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How to make a pom pom bunny!

Inside: How to make a yarn pom pom bunny. Easter is this weekend and it seems to have come so quickly this year! Make a stash of these pom pom bunnies to adorn baskets and mantels for adorable last minute Easter decor. After Easter – the colorful bunnies are a great finishing touch to the kid’s rooms, […]

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Kit Kat Cake In Kitty Cake Style

One of my favorite candies is a Kit Kat, which is why I think a Kit Kat Cake is possibly the best cake idea that ever was. And because who wants to stop with just a Kit Kats, we created this fun kitty cake recipe that is just about purrrfect. There is no secret here, […]

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25 ideas for merrymaking your summer

We are preparing for a summer of gatherings. The sun-drenched patio and our very long dining table are calling to be filled both with festive celebrations and quiet evenings with shared friends. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that gatherings just don’t appear out of thin air. If I want my summer to […]

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bright cat garland

Nothing says Halloween like a strand of spooky cats. Since I much prefer bright and fun to spooky and creepy, this cat garland is a whole new take on the spooky black feral idea. It adds a festive vibe to any fall party or mantel display. Bright is the new black… Colorful is the new cat! […]

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25 tips for taking low-light evening photos

With the sun setting earlier each night our evenings are getting longer and longer. Hooray for bonfires and cider drinking! However, capturing those awesome moments of fall can be tricky without the wonderful summer sun. It’s not impossible though, with a few simple photo tricks. Here are 25 great tips for taking photos in low-light. […]

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octopus dinner party

Fall is the season for dinner parties! We love the daily revelry that comes from inviting friends in from the chill to enjoy dinner together. There is something about sharing a meal that always leaves me filled with joy. Since it is almost October, I’m planning on hosting a grown-up Halloween dinner party. While looking […]

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DIY tabletop bar

A couple weeks ago I found an old log holder left for trash. Immediately, I knew it needed a second life. Moments earlier I had been contemplating how to build a bar set-up in our small, kid crazed house. I love the gorgeous look of bar carts, but know that we don’t have the room for […]

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FoodSaver FM2100 Review

You never really think you need a vacuum sealer until you own one! These amazing machines can make storage of solid and liquid foods a simple and easy process. Most homeowners believe that these machines are expensive and unnecessary but on the contrary, the benefits of owning a vacuum sealer far exceed its cost.

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natural dyed face paint

Halloween is a fun holiday for our kids, but making sure it’s a nontoxic one can be difficult. I first made a version of this natural face paint when the twins were babies. Needing a green face for Frankenstein and fearing the unnatural chemicals on my baby’s skin. This project uses simple fruits, veggies + natural (non-fluoride toothpaste) to make […]

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reason to celebrate | creme brulee

Happy Monday! I had a fun weekend in San Fransisco with friends. While frolicking around the city we stopped by to see The Creme Brulee Man and had the most heavenly treat. He runs a pop up dessert shop and announces on twitter each day where he will be serving at. So fun! Plus he […]

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painted paper floral wreath

Creating a pretty wreath for summer is simple with paper and paints. I often find real floral wreaths hard to create and short-lasting in their life span, so this paper version is perfect to adorn my front door this summer. And I don’t even need a green thumb to make it! Make your own painted […]

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A Birthday Balloon Bouquet

Inside: How to make a birthday balloon bouquet idea. Looking for a fun way to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday? Send them a birthday balloon bouquet made of sweet and kind sayings from their favorite people. I came up with this idea for a recent friend’s birthday and recreated it to photograph and share. It […]

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Minions party with banana bunt cake

This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures. We are normally not a huge movie family, but school breaks always lend a chance for us to catch up on a couple, and we are all really excited to see the new Minions movie this week. I adore the storyline behind the silly front of the Minions… […]

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geometric wood garland

I am seeing geometric shapes popping up everywhere and I might be obsessed. After the holidays, I really love using natural textures like wood, to bring in the freshness of the new season. After all of the colors and loads of decorations, I love to have my house breathe. I am also crazy about neon, so […]

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Christmas in a bottle

Happy Monday, I believe I’ve finally recovered from the craze of last week. Today I want to share the last project from our holiday at the beach. We filled mason jars with many cute little holiday treasures, wrote a sweet note on a star, tied them up and sent them off into the ocean. We […]

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merrymaking 3.2.2012

For a million reasons I am thrilled to be launching Styled. issue five next Tuesday!!! One of which is Samantha who is doing an amazing job as our new graphic designer (her layouts make me sequel with excitement!). I also cannot get over the photos for the issue. Perhaps it is the blizzard we had […]

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DIY Luggage Tag Template + My Secret Packing Trick

Summer travel season is a upon us and Matt and I have big plans! We have a trip to Scotland in the works for late summer and a couple quick weekend jaunts in between. We created this fun DIY luggage tag template and a pretty leather backed holder for it that will make all our […]

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reason to celebrate | checking the mail

Everyday is the perfect day for mail. Especially when it comes ready to celebrate! This sweet package received by Merissa sparked the most wonderful idea to send little surprise parties along in the mail. PS. Melanie created the most adorable birthday party in a box earlier this year. blessings.

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Handmade Valentine: You’re Tea-riffic

Valentine’s Day is exactly one month away! This year I am excited to be bringing a whole slew of creative and easy ideas for celebrating the special day in a subtle, crafty style. I’ve been busy pairing down the ideas and shooting projects to make for your man, your kids, and everyone else who might […]

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Valentine’s day craft ideas chalk vases

I am thrilled to be sharing one more project from our recycled-bottles-that-I-just-cannot-let-go-of today. I was supposed to throw these bottles out, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it… So they quickly became my most favorite Valentine’s Day craft ideas.  Because I added a small square of chalk-board paint, wrote out the word LOVE. Bought […]

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Feeling cozy.

Happy Sunday. We have had a crazy weekend of parties and other exciting things going on. Today is devoted to clean up and decorating for Christmas, I think we may even bust open the egg nog! Are you already decorated and feeling cozy? A little sneak peak at the pretty classic Christmas designs coming up […]

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nutella crepes and almond croissants

I am happy to introduce you to Athena Plichta today. She is a photographer with a love for all things scrumptious. You’ve seen her work in the last couple issues of Styled. magazine here and here. Athena will be contributing a recipe once a month for the Thursday food series and I really hope you […]

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18 Genius DIY School Supplies

DIY school supplies that are functional and pretty will make going back to school so much easier this year. You could always buy those colorful back to school supplies, but it’s so much more fun to make them. Don’t you agree? Can you believe it’s back to school season already?! It feels like summer just […]

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why don’t we – wear our jewels everyday

We’ve spent the week in Las Vegas under a very hot summer sun. Most of the time was spent in bathing suits and tank tops – but I did get dressed for one excursion to my favorite store to buy a new set of jewels. When the sun is blazing not many of us are […]

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stripe your wrap

I am prepping for a styling project in May involving a whole bunch of stripes, which has (of course) lead to a slight obsession with them. I just love this bright spring striped wrapping, done by Riffe Raff. You could make it yourself with a brown bag and a bit of paint. Spotted on Superkitina. […]

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Crenova VS100s Review

How you store food is the most important thing when it comes to keeping its freshness and taste for the upcoming days. While sealing in an airtight jar is one of the most popular methods, it is mostly used for preserving jams or pickled vegetables. This leaves us with one big question – how can you store regular food like sandwiches and fruits, without the risk of these spoiling? In our opinion, the most effective way is to seal food in vacuum bags.

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A mad tea

The last week in May a sweet girl turned 13 and wanted a mad tea. A very mad tea. So she came as Alice- white gloves and all… We had a mad tea when the clock struck noon- Red Queen’s orders. The Mad-hatter himself even showed up to celebrate. A mad tea We beckoned guests […]

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Pinwheels & Pearls design (part 1 of 3)

We had such a magical day last Saturday transforming a backyard into a pinwheeled and pearled paradise for a sweet little girl’s first birthday. I was so very honored to be chosen to create this party for a very lovely and incredibly deserving family. See the easy to replicate pinwheel invitations HERE. If you haven’t […]

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party supply giveaway!

UPDATE: Congrats to Jenny for winning this giveaway. Wednesday is a great day for giveaways! This week Kat the owner of Heart and Craft is giving away a $40 gift card to her shop. Use the money to buy flags, bunting, tags… basically everything you would need to decorate an upcoming party. The entire shop […]

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votive baked cakes

I had a stack of pretty glass votive holders that were in need of a new and original use. Remembering this post, I decided they would make the perfect miniature cake pans. The teeny tiny cakes came out a fun bite size and would be great to serve frosted on their own, or lined up […]

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25 Minute to Win It Games for Kids

Inside: Minute to Win It Games for Kids. Grab your solo cups, cookies, and marshmallows and let’s get this party started! I love planning fun games for the kids and their friends to play. My only struggle is finding games that will keep their attention long enough! That is why I put together this list […]

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a cocktail and a mocktail | for spring or winter

Cocktails and mocktails (non-alcoholic, or “virgin” versions) are great party refreshments. Impress your guests with drinks with a fresh fruit twist. The blood orange citrus, with it’s sweet-tart flavor and stunning crimson flesh, is in season from December to March. The kiwi fruit, with a subtle and unique sweetness when ripe, is available from November […]

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fancy churros and 13 cinco de mayo treats

Cinco De Mayo is coming up quick! I always love a reason to brighten up my treats and drinks, and the holiday is perfect for doing that. A few years ago we hosted a churro party – it would be so fun to host another to celebrate this year. Everyone loved making their own churros […]

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Directional sheep

One of the most lovely pieces of the holiday season is driving past all the prettily decorated homes. Wouldn’t these fabulous traffic sheep fit in perfectly this time of year!? I would adore finding them hanging out on my street, or being used to give directions for a Christmas party hidden in the snow. A […]

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Checkerboard Birthday Cake

Today we are continuing the birthday cake series with a checkerboard birthday cake. I love this idea because it will surprise your guests giving them a bit of a WOW factor when the cake is cut. It is a particularly great cake for the guys and the avid board game lovers in your life. To make a checkerboard […]

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A modern princess party

Last weekend I styled a party for a 3 year old princess- It was lovely and magical with shades of pink popping out everywhere. Here is a very tiny sneak peak… Party photos HERE & the first of the party’s DIY projects, which might be my favorite kids DIY of all time HERE! Girls are […]

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Rock ball garland

Making long strands of garland out of fabric and rocks is such a pretty way to adorn a tree. See the full tutorial I designed today on Julep.

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Easy DIY Thanksgiving Garland

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and with it, many things to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday to display an Easy DIY Thanksgiving Garland to help impart words of thanks to our celebration. Sometimes, communicating what we are thankful for deserves more than just a few words after dinner. During Thanksgiving time there are […]

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Best Halloween Costumes for Kids

My rule for kid’s costumes is that they must be cute (not too spooky), crafty, and able to brighten someone’s day. A tall order? Here are my ideas for the best costumes for kids that can be crafted in about an hour. Both will definitely bring a smile to everyone you see.   I’m not sure […]

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16th Birthday Ideas For The Perfect Party

Wow, 16 already! Where does the time go? And what an age to celebrate! Sixteen marks the end of being carefree and the start of some serious responsibilities. With school exams around the corner and the pressure to start thinking of a career path for the future, life can get busy and overwhelming … and […]

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a grill gift for my guys

Buying for the guys in my life is always a challenge. I often get stuck just thinking about what would be the perfect gift for them. This year though, the problem is solved! The Home Depot asked if I wanted to give my guy this amazing electric grill/smoker and a solar powered lantern set. I […]

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12 bouquets that will not wilt

A colorful bouquet is the perfect icing to make any room party ready. While I’m stocking up on fresh flowers to make our snowy weekend feel special, it can be sad to say goodbye when their time is up. I prefer flowers that stay fresh forever! Loving the idea of blooms made to last – […]

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Recap 2012: Favorite Decor Projects

Celebrating well at home is something I’ve worked on my entire adult life. Festive home decor is a major area where you will see A Subtle Revelry grow in 2013. I have many projects, series, and ideas waiting to be shared! In the meantime, here are my favorites for the home from 2012. Simple and […]

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reason to celebrate | the king’s speech

I saw The King’s Speech this weekend and adored every minute of it. Have you seen it? If you are in need of holiday plans today, I would highly suggest it. The scene above reminded me of my absolute love for vintage tea parties. It has been far to long since I hosted one of […]

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Painted Bead & Brass Garland

Adding in vibrant elements of fun is a great way to gussy up a room and bring a little whimsy to the house. Although this can be as simple as blowing up a package of balloons, for something more lasting we created this painted bead & brass garland. Instead of hanging across the wall – […]

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christmas character cookies

I’d like to dub the week before Christmas – “Annual Cookie Week!” It seems that about this time every year we begin to indulge in those little guys. Plates start showing up at the office, school parties are hosted with a request for batches, and friendly neighbors stop by to convince us to taste their […]

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Color for the Weekend

This time of year can often feel a bit brown. I love interjecting bright color into the everyday. Oliver Schwarzwald does such a fabulous job of it in his color series. Doesn’t it just make you happy! We are off and traveling home today for the holiday. I am really looking forward to getting away […]

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The Best Bacon Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Having a snack that pairs well with your drink can set the stage for a party filled with festive fun. When our drinks and food mesh well, the combination can be even better than either of the elements on their own. And sometimes we surprise ourselves when flavors we never thought would go together, actually […]

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Handcrafted parties- A very pretty tea

I have seen many well done Alice in Wonderland themes this year. Vibrant colors and striking pieces fit to make a child giggle with glee. This afternoon tea was different than the others… and I love it! It may be the first truly simple and very pretty take on the popular Alice theme. I am […]

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For Work or Play

I love my job as a blogger, I adore my role as a mom, I really enjoy being a wife, and sometimes I secretly drive undercover at night to pretend I’m a cop (okay that one is a lie). But seriously, my daily roles are all amazing and all overwhelming, and often I am left […]

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conversation heart candy boxes

You know those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate that start filling the shelves this time of year? You know how you love them, and hate them, all at the same time? I mean they are so bad… but also really good. And for whatever reason, they all come with the WORST designs on them. Something about […]

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Panini's on a barstool

I styled a sweet bridal shower earlier this month and for brunch we decided to make paninis! I set out fresh sourdough bread, lots of veggies & a sampling of cheeses. We cooked each on an old George Foreman grill. They made for perfectly easy + very lovely summer afternoon party food! The rest of […]

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Nesco VS-12 Deluxe Vacuum Sealer Review

Quick Overview FEATURES EASE OF USE PRICE CONTROLS The Nesco VS-12 Deluxe Vacuum Sealer truly is a deluxe vacuum sealer, designed to eliminate the flaws and annoyances that come from using smaller, more flimsy, less reliable machines. From the stainless steel finish, to the robust automatically locking handle, to the convenient viewing window, it’s a […]

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YAY candle cake

Making birthdays special doesn’t have to be difficult… Create simple words with basic candles for a cake that is bursting with festive fun! There’s nothing better than a cake made to say what you want (try spelling a word out inside a cake too). These melted candle letters quickly make the top of a party cake […]

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Reason to celebrate – fun and festive cascarones

Inside: We are talking about how to make Cascarones and if you aren’t in the mood to make, we have the best place to buy Cascarones! With Easter quickly approaching I am so excited about starting one of our favorite DIY traditions, Cascarones! They are so fun and such a festive way to celebrate the […]

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Coconut Snowy Chocolate Cake

With winter fast approaching and the holidays here – a snowy cake that is rich tasting hits the spot perfectly. We made these “snowy” chocolate cakes in partnership with ZICO Natural 100% Coconut Water for a fresh take on a favorite recipe and topped the entire thing with “snowy” coconut flakes. Friends, this chocolate cake […]

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53 Wedding Games to Play On Your Special Day

Inside: 53 of the best wedding games. Weddings are a whole bunch of fun all on their own. Between dinner and dancing, photo booths and cake cutting, there’s a lot happening. And games only add to the experience! Whether you’re planning your own wedding or helping out a friend who’s soon-to-be-married, these wedding games are […]

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A young love picnic

Today is rainy where I live and my whole household is sick. I hope you are having a more lovely day yourself. My answer to the chaos is to take a nap, so until tomorrow I leave you with the most adorable picnic in the world! He is three and she is four and one […]

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Ice cream party

This post is sponsored by Target. School’s out for summer! We celebrated by inviting a few favorite classmates over and throwing our first party of summer – an ice cream party! Miniature ice cream cups, bright decorations, balloons, and a bar filled with ice cream toppings are all that’s needed to pull together a quick […]

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10 WWE® Watch Party Games

Ok, so WWE® is apparently the new thing for kids to watch and play. Anyone else in the same boat as me? Mine are constantly asking to watch the big fight and have their friends over for a big watch party. So, in my true party planning fashion, I’ve come up with some ideas to make it tons of fun!

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Paper pinwheels

I hope you are having a wonderful long weekend! I wanted to see something happy today and pulled out my old love for paper accordions to make a colorful bunch of pinwheels. They are bright and just the perfect way to lift any sort of winter blue. Placed on top of a simple cake they […]

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The cutest magical rainbow hair ever!

Inside: The cutest rainbow unicorn hair with these amazing pastel rainbow hair colors! Let’s become a real-life unicorns with pastel rainbow hair and a unicorn inspired sand art cake. Who says birthdays aren’t magic? Would you like a slice of cake with your rainbow hair? With gold specks in the rainbow unicorn cake mimicking the […]

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Fun with embossing No.1

I fell in love with embossing while using it to gussy up my save the dates and wedding programs, a very long time ago. It is such an easy concept and gives items that extra special touch they sometimes need. These favor boxes are a great example of it. Check out my DIY tutorial for […]

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The Most Important Corners At Home

We’ve been officially in the new house for a week! We are already through the demo and starting to rebuild and put the place back together. I can’t wait to show you a a few before photos and more details on our plans next week. In the meantime I wanted to talk about the most important […]

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How To Make Christmas Stars With Paper

Our holiday content kicks off now! With this how to make a Christmas star with paper craft that is so easy and can be used from now till the New year in 100 different ways. We took our origional tutorial for how to make paper stars and put a holly jolly bent on it for […]

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Cherry Chocolate Popsicles

The weather is finally beginning to turn for us here and I couldn’t be happier! I adore our snowy winter and just as much look forward to the hot summer ahead. To get our palettes ready for the warmth I tried out and quickly fell in love with this cherry chocolate popsicle recipe Kirsty Begg […]

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Shrink Film Key Chains

I’ve recently fallen in love with shrink film. If you’ve never tried it, the magical paper can be printed from an ink-jet printer–and once baked, it shrinks down into plastic. Genius! I used it to create these colorful heart key chains that I’ve decided to keep and use all spring! See the full tutorial I styled […]

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carton candy countdown

Today is the first day of December! My favorite month of the year :). Christmas music has been blaring all morning long and I am thrilled to be counting down to the holiday with festive DIY projects, recipes, and simple ideas all month long! First up, one easy way to countdown the holiday at home, […]

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Make These Rainbow Grad Tassels That Will Earn You Extra Credit

Inside: DIY Rainbow Grad Tassels Graduation season is upon us, which for some of you means a whole new beginning! How exciting! I remember graduation like it was yesterday, college applications, summer plans and walking across that stage were the only things I was thinking about. Graduation was the icing on the longest baking cake […]

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DIY Holiday Party Games

Holiday parties are in full swing around here! Between the office, the classroom and friends we seem to be shimming the season away. To ensure our parties are filled with fun and not too much of that awkward lingering around, we always like to throw a holiday party game or two in the mix. The […]

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My sneaky video trick

Last month, I took a short trip to San Francisco to film a fun party clip. I am not a crazy huge fan of video – mostly because I end up feeling silly and unnatural when being filmed. I make weird faces and often freeze up when it’s time to go. Here’s the thing, no matter […]

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a bouquet of plaster

I purchased a small box of plaster last week and went to work dipping a sampling of bright fuax flowers. Mixing + dipping my varieties took about ten minutes and then I hung them upside down for a day to dry. The flowers have become the center of our Valentine’s Day decor. This pink, single […]

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reason to celebrate | bubbles on the beach

A flute filled with bubbles on the surf, equals a perfect pairing to celebrate this Friday afternoon. Photo was taken during a new project that I am styling and will be sharing more from soon. The series is a collaboration with Carly Taylor who has quickly become a favorite partner of mine. Did you see […]

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DIY Concrete Vase Make In 20 Minutes

How to make concrete vases We’ve been having so much fun playing with some new materials this summer as we’re finishing up the book. This project could be considered a bit of an out-take if you will. Concrete is something I’ve used in the past but was reminded that, although messy to work with, you […]

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Glitter trim gift boxes

When it comes to giving gifts to co-workers, packaging is the most important element. Any simple and thoughtful gift will suffice to make your friendly office gift swap, but with the presents sitting on desks all day long – the wrapping is what will set your package apart. Whether you are gifting for co-workers or […]

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new tradition | gifted ornaments

We are starting a new tradition of gifting clear ornaments filled with relational gifts this year (like a month of date nights for me, or high tea with daddy for our daughter). We are sticking them way back into the tree and pulling out a bright piece of paper from monogrammed ornament balls on Christmas […]

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Animals For Older Boys

My boy loves animals. They’ve always been a theme in his bedrooms one way or another. Now that he is a little older I wanted to update the look from baby boy little animals to a design that would grow with him. I love the large graphic pieces in his space that bring the animal theme […]

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Chefman Electric Vacuum Sealer Review

This review of the Chefman Electric Vacuum Sealer is here to hopefully narrow down your choices and make your selection that much easier.

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paper star lights

The Fourth of July is coming quickly – as in, you have two days left to plan! Here is a simple last-minute idea that you can put up for the holiday, and luckily, it’s not too themed that you could leave it up for star-lit nights all summer long. I love the paper star garland […]

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a warm chocholate brownie

You make me feel like a fresh chocolate brownie, quite warm and gooey inside! Thank you, each one of you, for being so lovely about my big rebrand this week, it is such a scary process and you made it incredibly sweet for me. Out of all the amazing 182 comments left on the big […]

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colorful party garland and paper trees

Nothing beats a festive strand of party bunting. No matter what the holiday is… colorful bunting is always the right answer! Bunting, combined with a simple scene of white tress and peppermint striped straws, makes for a holiday centerpiece reminiscent of the north pole. This little set up will bring a festive touch to your […]

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Make A Sparkling Ice® Summer Strawberry Sparkle Cake

It’s getting warmer outside, and I am thrilled to try my hand at making a few new party cakes this season! We’ve teamed up with Sparkling Ice® and Safeway to design a fun Sparkling Ice strawberry sparkle cake that will easily take center stage at all your summer parties.

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fancy turkey stir sticks

I’ve never been a huge fan of the traditional Thanksgiving decor. Too much brown and not enough flair for my taste. Then I got to thinking – why do we always feel stuck with the same old ideas? We seem to reinterpret everything else these days, why not make turkey feathers pink, and fluffy, and […]

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Fruit Candles

A cake is only as pretty as what is inside (or on top in this case!). Adorn any type of cake with these simple fruit candles for a simply festive birthday cake. These candles give a natural and classy look, for a memorable birthday touch. To make the assorted fruit candles you will need – fruit […]

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13 Balloon Decoration Ideas for Christmas

There are so many ways to decorate for Christmas, but I have to say, my all-time favorite is with balloon decoration ideas for Christmas! Balloons are happy, bring a special feel to any holiday and can be put up super last minute. I see you last minute decorators out there. ;) Just because balloons aren’t […]

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A Cootie Catcher Perfect for St. Patricks Day

Inside: How to make a cootie catcher You may be asking, “What is a cootie catcher?” Well, let me throw back to grammar school days, we use to love playing with these during recess. We loved feeling like we could predict our future husbands, careers and if the cute new boy would have a crush on us! So to spread that playful luck, I’m going to show you […]

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Fun & Fiery Fireball Jello Shots

Inside: Fiery Fireball Jello Shots. Welcome to party season, AKA our favorite time of the year. Between hosting feasts, friends and family we are always looking for fun new cocktails to try this time of year. We’ve done a number of different jello shot recipes in the past and they are always a fun way […]

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The Best Gifts For Besties – The 2017 Christmas Gift Guide

Next up in the 2017 Christmas gift guide is a list of favorite presents for all our besties! I am so obsessed with all of the gifts on this list. Think I’ll go ahead and check a few of these off my own list because who says you can’t do a little Christmas shopping for yourself?!

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April Monthly Update

I know this is normally the type of thing you start in January, but it’s April and I’ve decided to start doing a monthly update here on the ol’ blog. When we first started this blog 7 years ago it was the entirety of our brand. That was WAY BACK before Pinterest, Instagram and all […]

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Super Fancy Striped Birthday Candles

Inside: Fancy striped birthday candles! Making a birthday cake feel special doesn’t mean you have to be a fondant wiz. Paint a series of rugby lines onto store-bought party candles and instantly turn a simple cake into a festive treat. I love the look of creative fancy striped birthday candles but often cannot find them where I live. […]

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Recreate project, stitched hearts

I have a two more projects from our harvest pumpkin brunch to share with you this week. The first, a hand stitched crocheted heart runner, topped off our breakfast table and lent a bit of needed warmth to the bunch design. Stitched heart runner To recreate: Find crocheted dollies at your local craft store. Fold […]

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How to Make a Unicorn Horn – Quick and Easy Steps!

One of the most popular parties I’ve posted was Carly’s adorable unicorn birthday party. All the kids adorned these simple and pretty unicorn hats that were a huge hit! I’ve gotten so many requests for a tutorial on how to make them and here it is. Your little ones will be over the moon, or […]

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3 Home Office Hacks

We will be sharing the full studio tour later this week! I can’t wait to show you. Working from home has always been a priority to me (even before I had a dedicated studio). The bright and large studio space was one of the specific deciding factors in our home purchase last year and it […]

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Bright walls + weekend links

We are in the process of making plans for the coming year (thinking about a move, but not convinced yet!). I’m a sucker for purging and moving. Either way, bringing in more bright festive decor is a definite must. Look at these gorgeous Cameroonian juju hats photographed by Brooke Holm. They would make everyday (even laundry day) […]

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happy new year + thanks for everything

As we round out the year today, and I run to prepare for our East Coast Style NYE party, I wanted to pop in and give a quick update and give a HUGE THANKS to all of you who’ve been along for the ride this year. 2013 was a really exciting and fun year for […]

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How to Make a Sparkly Heart Emoji Costume

Inside: We are showing you how to make a heart emoji Halloween costume. Now that it officially fall! We are kicking off our Halloween fun this year with costumes, pumpkins and all the spooky, but most colorful, ways we love to celebrate this time of year. You can see all of our favorite costumes and […]

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Can You Vacuum Seal Lettuce: A Guide for Home Users

Vegetables are not easy to preserve, especially fresh vegetables like lettuce. Some people often ask, “Can you vacuum seal lettuce?” Here is the answer!

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paper folded light strands

We spent the majority of our vacation last week outside (specifically at the Beach and at Disney). It was a trip that left me dreaming of summer and long nights out on the deck… under lights. I always try to gussy up our porch this time of year and these folded paper light covers are […]

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planet cake toppers and a milky way cake

A couple weeks ago we received a fun package of books in the mail. The new Ricky Ricotta series by Dav Pilkey & illustrated by Dan Santat. The books were immediately whisked away and it was literally a full hour before I heard another request from the twins. As new readers, my kids love books […]

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rolled bullet bunting

I designed this simple rolled paper bunting for Project Wedding and it has really brightened up my week. I love the look of bunting for celebrations, but get weary of seeing the tried and true done over again. This bullet paper version feels fun and fresh to me. Plus, it is dramatically easy to make. […]

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reason to celebrate | quirky kids

One of my favorite paper sites 1973 has recently updated their line for spring. These quirky kid postcards are a couple of my favorites. They would make the sweetest birthday party invitations. PS. 1973 owner Emma’s house is really gorgeous! blessings.

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a bon voyage to summer

Saying goodbye to summer is inevitable. The back-to-school section is reminding us all this blissful season is coming to a close. Before the crazy start to fall begins, stop and celebrate! Make like Alessandra; gather your closest friends and bid a gorgeous bon voyage to this season and the setting sun. Our palette was made of […]

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DIY Pom Pom Napkin Rings

Inside: DIY Pom Pom Napkin Rings Spring and Summer are the perfect seasons for a dinner celebration! We have Easter, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial Day to just name a few. For us, there are several spring and summer birthdays that require the most festive of dinner celebrations. Mine being included! These DIY […]

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Pool Float Halloween Costume

When I say Halloween. You say Easy! I am so excited about this year’s first Halloween costume because it is absolutely the easiest costume there ever was. You may know by now that I am not a fan of difficult to create, sewing involved types of costumes. October is a crazy month for all families, […]

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Host A Cozy Evening At Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chateau Ste. Michelle. All opinions are 100% mine. Between roasting the turkey and buying all the gifts I am in need of a cozy night at home. It must be something about being a busy mom, but I get so giddy when I find out I have an […]

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State cheese plates

Serving a good plate of cheese is one of the ways I love to welcome guests. It’s easy (just buy the ingredients from the store). Cheese, crackers and fruit – you can’t go wrong there! We made a recent spread extra special by adding in a couple of our favorite states in the form of […]

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giveaway | outdoor party supplies

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Lisa is our winner! Thanks so much everyone for entering:) A package filled with bright dotted invites, paper straws and wooden cutlery is a great start to outdoor entertaining this summer. Win this outdoor party pack by A Party in a Box perfect for the first official summer gathering. […]

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Dreaming of tables wrapped in ribbons & bows

We are finally entering the wonderful week of Christmas and I am just giddy with anticipation this year. We are having a party this weekend for a few close friends and then leaving to be at home with our family. I hope you are enjoying this special time of year as well. For our party […]

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holiday hoopla giveaway with minted!

(Ed note: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Mallory for winning our holiday hoopla package.) Have you seen the new holiday goodies at Minted yet? Minted has been one of my favorite companies for a long time. Their commitment to supporting artists and showcasing their work is so inspiring. Many of my favorite designers […]

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mint infused honey favors

I made these mint infused honey favors recently for Project Wedding and included a list of accompanying treats. The honey tastes amazing drizzled on a lemon cake… it’s a new summer favorite! Gift in small test tubes for an easy seasonal favor, see the full tutorial here.

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Sherbert & Spice, part one

Sherbert & Spice and everything nice… This ice cream birthday was pure joy for me to produce. From the inspiration found here to the invitations found here– it was girlie, summer, old-fashioned fun at its best and I am just giddy to share a bit of it with you today. Let’s talk about circles! A […]

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reason to celebrate | motorhome games

When I think of everyday spaces to celebrate in, nothing seems more promising than a motorhome. Jessica found a vintage one to redesign and I adore her simple celebratory touches. Wouldn’t you love to spend an afternoon playing games at this table while driving down a back country road? Photography by Jessica. blessings.

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15 of the Best Easter Egg Ideas

Inside: 15 of the Best Easter Egg Ideas This Easter may look a little different for all of us this year. With social distancing and shelter in place being the most talked about topic, it is easy to lose sight of the other good things happening around us. Although you may be stuck at home […]

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Decorating The Sweetest Birthday Cakes For Girls

When I start dreaming about what the best birthday cakes for girls could be, this version with sprinkles, layers and macaroons is exactly what comes to mind. A sweet recipe your favorite girl will love to have as her birthday cake. Rainbows, glitter, and everything sweet. It’s time to celebrate whatever you want with a […]

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Toothpick arrows

Valentine’s Day is a holiday I love to celebrate without going totally overboard – we are not doing Christmas 2.0 around here. So an easy element like small toothpicks with cut paper, that can turn anything into a festive food plate is a favorite option for a mellow, but still festive celebration. Top the kids treats for […]

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Interviews With Makers – A Tassel Maker

And we are kicking off a new blog series today where we will be interviewing some of my favorite makers, entrepreneurs and women who are creating beautiful businesses online. These ladies will be sharing some of their own process + tips and tricks you can use to recreate their beauty at home. I love getting […]

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merrymaking 6.15.2012

They say summer is a time to catch your breath. Are you doing anything relaxing this weekend to breathe a bit? With vacation prep, an outdoor dinner party this week and more projects then I could ever actually complete, my mind has been running full speed lately. I am looking forward to the weekend and […]

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ombre favor tote bags

Favors handed out in these bright spring totes will make anyone from your bridesmaids to your kids crack a smile. They would be the perfect leaving piece at a spring party, gift bag for a wedding, adult version of an Easter basket for your best friend or sweet gift for mom in May. With a […]

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27 Easy Party Games for Kids To Play Indoors

Inside: 27 Party Games for Kids It’s party time! Gather up the kids, invite their friends, and get ready for a day of fun! Games are the highlight of a kid’s party: they provide laughs and memories for years to come. It’s so much fun to plan out party games that’ll be enjoyed by kids […]

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easy outdoor candle stakes

I wanted to bring in extra light to our yard and was looking for something a bit more refined then the store bought tiki torches. So I made my own candle stakes! I used a small drill bit to hallow out the bottom 1/4 of a stack of taper candles and stuck them atop craft […]

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reason to celebrate | low lights and old t.v.’s

I found the portfolio of James Merrell while chasing a link for this gigantic aluminum bow. His photos are so wonderful, they made me forget what it was I was originally searching after. He has a thing for low hanging chandeliers, and now I do too! I think it may be my newest event obsession, […]

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edible balloon birthday cake

Celebrate a special cake worthy day with a balloon birthday cake. Made with edible balloon bubbles, this cake will be a hit at the next party on your list. In case you have a New Year’s resolution to throw more awesome parties, or be more awesome in general. You can check that off your list with […]

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25 Easy Handmade Bows

Although, the Christmas season is behind us there are still many reasons to give gifts this coming year – birthdays, wedding season and Valentines day are all coming quickly. Here is a roundup of my favorite bow tutorials for topping every present you give this year with simple, beautiful style. 1 double bow – creature comforts | […]

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Oreo mousse cups

While we generally like to do things from scratch, let’s face it: sometimes you just don’t have the time before your guests arrive.  We “cheat” on these Oreo mousse cups by using a packaged mousse mix…but we’ve never had any complaints. In fact, they’re often the first thing to disappear! To make your own “cheater” […]

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how to print on paper napkins

Tis’ the season for BBQ’s and outdoor gatherings. When serving outdoors I often use paper napkins, but ones that fit my style are sometimes hard to come by. So, of course, I make my own by printing on them with my inkjet printer. They are great to use for outdoor parties, and you can print […]

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How to Cook Lobster (fancy!)

Now that we are in the thick of summer. I’ve been thinking about a few things I really want to be sure we make happen. I know don’t live in Cape Cod, but I’ve found someone to teach me how to cook lobster because that is what I’m currently craving. Sometimes you just need a […]

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A Very Merry Christmas Village Cake

Inside: A Very Merry Christmas Village Cake. This very merry Christmas village cake is the sweetest treat for all your holiday festivities! I don’t know about you but we have a MILLION different Christmas parties we attend during the holiday season and I always love bringing something very special treat to each gathering. Part of […]

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Family Pumpkin Carving Contest

Of all the family traditions we have, the annual pumpkin carving contest is easily the favorite and the most messiest of them all! Every year, we head out to the pumpkin patches and pick our favorite of the bunch, and then head home to carve them. The kids draw on original faces and scoop out […]

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Our Laundry Room Reveal

We jumped into doing a bathroom/laundry combo remodel late this summer when I got a crazy idea that we might as well just go ahead and MOVE THE LAUNDRY ROOM! We have the bathroom downstairs on one side of the stairs and had a small funky shaped room on the other that was just being […]

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Tie-Dye Socks Perfect for Fathers Day

Inside: Tie-Dye Socks Perfect for Fathers Day Fathers Day is quickly approaching and what better way to say “Dad You Rock” than some totally fun tie-dye socks! I mean socks are the new tie, right? Dad can dress these up with his snazzy workwear or pair them with his awesome workout gear! These tie-dye socks […]

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recreate | masked wrapping paper

A care package wrapped up in masking tape. What a fabulously easy and fun way to give a gift at your next celebration! Write out your words with masking tape onto craft paper before wrapping your present up. Attach a small tag so your recipient knows to unravel the statement. Photography and concept by Tokketok

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recreate | handkerchief invitations

These handkerchief invitations designed by Kelli Anderson are my new absolute favorite! For a wedding they are so special. They would also be a unique addition for a milestone birthday, anniversary party, or baby shower. I love the idea of having a map printed on them, it would also be sweet to track the journey […]

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no-dye easter egg ideas

I love the Easter season and have a particular fondness for crafting and designing pretty eggs. I am over the moon excited to show you what we’ve come up with this year, but if you’re like me and have an inkling to get started on your eggs (today!) here are a few of my favorite […]

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A little Rue for your weekend.

A brand new design source made its debut this week, Rue magazine. It is filled with incredible artistic and design inspiration, two fun parties + they even included free printables. A lovely way to spend an hour this weekend. (photo via Rue Magazine) Could there be a better way to view rain? I just adore […]

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25 Free Handwritten Fonts

I’ve been inspired to write more letters lately. To tell everyone how great they are and connect on a more regular basis with friends. No matter how busy we get, nothing beats a personal connection. Continuing the free font collection series today – I am excited to share a collection of favorite free handwritten fonts. Perfect for […]

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12 Insanely Creative Advent Calendars

You guys… I bought a pink Christmas tree for a holiday shoot we had yesterday! While I play Christmas music early this weekend and continue to get in the mood here is a collection of 12 really creative advent calendars to inspire us all for the season. Advent starts December 1st! Did you see our […]

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Guest post- goodbye Ruffles & Stuff

This post is especially sweet to me today. One of my favorite people in this huge blog world has come to share her summer inspirations. Disney has lead the way for so many of us in crafty inspiration this year. Saturday marked her last blog post, I am very honored to be sharing one tiny […]

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The Best Chocolate Chip Recipe with Melanie Blodgett

I have a season of fun party-loving guests lined up and a weekly plan to bring you the best ideas for your parties, baking, crafting, and general life revelry. Let’s jump into episode #1: an interview with Melanie Blodgett. Melanie is the creator of You Are My Fave and she has some of the most creative […]

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Post-it® Notes office encouragement board

The winter is the hardest time to get motivated. The chilly morning air, coupled with storms and frost make me want to jump back in bed. It’s important for the ASR team to be encouraged and having fun no matter what time of year it is. We all know how severely our mood affects our […]

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how to throw a festive feast

Thanksgiving is almost here! And with it my desire to throw a feast of epic proportions. Whether it is the day of turkey you are prepping for, or any holiday meal, it is the little touches that can make it really great. I am teaming up with COFFEE-MATE today to share a few favorite ways I like […]

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25 handmade balloon ideas

Nothing says “Party!” like garlands, candles, and balloons. They are my 3 favorite ways to instantly turn a dull space into a party. I’ve loved all the creative ideas spilling out of the blog world lately for making balloons. They are seriously awesome and can be done at home and on the cheap! Here are 25 […]

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ebay curated collections

It’s beginning to look a lot like… gift giving season! And being a gift giver by nature, I always get extra giddy this year picking out just the right something for every person on my list. I’ve gotten a jump start this year with eBay’s new curator collections #FollowItFindIt. I am excited to be contributing […]

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Graphic painted party balloons

I am so excited to share these fun balloons. Do you know you can make any average party balloon spectacular with just paint!?! A couple of years ago, I created a fun these fun two-tone painted balloons. They were a favorite of mine, but I’ve always wanted to add a bit more of a graphic punch to […]

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Flag Football for The Weekend

Hosting a flag football party is a great excuse to have friends over for an afternoon of fun. I put a festive twist on our recent game by designing bright sparkly flags for the ladies and thick leather straps for the guys. Belt trim can be purchased cheaply at your local fabric store, and with the addition […]

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Annual Back To School Party With Fruit Snack Cakes

Every year we make a night of the celebration for back to school, making a fun dinner, serving a special treat and stocking up on goodies to help start the year off right. This year, to get the kids excited about school lunches starting again, we grabbed our favorite fruit snacks and made a lemon fruit snack cake!

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Styled. | the art of Autumn merry making

May I present issue two Styled. – the art of Autumn Merrymaking. Over 100 pages filled with some of my favorite ideas, people, projects and links for making merry this fall. The collaborative force behind this issue is nothing less then astounding. Thank you to everyone who was involved in it’s production. I am incredibly happy […]

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black tie sprinkle cake

I hope you had the merriest Christmas, filled with everything sweet and nice. We are having a really fun vacation, but also looking forward to hosting our NYE party back at home next week. In case you are hosting one, or bringing dessert to someone else’s, this black tie sprinkle cake is a SHOW STOPPER […]

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Colorful caramel apple cake

Caramel apples are our favorite treat this time of year. We’ve painted them before and used hard candy to coat them, but I’ve been dying to actually color the treats in bright hues. I am so excited to bring a bit of daily revelry into the caramel apple making business. Luckily, our local grocery store […]

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Sticker Decorated Pumpkins

I love easy ways to decorate pumpkins. I am all for busting our the knives when needed to carve a pineapple jack-o-lantern, but there is something awesome about not getting all gooey to create a gorgeous fall display. I know by how popular our push pin pumpkins are that you completely agree with me. Hooray! […]

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25 free colorful fonts

Since it is getting warmer and brighter this time of year, it’s the perfect time of to add a dose of color to everything in life – including the fonts we use! Here is a free selection of 25 favorite fonts that look great with a new coat of paint. Download them for free and add in your favorite […]

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How to hand font a balloon

We are continuing our hand font series today with one of my favorite projects. A very large balloon! Personalizing party balloons has been a favorite past-time of mine over the years (see here) and this project is so easy and fun. You don’t even need grand writing skills to make it work, just spacing and a steady […]

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Fun and Festive DIY Birthday Invitations

Inside: DIY vintage birthday invitations One of my favorite projects is creating fun and unique birthday invitations. These simple DIY vintage birthday invitations are one of my spring favorites!  I love the use of simple envelopes lined with pretty paper, creating a fun and festive look.  DIY Birthday Invitations To make your own – layout your […]

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challenge | cakes and cute shoes

Cakes and cute shoes, a party design styled by Jen Campbell of Green Wedding Shoes. I’ve always loved Jen’s design eye, the weddings she showcases are often my absolute favorites. Imagine how thrilled I was to learn that she herself is embarking on a styling career. If this scene is a preview I believe it […]

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diamond party garland

For the twins birthday party this year we had two separate party rooms – one for the girl, and one for the boy. For the girl, we focused on the simplistic beauty a diamond party theme gives. The modern geometric gem worked great to decorate with. Long strands of paper diamond party garland, along with geometric […]

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reason to celebrate | candle forks

A little something festive for your Friday afternoon. These candle forks look like so much fun for a birthday + they are on sale! PS. We are finally moving into our new place this weekend (SMILES), I am very much looking forward to getting settled. Have a happy weekend and I hope to see you […]

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disco balloon laundry

I think a lot about revelry in our everyday lives. Of course I love holidays, I think birthday’s are rad… but when it comes down to it – those moments are so few and far between in our year. I find such a thrill out of making the everyday a bit more special and fun, […]

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Citrus Inspired Easter Fruit Eggs

Inside: Easter eggs inspired by our favorite Easter fruit ideas! Nothing beats the taste of peaches, lemons, limes, and watermelon this time of year. Watching our baskets begin to fill with the new crop of farm fresh fruit is a glorious part of spring. Why not take that bright bounty to our Easter fruit eggs as well? […]

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Celebrating fall trends

Today I am styling a rustic, fall inspired engagement party- wearing suede boots and all:) The design has been prompted by the lovely fall trends popping up around us. Vintage crates abounding, I am using glass in new ways and nodding the coming season with gorgeous textures and warmth inducing treats. Hoping for a very […]

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Fun Paper Bag Costume Ideas

Inside: How to make a fun paper bag costume! Buying a pre-made costume for your little monster this Halloween sounds easy, but so are these fun paper bag costumes! The best part? You already have the materials in your kitchen. Grab a paper grocery bag, some scissors and ask your trick-or-treater to help out. Before […]

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Vegetable dyed tablecloths

I had a width of fabric and an afternoon to be creative with the kids before having friends over for dinner. We had just been to the local farmer’s market and came home overflowing with the late summer vegetable harvest. It seemed the perfect time to try our hand at natural vegetable dying. We used a mixture of beets […]

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Recreate project, dollie vases

I am completely smitten with dollies this season. I used them to make a hand stitched runner HERE and an adorable cake topper you will see soon. (photos by Jonas Peterson via 100layercake) This may be the simplest idea to incorporate them I have seen yet- wrap a few around clear bottles & tie with […]

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white board craft ideas wrapping paper

I’ve been on the lookout for white board craft ideas and decided wrapping presents is the perfect way to use the material. I love presents. Always! I love them even more when they are wrapped with pretty thoughtful details. Nothing is better than getting a sentimental note on a gift, a love note on a […]

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The Best Girls Birthday Party Ideas

Inside: The Best Girls Birthday Party Ideas Girls just wanna have fun… Right? Don’t get me wrong I love ALL parties, but girls’ parties are WAY MORE FUN! I love everything about girls parties, whether its unicorns and fairies to bookworms and movie nights, I love it all! Here are some of the best girls’ […]

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Statement Earring Fashion Cupcake

I’m so in love with this pom pom statement earring trend, but what’s more fun than these happy little accessories? A pom pom fashion cupcake in the style of the earrings trend, that you can eat!!! For my pom earrings, I chose pink and gold, because February is the month of love and well, no […]

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The cutest lollipop bunny covers

Inside: The cutest lollipop bunnies covers ever! These adorable lollipop favors will make an adorable showing this Easter. They are just so cute! Give as favors or keep a stash in the kitchen for yourself – hand the bunnies out in classes, or sneak them into lunch boxes for lollipop treats wrapped up in spring cottontail cuteness. How […]

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Reindeer pinatas

Even though we started the holidays a bit early this year with Christmas tree cupcakes, gummy bear cookies, and my current wrapping obsession – now it is definitely holiday season. I’m jumping right in with these fun reindeer pinatas. A similar concept to the unicorn pinatas, except reindeers! Because reindeers are the magical creatures I am […]

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Bathroom Remodel Plans + Inspiration

We have not one, but TWO bathrooms under renovation this fall! The first bathroom we did, (see it right here) was the easiest of our bathrooms to renovate. We chose to keep the bathtub, sink and toilet all in place and we just swapped out pieces making the renovation more aesthetic than anything. Replacing the […]

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reason to celebrate | creased folds

The perfect cloth to take your table from everyday to celebration ready. I love that you could easily get away with not ironing the creases for a last minute dinner party! Fold and Unfold digital paint cloth by Hay, spotted in Elle Decor. blessings.

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Candy Filled Balloons Pumpkin Patch

It’s about that time of year when we start dreaming of all the fun Halloween parties to be had. From classrooms to our kitchen table, Halloween is a celebration we get behind to enjoy any way possible. Although we’ve made fun jack-o’-lantern balloons before, this year we decided to give our balloons a little extra purpose and fill them with candy!

A candy-filled balloon pumpkin patch!

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8 Favorite Blog Reads

Every New Year I try to take a little time to invest in refreshing my blog feeds. I have a small list of oldie but goodie blogs that I still enjoy reading daily, but with hundreds of new sites popping up always – it is fun to find a few new inspirations every so often. […]

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Paint By Numbers For Adults With Printable Templates

Just in case you thought paint by numbers was something set aside only for kids. That is no longer true! Did you know that we can create gorgeous large scale artwork for the house using a simple and nostalgic technique? Harness your inner 8 years old and let’s get a painting by the number because […]

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Bright floral bouquets

Valentine’s Day is coming quickly. Nothing beats a bright colorful bouquet of flowers. Finding a quirky vase and gifting a beautiful bunch can be the perfect way to say I love you this year. I’ve never had flowers delivered to as a gift because it often seems too complicated. The few times I’ve looked the […]

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Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe For Birthdays

Nothing says good morning on a special day like a cinnamon roll cake. We have a solid family tradition of using cinnamon rolls to celebrate the most important days of the year. First day of school, yes! Cinnamon roll campfires, Christmas every year and even Easter with cinnamon roll bunnies. And now here is an […]

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fabric birthday crowns and superhero masks

With the twins starting school this fall, I am thinking a lot about how fast and fun our time was while they were mostly at home with me. The past 5 years have been some of the craziest and most wonderful I could imagine. And while we are a long way from putting up the […]

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reason to celebrate | Banderole pencils

These lokta paper-wrapped pencils caught my eye as I strolled around Anthropologie last weekend. They have a beautiful texture to them, almost too pretty for pencils! Wouldn’t they be great to use for shower games or as favors at a kids party?!? blessings.

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reason to celebrate | sun and bubbles

Each year the entrance of summer brings a slew of gorgeous light filled bubble photos along with it. This new work by Amanda Pratt has such an airy feel to it. The bubbles, light and placed in butterflys have left me completely inspired.

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9 DIY Teen Room Decor Ideas With Funky Energy

Being a teen is all about fun, energy, and style! Now that it is turning chilly outside we are getting ready to update our favorite tween/teen rooms with these colorful and bright DIY teen room decor ideas. Since teens spend a lot of time in their rooms doing homework, chatting on the phone, and hanging […]

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Fun Easter Bunny and Paper Fox Masks

Inside: The cutest fox and bunny mask for Easter These paper fox masks and Easter bunny mask are so much fun; they will be perfect little springtime favors for tiny hands to play with. And since Easter is coming up quite quickly this year, these masks are perfect for all the celebrations! We are having […]

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The Yummiest Cotton Candy Cocktail

Inside: The yummiest Cotton Candy Cocktail Making our drinks festive is always a party goal of mine. I fully believe that a fun and colorful cocktail takes any party to a whole other level!  Stacking out a number of glasses with heaping cotton candy is a wonderfully fun way to liven up the bar top. […]

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The Rule Of 12 Minutes

The end of last year and beginning of this year have been wild for me. With business growth and family things happening behind the scenes – I sometimes feel like there are always more things to do than I have the time for. To hold the current feeling of crazy at bay, I developed a […]

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The easiest pom-pom poof tutorial

These fun yarn pom poofs are perhaps the simplest and cheapest of projects of all, but one of my all time favorite! Make them in bright colors for an upcoming party or in white as a snowy winter decoration. I first loved them as hanging decor, then fell for them as whimsical cake toppers, before […]

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raw fruit layer cake

Tis’ the season for pies, cakes and sweets! Sometimes the insanity of all the goodies we eat over the next 6 weeks starts to add up. So why not serve up something healthy for a change!?! This fruit cake looks amazing and is an awesome option for a more healthy dessert. This vegan, raw, gluten […]

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cork screwed flowers

Use these cork screwed flowers to brighten up a beverage cart this spring. The painted corks will top any glass bottle nicely and bring a festive dose of spring brightness to a shower or party this season. They’d look especially sweet in mass at a large gathering’s wine bar or to brighten up a BBQ […]

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father’s day pendant flags

Father’s Day is coming up so soon! Every year I like to think of a new and fun idea to show Matt how much we appreciate him. Flowers don’t work (except rosemary on steak) and ties get old quick. This year we’ve been crafting a bouquet of Father’s Day pendant flags. They are a fun […]

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Recreate project, sheet bunting

A project from Monday’s beautiful birdie party – celebration bunting made from a sheet. Jess used a sheet she had on hand to create this gorgeous party banner… To recreate: Iron the bed sheets and cut vertically in varying widths. Fray the edges, then sew a button on the top of each section giving the […]

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office supply pumpkins

Creating pretty pumpkins without a carving knife isn’t hard with a few office supplies at hand. We used paper brads and pushpins to create these kid friendly, office ready pumpkins at a moments notice. They are festive,  and can be made in five minutes flat – for a very confetti filled Hallow’s Eve. Make the […]

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homemade zip ties

Today I am sharing this tutorial for homemade zip ties over at Project Wedding. They are an easy solution for making bagged favors more beautiful and could be a very simple way to inject style into your turkey dinner doggie bags later this week. blessings.

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bright confetti table runner

This DIY confetti table runner packs a festive spirit for your endless evenings outside. I crafted this bright version to bring a pop of color to a favorite grey corner of mine. It’s such a perfect party antidote to the dimming colors of fall. To make the runner simply load a few circle brushes and […]

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festive sleeves for fall

It’s this week about every year that I begin to shift out the summer clothes to make room for fall… A season when everything feels festive and fun – so our wardrobes should match that, right!?! Instead of tossing on last years plain-jane fall jacket, update the sleeves with some festive and fun details. A […]

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The Cutest Heart Garland DIY for Valentines!

Inside: We have created the cutest heart valentines day garland diy!  The only thing better than bright confetti garland is a garland with an added dimension to it. Don’t you agree? With its simple heart shapes and pretty colors, this heart valentines day garland diy has it all. An easy project to bring a detail of […]

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3 refreshing summer float recipes

With warm days ahead, we have been running to ice cream every chance we can. Although, I love Popsicles – there is something a special about an ice cream float. The extra step it takes to layer the ice cream, with a sweet drink, makes any day feel special. To make your own day even […]

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DIY confetti system

The sparkly and metallic confetti system made a fabulous impact this year, even taking over J.Crew’s winter window display. Loving how pretty they looked hanging in the windows, I imagine them to be the perfect dose of shimmer at an upcoming celebration! I created this DIY version of the gorgeous hanging confetti streamers for Project […]

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Making Sick Days Fun With A Sick Day Care Kit

Sick days are no fun for anyone! Whether you are the kid who’s sniffly and sad or the mom who’s taking a day off to care for your sweet littles, sick days are usually no fun!I’ve always hated that on a day you need cheering up the most, it’s the least fun day of them all.So, I’ve created these fun sick day kits

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pineapple honeycomb wreath

I am so happy to welcome March this week, with its bright burst of spring it is ALWAYS a sight for sore eyes. I am dreaming of all things warm, and there’s no reason not to revel in the new season quickly approaching; even though our weather might be still catching up. Brighten up the […]

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Flowers for your favorite co-worker who always has your back

With Valentine’s Day just a couple weeks away, the large bouquets have already begun popping onto the scene. While a bunch of red roses might be optimal for a wife, how do you make florals work for the rest of your list of likes? I am excited to be showcasing a bunch of easy and […]

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Fun Shadow Box Wall Art

Inside: How to fill a shadow box to make shadow box art! It’s a party! Nah. It’s just my house:) What can I say? I like a bright space filled with fun. I saw this lego display and thought… oh that is awesome. That needs sprinkles, confetti, and balloons! And my front room needed art – […]

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The Best Bunco Party Ideas

Inside: The best Bunco party ideas.  I don’t know about you, but there are not many things that I look forward too as much as our monthly Bunco night! It is a great time to gather with some of my best gal pals and eat, laugh, and play. We have been playing Bunco for a […]

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Fall celebration, pumpkin

*Welcome to our fall celebration challenge. This weeks posts will feature a few of my favorite event designers & their visions for fall seen through a handcrafted celebration. Enjoy the inspiration and share why you love their work by leaving a comment below- you could even win something rad, details here. Fall inspiration is abundant […]

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DIY Family Easter Egg Pictures

Inside: A personal touch with these Easter egg pictures! Add a personal touch to your Easter celebration this year with these fun Easter egg photo ideas! I love these Easter family picture ideas!. It is the kind of project that will make you smile to think of, and absolutely giddy to see completed. How I Used My Easter […]

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painted guestbook

After the myriad of watercolor projects this spring, I’ve complied quite the paint collection. This bright and artistic (masterpiece) guest book is a fun solution and would be a fresh idea for your next celebration. To recreate; find an old frame and fill it with an extra large sheet of artist paper. Leave guests instructions […]

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Digital Advent Calendar – Christmas Wishes From The Kids

Starting off the holiday season away from our family is always a little hard. So, to help make up for the distance, we are sending an Advent calendar of Christmas wishes from the kids to our family members. Remember a few years ago when we did a paper photo advent calendar for the grandparents? This is a similar concept expect way easier to execute, since it’s done 100% digitally!

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The perfect little chalkboard Christmas tree

We contemplated putting up a tree with all the trimming this year, then we remembered how quickly four little hands would tear it down. Instead, I made this perfect little chalkboard Christmas trees, stuck it under the mantel, next to the cookies and it quickly became the perfect family tradition!   To create this chalkboard […]

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recreate | pixelated cupcake stand

Loving this handmade pixelated cupcake stand Kirsten created for her daughter’s birthday. It was made by coloring hundreds of tiny squares onto paper and then wrapping them around cardboard boxes. A fabulous project, perfect for little hands who want to help with the next party design. blessings.

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The Easiest Decal Photo Wall

A few weeks ago I ordered these new wall decals from Pinhole Press – and they are amazing! We redesigned our family photo wall and I just cannot stop walking by, staring at it and smiling. They are perfect for renters (like myself) because they stick easily on the wall, and come right off to […]

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Painted Walmart Disco Balls

There is nothing I like better than a good disco ball. And I know I’ve shared before that you can grab Walmart disco balls for $10! They are the perfect size for hanging in windows and catching the pretty afternoon sun. I’ve seen so many of you guys jump onto this trend lately and it […]

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A printable party guest book

Happy Monday morning, I finally feel like we are coming out of the haze of being sick around here. This will be a fun week, I have DIY’s to show and one more party theme from last month to share. One of my favorite touches to the Sherbert & Spice Party was our printable guest […]

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18 Summers! A Blogging Update

Hi! How have you been? I am sure you noticed with the sporadic posting this past month, but we have taken the last 6 weeks or so mostly offline. Ever since writing this post on owning a lifestyle business and realizing I only have 18 summers (we have 9 left now!) with my kids. I’ve […]

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8 of the Best Burritos in San Diego

Inside: 8 of the Best Burritos in San Diego You guys… I am moving in a week, eeek! Moving to a place that, upon mention, meets me with the same blank stare, the same cautionary, “oh good for you” smile, every time. I am crazy nervous about it. Although, I have found out that Reno […]

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diy fabric twister game

We are working hard to enjoy the last few weeks of warm weather and bright sun – playing twister after school seems like a great way to do that. We made one of these awhile back for a birthday party game and my kids just adore using it as a daily toy – So I […]

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Metallic Streamer Dessert Toppers

There are still many festive holiday projects coming up, but today it is pouring out and I am home sick with my daughter. It’s a day in need of sparkle, so I thought I would give a quick nod to New Years with these simple metallic sparkler dessert toppers. Make the toppers using one of my new […]

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reason to celebrate | whimsical tea

I am planning a couple casual gatherings this season and one will be an afternoon tea. In my search for a whimsical take on the tea time norm I’ve come across Kuehn Keramik. The entire Alice collection is gorgeous! I love the playful nod to anti-tradition, perfect fun for a warm summer afternoon.

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Cat Doormat

Although I can never own one – because my face would swell up like a puffer fish and then probably fall off! – I have always had a soft spot for cats. In their honor we made this colorful cat garland a while ago that you loved so much! To continue the cat love (without […]

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Brightly colored funnel cakes

I there is one treat I cannot have enough of – it is the funnel cake. The sweet, sugared and fried combination makes a wonderful indulgence for any celebration. We’ve put a twist on the original version by using bright colorful hues for the batter and miniaturizing the portion sizes. Creating a new dessert for everyday parties, large and […]

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Sand art party cake

Have you jumped into the latest sand art party craze yet? I’ve really enjoyed seeing fun projects like manicures and chairs pop up online. For one of my favorite sand art party styles we turned a gorgeous set of locks into sand art last week. A couple years ago after coloring our own sand I decided it […]

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cactus stencil outdoor rug

Gussying up the deck was a big focus of our first week of summer. I was really excited about getting a big rug outside and had such a hard time finding one I loved. Instead of buying one I didn’t love – I bought a huge piece of AstroTurf from Costco and stencil painted cactus […]

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mirror backed dessert

A two year old birthday would surely not be complete without the addition of a few chosen sweets! The Storybook dessert bar I styled flowed right into the rest of the space, backed by a large horizontal mirror to show off the fabric ruffled streamers draping across the ceiling. Mirrors are a classic interior design […]

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Pom Pom & Garland Gift Wrapping

We’ve been kicking off the year with birthdays, anniversaries and even more celebrations. I love having fun parties to look forward to as we put away the Christmas gear. Since the holidays are over, I like a fresh update for my wrapping choices for these parties – because using the left over Christmas paper until May […]

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Best Food Vacuum Sealer of 2020: Complete Reviews With Comparisons

Vacuum sealers have evolved greatly in the years since they were first introduced onto the market. Today, you can preserve your food with a fast, quiet, and easy-to-use vacuum sealer that takes up very little space, and doesn’t break the bank. Vacuum sealing can keep food fresh for up to 4 times as long as […]

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weekend revelries | risen

We stamped an alphabet of eggs and have had fun making words out of the different letters. Wishing you a very happy Easter weekend! PS. If you need something to do with all those sweet candy peeps, I made a dipping bar last year and more Easter goodies here.

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6 Ideas for a Fun Girls Night In

It’s important to make time for a night with just the girls. It’s easy for all of us to get caught up in the stress of our everyday lives with work, significant others and much-needed me-time. But dedicating one night every week or every month to just hang with the girls will keep your friendship […]

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threaded napkin hearts

Popping in amidst the sea of challenge inspiration to share a sweet something from the Valentines party I recently styled. Threaded hearts in napkins give a festively crafty feel any type of meal. They were super easy to make and will be so fun to do for whatever your Valentines Day will include. Five am […]

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5 FREE Goldfish Valentine Printable Cards

To send cute Valentines that also have a snack you can feel good about serving your kids, try creating your own with our free Goldfish® Crackers Valentine printable cards. There are 5 separate options for creating a fun Valentine your kids will love to give and the other parents will be grateful to be given.

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Making Your DIY Lunch Box Cute 2 Simple Ways

It’s that time of year! Gosh, I always feel like summer just starts and then it’s time to start seeing all the school supplies lining the shelves again. Every year we get the kids new lunch boxes for school and I am always underwhelmed with the selection. This year we decided to take the matter into our own hands and have come up with DIY lunch boxes that are cute, personalized and so fun for the new school year ahead.

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Dog Birthday Cake With Dog Treat Candles

Our sweet pup turned six this month and we threw a little doggie birthday party! We made a dog birthday cake for the event with really fun dog treat birthday candles to top the cake. Perfect for celebrating our favorite pup around! These doggie bone treat candles make me just giddy. I mean a birthday […]

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DIYS For Girls To Make – 25 Colorful Ideas

I always enjoy creating, whether I’m starting from scratch or making something old into something new. And my most favorite thing to create is something colorful, and lucky for me colorful DIYS for girls is like my daughter’s love language. A little bit of color goes a long way, and a lot of color just […]

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Painted Paper Plate Garland

To decorate last week’s craft party we hung a fun garland made from paper plates! A humble paper plate turned into a beautiful piece of art that can quickly center a party in a seriously pretty way. I love the challenge of making something pretty out of an unexpected material. To make the painted paper plate […]

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DIY Marble Plates + Hello Fresh Review

Inside: DIY Marble Plates + Hello Fresh Review I don’t know about you but when it comes to planning weekly meals sometimes I get stressed. We all have a lot going on and being able to take off one of those many errands on your to-do list can be a huge relief! That is one […]

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Pine cone wreath

The use of pumpkins and pine cones in today’s challenge party was a lovely way to say hello to fall on its first official day! Katie is here to share her tutorial for the pine cone wreath chandeliers below… The materials: 14” grapevine wreath, ribbon of choice for hanging, brown hemp string, different size pine […]

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How to make clouds for decoration –

Inside: How to make DIY clouds for decoration These last few weeks have been filled with fun and adventure for me – I was flying home from L.A. on Tuesday and had the most wonderful thoughts while soaring through the clouds at dusk. The experience made all the little details of this job seem to disappear for […]

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The – I love you banner – is the perfect birthday banner

Inside: Making the cutest “I LOVE YOU BANNER” to celebrate someone special Do you have someone special in your life that appreciate kind words more than a wonderfully decorated party? Or perhaps, you want to add some special meaning to a party that makes it stand out from the rest? Well, look no further than […]

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Why don’t we… celebrate everything

We are prepping for the twins sixth birthday party tomorrow morning (they are going to be six!?!). Having a birthday during the holiday season is always a little crazy. We often end up with Christmas lights in the background, New Years confetti on the table and birthday details everywhere. Sufficient to say this is the […]

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Reason to celebrate #476

Welcome to a new year friends. Welcome to a great year for celebrating! I am thrilled to share this coming year with you here and I very much look forward to enjoying all the goodness in store for 2011 together. In an effort to pass on a piece of my style inspiration through this blog, […]

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reason to celebrate | wigs and wine

Before Jenea was married last spring, her friends threw a shower with the most fun theme, wigs and wine! Each girl picked out a different wig to wear, we enjoyed wine together and then took to the town with the new bright do’s. If you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with girl friends this year it […]

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Favorite Christmas Eve Traditions

Before we sign off for a week of cozy family fun, I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas! This is just the best time of the year. We have a number of family traditions that I love to enjoy surrounding Christmas and New Years. One of my favorite questions to ask people at holiday […]

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Colorful Turkey Thankfulness Craft

We started a family tradition when the kids were just old enough to talk where we’d spend the week before Thanksgiving writing down everything we are thankful for. This simple tradition has taken many different turns over the years from thankful trees, to garland, to just plain old list format. This year we wanted to […]

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Triple Berry Popsicle

I love a good popsicle. Especially the kind that you can really taste the fruit in. Nothing is more refreshing as the weather warms up than chopped berries in sweet treat form. Adding not just one type of fruit, but 3 different berries to this popsicle takes it from ordinary to incredibly celebratory. The addition […]

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a French wedding

The feelings of warmth and togetherness permeate right off the photos from this small French wedding. I wanted to share a couple photos with you as they evoke much excitement for the coming holiday festivities this week. Photos by Les Zigouis blessings.

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a flag football party

I am excited to share about our flag football party game this week! We met at the park and played it out late one afternoon – the winner even brought home a trophy (I think it is now an official family tradition). A perfect fall diversion for the cool evenings and long halftimes over the […]

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why don’t we – go back to school

The twins are starting school on Monday. It may only be kindergarten, but their school goes up to sixth grade, and they will be eating in a real life cafeteria, and having homework that must be done on my computer, and I just about hyperventilated last night when their teachers said, “the kids will have […]

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Crayon sketched wrapping paper

During our holiday at the beach play date we turned the kids into artists allowing them to color on boxes of white wrapped presents. We built a little tent which I have been dying to do for months, made it comfy with a blanket and pillows and let them get to work creating their own […]

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gilded bottles

Gilded glass bottles are a specialty usually reserved for only the finest of dinning. Pure gold on glass can be quite costly! I just love the look and am pleased to have found a way to incorporate this pretty style into our everyday entertaining. My DIY gilded bottles cost only a couple cents each to […]

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Birthday Ideas For When You’re Short On Time

It’s birthday weekend for Matt and I! We have the same birthday so we tend to celebrate together. This year, in lieu of lip-syncs and beach dates we are renovating a house. Matt looked at me the other day and said, “Hey, it’s almost your birthday – I bought you some floors”. ;) That’s about […]

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DIY Cake Box So You Don’t Ruin The Frosting

Transporting cakes to all the summer fun events can sometimes feel a little topsy, especially when they’re in the car. Have you ever tried to balance a cake on a cake stand while braking?? It’s a little messy. ;) Instead of juggling all that take a cue from our printable pie box and make a […]

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weekend revelries | it’s my birthday

Playing a bit of hooky and spending most of the day out frolicking with the husband. We are both turning 30 this weekend and the photo above is a snapshot of what I am hoping for- bright, simple and fun. Looking forward to a weekend of celebrating together, then with our family and a few […]

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Geryon E2800-C Vacuum Sealer Review

We’ve reviewed the Geryon E2800-C Vacuum Sealer to give you an idea how it works and provide the information you need to make a solid purchasing decision.

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Cute DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids & the Entire Family

We have been posting DIY Halloween costumes for kids and families for 7 years here on the blog! There have been many fun ideas and we’ve created costumes kids, adults and even babies need a cute DIY in their costumes. Basically the entire family! It’s been a blast and so many of the ideas have […]

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Gussied up balloons

If you are in need of a midweek pick me up, staring at pretty balloons is bound to help. The metallic ribbon above is a genius idea to gussy up a basic bag of latex for a birthday party (festive, right!?!). I am excited to be sharing this idea along with a collection of other […]

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let’s host an american flag party

This time of year I’m starting to see flags popping up everywhere! Memorial Day is just a couple weeks away. Wouldn’t it be fun to host an American Flag party? The idea is simple, bold and an easy one to pull off for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July… really any summer BBQ. I did […]

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double-sided glitter

We are planning a festive girls camping time later this week with a couple friends on our deck. I just love having a little girl to glitter up and party with (smile!). I’ve fancied up basic typed invitations with glitter for the occasion. It is crazy simple to do… place double sided tape, add a […]

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5 things to do with 48 hours in carmel

We took a trip early this summer to visit Carmel-by-the-Sea. Every year Matt and I try to get away kid-free for a couple days. We were invited to visit, and I am thrilled we went. It was one of our favorite weekend jaunts to date. Carmel-by-the-Sea was originally founded as a vacation spot from the […]

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Styled. magazine issue five | the art of merrymaking

I am thrilled to be sharing our March issue of Styled. magazine with you today. This issue has been great fun to put together. Sharing from the twin’s birthday is really special for me and the chance I had to paint in bright pink during Reno’s recent week of snow storms made me exceptionally happy. […]

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Vacuum Sealers: Chamber Vacuum Sealer vs FoodSaver

Learning all about a chamber vacuum sealer vs FoodSaver is an excellent way to help you determine the best vacuum for your needs.

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a merry hostess shares her treats

sweet preserves | packaged goodies | treat buffet | cookies | sparkly attire | invite notes

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Cinnamon Roll Waffles In The Waffle Maker

I found my new favorite breakfast food you guys… And just in time for summer. We tried something new this Saturday we whipped up a batch of cinnamon roll waffles which are great fun to make. After experimenting – we found they are equally as yummy when made from our favorite cinnamon roll waffle recipe […]

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(New sponsor) Garnish

I am so pleased to introduce you today to our newest sponsor Garnish! A shop that specializes in beautiful and simple party supplies. I love that so many of the items sold would fit right into a handcrafted party that you or I would throw. From paper straws, to wooden silverware, even knotted picks… If […]

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Spooky Halloween Treats We Are Craving All Fall!

Halloween is just around the corner, so we’re putting our favorite spooky Halloween treats together for you. Costumes and spiderweb decorations are essential this season, but food is definitely the most important part. This month is all about indulging your munchies! Take inspiration from these sweet and savory treats by dressing up your favorite snacks […]

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Paper Party Cups

It’s not a party until everyone is sipping! These sip sip and fun to go paper cups are a party in themselves. Print a couple with our free download below and take the party with you wherever you are going this week. The paper party cups make any scene more festive. Print them in mass and […]

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giveaway | pretty personalized clutch

Ed update: Congrats to Alison for winning the gorgeous clutch. I have the pleasure of giving away a gorgeous clutch from the Angee W. collection today. The detail and design of the L’HERITAGE clutch make it a wonderful accessory for summer parties and weddings. You can choose from tangerine, cobalt blue, gray or olive green […]

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Christmas Bingo Printable For Large Groups & Small

Tis the season of Christmas party games and these free printable Christmas bingo games (download below) will be your ticket to the most fun party yet. Playing bingo is obviously great for large groups making it a party game that everyone loves all season long. Playing Christmas bingo games at parties Playing Christmas bingo at […]

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Big Lips Party Blowers

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some pretty party blowers in festive lip shapes?! These party blowers are simple to make and definitely add some fun flair to a party. You can do whatever color combinations you like, maybe adding in some reds, magentas, or purples, […]

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fall market centerpiece

These amazing farmers market centerpieces would look fabulous rested in the center of any fall table. They are simple to put together using local fresh produce and can be happily eaten afterward, making them not only gorgeous but sustainable as well:) Melanie is here to share the quick & easy steps below. A fall market […]

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Valentines Day Backdrop Made From Fringe Napkin Hearts

Inside: The perfect Valentines Day backdrop, using fringe napkins! Valentine’s Day is just over a month away and in an annual style, we have a handful of fun heart projects in the works. Whether you celebrate with a beau, enjoy a Galentine’s brunch, or spend the day giddy over making cards with the kids – […]

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reason to celebrate | something new is coming

Making an announcement always makes the next step feel more real. We will be changing things around here. After the new year there will be a magazine launched, different from the others we have produced. Different then anything I have seen, really. The idea is a bit crazy and I am bursting at all seems […]

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wrap it up | for advent

This weekend marks not only the wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving, but also the start of the Advent season. I love a simple Advent calendar design during this very busy time of year, we used balloons! To make the countdown, I quickly blew up balloons and stuck sweet little notes of love and messages for festive […]

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NYE Balloon Headbands

We all loved the disco headbands from a couple years ago, so I wanted to bring back the concept this year with a NYE balloon headband. This headband is so great! It is basically like a party on your head, which is exactly the right note to hit on New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve Balloon Headband To make this […]

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merry birthday Christmas tree

Do you celebrate any birthdays this month? We have four family birthdays in the weeks leading up to Christmas. They make the season more fun and definitely more full. This year I decided to embrace the crazy birthday/Christmas combo and used confetti filled ornaments, velvet ribbon and bright candles to make a birthday Christmas tree. […]

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We Are Hiring

We are hiring! The last number of positions I’ve needed to hire locally, but these two options you can live anywhere for. Which is awesome. YAY! Our team is quickly growing and we are excited to add in a few new team members who love revelry and fun. If you fit the description  for one of […]

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wrap it up | with cupcake foils

For our weekly wrap session I want to share an adorably bright idea Machaela and Lotta came up with. They used shinny foil baking cups as wrapping adornments! The project is simple and would be perfect for your best friends birthday. See the full tutorial here. I am still in Las Vegas this weekend and […]

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sticker star wall constellation

It’s star gazing season! As soon as the weather turns the slightest bit warm (we cannot help ourselves!) My family gets quickly obsessed with being outdoors. The grass, the sun and the stars are all so much brighter in the summer. This is the first year the kids are really understanding the solar system and […]

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lemon favor bags

The grown up lemonade stand I designed for Styled. was complete with bagged favors that incorporated the fruit and lavender used in the lemonade. A recipe card for each guest to recreate the drink at home popped out from the tops. The favors were a sweet way to encourage a continued celebration + I just […]

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Best Vacuum Sealer for Mason Jars: Reviews with Comparison

Long gone are the days when food had to be stored in refrigerators in foil or wax paper in order to prevent damage. If you have taken such measures in the past to store your food, you must be well aware of the fact that those techniques would often prove to be less economical. And if you did not take those measures, the refrigerated food would soon turn into rotten food residues.  

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Park Play Snacks On The Go

Now that the weather is nicer, we love to run to the park after school. I don’t know about you, but I have a love//hate relationship with our local parks. On one hand, they are great for the kids to get out and burn energy, but inevitably… they run back to me hungry and crabby from all the wear.

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Flowchart for a party

I had the greatest time at the Altitude Design Summit last week! It was amazing to be surrounded by a hotel full of others who are crazy and passionate about good design and blogging. I presented on the event design and social media panel, which was absolutely the the most fun topic to discuss! See […]

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doughnut hole cake pops

My friend Erin threw the most adorable carnival party this weekend and she had the best idea. Instead of rolling individual cake pops she used doughnut holes! I could not wait to recreate them myself at home. They were so easy to make and pretty for a party or for an extra sweet morning treat. […]

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best week ever | bright summer flowers

I am excited to welcome a new series today: based my favorite VH1 show, Best Week Ever! To see all the inspiration, projects and ideas simply click through the slide-show pages below. Happy weekend. I recently spent a sweet morning with this girl and these peonies and was reminded how refreshing a bundle of bright flowers can […]

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Honeycomb stars

This post is sponsored by Pure Leaf. It doesn’t take much to brighten up a space for having friends over for a quick spring drink. Hanging a few bright honeycomb stars and enjoying simple iced tea cocktails make enjoying a quick cocktail moment easy and fun. With our busy schedule, I have become a huge […]

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beer bread

Beer bread is surprisingly simple and quick to make and requires only a few ingredients. It can be enjoyed any time of the year, serving as the perfect side to a hearty soup or with artisan cheese in the wintertime, or as a snack, sliced with a dollop of butter in the spring. It’s versatile, […]

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A Fun and Festive Jelly Bean Cake

Inside: A fun and colorful jelly bean cake! Jelly beans are at the front of my mind this time of year. They are little, sweet, and can really pack a punch when showcased in a substantial way. Covering a cake with them brings a huge burst of color onto the table.   In a simple […]

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tea party manners for kids

Teaching my kids how to act appropriately at parties is a high value around here. Having young children around can either make a party the best or the make it the absolute worst few hours of your week (all depending on how they act!). Last fall I shared how we teach our kids dinner party manners. With Mother’s Day […]

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Styled. issue six | the art of summer merrymaking

I am incredibly happy to share with you today the sixth issue of Styled. magazine! An edition brimming with floral inspiration from start to finish. It will be the last issue I release until late this summer and I hope it inspires you to stop and enjoy the beautiful reasons to you may have to […]

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Floating watermelon drinks

We are having the best week of vacation; mostly just relaxing at the pool and enjoying the beach. I saw this idea for floating watermelon recently and couldn’t wait to try it out. Drinking from a watermelon in the pool seemed like a perfect project for our spring break trip. And I am happy to report […]

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no-sew fabric favors

These no-sew fabric favors are the perfect way to incorporate pretty fabrics into a celebration. They don’t even require a sewing machine! See the full tutorial I designed for Project Wedding right here. PS. No-sew fabric toppers too.

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2017 Recap – My Favorite Posts Of The Year

One of the updates we are doing this year is bringing back our festive Friday list roundups. In 2017 I attempted to break the pattern for a more lengthly monthly update, but I missed sharing more personally here on a weekly basis. So cheers to hearing a little snippets of life on the weekly and […]

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Disco Ball Headband

With holiday parties and New Years Eve almost here, why wait for the disco ball to come to you? With this disco ball headband you can be one the one bringing the sparkle to the party! Wear it and watch the room light up when you walk in. Even if bling and dazzle are not […]

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DIY Mophead Tassel Garland Tutorial

Inside: DIY tassel garland tutorial  I love the skinny, pretty DIY tassels that are adorning much this year. Here’s a tutorial on how to make them with wrapping paper, and I love how they look on a bright white pendant. BUT, there’s something to be said about a substantial frill and it’s graphics ability to […]

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Carnation garland

You guys spring is almost here! Last night the brightly lit evening gave me great hope that the season is quickly changing. What better way to celebrate everything this spring than with flowers strung into a wispy, yet gorgeously bold, carnation garland? The carnation garland is a pretty way to brighten up a room for showers, […]

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Guy dollies…

Let’s face it dollies don’t scream man. However, I baked a cake last week for a friends birthday and was thrilled to find the perfect guyish cake dollie to place underneath. Green, choppy and no frills make it a great bottom for a mans dessert. An added bonus these cake dollies sold at Ikea are […]

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Jeweled Easter Eggs

I realize it’s a bit early to be talking bunnies and Easter, but the natural beauty of these jeweled eggs is so pretty I found it necessary to share. They will fit in perfectly at any spring brunch whether bunnies are present or not. I love the idea of keeping eggs natural and adding elements […]

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Whisky Sugar

Have you ever tried an Irish Coffee? This year I’m enjoying one with whiskey sugar added! It’s a great treat to serve in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Make the perfect Irish Coffee with the help of our homemade whisky infused sugar recipe! We created this sugar with the tastiest whiskey we love. It lends […]

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Friday dreaming… hanging crates

A goal of mine this fall is to spend more weekends dreaming! Taking time to let my mind wander, to dwell on things that are beautiful and true, giving myself space from the hustle of my organized week. I want my design work to stem from desire and dreams, not tasks and lists. It is […]

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miniature disco balls

A handful of miniature disco balls are glitzy accents that will quickly brighten up a wedding and are the perfect project for your New Year’s Eve celebration. Use them to top favors, scatter around the bar, or bunch together and hang for a sparkling centerpiece. Inspired by pricey ornaments I fell in love with this […]

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Host A Hot Air Balloon Festival Party

One of the best things about Reno that I look forward to year after year is the Great Reno Hot Air Balloon Festival! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I really do love my hometown. Reno isn’t where most people would think of as the ideal place to purchase a home and […]

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party hack 02 | candles in a jar

We are off for a mini-vacation this weekend to celebrate with friends the official adoption of their new baby boy! Is it just me or is this time of year one filled with a million reasons to celebrate; the first leaves, the school play, the new promotion, the anniversary. All the festivities can surely make […]

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challenge | a night of glitzy gold

A night of glitzy gold, styled by Cyd, editor of one of my favorite party sites The Sweetest Occasion. I had a chance to spend time with Cyd in Utah last month and just adored her passion for blogging and her drive as a stylist, you can check out her fabulous portfolio here. A night […]

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brass, cherries and old fashions with a twist

This week kicks off that wonderful, crazy season of celebrations. The time of year we open our homes and gather with friends to celebrate. It is always important during this time of year to be ready at the drop of a hat for whatever revelries might present themselves. I find the easiest way to do […]

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Cheerful chocolates…

If you ever needed a reason to celebrate, here it is…. (via black eiffel) Aren’t these chocolates fun? You can buy them here. I adore them all, especially the ones that say joyful, hopeful & grateful. They will be the perfect touch of sweetness for an upcoming shower or perhaps a cheery swing on Halloween. […]

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A Summer Ready Pool

Opening up the pool every year is like a national holiday! It can also be a lot of work to make sure the water is safe for the whole family to jump around and play their pool party games in. After all, it is the season of fun

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printable doggie bags

Feasting season is upon us and with it my desire for easy comfort meals that can serve a crowd. Whether I am dishing up dinner for a huge holiday gathering or serving up a small weeknight group of friends – finding quick ways to please the crowd is at the top of my priority list. […]

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ten year anniversary

In May we took a quick trip to San Francisco to attend a ten year vow renewal. We had a blast celebrating with our dear friends and they incorporated the sweetest ideas. I thought you might want to see…

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4 Party Hacks with Glad Press’n Seal

Hosting a party is always fun and a lot of work. Why not make the process easier on yourself with these 4 easy party tips? We picked up a 100 ft. roll of Glad® Press’n Seal® and a bunch of party supplies from our local Target to create a kid-friendly bash in under an hour! Here’s how we did it.

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giveaway | pick your present

Update: This contest is now closed. Congrats to Kristen for being our randomly selected winner. I have a special giveaway today from a new favorite site, Daily Grommet. Every day at noon, they launch one product that you likely have never seen before. Watch a short video as they explain what makes each find special, […]

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Recreate project- large word banners

I spotted these banners from Loro’s incredible wedding and I knew I had to share them. They are an easy project to recreate and give the most wonderfully drastic visual effect. (Photography by Clay Austin) I can imagine them lining the room at just about any celebration. Wouldn’t they be great with old-fashioned holiday song […]

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How to dye twine

I had fun last week experimenting with twine dying. I wanted to find a way to do it without needing any fancy supplies. After a bit of trial and error, I found out that white vinegar and food coloring did the trick. I love the subtle hues it produces. Perfect for wrapping simple spring presents. See the step-by-step tutorial […]

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The Cutest DIY Flower Gift Wrap

Inside: How to wrap flowers in tissue paper for the cutest flower gift box! I’m always on the lookout for fresh ways to update my gift wrapping. Tissue paper flowers are a fun option for spring (as a garland too) especially with all the spring holidays, showers, and birthdays well under way. This paper flower […]

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Easter Basket – 35 Creative Ideas

Inside: Fun and unique Easter basket ideas for adults! Easter is just one month away! Which seems crazy in the middle of our snow storm this last week, but totally true. Easter just wouldn’t be the same without a cute and colorful giant Easter basket filled with all sorts of goodies. We’re branching out from […]

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Yarn balls

Last spring I made these yarn flowers and immediately thought of how pretty they would be in a wedding. I altered the design just a bit to make them throwaways! Color coordinated and bunched together in bowls they are a fun way to say goodbye to a newly married couple this spring. Leave them with […]

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honeycombs for spring

I just received a huge shipment of honeycomb paper that I will be busy making beautiful today. Hoping the result will end up half as gorgeous as this vintage honeycomb! Did you know that you can buy honeycomb in sheets to cut up for projects? I am finding it a fresh medium for spring party […]

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How to roll anything in sprinkles

I know today is a holiday, but I couldn’t resist sharing this fun way to sweeten up treats for an upcoming party, a friend’s birthday, or a festive Thursday night. Roll your food, roll your cups, roll your vegetables and even treats in colorful sprinkles! You can roll basically anything in sprinkles, have you ever tried? […]

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Merry Christmas Quotes

We all need to add a little more laughter and joy to your holiday season. Here are a few great merry Christmas quotes to add to your holiday cards, favorite cute Christmas quotes to bring you holiday cheer and some funny Christmas quotes to make you giggle to yourself while waiting for that parking spot […]

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Why don’t we… brunch with mandarin orange salad

Inside: A tasty mandarin orange salad dressing that is perfect for brunch. Brighten up the weekend by brunching with a mandarin orange salad. Entertaining in the winter (post-holiday) doesn’t have to be hard. With long dark evenings and cold mornings getting friends together for a bright winter brunch while the sun is nice and high […]

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Printable Pie Box

There is not much better than a simple box of pie this time of year. When wrapped in these free printable pie boxes it is too much to resist. Whip up a batch as last minute Thanksgiving favors, or save the printables for a future party, since pie is awesome no matter the time of […]

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paper diamond lanterns

Bright paper lanterns are one of my favorite ways to decorate for a late summer party. They give just the right burst of festive fun to an outdoor space. I love to see them hanging them in trees and surrounded by candles for an evening party. Normally geometric lanterns are high on the difficulty scale, […]

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Painted Picnic Plates

It’s officially picnic season! I’ve always had a soft spot for spontaneous parties thrown in the grass. There’s just something about relaxing in the sun with friends that inspires all the good feelings. Creating a cute picnic area is easy when you have these fun painted plates & cups to pull out of the basket. Since […]

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DIY Graphic Floats

It’s pool season and having great floats is at the top of my summer party list! There are so many great options for buying huge fun floats, but many of them cost a fortune. So instead we filled the pool with colorful floats that have been turned graphic with a little DIY summer slang treatment. Floats […]

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reason to celebrate | stray dog designs

Although it is still September something about the crisp chill in the air has caused me to begin dreaming about the season to come. These bright handcrafted ornaments are fueling my excitement (especially the artistic pine cones!). The whole line is gorgeous and very inspiring for my grand ideas of paper crafting a celebration this […]

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Game night

A few weeks ago we had a game night, it was incredibly fun. We celebrated love (a belated happy anniversary) and enjoyed a fabulous evening with friends. I would definitely recommend you hosting one as a lovely and easy way to entertain throughout the coming holidays. We played games, ate sweets and laughed loudly together. […]

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2 Party Ready French Braids

When we are getting ready to throw our hair up and party – there’s not a much better style than the classic french braid. It’s a great way to keep hair in line while dancing all night long… and the simple braid helps us look effortlessly put together. These 2 french braids are my go-to […]

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a subtle revelry

Welcome! I am thrilled to be starting this week by sharing our new site name! A subtle revelry was chosen to express my passion of merry making, cheer bringing & party throwing in the most subtle of ways. I find it the perfect word combination to describe what pours out of my mind and heart […]

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Hi Five Valentine

I’ve had so much fun dreaming up simple Valentines this year (here are 5 super easy printable Valentine ideas). Printing Valentines at home can often end up feeling overwhelming, but these Hi Five Valentines will be a classroom favorite and are a cinch to put together. And what could be better then a Hi Five […]

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print press

I’ve had a couple lovely press features this spring that I wanted to share with you. The most fun part about seeing my name in print is how excited readers get when they stumble upon it in the mailbox or at the market. Thanks so much for all your sweet emails and comments, they mean […]

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A waffle bar birthday party

This post is done in partnership with Pam Cooking Spray. Waffles are a breakfast favorite in our house, so when my sweet girl turned seven, of course she requested a waffle-making party (a little Leslie Knope in the making). We set up a waffle bar on our huge dining table and let the birthday girl […]

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Gifted holiday inspiration

Just in case you are not quite yet feeling the holiday spirit for our Celebrate Joy Handcrafted Challenge– spend a few moments flipping through the new Gifted magazine created by Ez at Creature Comforts. (Photos via Gifted magazine) Just released today, it is filled with wonderful holiday inspiration, DIY projects and a special behind the […]

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Fun Printable Back to School Tattoos

Inside: Printable Back to School Tattoos. All the back to school feelings are officially buzzing around our home these days. The kids are starting back next week. I am as excited but I am also a little sad… that’s always how it goes. I am excited that we can regain order around here and the fact […]

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details in teal

Last summer I had the joy of styling a beautiful wedding held at Heritage Historic park. The day was filled with vintage charm and very bright pops of teal. A hundred year old church and sprawling lawns made for a perfect afternoon. The contrast of modern teal and vintage charm was seen throughout the day. […]

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Candy Girl Costume For A Last Minute Halloween

Why be a normal girl on Halloween when you can be a Candy girl?! This fun last minute candy girl costume idea will come together in no time and bring all the festive fun along the way. Hurry run find every colorful thing in your closet and put it on, because tonight you will be […]

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reason to celebrate | Quitokeeto

The wonderful pop up shop Quitikeeto opened today and I thought you would want to know. I love the idea of online pop up shops and this one takes the cake as my favorite. Check out their pretty supplies for parties from cake flags to sunflower oil.

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reason to celebrate | floral crowns

I have two birthday/party hat alternatives to share with you today. This first is very perfect for summer. A brilliant idea from Erica and Lauren of honestly WTF. They hosted a midsummer party and had beautiful buckets of wildflowers set out to make DIY floral crowns. The perfect combo of easy decor, a festive summer […]

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Festive emoji cheat sheet

I’m so excited about this festive emoji cheat sheet. I’ve been finding myself using less words and more emoji’s when writing. I’ve started doodling them in my handwritten notes throughout the day and wishing they were avaliable to use – always. Anyone else in the same boat? We even included a couple in the recent […]

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Handcrafted parties- In the rustic woods

I fell in love with this sweet rustic afternoon party the moment it entered my inbox. Combine a slew of garage sale finds & craigslist purchased chairs that are actually from a cafe in Paris & a girl named Rory and you can bet my little heart was aflutter! Thanks so much, Jana for sharing […]

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paint chip confetti

A festive use for that pile of free home store paint samples you may have laying around… Don’t have a pile of paint sample strips, you say? Start one today and in a few short shopping trips, you could fill a wall and make a very pretty backdrop for your next celebration. Use a one […]

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merrymaking 8.10.2012

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 We are headed up to the lake tomorrow and then packing up for our trip to celebrate my brother’s wedding next week. I have a crazy large family in New York and we only see them every […]

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Clutch winner + sponsor goodies

I am happy to announce the winner of our clutch giveaway is Jessica, congrats! Thanks so much to everyone who entered. We have had a few other pretty amazing advertisers join us lately with great celebration stashes for you to grab up.  I would just love it if you would pop over to the sidebar […]

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oversize wooden blocks

These over-sized blocks will bring a dose of brilliant fun for the kids this winter. I originally crafted them for the twins bedroom and they’ve received much playtime and love since then. Although the project looks huge it is actually very simple and would make a perfect statement under your tree or in the home […]

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A Paper Party + Paper Cup Wall Flowers

Summer is officially here this week and we are kicking it off with a party (obviously!). Hosting parties, BBQ’s and beach bashes is always fun, but it’s even better when you have no clean up at the end! Right!?! I’m thrilled to be partnering with one of our favorite stores, Paper Mart to share how […]

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birthday cake halloween costume

Halloween was never my favorite holiday… until I had kids. Now it has become one of the most fun holidays of the year! I mean – dressing up, getting candy, saying hello to 3,000 strangers. It is a 4-year-old’s greatest dream. To encourage the festivities, but not the spook, we are making one big ole’ […]

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merrymaking 5.18.2012

This week I have been organizing like crazy at home. We tried to split the twins up into their own rooms. I had lofty visions of redecorating for each of them in my head, but they were not happy sleeping apart (so sweet!). So I’ve been left with a completely empty room to play with. […]

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Huge Car Valentine Surprise

Inside: How to make paper heart car valentines for your love! Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and in case you are still wondering what to get your favorite person… I have the most fun idea. A car filled with hearts! Ever since doing our balloon filled car years ago, I’ve been wanting to do a car […]

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what’s your definition of pretty?

One thing I’ve noticed being engrossed online for the last couple years is that everyone has their own definition of pretty. Often times I will come across an item I just don’t get, but everyone else seems to love. I’ve also noticed over time my own definition of pretty has changed in many ways (I […]

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Lovely detail… a very large frame

It is often the most simple detail done on a very grand scale that transforms a celebration from normal to stunning. Four pieces of wood + a bit of paint can do it like no other. (photo via Ruffled) Lovely detail… a very, very large frame- Really there could not be an easier way to […]

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Dining with Article for the holidays

We host a lot of gatherings around the holidays and having a table that can seat all our guests is a #1 priority! In our last home it was easy to feel cramped in the dinning room, but here we can expand and host the entire crew, which is exactly what we like to do.

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why don’t we – make a spooky drink

As my kids get older, Halloween has become one of my favorite holidays. Not much beats the excitement of my kids this time of year – which is why I am jumping the gun a bit early, sharing this easy idea to spook up our drinks for the quickly coming Halloween season. Store the idea […]

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A Donut Bouquet For The Best Birthday Morning

Making a Donut Bouquet really is the best birthday idea ever. Whether you’re making one for yourself (happy birthday to me!), or for a friend, coworker, kid. Everyone will love you when you show up on the scenes with a bouquet of donuts in hand! And with a little craftiness up your sleeve this donut […]

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Hosting A Feast

There’s nothing quite as special as a holiday feast. From the preparation to setting the table to sitting down to enjoy the flavors and good company, it’s definitely something we look forward to every year. Did you catch my Facebook Live yesterday where I shared 10 tips for setting a table with ease and style?

There are so many different kitchen gadgets, serving utensils, and table decorations out there. I’ve compiled my favorites here to share! A resource for all of the things you need to throw a gorgeous fall feast.

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Text Printed Table Runner

Here is a really easy way to make any table ready for any celebration. A printed text paper runner! Perfect for Thanksgiving when filled with phrases of thanks. To make the runner, go to your local copy store with one of the following: a printed version of what you’d like the runner to say, a […]

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reason to celebrate | the stand

The stand in Brooklyn is a perfect excuse to celebrate the quickly coming summer. They set up at the Brooklyn Flea Market where you can visit and taste one of their 25 different lemonade flavors. They also cater locally and non-locals can buy their syrups online for hostessing. I would love to serve the blackberry […]

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Homemade macaroons

In an effort to encourage celebrating simply, my third styled Christmas design is filled with tiny hints of simplicity. Easy details you could incorporate to create a relaxed holiday with a little added sparkle! For instance homemade macaroons… In an effort to have this fabulously trendy treat but stay within budget, I decided to try […]

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a new use for kaleidoscopes

Happy Monday. I have a Project Wedding craft to share with you today that is is one of my favorites. Kaleidoscopes that do double duty as escort cards, they are really fun to make! Follow my design to give your guests the necessary seat direction along with a festive show of confetti and fun. An […]

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wooden ball cake stand

I am sharing a simple DIY for bright wooden ball cake stands at Project Wedding today. I love how introducing bursts of bright color into winter celebrations quickly livens up any dreary weather outside. The stands are fun to build up into differing heights for a festive dessert bar or place one layer under a […]

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DIY Fuzzy Sandals + Me Time

To combat this I’ve started taking little moments to create just for myself and to enjoy something sweet without feeling overwhelmed by all the things. Creating just for the fun of it can also get lost in the midst of a business like this and one of my goals this year was to bring crafting […]

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DIY Diamond Paper Wreath

I love a good wreath, I love to decorate with them and hang them wherever I can. I especially love creating new wreaths for each season to place on my front door. I look at it as the first impression for my guest walking into my home! This paper wreath has to be one of […]

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weekend revelries | newspaper shoes

I’m off for the weekend with high hopes of breakfast in bed and strawberry picking. Perhaps I will be lucky enough to have these newspaper bows made for me (so fun!). I wish you the most wonderful Mother’s Day and will see you back here on Monday. Photo by Kelly Moore via Jenn. PS. A […]

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go-to girlfriend gifts to always keep on hand

Whether it’s baby showers, bachelorette parties, birthdays, or teacher appreciation days – I am often looking to grab gifts for the grown-up women in my life. My requirements for girlfriend gifts are affordability (I’m often in the $20 and under range) and that they’d be loved and used. In honor of a week around here […]

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Romantic DIY Gift Boxes

Inside: A DIY gift box Simple favor boxes, a sweet note of love and a sharpie are all you need to make these simple romantic DIY gift boxes. They are a miniature rendition of the hand font wrapping and a perfect project to leave a sweet love note for your guests.  How to make this DIY gift box […]

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apple pie a la bow

Wanting to serve up a summer dessert worthy of festive party style? Stick to tradition and make folded apple pies, but mix the idea up and serve them each with a bright pretty bow! The miniature fold-over pies made with the simple recipe below are a dessert that anyone can manage and when served up […]

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Printable Father’s Day Garland

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend. If you are still looking for a way to let dad know you care – make him a banner! Hang it over something he really loves, like steak or a favorite record. It’s a simple way to let him know how amazing he is. And although I am […]

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Tape installations

I am thoroughly in love with the tape installation done for Kate Spade featured in her new book. See a video about the creator here. Her eye for color and line is completely gorgeous. Now I am dying to see this done for an event! How amazing would it be to party in a room […]

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Make a Wish Birthday Cards

I want all my birthday wishes to come true. Wouldn’t it be nice if that could easily be done with a simple birthday card? This printable card might actually do the trick! A little fairy dust and a gift card to their favorite store is all that’s needed to turn this make a wish birthday card into a […]

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stamping with rubberbands

Stamping with rubberbands is an easy way to update just about anything in our homes. The process is very simple and the result is festive and fun! A great way to make napkins, shirts and wrapping paper come alive. Here are six fun ideas, and a quick tutorial, on how to stamp with rubberbands. Start […]

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Stargazer Galaxy Balloons

Summer stargazing is a favorite pastime of mine. So obviously mirroring a party after gorgeous night sky makes perfect sense this time of year! These galaxy balloons are a great way to welcome in the late nights of summer ahead. Create a set of the star gazing balloons as a jumping off point for anything from a […]

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DIY Kids Fort

Playing in a kids fort is such a sweet memory for the little ones. Often the forts can be expensive or hard to make. But our easy as crazy DIY kids fort instructions will have an entire room filled with this fun distraction in very little time. We used yarn and a simple step by […]

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wire table confetti

Curly cue confetti made from bright floral wire makes a seriously festive party statement. I designed this project to share at Kirtsy today along with other talented blog friends. See the entire slide-show of party crafts and find this specific tutorial. They will bring a bright and whimsical touch to your next birthday table. PS. […]

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Tropical leaf garland

I’ve been dreaming about everything summer this week. The warmer evenings and the lack of spring break vacation have me yearning for a good trip to the tropics. While we wait for the season to change, I figure we can bring a little bit of the tropical vibe to Reno with this oversized funky leaf garland. The garland […]

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Happy New Year

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow will be a whole new year! Every year about this time, I reflect on the blog, plan for the future, and share a little recap with you before jumping head first into the next year. This year was really intense for me on all fronts, and I have to […]

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why don’t we… light candles in cupcake trays

There’s something about this time of year that makes me gravitate towards easy tips and tricks. My good friend Brenda recently shared this idea of putting tea lights in cupcake trays to act as candle holders for the table. Such a simple idea and one I immediately needed to replicate with the holidays knocking at […]

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catskill mountain wedding

Later this summer we will be spending time in New York visiting family, gallivanting around the big city and trekking up to the Catskill Mountains to see my little brother get married! All four of us are in the wedding and I am very much looking forward to celebrating with them. Have you ever been […]

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materially crafted – the book cover!

Ahhh… EEK… you guys, it’s so close! The book I’ve been working on for the past year-ish is finally off to print. Here is the cover!!! There is so much about writing a book that I want to chat with you about, and I will be following  up with more of it soon. I know […]

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host a gravy tasting

This year we are celebrating Thanksgiving with good friends. It seems strange not to be going home to our family, but I am also really excited about our trip away. Will you be with family or friends for the holiday next week? I came up with this fun idea for celebrating with friends or family […]

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Reindeer Pool Float Drink Holders

Rudolph the red nose swan-deer… HA! I’m so excited about these fun reindeer drink holders. Months ago, I found these swan drink holders and quickly had the obvious idea that they would be so amazing as colorful, flirty, Christmas reindeer. Serve an entire holiday party filled with these or set a couple up on the bar […]

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Creative Fathers Day Ideas

Inside: Creative fathers day ideas Father’s day is in a month! With school getting out and summer plans quickly underway, the day always sneaks up on me. This year we are planning ahead and trying extra hard to make dad feel special. Here are 11 creative Fathers day ideas we’ve gathered for creative gifts (most of […]

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money balloons

Around this time of year I sometimes start to feel a bit like an ATM. Between weddings, graduations, birthday parties, and end of the year events – it seems I am giving out a lot of… cash. To indulge my creative side, while still allowing the graduate to get whatever he really needs (gas!) I’ve […]

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DIY cut glass lantern

Inspired by this product that was out of my summer entertaining price range, I set out to cut my own glass, only to find that unless you are a glass professional or have a contact on the black market you cannot actually buy a small circular glass cutter (booo!). Instead, I found a couple small […]

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pinata meringues

Seeing how much we all loved the pinata cake, I knew there was something to the idea of hiding sweets inside another treat. There’s really nothing better than being surprised that your fabulous dessert is actually a surprise party, with a bunch of sweet friends hiding inside! It makes for the best birthday food. Since making […]

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a merry hostess plans a camp party

string lights | rustic centerpiece | gingham napkins | star gazing | mountain tags | casual chic

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painted matches

After posting the crazy beautiful painted match sticks last week, I had multiple emails asking for the source of where to buy them. I searched online but came up empty. Then of course, realized they would be super simple to make and a festive project for this chilly time of year. You can make your […]

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Pucker Up Marshmallow Lips

Get ready to pucker up for Valentine’s Day with these super cute Marshmallow Lips!!! This recipe is absolutely one of my favorites. The marshmallows are light and fluffy and taste delicious! They make great Valentine treats for your best gal pals, for the classroom, and as a fun twist to homemade pink hot chocolate. We […]

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pretty jewel giveaway

Ed note: Thanks everyone for entering! The contest is now closed and Laura is our winner! Jewelmint is offering a giveaway today for a gorgeous piece of jewelry from February’s collection. To enter click over to the Jewelmint site and sign up to become a member (its free). Leave a comment to let me know […]

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new blogging classes

I had such a blast teaching the organized blogger class this month. I think the most fun part of the class was the networking, like a mini conference, online! There are still a few spots left for the DIY class next Wednesday, where I will be sharing tips on designing great projects and most importantly […]

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Thoughts On 14 Years Of Marriage

Today is Matt and my 14th anniversary! I can’t even believe we have been married that long. Yes we are really that old, and yes we got married super young. Our wedding was one week to the day from when I graduated college. When I think back we seem like such babies. I’ve shared a […]

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Festive Friday – 5 Fun Things

This weekend we are headed to the annual Reno Hot Air Balloon Races. It’s one of my favorite events we attend all year – there is something absolutely magical about being on the ground, right next to the balloons as they blow up and release into the air. I’ll be sharing an Instagram story (or 5) […]

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Fall Celebration, artichokes.

* Welcome to our fall celebration challenge. This weeks posts will feature a few of my favorite event designers & their visions for fall seen through a handcrafted celebration. Enjoy the inspiration and share why you love their work by leaving a comment below- you could even win something rad, details here. Continuing our week, […]

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Unicorn Toast Halloween Costume

One of my favorite & most popular posts so far this year has been the unicorn toast creations. It seems like we all agree that our entire lives could use an injection of a bit more unicorn fun. So why not carry this fun over to Halloween with a unicorn toast Halloween costume!?! This costume is everything […]

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Christmas Room Decoration Ideas

The last two years we have been in the middle of some kind of renovation at Christmas time, making focusing on decorations challenging. This year though we had so much fun putting everything up! I’m thrilled to share our Christmas room decoration ideas and a few easy Christmas decorating hacks you can use to make […]

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merrymaking 4.27.2012

Happy Friday! I hope you enjoyed this week’s posts all about styling pretty BBQ’s. It seems perfect as the weather is really starting to turn here and I look forward to enjoying more time hanging on our deck this weekend. I hope you get a chance to celebrate the season shift as well. This rainbow […]

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animal yogurt popsicles

Last summer I was taught the benefit of freezing yogurt for the kids. In small dots it is easy, healthy, and became an instant favorite in our home. This summer the frozen yogurt dots get a fun dose of style – in the shapes of our favorite animals! It has made our afternoon summer snack times all the more […]

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bunny balloons

Happy Friday! We have had an exciting week around here and these little bunny balloons are exactly the bright dose of fun needed to close it out. I was staring at a white balloon the other day and thinking how great it would look with bunny ears attached. Right!?! So obviously, I dropped everything to […]

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The Sweetest Christmas Brunch With Sara Lee Desserts

Christmas season is here and our schedule is chock full of dinners, evening parties and the like. We wanted to get some of the girls together, so instead of competing with the crazy evening schedules we decided to throw a brunch! I love brunches for a lot of reasons. They are wonderfully low-key compared to […]

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Bright Beaded Garland

Pretty painted garland in a loopy formation adds a special, sweet touch to holiday décor. Like a string of jewels for the mantel or tree. Make this simple project by; painting small craft beads using acrylic paint. Each loop on the garland uses 25 beads and extends 4″ in length. Helpful hint: When painting, string […]

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hard candy caramel apples

Candied apples are a favorite sweet fall tradition. For a long time I made basic caramel apples, until I realized how simple it is to make a hard candy shell on top. The mixture gives all the sweetness of caramel with an added hard candy crunch – for an enormously special treat. The gorgeous caramel […]

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5 Scary Cakes That Are Wildly Fun

My kid’s LOVE the Halloween store this time of year, all the spooky and scary thrills them. We made a batch of 5 scary cakes for Halloween that have all the spook without the gore and blood. Instead we opted for pink candies, covered cookies and the best frightful cake recipes to surprise your Halloween […]

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paper folded gift card holders

Gift cards have definitely become my gift of choice for so many events, from weddings to birthdays. I love seeing friends’ faces light up when receiving gift cards to their favorite shops (and let’s be honest, they’re my favorite gift to receive as well!) The chance to go and pick out any goodies I want […]

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Wooden Stenciled Placemats

Craft these graphic stenciled wooden placemats to bring modern warmth to your holiday table. The placemats are simple and can be designed in any color palette you choose. Make the placemats by first downloading the PDF right here. Print onto a sheet of adhesive printer paper. Using an X-acto knife and cutting mat, carefully cut […]

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Bang… bang…

Happy Tuesday! Since this week is a short one, I thought we’d start it with a bang… These pinatas are just too much fun! I love how bright and bold they are (great for a grown-up birthday) + the top one could seriously double as a disco ball. If you visit the shop you can […]

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Polygon paper vases

Give a handful of flowers a bright modern touch with these super easy (and crazy cheap) polygon paper vases. Use the artistic display to center a table for a stunning and fun spring look. The vases will lend good use to that stack of mason jars sitting around from last spring! To make these polygon […]

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The Cutest DIY Envelope Liners

Inside: DIY envelope liners It’s the time of year I always start thinking about everyone I’d like to say thank you too. Our awesome teachers, mom, dad, the friend who carpools with me on Wednesdays. Something about the spring garners in me a crazy desire to thank everyone who has been a part of our […]

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Magnolia Wreath DIY Make It With Felt Today!

Inside: The cutest felt magnolia wreath DIY. This magnolia felt wreath has a very traditional vibe, with a burst of fun and fresh color. It’s a great statement wreath to greet guests at the front door. The texture of the felt will hold up great to the whooshing of opening and closing a door and the […]

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Confetti Cannon DIY For Blasting Every Party With Fun

Is there a better way to start any party than with a massive confetti cannon blast? I think not. I tend to be picky about my stores, but sometimes I find a deal like mini-pies or confetti cannons that I cannot resist. So we buy the cheap version, because it’s $5 and then we DIY it […]

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merrymaking 5.25.2012

YAY weekend! I am really happy it is Friday. We had a couple great meetings this week and I am feeling super excited for what the upcoming season is going to hold and also just a little overwhelmed;). Doesn’t it always seem like those two go together? Next week we are getting away for our […]

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Friendly ghost garland

Can you believe that Halloween is only a few days away!?! Time to bring out the last minute ideas. This friendly ghost garland is a fun way to liven up a class party, the front windows at home before trick-or-treaters descend on Saturday, or even an adult party with spooky beverages ;). I love this friendly […]

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5 Things I Learned (About Blogging) This Year & A Few Questions For You

This post has become kind of an annual tradition for us since we started it in 2015. Marking the changes in our business, this site and the general digital world year by year (2016, 2017). Last year was filled with SO MUCH GROWTH for our business and myself personally. I’m thrilled to share with you […]

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wrap it up | with streamers

I included this brilliant project as one of the 100 reasons to celebrate. I love it so much, I wanted to be sure you didn’t miss it. Wrapping presents in streamers this summer is pretty and incredibly easy. To recreate; run a length of streamer around your package and tie off with two bows on […]

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reason to celebrate | Walden

A party based on the book Walden, by Henry David Thoreau is the perfect match for an evening revelry. Plus bunting that may kill! Photo and concept by Hearblack for Nathan’s birthday I assume. blessings.

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31 reasons to celebrate

I am excited about participating in the 31 days of event this fall. I will be sharing from our reasons to celebrate series every single morning during the month of October (which starts tomorrow!). There are so many amazing ideas and such wonderful inspiration for celebrating everyday that I have found to share with you. […]

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bright and festive party garland

Some parties don’t need a theme, they just need a bright burst of awesome color. In fact, I think it’s the key to turning any space into a party spot – a big burst of whimsy and color. Which is exactly why I am loving this funky garland for fall. Just when colors begin to […]

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25 crazy creative fonts

Something about the transition to Fall makes my mind run at a super speed for creativity. I’m not sure whether it’s the impending holiday season, the cooler air (which is finally allowing me to breathe), or the welcome return of our routine – whatever it is, it works! To encourage my creativity more and to […]

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Spooky Fun Halloween Jello Shots

 Inside: Spooky festive Halloween vodka pumpkin jello shots! Halloween is obviously fun for the kids, but when the grown-ups get together their treats should be just as great. These Halloween vodka jello shots are the perfect combination of spunk and fun for the spooky night ahead.   Halloween Fun Our neighborhood really gets into Halloween, at […]

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Grilled Margherita Pizza With Prosciutto

We’ve been big fans of making pizzas at home for a very long time. Ever since we realized we could use this dough and cook a feast for our family for under $10, I was sold. But this year I decided to try out a new recipe from Pints and Plates and we busted out […]

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Birthday cake pumpkins

We’ve baked cakes in pumpkins before, but today we are making a birthday cake out of pumpkins. I’m obsessed with this idea! It is such a bright way to decorate the table or front porch for a more fun than spooky display. Stacked with sprinkles or layered with crepe paper, these fun pumpkins will give […]

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how to make balloon animals

I’ve been meaning to post about making balloon animals for some time. Originally I thought I would have a balloon artist over to share how to make them (but quickly realized the difficulty in finding a balloon artist in my area who looked safe – eek!). Thankfully Tenney, one of our craft assistants, was willing […]

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Typography etch wine glasses diy

A tutorial on how to temporarily make your wine glasses speak! In this etch wine glasses diy we use typography for a festive party statement. Because they are fabulous, easy to make, basically free and will give your party that extra touch of lovely- Add a word to your wine glass, or milk glass, or really […]

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Pizza Slice Boxes

I had high hopes that I would have a working kitchen before we moved into the new house. I was wrong. The kitchen is getting close, but we are going to have a week or two of ordering pizzas, which is fine by me – I figure we will just make a pizza party out of […]

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giveaway | adorableness for the kids

Update: This contest is now closed, congrats to Julie for winning the gift card! If you are still looking for gifts for the little ones. I am happy to introduce you to one of our sponsors My Sweet Muffin. A shop that carries the most adorably sweet baby and toddler items around. The entire site […]

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painted tip Christmas tree

I adore the touches of paint I have seen on nature this season which inspired this painted tip Christmas tree. A pretty living gift for that favorite teacher, the neighbor who always watches your dog, or a boss who gave you a needed day off. Buy a small potted tree and paint the tips in […]

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Vacuum Sealer for Canning Jars: A How-to Guide

There are many models of vacuum sealers that consist of attachments designed to work specifically for canning jars. Read on to learn more.

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long and skinny candles

Long skinny candles are a birthday party favorite, but they are hard to find and expensive to purchase. I’ve made my own before and the process is so easy, I am excited to show you how. The candles have a very homemade and festive feel to them which is perfect for birthdays and special occasions. These are […]

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Summer Grilled Dessert Kabobs

Inside: Summer Grilled Dessert Kabobs This post was sponsored by Kingsford as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Summer is here and that means it’s the perfect time to plan some super fun backyard cookouts! One of my favorite things to bring to a cookout is a yummy […]

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Miniature Disco Balls

I hope you are having a great week prepping for Christmas. We are excited to celebrate the holiday next week with our family and I’m also looking forward to ringing in New Year at home. I love the end/beginning of the year – not just because it is a fun reason to celebrate, but also because […]

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Spring Break Afternoon: Craft & A Movie

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. We’ve been on spring break for a full week already and we have one week left to go. I adore the chance spring break gives me for family time and fun with the kids. We’ve been crafting, exploring and watching long afternoon movies together. Finding crafts & […]

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Banner cookies

Say happy birthday, yum, congrats, or anything special with these banner cookies. Each banner is a cute party detail and a yummy treat tied into one special sweet. I love simple tricks like this, that can turn any cookie moment (from afternoon snack time to a milestone birthday) even sweeter! Banner Cookies Start by making […]

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How to capture creative inspiration

This post is sponsored by Intel. Capturing inspiration is one of my favorite things to do. Intel powered ASUS Transformer Book Chi 2 in 1 is my new best friend in making this happen. Noticing something and be inspired by it is one of the most joyful things about my work as a blogger. To be inspired […]

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DIY Monogram Bangles For The Ladies

Our leading ladies deserve something special this time of year. Whether it is a mom who has always stood by our side, a bestie who picks up every time you call, or a bridesmaid who is standing by our side – giving them a DIY monogram bangle makes a huge statement of thanks. Going the […]

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Reason to celebrate #521

A wand of star garland perfect for a New Year, sold here via Pinterest. blessings.

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party pumpkins

I am in the middle of planning our pumpkin party festivities for this year and I had an epiphany… Why do pumpkins always have to be creepy and ridden with black spook? We are having a party next weekend so for goodness sake our pumpkins are going to celebrate! Throw on a couple hats, add […]

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Threaded hearts

If finishing off a food plate or cake seems daunting try these threaded heart toppers I made for our recent Pumpkin Brunch. They are a whimsical detail for food and would look wonderful in a larger grouping as a cake topper. Plus they can be made in any color/shape that you’d like to see. Threaded […]

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