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Link Round-up: Decorating, Budget-Friendly Parties, Healthy Party Food, and More

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up shows us how to decorate, throw a budget-friendly holiday party, and make healthy party food.

Muslin and Merlot suggested wrapping gifts and making ornaments from music paper.

A Beautiful Mess shared holiday tips for decorating a small space.

Uncommon Designs Online showed us how to make a sprinkles Christmas tree.

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Kenarry told us how to throw a budget friendly holiday party.

Snappy Gourmet shared a recipe for hot onion spinach dip.

Clever Pink Pirate showed us how to upcycle food containers into gift boxes.

Tried and True Blog showed us how to make healthy biscochos.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Creative Gift Wrapping, Wall Art, Sugar Cookie Bars, and More

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has creative gift wrapping ideas, wall art, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for sugar cookie bars.

Sugar Bee Crafts taught us how to make holiday trees from cupcake liners.

Uncommon Designs Online showed us how to make peace sign wall art for Christmas.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to put together some creative gift wrapping.

Tried and True Blog taught us how to make a Rudolph gift card holder.

Clever Pink Pirate shared a craft to do with the kids—making cinnamon dough ornaments.

Musings from a SAHM showed us a DIY hot chocolate snowman gift.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Christmas Cards, Cookies, Ornaments, and More

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has cookies, ornaments, cards, and more.

Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make homemade button Christmas cards.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to create dried citrus ornaments.

One Good Thing by Jillee shared a recipe for an anti-aging facial serum.

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Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make chocolate chip cowboy cookies.

Rad Mom Cool Kid shared some Christmas traditions.

Fitness Food Diva taught us how to make white chocolate pomegranate bark.

Crafty Journal showed us how to make a Christmas money tree.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Chocolate Covered Katie

Link Round-up: No-Sew Decor, Treats, DIY Art, and More

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has no-sew décor, treats, art, and more.

Crafts n Coffee showed us an easy no-sew way to make a Christmas ornament from an old shirt.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make faux wood pillar candles from foam pool noodles.

The Creative Mom showed us a cute DIY pallet art project.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make three different no-sew tree skirts.

Rad Mom Cool Kid shared a gift guide for the home cook.

Fitness Food Diva showed us how to make peanut butter cup blondies.

Hungry Happenings taught us how to make candy cane Rudolphs on Rice Krispies.

Photo credit: Crafts ‘n Coffee and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Glow Bowl, Fluffernutter Pie, Hair How-To, Christmas, and More

Posted on Dec 4, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a DIY glow bowl, graham cracker houses, a hair how-to, ways to use your smart device for Christmas, and more.

 Homemade Interest showed us how to make banana fluffernutter pie and graham cracker houses.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a Vitamix giveaway that ties in with the release of her new book.

A Beautiful Mess showed us a natural hair how-to with two strand twists.

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Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make a glow bowl.

Homemaking Hacks gave us clever ways to use a smart device for the holidays.

A Mom’s Take taught us how to make a reindeer out of a towel to use as a Christmas gift.

The DIY Dreamer taught us how to make deer wood slice ornaments.

Photo credit: Homemade Interest and Muslin and Merlot

Link Round-up: Paper Bag Pirate Puppet, Stencils, Pie Parfait Shots, and More

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a paper bag pirate puppet, stencils for cakes and beverages, pie parfait shots, and more.

Homemade Interest taught us how to make easy pie parfait shots.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to stencil cute designs on cakes and beverages.

Mind Body Green offered some tips for going on a digital detox.

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Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a paper bag pirate puppet.

Homemaking Hacks shared time saving tips for appetizers.

A Mom’s Take shared the essentials for your next road trip.

The DIY Dreamer taught us how to make a beaded wrap bracelet with the kids.

Photo credit: Homemade Interest and Crafts by Amanda

Who Has Diaper Duty at Your House?

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 by 1 Comment

When my daughter was born, I had never changed a diaper. I was scared I’d do it wrong (not sure how you can really mess that up too much in hindsight), but my husband jumped right in and handled quite a few of them during those first few nights at the hospital.

I was lucky. Even after that, he was willing to split diaper duty as much down the middle as possible considering I work from home and had her there with me during the day and he worked away from home and sometimes had a monstrous commute.

I’ve heard some women complain that their husbands never take the initiative to get up and change a diaper. Some claim their husbands have never changed one, at all.

Do you think that it’s fair for diaper duty to fall almost 100 percent to one parent if they work from home so they can take care of their child while they work, or if they’re a traditional stay at home mom (or dad)?

Or does that stay at home parent deserve to have their own version of 5:00 (quittin’ time!), even if it’s only a temporary break when their spouse gets home? I think they do, whether they have an extra job or not.

I’m reminded of that old saying, “A mother’s work never ends.” I think it should, even if it’s only a brief respite for a long bath or a shower that lasts more than 30 seconds and includes shampoo and conditioner.

Who has or had diaper duty at your house? Did you split it evenly? How did you work out which person did what for the kids, and when? Did you end up doing all the diaper changes? Were you fine with it or did you resent it?

Photo credit: Inga Munsinger Cotton

Do You Have a Signature Scent Your Kids Will Always Associate with You?

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 by No Comments

Scent is a powerful thing. It has the ability to open up a group of memories within seconds, taking you back to another time and place. It has the power to affect your mood. A person’s signature scent will have their loved ones immediately thinking of them if they smell it somewhere else.

My grandma’s been gone for quite some time, but there was always a fragrance—on her, at her house, on anything that left her house—that no one could quite identify. It was clean, soapy, a little sweet and a little herbal.

Every now and then I’ll catch a whiff of something that has that smell or was a strong part of that smell, and I’m a kid again, sitting in the living room while she’s cooking a delicious southern meal. Cooking was her superpower, I swear.

I’m mesmerized by the power of fragrances and their ability to unlock those memories or brighten our mood for no apparent reason. I love aromatherapy and using scented candles to create a warm, more welcoming space.

Sadly, I haven’t found a “signature scent” for myself in all the perfumes I’ve tried and collected over the past decade or more. I love the idea of there being one scent that my daughter and grandchildren can smell and think of me one day, something she could pick up a bottle of, have a sniff, and feel comforted. It’d be nice to have a scent that felt like it was made for me and represented me as a mom.

There are scents I’ve used for different times in my life. GAP Heaven reminds me of my first year in college and makes my mom think of me because she used to do my laundry when I’d come home from school on breaks and the smell would still be in my clothes.

Then there was a tangerine body spray that will forever take me back to the night of my first double date. I bought it just for the occasion. Now, though, I want something comforting for my daughter to associate with me after she’s grown up and started a life of her own. I hope I find it soon. The best contender right now is Tom Ford’s Black Orchid.

Do you have a signature scent that you’ve worn for years and can’t imagine ever straying from? Was it a conscious decision to choose one or did you just find one you liked so much, you never changed it? What was it about it that made you choose that particular fragrance?

Photo credit: Josh (broma)

Link Round-up: Christmas Decorations, Winter Driving Emergency Essentials, and More

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has Christmas decorations, a faux gingerbread house, winter driving emergency essentials, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us a new kind of tree that looks gorgeous and takes up less space—the coastal branch tree.

Homemaking Hacks showed us how to make Santa belt clothespins for hanging pictures and art.

Our Simple Life offered tips for starting to live a simple life.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make a bottle cap Christmas wreath.

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Our Secondhand House shared eight winter driving emergency essentials.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to create a faux gingerbread house you don’t have to throw away.

A Cup of Jo showed us how to get ready for a holiday party in five minutes.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Our Secondhand House