Apr
14

A Hoppin’ Easter Sunday

Is Easter a big deal in your house? Growing up ours always involved a hidden basket (one year behind the Christmas tree that had yet to be taken down), plastic eggs hidden outside, and a big family dinner at my grandparents’ house. Now it mainly involves dinner at my moms and yes, baskets are still hidden! Check out these 17 projects and ideas to make your Easter Sunday extra special.

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ROW 1:Easter Brunch Invitations + Stickers // DIY Floral Party Hats // Printable Easter Treat Bags    ROW 2:Easter Bread // Easter Sticker Buckets // A Simple Easter Arrangement    ROW 3:Paper Rabbit Bust // Easter Candy Bark    ROW 4:Easter Ice-Cream Sandwich Treats // Bunny Ears Twist Wrap // Origami Easter Bunnies    ROW 5:Paint Swatch Flowers // Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt // Happy Easter Egg Hunt Signs Kit    ROW 6:Easter Egg Terrarium // Washi Tape Eggs // Printable Iron-On Bunny Bags

Apr
04

Cheesecake 10 Ways

Mmmm, cheesecake. It lies in that polarizing area of food where people either love it or hate it. From this post you can guess which camp I’m in. My mom makes amazing cheesecakes, meanwhile I’ve never even attempted one. I think that needs to change in the very near future, and these are the ten front-running cheesecake creations for my make-it-or-break-it culinary experience. Which one should I go with?

 

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Apr
01

A Dozen Ways to Decorate Eggs + Bing Rewards

At some point my Easter focus shifted from shoving chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps into my face and onto the art of decorating an awesome egg. My mom and I have had a tradition of dyeing a dozen or two together each spring since I was little. I love our time spent together, but our go-to has been a box of Paas most years and I’m ready to mix it up a bit. Last year we branched out a bit by creating some ombre striped eggs and this year I’d love to take it even further.

 

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With Easter less than three weeks away, I started looking for my perfect project by doing a little research on Bing which is now iOS compatible. I recently switched my settings on my phone to make it my primary search engine, and to take advantage of Bing Rewards. Create an account for free and earn points that are good for gift cards to your favorite stores and other rewards by doing  searches. There are new opportunities to earn points daily. That’s right, earn points towards gift cards for projects you’re searching – magic.

 

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A bunch of colorful options popped up immediately and I narrowed them down. (I don’t like eating hardboiled eggs, so keeping them edible wasn’t necessary.) I ended up with a dozen keepers that are in the running and currently being passed on to the deciding deity – my mom – for a final decision. Which is your favorite?

ROW 1:Hibiscus Dyed Eggs // All-Natural Dyed Eggs // DIY Easter Egg Decorations    ROW 2: Marbelized Easter Eggs // Easter Egg Pinatas // DIY Kool-Aid Easter Eggs    ROW 3:DIY Gold Leaf Eggs // Watercolor Easter Eggs // DIY Fruity French Easter Eggs    ROW 4: Marble Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid // Dot Design Easter Eggs // Sharpie Tie Dye Easter Eggs

 

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Mar
19

11 Apps Worth Your While

So many apps, so little time! I have to admit, I generally rely on the advice of others who’ve bought before to lead me in the right direction. For some reason I’m drawn to weather apps more than any other – I love clicking into each one to see if they’re predicting the same thing outdoors. I also really love travel apps that can keep me on schedule. What are your favorites?

 

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ROW 1:Authentic Weather // Clear // Conditions    ROW 2:Flying // Giffer
ROW 3:Just Landed // Notegraphy // Over    ROW 4:Wake // Weather Puppy // Yahoo Weather

Mar
13

It’s Almost Pi Day: 10 Pie Recipes

My original plan was to bake the most amazing pie for you guys to celebrate Pi Day tomorrow. But some unexpected moving/real estate biz-nass got in the way of that, so the obvious next best thing was to share ten recipes I’m hoping someone makes me. (Okay, that would be crazy. Maybe just five of them.) Without further ado, ten Pi Day pies!

 

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Mar
06

Macaroni and Cheese 10 Ways

Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food, hands down. Filling pasta, gooey cheese, and enough carbs to put you into an after dinner coma. It’s just so good. But if your go-to is a box of neon orange Kraft you’re missing out in a big way. Here are ten homemade versions of the stuff that will take your comfort to a whole ‘nother level.

 

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Mar
05

Spring Fever Wishlist

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1. A pair of mid-length deconstructed denim shorts that can be worn with tights on cool days.

2. A set of simple circle studs that can be worn with anything.

3. A knit sweater with a sweet 60s neckline to layer or wear alone in lieu of a jacket.

4. A pair of black peep toe flats for those extra warm days that warrant a little skin shown.

5. The perfect sized boho bag to stash the essentials, along with whatever else.

6. A double-wrap cuff in a whispery pink as a hello to spring colors.

7. A pair of booties with extra character to pair with skirts and dresses.

8. A slouchy pair of tapered drawstring pants, because comfort is key.

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Feb
14

Big Storage Baskets

For me, 2014 is quickly becoming the year of the large basket. How have I never realized they’re perfect for just about everything? Use one to house an indoor tree’s ugly plastic planter, grab another to store rolled up blankets in the living room, and put yet another next to your bed filled with magazines and books. The possibilities are endless as are the options, take a look at 14 of our favorites below.

 

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ROW 1: Decorative Woven Storage Basket // Blue and White Basket // Bright Band 2 Handle Basket    ROW 2: Snake Charmers Storage Baskets // Bolga Baskets // MAFFENS Basket    ROW 3: African Senegalese Lidded Mini Storage Basket // Load Bearing Round Storage Bin    ROW 4: Black Round Jute Bins // Round Belly Baskets (Set of 2) // Light House Braided Basket    ROW 5: Blue Anansi Bolga Basket // Haute on the Range Basket // Yellow-White Stripe Laundry Hamper

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Feb
06

10 Delicious Tacos

Let’s face facts, tacos are delicious. They’re delicious any time and any place, but for some unknown reason they’re best in winter for me. Maybe it’s the spices, maybe it’s their versatility and ease, but it’s probably the comfort level. My all-time favorite is a solid SoCal fish taco, but I’m generally up for anything that doesn’t contain weird animal parts. Here are ten that I’m hoping to try ASAP!

 

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Feb
05

Valentines – Part 3

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1.I Love You   2.Fox Love   3.Be Mine   4.Nerd Love (Dopamine)   5.Truly Madly Deeply   6.I Like You Fox   7.Love In Flight   8.Love-O-Meter   9.Love Ticket   10.Be Mine Heart