Archive | September, 2012

Chevron Wall Frame

I had the joy of getting introduced to Lil Cupcake Blog this past month! Crystal is the creative energy behind this blog, you get to see her fun personality through all of her craftiness and etsy shop. Crystal made this lovely Chevron Wall Frame, I could totally see this as a lovely dessert table back drop! You […]

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The Busy Trap

“Busyness promises us a full and satisfying life, but, in the end, it makes our lives emptier. It uses us for what we can contribute, and in the process we live less, feel less, even love less.” ~ Mason Slater Contributing Writer: Leslie Foster from Ponderings of an Ohio Farm Girl Let me ask you a hard […]

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DIY Halloween Card Creations

. Contributing Writer: Kellly Griglione from the Notable Nest For me, Halloween cards are some of the funnest to make and give. I have more time to craft now compared to the winter holidays, and many of the Halloween stamps are just so darn cute! After playing at my craft table this afternoon I end up with three […]

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Burlap and Lace Garland

Slowly I have been bringing in Fall decor into our home, since the end of September.  I know it’s early, but it’s been gradual.  Burlap and Lace Garland was the perfect finishing touch to our Fall decor.  Our burlap and lace garland is hanging in our dining room over our hutch but we have moved […]

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DIY Trick or Treat Bags

Contributing Writer: Laurel MacDougall from Ducks in a Row Although my kids LOVE carrying the plastic pumpkins to collect candy in every Halloween, this year I thought it was time for an upgrade.  I saw this awesome vinyl polka dot at Ikea and knew right away that I was going to make trick or treat […]

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12 Ways to Fake Skinny

As you can see I am not the skinny chic writing about how to look thinner.  I can’t believe I am posting this awful picture (no critical comments allowed) but I am trying to make a point about “Faking Skinny.” Your clothes can accomplish this “faking skinny or thinner by dinner” with no dieting involved. […]

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Mac and Cheese Muffins

Contributing Writer: Heather Kinnaird at the French Press With the school year under way, we are busy. Really busy. Work, kids, homework, sports… The week is a blur. My goal lately has been to find a meal that will also make a great lunch for the kids. These mac and cheese muffins are easy to make, […]

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No-Sew Captain Hook Costume From a T-Shirt

Nothing like last minute work to get your creative juices flowing.  It was the day before their Halloween party and we still had not discussed their costume.   When I asked them this was their responses: Captain Hook, Peter Pan and a Pirate.  I had no time to sew nor was I in the mood to sew, this is what […]

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Low-Fat Caramel Fruit Dip

We had a back to school party with lots of yummy desserts but nothing on the table was close to healthy.  I ran inside the house quickly chopped up some apples and made up this concoction that is not entirely healthy but it is low in fat compared to all of the caramel fruit dip […]

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Kid Friendly Halloween Party Ideas

The first time we took our son trick or treating he was petrified. The neighborhood we lived in, went all out with their gory Halloween decor and I think he was scarred for life.  Since that experience we decided to start a tradition in our family, to host a Halloween/Harvest Party in our home for our friends. In […]

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Hilarious Parenting Advice

Throughout my life I have received lots of parenting advice on how to care for my children, some good, some not so good and some just straight up hilarious.  When we moved to South America the unsolicited advice was non-stop. Seriously everytime I walked out the house with my newborn someone had something to say to me, […]

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Establishing Your Home

What parent doesn’t want to provide the best for their children, for our spouse? We want to build a home that is safe, strong and beautiful but this verse reminds me of some foundational things that I should also add to my desires for my family and home.  I am reminded to establish my home […]

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DIY Mini Piñata

Another fabulous craft to get you celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the kids , a Mini Piñata.  As I mentioned before Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture of lots of countries.  I love that we get to share with our children how diverse the world is.  By exploring different Hispanic cultures they will realize at a young age […]

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Monogram on Burlap Frame

Doesn’t this Monogram on Burlap Frame scream FALL!  I love the colors and the rustic look the burlap gives this project. I decided to go with a burlap and lace theme for our dining room this Fall, I can’t wait to share it with you.  It was simple and inexpensive to put together, so stay tune via Facebook, Twitter or […]

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Smoked Chicken Sandwich

Smoked Chicken Sandwich Contributing Writer: Lyuba Brooke This is a little different take on a chicken salad sandwich. Sometimes, I make my chicken salad with roasted chicken but this was the first time I made it with smoked chicken. I got some smoked chicken breast from a local smokehouse restaurant and the chicken salad turned […]

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Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop Fiesta!

We are so excited to be co-hosting the first annual Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop Fiesta! Hispanic Heritage Month is going on now through October 15, so join us as we celebrate the rich cultural heritage given to our country by generations of Hispanics. The term Hispanic or Latino, as defined by the U.S. Census […]

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Healthy Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

Contributing Writer: Leslie Cates This delicious side makes an appearance at our table on a regular basis in the fall, when my attention is drawn to vegetables with a beautiful orange hue.  Sweet potatoes are one of those favorites!  They are very rich in nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, and one of the highest foods in beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene converts […]

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8 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: crafts, recipes, kid activities…

I am absolutely thankful for the wonderful cultural heritage I was born into!  I love our Hispanic family values that carry on from one Latin American country to another and they were firmly established in my home from very early on: family day on Sundays, respecting our elders/parents, love for God, strong work ethic, slow pace of […]

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