What Are You Bringing to the Party?

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It’s likely that by now you’ve got your viewing plans for Sunday’s Super Bowl locked in, but have you figured out what “bowl” you’ll be bringing to the party? Whether you’re going to watch the game, see the commercials or just for some plain ol’ good fun, one thing you don’t want to do is walk in empty handed. Check out this fresh and delicious recipe that is sure to leave you the hit of the party…and it’s easy!

Cowboy Caviar

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Mix together:

1 can of corn – drained

1 can of black beans – drained

2 tomatoes – chopped (Scrape out and discard inside juices and seeds)

1 bunch of green onions – chopped

Cilantro – chopped to taste

In a separate bowl mix:

1 teaspoon Tabasco

2 teaspoons salad oil

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon garlic salt

Salt & pepper to taste

2 avocados – chopped (Check out this video for a little trick on getting the pit out)

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Combine the two bowls and lightly toss with a fork

Garnish with lime

Try not to eat the whole bowl before you get to the party 😊

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As a great compliment, I suggest stopping by Trader Joes and grabbing a bag of their blue corn tortilla chips for scooping.

I promise, this dip + your party pants = a great time!

And just in case you haven’t been following football this season but want to get up to speed, check out CBSSports.com’s “2018 Super Bowl: 52 things to know about Eagles vs. Patriots in Minnesota.” This way you’ll be able to talk about more than the delicious Cowboy Caviar you brought or Tom Brady’s amazing…arm 😊

Superbowl LLI Song Pick

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In honor of Justin Timberlake’s return to the Superbowl, and the release of his latest album, check out the track “Say Something” featuring country star (and winner of 3 Grammys this past weekend) Chris Stapleton. I have a feeling we may be hearing this on Sunday, or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

 

New Year, New You – Get Organized

Hello, and happy New Year! I hope your 2018 is off to a great start thus far. I love the new year because it always provides an opportunity for a fresh start. Whether it’s restored energy for your business, renewed commitment to your health, or just the overwhelming feeling that NOW is your time, there’s something about a new year that is invigorating.

To help you tackle whatever it is you have in store for 2018, I suggest starting the new year off right…aka organized. My top three tips for achieving this are below.

Anyone who’s ever planned an event knows that it comes down to the details. Whether it’s a bride’s dream wedding day or a corporate client’s 5-star incentive trip, being well-organized and prepared is the key to a successful event. Well that and a great planner of course 😉

 

Step 1: Organize your inbox

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I know this seems daunting when you’ve got an inbox with literally thousands of emails, but I promise, you can do it! And once you do you’ll feel so much better. Here is a helpful article written by Alex Cavoulacos, President & Founder of The Muse, with a great guide to organizing your inbox.

Personally, I color code everything.

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Now this may only work if you use Outlook, but categories are crucial to my sanity. Each job has its own color as does each of my internal business categories, ie. Accounting, social media, operations, etc. This trick makes searching and sorting SO much more efficient.

In short, when it comes to the seemingly overwhelming task of organizing your inbox, be like Nike:

just do it

Step 2: Create a “to-do” list

Now this may seem obvious, but it’s all about what you put on your to-do list. Can you think of one task that would tick numerous boxes? If so, DO THAT.

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Here’s an insightful article published by Forbes with tips on creating your best to do list. Luckily everything remains relevant even though it’s dated 2014.

Step 3: Create a schedule (and stick to it)

Especially if you are your own boss, creating a schedule is vital. It can be easy to get side-tracked with other tasks. Carve out blocks of your time for the day and assign them different responsibilities, ie. Proposals, make phone calls, return emails, etc. And take breaks!

Here’s a great article from Jacquelyn Smith, Director of Content Strategy at FlexJobs, with tips on creating a schedule to maximize your productivity.

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I also really love Daymond John’s morning routine, starting the day on the offensive, take a look here. Daymond John is the CEO of FUBU and The Shark Group and is a major investor on ABC’s Shark Tank.

We all wish there were more hours in a day, especially if you’re trying to balance work, family, fitness, the list goes on, the key is being efficient with your time. To be efficient you must be organized. It will take a little work up front (like anything) but once you do it you will find yourself at a whole new level of productivity.

Just do it!

And to end on a fun note, (and because you’re probably ready for a break after all of this) here are a couple of songs I’ve been listening to on repeat lately to help keep me motivated and inspired as we wrap up week two of January 2018.

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Macklemore’s “Glorious” featuring Skylar Grey off of his latest album Gemini. Needless to say, I dance A LOT to this one.

Imagine Dragon’s “Thunder” from their latest album Evolve. I love the idea of being the lighting before the thunder.

Here’s wishing we can all make 2018 electric!! And thank you for sticking with me if you’ve made it this far down 🙂

Things to Look Forward to

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Hello, and thank you for taking the time to check out my first post. As many of you know, I recently started my own business, Bianchi Productions, and I’m excited to launch this blog and begin sharing my passion for events, and more, with all of you!

A little background for those of you just reading about this exciting new venture: Bianchi Productions is a boutique event planning company whose mission is to spread love, light and positivity by creating memorable and meaningful events. Our hope is that “Celebrating Life’s Memorable Moments” helps achieve that objective while also providing insight into the event world and inspiration on life, love and entrepreneurship.

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Photo by Robin Randolph Photography

If you’re wondering what types of topics we will be covering, here’s a little peak into the plan as it stands today (lord knows these things change by the minute):

  • Event Planning Tips
  • Favorite Venues and Locals
  • Entertainment Acts
  • Catering and Restaurant Reviews
  • Travel and Life Inspiration

And through all that, you can be sure there will be many references to music and dancing, because besides my family and friends, that is what brings me the most joy in life. #TRUTH

Have you heard the saying “it’s better to be lucky than good?” Well I think it’s better to be both! I’ve been extremely lucky to have worked for several* smart, strong and inspiring women throughout my career. Thank you to all of you for showing me that hard work and a positive attitude can lead to amazing things. Thank you also for giving me the knowledge and confidence to start my own business, I am forever grateful for all that you’ve taught me.

Speaking of amazing things, I’d like to share a little bit about a company I recently discovered whose mission I think is so important.

While attending a conference for entrepreneurs and small business owners earlier this fall, I had the privilege of listening to a man by the name of Chris Pan speak. Chris is the founder of MyIntent.org and closed out this year’s QuickBooks Connect with a session so moving it’s hard to put into words. Wow, was this man inspiring!

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After a fabulous meditation and listening exercise, Chris explained his company’s mission of being a catalyst for meaningful conversations and positive energy. Through that mission, he started asking others, “What’s Your WORD?” and he engraves that word on a bracelet. Your word is something you want to have more of in your life or a challenge you want to overcome.

So in closing, I would love to hear from you…What’s your WORD?

Mine is happiness 🙂

Cheers!

*Thank you to the following women for being amazing leaders and role models (in order of appearance in my career):

Roberta Kantola, former Backstage Manager at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Lauren Levy, Manager Program Standards & Practices at NBC Universal

Wendy Steinhoff-Baldikoski, VP Comedy Development at Warner Bros. TV

Cheryl Cecchetto, Owner & President of Sequoia Productions

Andrea Michaels, Owner & President of Extraordinary Events

Chelsey Martin, Australian Consulate-General, Los Angeles

Erin Gray, Program Director G’Day USA