Decoupage Mini Chest of Drawers

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This post originally appeared on Tatertots and Jello on July 13, 2015. My friend Jen from Tatertots and Jello has just released the most adorable craft supplies line.  The colors are perfect and on trend, the themes and patterns are just adorable...everything is amazing. I received the box of supplies last week and as I drooled over the beautiful colors, textures, and designs, I had an idea for decorating a cute little wood box of some … [Read more...]

Pink and Gray Girl’s Bedroom

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We moved into a new house last December.  A brand-spankin' new house.  When we were designing the house, we picked one color (a light gray) for our entire interior.  This is mostly fine, but sometimes you feel like the rooms are a big ol' gray blob.  And it can be overwhelming to start from complete zero with a new, empty room. Check out the before and after of this room: Isn't that an awful before??  I'm embarrassed to even show you … [Read more...]

Pineapple Mango Sorbet

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Yes--one more ice cream recipe!  As you might have noticed from my Wendy's Frosty Copycat recipe and my S'mores Ice Cream recipe, I'm a little bit on an ice cream kick right now.  This pineapple mango sorbet recipe is a bit healthier and dairy-free. It starts with a sugar and water syrup base.  Just mix a cup of water and a cup of sugar in a saucepan, mixing and dissolving it.  Meanwhile, cut up 1 fresh pineapple and 2 fresh mangos (you … [Read more...]

Homemade Hershey’s Smores Ice Cream

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If you read my Copycat Wendy's Frosty post, you'll remember that I just got a new ice cream maker that I love!  And so we have been going a little homemade ice cream crazy at my house.  And I couldn't wait to try adding things into the basic ice cream recipes to make them even yummier. The first recipe I made (that turned out awesome!) was, of course, homemade Hershey's Smores Ice Cream!  S'mores is the classic summer treat that we have … [Read more...]

Copycat Wendys Frosty Recipe

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One of my favorite memories as a kid is eating Wendys frostys.  They were a rare treat, since my mom wasn't a fan of buying us fast food.  But once I started driving, I would occasionally drive by Wendys and get a frosty and some fries.  Don't you love dipping your fries in the frosty?  I want to create that same memory for my kid but eating ice cream at Wendy's is actually not my favorite kid activity--it always ends in a mess.  And they usually … [Read more...]

Colorful Living Room

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I actually really love neutrals.  I love the softness of beiges and creams, the cleanness of whites, the contrasts of grays and blacks.  It's very sophisticated.  But I think there's a bigger part of me that loves color more.  Color makes me complete.  It doesn't have to be over-the-top, paint-the-wall-pink bright color.  It can be subtle, but there.  So I created a colorful living room. I have a lot of aqua and soft blue in my home, and … [Read more...]

Vacuuming–Easy Cleaning Checklist

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I recently tried out a new vacuum, the Dirt Devil® 360º Reach™.  It's a different kind of vac than I am used to, not the standard roller wheel vac.  It has the engine up by your hand which means it can convert in all sorts of ways.  It can be small or long.  It has a long tube that enables you to reach high spots like some lights and ceiling fans or the tops of window and door frames.  Or take the long tube off and you can conveniently use it as … [Read more...]

LeapPad Platinum Review

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We recently received the new LeapPad Platinum from LeapFrog.  We've been working with LeapFrog for years and last year I visited their headquarters and learned about the process of how they develop games and products. The visit made a big impression on me, I wish everyone could have seen that side of LeapFrog.  They put in so much time and energy into each product and truly try to make it as educational as possible, while still being fun.  So … [Read more...]