Please welcome to the Hot Polka Dot family two new sponsors!
The first is Ezebee, a unique international community and marketplace where people looking to buy or sell creative handmade products can meet. You can find everything from trendy chevron change purses to gold and pink leather wrap bracelets, colourblock faux leather pencil skirts to industrial steampunk lighting, origami crane mobiles to knitted infinity scarves.
What I love most about Ezebee is that, unlike other online craft showrooms, it's totally free of charge to create your own shop and sell your beautiful wares. They also don't claim a commission on any of the sales. As a former Etsy shop owner I can tell you that's a pretty big deal. They even offer a bunch of ways to customize and market your shop. The site was recently redesigned to be streamlined, efficient and super cute. Check it out!
The second is Beutiful Magazine, a forward-thinking online magazine that touches on subjects like equality, racism, self confidence, eating disorders, well-being and happiness. All powerful thought-provoking subjects that we so often ignore. It's important to note the intentional misspelling of beautiful. Beutiful Magazine is not about about mascara, skinny jeans, nail polish, weight loss or hairspray. It's about loving yourself for who you are, breaking the mold and letting go of the ridiculous expectations we place on ourselves. It's about being you.
This is a message that I think we can all agree on, but so often forget. Especially as a woman, I know that we put ourselves down, judge ourselves too harshly and hold ourselves to impossible airbrushed photoshopped standards. Our “flaws” as we call them are what make us unique, special and beautiful. As Colin Firth said so eloquently in Bridget Jones's Diary “I like you, very much. Just as you are.”
Congratulations Sherrie M! You've just won an amazing Kraft gift basket! I hope you put it to good use and maybe make a cheesecake or two.
Please email me at lindsey (at) hotpolkadot (dot) com to claim your prize and send me your mailing address.
Thank you to everyone else who entered! I enjoyed reading all your creative ways to use Philadelphia Cream Cheese!
If you've been following me on Facebook and Twitter, you might have noticed some yummy new posts that I've been sharing the last few weeks. Maybe you've caught a few exciting announcements about new friends and new partnerships.
Those of who haven't are probably very confused right now. Allow me to fill you in!
I'm happy to officially announce to you that I've become a Philly Ambassador for Real Women of Philadelphia! I've joined a great group of like-minded individuals that appreciate family, food and definitely Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese! Every month, along with my fellow Philly Ambassadors, I'll be contributing tasty recipes, handy tips and fun tutorials all about ways to creatively use your favourite bagel spread.
I hope that you'll visit Real Women of Philadelphia and join us in our discussions about loving life and having fun with food. You can check out the huge index of recipes created by loyal members and dedicated contributors like myself.
I've already posted a fun and easy tutorial on how to make chocolate curls like the pros. I've also shared a simple yet impressive picnic-friendly dessert that will make your mouth water called Blueberry Lemonade No Bake Cheesecake. You're going to love what's in store next month so make sure to check back again soon!
To celebrate, I thought you'd all enjoy a giveaway courtesy of our friends at Kraft! Enter to win a Kraft gift basket that includes an assortment of Kraft products and a Real Women of Philadelphia apron and spatula! Everything you'd need to get creative in the kitchen!
Growing up in Ontario bunnies were these cute little critters that lived in the field behind my house. They frolicked like cartoon characters come to life and feasted on my mom's flower gardens. My twenty-four toed double jointed tortoise-shell cat, Scrapper would often wander home with one in his jaws.
Here in Alberta bunnies don't exist. There are no Thumpers or baby Bugs here. Here is the home of the thirty pound jackrabbit that could probably take on all three of my wimpy squishy cats at once. They hide under the pine trees in our yard and munch on the fallen crab apples when they're not absconding with small neighbourhood children.
These bunnies are neither fierce or furry. They make a sweet statement on your Easter table and their floppy ears are perfect for wiping away glazed ham and apple pie. I love napkin folding because it's so versatile, fun and unique. You can have just one set of napkins and fold them into countless shapes to surprise your dinner guests all year long.
Want to learn how to fold your very own bunny napkins? Sure you do!
Do you ever get stuck in a rut? All your favourite shows are on hiatus, you're eating the same boring meatloaf every monday, all your socks are white, you order the same entree at the same restaurant every date night, the Tim Horton's barista finishes your sentences and even your shampoo is boring you.
You need to mix it up! Routine is efficient, but, without any relief, it becomes stale and uninteresting. Be spontaneous, take chances, experiment and try new things. I'm not saying you need to go out and buy a motorcycle, dye your hair blue or go skydiving.
There are safer ways to be adventurous, ways that don't result in road rash or parachute failure. Try out that new Indian restaurant around the corner, give meatloaf night a rest, give that new latte a taste test and buy some polka dots socks for crying out loud!
Or maybe try putting some grapes in your pie. Never heard of it? Now you have! Sound weird? It's delicious!