Mardi Gras Mambo

Mema helped host a Mardi Gras party with her friends on Sunday.

She was very excited about the party and dressing up, so she asked me to help her get ready. Of course, I obliged.

Complete with a boa, Mardi Gras tattoo and decked out in purple, green and gold, she was ready to hit the town!

Here are a few of our favorite photos of the Mardi Gras Queen herself.






Cheers to One Year of Becoming Marketable


Happy Birthday to my blog, well really my grandmother and I’s blog! What a fun year it has been documenting the funny moments in the kitchen, life and everything in between.

To recap the year, we put together the most popular posts for those who missed them and those who’d like to read them again:

1. Grandma’s Know How to Party, Too

2. Don’t Knock It Till You TRI It

3. 10 Things I Have Learned From My Grandmother

4. Manic Monday

Hope you enjoy the posts and we can’t wait for another full year of fun 🙂

Happy Birthday Mema

How do you say happy birthday to the best grandmother in the world? Well, I’m still trying to work on that. For a start, here’s to the woman…

• Who taught me how to chop when I was 6 months old.

Chop• Who dances on tables

dancing• Who loves her a liquid marijuana shot

• Who is looking pretty damn good for an 80-something, I mean 60-something year old

333926_10101435267339593_5226811_74384848_2123753566_o•Who can school frat boys in beer pong

• Who loves her family and friends unconditionally

I am so blessed to have Mema in my life and the lessons she has taught me. What would I do without this party animal??


DIY Hanging Flower Cans

Mema and I saw this idea and we decided we just had to try it out.  The hanging flower cans are made out of old coffee tins — perfect for a little Mema and Jill Do It Yourself project.

All you need is the cans, rope, spray paint and the ability to work a drill to make the holes.  I’ll be honest — we had help on the drilling 🙂

We decided to put potato plant in the hanging flower cans because we like the lime green and bright blue together.

Mema was a great creative director:

We only had a few mishaps… like accidentally spray painting my hands. Oops!

The paint was extremely hard to get off. We tried ammonia and nail polish remover.  After those didn’t work, Mema ran off to find her cure all — Turpentine.  I am now a believer. It took of the paint immediately! Gotta love the old fashioned remedies.

10 Things I have learned from my Grandmother

In honor of Mother’s Day, and all the Mom’s out there, I figured I would write a list of the top ten things I have learned from my Mema:

  1. It’s not always 50/50. Sometimes you have to give more when your partner can’t and vice versa. It’s all about the give and take.
  2. Make your own fun. This is something she always tells me. Whether we are going on a road trip or just out to dinner, we make our own fun and make the best out of even the worst situations.
  3. Treat everyone with kindness. You are no better than any one else, and you never know what someone is going through. Offer a smile and a hello – you never know how it can affect their day.
  4. Don’t take yourself too seriously. The party animal herself has made this one clear. If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can?
  5. Love comes in all forms. It’s in family, adoption, friends that have turned into family. Love one another.
  6. Remember your last name. Mema always tells me when I go out of town, or out for the night to remember my last name because your reputation always follows and preceeds you.
  7. Nobody is the boss of me. Now that she is in her mature years, Mema likes to say why not? Why can’t I do this or that? No one is the boss of me!
  8. Be true to your school. You get what you give and Mema has dedicated much of her life giving back to the Florida State University. It has taught me the importance of philanthropy and how thousands of people can come together for a common greater good of the University.
  9. If it doesn’t work out, God has something better planned. When he closes one door, he opens another. You just have to be patient.
  10. Family is the most important. Friends come and go through life, but family will stick with you through it all.