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Cute Valentine Art from Minted and How to Decorate a Valentine Mantel

A few weeks ago at Alt I had the chance to take an up close and personal look at Minted’s art.  Have you seen it before?  As someone who regularly creates printables for you all and art prints, I always wondered how their printed material looked…paper quality (that’s huge for me!) and the color quality.  … Read more

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DIY Crafts: Twig and Felt Valentine Arrows

I was walking through Macy’s yesterday and their valentine campaign ads stuck out at me.  I know it sounds crazy, but I never know when inspiration is going to hit! 🙂  The tag line was “follow your heart.”  Instantly I thought of following…what do you follow?  Arrows that point you in the right direction!  An idea … Read more

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DIY Felted Garland Tutorial

I’m sure you’ve seen them all over the internet. The cute, DIY felted garlands using felted balls and fun shapes decorating kid’s rooms, mantels, Christmas trees…you name it. Did you know they are super easy to make? Well, I’m here to show you how you can make your own in minutes. Don’t buy a felted … Read more

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Sweets: Magical Mini Cakes

Everything is more darling in miniature form, don’t you think? This sweet cake is a simple little show stopper! Bake your favorite cake recipe and take a circular cookie cutter or a round glass and cut several layers. Frost between each layer and stack! Wouldn’t this cake be the most perfect 1st birthday dessert for … Read more

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Sweets: Cake Pan Preparation

How many cake pans do you own that have been turned dark and sticky from cooking spray? I’ve owned a million. I thought cooking spray was the best way to go for years and years. Once I started baking professionally, I decided it was time to get serious, get new pans and figure out a … Read more

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Super Bowl Party Food: Rice Krispy Footballs

Well, the teams are set and the Super Bowl is on in just over a week.  You know I love any excuse to party, so we are starting the party prep around here early this year. 😉  Are we really excited about football, or are we most excited about the food that comes with it? … Read more

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Sweets: Red Velvet Bliss

Raise your hand if you’re a fan of red velvet desserts! I’ve got both my hands up. Ordering this southern classic is easy as pie, but getting that bakery quality red velvet flavor and coloring is a whole other challenge. Until now. Let me introduce you to the cheat of the century. LorAnn’s Red Velvet … Read more

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DIY Glittered Party Bottles : Fun DIY Party Ideas

I must have been living under a rock, because I have never seen these adorable little mini Martinelli’s bottles.  Even my husband said he’s seen them a million times…where have I been??  These DIY Glittered Party Bottles are one of the easiest DIY party ideas, and it is SURE to get a lot of oohs … Read more

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Confetti Cake DIY: Make this Amazing Dessert and Surprise Your Guests

I’m always on the hunt for new and fun cake ideas, and I’m obsessed with anything that resembles confetti, glitter or sprinkles, so this cake is pretty much perfection in my eyes.  This simple confetti cake trick will leave a lasting impression on your guests, and it makes the perfect centerpiece for any dessert table! … Read more

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DIY Garland with Gold Polka Dots

You guys!  Are you ready for one of the easiest DIY projects on the planet?  This DIY garland is it!  You only need two things and about 2 minutes to put this together.  I made it for the Shutterfly Baby Shower, and I’ve also used it for gift wrapping (you can see it in this … Read more

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Sparkling Cider Pound Cake with Cider Glaze

Who says sparkling cider is just for drinking and toasting? Why not for dessert too? I had so much fun trying out the recipe for this little Sparkling Cider pound cake created by Nikki from Chef In Training.  It’s perfect for a holiday party or to celebrate the New Year with! The glaze is deliciously … Read more

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DIY Christmas Crafts: Gift Card Holder

Are you giving gift cards this year for Christmas?  Here’s a quick and easy DIY Christmas Crafts Gift Card Holder that will make them look like something extra special.   MATERIALS Plain Bags Permanent Ink Rubber Stamp of Your Choice Crinkle Paper A gift Card I found this cute stamp at Michaels last year, but … Read more

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Delicious Peppermint Bark Recipe

Peppermint bark is one of the reasons I get up in the morning during the gloomy days of winter! Creamy white and milk chocolate topped with crisp and cool peppermint is a dreamy, delicious way to spread holiday cheer! This Peppermint Bark recipe is so simple to make, you don’t even need those tricky little … Read more

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German Glass Glitter DIY Monogram Ornaments

I have a new obsession.  Don’t worry.  It still involves glitter. 😉  I have been wanting to make something with German Glass Glitter for years now, but for whatever reason, I just haven’t gotten around to it.  I love the chunky-ness of it and the vintage feel.  As an added bonus, it catches the light … Read more

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Sweets: The gift that keeps on giving… MomoFuku Cookies frozen cookie dough

This week we’re talking sweets with staying power. We’re talking frozen cookie dough; and not just any frozen cookie dough, but the NYC’s Momofuku Milk Bar Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow cookie dough. Homemade, pre-scooped and fabulous for gift giving! Your friends and family can make fresh baked cookies anytime they want with your beautifully prepared … Read more

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DIY Kid’s Christmas Party Ideas

In case you haven’t noticed, I love these little bottles.  They are SO cute, the perfect size for drinks, super sturdy plastic (so you can wash and re-use if you want, but also don’t feel guilty throwing them away if you don’t want to wash them) that makes them great for kid’s party drinks…and my … Read more

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Sweets: How to Frost a Cupcake!

Ever wonder how your favorite bakery frosts their cupcakes so perfectly? It isn’t as hard as you might think. You just need the right tools, equipment and technique! The tools and equipment are affordable and easy to find, and in just a few short steps I can show you how to get the professional look … Read more

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DIY: How to Make Coffee Filter Banner

When I hosted the Nancy Drew party for my daughter this summer, I made a quick and easy coffee filter banner.  It’s super easy and would be so cute as a Christmas banner!  The best part about these is that they are inexpensive, easy and can be made with just about anything.  It’s all about the … Read more

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Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe

If you’re anything like me, you’re not quite ready to release your firm grip on pumpkin season. Sure, Christmas is everywhere, but it’s still November and I’m dedicating this month to warm, spiced desserts! My sweet friend, Maggie, shared this recipe with me last year and it’s my go to for something delicious and autumn … Read more

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Sweets: DIY Cute Nutella Hand Pies

Everyone knows that everything is better with Nutella. Pair a little of this incredible chocolate hazelnut spread with puff pastry, and you’ve got a simple, rock star dessert in no time! Here are our ingredients (not pictured, one egg): Start by laying out puff pastry on a flat, lightly floured surface, and use any shape … Read more

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Sweets: Foolproof Caramel Apples

Have you ever made homemade caramel apples, only to have the delicious caramel slide off the apple? There are different ways to make sure that doesn’t happen, but I’ve got a secret for you that will make your life so much easier! Sandpaper. Yes, I said sandpaper. Simply run the sandpaper over the entire surface … Read more

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Sweets: DIY Halloween Meringue Ghosts

As Halloween quickly approaches there’s just one question you need to ask yourself. Who doesn’t love a friendly little ghost? These little darlings are easy to make, delicious on their own, and also double as the perfect topper for a cake or cupcakes.   These little cuties are spooky, sweet and delicious! Enjoy! To see … Read more

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DIY: Spooky Halloween Spider Ice Cubes and Black Sugar Rimmed Glasses

Here’s a quick and easy way to spookify your Halloween meal.  Spider Ice Cubes!  It’s SO simple, you can’t help but make them. All you need…an ice cube tray, water and some plastic spiders. 🙂  Fill the ice cube tray, add spiders and freeze.  Serve in your favorite beverage…I liked the idea of 7up or … Read more

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Sweets: Two Ways to Dress Up Your Fall Desserts

You don’t have to be an experienced baker to add a little style to your fall desserts! All it takes are a few extra ingredients from the store, and you’re in business! I’ve made a pumpkin spice cake with maple frosting, but a boxed cake and frosting would work beautifully here as well. After completely … Read more

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DIY:Modern Gold Leaf Abstract Vases

For Ashley’s baptism a few weeks ago, I wanted to try something new.  I was wandering the aisles of Michaels one day and ran across these Martha Stewart Foil Transfer sheets. Have you seen them?  I thought it might be neat to try so I grabbed the supplies and came home to try it out.  The … Read more

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How To Keep Photos Organized On Your Computer

I have been wanting to tackle this post forever! I am excited to share with you all how I keep my thousands upon thousands of photos organized on my computer. As many of you know, I started out as a photographer many years ago, and as soon as digital SLRs came on the scene and … Read more

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DIY Doormat : Welcome Mat Ideas

If you are even as close to as big of a fan of Amazon as we our at our house, then hopefully you will find today’s post funny.  I am always excited to do anything where I get to team up with a group of talented bloggers and share ideas.  I love creating for the … Read more

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Heart Shaped Decorations to Make : Wood Button Heart

It’s that time of year when we are all looking for red and pink decor and fun heart shaped decorations to make.  This wood button heart craft is my three favorite things: fun, easy and cute.  In only a matter of minutes and with just a few supplies, many of which you probably already have … Read more

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Easy Cake Topper Ideas: Hollywood Cake Topper

Hollywood award season is upon us and the next many Sunday nights will be full of glitz and glamour.  When it comes to Oscar party ideas I don’t know about you guys, but I love any good excuse to get people together and eat yummy food!  My idea of an Oscar themed party is to … Read more

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Easy DIY Spider Wreath for Halloween

If you’ve been following the blog for awhile, you know that I love to make stuff.  But I also don’t have much patience when it comes to making things.  lol!  That means that most of my projects are super easy and usually utilize some sort of pre-made something or other.  I often walk down the … Read more

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Colorful Halloween Party Candy Buffet Ideas

When you think of Halloween colors, black and orange are usually the first to come to mind, but Halloween party ideas don’t always have to revolve around those colors.  Having a girly-girl has definitely taught me that non-traditional colors and Halloween party ideas make for equally fun and pretty parties.  I put together these colorful … Read more

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Buffalo Plaid Black and White DIY Temporary Wallpaper

At the risk of looking like a crazy lady, I am going to show you my family room Christmas decor. 😉  I LOVE a ridiculous feature wall, some of my favorites are the Halloween wall I did out of old medicine book pages, and last year’s snowflake wall.  To create something fun doesn’t cost much … Read more

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DIY Cupcake Toppers and Feather Party Food Picks

I have a super easy and cute DIY for you today, just in time for all your fall entertaining!  Can I tell you a little styling secret?  Sometimes I have food around my house that I use in shoots for a LONG time.  I work with SO much party food that I can’t possibly let … Read more

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Paint Your Own Pottery : DIY Painted Ceramic Planter

Ashley and I love visiting those cute paint your own pottery shops and that is what inspired this quick and easy DIY.  I stumbled on these cute modern ceramic faceted planters in the fun new Target craft section and knew they were going to be perfect for this DIY.  Have you seen their Hand Made … Read more

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DIY Coasters : Perfect for Game Night and Gifts

  As the kids get older and all of our schedules get busier we have found it harder and harder to find time where all four of us are in the same spot.  Does that happen at your house?  When I was growing up we had dedicated family time both on Sunday afternoons after church … Read more

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Make these Easy Red Valentine Heart Pancakes

Looking for the perfect, easy Valentine’s Day breakfast that will only take a few minutes to make and will make the kiddos squeal with delight?  Well, look no further!  These red valentine heart pancakes with a powdered sugar heart are the perfect treat and SO easy! Simply make your favorite pancake recipe.  When you are … Read more

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Make this Easy and Cute Valentine Pink and Red DIY Candy Gift Box

I was at Michaels a bit ago and found this cool box in the scrapbooking and papercrafting department.  I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it, but I knew I needed it. 😉  I finally figured it out…it was destined to be a cute DIY Valentine gift for friends, teachers, neighbors … Read more

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Washi Tape Christmas Tree Cute DIY Cake Topper

Are you in charge of taking dessert to a Christmas party this year?  Well, here’s an easy DIY cake topper that will make any cake, homemade or store bought, look festive and fun in minutes.  These washi tape Christmas trees can be made with just a few supplies and you can make them in any … Read more

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Cute and Easy Felt and Canvas Shamrock Pennant Banner

St. Patty’s Day is around the corner and today we’re making a super simple DIY Felt and Canvas Shamrock pennant banner that is SO easy you’ll be making one for every occasion. 🙂 Have you seen these pre-made and cut canvas banner pieces? They make this banner take all of about 15 minutes. 🙂 Here’s … Read more

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DIY: How to Make a Felt Circle Garland

As you’ve probably noticed, I’m slightly obsessed with garlands. 😉  Anything hanging from the ceiling or on the walls really makes it look like a celebration.  Whether you’re throwing an actual party, or just celebrating life and wanting to bring color into your space, you can’t go wrong with a garland!  Here’s a quick and … Read more

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