Elevate Entertaining with Chinet® Cut Crystal® Tableware & Giveaway

Elevate Entertaining with Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware

The beginning of spring is the perfect time for a celebration! Living in Florida, the months of March and April are pretty much the best of the entire year. The humidity hasn’t kicked in yet, the weather is in the 70s, and it is the best time of the year to get together with family and friends. Elevate Entertaining with Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware

To welcome spring, I was inspired to invite a few friends over to our house to enjoy a few light bites and sips, sit outside in our backyard, and enjoy the fantastic weather we’ve been having! When it comes to entertaining, there is one dilemma I’m always faced with: what tableware do I use? As much as I love using the plates, cups, and flatware I have in my kitchen cabinets, there is the sometimes annoyingly large stack of dishes I have to do after the get together has concluded. I don’t know about you, but seeing a pile of dirty dishes that I have to deal with is one of my least favorite things… and is why I typically coerce my husband into doing them. That’s love, folks.

Elevate Entertaining with Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware

The other problem with my traditional plates and cups is the hazard of having them in a place where they can break. When we are sitting out on our patio, I like to avoid bringing glass into that environment. No one wants to have to clean up broken shards of glass if something falls! So – what to do? I have to admit: disposable tableware isn’t always my favorite option. Flimsy paper plates that don’t match my decor… drinking wine out of a paper cup? No thank you!

Elevate Entertaining with Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware

Thankfully, there is a lovely solution, and it comes in the form of Chinet® Cut Crystal® disposable tableware. Pretty, right? I am quite fond of their full line of coordinated products that are perfect for styling a party. Chinet® Cut Crystal® cutlery, plates, and cups are the only fully coordinated line of disposable tableware, and now includes the new stemless wine glass! I am SO glad to see these little beauties – they are perfect for enjoying a glass of wine without worrying that a guest (or ME) will break one of my pieces of stemware. Elevate Entertaining with Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware

Personally, I love that the products are clear in color, and the subtle swirl pattern is able to match any theme or décor you have set for your soiree. All of the components in the line are perfectly coordinated with one another. Plus, clear matches everything! From plates, to cups, cutlery, and stemless wine glasses, the line will really allow everything to pop on your table. The quality is fantastic as well: all of the pieces are sturdy, as well as beautiful! Elevate Entertaining with Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware

So really, there is no excuse for you not to get together with those you love for a gathering. Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware makes cleanup easy, so you have more time to spend with your guests.

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Pictured: Chinet® Classic White® Chip & Dip Party Tray

In addition, the Chinet® Cut Crystal® website has tons of other inspired decoration, craft and recipe ideas to make your next gathering perfectly coordinated. Make sure you check it out for more inspiration!

So, I want to know: How would Chinet® Cut Crystal® elevate your next get-together?

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Pure Barre: my journey so far

Pure Barre equipment

I am going to categorize this post in a list of “things I have been planning to write about but haven’t had time to yet.”  The reason why will present itself as this unfolds, so bear with me. Today I want to talk about Pure Barre. Specifically, how I found it, and why I love it!

Things have been relatively quiet here on the blog for the past two (ok, more like 3) months. I know this. That is because I’ve been a wee bit busy taking on a new adventure! If you asked me at the beginning of 2014 what I thought I’d be doing by this time in 2015, I never would have dreamed it up. So, let’s start from the beginning.

Pure Barre studio

How I found Pure Barre

I had a pretty strict gym routine. Justin and I would head to the gym on most weeknights (and some weekend mornings) to weight train and get in some cardio. All of a sudden in late April, disaster struck. I developed a painful case of tendonitis in my left thumb, which made it impossible for me to attempt gripping weights and putting any kind of stress on my wrist. What was I to do? I moped around for a few weeks in self pity, heading to the gym but just running like a hamster in a wheel on the treadmill. Fun fact: I hate running on the treadmill. I knew there had to be something else.

So, I took to the Internet and thought about trying something completely new for a change. It just so happened that I’d been hearing about Pure Barre classes from a few acquaintances, so I looked up where the nearest studio was located. I registered for my first class and headed there the next day. And the rest is history.

Pure Barre balls

The first class

I’m not going to lie – even if you are a physically fit individual, taking your first Pure Barre class is going to be a bit of a new experience (and a challenge). You’ll work muscles you didn’t know existed. You’ll be a little overwhelmed as you go through the routine. Paying attention to the teacher is important and confusing at first. You’ll have to learn the difference between a tuck and a pulse, and realize that making one inch movements is a LOT harder than you would think.

I went in thinking I was going to be good at it, and I quickly realized that it was going to take a few classes to understand the technique fully. It does, by the way – I would say you need to take at least 3-5 classes to fully understand what is happening and to get comfortable. On my very first class I experienced what it felt like to have my legs shake (which is a scary scenario when you first see it happening, but you learn to embrace it for how great it is). I honestly needed help getting up out of bed the day after my first class: I was so sore! But in a good way.

Pure Barre stretch

Getting hooked

After the first class, I knew I was hooked on Pure Barre. I found myself attending classes regularly, and getting excited to hop in my car to go to the studio. My flexibility increased SO dramatically, as well as my core strength. I went from being able to get about a third of the way into a splits position into almost fully sitting into the splits a few months later. Being able to physically see how much more flexible and strong my body was getting was definitely a huge hook. That, paired with the flow of class, the music, and the interaction and support I received during classes. It all added up.

Pure Barre sticky socks

The next step

About 6 months after taking my first Pure Barre class (late November 2014), an opportunity presented itself. A new Pure Barre studio is opening nearby, and at that time they were searching for teachers. I immediately jumped on the opportunity and got in touch. Despite my fear and nervousness, I auditioned. What did I have to lose, I thought? The next thing I knew, I was being booked on a flight to South Carolina to attend teacher training for four days the following week. What?!?!

Training was a whirlwind. Pure Barre from 8am to 4pm in the training facility, but really more like eating, sleeping, and breathing Pure Barre 24 hours a day. I was able to bond with my fellow teachers during that time – it felt like we were all college roommates as we sat in our hotel room eating pizza and studying into the wee hours of the night. Who would have thought that after meeting as complete strangers at the airport on a Wednesday night that we’d end up being fast friends by Sunday?

After returning home, it was crunch time. I spent the next few weeks practicing diligently so I could take my teacher test. There were days that I just wanted to throw in the towel and sit down on the floor and cry; it got a bit overwhelming to balance work, practicing, getting errands/chores done, and having some personal time to myself. But thankfully it was all worth it in the end, and now I am so excited to be able to help others to get the most out of their Pure Barre experience alongside me when the studio opens in a few short weeks! The journey continues…

Have you been to a barre class before?

Holiday Hangout with OXO

It is absolutely baffling to me to think that it is already November! What is going on!?!? With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to get the kitchen prepped for the occasion! Today, Sunday Supper is teaming up for a Holiday Hangout with OXO. We will be getting together for a live event this evening on Google+, and I hope you’ll join us!

OXO tools
Join Veronica from OXO, Isabel from Family Foodie, Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen, Amy from Kimchi MOM, and me on a live Google+ hangout at 7pm EST as we demo four amazing OXO tools that will help you put together a fabulous holiday meal! Mark your calendars…we hope you’ll stop by and watch!

Click HERE to visit the event page and RSVP for the event.

In addition to the hangout, OXO has generously offered to give away a set of the four kitchen tools we will be demonstrating tonight – stop by our announcement post on the Sunday Supper website to enter for your chance to win!

Halloween aftermath…

How was your Halloween? How is the Halloween aftermath looking? It was one WILD night for us over here….cough cough cough.

Halloween aftermath DIY skeleton lawn decorations

It just so happened that on Halloween night the temperatures here dropped quite a bit and the wind picked up. And that wind took our DIY skeleton lawn decorations with it. When we woke up on Saturday morning, Justin and I could not stop laughing when we looked outside.

Halloween aftermath DIY skeleton lawn decorations

….looks like someone had QUITE the rager, eh? Face down on the grass for one of them, glasses askew for the other. We didn’t pose them like this intentionally, I swear! I absolutely had to run back into the house and grab my camera just to snap a few photos. Too darn funny.

So – how was your Halloween?