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Creative Gift giving: Clothespin Wreath for Instant Lottery Tickets, family photos or holiday cards

  Every year around this time I start to go into full stress mode trying to find gifts for those people who are impossible to buy for. I rack my brain trying to come up with something more creative than my go-to gift card, boxed and wrapped in the most elaborate way possible. It can be a little challenging coming up with something creative and unique. Doesn't it seem like everyone already has everything?!
  This year I think I came up with a winner ... pun intended! Not only is this gift fun and unique but it's also totally functional. Don't you love that!? A dual-purpose gift. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly what you need to do to create this holiday gift everyone is sure to love. 

DIY kitchen window makeover with faux frosted glass etching

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  Hosting for Thanksgiving is one of my favorite parts of the season. I love having family and friends over for endless amounts of food and great conversation. It gives us all time to catch up on the happenings of the past year - and I think for all of us it's been quite an eventful year!
  Before the season officially gets underway I like to start getting ready for any gatherings I have planned for the coming months. I always do a thorough cleaning and home refresher around this time of year. I go through each room of the house and make sure there aren't any of the usual signs of neglect: those bizarre spiderwebs that magically appear and the mysterious blobs of dust hiding behind and under furniture. Sure at Halloween, you can claim they're intentional but afterwards.....time to clean!
  It seems like no matter how comfy and cozy I make the rest of my house everyone always ends up congregating in the kitchen. At first, I thought people just liked my kitchen... then I realized this happens to everyone. The kitchen just seems to be a great place for people to gather and talk. So I've decided, this year, to start that much overdue project. I'm going to finally update my kitchen window. Believe me, it was due. Talk about outdated. As you'll see from the photos, the craft store Gallery Glass plastic cling flowers are no longer the hot window dressing they once used to be. So, I decided to go with a more modern updated etched glass look with a subtle geometrical design. However, I'm not actually using the strong chemical etching cream to create this look but rather a faux etched glass medium! Keep reading and I'll show you how to create a great, sophisticated look for a lot less money and a lot less mess than traditional etched windows.

Korean Fusion Mason Jar Snack with Spicy Asian Slaw

Today's post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone. #SnackHonestly #CollectiveBias
  It seems like everywhere you look a new "fusion" restaurant is popping up around the corner. It's undeniably the biggest trend in dining. I think in my neighborhood alone there are no less than a dozen restaurants. There are the usual Asian fusion and Tex-Mex fusion - which I love. Then there are the more exotic ones like Japanese-American, Irish-Eritrean (still not sure what that is), North African fusion... I even saw vegan sushi fusion - don't know how that works but it sounds interesting! 
  As confusing and intriguing as they all might be, most are actually quite good. I have to admit I'm a sucker for a good Asian fusion restaurant. It's almost become a weekend ritual. Saturday night?... Asian fusion. It's something I always look forward to.
  So I thought if these flavors are great for dinner, why not turn them into a great snack for the work week. It was surprisingly easy and fun to come up with a great "fusion" snack. Using a few prep-free ingredients and an easy Asian slaw that is super simple, I put together an amazing mason jar snack that is not only better for you but really easy to make. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly how to prepare this make-ahead snack.

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



  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

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   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.