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Since 2007, 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 the Blog Her Publishing Network, 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.

About Cari Bee

Since 2007, 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 the Blog Her Publishing Network, 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.

Snoop in A Writer’s Goody Drawer

Take a look inside my writer goody drawer. RESCUE stress relief

Writers and bloggers are a nosy group of people. We like to look around everyone else’s offices, homes, and even closets just to get an idea of how people tick. To pay back all of the people I have snooped around on, knowingly or not, I decided to give everyone a peek into my goody drawer that I have at work.

Southern California Writer Goody Drawer

This is not where I keep paper clips, pens or note pads related for work. Those are all found in the top drawer, this one is all for me. This is my goody drawer. When I am not trying to meet deadlines, or on the phone with my variety of clients, I am probably rummaging through here to find a little bit of happy.

Want to see what’s in my good drawer?  Click to find out!

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Raising Hope For Survivors of Domestic Violence With “Hope Five”

Alliance for hope hope five

Raise your hands for Hope, or rather, give it a high five.  San Diego Chargers’ safety Eric Weddle announced last week that he and jewelry company Evolution Lighthouse were joining together for Hope Five.  Like the Ice Bucket Challenge, this campaign lets all those that stand together against domestic violence to share a short creative high five video on social media.  All money raised is to go to Alliance for Hope, a 501(c) (3) charity that supports victims of domestic violence and supports children affected by domestic violence in hopes to break the cycle an abusive environment creates.


 

Celebrities have already gotten involved making their own videos, including NFL player Eric Weddle, andVH1′s Mob Wives star Natalie Guerico.  You can see Natalie’s video above!  And they called out their famous friends to donate to Alliance for Hope, and make their own Hope Five video.

How you can help:

 

1)      Film a fun, silly, creative, sexy, athletic, unique or boring high five aka “HOPE Five” to be posted on IG, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or any other social media you have.

2)      List the domestic violence charity in your description:  www.allianceforhope.com

3)      Challenge and tag three specific individuals (influential social people) to “Give HOPE” either in the form of a donation or to post a “Hope Five” video within the next 24 hours, tagging 3 additional people to do the same.

4)      Hashtag #HopeFive #AllianceForHopeFive

5)      Concept: Similar to the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, just easier and making people smile with a Hope Five.

If you would like to participate and give to Alliance for Hope, you can donate directly at www.allianceforhope.com. You can also treat yourself to one of the Evolution Lighthouse Hope Bracelets EvolutionLighthouse.com with proceeds going directly to Alliance for Hope.

If you tag Busy Bee Blogger on your Hope Five video, we would love to share it with everyone else.

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Movies and M&Ms Go Hand In Hand

Oscars table with MMs

The biggest movie award show of the year is here! The Oscars are filled with gorgeous people wearing beautiful clothes and at my house a nice layout of treats. What? I’m not the one trying to squeeze into those amazing dresses and get judged about it, so I can have a few M&Ms if I want.

To us here at Busy Bee Blogger, anything can be a great reason to entertain, and of course the Oscars lets us add a little glamour to the mix. I like to break out my DIY gold mercury glass mason jar candle holders, some flowers and some pretty napkins. What would be perfect to celebrate the Academy Awards is a spread in matte black and gold. Very elegant.

The one thing you cannot go without when celebrating the movies are M&Ms. These are always a good idea, even if you’re watching the movies (or the Oscars) all on your own, there is just something about pairing the chocolately goodness of M&Ms with movies, and movie stars. I have my favorite types of M&Ms for different movies: milk chocolate goes with drama, peanut pairs well with comedy, and crispy is perfect for SciFi.

Milk Chocolate M&Ms top this delicious and fun round brownie
For the Oscars, we are not only setting out the different M&Ms in festive glass wear, we have decided to go full on celebrating and make M&M brownies. For these delicious treats we just used a ready made box mix, used olive oil instead of vegetable oil, and then sprinkled milk chocolate M&Ms over the top right before placing it in the oven.

Round M&Ms topped brownie

We also chose to use a spring form pan to give it the nice round shape. Everybody loves these and having them with the M&Ms on top and in wedges is a little more fun. M&Ms make everything a little more fun.

 

How do you use M&Ms to celebrate?
Do you have a favorite type?

Tell us in the comments below!

 

 

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Chinese New Year Baijiu Cocktail – Guayaba Kiss

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a Baijiu Cocktail bright in red coloring thanks to the strawberry and guava

Chinese New Year Cocktail Recipe

“Kung Hei Fat Choy” Happy Chinese New Year to you and yours.

Will all of the celebrating, I was wondering why there were not any official Lunar New Year cocktail recipes being shared. Don’t most celebrations deserve their own festive spirited drink? So, we found a way to incorporate Baijiu? into a cocktail just in time for the New Year celebrations. Our Guayaba Kiss mixes the traditional Chinese distilled liquor with guava and strawberry. Quite refreshing with the vibrant red color for luck.

Click more for our Chinese New Year Baijiu Cocktail Recipe.

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21st Annual Mardi Gras In San Diego Gaslamp

San Diego Mardi Gras Celebration

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, 2015 is tomorrow, do you have your plans set yet? If you are in San Diego, and want to have fun in the Gaslamp, there is a Mardi Gras event that is perfect for you. The 21st Annual Mardi Gras is back in Southern California, and it is going to be huge.

San Diego Mardi Gras

The 21st Annual Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, running from 5:00 p.m. to Midnight, we will be shutting down 16 blocks in the Gaslamp Quarter, erecting 5 stages of pure madness, and bringing in the nation’s most electrifying talent! Prepare yourself to be immersed into a celebration with epic bands, DJs, dance crews, acrobats, visual artists and even Snoopadelic, aka Snoop Dogg.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 17th – 5:00 PM to Midnight

WHERE: The main gates will be located on 5th Avenue and Broadway, as well as 5th Avenue and K St.

THE PARADE: You can’t have a party without a parade. Welcome back The Big Easy Parade to this year’s extravagant Mardi Gras celebration! The parade will travel down Fifth Avenue, where you can expect an explosion of sound and visual splendor with multiple music groups, roving performers and specialty acts from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., readying the crowd for the traditional, New Orleans-like floats parade, including a 75-member gospel choir, the Burning Man float, and over 80 additional units! The Celebrity Grand Marshal officially starts the “Parade of Floats” at 9:30 p.m. featuring 40 OVER-THE-TOP designs continuing down Fifth Avenue with an eruption of energy until 10:30 p.m.

$30 for general admission and $80 for VIP until February 6th,
$35 for General Admission and $100 for VIP until February 16th
$40 for General Admission and $120 for VIP on the day of the event.
www.sdmardigras.com

Gaslamp Area Street Closures

With this huge event also comes street closures. If you work or are visiting the San Diego area, here is the list of times those will be happening.

SET UP TIME: February 17th, 2015
12:01 AM – Streets closing & rentals set-up
1:00 AM – Staging & Lighting load in
6:00 AM – 4:00 PM – General Production
5:00 PM – Celebration begins

Want to know EXACTLY who is performing and where in San Diego for Mardi Gras? Click below and jump to see the list of entertainment.

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