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Goat Cheese appetizer recipe

My friend Michelle brought an appetizer to Thanksgiving dinner…  An appetizer that was so good that people went back for seconds of goat cheese and crackers instead of turkey and stuffing.  This goat cheese appetizer recipe is da bomb. Pin Creamy goat cheese, rolled in candied walnuts, fresh basil and dried cranberries not only tastes divine, it is pretty and perfectly festive. Ingredients: 1 log…

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Last minute gift idea: Movie Tickets.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. You know those moments when you need a last minute gift?  Movie tickets are an easy fix and one size tends to fit all.  Everyone loves a movie! Pin You can still give a pretty gift, even though it might be a last minute one. You…

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Sunday Rewind: DIY Glitter Christmas Sled

Last year I made over an old sled for Christmas, using my Cricut and some great glitters from Michael’s.  This project was super easy to do, and even if you don’t happen to have an old sled in need of a make-over, you could also just make a cute sign on an old board. Pin I need to make another one, as I discovered that…

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Sundried Tomato and Pesto Cheeseball Recipe. Easy and Yummy!

This Sundried Tomato & Pesto Cheeseball is easy to make, totally yummy and freezes beautifully. Perfect for parties or to have on hand for unexpected guests.

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Win a Cricut Explore Bundle and a big 'ol Visa Gift card!

Are you having a tough time shopping for the crafter in your life?  (Or are you a crafter and are hoping someone gets you the perfect gift?)  How about winning a gift instead of shopping for it?  We’re giving away a Cricut Explore Bundle and Goodies Prize pack, just in time for Christmas! Pin Enter to WIN a Cricut Explore Bundle and Goodies Prize Pack…

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Christmas tree clippings, topiary, decor, planter, winter

Sunday Rewind: Using Christmas tree clippings to make simple festive planters.

I love to decorate using found or natural elements.  They are abundant, and they’re free.  (Ya gotta love that, right?)  This time of year there is so much that can be done with Christmas tree clippings!  Pin   These empty planters were so easy to “fluff” with real greenery.  Add in some Frosted Icy Branches and a few decorations or ornaments and you have a…

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DIY Icy Ornaments

This post brought to you by BIC®. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://www.thevspotblog.com/. At Christmas time I love to get creative with my decor.  Sometimes that means making my own decor!  These DIY ornaments are easy to make and look like they’re coated with ice. Pin To make these icy ornaments all you need is a few plain glass ball ornaments,…

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Easy DIY Christmas Luminaries

Candlelight at Christmas-time is probably prettier than candlelight at any other time of year.  Today I’m making easy DIY Christmas luminaries using empty jars, wax paper and simple marking pens. Pin Measure and cut a piece of wax paper to fit around your clean glass jar.  I used a pretty blue metallic marker to draw snowflakes on the wax paper.  Be sure to let set and…

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Decorating Your Holiday Home with DIY Candle Tablescape Ideas

Decorating Your Holiday Home with DIY Candle Tablescape Ideas There is something about the flicker of candlelight at the holidays that signifies the warmth and togetherness of the holidays. Whether you display candles as a decorative touch to your fireplace mantle or dining room table, or you keep them unlit on a foyer side table, you will be surprised how many options are out there…

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Design Ideas: Choosing the right rug to anchor a room.

This post brought to you by Kalaty Rug. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://www.thevspotblog.com/. Any time that you see a beautiful room, chances are good that there is a beautiful rug that anchors it.  A gorgeous rug can tie a whole room together. It can provide color, texture, patterns and an overall feeling of warmth to a room… a room that…

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Easy DIY wrapping paper with Bic Mark-It markers.

This post brought to you by BIC®. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://www.thevspotblog.com/. I love this time of year.  The holidays bring out the creative in me even more than usual.  I am sure a lot of us are like that… we might not consider ourselves crafty for 10 months out of the year, but November and December get the wheels…

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Make Rosemary Herb bread using your bread machine.

These days schedules are full and days are busy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy fresh home baked breads.  A bread maker is a convenient way to bake tasty pastries and bread without the need to spend long hours in the kitchen. Fresh baked breads and pastries are an excellent treat, are often healthier and cheaper than store bought breads and they fill…

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Sunday Rewind: Easy DIY Thanksgiving invitations.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner and need invitations?  These were so quick and easy to make! Pin I love the formality of a paper invitation… even if it is just for a casual get together! For the easy tutorial, please check out this post. Happy Sunday!      

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Sunday Rewind: 60+ Handmade gift ideas for grown ups.

Happy Sunday everyone.  Just a few short weeks until Thanksgiving and what (for some people) a Christmas shopping frenzy.  However, if you plan to give handmade gifts, you need to get started right now.  Fortunately, I have a handy round up of more than 60 gift ideas to inspire you and most of them come with easy instructions to teach you! Pin There are plenty…

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Sunday Rewind: Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip

My friend Kirsten makes THE most delicious spicy buffalo chicken dip. The way everyone tends to jump on her when she shows up at parties with this stuff, she’s lucky she hasn’t been injured in the enthusiastic frenzy from people trying to get their hands on it.   It’s like spicy crack.  (I assume.) Pin It’s just a few simple ingredients, but sometimes simple is best.  I love…

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Last minute Halloween Costume ideas.

With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, there are bound to be a few extra social events for grown-ups. Need some inspiration for Halloween costumes? Last minute Halloween Costume ideas. Click To Tweet There is plenty to be found in these wrap ups from some of our previous Halloween parties.  (Plenty of decor ideas as well.) Pin Many of these costumes were elaborate (or…

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Sunday Rewind: Skeleton Vase (A Pottery Barn Knock-off)

I love a good knock off.  I made this skeleton hand vase last year for Halloween and it was fun and easy to do. Pin All you need for this Halloween project is an old pot or vase, plastic skeleton parts, spray paint and… Vaseline.   Click here for the full tutorial and supply list.

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Creepy DIY Halloween Candlesticks.

I love Halloween and although I haven’t been able to do any new projects this year, I still love to bring out the decorations from previous years.  The other day I posted an Instagram of these creepy candles and I had a few comments and emails about them. Pin These are the easiest things to make.  Ever.  (Like, ever.) You’ll need white taper candles and…

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Support the USO and our troops with the #ComfortsFromHome Project

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. My father served our country in the Marine Corps. (22 years – Master Gunnery Sergeant – Semper Fi!) and we have many friends and family memebers who have served in the US Military, so I have always had a deep appreciation and respect for those…

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Sunday Rewind: Halloween Bookcase

I love decorating our home for Halloween.  Last year I decorated this bookcase with a little bling, some glass, a few pumpkins….. and household cleaning products. Pin That’s right.  Cleaning products. So often people think that you need to go to the holiday/seasonal section of a store and buy your home decor or holiday decorations.  Not so.   Click here to see the entire bookcase and…

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Sunday Rewind: Spooky front porch decor and a Halloween Chair.

This year’s Halloween is looking so very different from previous ones.  Problems with my back and a busy work schedule are preventing me from getting creative with any new projects.  Fortunately, I have a whole heck of a lot of Halloween decor from holidays gone by to get me in the mood.   I loved, loved, LOVED my front door display last year. DIY Halloween…

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Sunday Rewind: Black Spray paint turns everyday objects into Halloween decor.

It’s so funny, but I see the image from this post pinned all over Pinterest.  To me it is a total no-brainer.  Spray paint makes everything better… Painting something black makes it work for Halloween. Simple. Pin Please remember that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to totally do it up right for Halloween.  Check out the original post that has a few…

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The first stop for my holiday shopping? Uncommon Goods. (Is it wrong that I got myself a gift?)

You guys know that I like wine, right?  I might have mentioned that a time or two five.    I even managed to use all the wine…. even the corks Pin and the bottles. If I were a hunter, you could say that nothing goes to waste… Pin I have a lot of friends who love wine as much as I do, and with holiday shopping…

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Pumpkin topiaries for Fall and Halloween

Pumpkins.  It might be a sickness that I have.  (Is Pumpkinitis a thing…?)   The only thing that might be better than an awesome pumpkin or two would be awesome pumpkins stacked into a topiary. I searched Hometalk and put together a little round up of some super examples of pumpkin topiaries that are sure to inspire you for your fall or Halloween decorating. Pin…

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Sunday Rewind: 100+ Halloween projects

I can’t believe we are bidding goodbye to September.  Didn’t we just say hello?  October is one of my favorite months… the air is crisp and cool (or at least it’s supposed to be) and We get to spend the whole month gearing up for Halloween. I am incredibly bummed out.  Due to my back problems we aren’t going to be able to host our annual…

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