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For 8 years, www.BusyBeeBlogger.com has been an entertainment and lifestyle blog written by Cari Bee. It reaches hundreds of thousands of readers from all walks of life, locally and nationally, and is part of Single Edition Media, and Technorati Media. Cari has also had work appear for Daily Stab, Celebrity VIP Lounge and HaveUHeard.net. She was also part of the panel discussion Table For One on being a single and childfree blogger at BlogHer12 in New York City.
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When it comes to prepping your home, Spring cleaning gets all of the glory, but Fall cleaning is just as important. Whether you live in a studio on the beach or a McMansion in Rancho Santa Fe it’s a great time to start fresh. And it will help you to get a head start on preparing for holiday guests. 1. Start in one room, or even a small hallway Cleaning the entire house, no matter the size can be an overwhelming idea. Choosing one area, just one room or a small hallway gives a sense of accomplishment. When we started our fall cleaning, we began in a small hallway. This hallway we started our Fall cleaning in is right off of the garage and the front door, and it gets filthy quickly, but it is dark so we do not notice until it is overwhelming. A simple sweeping, and a spray down with lavender Frosch eco-friendly cleaning spray on the wood floor with a rag and everything with tidy in no time. It may be tiny, but it was quite the confidence booster. 2. Work from the top down While we started on the floor in the hallway, just to get that out of the way, we suggest starting at the top of the rooms if possible. It might become frustrating if you sweep the floors first then only have to do it again. Get a broom and knock down the cobwebs and dust the tops of curtains and window valences. If you have a step ladder, this is the time to get it out and use it. Then dust shelves, clean window sills, and if you are feeling especially feisty work on the baseboards. Working down the from the top of a room allows all of the dust to settle at the bottom, that is the floor, so that you will only vacuum, sweep or mop it only once if possible. 3. Choose your favorites Your house is your sanctuary. Don’t use anything that makes your job more difficult, or that smells awful. Sure, there are standard cleaners that can be fine but they can smell terrible and who knows what they are made from. We prefer to use green cleaning products, that still work of course, that also smell pleasant. My favorite is Frosh’s lavender universal cleaner. It’s eco-friendly and smells pleasant everywhere I use it in the house, and it works well. I make A LOT of messes. Today I’m helping to clean #frosch #clean #fakepuppy #puppyofinstagram #puppiesofinstagram #puppiesofig #ecofriendly #puppy #puppylove #ad #dog #dogs #dogsofinstagram A photo posted by puppy (@fakepuppy) on Sep 19, 2015 at 9:07am PDT 4. Get everyone involved Don’t take the task of cleaning the house on by yourself. Even if you live alone, invite some friends over and tell them you’re going through things and want to know if they want first dibs. (Have some things ready before they get there.) If you have people living with you, whether a spouse, roommates, or even kids, everyone can lend a helping hand. Even it the only thing they do is take out the trash, it is always a great help, and doing any work on cleaning offers a sense of ownership and responsibility. Don’t go overboard on the cleaning tasks. While I always love a good makeover of a room,...read more
Lemonade Day Cocktail – Italian Style Lemonade day is this week, August 20th. Why not celebrate in style with an Italian inspired “lemonade”: a limoncello cocktail. The Capri Spritz bring two of Italy’s best known drinks together Limoncello with its lemon tart and sugar sweet, and Prosecco wine with sparkling bubbles. (Limoncello is the perfect summer liqueur – to drink chilled, on the rocks or in refreshing cocktails.) When you take a sip you can almost feel the Mediterranean sun on your face. CAPRI SPRITZ 1 oz. Limoncello di Capri 5 oz. Prosecco wine or Champagne Pour Limoncello di Capri in a flute or martini glass, top with Prosecco wine or Champagne. Of course if the kids want something sparkling and tart you can serve them lemonade paired with seltzer water. Enough fizz to make it fun. If you have never gone out an purchased limoncello before, I would suggest picking up Limoncello di Capri. Limoncello di Capri is one of the few brands of Limoncello produced using only real lemons, is produced in small batches using only organically farmed (IGP certified) lemons from Capri and Sorrento, and made without the addition of coloring, preservatives or additives. You could serve these in flutes, or a martini glass, but if you want to embrace the end of the Summer aspect of lemonade day, why not serve them in red cups. (Serve the kids their drinks in a different color cup just to be sure there aren’t any mix ups.) Make signs to put up around the yard that say “Lemonade 25 cents!”. For the tables choose to lay out bright yellow or red checked table cloths, topped with sunflowers or wildflowers in pitchers or pickle jars. For food, we suggest staying Italian inspired for the adults. Pasta salad with tomatoes and blueberries Feta and basil watermelon salad Assorted cheeses and cured meats For the kids, why not have veggie covered pizzas sliced into fun squares? Or simple sandwiches they can grab and take with them. Whatever you choose to do to celebrate Lemonade Day we hope it’s delicious. Cheers! Are you receiving the Busy Bee Blogger newsletter? Sign up for all of the updates on news, recipes, and fun!* Share...read more
To the delight and glee of his followers, comic strip writer Berkeley Breathed released the first Bloom County strip in 25 years on his Facebook page on Monday. He had been teasing the return of the long loved comic strip since the beginning of the month, and yesterday, Opus and Milo finally made their joyous return. Opus the penguin appears to have awaken from a Rip van Winkle type of nap in the dandelions only to be informed by Milo that he has indeed been asleep for 25 years. In October 2008, Berkeley Breathed had announced that he would be retiring from cartooning. Looks like 7 years was long enough for him. As of this morning, the strip has had over 51,000 shares from Breathed’s Facebook page. That’s quite the accomplishment. I saw it shared by two separate Facebook friends that do not know each other. What a very happy event yesterday for Bloom County fans all over. So far, though, yesterday’s comic strip post of Milo and Opus the penguin is the only Bloom County 2015 strip. There is no strip at this point for Tuesday July 14th 2015. When Bloom County first said goodbye in 1989, 25 years ago, Opus and friends continued their adventures in Outland. That strip ran from 1989-1995. Breathed won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on Bloom County in 1987, right before deciding to call it quits on the strip. So far, there is no sign of Cutter John, Steve Dallas, or Bill the Cat in the Bloom County 2015 strip. Only Opus the Penguin and Milo have made their comeback. But we are sure that at some point all of the favorites are sure to make returns in one form or another. We cannot wait to see what is living in little boy Binkley’s anxiety closet today. Heck, with the return of all of the 1980’s pop culture and political trappings (Russia, Iran, China, and even Donald Trump) it is only fitting to have one of the best comic strips from that decade make its return as well. *Blog for Southern California Lifestyle. Fun, Food, Fashion and Drinks.* Are you receiving the Busy Bee Blogger newsletter? Sign up for all of the updates on news, recipes, and fun!* Share...read more
Oceanside has one of the best beaches around in Southern California. It’s known for great surfing, movies have been filmed there, and lots and lots of visitors. With all of these people, there is also a lot of trash. Rubio’s Coastal Grill is hitting the beach again this year for CoastFest. This gives the community a chance to get together, clean up the beach, and enjoy a great day with food and music. This year’s event is gearing up to be even bigger than the rest with the addition of performances by one of Billboard magazine’s chart-ranking artists, The Mowgli’s, as well as popular children’s band Hullabaloo. In addition to participating in a beach cleanup hosted by I Love a Clean San Diego, guests will be able to preview and sample food that is not yet on the Rubio’s menu, as well as enjoy a beer garden and a ton of educational and experiential activities. Woo! RELATED: Meet the new Rubio’s Coastal Grill There will be free onsite surf lessons, face painting, corn-hole, disc golf, etc. There will also be an exhibit from the California Surf Museum, pop-up gardens featuring fresh ingredients used in Rubio’s dishes, an outdoor cinema playing short films and a photo booth. Now in its fourth year, CoastFest has become popular with Southern California residents as a way to give back and celebrate our ocean while enjoying live music, complimentary food and drinks and activities for attendees of all ages. CoastFest has continued to grow year after year, with a record turnout of more than 2,000 attendees and over 400 pounds of trash removed from the coastline in 2014. CoastFest will take place on Saturday, July 18 in Oceanside, Calif. If you are in the Oceanside area, stop by and enjoy the atmosphere, and some free tasty tacos from Rubio’s Coastal Grill. Yum! Share...read more
4th of July Party Tips There is something about summer, that makes us want to get together. While the impromptu gatherings are fun, there are some events that can use a little extra planning. The 4th of July parties, engagement parties, birthdays all need a few extra steps to make things just right. Follow these tips from Emmy-winning host Sandra Lee, and things should go swimmingly just in time with these 4th of July party tips. Plan For The Perfect Summer Party FOUR DAYS OUT: The music is everything yet often forgotten about until the last minute! Take today to plan your soundtrack. One of Sandra’s all-time favorites is “Here Comes The Sun!” With so many easy ways to blast your playlist now (Spotify, Pandora, etc.) so all you need to do is find the genre that is best suited for your guest list! THREE DAYS OUT: After a long winter, it is time to get that grill back in action! You will be doing a lot of barbecue on that grill so it’s best to be prepared now. Clean it off and make sure you have enough gas or charcoal to fuel your fun. Once that’s done, start planning your menu. So, get your grocery list prepared for meals and drinks then head to the market! TWO DAYS OUT: Your forecast should now be pretty accurate. If you are expecting sun and high temps, try Mini Margarita Shoot Pops for your dessert option! They are simple to make, but definitely stand out. Store the pops in the freezer until Memorial Day when you unmold and dip in a mix of sugar, lime zest and sea salt! ONE DAY OUT: Get ready to serve! Sandra Lee’s Cocktail Time™ Margaritas, offered in Key Lime and Strawberry variants, come ready-to-serve (yes, please!) but also provides a number of easy recipes right on the label. For more holiday inspiration, check out CocktailTime.com. We’ll be serving our favorites for the holiday – the Strawberry Lemonade and Strawberry Cyclones! There you have it. As the 4th of July, or any other big summer party arrives, you have a party in place and you get to relax and enjoy it! To get you started, here is the recipe for Sandra Lee’s Margarita Shot Pop! These are only for the grown ups, so be sure to have another selection for the kids. Margarita Shot Pop Recipe Mix and match margaritas, juice, vodkas, and sodas. 2 cups Sandra Lee Cocktail Time™ Key Lime Margarita 1 cup mango juice (or use 2 cups Strawberry Margarita and 1 cup guava juice) chilled flavored vodka (1.5 ounces per glass) Lemon-lime soda (1/2 cup per glass) Wine glasses for serving Mix 2 cups Sandra Lee Cocktail Time™ Key Lime Margarita with 1 cup mango juice (or use 2 cups Strawberry Margarita and 1 cup guava juice) and pour into ice pop molds; freeze overnight. In a large wine glass, pour 1.5 ounces chilled flavored vodka (try Smirnoff Sorbet®Light Raspberry Pomegranate or Smirnoff Sorbet® Light Pineapple Coconut). Place ice pop in glass and pour ½ cup lemon-lime soda over top. Serve immediately. Share...read more