whole bouquet apart and separate them all into color families. Chic-micro arrangements all around the room are much more impactful than one thrown-together multi-colored bouquet.
  3. Choose vases that have a tighter bottleneck shape at the top. This will save you time and money because you don’t need as much filler and you won’t need to fuss with floral tape or rubber bands to keep the blooms nice and tight.
  4. When in doubt, add more greenery. Eucalyptus is one of my favorites. You can see a bunch of my floral arrangements HERE and many of them include eucalyptus, basil, and just plain old branches trimmed from various trees or shrubs in my yard. Don’t overthink it. Just don’t confuse dramatic with messy.
  5. When grouping your flowers and stems, use odd numbers. For some reason it just always turns out better.

I didn’t have time to tell you about my Farmer’s Market Appetizer Spread trick today, but I will try to incorporate it into a future segment or post, as it is so easy and saves so many dishes.

Thank you always to KC Live for having me!

Thank you for being here. I hope you all enjoyed the segment and getting to see a little bit more of my personal, creative outlet side.

If you have an easy party tip, please do share. Cheers to us and to no-fuss entertaining!

Kansas City Live: Fun outdoor activities for the whole family

This was a fun segment to do! I recruited my husband and neighbor for a morning game of HydraPong and I have to say, they stole the show.

This was my first time with the guest co-host Marty, and it cracks me up when I show him the Terra Spyglass and he says, “Wow, the colors!” which I assume was a joke because it’s a telescope not a kaleidoscope. Then Marty said my husband looked “shifty” in his sunglasses, which I had just given him for Father’s Day. Like, dude, I’m the one who gets to publicly critique my husband’s appearance. Also I’ve been legally advised to mention none of the toys I ever recommend to you are toxic.

There’s nothing better than a cringey live tv segment so I hope you enjoy my awkwardness and my shifty looking husband as much as I do 🙂

*Catch my next segment July 25th for summer entertainment hacks! Plus links to shop below.

Floatation IQ

Terra Kids Spy Glass by HABA

Terra Kids Running Hand Glider by HABA 

Educational Insights Bug Bright

Learning Resources Liquid Reactor Super Lab

Learning Resources Beaker Creatures Magnification Chamber

Thank you to all these fabulous companies for providing these summer must-haves!

Also check out my daughters playing with the Super Lab:

 

 

 

KC Live: The COOLEST Bath Toys for Toddlers (And gerbils?)

“So there I was, alone in a Ritz Carlton, crying into my used/hotel-issued ‘luxury’ bathrobe”….is a way I could start more than one story. But for now,  I’ll stick to Monday night. It was my own fault, in that I drank a bunch of white wine and turned on Mamma Mia on Netflix. If you have a little girl and think you could watch Meryl Streep sing this song without drunk-crying, fight me. Continue reading

KC Live: Sweet Must-Haves For Baby

I got my favorite viewer comment yet this week from a stranger, but through the magic of Facebook it got forwarded to me. He said: “Local morning shows: I’ll never get over the possible train wreck of them. A woman called “Mrs. Kansas Mommy” just mentioned the “cutest little breast pump I’ve ever seen”….”Guncle” (google it)…. and “craft beer” within 3 minutes of air time.. I want to have this woman over for a dinner party. She can work it.”

I sound even more insane than I realized!

Here are all the adorable things I featured on KC Live on Wednesday with some outtake pictures per usual:

Sweet Must Haves for Baby! (3)

Hello Magazine for Babies by Highlights

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They have put so much thought into the details of this product from the design and construction to the way it helps parents bond with their babies while building a foundation for early-reading skills. The magazines are even dishwasher safe! I love this subscription as a non-traditional  baby-shower gift or 1st birthday gift!

Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump

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This cheerful, portable breast pump does the work for you by pumping your milk through the power of suction. It comes with a super cute little stopper that looks like a flower to prevent spills. Perfect to toss in a purse or diaper bag and it’s completely free of BPA or any other harmful materials.

Marcus and Marcus Amusemat and Organic Teething Bibs

This is the cutest solution for a picky eater. Marcus and Marcus have made this plate called an “Amusemat” that can keep little ones enjoying meal time and focused on food. This would also make an excellent gift for a toddler birthday. My kids are 4 and 6 and they totally want one.

The Organic Bibs feature little teethers on the bottom, which are perfect for catching the extra drool when the little chompers start breaking through, and you don’t have to worry about them dropping it on the floor!

Gigglespots entertain your baby’s brain.

These sophisticated little spots were created by a mom to be a versatile way to entertain baby anywhere with black and white patterns that help develop the sense of vision. They come with Velcro stickers so you can easily have them on the changing table or stroller. You can use them as a focal point for tummy time or even make a mobile. (Check out the one I made with straws in the segment) See all the patterns on GiggleSpots.com and order here.

Hi Little One Love Rules Collection

You have to check out this fabulous company with the chicest clothing for kids. My two girls live in their Hi Little One t shirts because they are the softest thing ever.

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Strasburg Children Heirloom Christening Set

This keepsake Christening set is such a perfect Godchild gift and elegant way to protect a family baptismal gown. This is a great place to turn for special occasion clothes, think weddings and family portraits. I love how Southern everything looks! It’s all made with hand-embroidery and French seams so it’s intended to be passed on for generations. I have my girls’ dresses set aside for their hope chests.

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KC Live: Screen Free Entertainment

(Spoiler alert: I HAVE A CODING ROBOT AND HE’S ADORABLE AND HE SCARES MY DOG AND IT’S AWESOME.)

Join me today at 10am on KSHB 41 for my segment on KC Live. As always, I’ll post pictures after the segment, but I wanted you to have the links to the toys and gifts I’m showing and where to get them! Hoping my big brother will make a cameo as my on-camera assistant. Because really what kind of little sister would I be if I didn’t make inconvenient, last-minute demands. *Boss baby since 1984 (TM)

Tune in!

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Roostcrate.com Gorgeous custom and monthly gift boxes.

Botley™ the Coding Robot Amazon.com

Sculptapalooza Amazon.com

Doorway Puppet Theater HABAUSA.com

Highlights Write On Wipe Off Books Amazon.com

 

 

KC Live: The Show Goes On

So you know when you have that feeling like there’s something looming in the back of your brain you keep meaning to follow up on but you don’t? And it turns out to be that you’re supposed to be on live television in less than 24 hours? That was my Tuesday afternoon.

For one thing, I had no segment prepared. For another thing, not to get into details, but  I’d spent the past 48 hours depression-eating chinese food and chocolate ice cream and I wasn’t in the ol’ razzle-dazzle frame of mind. To say I was disheveled and bloated is a given, but it was so bad that after I put on my Spanx in the morning, my 4 year old poked my stomach and said “Why do you have a baby in your tummy?” And I sweetly told her it was just an IUD in a bunch of Hyvee Chinese and Haagen-Dazs, then I stuffed her Elsa lunchbox full of loose kale and black jelly beans and sent her off to Preschool.

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KC Live: #EasterBasket Top Picks & Where To Get Them. (And When I’ll Be On TV Tomorrow To Tell You Why You Should Get Them.)

I’m headed to KC Live tomorrow to talk about why I love all of these non-sugary Easter Basket ideas for kids of all ages. I hope you tune in between 10am-11am on KSHB 41. It might be snowing in the Midwest but I’m planning to bring you all of the Spring vibes I can cram into a five minute segment…and we all know the hosts are going to have to politely hint that it’s time for me to stop talking several times before I pick up on it…just like all of my off-camera interactions.

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