Thursday, March 28, 2013

{Thirsty Thursday} Bloody Mary Cocktails

Happy Thirsty Thursday , my friends! 

Although it's Spring Break for Northwest Arkansas it's still 30 degrees & gloomy with the occasional flurry of snowflakes. But today I'm ignoring the cold & dreary forecast & dreaming of sunshine on my face, a soft breeze in my hair & the relaxing sounds of live music on a patio. And what's a beautiful Spring day without an ice cold adult beverage in your hand?!?

This is by far one of my favorite cocktails to whip up on a warm sunny day. It's refreshing, delicious & basically a savory meal in a glass. And with the addition of my favorite yummy twist...sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Without further ado...join me in DREAMland, pull up a chair, kick off your flip flops, turn up the tunes & enjoy my all-time favorite version of a classic...

The Cucumber Bloody Mary  
4 cups Spicy V8 Tomato Juice (or a pre-made Bloody Mary Mix, such as Zing-Zang)

1/3- 1/2 cup Olive Juice (to taste) 

1/2 Tbs horseradish

1 Tbs Tabasco (if you like it Hot Hot Hot)

1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 Tsp Celery Salt

Course Sea Salt

Cajun Seasoning

Cucumber Infused Vodka

Veggies for garnish (Olives, Celery, Pickled Okra, Dill Pickle Spear, Pickled Green Bean, Lime)



In a large glass serving pitcher, combine all ingredients, except vodka and veggies

Mix well

Refrigerate, at least 1 hour

Before serving, cut limes in wedges

Rim each glass with juice of a lime wedge

Dip rim of each glass in a mixture of sea salt & Cajun seasoning

Fill cocktail glasses with ice & add 2 ounces of Cucumber Infused Vodka

Top off each glass with the Bloody Mary mixture

Stir well

Garnish with your fav Bloody Mary veggies

*I like my Bloody Marys a little on the SPICY side...but you can easily tame down your Mary by eliminating the Tabasco or going with a traditional V8 or Bloody Mary Mix*

Trust me when I say, if you have never tasted a Cucumber Bloody, you are in for a taste bud awakening treat! Try'll thank me later ,) 


Party Food/Drinks Contributor: Cineca Newburn

Cineca is a mommy, wife, lover of music and traveling, and a self-proclaimed food junkie. When not experimenting with new recipes, watching cooking shows, and building tent forts, she’s a busy wedding and event planner. 

You can follow Cineca
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

{MY Wedding} Celebrating 3 years

It's "Wedding Wednesday!". 

Today is ALSO my 3 year wedding anniversary! whooohooo!
How awesome THAT they fell on the same day! LOVE IT!! ;)

I will be sharing some of my absolute favorite pics from that day with you & hope you enjoy looking at them too.


:: Pre-Ceremony & 1st Looks :: 

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~ my daughter trying on my shoes
~ a special moment captured between my daughter & I while getting ready
~ my new 'son' & husband
~ my SHOES!!!!!
~ skylar carrying my train
~ right before our "1st look"
~ 1st look moment 


:: Formals & the Golf Course ::

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~ me with all of my girls
~ Patrick & I on the golf cart heading out to do formals
~ on a cobble street bridge with our wedding party and some 'attitude'
~ the guys
~ me deliriously happy :)
~ my FAVORITE photo of the wedding party


:: Cocktail Hour & the Ceremony ::

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~ DIY decor
~ appetizers during cocktail hour
~ Skylar enjoying the candy bar
~ aisle decor with pinwheels
~ programs
~ my daughter walking me down the aisle
~ family vows at the ceremony


:: Dessert Bar & the Reception ::

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~ our grand entrance
~ the cake
~ DIY decor for guest book table
~ guest tables all named after our favorite band names
~ sweetheart table
~chalkboard congrats
~ dancing with my angel
~ sundae bar


Ahhhhh I just love looking at wedding pictures, don't you? Thanks for being here with me to celebrate and to remember that day with you all! 
I would love to know your thoughts? Maybe something I have shared that you liked? I have plans on doing future 'wedding wednesdays' with more of my wedding so stay tuned!

If you want to see more pics, check out the sneak peek from last week!

I had an amazing photographer (Ashley Mauro Photography) that took most of these photos you see here.


Happy Anniversary to the love of my life! I adore you & you make me a better person each & every day! xoxo

Are you loving the "eye candy" here? 

Then join me over on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter & Instagram so you never miss out on an exclusive deal or any behind the scenes photos!

Check out my designs, artwork & decor in my Etsy shop

Looking forward to seeing you again! :)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

{TEAM Eye Candy} The NEWEST Contributors

TEAM Eye Candy!!!

I am so thrilled to introduce you to my brand new TEAM Eye Candy blog contributors! 

I want to THANK YOU all who responded & sent in emails "applying" for a position. I wasn't sure how many I would add to my team as I had no idea how many (if anyone - lol) would send anything to me. I am beyond humbled at the talent & people who sent an email to me. Every single one I wanted to add, but I could only add so many right now. I am thinking I **may** be over my limit already but hey . . . it's MY blog right? I can have 100 people if I want. haha

But seriously, ya'll HUMBLE.ME.SO.MUCH!!!! xoxo 

So here we go . . . the new members of the TEAM Eye Candy family! Welcome! 


Dessert Contributor: Erin Heflin

from Whip It Good Cookies

I'm Erin Heflin with Whip It Good Cookies.  Whip It Good Cookies was created almost 3 years ago.  I have always had a passion for all things creative. I can honestly say however, that I never thought my creative passion would lead me to baking and decorating cookies. While I was on maternity leave with my youngest son in 2010, I discovered a world full of creative and inspiring women on the internet that were doing all of the things that I love to do and blogging about it. It was through my blog-stalking that I ran across a picture of a decorated cookie. I immediately thought to myself, "I can do that." So I did. 

I purchased a few supplies, researched, played around with numerous recipes and messed up a lot of cookies before I figured it out.   

Here I am almost 3 years later and now I get to inspire others.

Before I started making cookies I was always a “brownie out of a box” kind of girl.  My husband would attest to that.  :)  It wasn't until I fell in love with the idea of decorating cookies that I really took an interest in baking and learning more about good ingredients, etc.  I now love to bake cupcakes, cakes and cake bites too.

Being a wife and a mommy to my 2 young boys comes before my cookies.  I also work in child welfare so it is not until I am done with work, dinner is cooked, everyone's fed,  lacrosse practice is out of the way, homework and baths are taken care of the kids are in bed, that I get time to work on cookies.

I am so blessed to have the opportunity to create something that makes other people happy.  I am looking forward to sharing some fun things with you!

1. What are 3 things you MUST have when throwing a party?
~ I love having a backdrop to the desert table
~ Home made decorations - there are so many things that can be made at home to add special touches 
to the party
~ cookies! - cookies are a great addition to the dessert table or to use as favors

2. Please share 3 random facts people may not know about you:
~ I am a paper goods hoarder; I have kept all of the party paper goods (plates, napkins, invites, etc.) 
from my all of my boys' parties
~ I am a Friends junkie. I've seen every episode (who hasn't) and will always watch it when a rerun is on 
~ I have a degree in criminal justice; all my life, I wanted to be a police officer

3. What has been your FAVORITE party you have thrown to date?
~ My favorite party that I have thrown has been my son's first birthday   

You can follow Erin
blog | Facebook


 Dessert Contributor: Kimberley Mulla
from Kimberley's Kitchen

My Mom gave me my first cookbook when I was six years old. I have been baking and cooking ever since.

Now a mother of two children, I have launched my food business, specializing in artisan marshmallows and confections. I am passionate about quality food and the environment. I want to sell a product that I would feed my children. The ingredients are simple, often local, organic and fair trade as well. 

I live with my husband and daughters in Telkwa, BC- a village outside of the small town of Smithers. We moved to the beautiful Bulkley Valley to enjoy life, local food, and live our dream. I love making marshmallows. Every single one. It brings me so much joy to create something unique, tasty, and delightful.

1. What are 3 things you MUST have when throwing a party?
~ 3 things I must have: paper napkins, marshmallows, and loot bags! 
3 things I recommend for everyone: paper napkins, easy, fuss- free food, and music

2. Please share 3 random facts people may not know about you:
~ I used to be an actor
~ I am claustrophobic
~ I love the Beatles

3. What has been your FAVORITE party you have thrown to date?
~ One of my favorite parties was when Olivia, my youngest, turned one and Georgia, turned 3. We had a picnic in the park and the theme was A Very Hungry Caterpillar because it is one of our favorite books. The best part- hiring a professional photographer. You don't need to spend a lot of money, there are lots of new photographers looking for experience who won't charge very much but I can tell you it is entirely worth it. The other thing I love about this party, is that it is a REAL party, not a styled photo shoot. The photos from this party captured real people celebrating and I think it made it so much more beautiful.

You can follow Kimberley
facebook | twitter  | blog/website | pinterest


  DIY/Craft Contributor: Wendy Diem
from Scrappy Bags

Hi there!  I am a stay at home mom living in Hershey, Pennsylvania, also know as the sweetest place on earth! 

I love creating memory books and cards and would spend my whole day scrapbooking, but I do need to make time to take care of my family.  You know, those fun things like laundry, cleaning the house, etc.  My family consists of my wonderful husband, Rich; my son, Patrick, who has a serious Minecraft addiction; and my daughter, Caroline, who is our dancing queen.  We also have a black Labrador retriever, a crayfish and a guinea pig. 

In addition to my love of scrapbooking, I work a few hours at our local scrapbooking store.  It’s a dangerous place to be, if you know what I mean!  I also am quite involved with our school district.  I am a substitute secretary and I volunteer in the school’s libraries.  I love the energy at the school and seeing all of the smiling faces of the kiddos.  They ALWAYS put a smile on my face when I am there.

Back in March, 2012, I had the privilege of going to NYC as part of Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers to attend some workshops and the live taping of her show.  It was such a joy to meet lots of wonderful entrepreneurial women.  What a great experience it was!


1. What are 3 things you MUST have when throwing a party?
~ small group of friends, delicious desserts, and great music

2. Please share 3 random facts people may not know about you:
~ I hate to get up in the morning
~ would be happy to live on desserts
~ love to scrapbook all day long :)

3. What has been your FAVORITE item you have created to date?
~ a baby scrapbook to document first 12 months

You can follow Wendy




Aren't they AWESOME? I am so excited too as some of them will be sharing their first post during this next week while I am on spring break!!

Make sure to go visit them on their blogs too so you don't miss anything they may post in between visits here!

THANK YOU so much girls as I am so excited to have you here on my team and look forward to seeing what you all have up your sleeves!! xoxo