Quick Decorating Ideas: World Market Home Decor Finds You Will LOVE!

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It's finally here, a local Cost Plus World Market! I've been waiting over a decade for one to finally show up in my area, so when we were invited to check out the new store and indulge in some shopping of course we jumped at the chance. Judging from the crowds and expressions of awe at the recent grand opening I was not the only one thrilled to finally have one in the Philly area. What I adore about this store are the unique finds that appeal to a wide variety of styles, all at a price point YOU … [Read more...]

Don’t Show Up for Game Day Without One of These! (15 Delish Dip Recipes)

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Is there a more perfect party food than dip? There's so many varieties available, and a plethora of delicious items to use as dippers. Plus, you can make it ahead for easy prep and everyone loves a great dip recipe! On that note, the Big Game is coming up (on my birthday this year, woo-hoo!) and you DO NOT want to show up without one of these mouthwatering dips to liven up the festivities. Whether it's cheese based or veggie, in a bread bowl or layered, these Game Day perfect dips are just … [Read more...]

A New Favorite Find: SNICKERS Crisper (& Giveaway!)

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You know the candy bar that always gets eaten first from the Halloween stash? The one that you dig through the pile exclusively looking to magically appear in between the rest? The one that once they're all gone, your haul just doesn't have the same appeal, no longer possibly hiding it's secret treasures? THAT is what SNICKERS have always been to me, and now that they unveiled the brand new SNICKERS Crisper I can enjoy them guilt-free. At less than 200 calories for the entire thing, I could … [Read more...]

Free Printable Minecraft Valentine’s Day Cards

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I'll be honest, when my son started talking about Minecraft I thought, "Here we go! Then end of the innocence!" Turns out that while Minecraft sounds scary (Creepers and Demons, yikes!) it's really a fun game for kids to build using virtual cubes. When I realized my son was creating these spectacular worlds I totally softened to the game. While he loved the LEGO Valentines we made last year, this year he's all about these FREE Printable Minecraft Valentine's Day Cards for his classmates. Click … [Read more...]

Show off Your Global Side at the World Market Grand Opening!

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Back when I lived in North Carolina, I had a World Market within a 2 minute walk from my home and would find myself there weekly strolling the aisles and taking in all the colorful and exotic finds for the home. It was like cheap therapy, swooning over all those patterns and designs! After I moved to Pennsylvania I realized there were NO World Markets nearby-- now where would I find my beautiful linens and bright pillows? My interesting wall decor and dinnerware? Imagine my happiness when they … [Read more...]

Daily Mom Style: Winter Fashion Favorites! (Fashion Over 40)

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The big chill is here (crazy amounts of snow predicted this weekend, actually!) and on any given day you're likely to find me cuddled in my favorite faux fur blanket by the fireplace trying to warm up.  However, when I do step outside I want to look a tiny bit presentable, so I have a few winter favorites in heavy rotation these days. What I love about winter fashion are the layers and textures. Various boots, boot socks, open cardigans and ponchos, and scarves galore all add a finishing touch … [Read more...]

Free Printable LEGO Valentines ( + Clever Ways to Use Them!)

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My son has fallen head over brick for LEGOs, and wanted to make DIY LEGO Valentines for his entire class. Channeling his inner Pinterest guru, he told me he wanted to add baggies of LEGOs to his classroom Valentines. Not wanting to dip into his brick collection, we ordered a bulk lot of extra LEGOs on eBay and made up small bags of them for his friends. Then we attached them to printable Valentine cards which he signed himself. Needless to say, they were a hit with the kids. DIY LEGO Valentines … [Read more...]

BEST EVER Crockpot Hot Chocolate Recipe!

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Yesterday we got our first snowfall of the season... all .2 inches of it. My kids were so excited they tried sledding on what was basically grass slightly dusted with frost. To ease their snow-craving hearts, I threw a few ingredients in the slowcooker to make their favorite winter beverage before I left for school pickup and it was ready for them when they got home-- Crock-pot Hot Chocolate! It's super easy to make, takes just a few ingredients we almost always have on hand, and WOAH is it … [Read more...]

Warming Up to Winter… sort of

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I'm not gonna lie, winter and I have never been BFFs. Or even frenemies. Winter is more my nemesis: laughing at me as I attempt to get warm using any means possible as I run from house to car and back again bundled up like an insane snowman. Over the weekend my husband was looking around at our recently de-Christmasfied decor and gently suggested we add warm touches to get me out of my annual mid-winter funk. Bless his heart, I couldn't agree more. Of course, being in the middle of a … [Read more...]

The Ultimate FREE Printable Decluttering Checklist for KonMari Success!

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Woo-hoo! You've decided to commit to the KonMari Method and are ready to change your life by discarding those items that don't bring you joy. So let's do this! First, be sure to review the initial post in our series with the 7 must-read tips to discarding using the KonMari Method. Then, print out the following FREE printable checklist to help guide you step-by-step through decluttering & organizing each and every category in your home. Don't let it overwhelm you, this will not happen in a … [Read more...]

5 Things You Can Toss Right Now (& Start Fresh in the New Year!)

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The start of a new year is always one full of hope and a great time to start fresh. I know we're working our way through our homes using the KonMari method, but as a bonus here's a list of 5 things you can toss right this minute that will give you a clean slate and fresh start to the new year! Bonus: the amazing high you feel when tossing these items will get you mentally ready to tackle even the toughest KonMari categories. #1: Sponges and Scrubbers: Got any janky sponges hanging around? I … [Read more...]

Why This Book will Change Your Life (KonMari Method Cheat Sheet)

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Happy New Year! Are you ready to declutter your home and life, once and for all? Each January I start a new decluttering initiative, and lo and behold, the next year need to tackle it again. Why? Because I didn't declutter enough the year before to entirely change our routine and outlook on 'stuff'. Sure, I cleaned up a bit and donated a lot, but I didn't do ENOUGH. That's where the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up comes into play. I threatened you with it mentioned it on and off all … [Read more...]

State of the Blog 2015 (and What’s Next for Making Lemonade)

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How can it possibly be 2016 already? Weren't we ushering in 2015 just a minute ago?! Perhaps it's because my kiddos are now school aged, but it seems time speeds along much quicker when the pace of our schedule is ruled by school drop-offs and pick-ups, homework and sports, and the all-too-quick weekends. I'm telling you, motherhood has me constantly searching for the elusive 'pause' button. Does anyone else feel this way as well? What an interesting year this has been for Making … [Read more...]

Baked Teriyaki Chicken Wing Recipe (Gluten-Free Appetizer Idea!)

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A poignant memory for me was moving out of my parent's home and into my first apartment (nine states and a 16 hour car ride away). In the midst of the chaos of packing the night before I left, my mom was rushing to finish writing something and in the last hours handed me a few index cards filled with her unmistakable handwriting. Looking closer, I realized they contained several of my favorite recipes-- her Orange Kabobs, Russian Tea Cookies, and our household favorite-- Baked Teriyaki Chicken … [Read more...]

That Time My Husband Did the Christmas Cards

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I'm going to be honest, I STRESS OUT over our Christmas cards every year. There's a backstory to it-- before my daughter was born, my plan was to leave teaching for a few years and start my own stationary and invitation business. I've always loved paper and printing, fonts and letterpress. Figuring it was worthwhile to follow my passion while I raised my babies, my plan was to open a business helping others create their perfect invitations and paper dreams. Then the unthinkable … [Read more...]

25 Thrift Store Christmas Decor Ideas

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I know what you're envisioning when you saw the title-- cheap plastic Christmas decor circa 1980's, or cheesy nutcrackers that cracked too many walnuts. But WAIT. There's more to thrift store decor that what meets the eye. With a little paint, perhaps some glue, you can elevate easy-to-find thrift store cast-offs into classy, chic Christmas decor. Really. Case in point: this 1970s cheesy plastic wreath became almost porcelain like with a coat of glossy white spray paint: While this isn't from … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Star Wars Gift Guide (For Fans of ALL Ages)

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Are you ready? The latest Star Wars movie is set to hit theaters on December 18th, and my kids have been anxiously waiting. Especially our biggest fan, my daughter. She's the one who reads all the Star Wars books, walks past the pink clothing and heads straight for the Star Wars shirts, and begs for Star Wars LEGOs over everything else. On Halloween? She was Darth Vader (the mask barely hid her blonde ponytail). Needless to say, I have a feeling Santa will be delivery many Star Wars gifts under … [Read more...]

Crowd-Pleasing Pumpkin Spiced Mixed Nuts Recipe {Easy Entertaining Idea!}

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The holidays are here, and that hopefully means an influx of guests and fun celebrations over the next few weeks! As each year passes I like to think I grow older smarter, and with age wisdom comes the rising urge for simplicity-- especially when it comes to entertaining. One pantry staple that makes holiday entertaining simple is a can of Planters Deluxe Mixed Nuts; they’re a classic crowd pleaser whether you serve them straight up or take a few extra minutes to add in a few ‘extras’. One such … [Read more...]

Dream Kitchen Winners Announced! (That Time I Was a Judge)

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Recently I was honored to work with Viva® Brand to choose five winners (of $1000 each!) for their Signature Designs Pinterest Contest, combining my love for Pinterest, design, and cleaning products in one fell swoop. As indecisive and I am (and those who know me are giggling, because I AM), choosing the winners was for the most part fairly easy. Contestants had to create a Pinterest board with ideas for their dream kitchen inspired by one of the Viva Signature Designs. I know, I wanna play … [Read more...]