14 Posts that Rocked the Blog in 2014

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Best of 2014: the posts that rocked the blog this year!

I've spent 2 hours attempting to write this opening paragraph. Not because I have anything life-changing to say, but rather I can't seem to find the right balance between sharing what an incredible year it's been and conveying my deepest gratitude to YOU who made it all possible. I mean, do I scream at the top of my lungs "here's the most popular posts on my blog this year!" or shyly say "golly gee, these posts did pretty well I suppose". What I really want to say is "I LOVE MY JOB WITH ALL MY … [Read more...]

Great Gifts for Bloggers {Holiday Gift Guide}

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GREAT tech gifts for bloggers-- take your blog to the next level with these great gift ideas!

This year was a big turning point for me professionally. I've worked hard over the past 5 years to turn a hobby blog into one that generates enough income to make me not feel guilty about working on it. ;-) It's a dream come true to create content, craft, write, cook, travel, photograph, and decorate-- and be able to share it here, as my job! That being said, it is hard work. There's been many sacrifices (I don't think I've sat down to watch tv without a laptop in hand since 2009, and I'm often … [Read more...]

Tips for Amazing Holiday Photos

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Tips for Amazing Holiday Photos

At the risk of breaking into song, it's truly the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it? There are so many natural, candid moments for capturing photos of the ones you love, with plenty of posed photo opps sprinkled in where (most) kids will usually smile-- on Santa's lap, opening gifts, hanging that special ornament on the perfect lighted tree. However since the days are short and the nights are dark, plus there's different types of lighting EVERY.WHERE., holiday photography can get … [Read more...]

Beaches Turks & Caicos: 10 Things to Know Before you Go

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10 things to know before you go to Beaches Turks & Caicos

For the past 15 years, visiting Turks & Caicos (a string of islands located in the Caribbean, about an hour's plane ride away from Miami) has been on my bucket list. For over a decade I've been dreaming about the white sand beaches, stunningly clear aqua ocean, famous reefs, and incredible hospitality. When I was invited to attend the Social Media on the Sand conference in Turks & Caicos mid-October, I simply could not resist. While this trip was not free, my family and I enjoyed a … [Read more...]

Free Printable Password Organizer

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Free Printable Password Organizer: makes keeping passwords safe a cinch! via www.makinglemonadeblog.com #printable #organizing

This Heartbleed virus thing-a-majig is pretty frightening, isn't it?  On a scale of 1 to 10, they're rating it an 11 (YIKES!) so I spent the better part of yesterday working on backing up both my blog and laptop and getting ready to change passwords.  You just don't know how difficult a breach is until you've experienced it... and people everywhere are experiencing it, especially blogs. In order to keep myself organized, I created a printable password organizer to keep track of usernames, … [Read more...]

Something New Today: Grow Your G+ Circles!

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We're taking a break today from our normally scheduled DIYing and easy crafting ideas for something a little different. Are you on Google+ yet? If you're not a blogger or into social media there's a good chance you're not, but if you're interested in learning more or are a blogger looking to grow your circles, then this post is for you! I'm co-hosting a G+ Hop for creative bloggers this Wednesday to help YOU grow your G+ circles.  I know Google+ is new for many people, so if you were … [Read more...]

You CAN Have it All (Sort Of)

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The BEST Advice I Ever Got #motherhood #quotes www.makinglemonadeblog.com

It's been a frustrating winter to say the least. This winter is providing our eighth school snow delay, on top of ten snow cancellation days. Which is impressive, when you realize my kids are only in school together 3 mornings a week. For someone who relies on those meager hours to squeeze in a full week's worth of work, it's anxiety inducing to say the least. Let's do the math: 11 snow days plus 7 school delays equals A WHOLE LOTTA VODKA in my coffee cup at 10am. I kid, I kid. (not … [Read more...]

On Taking Leaps (Visit Me at the Philly Home Show!)

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Philadelphia Home Show

You guys. I don't know if it's this crazy weather, post-Christmas exhaustion or a 'trying to get back into a routine' slump but I've been so sluggish lately!  Which is probably the absolute worst time for me to do something totally terrifying and new like speaking at the Philadelphia Home Show next week, right? Yup, you read that correctly-- I'll be presenting on the main stage at the Home Show on Monday, January 20th at 1:00 and 5:00.  Even though I was a teacher, speaking to adults gives … [Read more...]

One WILD and PRECIOUS Life

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One Wild and Precious Life Quote

A friend and I had lunch a few days ago and chatted about our one word for the year.  Last year I knew what my word would be, blogged about it, and definitely tried to live it all year long.  This year, I had not even given a thought about my word and as my friend coerced me to share it over coffee that day, a word popped into my head and I blurted out: "my word for 2014 is SLEEP!" Sleep is no joke to me.  I attempt to only blog when my kids aren't around, and since I work 40+ hours a week … [Read more...]

Year in Review Link Up Party, Join Us!

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Year in Review Link Up 2013

Hey hey, happy Monday!  Are you ready to share your favorite posts of the year and find a few new blogs to love as well?  Then you're in the right place!  Today a few of my friends are sharing their favorite posts of the year and co-hosting the blog hop with me as well. Be sure to visit the following blogs to see their Year in Review posts; you'll be blown away by the talent from these lovely ladies! ::: Jessica from Decor Adventures ::: Jenna from SAS Interiors ::: Beth from Unskinny … [Read more...]

Favorite Posts of the Year {Year in Review 2013}

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Making Lemonade Year in Review 2013

Another year has come and gone, can you believe it?  Looking back, I'm in awe of where I started at the end of 2012 and where this little blog has taken me since.  Even my home has changed dramatically, I finally feel as if it's reflecting our needs as a family (and MY needs in terms of style, wink!)  What a long, FUN trip it's been.  Here's a peek back at 2013-- my favorite DIY projects, craft ideas, recipes, travels, and more-- and the many adventures we've been on together along the … [Read more...]

From Our Home to Yours

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Christmas Ideas and Wrap-Up

Wishing you a {slightly belated} Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year! {cards from Pear Tree Greetings} Everything is belated this week. I just put our Christmas cards in the mail today.  Such is life, right? Prior to Christmas, the temps reached mid-60s so we made our annual trek into the city.  The massive screen at the Comcast Center dazzled.  Note that's just half the screen in this photo. {@MakingLemonade on Instagram} After checking out the outdoor market, we settled in … [Read more...]

Instagram Hop Monday, Join the InstaFun!

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Instagram Hop

Let's try something a little different today, a fun way to start the week.  You probably know about my Instagram obsession, so it's no surprise that when Liz Marie (owner of the most beautiful blog in the entire universe) asked if I'd like to co-host her weekly Instagram hop I jumped at the chance.  Or is it hopped at the chance?  I Instagram hopped at the chance. Keep reading to see my sexy Instagram photo below with Elmo, my C. Wonder zebra scarf, and a Starbucks cup.  'CAUSE THAT'S … [Read more...]

Top 8 Must-Haves for your DSLR Camera

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8 Must Have Camera Accessories

Since I often get asked about my DSLR camera, lenses, and equipment I thought Black Friday would be a great time to share my answers so you can take advantage of all those deals out there.  Many of these deals can be found online so you don't even have to leave your couch... or your pajamas.  I'm planning to be in my pajamas.  Plus I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make sure you get the BEST deals on cameras and equipment out there-- right in time for Santa to place it under your … [Read more...]

Pajamas, Breakage, and Breakdowns

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I had a mini-breakdown on Sunday.  Like a theoretical breakdown where my mind is racing and I’m about to whirl around and snap at the next person who sings ‘poopy poopoo pants’ for the 7,956 time, but didn’t go through the whole screaming/crying/laying like a blob on the floor sobbing part.  I was getting worked up as visions of ‘to-do’ lists danced in my head while also laying halfway in our dark crawl space praying a spider doesn’t crawl over my hand.  And I was mad.  I was … [Read more...]

Driving A Dream {California Coast in a C-MAX Hybrid}

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Ford C-MAX Hybrid Car {California Vacation Ideas}

Sometimes when I'm feeling stuck or overwhelmed the only cure is to get outside and clear my head and soak up inspiration.  And oh boy, did I ever get a chance to do that last weekend!  I had an incredible opportunity to fly out to California and drive the coast from San Francisco to Big Sur (and back) with my friend Karah from The Space Between in the Ford C-Max hybrid-- my very first time driving a hybrid car, actually!  And my first solo trip west too.  ;-) Needless to say, when I … [Read more...]

31 Days of 15 Minute Decorating Ideas

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31 Days of 15 Minute Decorating Ideas

Psssst... find links to all the posts in this 31 Days of Easy and Beautiful 15 Minute Decorating Ideas below: Day 1: Finding Your Personal Decorating Style Day 2: Displaying Collections Day 3: Reusing What You Have: Large Gilded Shell Day 4: Quick and Easy Valences Day 5: A Weekend Decorating Challenge Day 6: DIY Shell Bottles Day 7: Greek Key Console Table Day 8: Organize Books by Color Day 9: Easy Fall Decorating Ideas Day 10: How to Hang a Basket Wall Day 11: … [Read more...]

Ten Takeaways from the Haven Conference

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Tips for Attending Haven Blog Conferences

Don't you hate when a blogger goes to a conference and comes back and then goes on and on about what an amazing time they had and WOW can you believe how fabulous it was and then displays like eleven billion pictures of all the wonderful people they met?  I'm so sorry.  I'm going to try to control myself.  I only have ten billion pictures to share.  And I'll keep the raving to a minimum.  Probably.  ;-) Oh look!  They knew I was coming! Like last year, the Haven Conference was once … [Read more...]

Blog Conferences 101

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Blog Conferences 101

I'm definitely not an expert on the topic of blog conferences, but I do remember the anxiety I felt before attending Haven last year.  Would I know anyone?  How many business cards did I need?  What would I, a shy introvert in extrovert's clothing, talk about?  And speaking of clothing-- WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?!  Since there may be other first timers this year who may have the same questions-- and mostly to gather my own thoughts before I arrive at Haven on Thursday-- I put all those questions … [Read more...]