Kitchen Color Combinations that will Transform Your Space

Colors are amazing. Using the right colors in your kitchen can create any type of effect you want. When you look at your kitchen, what do you see, and what look and style do you want to achieve? Do you want to actually make your kitchen bigger, or do you want to make it appear to be bigger? Making it appear larger is significantly less expensive! However, the first step to creating the perfect kitchen is to choose your colors wisely.

After you choose the right colors, you will definitely want to pick out complementary dining room furniture, upgrade the cabinets, and add some decor. Matching wallpaper, centerpieces, and other amenities only add pizzaz to your great taste. Having so many vivid colors to choose from makes it easy to revamp your kitchen into a beautiful, spacious eatery.

Perfect Transformations Begin with Great Colors

  • White and black stripes
  • White backsplash walls, with bright colors
  • Retro colors like aqua blue, cobalt and red

White is the fundamental color for backsplashes when you want to convert a small area into a larger area. The colors you choose will transform your small kitchen into a huge, stylish cooking arena. Providing you want your kitchen area to appear larger than it actually is, try using light colors.

Light and bright colors do well in breakfast nooks, dining rooms, and eating areas. Aside from choosing the right colors, you need to choose the right appliances and furnishings as well.

White appliances are traditional, but now you can buy colored appliances to coordinate with the colors in your kitchen. Lime and yellow are not your average colors, but they can bring life to a dull, otherwise lifeless kitchen.

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Light on the Blues and Trim it in White
Mix and match colors to create a unique contrast design. White kitchen walls with light aqua blue cabinets, white high-back chairs with wide seats and red cushions creates a soothing environment. Wallpaper decor with patterns of aqua blue and white colored swirls sets the tone. The colors reflect peace and serenity.

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Sunny Bright Yellow
Smile your way through the day with the brightest kitchen on the block. You don’t want your yellow to be too bright, however, so go with one shade darker. A really bright kitchen won’t give you the look and feel you are searching for…it might give you a headache instead!

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Rainbow Colors
Using several different colors to remodel your kitchen is ideal for a really small, dreary looking kitchen. Do the trim in a vivid color, the cabinets in a neutral color, and don’t forget to backsplash the walls with white. Remember: white is the color you want to always put on your background.

Pale colors like purple, blue, and green add depth and openness to an area. So, bounce those colors around. Dare to be bold and creative. Depending on the effect you want, you can paint your walls and cabinets in horizontal or vertical patterns. This depends on whether you want your space to appear longer or wider. For example: do your walls in white, your cabinets in olive green, and make your chair cushions gold. You can use window shades in lieu of curtains, and don’t forget to add the wallpaper around the top of the ceilings.

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Colors are amazing; they can create an illusion in minutes without you having to spend a ton of money on professional contractors. What color combos have worked best for you?

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Celebrating Your Big Day: 6 Essential Wedding Photos

There are some moments in life that are worth cherishing forever. Your wedding day is one of the most important days you will experience in your life. It is a day when family, friends, and loved ones come together and help two people celebrate a new chapter in their lives.
At Easy Canvas Prints, we put your most precious memories in the safest place possible: on canvas. Your special day deserves to be a part of your life forever. Here are the 6 wedding photos you must capture at your wedding.

1. You in Your Wedding Dress

This is the only time you will walk down the aisle with the person of your dreams, wearing the most amazing dress ever. Why not savor the moment? It’s difficult to describe to someone how beautiful you looked, or how delicate your attire was on the day you said “I Do.” Our photo prints speak for themselves and they speak for you as well.

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2. The Exchange of Rings

This is the moment when life begins to change for the better. The exchange of your wedding vows signifies your commitment to the person in front of you. For many, this is the most memorable part of the wedding. Everyone is emotional, the groom and bride are staring deeply into each others eyes, and the priest is waiting to say seven of the most important and meaningful words echoed at any wedding: “I now pronounce you husband and wife.” At this moment in time, your life will never be the same again. This memory can live on forever.

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3. The Sealing Kiss

Every kiss is meaningful, but your wedding kiss makes your marriage official. Take this photo and put it in a frame for the world to see. At this moment, you become a new person, with a new lease on life. Your future is just beginning. Reflect back to this particular moment and remember why the sealing kiss was so important, and recall the feelings you shared. A fading memory is soon forgotten, but a picture is a constant reminder of what has taken place at this extraordinary time in your life.

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4. Throwing the Bouquet

What can be more special than throwing the bouquet? Passing the torch along to another deserving bride is wonderful. Capture that moment when the bouquet leaves your hands and lands in the hands of the next bride-to-be. Who knows – it could make a great wedding gift if the prophecy holds true!

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5. The Throwing of the Rice

This is an old tradition that has different meanings for different people. Some people say it brings luck to the couple while others claim it brings prosperity and fertility. Only you can decide what it means to you, and as your life takes a turn for the better, wouldn’t it be great to see just how important rice throwing was at that particular time in your life?

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6. The Wedding Team

A wedding picture of all the people who shared in your big day is something you will treasure forever. You can even give everyone involved in the wedding this photo as a heartfelt thank you gift. Sometimes words are not nearly enough to express the gratitude in our hearts. We make it easy to say: “Thank you for a job well done.” During the course of your marriage, after the kids are born, you can reflect back over one of the happiest moments in life, and remember the people who shared a part in your happiness.

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There are thousands of photos to take, and a million memories to share, but the mind can only hold so many. Each photo of your wedding and the life you choose thereafter should tell your story. It should be a picture book that celebrates your life and your greatest love. Years from now, when your children are old enough to understand the true meaning of love, life and relationships, let your pictures tell your story.

We help you put your life on display so you can share your wedding day with family and friends around the world. Put your photos on Instagram, Facebook, and other social media, or turn your wedding photos into easy canvas prints. Get them framed and hang them on the wall, or place them on blankets and give them as gifts. They are your memories to cherish and you can share them as you wish. Pictures are more powerful than words when the ones you love can’t be there.

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Bringing the Outside In: Nature Inspired Home Decor

With the changing seasons, I am looking forward to spending more time outside. The cooler weather, turning leaves and spiced anything makes for a nice night out. There is no reason to only enjoy your surroundings for a few months (or weeks, if you’re in Texas). By bringing nature inspired elements to your home, you can appreciate the great outdoors year-round.

Natural Color Palette

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Floral Prints

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Natural Furniture

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Office Spaces

Your office space can be one of the best places to incorporate a little green. If you work full-time, you probably spend a good amount of the day at your desk. Adding in natural elements should help you feel a little more inspired.

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Bringing nature-inspired decor into your home can brighten up a space. Try adding small elements that add a little color or decorate an entire room with natural furniture and paint. Do you have any natural decor in your home? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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Quick & Easy Tailgate Food to Please a Crowd

If you’re anything like me, tailgating has a lot more to do with great food, drinks, and company than the game itself. Especially the food and drinks (sorry, friends).

With football season already underway, we have compiled 8 mouth-watering recipes that take the stress out of high volume food prep. From appetizers to desserts and drinks, we’ve got you covered for game day!

1. Chicken & Waffle Sliders

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Not only are these sliders unbelievably easy to make, they make a great kid and adult-friendly option. Check out the recipe here, and pass the maple syrup, please!

2. Neiman Marcus Dip

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Bacon? Cheese? Mayo? What’s not to like!? The name is a bit of a mystery, but the taste is sure to please even your pickiest of football fans. Get the recipe here.

3. Frito Chili Pie

Frito Chili Pie Quick & Easy Tailgate Food to Please a Crowd

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I never experienced the magic of Frito pies until I moved to Texas, and boy do I wish I had discovered them sooner. This is another kid-friendly option, and since it’s eaten right from the Frito bag you can save on plates and bowls! Recipe here.

4. Skinny BBQ Chicken Flatbread

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While it’s true that tailgates typically don’t conjure up images of leafy greens and salad bars, there are definitely healthy recipes out there. Here’s a “skinny” recipe that doesn’t skimp on the flavor. No one has to know that it’s on the healthier side…

5. Football Shaped Oreo Truffles

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Game not going your way? Not to worry, these oreo truffles make everything better. Plus, with only 4 ingredients, they’re a delicious treat that will get you in and out of the kitchen in no time. Full recipe here.

6. Triple Chocolate Stout Beer Brownies

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Beer in brownies? You’ll have to taste these to believe it….and you can’t eat just one. With a rich chocolate flavor, get ready to field requests for these brownies for years to come. Get the details here.

7. Outlaw Lemonade

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This is lemonade like you’ve never tasted it before. Jack Daniels puts the “outlaw” in this refreshing drink that will perfectly compliment any tailgate party spread. Recipe here.

8. Caramel Apple Sangria

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For a fall twist on classic sangria, try a batch of this quick and delicious caramel apple version. With a prep time of only 5 minutes, what’s not to love? Full recipe here.

Happy tailgating!

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Gender Reveal Party Ideas

I recently had the opportunity to attend my first gender reveal party. It was for my sister who is expecting twins, so double the fun! Today more and more parents are planning parties to find out their baby’s sex and share the excitement with family and friends through a big reveal. There are lots of fun ways to share the news and we’ve compiled some of our favorite ideas below.

Balloon Surprise

Fill a box with pink or blue helium balloons to represent the gender of the baby. When it’s time for the reveal the couple can lift the lid off the box and let the balloons fly out. You can also tie the balloons down with string so that they don’t fly into the sky.

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Dessert Filling

Supply your local bakery with your baby’s gender and they can create a cake, cupcake, cookie or a dessert of your choosing with pink or blue filling. This is a fun way to have someone cut or bite into the surprise. In case you’re wondering, this is what my sister chose for her reveal! The picture below shows before and after of the cakes.

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Game for Guests

To bring your guests into the fun, you can have them participate in a game or activity. Ask them to dress in pink if they think the baby is a girl, blue if they’re thinking it’s a boy. Guests can also cast a vote for the sex or wear a pin indicating their choice. We’ve even seen couples put their sonogram reading on display to see if people can read it. Supplying a prize for those who guess correctly creates a fun, competitive environment.

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Who doesn’t love a good scratch-off game? You can supply cards to all of your guests so that everyone can reveal at the same time. We’ve also seen these used as baby announcement cards. Here are a few options from Enchanting By Design.

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No matter how you choose to announce the sex of your new bundle of joy, we hope that it brings you lots of happiness and excitement. Be sure to capture photos of your reveal so that you can cherish your memories forever.


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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!

Dog Photo Booth 8 Photo Ideas Every Dog Lover Must Try

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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:

TravelMap Beyond the Gift Basket: 4 Unique & Affordable Housewarming Gifts

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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:

National Park Travel Map Beyond the Gift Basket: 4 Unique & Affordable Housewarming Gifts

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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:

Boston Skyline Beyond the Gift Basket: 4 Unique & Affordable Housewarming Gifts

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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:

Ohio Art Print Beyond the Gift Basket: 4 Unique & Affordable Housewarming Gifts

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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:

Personalized Pillow Beyond the Gift Basket: 4 Unique & Affordable Housewarming Gifts

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

Coordinate Pillow Beyond the Gift Basket: 4 Unique & Affordable Housewarming Gifts

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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:

Gardening Gift Basket Beyond the Gift Basket: 4 Unique & Affordable Housewarming Gifts

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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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