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Customize all of your School Supplies with Marble

  Going back to school was always one of my favorite times of the year. I know that for some of my friends it meant the end of summer fun and the beginning of long nights of homework but for me, it was amazing. I eagerly looked forward to the beginning of a brand new year. It was a time for new classmates, new teachers and best of all, a chance to go shopping for new school clothes and school supplies.

  How many of you remember Trapper Keepers? I was completely obsessed with those in High School. I literally had one in every color and design. I loved being able to collect all of the wild and crazy styles. Have a plain boring notebook just wouldn’t do. I would even create my own designs with sharpies, gel pens even paint. …basically anything I could get my hands on. The more I could customize and personalize the better.

  I've partnered with Target's awesome affiliate TargetMadeMeDo to create this simple back-to-school tutorial, we’re going to make our own, custom, marbleized school supplies. Not only is it super easy but it’s so much fun. You just need a few simple supplies to get started. Read the full step by step tutorial right on TargetMadeMeDoIt.com.

Ginger Citrus Sprite® Vinaigrette and WIN tickets to NYC Wine & Food Festival

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 and older. #CookingWithCoke #CollectiveBias

  I love being able to create fun and delicious recipes using unconventional ingredients. I often find that combining simple flavors from ordinary items you have around the house ends up being unexpectedly delicious. It's also fun being able to experiment with combinations of foods that might seem out of the ordinary but work really well together. In a recipe I created last year I combined the sweet and savory flavors of Parmigiano Reggiano and chocolate in a grilled cheese sandwich. You wouldn't believe how well the flavors blended together!

  For today's post, I wanted to create a  light and refreshing vinaigrette that would work great for both fish and chicken when served with a salad as the main course.  A while back, I remember seeing a great recipe using Coca-Cola™ as one of its main ingredients in a balsamic salad dressing. It actually looked really delicious! I thought, why not try the same with its lemon-lime counter part, Sprite®. And so I did. This basic combination of flavors using these simple ingredients created a super salad dressing that is not only easy to make but really delicious. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly what you'll need for this fun and creative recipe. AND, see what we're giving away that will take you to the center of the cooking universe...hint: It's a trip, it's to NYC and there will be tons of food!

Farmhouse Style Summer Beverage Bar with DIY Watermelon Keg and Easy Agua Fresca Recipe

Thanks to Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company for sponsoring today's post, all opinions are 100% mine alone. #SummerRefreshment #Peapod #CollectiveBias

   I want to kick off the last few weeks of summer by giving you guys a fast and easy tutorial making a fun and festive farmhouse style beverage bar. The best part and definite conversation piece is the watermelon keg.  It's an absolute stand out!  What's even better is the quick and delicious agua fresca we're going to fill it with. It's the perfect way to celebrate the last month of summer before the kids go back to school and we jump into fall. 

  I really love the summer. I spend as much time as possible outside enjoying the beautiful weather. For this tutorial we're going to do something craaaazy....we're going to go shopping for all of our supplies and ingredients for our beverage bar and watermelon keg while sitting outside in the fresh air and sunshine! Yup, you heard me right....follow along I'll show you exactly how.

Air Plant Beach Dune Nautical Terrarium in Apothecary or Mason Jar

  One of the best things about living in New Jersey is the beaches. There is no better place to spend the afternoon.  Where I live there are two types of beaches. There are the ones with all of the attractions: boardwalks, games, rides and countless places to eat. Then, there are the off-the-beaten-path beaches- the ones that are serene, natural, and untouched. The common traits to almost all of the beaches are the large protective sand dunes. These dunes are essential in protecting the beaches from erosion. While serving their purpose, they're also one of the more interesting and beautiful parts of the beach. 
  I wanted to create a terrarium that would bring a little bit of the "beach" into my home. This next project does just that. I used air plants to mimic the look of natural beach grasses.  I also added sea glass, a few seashells and even a tiny message in a bottle! Keep reading to see how I made this fun and decorative beach dune terrarium.

nautical coastal terrarium air plants tillandsia beach apothecary or mason jar

DIY Geometric Himmeli Hanging Basket

Thanks to Monrovia for sponsoring today's post. My love for Monrovia plants is 100% true! All opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

 One of the hottest trends for the home is Scandinavian design. It's sleek, modern, sophisticated and minimalist. Bare woods and metals are a must. Simplicity is imperative. It's the complete removal of cluttered decor while adding functionality to each detail of the home. I love it simply for the fact that it makes my house feel clean, neat and organized while still allowing me to keep my own unique style. 
  I decided to run with the Nordic theme and bring it to the outside of the house. I wanted to create a unique hanging basket for my front entryway. I decided to put a  spin on a traditional wire hanging basket and thought a himmeli style design would be the perfect choice. .If you aren't familiar with himmeli, you're in for a treat! Not only are they fun to make, but amazing to look at! The geometric shape of the designs is mesmerizing. 
  For this next DIY tutorial I'm jumping on board the Scandinavian design train.  This was one of my absolute favorite outdoor decor projects to create. It's minimal and modern and adds a bit of unique style to a traditional hanging basket. I also found a new favorite hybrid plant, the SuperCal® Petchoa, that I'm absolutely in love with. Keep reading for all of the details on this super easy hanging plant basket tutorial. 

Create an outdoor hanging basket geometric himmeli planter in brass.

Adding a pop of spring color with Monrovia plants and easy DIY repurposed hanging basket stand

  Spring is finally here! I always love when the weather starts to get warmer so I can spend more time outside. I literally shift my entire workspace outdoors onto my deck as soon as the temps get above sixty.  There's something about working outside that inspires you to be more productive. Whether it's the fresh air or the bright sunlight it definitely makes you feel good.
  To make my deck feel even more welcoming I like to add a few plants. Since the nighttime temps are a little to low for my usual annuals,  I headed on over to the Monrovia website to find out which plants would be great for early spring.  Once I picked out the perfect plants for adding that much-needed pop of color, I needed to find something to put them in. 
  I really love the light airy look of coconut lined hanging baskets, however, there really isn't anywhere on my deck to hang one.  I decided to create my own stand that would be great for use with one of the MANY old wire baskets I've kept from last year. (I think I may inadvertently be a container and hanging basket hoarder!!) Keep reading for this super simple DIY that turns last years gardening leftovers into this year's new,on-trend hanging basket stand.

Thanks to Monrovia for sponsoring today's post. The content and opinions expressed here are 100% my own.