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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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Sunday Rewind: Heirloom Pumpkin Bread

We’ve had a heat wave in Southern California this past week.  Things seem seem to be cooling down a bit and the weather seems to at least be considering the idea that it is fall, according to the calendar.  As soon as weather permits, I want to bake some of this Heirloom Pumpkin Bread from Bombshell Bling. Pin This recipe was handed down through Sarah’s…

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In case you missed it: Weekly Wrap-Up

I love fall, but I am really bumming out hard that I am not going to be able to go all out like I usually do this year.  I have been having horrible back pain and it’s put a huge damper on my creative mojo (as well as my ability to physically do anything) and I am super cranky about it.    However, I did…

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A chic black & white pumpkin with a crown (plus 11 more spooktacular Halloween projects!)

OK, so if Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King, I wondered what the Pumpkin Queen might look like….  So I decided to make a pumpkin with a crown on it. Pin My BFF  loves Halloween as much as I do, so I thought I’d make a pumpkin for her.  With a crown.  Because who wouldn’t want that? Pin It was a little challenging to figure…

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Sunday Rewind: Fall Color Palettes

Southern California is having a heat wave this weekend, with temps 10 to 20 degrees about average.  I have the A/C cranked up and am trying to get a little fall inspiration going around here.  (Because in SoCal we have to manufacture seasons through decor…)  I love the simple color palette of olive green, cream and brown that I used last year.  Is it cheating to do…

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Make temporary pedestal plates.

I’ve mentioned many times that I love, love, love Museum Putty, and that it keeps my knick-knacks in place and makes sure they don’t crack me on the head during earthquakes. Pin It’s also handy to make temporary pedestal plates. Pin Why make a temporary pedestal plate?  Well, they can be expensive to buy, difficult to store and there are times I just need one…

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Why stocking up on birthday gifts should be part of your back to school supplies...

You know it’s coming. Along with the avalanche of school papers that will start hitting your house come September, so begins a steady stream of birthday party invitations. Our school has a policy that if you are on school grounds and deliver a party invitation to one classmate, you pretty much need to invite the whole class.  Similar to the “I hope you brought enough…

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Sunday Rewind: Scallops, Bacon & Corn salad

I still am not sure if this is a salad or an appetizer or just a yummy side dish.  All I know is the the flavors are amazing and every time I make it, it gets gobbled up. Pin Maybe an appetizer salad…?  I don’t know.  If you figure out what it is, please tell me.  Here’s the link to the easy and delicious recipe….

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Shoe stories. You can't make this up.

As the mom of boys, there are just times when I just shake my head. There are times when I know I should investigate a situation fully, but I really just don’t know that I want the answers. Pin It was time for Grant’s JiuJitsu class and he was getting dressed and ready to go.  Normally he slips on his flip flops along with his…

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Sunday Rewind: Pork & Black Bean Rice Cakes with Cilantro Sour Cream.

I just realized I made these yummy Pork & Black Bean Rice Cakes a year ago and haven’t made them again since.  What’s wrong with me!?  These are full of spicy pork carnitas, roasted corn, black beans and tasty rice and are so easy to make! Pin This is an awesome way to use up leftovers and the recipe is so loosey-goosey that you can…

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So you want to be a winemaker...

This post brought to you by La Crema© winery. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://www.thevspotblog.com/. If I had to do it all over again, maybe I’d train as a sommelier. The more wine I drink, the more interested I am in the differences in varietals and the different stages of the wine-making process.  There are so many factors that affect the…

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Sunday Rewind: Wine Cork Crafts

I love wine.  (Have I mentioned this?)  We tend to have a lot of corks floating around here. For Sunday Rewind, I thought I’d revisit a big round up of wine cork crafts. Pin There are so many fun projects you can make and things you can use old corks for!  Check out all the ideas here. Cheers!    

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Tips on keeping kids active and healthy when schedules get busy.

I think there is something fundamentally wrong with a school year that begins before Labor Day Weekend. I’ll just throw that out there to start, ok? One of my uncles was a teacher and I have a very clear memory of the coffee mug he used. It said: The 3 best things about being a teacher: June, July and August. August is part of summer,…

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Sunday Rewind - Chipotle Lime Coleslaw

This Chipotle Lime Cole Slaw is a nice twist on traditional slaw and is a great side for a Mexican inspired meal.

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Los Angeles Lifestyle (and beyond) with Cindy Ambuehl

I thought I’d share one of my favorite websites with you today.  My friend Cindy has created Cindy Ambuehl Lifestyle, a site that showcases beautiful homes, fun things to do in Los Angeles and all sorts of gorgeous lifestyle posts. Cindy is a former actress and model who now works as one of the top luxury real estate agents in Beverly Hills and surrounding areas.  (If…

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Unexpected guests? Snacks to keep on hand.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. We all have had moments when friends stop by unexpectedly, or spontenous plans for a BBQ come together.  The first thought is usually, "Is the house clean?!" and is followed quickly by, "What can I serve?!"  This is…

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Sunday Rewind: Cheesy herbed potatoes, roasted in foil packets.

We love camping, and this is one of our favorite “go-to” recipes. Cheesy herb potatoes, roasted in foil packets over a campfire?  Mmm mmm good! Pin   Click here to get the full recipe.  Happy Sunday!

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Sunday Rewind

I love, love, love stuffed mushrooms.  These  pesto-tomato stuffed portobello mushrooms are easy to make and absolutely delicious. Pin You can get the full recipe here.  Give it a try and let me know what you think! Mangia!

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In case you missed it: weekly wrap-up

Hope you’re having a great weekend.  We are hanging out and praying for rain… Southern California is experiencing the worst drought! Ugh. Here’s what’s been happening around the blog lately. Pin   Sunday Rewind: Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Cheesecake Saving a little time in the kitchen with frozen food. New packaging for Listerine bottles (that I’m willing to leave out on the counter.) An easy centerpieces…

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An easy summer centerpiece using a chandelier and fresh flowers.

My neighbor gave me a blingy chandelier several months back.  I didn’t have any place to put it, so it just kind of got stuck in a corner.  Then I needed an easy and inexpensive centerpiece and I immediately knew the chandy would be a great focal point.  Here’s how I took a chandelier and flowers from my yard to make a fun centerpiece. Pin Decide…

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Cute Chevron designs on Listerine bottles.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Listerine for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Every morning, I get up and I grab my bottle of Listerine.  I wear my Invisalign trays all night long and in the morning, the best thing to do is give 'em a quick rinse.  Even before I had the braces, I have been a Listerine…

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Saving steps in the kitchen using frozen food.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. If you’re a regular reader, you know that we have 4 boys, and that I like to cook for everyone.  We’ve been big fans of family meals, with all 6 of us gathered around the table… but something…

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Sunday Rewind: Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Cheesecake

Ever have one of those perfect recipes?  You can make it in advance (if you want to) and serve it to a crowd (if you want to) or make individual servings and freeze some for later (if you want to)… oh yes, and it’s totally delicious.  Do you have one of those great, go-to recipes?  Now you do! Pin This savory cheesecake recipe is a…

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clam sauce recipe

Linguine with Clam Sauce - A family favorite.

I thought I’d share a family favorite today: my mom’s recipe for linguine with clam sauce.  Oh.  My.  Yum.   This is a perfect dish for those times when you’d like a pasta dish but don’t necessarily feel like anything too heavy. Pin Linguine with Clam Sauce 4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) 1 large onion, chopped 4 to 6 cloves of garlic, crushed…

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Sunday Rewind: How I became friend's with my husband's ex-wife.

My birthday was a few days ago.    A year ago  I shared a very personal and emotional story about what could have been an unimaginable tragedy, and how it became a gift to two families.   Becoming friends with my husband’s ex-wife sounds insane, but I tell you, it is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. Pin I love this story, and…

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