To Cheat or Not to Cheat…..

Happy Friday!!! So exciting! So I have a little dilemma …….and I need my blog reading trustees (THAT’S YOU) to help me make the right choice 🙂

Friday = Date Night.  But me on a diet, a huge restricting, I’m gonna get super-skinny, I’m going to the CARRIBEAN in 6 weeks, diet. I have lost 5 lbs (woo hoo!!) but that’s nothin, and I could easily gain that back this weekend (or even tonight…). So the diet, to cheat or not to cheat??

Before you yell “CHEAT” or “Don’t do it!!!” let’s look at the fun to be had. Here’s a typical Friday night for me and the hubby:

I LOVE champagne. It’s bubbly and refreshing and it’s literally like a celebration in your mouth. I start my friday with a glass a couple glasses of champagne and cranking up some Chris Brown 🙂

Next up:

mmmmm sushi!! Most people think of sushi as raw fish on rice, trust me if that’s what you think you’re not doing it right. I like the rolls with fried shrimp and creamy spicy tuna, oh hell i think I may have made up my mind just thinking about it! we usually go to our fave spot every friday night, and michael was already talking about it this morning! ah!

so bad….I think 1 of these bad boys could easily set your back 800 calories (which is probably more than I should eat in a day on this “diet”).

Around the corner from sushi, is Cupcake Royale:

The kate! She’s cute, she’s pink, and she’s CHOCOLATE! This place has the most amazing cupcakes, and lucky for me it’s right next to the amazing sushi joint. Or not so lucky today. Oye, I want a cupcake but I want to be skinny….

Now back home for:

Haha you don’t expect this party girl to survive on 2 glasses of champagne on a friday night, do you?? I haven’t had a drink all week because of this damn diet, well actually I did yesterday because I got a job, BUT i miss my love affair with champagne.

Alright lets add it up 2 glasses of champagne (250 cal), sushi (1000ish cal), cupcake (1 million cal), more champagne…..

Ok too many calories on my Friday Night Date Night routine. What’s a girl to do!? To cheat, or not to cheat???

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Guest Blog Post: Signature Wedding Cocktails

Hello Readers!!

Good news, today my first guest blogger post was published!! Read my article Signature Wedding Cocktails at On the Go Bride. On the Go Bride is a bridal blog featuring all things wedding.

The post features 2 signature wedding cocktails from the Cummings Wedding: The Jerika-zie and The Michael-tini. Enjoy!

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Star Fruitcello

Oooooh time for a new cocktail! I’m excited to announce that I have added a new ingredient to my mixins….STARFRUIT!! This was provoked by one of my husband’s comments “You’re going to run out of fruits and there won’t be any cocktails left to make!” WRONG! I don’t think I’ve seen or heard of this fruit since I learned my shapes in kindergarten 🙂 Well, it’s back!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 starfruit
  • 3oz vodka
  • 1oz limoncello
  • 1oz sweetened lime juice (or 1/2oz lime juice and 1/2 oz simple syrup) Continue reading
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Canine Couchin It…

Ugh Monday Monday, today was so terrible I still can’t get over it even though I’m at home vegging on the couch! It’s probably because I started a diet from HELL to slim down for my graduation trip, I’m SO hungry!! Sigh…at least I have some cuddlers to keep me company.

Well here’s a lazy-man’s post from the couch, with camera and computer in hand, I captured my boys’ ridiculous cute-ness and charm. Might be enough to cure any case of the Mondays 🙂

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Lacey Decoupaged Wine Vase

Gotta love the weekend….time for crafting and blogging 🙂 I made this little project last week but I was waiting to post it until after a special someone’s birthday party! This is one of my favorite projects this year, I’m new to decoupage and now I’m ADDICTED.  Since there seems to be an excess of wine bottles and corks at my place (and the recycling is overflowing), I thought I’d put them to good use!

Here’s my first decoupage project: Lacey Decoupaged Wine Vase!

Here’s what you need:

  • Wine bottle
  • Modge Podge Finish Glue (or another decoupage finish)
  • Assorted lace and fabrics
  • Branches, corks, candles (optional…..for display)

Step 1: Cut fabric and lace into strips. I cut triangular strips from pieces of 4″x 6″ cloth. They do not have to be the same size and different shapes make it more interesting so just tear and cut until you have about 10 pieces.

Step 2: Now it’s time to decoupage! The modge podge finish glue is a popular product. This bottle was $10 at Joann Fabric’s but it will last a long time. I completed 3 vases and I barely used 1/8 of the bottle.

The finish glue is bright white when you paint it on but it will dry clear. It acts as a glue and sealant, so start by applying glue to the vase, then apply the fabric, and then coat with another layer of glue.

After applying a couple pieces of fabric, you will get a feel for the design of your vase. I did a lot of draping and folding the fabric to give the bottle more dimensions. This requires extra finishing glue to secure the design, but it gives your design a unique look. I recommend applying lace over the label so you can see through it and use more of the canvas or non-lacey fabrics for the bottom layer, topped with lace.

Step 3: Let it dry! Don’t panic if it is gobby, white for a few hours. I left mine out in the sun for about 4 hours, added a final finishing coat, and then let it dry over-night indoors before displaying it.

Finally, after a day’s hard work, here she is:

I think it turned out PERFECT!! I love that the draping of the different fabrics gives the bottle texture, and the finishing glue dried as a clear glossy finish! I put together this little centerpiece for my mantel:

For more information on how-t0 decoupage and for more project ideas, hit up the Modge Podge Rocks Blog!

This is the perfect gift for a friend or would make a great and affordable wedding centerpiece! Now all’s you need is some wine bottles….so drink up 😉

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Champagne Bar

Happy Easter everyone!! I’m google-ing ham recipes…hmm I might be in trouble 🙂 BUT I have plans for a little DIY cocktailing to distract from my hammy success or failure!!

This is an awesome entertaining idea…perfect for summer-time parties and it gives your guests some variety in drink options. So here it is, the CHAMPAGNE BAR:

I tried this out at a little girls’ night pre-funk last night and it was a hit!! It’s really simple and is a creative way to serve drinks at your next gathering.

Here’s what you need:

  • Fruit Juices
  • Frozen fruits
  • LOTS of champagne 🙂

Fruit Juices: Choose a few different fruit juices to top off the champagne!

Recommendations: pomegranate, mango, orange, grapefruit, passion fruit

Frozen fruits: I used frozen fruits because it helps keep the champagne chilled and by the time you finish the drink they are soft and ready to eat!

Recommendations: raspberries, blackberries, peaches, mango, strawberries, blueberries

Champagne: I chose a dry champagne, because with all the fruits and juices you will have plenty of sweetness and flavor to cut the champ. You could have a variety of champagnes too!

Serving suggestions: I ended up playing bartender and taking requests for everyone, but this could easily be a self-serve affair at a barbecue or dinner party!

Well this champagne bar was definitely a hit! If you have some juices and fruits to go with your champagne… your guests with this “Champagne Bar” idea 🙂


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Happy Friday!!

It’s FRIDAY!! So exciting, a whole weekend for crafting and cocktails….no work, all play 🙂 Here’s my latest project:

I’ll post the tutorial tomorrow, but I just thought I’d give you some eye candy 🙂 It’s a lace decoupaged wine bottle. The perfect centerpiece for your next party or even an affordable wedding decor!!
Happy Friday!!

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Buttons for EVERYONE

As you know I am very excited about my new button. I have been wanting one for a while and I could never really figure it out…..until NOW 🙂 Anyways, just wanted to share the love for my blogging readers, so here it is:  Buttons for EVERYONE!

STEP 1: Create a button image


You can use pretty much anything…..a picture or an image, basically anything that you can identify as a blog trademark.  This button is 150×150 megapixels, most buttons are 100×100, keep the size in mind when you create it. No one is going to post a gigantic button on their page 🙂

Step 2: Upload image

After creating your image, upload the image onto your blog. If you are a wordpress user, go to “Media” and “Add New”. Then save the image url which is displayed here:

STEP 3: Create Button Code

Ok, now for the hard part. This might blow your mind a little bit but bear with me 🙂 There are two code “bunches” you need. Haha if my husband read my ridiculous self-made coding terms he would be cringing but this is how I see it!

BUNCH 1: Copy and paste this code onto a word document or sticky note and add your blog address and the image address

<a href=”PASTE YOUR BLOG URL HERE” target=”_blank”><img src=”PASTE IMAGE URL HERE“/></a>

BUNCH 2: Then copy and paste this code below it and paste “Bunch 1” from above in the area indicated. Ok now you have the code you need to create the button!

<textarea readonly rows=”10″ cols=”20″>

STEP 4: Create Text Widget

Alright, let’s put it all together! Create a text widget and paste “Bunch 1” then save. You create the text widget by dragging it onto your side bar (this is for wordpress users). Now go to your page and you should see the image of your button!

Then paste “Bunch 2” right below “Bunch 1”. This is the code for the button text box. This allows readers to copy the code and paste it into their own text widget to display your button. Title the button as you wish….mine says “Grab my button!” Then don’t forget to save it!

Here’s what mine looks like:

And this is my code:

<a href=”; target=”_blank”><img src=”; /></a>
<textarea readonly rows=”10″ cols=”20″>
<a href=”; target=”_blank”><img src=”; /></a>

Now go to your homepage and admire! You did it! You made a blog button!!

If you already have a blog roll, the button serves a similar purpose. It allows blogging readers to support the blogs they love my posting the button which links readers to your blog. With cute button options, bloggers are more likely to take the button to dress up their sidebar… it’s kind of a win-win!

Hope this is helpful! Good luck!

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Mrs. Cummings Rx Button

I did it! I made a button! I am pretty excited about it. Even my computer programming hubby was impressed!

If you like LOVE my blog and need a cute accessory for your side bar, please “grab” my button!!

Simply copy and paste the code from the box into a text widget and you are all set with a Mrs. Cummings Rx button!! Click the button after installing and it should take you right to my blog.

I’m getting pretty smart with this blogging stuff 🙂


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Birdie Nest Centerpiece

The sun was out today, time to celebrate spring!! My entry table needed something springy, so I was on a mission to find a crafty decor! Went to the craft store on a whim (ie no shopping list) this weekend and came up with this little cutesie project.

Here’s what you need:

Styrofoam ring

Small piece of cardboard (same size as the ring)

Brown/tan crafting moss

Wooden birdhouse

Bamboo skewers


Cardstock, stamps, and colored brasses

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