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Christmas Home Tour {Holiday Decorating Ideas, Lemonade Style}

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A Christmas Home Tour OVERFLOWING with easy and beautiful ideas for holiday decorations. Love these simple & glam Christmas ideas that are perfect for stylish families!

Each year I struggle with posting a Christmas home tour. Not because I don't love decorating for the holidays-- obviously I do, hence the glam Scandinavian handmade holiday explosion!-- but rather it's because I strive to keep this blog a place of reality. And the reality is that I have two young kiddos and very little free time to spend fluffing pillows and arranging greenery for hours on end. There may be a season where that IS my reality; perhaps next year when both kids are in school full … [Read more...]

It’s Giving Tuesday! (Our #WishForOthers)

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Teaching Kids about Giving Back

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I've posted several gift guides over the past week, highlighting what's on our wish lists this holiday season. My kids' eyes light up when discussing what Santa might bring and planning careful lists of what they want to find under the tree. It's pretty easy to get caught up in receiving sometimes, especially when dreaming of LEGO mini-figures and Frozen dolls. However that's not the point of … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Advent Calendar {Kids Craft Idea}

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Easy Christmas Advent Calendar (great kids craft activity-- it's inexpensive, quick, and pretty-- what's not to love?!)

Popping in for a minute for a super quick Christmas craft: a stamped advent calendar that doubles as a kids' activity to keep 'em busy. As much as I love our photo advent calendar, it was getting tired, so on a recent shopping trip I picked up a few supplies to create a new one. Advent calendars provide a tangible way to countdown until Christmas morning, plus you can fill these little bags with either small treats or activities from this advent activity printable. BONUS: you can pick up all … [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...]

Free Printable: Advent Calendar Activities

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Free Printable Advent Calendar Activities: cut into strips and tuck into your advent calendar for some holiday fun!

A few years ago I posted a free printable for advent calendar activities-- it was one of the very first printables I ever tried to make, and therefore, not the best. When my BFF asked for that link, I didn't want to let her down so I recreated it in a slightly better format. :) It's much easier to download now too, bonus! I didn't make it too fancy because you'll just be cutting it up in to strips of paper. Also, I added more than 25 activities so it's more flexible for your family (for example, … [Read more...]

Great Gifts for Kids {Gift Guide 2014}

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Kid Tested, Mom Approved: BEST Toys and Gifts for Kids 2014!

Are you looking for the best of the best toys for kids this holiday season? The 'must haves' on every young child's wish list? We've undertaken the job of test-driving some of the hottest toys of the year for preschoolers and elementary aged kids (tough job, I know!) so that you can easily find the BEST toys of the year all in one spot. When it come to Christmas, I try to buy a few toys each year without overdoing it-- after all, Christmas is more than toys, right?  Therefore, I'm only … [Read more...]

How to Clean Hardwood Floors and Microfiber Furniture NATURALLY!

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How to Clean Hardwood Floors and Microfiber NATURALLY!

The holidays are coming, can you feel the excitement?! One of the things I try to do right before Thanksgiving is get my home 'holiday ready' before the influx of guests and trees and food and... well, you catch my drift. My husband knows that his job is to take the kids out for a few hours the weekend before Thanksgiving so I can get the house holiday ready and spiffed up. Thankfully Homeright sent me their Steam Machine Plus Steam Mop to tackle some of the tasks on my list, and I spent the … [Read more...]

FREE PRINTABLE December Organizing Calendar

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FREE PRINTABLE December organizing calendar-- your entire holiday to-do list in one spot, with some fun mixed in too!

Ask and ye shall receive; our free printable monthly organizing calendar is BACK! I've got you covered for what always seems to be the busiest month of the year, December. Simply print out this calendar and check off the tasks each day. Plus there's even some free time and reflection built in there, because this season isn't just about your to-do list (even though it feels like that sometimes). CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE PRINTABLE CALENDAR! BONUS: it's undated, which … [Read more...]

More {High Style, Low Budget} Halloween Decorations

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Halloween decor on a dime... i can't believe how easy it is to get a stylish look for just a few dollars using these tricks and ideas!

They're going to revoke my Dollar Store credit card, I just know it. Okay, a Dollar Store credit card isn't a thing but I can't stop myself from making budget friendly decorations. Which is funny, because I actually don't like Halloween. But my KIDS do, and my son in particular has been begging me to deck the Halloween halls since August. So here you go, my FINAL (I promise!) installment of fall decor on a dime... stylish Halloween decor for everyone! First up is my favorite, but I need to … [Read more...]

15 Thrifty Fall Decor Ideas {more Dollar Store Decor!}

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15 ways to transform thrifty finds into DIY fall decor... that doesn't look like it came from The Dollar Store (but it did, shhhhh!)

What would you think if I told you I decorated my home this fall using items that were either free, thrifted, or from The Dollar Store? Did you just have nightmares of neon plastic pumpkins and off-colored window clings? Well, stop that nonsense right there because decorating for the seasons shouldn't cost a fortune (or involve neon plastic, unless that's your thing). You CAN keep it simple, trendy, and classy on a super tight budget! After a little bit of DIYing, here's 15 ways to transform … [Read more...]

Thomas the Train Trackmaster Toys {say that 3 times fast!}

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Thomas the Train Trackmaster Tale of the Brave toy review

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fisher-Price for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I'd like to use the word 'obsessed' when it comes to how my son feels about trains, but I think it's a bit more. He eats, sleeps, and breathes trains. His career goal is to drive a train (last week he told me that when he grows up, he'll still visit me even on days he's not driving his train, bless him). He can spot a train track half a mile away, and even happily visits thrift … [Read more...]

Life is Like a Grilled Cheese Waffle

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easy grilled cheese waffles

I'm not going to lie-- life has been beyond busy the past few weeks. As much as my hands were full this summer with the kids, nothing compares to now juggling a school schedule, work schedule, traveling husband schedule, and a new business to boot. When my husband told me he had to go out of town this week, I almost cried-- not THIS week, with five deadlines and a huge event coming up! But alas, yes, this week. And last week. And probably next week too. We're bombarded with images of … [Read more...]

You’re Invited: Make & Take Winery Event!

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Young Living Essential Oils Winery Event

You know what sounds lovely right about now? How about sipping wine overlooking a vineyard and making homemade spa products with a few friends? Well that's EXACTLY what I'm inviting you to do next weekend, for FREE! If you don't live within driving distance of the event, no worries, I have a way you can "attend" as well (read on!) What's a Make & Take? It's a chance to make your own spa products and take them home-- all supplies and directions are provided for you. We'll be making … [Read more...]

Signature Style Gallery and HUGE Giveaway!

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HUGE gieveaway: stylish luxury items worth $1200+! #giveaway #highend #signaturestyle

I'm overwhelmed by the amazingly talented ladies that participated in this week's Signature Style blog hop. Their enthusiasm and willingness to share their designing hearts blew me away! You'll find a gallery of ALL their posts below, with a few words to describe their style so you can browse, find inspiration, and connect with bloggers whose style you'll adore. Even when someone's style isn't an exact match to mine, I find a deep appreciation for  it and learn something new. Plus you can find … [Read more...]

Favorite Essential Oils for Back to School

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Best Essential Oils for Back to School: Support Immunity & Focus plus Ease Anxiety and Symptoms of Illness with these amazing Young Living oils! #essentialoils #youngliving

I'm not turning my blog into an essential oil blog, pinkie swear-- however, these amazing oils have become so much a part of my life that I feel the need to share what's working well for my family once in awhile. My goal is one oily post a month-- not frequent enough to turn away my loyal readers, but often enough to help out those of you using the oils and looking for tips and ideas. With back to school season approaching, my mind has been on boosting immunity and easing the inevitable colds … [Read more...]

Back To School Week… WHAT?

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Back to School Ideas

It's here. BTS. Back. To. School. My daughter's kindergarten supply list just arrived in the mail... ish just got REAL! (image source) August is the Sunday of summer; still technically summer but gearing up for shorter days and cooler nights. Many of you will be heading back to school soon, and for those of us in the northeast we're embracing these last few weeks until Labor Day arrives and marks our end of the season. (image source) Regardless, I figured I'd get all the 'back-to-school' … [Read more...]

How to Cover a Duvet the EASY Way {The Two Minute Duvet Cover Trick}

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How to cover a duvet the EASY way in UNDER two minutes! Brilliant! #cleaning #lifehacks makinglemonadeblog.com

I used to have a love/hate relationship with duvet covers-- I loved them for their versatility but LOATHED putting the cover over the actual duvet. That is until I discovered the trick that allowed me to put a duvet cover onto a duvet in UNDER TWO MINUTES BY MYSELF. That's right-- no roping in my husband to help, no climbing inside, no midnight struggles as I fought to put a new cover on a duvet that had been puked on. (TMI?) I'm a bona fide member of the duvet cover fan club. They're … [Read more...]

My FAVORITE New Tool for Easy Meal Prep

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Meal Planning and Dinners Made Easy! Love this concept-- so clever!

Is it a new fangled gadget? A fancy new appliance? Nope! I finally found my favoritest (is that a word?) tool for easy meal prep and I have to tell you it totally and utterly rocked my world last week. Let's just say that after stepping off the plane from an amazing girls' trip to Florida I walked through the door sans meal plan, sans ingredients, and STILL had everything I needed for three amazing home cooked meals that required very little prep time. How 'bout them apples? Or should I … [Read more...]

A Lemonade Stand You’ll Love

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Alex's Lemonade Stand #OneCupAtaTime

It's been a whirlwind week here: I started the week in Florida with a few of my favorite blogging buddies, then came home for Bee's 4th birthday (when did he get so big?!), my husband flew out on an unexpected business trip AND we've been under a 'boil water' advisory all week so no dishes, laundry, cooking, drinking, bathing, etc. can be done until it's lifted. From paradise to boiled water, there's never a dull moment in the Lemonade House! Despite the chaos, I'm counting blessings and … [Read more...]