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Tips for Hosting a Casino-Themed Party

Tips for Hosting a Casino-Themed Party

You don’t need to head to Las Vegas or Atlantic City to have some casino fun. Why not host a casino-inspired party for your next event? Here are some of our tips for hosting a great casino party:

Make sure this theme fits the event.

There are some events that suit a casino party better than others like wedding receptions, birthday parties, anniversaries, corporate parties, and fundraising events. Before you get started planning, make sure the casino theme makes sense, especially with your budget. Otherwise, scrap it and save it for a future event.

Have fun with the theme, decorations, and refreshments.

You don’t have to have just a casino-themed party — You could have a “When in Vegas…” or “One Night in Monte Carlo” party. For a Vegas party, you can amp up the glitz and glamor, throw in a wedding chapel-style photo booth, and add in some fun lights to mimic the Vegas clubs. As for Monte Carlo, add in some chandeliers, mini palm trees, and some luxurious gold and silver decorations. Another theme idea (if you want to make it wilder) is a futuristic casino theme, with alien-like decorations, appetizers, and drinks. If you love to get creative, this is your chance to do so. Amazon has plenty of Vegas decoration kits too.

Make themed invitations. 

Themed invitations are super easy to make, and you can design your own or else choose an online template. One creative option is to have the invitation be on a large playing card, making sure to mix up the colors, suits, and numbers. If you’re having a Vegas-themed party, you could have an invitation designed to mimic the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. However, other great invitation designs might incorporate roulette wheels, chips, or dice.

Have a dress code. 

Depending on the event, you might already have a dress code or costume theme in place. Regardless, the invitation is a good place to state any dress code themes or requirements. For a Vegas party, you might encourage people to dress like the gangsters, showgirls or Roaring 20s, while a Monte Carlo party might ask guests to dress like they’re attending the Oscars. Having a dress code makes the party that much more fun because it helps to set the mood and get everyone more into it. Plus, the photos will be even better! 

Know how to play the games. 

As a host for the event, a lot of attention will be on you. You’ll likely be responsible for getting the ball rolling, taking the lead on various games and activities, and building excitement among the guests. Therefore, you’ll need to know how to play all of the games that are being offered. For games like blackjack or poker, there are many easy-to-follow tutorials online to help you get started. Then, once you’ve got the basics covered, practice playing the games with your friends or peers regularly before the event so you’ll get more comfortable putting your skills to the test live.

Make sure you have all the basic casino games covered. 

At a casino-themed party, guests are going to be expecting more than just poker. Still, it’s important to consider how many guests will be at your party before determining the number of games you should have. For example, if you’ll only have about ten guests, then you won’t need more than a few different games total. But if you’ll have 50 to 100 guests, you’ll want plenty of game stations. This might involve several poker and blackjack tables, a roulette table, and even some slot games. If you’ve got the budget, consider renting real tables and hiring real dealers — They’ll make your party that much better.

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Don’t forget the music. 

Last but not least, don’t forget to make a good music playlist. Make sure it fits whatever theme you’ve set. If you’ve got an Old Hollywood casino party, play some Elvis and Frank Sinatra. For a Vegas party, don’t forget “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga or “Waking Up in Vegas” by Katy Perry. There are plenty of great casino songs, so there’s no need to worry about running out.

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Side Hustles for Moms

I was making six figures at Disney and WWE and my identity was so tied to my career that after my twins were born, I felt lost.

So, I looked for ways that I could still contribute financially, pursue my passions, but still have the amazing opportunity to be home with my boys. Thus, the side hustle.

Here are some of the many ways that moms can make money with side hustles without sacrificing time away from their children.

Side Hustles for Moms to Make Money From Home

1. Direct Sales - 

From Usborne children's books, Stella & Dot clothing or Color Street nails, which is what I do. The best part of direct sales moms can network with other moms for sales and tap into their online communities. When I first moved to Southwest Florida, I especially benefitted from meeting other women this way and it was also fun to get out and do the occasional vendor event too.

TIP: Just be sure and find a company that you feel passionate about and personally use.

2. Tutor & Teaching Tools  

If you have an educational background or are a home school mom, you can always tutor from home or teach kids in China via Skype with VIP KID on your own time. You can also sell your lesson plans and learning tools at

3. Social Media Managers & Virtual Assistants 

If you’re social media savvy, lots of local companies don’t have the time to maintain their social channels and are looking to outsource this marketing portion. I managed a few over the years and it was fun posting and helping them grow.

These same businesses need admin and organizational help as well, thus Virtual Assistant jobs.

4. Get Crafty 

If you’re a DIYer you can sell your goods on Etsy or in Facebook groups. I just bought homemade Elderberry Syrup from a mom in my community through Facebook.

5. Write a Book 

This obviously took some time, years actually, but I’d write and edit at night when my kids were in bed and now I have three award-winning romance books on Amazon.

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Tips for Attending a RISE Weekend Conference

RISE x Fort Myers is a 3-day personal growth women’s conference created and led by author, mom and digital mogul Rachel Hollis (Girl, Stop Apologizing, Girl, Wash Your Face) a.k.a the Oprah of our time.

RISE Weekend is an event where women from every walk of life can come together to be inspired, supported and enveloped in a community. I attended RISE x Ft. Myers at Hertz Arena, but there are upcoming events in Toronto, San Diego and London too.

Tips for Attending a RISE x Weekend Conference: Toronto, San Diego, London, Fort Myers, Dallas

Bring an Empty Water Bottle 

Thankfully Sis got you covered with water stations galore to refill your water bottles and keep you hydrated during the 3-day conference. Oh, and the funny decals that read, "Drink the Stupid Water!" are priceless, lol. So, fill up! I'm terrible about drinking my daily H20 so this was appreciated and it didn't cost extra either.

Dress for Yourself ... and for the Instagram Photo Opps 

I know Rachel says you should dress for you, not her or others, but there are dozens of uber fun photo stations and backdrops throughout the conference, inside and out and I'm glad I didn't look like a scrub in all my pics. I went with a lightweight cotton Women's Petite 3Q Sleeve Knit Scoop Neck Popover Dress from Lands End, which incidentally got me a compliment card and other queens asking where I got it. Score!

Pack Tissues

I don't know about you, but seeing someone cry or when I hear their voice crack, causes me to tear up. Plus, the inspiring and sometimes sad stories and poignant moment will make even the least sensitive person cry. Thus, the one tissue that I had stuffed in my pocket, practically incinerated by our lunch break. Day 2 though I was better prepared.

Check the Bag Policy 

The Fort Myers Hertz Arena has a strict clear bag policy and I'm glad I knew that going in. However, some girls didn't. Fortunately, the RISE swag bags at check-in were clear for this reason. The RISE website had this information ahead of time listed, so be sure and double-check for your RISE Weekend's venue.

Pack These 3 Things 

Blogger, Elaine at suggests you bring the following three items to the conference each day:

1. A pen (I color coordinated based on different speakers)
2. A light jacket: many conferences are in arenas that have ice under the floor. It gets chilly. They also like to blast the AC.
3. Your lanyard: this seems silly, but it is literally your only way into the conference once you have registered. Please don’t accidentally leave it at the hotel or home.

You better move, you better dance 

Be prepared to dance, jump and scream. I like to dance, but not when forced or maybe not on cue, however, for once I didn't mind dancing and raising my hand up at a conference thanks to the fun music and overall energy of the room. However, I wish I was better prepared for that, lol. Hopefully, now you will be!

Go to the Shop Early

The first morning there was a line out the door to get into the pop-up shop. So, I went during the wrap-up of the first session, just before everyone was fleeing to the bathrooms and got there before the crowd. I had time to browse and scope out what I was going to get, however, I made the mistake of being wishy-washy and not buying the stickers and the water bottle I wanted. By the time, I went during the next break all the fun stickers and the yellow water bottle were sold out. Thus, go before a break and if you see something, buy it!

Be Ready On Time

If you want to see the start of the conference, don’t believe the rumor that they will not start on time!

"I did and I missed out on the first warm-up and Rachel coming out on stage for the first time and I was so bummed! Although they do start the days on time, know that Rachel tends to go over on time at the end of the day, so book your flight to go home as late as possible if you have to leave after the conference." -- Talia @takeoffwithtal 

Pre-Register the Night Before 

RISE x Ft. Myers offered a two-hour pre-registration the night before the conference began. I'm so glad I went then. Yes, the lines were still long, but the following day I already had my badge, had studied the agenda and was able to just walk in carefree.

Look Down & Around

There are signs everywhere, even under your feet, so look down and catch some sayings of inspiration or just general cuteness. There are even motivational stickers in the bathroom.

More Tips for Attending RISE Weekend 

My friend Eat Drink and Save Money shares her tips and the reasons why it's worth going to RISE. 

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Packing tips for winter travel

Winter is here. It is that time of year when campers and trekkers begin to pack their bags for an exciting vacation. Christmas is around the corner and campers are planning to spend some time in the winter wonderland.

Packing for your winter escapade is a real task. There’s a lot that you need to do before hitting the outdoors. At times, the packing exercise is bound to leave you overwhelmed and tired. Packing for your winter trip requires a considerable amount of patience. If you are packing your bags on your own for the first time, do keep these things in mind.

1. Make a Checklist 

Yes, this step will come in handy. It is always a good idea to make a comprehensive list containing all of the things that you will be needing. Also, if you are planning to hit the woods (for a camping trip, then do take your Under Armour Tactical Boots along.  These boots are known for their excellent grip and unmatched comfort.

Moving on, make sure the list contains everything you need. Do carry warm clothes along if the mercury is expected to plunge in the days to come. Seek help from some of your friends who travel frequently. Creating a checklist will help you keep track of what is required and what is not.  Keep everything that’s necessary and leave everything else behind. Even if you are planning to travel for a month or so, do not carry too many clothes. You can always wash your clothes and wear them again and again.

2. Packing layers 

If you are planning to hit the slopes, then it certainly isn’t a good idea to carry bulky coats along. You can pack thinner layers in order to save space. In this way, you will not be required to carry bulky stuff along. Also, make sure the layers you carry can be mixed and matched. Instead of carrying long and bulky overcoats, you can carry a few thermals, some turtlenecks made of wool, shirts and tunics.

3. Wear your Heaviest Pieces on the Plane 

This is a really good idea. Wear your long overcoat and heavy stuff while you are boarding the plane. This will help you save space. You can have a few thin layers beneath the coat if you like. Also, do not carry too many heavy clothes. Carrying them over long distances is going to be a daunting task.

4. Use Light Travel Bags 

Carrying too many heavy bags along can be quite painful. Your arms are bound to ache if you carry heavy luggage. Also, it is not a good idea to carry a bag that’s too heavy. Carry bags that are smaller in size but can accommodate a considerable number of items.

5. Do carry toiletries and grooming essentials 

Do not forget to carry toiletries and some of your grooming essentials. Leave your fancy perfumes and high-heels at home for these won’t be of much use. Do not forget to carry your toothbrush, soaps and combs (a couple of them). These things won’t occupy much space and can be stored with ease. Also, you need to make sure that all of these things have a designated storage space during the course of the trip. 

Final words 

Packing light will go a long way in ensuring a great trip. Nobody likes to spend a considerable amount of time in organizing their backpacks. As a traveler, you need to master the art of packing stuff. It is something that will help you immensely in the long run. We hope these packing tips will help you during your travels.

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Perdue Farms New Family Bundles

I'm so excited to have tried one of the first Perdue Farms direct-to-consumer boxes!

For 100 years, the company has worked with small family farmers to raise animals with care. I was so glad to learn this along with the fact that Perdue Farms is passionate about farming, land preservation and healthy and nutritious food.

This new delivery program is their latest step to provide their Antibiotic Free (No Antibiotics Ever), Non-GMO, Ever, Certified Humane, GAP & more products to families across the U.S.

Raised with Care Perdue Farms Family Bundle Review - No Antibiotics - @PerdueFarms #PerdueFarmsFarmtoHome

What's in the Family Bundle?

This particular box is the “Family Bundle (Medium),” which is now available for purchase online for the first time. It is priced at $64.99, which is a 17% bundle discount vs. purchasing all products individually. All items in this pack are meant to feed and please the entire family no matter what the meal occasion!

This bundle includes:
  • COLEMAN NATURAL® Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • PERDUE ® Panko Breaded Dino Nuggets
  • PERDUE ® Harvestland ® Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenderloins, Individually Wrapped
  • Niman Ranch Uncured Bacon Wrapped With Rosemary Pork Chop
  • Niman Ranch Uncured Pork Breakfast Sausage

Besides traditional boneless chicken tenderloins, which you can do so much with (see recipe below), I especially liked that there were also items that expanded my typical family meal choices. For example, I simply had to bake the yummy bacon-wrapped rosemary pork chops, add a side, and I looked like a gourmet cook ;)

Meanwhile, the Panko Breaded Dino Nuggets were, of course, an easy meal to whip up much to the delight of my kiddos.

Also, I hadn't realized all the other brands that are within Perdue Farms and was glad to discover them.

Special Promo: Get 10% Off + free Perdue Harvestland Diced Chicken Breasts on first order with code Welcome10. Customers also receive free shipping on orders over $119.

A Better For You Chicken, Raised with Care

You can also feel good to know that Perdue Harvestland chicken is hatched, raised and harvested from farms in the USA and fed an all-vegetarian diet with no animal by-products. No hormones or steroids added, no antibiotics ever.

Niman Ranch is also certified humane.

Sustainable Actions

You can feel extra good about this delivery program, knowing that Perdue Farms’ is taking the following steps to lessen their carbon footprint and protect our ecosystem: 

For every bundle shipped, a donation is made to the Arbor Day Foundation, which is working to replant damaged areas of our nation’s forests. This donation will help reduce the carbon footprint required to ship our products to you. 

Shipping boxes designed with sustainability in mind. Every box is made out of 100 percent recyclable cardboard and insulated with Green Cell Foam®. Green Cell Foam® is eco-friendly packaging and is biodegradable, compostable, and made from high-grade non-GMO cornstarch that is dissolvable in water. 

You’ll receive a reusable and recyclable grocery bag with every purchase. You can use the bag next time you go to the store to avoid using paper or plastic. 

A pollinator seed packet is also included in every box.  Food can't be produced without bees and butterflies, which help to make one out of every three bites of food we eat. Plant the seeds to create a robust pollinator habitat near your home! How cool is that? 

Read more about their Sustainability Initiative

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortillas

Three Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 PERDUE ® Harvestland ® Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenderloins
  • 24 oz jar of salsa (if using 2 breasts, you can save a quarter of the salsa for something else)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning mix


Add chicken breasts to the pot. Cover chicken with seasoning mix (front and back). Pour salsa over the cutlets until it's smothered and all you see is salsa. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Once ready, pull apart the meat with two forks into shredded chicken strips and serve burrito style, wrapped in tortillas with a side dish of beans, rice or green beans.

Tip: I cut the cleanup time in half too, by using slow cooker liners, which protects the pot from hard stains and can you simply throw it away after.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Perdue Farms' but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
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A Real Holiday Gift Guide for Her

a.k.a gifts I'd actually want for Christmas 

Personally, I wouldn't be mad at any of these gifts under my tree!

Real Holiday Gift Guide for Her - #Gifts She'll Actually Want for Christmas #ChristmasGifts

One Funny Mother "Chardonnay Go" Party Game ($29.99)

Wine and party games?! Yass! This gift keeps on giving as it's fun for her and her girlfriends. Chardonnay Go is a hilarious new board game for Wine Lovers, Moms and Other Shameless People based on the viral sensation, "Chardonnay Go." Be the first to reach the elusive tasting room while participating in hilarious challenges and reciting complete nonsense. The perfect combination of the classic board game and dirty charades. While wine is not included it contains 140 Challenge Cards, 6 player barrels, and a Wine B*tch Necklace. LOL, it's so much fun.

GLOSSYBOX Advent 2019 Box ($99)

Why give one gift when you can give 25? I love advent boxes, however, this calendar doesn’t have cheap waxy chocolate. Each day, she can open a new beauty item surprise. Day xx I received a bottle of VIKTOR & ROLF Flowerbomb perfume, which retails for over $50 and other high-end brands like Armani are included. It's a $500 value box for $99.

Or enroll your girlfriend, mom, friend in the Glossybox subscription service and give the gift that keeps on giving. This is the perfect gift to all beauty lovers, delivering a monthly edit of 5 must-have beauty products every month. Perfectly packaged in their signature pink rose-colored box, the expert team at GLOSSYBOX curates every beauty box, vetting each brand to the highest quality standards and ensuring every product selection is the must-have beauty product.

You can also gift a credit of 3, 6 or 12 months. A voucher will then be sent to your giftee to redeem and order their Glossybox subscription, which will keep on delivering past the holidays. Double brownie points!

INSTAX mini Link ($99.95) 

Confession: After year one, I don't have any printed photos of my boys outside of their school photos and our annual holiday cards. 

That's where Fujifilm can help. Unleash the memories locked away in your smartphone with INSTAX mini Link. Simply connect the mini instax printer seamlessly over Bluetooth to create fun prints to keep and share with family and friends. Use it at your next game night, holiday, you name it.

INSTAX mini Link printer

Touchscreen Gloves from Europe $22

Other touchscreen gloves are often restricted to functionality in one or two fingertips. In contrast, Mujjo’s touchscreen gloves offer an unrestricted touchscreen experience and enable you to use all your fingertips, your knuckles and even the heel or palm of your hand. This winter, no need to pull off your glove and lose it just so you can like an Instagram post ;) The knit is luxurious to the touch and fashionable too. Mujjo’s touchscreen gloves are made of high-quality silver-coated nylon fibers knitted into the fabric of the glove. Available in 5 different colors from black, beige sandstone, grey, coral pink and lavender. You can also choose from several sizes using their easy guide to find the right fit. Although it comes from the EU they ship worldwide and you can order online. 

Mine to Five - Holiday Romance Novel  $8.99

’Tis the season for an office romance! Indulge in a warm cup of Mine to Five for some delicious sips of romantic comfort with a sprinkle of holiday spice and a dash of humor. Mine to Five is an award-winning, feel-good office romance with a dash of humor and spice to put you in the holiday spirit. If she's a fan of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, then this read is for her.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush $37-$59

I had tried heated flat iron brushes before, but this is different, this actually is a blow dryer in a brush. It blows out hot air while drying and styling your hair. I LOVE IT!!! I bought the Revlon version on Amazon, but you can also get it at ULTA too.

Boot Socks - $19.99

Fashionable, warm and trendy! These fleece-lined knee-high winter socks are great for the holidays and all winter long. They come in four colorways: red, blue, grey, white.

Dry Nail Polish - $13 

This has been a game-changer! I never wore color on my nails because I'd chip them, it's expensive, I couldn't apply myself and so on. Now, with dry nail polish strips from Color Street, I can do my nails in minutes, no smudges, no chipping, no tools needed and I get to look feminine and festive. 

There are holiday colors perfect for stocking stuffers, solids, glitters and trendy designs great for all year round too. Also, it's buy 3 get 1 free, just add 4 sets to your cart and the price will automatically be deducted. 

Noxgear Visibility Vest  $49.95

Noxgear is helping runners and bikers find the light, literally, with their Tracer360 - a brightly lit, color-changing safety vest, allowing you to stay highly visible to cars on the road up to a mile in any direction. This illuminated, reflective & fluorescent vest fits over any outfit and can be used in all weather types. Personally, I like to go walk around my community at night, but it's pretty dark and I worry about drivers not paying attention, so this would be perfect.

More holiday gift ideas for her:

Pampering Holiday Gift Guide for Her - affordable ideas and stocking stuffers under $30
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