Apr
23

Margaritas 12 Ways

Margarita’s heyday – Cinco de Mayo – is just over a week away, and it’s the perfect opportunity to try something new. Why resort to the cloyingly sweet premixed thing when you could have one of these instead? I promise you won’t regret your decision to have a second (or a third or a seventh).

 

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Apr
21

National Card + Letter Writing Month

You still have nine days left to be a part of National Card + Letter Writing Month, you know, if that’s your kind of scene. It’s definitely mine, because there’s only one better thing you can find in a mailbox than a card or letter. (Money.)

 

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ROW 1: Hi // Hey Good Lookin’ // You Had Me At Hello
ROW 2: Text Less, Write More // Hello
ROW 3: Abstract Thank You // So Long Dachshund // Poetry Time

Mar
31

Countdown to Easter

What happens when it’s decided that Easter dinner will be at your place a week before the big day? You start brainstorming, of course. Thankfully most of the food will be covered by others, which leaves me to focus on the unexpected. The tablescape, the flowers, and the treats.

 

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ROW 1: Caramel Egg Stuffed Easter Croissants // Wax-Resistant Egg Dyeing // Brownie Easter Eggs
ROW 2: Giant Easter Peep Cake // Marbleized Easter Eggs    ROW 3: Floral Easter Eggs // Geometric Paper Easter Egg // Bunny Ear Ice Cream Cones    ROW 4: Printable Jelly Bean Pouches // Ombre Easter Eggs // Cotton Candy Easter Nests

Mar
23

Rice Pudding 10 Ways

Rice pudding is one of those things that you either love or hate, most people point to texture as being the tipping point. It happens to be one of my Mom’s favorite treats, one that she shared with me early on. I never really stopped to consider there being different varieties aside from straight-up vanilla, but it turns out there’s a whole world of rice pudding out there waiting to be discovered. Here are ten recipes to get you started.

 

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Mar
12

10 March DIYs

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Mar
11

8 Great Apps

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(Clockwise from Top Left)
WhiteAlbum / No edits, no retakes. Once you take 24 photos in the app they’re printed and mailed to you. Like a disposable camera for your phone.

Timeline / Headline news online tells part of the story, this app weaves events into compelling stories.

Next Glass / Science helps you choose your next glass of wine or bottle of beer.

loungebuddy / Buy access to an airport lounge when you’re looking for someplace to work, freshen up, or relax between flights.

Expensify / Hassle-free expense reports on the go.

Along the Way / Search your roadtrip route for cool places to stop along the way to your destination.

Run Pee / Find out the best time to make a restroom run so you’re not missing any of the good parts.

Weather Dial 2 / A well-designed, simplified weather forecast.

Feb
19

Hot Chocolate 12 Ways

Nothing says snow day!!! quite like a steamy steamy delicious mug of hot chocolate. Your mind might immediately jump to paper packets of the instant variety, but have you ever considered expanding those horizons? Real chocolate. Real cream. Real FLAVOR. Add a little booze, opt for white chocolate, brûlée those marshmallows – so many options! Here are twelve recipes to get you daydreaming about cozy fires and layers of blankets on the couch.

 

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Feb
05

Breakfast in Bed + After Dinner Dessert

When it comes to your February love game there are plenty of ways to go, but the most important is probably food. You know the old adage, the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach? Well I’m a firm believe in it. And as you might know, the best times to satiate one’s appetite is first thing in the morning or last thing at night. But no worries because I’ve got you covered with a dozen recipes for breakfast in bed and another dozen for after dinner dessert. Go forth into thine kitchen!

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Buckwheat Pancakes with Grapefruit Maple Syrup // Cinnamon Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs // Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake // Cinnamon Roll, Greek Yogurt + Orange-Pomegranate Parfaits // Cranberry-Ginger Jam Donuts // Date, Cinnamon + Vanilla Waffles // Lamington French Toast with Raspberry Jam Syrup // Mushroom Spinach Baked Eggs // Persimmon Cornmeal Muffins // Polenta French Toast Sticks // Sticky Bun Scones // Sweetheart Citrus Salad with Cinnamon Maple Syrup

 

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Blood Orange Mousse Tarts // Buttermilk Cake with Rhubarb Buttercream + Cardamom Cream // Caramel Cake with Apple Cider Whipped Cream // Chocolate Fudge Swirled Lemon Ricotta Tart // Dark Chocolate and Espresso Demi Spheres // Japanese Cotton Cheesecake // Nutella Molten Cakes + No-Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream // Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Marshmallow Frosting + Bananas // Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie // Strawberry Cream Puff Cake // Strawberry Swirl Brownies // Wellesley Fudge Cake

Jan
29

24 Valentine’s Day Gifts, Projects + Recipes

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ROW 1: DIY Felt Treat Boxes // The Getaway Duffle Bag // Easy Homemade Valentine’s Chocolates    ROW 2: Queen of Hearts Neon Pink Heart Vase // Graham Cracker Conversation Hearts // Golden Protective Hand Ring    ROW 3: Anatomical Human Heart Cookie Cutter // Gold Heart Print // Heart Wreath No. 1    ROW 4: Courage, Dear Heart Print // All You Need is Love Handcut Paper Art // I’m Yours 100% Screen Printed Poster

 

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ROW 1: Dip-Dyed Valentine’s Day Bags // Lip Donuts // Love is the Best Medicine Tea Towel    ROW 2: Valentine’s Day Polish Chandelier // Dear Valentine Stud Earrings // DIY Sequin Marquee Heart    ROW 3: DIY String Words Wall Hanging // DIY Valentine Award // Organic Heart Shaped Peppermint Patties    ROW 4: DIY Valentine’s Day Branch Tree // Conversation Heart Cookies + Printable Box // No-Sew Valentine Treat Bag

Jan
21

14 Valentines

How is it possible that Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away??? It’s the one holiday that sneaks up on me every single year. While I’m currently playing the singles game I still love to pull together something sweet for friends and loved ones – because who says that Valentine’s Day has to be purely about hearts-coming-out-of-your-eyes love? Here are fourteen valentines for you to share with both your lovah and your loved ones.

 

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Dictionarty Card by Easy, Tiger // Let’s Make Out by Little Arrow Studio // Happy Valentine’s Day by LH Calligraphy // Love You More by Richie Design // Main Squeeze by Hello! Lucky

 

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Mouth On Mouth by Near Modern Disaster // Nostalgic Calligraphy Set by Lindsey Bee // Ombre Love by Anemone Letterpress // Love by In Haus Press // Peach Scratch Card by Perfectly Put Together

 

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You Make My Heart Beat Faster by Happy Cactus Designs // V.Day Meh by Farewell Paperie // Love is for Fools by Ladyfingers Letterpress // You hate pants and so do I by Sad Shop