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Simple & Delicious Double Duty Slowcooker Dinner Idea

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Double Duty Dinner Idea! Few minutes of prep and you get TWO delicious dinners #recipes #family via www.makinglemonadeblog.com

Making healthy dinners for my family from scratch is a priority, but trying to watch the kids while prepping dinner isn't a walk in the park-- unless a walk in the park is defined as 'having the kids compete for my attention under foot as I furiously chop and make supper while simultaneously attempting to keep them away from the flaming hot stove area.' I'm pretty sure that's not the definition of 'walk in the park'. Which is why I'm always looking for easy shortcuts to achieve this lofty … [Read more...]

Why I Let my Kids Play in the Mud {Mommy Misadventure}

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Why you should let your kids play in the mud (and other musings on letting go) via www.makinglemonadeblog.com #motherhood #kids #parenting

There's sort of this never-ending conversation I have with myself in my head, which may certify me as crazy, but I'll own that. On one side of the motherhood spectrum, I love a clean and organized home. As I sit here typing this, the kids are at school and all I can hear are the gentle swish of the dishwasher and flap of the clothes in the dryer. My floors are spotless, the crumbs are off the table, and for about .25 seconds I'm sitting in clean domestic bliss. On the other hand, I was … [Read more...]

In Like a Lion {Faux Ceramic Animal Planter}

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How to make an EASY and INEXPENSIVE faux ceramic animal planter! What a fun gift idea! #DIY #modern #planter via www.makinglemonadeblog.com

March comes in like a lion... and apparently out like one, too, the way the weather's been lately.  ;-) I know this tutorial on how to make a faux ceramic animal planter isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but I love fun, quirky touches in home decor and this one suited my style nicely. Plus, it only cost $7 to make so it falls solidly under the 'easy and inexpensive DIY project' camp that I so adore. I've seen these in high-end handmade studios for MUCH more, so if you like this look then … [Read more...]

Mexican Stuffed Peppers Recipe & New Contributor!

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Mexican Stuffed Peppers - a great go-to family meal idea! via www.makinglemonadeblog.com #recipes #familymeals

Happy Monday everyone! I'm thrilled to announce a new contributor to Making Lemonade, Allison from Two Thirty-Five Designs. She's got style for miles, and I'm so happy she's joining the small team sharing freshly squeezed ideas over here. Please give her a warm welcome, and I hope you'll follow her on social media-- her style will blow your mind! (and maybe some will rub off on me, I hope?) I  mean, here's a peek at her Instagram: See? Style. For. Miles. I know you'll enjoy her recipe … [Read more...]

The Little Geometric Planter that Could {& Free Printable}

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Adorable Geometric Plant Pods/ Planters-- made from paper! Get the pattern and tutorial at www.makinglemonadeblog.com #crafts #paper #planter

It's no secret that I love simple and easy crafts with modern appeal-- if I'm going to take the time to craft, I want it to be something beautiful and useful, too!  That's why strolling the aisles of my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Store is a huge stress reliever for me. Something about wandering those aisles and dreaming of projects fills me with happiness, especially when I leave with a bag of goodies and creative ideas. It's National Craft Month, and what better time to scout out spring … [Read more...]

31 Quick Spring Cleaning Tips

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31 Quick and Easy Spring Cleaning Tips via www.makinglemonadeblog.com #spring #cleaning #31days

As previously promised, I've rounded up 31 of the BEST spring cleaning tips to go along with the free printable spring cleaning calendar. It hasn't felt too much like spring around these parts, but I just know it's around the corner somewhere. Hopefully not TOO far around the corner, am I right? As soon as the spring air DOES hit, you'll be ready with your calendar and these 31 tips in hand! Just a reminder, the calendar works 'top-down', so it starts at the top of your rooms and goes to the … [Read more...]

ROCK IT! Make an Agate Jewelry Box

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Make a gorgeous gilded agate slice jewelry box for WAY less than retail-- here's how! www.makinglemonadeblog.com #DIY #agate #jewelrybox

Sometimes... just once in a blue moon... when Jupiter aligns with Mars and the sun hits the right way and the tides reverse-- a sure sign that something is meant to be pops up and you can't ignore it.  Case in point: I'd been lusting after the gilded edge agate slice boxes I'd spied online, but couldn't splurge on the $95 price tag. BOO. Then last week I was invited to a blogger preview of the new Container Store located in King of Prussia (!!!)(that definitely needs many exclamation points … [Read more...]

Garden Inspiration: Philadelphia Flower Show 2014

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Garden Inspiration from the Philadelphia Flower Show! #gardening #Philly via www.makinglemonadeblog.com-slider

One sure sign that spring is on it's way is the arrival of the annual Philadelphia Flower Show. It's a great place to smell fresh flowers, gather garden inspiration, and my favorite part-- BUY STUFF. ;-) This year's theme was ARTiculture, celebrating various artists and artistic styles. With two kids in tow (and lots of crowds to work around), I didn't take my fancy camera but OF COURSE did snap some pics with my phone (and shared some on Instagram-- sorry for the photo flood, but I wanted to … [Read more...]

Deliciously Easy “Cheater” Doughnuts!

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SUPER EASY Homemade Doughnuts! Find out the secret to making delicious doughnuts at home in just minutes! via www.makinglemonadeblog.com #doughnuts #donut #recipe #dessert

Around these Pennsylvania Dutch parts, the tradition of eating a doughnut on Fasnacht Day (otherwise known as Fat Tuesday) is quite common and can be traced back to the German heritage in the area. According to my mother-in-law eating a doughnut on Fastnacht Day is supposed to bring good health for the coming year, but really, I think it's just the perfect excuse for everyone to eat doughnuts.  ;-) Making them from scratch always seemed too daunting until I was strolling the aisles of my … [Read more...]

Weekend Link Love

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Best Links of the Week-- some great posts to read and enjoy.

It's finally the weekend, so I thought I'd leave you with a few favorite links to peruse over the next few days. So grab some coffee (or wine), sit back, and check out my favorite finds this week-- there's a great mix of articles and videos that inform, inspire, and perhaps elicit a giggle and tear or two. :) We adore Idina Menzel over here (aka, "Adele Dazeem", silly John Travolta) so it's hard to admit she sounds better in this clip than she did at the Oscars (love when she starts … [Read more...]

Hot Tip: Save a Bundle on Custom Framing

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Getting a piece of art custom framed can cost a bunch of cash-ola, which is why I usually do it myself using store bought frames. Recently my mom handed down three gorgeous vintage railroad puzzles from my grandmother, and I knew I wanted them framed for my son's room-- but could not spend a fortune. Or even a semi-fortune. Or... anything, really. I didn't want to spend much of anything, because we'd probably only have them framed for a few years so they didn't fade or get damaged.* * to be … [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...]

Free Printable Spring Cleaning Calendar

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Free Printable Spring Cleaning Calendar- get your home fresh and clean in 31 days! www.makinglemonadeblog.com

It seems many of you liked the January and February printable organizing calendars because I got lots 'o requests for a March version. With spring around the corner (somewhere it's around the corner, just apparently not here...) I realized we could shake it up a bit and instead of focusing on organizing we'd get our homes so fresh and so clean this March! And yes, that IS my second Outkast reference on my blog this past week. You're welcome. This is more than random cleaning tasks written … [Read more...]

DIY Hexagon Wall Shelves- the EASY way!

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Easy DIY Hexagon Wall Shelves; you'll never guess what they're made from! ! www.makinglemonadeblog.com

My honeycomb obsession goes wayyyyyy back. I'm not sure why I love them, I think it has something to do with bees. But then why do I love bees? Since Freud isn't on call to figure this one out, let's just say when I started spotting wooden hexagon wall shelves all over the interwebs I knew I needed to make my own. There were many styles to oogle, such as these shelves from Dot & Bo: or this modern set I spotted from Handmade Riot : Since I'm seriously lacking in spare time, I knew I … [Read more...]

Stenciled Woodgrain Tea Towels {DIY Kitchen Decor}

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How to Add a Woodgrain Pattern to Fabric- so easy! Make these faux bois tea towels for simple DIY kitchen decor www.makinglemonadeblog.com

I've been searching for a way to add a faux bois (woodgrain) pattern to fabric for, like, EVER. (Forever. Forever ever? FOREVER EVER.) Back to faux bois. You might remember how easy it is to paint a faux bois pattern on a smooth surface like this breakfast tray, but there's some surfaces where that technique wouldn't work-- curved surfaces and fabric come to mind. Which is why I've been on a search for a woodgrain stencil for awhile to make all my curved, fabric faux bois dreams come … [Read more...]

Go for the GOLD (and Silver, Bronze, + Copper!)

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Mixed Metallics Home Decor : How to Mix Gold, Silver, Copper and Bronze for a SHOWSTOPPING look! www.makinglemonadeblog.com

Metallics week continues alongside the Olympics as we explore gorgeous ways to use your favorite metals in home decor. We started with 5 tips for using metallics at home, and are moving right along with a few designs boards full of inspiration no matter which metallic sheen you most cherish. I'll admit the design boards below contain items mostly out of my price range. However, it's so important to train your eye to high end decor so you know when to scoop it up on sale or when you see it as … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Using Metallics at Home

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Mixed Metallics Home Decor : How to Mix Gold, Silver, Copper and Bronze for a SHOWSTOPPING look! www.makinglemonadeblog.comMixed Metallics Home Decor : How to Mix Gold, Silver, Copper and Bronze for a SHOWSTOPPING look! www.makinglemonadeblog.com

It's Olympic season, which is a fitting time to highlight a classic home decor staple: metallics! You don't have to train 18 hours a day to 'metal' at home (get it? medal? metal? haha?)  It's no secret that metallic trends come and go, but truthfully there's always SOME version of gold, silver, bronze (and copper!) on trend at any given moment. It's a great time to play around with metallics, since we're seeing that just about anything and everything goes when it comes to metals in home … [Read more...]

Decorative Spring Flower Pots, 3 Ways

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How to Decorate Spring Inspired Flower Pots 3 Ways from www.makinglemonadeblog.com

Who's ready for a touch of spring? Nothing says spring like flowers, so  I'm sharing how to decorate terra cotta flower pots three ways (in under 10 minutes each, for those of you busy people who think you don't have time to make things). These pots range from sweet to modern to shabby chic; simply choose your favorite style and enjoy! Plus, I'll show you a few extra touches that make these decorated pots perfect handmade gifts for just about every occasion except for Labor Day. Because really, … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Winter Storm Prep (or, I Should’ve Known Better)

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How to prepare for winter storms and power outages- great tips from www.makinglemonadeblog.com

With winter weather on the way, it's the perfect time for these 10 tips to prepare for storms and potential power outages. From what you'll need for a generator to fridges to sump pumps, here's what we learned about how to prepare for a winter storm! It's a tad ironic my daughter's favorite movie is Frozen, considering that's how we've been spending the last three months here in the mid-atlantic-- FROZEN. And we were especially Frozen when the latest winter ice storm came through and knocked … [Read more...]