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20 End of Year Teacher Gifts (That They’ll Use and Love!)

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20 End of Year Teacher Gifts (That They'll Actually Use!)

Today marked the last day of school for my youngest kiddo, a bittersweet day for sure. My mom always sent in a plant for the teacher on the last day of school, and I've handed down the tradition to my kids too. My friend B. gave me the great idea of using an Anthropologie mug and filling it with goodies (she does personalized M&Ms, genius!) So I purchased mugs for the teachers and had my kids pick out the flowers to place inside. This simple idea was a hit, so I thought I'd share 20 other … [Read more...]

DIY LEGO Minifigure Jars

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Check out these DIY LEGO minifigure jars-- SUCH a cute idea for LEGO party decorations, favors, or toy storage! Love these!

We are in full-on end of school year overdrive around here... birthdays, graduations, teacher gifts, sports, picnics like WOAH!  This super busy time of year also happens to be my son's birthday so he tends to get the Pinterest-inspired-birthday-party-shaft. I usually throw a few trains in a bowl and call it a day. But he loves little details like choosing party favors and such, so I wanted a few special touches for his LEGO birthday party. Walking through Target, I picked up a box of Ball … [Read more...]

Garage Organization (Tools, Bikes, and Rakes oh my!)

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Great tips and ideas for organizing your garage once and for all!

We have finally gotten serious about organizing the garage. Or, our GARAGE OF DOOM as I like to say. It's awkwardly built to begin with, with not enough space to easily park two cars and have any kind of equipment in there-- or even space to open our doors wide enough for me to strap the kids in or lock in the baby carrier back in the day. So instead it became our space full of crap-- strollers, trikes, bikes, tools. Piles of things to get rid of. Old paint. You know, DOOM. After years of … [Read more...]

Lemonade Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

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Make these lemon strawberry cheesecake bars in three easy steps! What a perfect summer dessert!

Sometimes when I share the name of my blog people are confused. They're like, 'you have a blog about lemonade recipes?' Which would make sense, but in 5+ years of blogging, would you believe I've only posted one actual lemonade recipe? Despite the metaphorical name, I'm kinda obsessed with lemonade so I'm kicking off the party with a special dessert-- Marci from Vegging at the Shore is here sharing her delicious lemonade strawberry cheesecake bar recipe! Cheesecake is a wonderful thing and … [Read more...]

DIY Mother’s Day Gift Idea (with Free Printable Labels!)

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How to Make Bath Salts with essential oils (and FREE printable gift tags!) PINNING THIS for a homemade Mother's Day gift idea!

Want an easy way to turn your bathroom into a personal spa? Or perhaps your looking for a DIY gift idea for a busy mom who would love some alone time to relax? Pamper yourself (or  a mom in your life!) by making homemade bath salts in relaxing fragrances to soak away stress and fill your home with an amazing aroma at the same time. You can mix up the salts in minutes flat, and decide whether to keep them or give to friends and family later. This two-ingredient relaxing bath salt recipe is sure … [Read more...]

How to Reupholster an Ottoman (with Faux Fur!)

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Such a cute idea! Here's how to reupolster a footstool or ottoman; she used faux fur for her daughter's room! Love this!

Ready for a quirky little DIY idea today? We're going to learn how to reupholster a footstool or ottoman in faux fur! Even if you're not into the fuzzy look, you can use this technique with any fabric for the same effect. Footstools aren't hard to find, I grabbed this one at the thrift store years ago and it's been begging for a makeover ever since. Not knowing quite what to do with it, inspiration struck when I found a faux fur rug on clearance at Homegoods and BOOM, done. You can find similar … [Read more...]

BEST Homemade Chalk Like Paint Recipe!

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If you've been searching for a great chalk paint recipe, LOOK NO FURTHER! This 3-ingredient recipe works wonders as a no-prep furniture paint so you can make old furniture look amazing again-- in YOUR style and favorite colors!

Furniture painting always seemed daunting to me-- there's the prep, the sanding, the filling, the painting, the repainting, the coating-- YIKES! Too time consuming for me, thanks. That's before I discovered the wonders of chalk-like paint, the same one that sells retail for lots o' money but can be made at home for pennies on the dollar. This type of furniture paint requires NO furniture prep, hides a multitude of painting sins, and can be customized to whatever paint color your little heart … [Read more...]

Free Printable Spring Outdoor Maintenance Checklist

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Free Printable Checklist plus tips for spring outdoor home & yard cleanup and maintenance!

The bees are buzzing, the birds are singing, the sun is shining (for a minute...) and that can only mean one thing, SPRING! Along with the nicer weather comes the realization that snow will no longer hide the grass, and damage from winter weather needs to be fixed. With that in mind, I whipped up a handy and FREE printable spring outdoor cleanup checklist to help you fix up the landscaping and get ready for summer. From the lawn to decks and patios to outdoor furniture, it's time to dust it off … [Read more...]

Should you Splurge on an Excursion? {Traveling with Kids}

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Turks and Caicos Snorkeling Catamaran Trip through Beaches Island Routes- looks incredible! Love the crystal clear blue water and DOLPHINS!

Where in the world is Making Lemonade? Sometimes I'm not even sure where I am myself, I've been on three trips this month alone! March kicked off travel season 2015 with a surprise birthday trip back to one of my favorite places in the world, Turks & Caicos. My husband planned the entire thing as a gift for my recent BIG birthday (cough-40th-cough), proving that I want to turn 40 every year from here on out if I get to go back to one of the most amazing islands of the Caribbean! One of … [Read more...]

Best of the Blogs {Links I Love}

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6 great posts to read this week!

Hey, everyone! We've just started our shortened Spring Break (thanks, snow days) and the kids are getting ready for Easter and enjoying a few days off from the normal routine. Here's some lazy weekend reading for you to enjoy; a few of the links I loved this week! Have a wonderful weekend! 1. The science of why stepping on LEGOs makes you want to die. 2. Is your home making you cranky? 3. Why women need their girlfriends (REALLY feeling this one this week!) 4. Need a quick bedroom … [Read more...]

How to Make a Terrarium {in 3 Easy Steps!}

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Terrariums and indoor succulent gardens are beautiful and have easy upkeep; check out these 3 quick steps for making them!

Indoor gardening is my favorite. It's on a smaller scale with no heavy lifting, there's no weeds to deal with, and unlike my outside garden I never find spiders hiding in the plants and causing me to FREAK THE YOU-KNOW-WHAT out. I have little terrariums tucked all over my home, and each time we pass a succulent container in a store my husband hurries me by, "NOTHING TO SEE HERE!" he begs. {did you see the hanging glass terrariums at Whole Foods recently? egads! LOVE!}  Making your own terrarium … [Read more...]

Easter Baskets for Skylanders Fans

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Skylanders fans will LOVE these Easter basket ideas!

If you've spent any time around elementary aged boys lately, you've likely heard of Skylanders. In fact, you may hear of nothing else BESIDES Skylanders! As part of my quest for a candy-free Easter basket, I looked for toys my kids would love without any sugar content. BINGO. Skylanders it is, especially with three fun new Easter themed toys to stuff in Easter baskets! I'll admit I was in the dark about what exactly Skylanders are, but quickly got an education thanks to questioning a few … [Read more...]

50 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas

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50 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas for Kids-- clever and easy ideas that you (and your kids) will love, MINUS the sugar high!

Easter time is here, and truth be told, we're still making our way through the Valentine's Day candy. In an attempt to not add more fuel to the fire (or sugar to the kiddos), I decided to go candy-free in our Easter baskets this year. Plus so much of the commercial candy out there is full of artificial flavors and colors, yuck. Once I started brainstorming ideas, they were endless. Who knew there were so many great way to stuff a basket (without stuffing yourself, too?) Looking for candy-free … [Read more...]

Amazing DIY Hair Mask with Essential Oils {Healthy Hair Serum!}

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This DIY hair mask & serum has powerful essential oils and is all natural... with AMAZING results! Love the AFTER!

It's pretty funny, life. Last year I could barely find time to blog because I was so busy taking care of sick kids (and a sick me!) all winter long. Fast forward a year, and I'm still finding it hard to find that precious blogging time-- not because we're sick, but because we AREN'T! Or if the kids do get sick, they speed through it, and everyone wants to know how. This epiphany has led to teaching essential oil classes and helping others find wellness over the past few months, so balancing two … [Read more...]

Deck Dreaming & Spring Cleaning {Outdoor Living Ideas!}

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Great ideas to makeover your deck and patio for fabulous outdoor living this summer!

Spring was in the air today, for a moment, and it was delightful! Each year as spring approaches I survey our winter ravaged deck and today was no exception. You'd think we'd learn to clean it up in the fall, but truthfully I fight winter so much I stand my ground  and stubbornly leave out our furniture in the hopes of a warm day mid-winter which never seems to materialize.  As spring rolls around, inevitably we face a major spruce-up to get our beloved deck back in shape. It's been covered … [Read more...]

DIY Chalkboard Globe & Musings on Change {Anthropologie Knockoff}

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Love this Anthropologie painted globe knockoff-- personalize it with favorite quotes or constellations! So pretty!

Seasons come and seasons go, and I'm feeling a shift in the electricity signaling that I'm entering a season of transition.  It brings to mind the Mary Poppins quote: "winds in the east, mist coming in, like something is brewin' and 'bout to begin...", the feeling of change around the corner is seeping into my heart.  I'm not sure if it's because we're facing change with my kids moving into full-time school mode this fall, or if it's something larger-- a big move, perhaps-- but it's there.  … [Read more...]

New Favorite {Stylish & Affordable} Furniture Source

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Scouting unique, handmade, and AFFORDABLE furniture finds at Nadeau! Come window shopping and scout out gorgeous pieces in a variety of budget-friendly styles that you'll love.

It's been cold and dreary here for months. VERY cold. VERY dreary. But last week my mood was lifted when I was invited to visit a bright spot of sunshine right here in Philadelphia for a much-needed dose of treasure hunting among gorgeous, affordable pieces at Nadeau Philadelphia. If you don't live in Philly, no worries-- Nadeau has plenty of locations for you to find this exotic, trendy, and curated furniture collection, keep reading to see if Nadeau is in your neighborhood too. This … [Read more...]

15 Spring & Easter DIY and Craft Ideas {that you’ll love!}

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Spring & Easter DIY Ideas

Hey hey! Spring is in the air, can you feel it?! I'm ready to add some LIFE back into our home after a long, chilly season indoors and I've found 15 great Easter and spring DIY ideas.  These spring crafts double as gorgeous home decor, and are just the thing to usher in a new season! Bonus? Many are kid-friendly and the perfect addition to Easter Baskets or creative kids' activities just in case a snow day dares come between now and our spring bliss. Wreath for All Occasions from Simply … [Read more...]

Toy Organization 101: Taming the Toys

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How to Organize and Tame Toys! Practical steps and clever ideas for organizing ALL types of toys to help you declutter and simplify your life!

It's time to get real about toy organization, because this is a topic that comes up often and gives many parents a large amount of angst. Let's face this organizational issue head-on today, with tips to help you declutter, organize, and SIMPLIFY your toy and playroom situation! But first, a Pop Quiz: visualize the room where your kids play with most of their toys. Do you see: A: a neatly organized space where each toy has been lovingly placed in it's correct spot B: a grand total of 5 … [Read more...]