8 Photo Ideas Every Dog Lover Must Try

In honor of National Dog Day, we’ve assembled our favorite picture ideas for capturing the many personalities of man’s best friend. From the heartwarming to the downright ridiculous, there’s bound to be at least one photo you can copycat (copydog?) for your own furry friend on this most adorable of days.

1. DIY Photo Booth
Photo booths aren’t just for the two-legged! From shelter fundraisers to dog shows, more and more pet-friendly photo booths are popping up across the country. Keep an eye out for a benefit near you, but in the meantime, you can DIY with the app Pocketbooth. This new mobile app is “the photo booth that fits in your pocket” – perfect for a spontaneous shoot with your pup!

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2. A Dog’s Life Aquatic
This photo inspiration comes straight from Seth Casteel’s viral sensation Underwater Dogs, a hilarious photo collection of – you guessed it – dogs underwater. Why not dust off your waterproof camera and give it a try?

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3. Up Close & Personal
If you got it, flaunt it! Some dogs have that one striking feature that is perfect for a closeup shot. Add a little color enhancement for extra effect, and you’ve got a beautiful image of your four-legged friend.

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4. Play Dress Up
Okay, some dogs may be more open to this one than others, but you have to admit that dressing up your dog can provide some pretty adorable photo opportunities. We don’t want you losing any fingers here. But, if you can, pick out an outfit that reflects his or her personality and give it a try!

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5. Seriously Cute
You know those moments when you catch your dog intently staring out the window, and you find yourself wondering: “what is he thinking about?” Capturing your dog’s serious side on camera makes for some incredible dog portraits – just don’t interrupt their deep moments too often!

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6. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
There is something inherently comforting about a sleeping dog. Take advantage of their blissed out state to snap some endearing photos; you’ll easily get some still shots, and they’ll be none the wiser!

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7. The Action Shot

If your dog is anything like mine, it can be tough to get them to sit still for 5 seconds, let alone a whole photo shoot. Instead of trying to control their energy, embrace it! Take pictures when your dog is happiest – running, jumping, chasing the mailman, you name it. Here are some tips on capturing stellar photos of animals in motion, perfect for dog photography.

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8. Get in the Picture
Last but not least, sometimes the best photos of our dogs are taken with the people they love most. So grab a friend or set up a timer on your camera, and snap some photos with your pup. Because let’s face it – our dogs bring out the best in us, and who doesn’t want to look their best?

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We hope that this photo collection will make for some beautiful, canvas-worthy photos of you and your dog. Have some ideas of your own? Please share below!

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How to Hang a Canvas Print

Today we’re throwing it back and completing a revamp of one of our most popular posts: Helpful Tips for Hanging Canvas. We’re going to walk you through the steps of how to hang an Easy Canvas Prints product. If you have a different canvas the same steps should apply, we just think Easy Canvas Prints is the best. Not that we’re biased or anything.

Before hanging you’ll need to go through the simple order process and ship your canvas directly to your door. You’ll choose a size, upload your image, select finishing options and then place your order. Already have your canvas in hand? Cool, let’s walk through how to hang.

  1. Gather the necessary supplies

The nice thing about canvas is that it is lightweight, so you shouldn’t need anything heavy-duty. We recommend a pencil, hammer and nails (or drill and screws), picture hangers, and a level. A friend to help with eyeing the level and placement is also really helpful! Before you add your Easy Canvas Prints canvas to the cart, we provide two options for hanging. If you purchase either of these, you should be good to go.

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  1. Install your picture hangers or hanger system

Depending on if you purchased our optional hardware or went to the store to buy your own, you’ll want to make sure it’s applied to your canvas. Either screw the hangers directly on the canvas frame or follow these directions for the wall hanger system. If you purchased our wall mount, nothing goes on the canvas print.

  1. Measure and mark your wall

This is where that friend comes in handy. In the space where you want to hang your canvas choose the spot on the wall where it looks best. This can be eye level, above furniture, or your personal preference. Once the perfect spot is chosen, hold the canvas print against the wall and mark the top of the canvas with a light pencil mark.

  1. Hammer nails

Measure the placement for your nails (or screws, alternatively). This will depend on the hardware you’ve chosen. Keep it close to the pencil mark for the top of the canvas and place your nail/screw directly in the drywall.

  1. Hang your canvas

Erase the pencil marks off your wall using a soft eraser and hang the canvas print on the wall. Use a level across the top of the canvas to make sure it’s even. Then take a step back and look at its position on the wall.

Hopefully, it looks a little something like this!

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5 Essential Mobile Apps for Editing Photos

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With the way technology is advancing, anyone can be a photographer without even owning a camera. These days the quality of our smartphone camera often rivals that of an expensive, professional camera. Plus, we have endless options for apps that can edit or adjust the photos we take on our phones! Because there is an overwhelming selection of photo apps to choose from, I have chosen my five favorite photo editing apps that anyone can quickly and easily learn to use. Your photos will look so great after using these apps that you’ll want to print them on canvas!

1. InstaSize
If you are like me and you are addicted to Instagram, then you know that the app can sometimes annoyingly crop your photo and cut out your subjects. To solve this problem, I use the app InstaSize to help keep the entire photo in the frame by creating a white border around its original size. The app also allows you to edit this newly cropped photo with different filters, adjustments, or even fonts and stickers. And here’s the kicker: it’s free in the app store!

2. VSCO Cam
This free photo app has become so popular that it now has its own hashtag on social networks: #vsco. It has a clean, easy interface that also manages to include a nice selection of filters and adjustments. I like the editing tools provided in this app because they’re subtle and they give your photos an authentic film effect. Another great feature with this app is the VSCO Journal, which allows you to display your photos to the app community. You can even get photo inspiration from browsing other users’ Journals.

3. Snapseed
This app is labeled as one of the most powerful image editing apps for smartphone photographers, which might explain why Google+ acquired it! Snapseed has a wide range of adjustment options for improving color and exposure. You can also apply different effects such as vignette or black and white in layers so that you can customize the photo to your liking. However, one of the neatest features in this free app is its Selective Adjustment tool. This tool allows you to edit only certain parts of the image without altering the whole thing.

4. TouchRetouch
Have you ever had a person, sign, or other random item photobomb your picture? If you don’t have the Photoshop skills to erase this unwelcome visitor, try using the app TouchRetouch to edit it out of the photo. The app is very easy to use! Just use your finger as a brush to “paint” over the item. The subject will then be replaced with pixels from the surrounding area, effectively erasing it from the image. Voila – your picture is now photobomb free! This app is available in the app store for only $1.99.

5. Color Splash
Some photos just look better in black and white. However, you might want to keep the color of a certain detail in your b&w photo. This is when the free app Color Splash comes in handy. First, use the app to convert a colored image to black and white. Once it’s converted, you can use your finger to brush over the area where you would like to display its original color. If you make a mistake, it’s very easy to correct because of the provided “do-over” option. Once you are finished, you will have a very dramatic, professional-looking photograph to share!

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Beyond the Gift Basket: 4 Unique & Affordable Housewarming Gifts

Whether you’re welcoming a new neighbor or saying goodbye to a close friend, having a personalized housewarming gift can speak volumes to your current relationship or a relationship to come. Plus, who doesn’t want a little reminder of you everywhere that they go?

Below are a few personalized gift ideas, from fancier custom products, to more affordable (and fun!) DIY projects that any recipient is sure to love. There may even be a surprise appearance from our old friend, the gift basket…

1. World Travel Map – Oh, the Places They’ll Go!

Whatever the circumstances leading up to the move, a new home inevitably represents a new start. With that comes the opportunity to explore new surroundings, personal goals, and beyond!

Enter the world travel map. There are tons of options available, from affordable DIY projects to custom text prints for family names, quotes, or whatever else strikes your fancy:

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If you have a hunch that your recipient would be more interested in travel by region, say Europe or the United States, there are plenty of localized options. Here’s one that includes U.S. national parks, perfect for your more adventurous friends:

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2. Cityscape, Skyline, or Custom Art Prints

One of my closest friends recently relocated to Boston. Being a bit familiar with the custom print space, I scoured the web for photos of the skyline and other unique images of her new city.

In addition to the many panoramic photos of Boston’s downtown, I stumbled across an array of creative, artsy designs. After the inevitable hour plus of Etsy distraction, I selected this one from artPause:

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My friend loves the print, and there are plenty of similar styles available for other major cities. If you’re working with a smaller town or city with few art pieces available, focus instead on the state itself. I, for example, attended college in Gambier, OH, an area known more for its Amish population than a vibrant cityscape:

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Some prints include quotes or areas for custom text that can add an even more personal touch to your gift. One of my favorite prints at home is an Austin map with the words “You Are Where You Belong” emblazoned across the top. When the city’s notorious summer heat or traffic congestion start to get to me, the print is a great reminder of my true love for the city (especially when combined with a glass of wine).

On the flip side, a canvas print, photo album, or scrapbook with memories of the recipient’s previous home may be an even better approach. My dorm room in college was filled with pictures of friends and family in other states, a comforting display of the people in my life no longer down the street or across the hall. Note to parents: it can also help your college kids remember to call home!

3. Not Your Average Accessories

As someone who often lives far from close friends and family, I love personalized home decor that makes them feel just a little bit closer. “Missing you” throw pillows can be customized with hearts across two or more states, bringing together the location of friends, family, or couples in one unique image:

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Pillows are another great option to highlight a new city, from more state prints to increasingly popular coordinate pillows:

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Nowadays your favorite memories can even be made into custom photo blankets, yet another option for a sentimental (and comfy!) housewarming gift.

4. Return of the Gift Basket

Okay, I know I promised “beyond gift basket” gift ideas. But, when done right, gift baskets can still be very meaningful and appreciated housewarming gifts! The key is to make them personal, ideally with a DIY gift basket that will bring happiness to your friend and your bank account.

When planning your gift basket, think about the particular circumstances for the new house or change in location. New baby on the way? Go with a baby themed basket. First home as newlyweds? Put together a champagne set for their grand entrance. Or maybe your friend can’t wait to start a garden for organic vegetables and her new “clean eating” lifestyle. The diet may pass, but she’ll never forget your DIY gardening basket:

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If you’re shopping for a new acquaintance or there’s no relevant life event, going with a basket of local treats is always a safe bet. Compile a list of food that the new city is known for, and explore yelp to find popular restaurants that would be perfect for a gift card to slip in. Local beer, wine, or other spirits are also universally appreciated. Austin is known for live music, BBQ, and keepin’ it weird, so I try to keep that in mind for my local housewarming gifts.

What are your favorite housewarming gifts? Please share below, gift baskets and all!

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S’mores Cups Recipe

Happy National S’mores Day! In honor of this very delicious holiday, we are featuring a guest post from our friend Becca over at A Dash of Texas. Enjoy!


There’s nothing quite like the nostalgic taste of a classic s’more. I adore the feeling of a warm, crackling campfire in front of me, with marshmallows slowly roasting to an almost too-burned-crisp, and chocolate bars itching to be melted between two sturdy graham crackers at the ready.

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But with the brutal heat of summertime at its height right now, I’m saying “no thank you” to open campfires and a resounding “YES” to air conditioning and the comfort of the indoors. If you too want to forego open flames for a few more months until the temperature cools a bit, then celebrate this National S’mores Day by grabbing the classic ingredients from the back of your pantry and firing up the oven!

These S’mores Cups are the perfect solution for a late night s’mores hankering when there’s no campfire to be found! They’re quick, easy, and are filled with ingredients that you likely already have. Simply fill any small, oven-safe dish about 3/4 of the way full with your choice of chocolate chips (you could use milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark, or a mixture), and top with a hearty heaping of marshmallows. Roast them in your oven for a few minutes until the marshmallows reach your desired golden brown color, then dig in with graham crackers.

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I chose to use small ceramic ramekins to create convenient, individual servings for my family, and they devoured them! The creamy, rich chocolate melts beautifully alongside the toasted marshmallows, and you’ll be diving for every last smear of white fluff with graham crackers until your cup is empty! It’s a simple, no-fuss and mess-free way to enjoy all of the delectable flavors of classic s’mores without the setup or cleanup.


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8 whole honey graham crackers, broken into quarters

1 12 oz bag of chocolate chips

2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

4 8 oz ceramic ramekins (or any other small oven-safe dish)

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and position a rack in the second from top slot.

  2. Fill the ramekins 3/4 of the way full with chocolate chips. Top with a heaping 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows.

  3. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and place on the second from top rack in the oven. Let cook for 7 minutes, or until the marshmallows reach your desired level of golden brown.

  4. Serve immediately with the quartered graham crackers. The ramekins will be very hot, so be careful with handling!


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Nautical Homes Are The Best Homes

The ocean is a beautiful place that many people wish they could live by or close to. If you are far from the ocean but want to incorporate the feel of the sea in your home, try out these DIY Nautical decor projects!

Painted Oars
Scrap up some old oars and nautical paint to transform an old paddle into a useful hanging rack!

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Twig Shapes
Gather twigs of various sizes, cut a nautical shape out of cardboard, then use a glue gun to glue these twigs into the shape of the cardboard.

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Compass Side Table
If you’re feeling super crafty, transform a old side table into a nautical masterpiece! Trace the outlines of a compass on the tabletop then use some paint to fill in and finish the project.

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Nautical Dresser
This is a great project to try out if you have an old dresser to spare! Get creative with paint and write out some nautical-inspired sentences with fun images.

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Sailboat Closet Doors
This DIY allows you to transform your boring closet doors into sailboat doors! If you don’t want to saw out holes for the round windows, just glue them on.

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Share with us your great ideas on how to incorporate nautical decor into your home!


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How to Decorate a College Dorm

Summer is quickly coming to an end and incoming freshmen will soon be leaving for their first semester of college. There are many great things about college like making friends, seeing new places, and learning valuable lessons. However, there are some downsides such as sub-par cafeteria food, expensive textbooks, and dreary dorm rooms. When I saw my dorm room for the first time, I immediately thought: “How am I going to make this place not look like a prison cell?”

Many college students only have to experience the joys of dorm life for their first year of school, others live in a dorm all four years. Some dorms are nicer and newer than others, but most still need a decorative makeover to make the space more homey and fun. Luckily, we have put together a list of decor tips and DIY projects to help turn a drab dorm into a dream dorm – all while following a college student budget!

  1. Cover the Walls with Photos, Canvas, and Posters

No one likes to look at blank white walls in their dorm room. To give the space a more comfortable, soothing feel, adorn the walls with pictures of friends and family, movie posters, magazine covers, or even canvas prints! Not only does this personalize the room, but it can also help cure homesickness by having reminders of home on display.

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Don’t be afraid to get creative with photo displays. Try spelling out your name or create a shape (such as a heart or peace sign) with photos, magazine clippings, and postcards. Another inexpensive DIY way to display photos is to pin a clothesline across the wall and hang photos on the line with wooden clothespins.

If you’d like a statement piece to fill the white space of your dorm walls, consider ordering a canvas print! You can print any photo you’d like whether it be a picture of you and your friends, your beloved family pet, or even a snapshot of your college campus.

  1. Brighten the Room with Fun Lighting

College dorms are infamous for their fluorescent lighting. If you’re not fond of the fluorescence, consider trying out an alternate way to light up your dorm! Search your home for any extra Christmas lights that may be laying around. If you find some, this is a great way to not only light up the dorm but also give it a decorative flair. Try draping them around the bed or desk so you have some light for late night study sessions. For a cool take on Christmas lights, here are some fun DIY crafts using ping pong balls or dixie cups.

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Many colleges do not allow open flames in their dorms. If you’re lucky enough to have a dorm that allows candles, stock up on these cheap sources of light! There are also cute electric candles for those dorms that don’t allow the real deal.

  1. Get Organized with a Decorative Flair

Organizational items and projects don’t need to be boring! These organizational tools not only keep your stuff together but can also help add some pizzazz to your dorm. Try putting together an organization board that includes a to-do list, schedule, grocery list, or any other kind of memento that may be needed! If you want to make your own, try out this fun DIY project using plywood. Or you can get creative with clipboards for an easier DIY project. I personally was a fan of whiteboards in college because they were such an easy way to jot down reminders!

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To keep your desk space in order, paint some mason jars to create a fun holder for your pens, pencils, and highlighters. If your electronics cords are overflowing into your work space, try making this fun charger station with a shoe box to keep all the loose wires stowed away. You’d be surprised how many cute organization tools you can make with common household items and some craft supplies!

  1. Be Creative With Your Furniture & Storage

Instead of breaking the bank on buying furniture and storage containers for your dorm, try creating some with items you may have lying around at home! A drink cart or caddy could easily become a makeshift nightstand. Plastic crates and foam can be made into cute chairs for whenever you have friends over to hang out or study in your dorm. If you’re looking for a creative way to store your chips and candies, turn your over-the-door shoe holder into a snack holder! When you’re leaving for class, you can easily just grab a snack before you head out the door.

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We hope these decor tips and DIY projects help change your dorm into a fun space you enjoy living in! If you have some dorm decor ideas of your own, please share below!

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A Collection of Photo Inspirations

Back in the day, I dabbled in amateur photography. I’m talking old-school 35mm film, developing the photos in a darkroom all to create my often over-exposed black and white images. It was great to understand shutter speed and the rule of thirds so I could develop my photography skills. But, as the digital/color world is so much more interesting, I too have evolved.

As an amateur photographer, I now look for inspiration and articles on the web to help capture great photos. Pinterest and Pexels are two of my favorites. In this post, I’m highlighting some of my favorite photos from the web along with some of my own photos. The great thing about these photos is I can use them for sessions, develop an inspiration board, create prints or even hang them in my home as a canvas.


I spend a lot of time outdoors so most of my pictures include landscapes. I enjoy specific sceneries including mountains and beaches. These prints capture nature as best they can behind a lens.

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Photos that you can almost feel look great as decor. I love the uniformity in texture photos and depending on the colors, they can make quite an impact on a bare wall.

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I don’t have a good camera for capturing images at night, but I sure do try. The lighting from city lights or even the stars makes everything feel just a little more magical.

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Confession: 75% of my pictures include photos of my dogs (one of them featured here). I’m a fan of my pets but love to capture images of wildlife as well.

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With all this talk about photography and these interesting photos, I’m ready to go out and shoot. What inspires your photos? Any specific photo categories you look for? Let us know in the comments below.

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4 Decor Tips for a Happier, Homier Office Space

Because There’s No Place Like Home The Office.

Let’s face it: sometimes the last thing we want to do is leave the comfort of our home for the obligatory trek to the office, no matter how friendly the co-workers or fresh the coffee (I’m looking at you, Mondays). Even Leslie Knope had her off days and she’s, well, Leslie Knope. That’s why we’ve put together these 4 decor tips to bring a little more happiness to your cubicle, open office, or if you’re really lucky – home office.

1. Break Out the Inspiration Board

Memento or inspiration boards can serve many purposes. For writers, artists, and other creatives, an inspiration board can be constantly updated to reflect current projects, brainstorming sessions, or first drafts. For the rest of us, these boards may serve as a more static representation of self – a collection of pieces that highlight our favorite memories or remind us why we do what we do, that we can occasionally add or subtract to as we see fit.

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My own memento board is a combination of family photos, inspirational quotes, career keepsakes, and dinosaur cut-outs (to each his own, right?). On those days when one too many deadlines pile up or emails go unread, having a reminder of your life outside of work can be incredibly helpful. My Aunt keeps a picture of her niece with special needs front and center, it reminds her of what is most important to her, and when it really gets rough – it motivates her to push through.

Your board can also be a tribute to all that you are accomplishing at work. When I worked with nonprofits, I kept thank you letters from clients and donation or impact stats constantly on display. Just remember that you are making a difference, in one way or another, and you can’t help but feel a little happier at work.

2. Not Ready for a Whole Board? Try a Poster, Photo, or Canvas

If creating an inspiration board is a little too daunting, or you fear overwhelming a limited cubicle space, smaller posters or canvases are excellent alternatives. Have no fear – there are plenty of tasteful options that move beyond the cheesy “TEAMWORK” posters of yesteryear:

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You can also go the photos route, and find some unique frames and displays for your desk. If you’re working with a small space, order wallet-sized prints and choose photo displays that will allow you to showcase more of your favorite memories in a smaller area. If you’re in the DIY spirit, here are some displays you can make yourself for under $5:

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3. Get Cute with Your Office Supplies

Sometimes it’s the little things, and when it comes to office supplies, there are a ton of options for injecting some personality into otherwise mundane work tools. Want a panda stapler? You got it. A tape dispenser shaped like an otter? Not a problem. There’s even a hedgehog pencil holder! I could go on, but these are just a few little additions to your desk that guarantee a daily smile, or at least a great conversation starter.

Looking for something a little more professional? Treat yourself to a chic new planner or desk pad over at Rifle Paper Co. Or, better yet – DIY via damask love:

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4. Inject Some Cozy into Your Work Day

Nothing says “home” like snuggling up on the couch with your cats, chai tea in one hand and the TV remote in the other. While cats and television aren’t the most productive additions to your workplace (sorry, Netflix), that doesn’t mean you can’t get cozy at work! Especially if you are also subject to the sub-arctic office temperatures we experience every summer, a shawl or decorative blanket may be just what you need.

Pick out a decorative blanket to drape over your chair or store by your desk. Better yet, get sentimental with a custom photo blanket of your cats. It will be just like snuggling up with Fluffy at home! Not ready to break out a blanket? Another option is a comfy but fashionable shawl or chunky scarf. Go with a neutral color that will work with any outfit:

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We hope these decor tips help bring a little bit more heart to your office space. Have some ideas of your own? Share below!

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July: National Blueberry Month

It’s not too late to celebrate National Blueberry Month the proper way! A blueberry is not only a delicious fruit but pumped with nutrients as well such as antioxidants and vitamin C. Here are some recipes you can make using the fruit of the month!

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1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp grated lemon zest
1 cup fresh blueberries
2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter an 8×4 inch loaf pan
2. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar, lemon juice and eggs
3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt, stir into egg mixture alternately with milk
4. In the same bowl, where you combined the flour, add blueberries and toss them in 2 tbsp of flour
5. Fold in lemon zest, and blueberries into the batter. Pour into pan
6. Bake for 60 mins then let cool

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4 cups frozen blueberries
3 tbsp agave nectar or honey
1/2 cup coconut-flavored yogurt
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 sweetened flaked coconut

1. Add the blueberries, honey, yogurt, and lemon juice into a food processor
2. Process the ingredients for 5 mins until smooth
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
4. Spread the flaked coconut in an even layer and toast for 10 mins or until browned
5. Serve the frozen yogurt immediately topped with toasted coconut

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15 store-bought flaky mini tart crusts
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp water

1. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and lemon zest
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix blueberries with lemon juice until coated
3. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the blueberries and mix well until blueberries are coated
4. Combine egg yolk and water
5. Fill the centre of the tart crusts with 1 tbsp of blueberry mixture, and brush the edges with egg mixture. Fold crust in half and seal the edges by pressing down with the back of a fork
6. Chill hand pies for half an hour in the fridge
7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
8. Remove hand pies from fridge and brush the top sides with remaining egg mixture
9. Sprinkle tops of hand pies with sugar, then cut a small slit on the top for the steam to escape
10. Bake for 20 mins then let cool for 5 mins before serving

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