best and worst of the Oscars

I had a great time hosting an Oscar party for Orville Redenbacher’s last night. The prep work was so much fun and I always love hosting people in my home. The Academy Awards are my version of the Super Bowl and I get really into the whole thing.

Before I recap the party, I wanted to share some of my favorites from the Oscars.

Best Dressed

Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein Collection

I love the color and the fit on her. Her blonde hair is perfection and she is perfectly accessorized. I have loved seeing her make the award show circuit and her Grammy and Glee appearances have made me a very happy fan!

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Haute Couture

She can do no wrong. The color of this dress is absolutely perfect and so beautiful with her skin and hair color.

Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein Collection

The simplicity makes such a big statement. She is young and beautiful and with her one simple bracelet, she made such a big statement. I was a huge fan of this whole look for her. And I may take her hair color as inspiration to my next hair appointment.

Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier

I also loved Mandy Moore’s performance dress. I wasn’t able to find a picture this morning, but she wears blue so well. And she sounded great. I think Mandy is a classic beauty with a real body. I love the off-the-shoulder dress and the slight sleeve. The color is regal and elegant and I have just been so happy to see so much of Mandy Moore this year.

Best Moments

Jude Law and RDJ

I liked this moment because I love RDJ. That is all.

Anne Hathaway

I thought she did a fantastic job. She was comfortable (except when she kept touching her stomach while wearing this dress) and poised. I love how theatrical she is and that she was just so excited to be up there! I need Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman to host together. I wasn’t at all impressed with James Franco.

But I loved Anne’s musical number and all of her hairstyles. I loved almost all of her dresses and I was very impressed by her, her age, and her ability to seem comfortable on stage while still seeming grateful and almost star-struck.

What do you love and hate about last night’s show? Who topped your best-dressed list?

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truth-telling Fridays

I’m back to tell it the way it is around here.

  • There is too much going on for my liking. We have plans tonight and I don’t have a great attitude about it. But not because it won’t be fun. Just because I’d rather stay home and watch Dateline.
  • My wonderful husband turns 31 tomorrow. Why does 31 sound so much older than 30 did? No offense to TC or to anyone else who is 31. I don’t think 31 is old, I just think it sounds a lot older than 31.
  • I love my new iPhone. I knew I would, but those first few times took some getting used to. I do miss some things about my Blackberry.
  • But I especially love the Wheels on the Bus app for toddlers. And so does Hudson! It saved us from a few airplane tantrums.
  • The pregnancy-caused pain is almost unbearable at night. I have gotten sore so much earlier this time than I did last time. My legs, my pelvis, my back. Ouchy wow wow. And every night I go to bed and am so thankful I can be off my feet. Thank goodness I’m in the third trimester because my countdown to delivery day has begun.
  • To celebrate, TC’s birthday tomorrow, we’re going to see Taken 2, also known as Unknown. Yay!
  • And for his birthday dinner, he requested Bow Tie Fiesta and Not Yo Mama’s Banana Pudding. He could have had any home-made meal or restaurant meal he wanted and that’s what he chose? I love that he’s easy to please.
  • Perhaps the above should have been one of TC’s “confessions.”
  • Someone told me yesterday that I look “plump.” I love her dearly and I know without a doubt that she didn’t mean any harm by it. I just laughed and thanked her.
  • I also heard from a few people that I look like I’m about to pop. That doesn’t hurt my feelings either except I wonder what they’ll say to me in another 10 weeks and I really am about to pop!
  • I haven’t gotten my orange push ups yet, but I’m heading out today to pick them up when I pick up a few other things for the Oscar party.
  • I did, however, eat Kellogg’s Corn Pops for about three non-breakfast meals this week. Then I kept saying, “Gotta have my Pops.” TC not only found this to be completely unfunny, but I’m pretty sure it drove him crazy.
  • I have considered putting myself on bed rest in a couple of weeks, but I’m confident I won’t be able to find anyone to come take care of my daily duties and love on Hudson for free. Unless KK is ready to move in with us right now!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Oscar Party Preview

I absolutely love themed parties! That is why I was so excited when I was asked to throw an Oscar viewing party sponsored by Orville Redenbacher’s and their new Pop Up Bowls.

I am spending a lot of my weekend preparing for Sunday’s party and have been doing a little digging around online looking for Oscar party inspiration. I had some old posts saved in my Google Reader and this one from Bakerella is one of my favorites. These Oscar cookies are absolutely adorable and the way she has them standing is just so festive!

Cookies by Bakerella

Bakerella’s movie marquis sugar cookies are absolutely adorable, too, and can be done with the movie posters from the awards shows from year to year.

For my menu, I am going the more “themey” route and having a meal based around the movie titles of the Best Picture nominees. This is what I have on my menu:

Shrimp and True Grits- traditional shrimp and grits

Winter’s Ham Bone and Collards- collard greens and ham

Blackened Swan Wings- swan errr chicken wings

The Cupcakes Are All Right- black and white tuxedo cupcakes

Mark Zuckerburgers- sliders

and

Tea Cookies for The King’s Speech- butter cookies

My friends and I will be having dinner, playing Oscar Bingo, filling out our Oscar ballots, and critiquing the stars as they make their way down the red carpet. Will you be watching the Academy Awards on February 27?

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a light at the end of the potty-training tunnel

I have decided to wait until Hudson is 22 months old to begin potty-training. This way he will be all settled in his big boy room, but can still be working on potty-training before his little brother comes along.

When I was in Dallas last week, I was shopping for Christmas decorations (a post for another day) and had to use the restroom while I was in the store.

I saw the most genius thing in the women’s restroom. A bathroom stall that was the answer to my “potty-training a boy prayers.”

If I had ever seen this before I definitely didn’t remember it. Too bad all public restrooms don’t have these!

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