Graduation Party DIYs

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Graduation parties will start popping up all over the place in the next month so get on top of that planning with these fun DIYs that will make your party stand out!

Diploma Silverware
If you know you’re going to be having actual food at your party and not just finger foods then stock up on the plastic silverware, the kind that looks real, thick white napkins, and black ribbon. Stack the knife, fork, and spoon (in that order), roll into the white napkin, and tie the black ribbon around it with a bow. By the end you will have dozens of little diplomas!

Memory Jar
This is a great way to remember the good years of high school or college by having little cards for people to write memories of them with you. Grab a huge glass jar with a lid and either paint “Memories” on it or make a little sign next to it so people understand the concept. Don’t forget to have a jar with plenty of pens and markers as well!

Photo Balloons
Everyone wants to see pictures of the grad at the party, it’s just a given. To make it more fun than just an overwhelming wall covered in photos, buy school colored balloons, put some helium in them, tie string or ribbon to the end and let them hang from the ceiling (balloon touching ceiling). Once you’ve printed out your photos, hole punch a hole at the top of each photo and tie one to each balloon. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can tie a few of those feather weight lamps to illuminate the pictures better.

Instagram Frame
Let’s face it, we’re in an age that loves taking pictures and putting them on Instagram. So why not just make a frame representing an Instagram photo! Buy a big poster board, cut out a decent size square and transpose everything you’d see on a regular Instagram photo onto you the top and bottom on the frame. Make sure to come up with a catchy hashtag!

What are you going to make for your grad party to make sure it’s unforgettable?

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Sleep Inducing Decor For Your Bedroom

dv619054 832x1024 Sleep Inducing Decor For Your BedroomIf you’re like any other average adult, then you probably spend at least 8 hours at day in bedroom (sleeping and getting ready). Since you are spending a third of your time in this particular room, don’t you want it to be inspiring to sleep in? Here are some things you can add or take away from your bedroom to help with those Zs!

Add A Calming Canvas
Magenta is a calming color therefore when you look at you instantly feel it’s soothing aura. So what better way to calm yourself before bed than by having a canvas painted this color! Blues and greens also exhibit the same stress relieving factor.

Take Away Bright Lights
Switch out your bedroom light-bulbs for softer ones so that the light isn’t so stimulating. If you don’t want to do that with the overhead ones, then switch out the ones in your bedside lamp. If you don’t have one of those, invest in one that slowly dims on a timer to imitate a natural sundown.

Add Making Your Bed Everyday
It can seem like a hassle but once you get in the habit of making your bed as soon as you get out of it, it will be a natural response. Doing this will give your bedroom a cleaner feel to it which in turn will make you want to be there. Walking into your bedroom with a messy bed is not the most inviting thing.

Take Away Electronics
If you have a TV in your bedroom, get rid of it. Studies show that you should be turning off all electronics way before you actually go to bed so that your brain can start calming down. The blue light emanating from electronics stimulates your brain more than you think so either move the TV to another area or vow to turn it off 30 mins before sleep time!

Add Balance
Balance has a soothing effect. If your side of the bed has a table next it, add another one to the other side. Have the same number of throw pillows, instead of one lounge chair, have two facing each other for nightly discussions. Balance in your bedroom will bring balance to your sleep.

What have you done to prepare for better sleep?

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International Decor Pieces To Revamp Your Home

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The majority of Americans have a pretty traditional home style of chic rustic (what does that even mean). If you’re someone who would rather have furniture pieces from various countries or regions that you you typically wouldn’t see here then look no further because we have found some pretty nifty ones for you. Some of these can be repainted and refurbished, others are just as good as they come. So grab your international decor hat and get decorating!

France
The Louis XV chair is probably one you’ve seen before but didn’t ever know it’s name. Everyone needs to have one of these in there living room, bedroom, nursery, or dining room, or anywhere you can put one. There are timeless, comfortable, and can be reupholstered as many times as you want and with as many patterns as you want.

British Columbia
The most traditional piece of furniture you could buy from here would be a beautiful oak chest of drawers. Rich and elegant, the chest of drawers will bring depth to your room, if that’s where you decide to put it, as well as be an automatic conversation starter when someone walks in the room.

Guatemala
If you don’t have a wooden trunk sitting in your entryway or at the end of your bed then you’re doing it wrong. Guatemala has magnificent wooden trunks with a poinsettia pattern on them and they should be in every person’s house to bring a little South America to North America.

Japan
A traditional shoji is a wooden frame with paper over it to act as a wall/door, so basically a divider, but it can be made of bamboo as well. Regardless of what style of home you have, a shoji can be used in any room of the house to act as a separator. For instance, if you have two children sharing a room, simply install a shoji and that will create a makeshift room for each!

Australia
Now this is less about Australian decor or traditional furniture pieces and more about how much they adore the outside. Australians put a lot of work into their outdoor patios because of how much time they spend on them. With that great of whether year-round, they invest in some great furniture. With our own summer sneaking up on us, you should do the same!

Share in the comments below decor and furniture pieces you’ve seen around the world!

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8 Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets To Make Cooking Easier

iStock 000019902472Small 8 Must Have Kitchen Gadgets To Make Cooking EasierWhether you’re moving into your first apartment or just like to collect nifty kitchen gadgets, there’s something here for you! We’ve compiled a list of awesome gadgets you can use in the kitchen to make cooking easier, more organized, and more fun. And they’re all on Amazon!

Egg Perfect Timer
This little plastic egg will tell you when your hard boiled eggs are perfectly ready to be taken out. You’ll never have to worry about under cooking eggs again!

Nessie Ladle
And by that we mean the Loch Ness monster Nessie. This beauty will avoid splatter disastrous from here on out and it won’t go under whatever delicious soup you’re making either.

Pineapple Slicer and De-Corer
Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. No more slaving over getting all those divots out or cutting around the core. You have a slicer to do it for you!

Veggie Steamer and Strainer
This might sound like laziness but how many times have you been annoyed at having to get a strainer out after you’re done steaming veggies? Probably enough times to justify this purchase.

Onion Holder/Slicer
“Holder” makes it sounds like all it does is hold the onion for you but in addition to doing that, it lets you slice it in perfectly equal slices without having the odor all over your hands afterwards.

Cake Batter Dispenser
If you’re an avid baker then this is right up your alley! Forget the mess of spooning cake batter into cupcake wrappers or make the perfect pancake. It’s easy to dispense, easy to clean.

Over-The-Sink Cutting Board
This is allows you to clean your fruits and vegetables, let them strain,?and have a place to keep them while you cut them!

Herb Cutter
Make all you seasoning easier by using this 5-blade herb cutter instead of a knife to finely cut herbs. It also comes with a blade cleaner!

Whaare your favorite kitchen gadgets? Share a link in the comments and why you love it!

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The Best Drinks for the Weekend and the Dips to go Along!

It’s finally time to break out that blender that you use for frozen alcoholic beverages and start blending! These drinks are delicious, colorful, and will allow you to finally relax after a long work week. (For each recipe, simply combine all of them and blend then serve!) Make some of these dips as well that will go perfectly with any of the drinks below!

 

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Photo Credit to BakerbyNature.com

DRINKS:
Strawberry Mango Margaritas
(from bakerbynature.com)
1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups tequila
1 cup triple sec
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 1/2 cups ice

Bailey’s Banana Colada?(from livelaugnrowe.com)
2 oz Bailey’s
2 oz Pina Colada mix
1 oz dark rum
1 oz cream of coconut
1/2 banana
2 cups ice
Cool whip and cherries for garnishing.

Strawberry Kiwi Mojito (from hostthetoast.com)
1 1/2 cups chapped stawberries
1 1/2 cups chopped kiwi
3 tbsps simply syrup
8 fresh mind leaves
3 oz rum
3 1/2 cups ice
Strawberry and kiwi slices, and mind leaves for garnishing.

Pineapple Daiquiri (from drizzleanddip.com)
3 cups pineapple chunks
1 cup ice
60 ml sugar syrup
50 ml white rum
1 lime, squeezed

Vodka Watermelon Frosty (from dinkedin.net)
2 1/4 cups frozen watermelon cubes
2 shots vodka
2 tbsp honey
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1/2 banana
Water or juice if needed to blend properly.

DIPS:
Strawberry Mango Salsa?(from peanutblossom.com)
2 quarts fresh strawberries, diced
1 fresh mango
2 tbsps brown sugar
2 tbsps orange juice
2 tbsps strawberry jam
1 package cinnamon pita chips

Simply dice up the fresh and in a separate bowl combine the brown sugar, orange juice, and strawberry jam. Once it’s mixed, pour over the diced fruit and eat with cinnamon chips. Serve chilled.

Dill Pickle Dip (from southernbite.com)
1 1/2 cups finely diced dill pickles
1 package cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 to 4 tbsps pickle juice

In a medium bowl combine the pickles, cream cheese, garlic powder, and salt. Add the pickle juice gradually to get the mixture to dipping consistency. Serve chilled.

Poolside Dip (from bunsinmyoven.com)
8 oz cream cheese
1 red bell pepper
1 jalapeno
1 small can black olives
15 oz can corn
1 packet range seasoning

Chop up the pepper, jalapeno, and black olives and dump them as well as everything else into a bowl. Stir until well combined and serve chilled.

Any of these dips will be delicious with the drinks and try lime chips with the dips as well! What are some of your favorite frozen drinks or dips?
Check out our post next Tuesday on How To Create A Vegetarian Date Night For Less Than $30.

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Creating A Happy Home With The Color Yellow

Gilt City Image2 1024x682 Creating A Happy Home With The Color YellowYellow is a bright and happy color that signifies spring, summer, sunshine, and joy. So why not plaster it all over your home?! Here are some great ways to put the color all over the house without feeling completely overwhelmed by it.

Wallpaper/Paint
It can be a lot to handle to have an all the walls in a room be yellow. However, if you choose a soft yellow such as Calm Meadow or French Vanilla, then you’ll have that perfect hue that doesn’t remind you of ?a lemon popsicle. Same goes for wallpaper! Choose a soft yellow and white patterned wallpaper either for one wall or all.

Pillows
Changing your throw pillows seasonally can really improve the space and atmosphere you’re trying to create. They’re a great way to redecorate a room without having to redecorate the whole room! If you have a white or gray sofa, buy some solid or patterned yellow throw pillows and instantly feel the energy in the room change.

Accents
No we don’t mean hot British or Australian accents. We mean decor accents! Whether it’s a yellow canvas, fake yellow flowers, yellow nest bowl, and even a yellow door. They’re all great ways to let the sun shine without having to re-frame the whole room.

Furniture
Yellow furniture might sound a little extreme and intimidating but don’t cross it off just yet. If you have a neutral colored living or kitchen and not a lot of color, this is a great way to overhaul that. By simply placing a yellow armchair in the room, it will instantly spunk it up and make it less boring!

Lemons
Lemons are the ultimate yellow fruit therefore you have to use it! Slice up a couple lemons, buy some sunflowers and place it all in a voluptuous vase. The lemons will enhance the scent as well as create a beautiful decor piece to place anywhere it your home.

Cloths
Yellow towels hanging in your bathroom or a yellow kitchen towel or a yellow table cloth are all ideas to spice up your home’s fabrics. It’s a technique that will add color and cheerfulness while being extremely subtle.

How are you going to incorporate yellow into your home decor?
Check out our post this Thursday on The Best Frozen Drinks For The Weekend And Dips To Go Along!

 

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Sweet Easter Recipes Your Children Will Love

Granddaughter Grandmother Easter  iStock 000019156324Small Sweet Easter Recipes Your Children Will LoveMost kids crave sweets all the time. However, you try to limit them so they aren’t on a constant sugar high. Well since it’s Easter, there’s probably an exception so make them these delicious treats!

Easter Oreo Bark (from lilluna.com)
Ingredients:
-1 package vanilla candy coating
-3/4 cup Easter/Spring M&Ms
-8-10 Spring Oreos, crushed
-Spring or Easter sprinkles

Directions:
1. Melt package of candy coating in a small pot on low heat. Constantly stir until all melted then pour on baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Sprinkle the Oreos, M&Ms and sprinkle onto the melted candy coating.
3. Place in the fridge for 30mins.
4. Once it has harden, break into smaller pieces.

Easter Egg Cookie Dough Truffles (from wineandglue.com)
Ingredients:
-1/2 cup butter, softened
-3/4 cup packed brown sugar
-2 cups all purpose flour
-2 tsps vanilla extract
-14 oz sweetened condensed milk
-1 cup mini chocolate chips
-pink, blue, purple, and white candy melts

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.
2. Beat in the vanilla and slowly add in the flour.
3. Slowly add the sweetened condensed milk. Continue to mix while doing this.
4. Once it’s fully combined, stir in the chocolate chips.
5. Form the dough into one inch balls then shape into eggs. Place on a baking sheet with wax paper and loosely plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
6. Melt the candy melts according to the directions on the bag. Take out two or three of the eggs from the fridge at a time and dip them into the candy melts. Gently tap off any excess and let dry on wax paper.
7. Once the eggs have hardened, you can decorate them even more with icing.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs (from cincyshopper.com)
Ingredients:
-1 cup peanut butter
-1/4 cup butter
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
-8 oz dark cocoa melting chips

Directions:
1. Melt the butter and peanut butter for 1 min in the microwave. Stir until blended
2. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and mix well.
3. Divide mixture into 10 portions and shape into eggs.
4. Place on baking sheet with parchment paper and place in freezer for 15 mins.
5. Melt chocolate in microwave by heating for 30 seconds then stirring and repeating process until it’s melted and smooth.
6. Dip each egg into the chocolate. Tap off any excess.
7. Place back on parchment paper and refrigerate for 10 mins.

What sweets will you be baking for Easter?

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Easter Weekend DIY Home Decor

Easter Eggs 000015974082Large 1024x676 Easter Weekend DIY Home DecorEaster is less than a week away and you need decorations! It can be a little hectic to host your family and you want to impress them with your awesome DIY items around the house. No worries, we’ve got you covered! Make these items and you’ll be golden.

Pastel mason jars
It’s quite easy. Simply grab three or four mason jars and paint them a pastel color: green, yellow, pink, purple or blue. Pick some fresh white Hydrangeas, cut the stems so that only the flower is sticking out of the jar. Fill the mason jars with water then put in the Hydrangeas. Buy some adorable gift tags and write Eastery things on them such as “Happy Easter” and tie one around each mason jars opening. Display them on a fireplace mantel or make them your center piece in your dining room.

Chicks on a branch
Buy those yellow plastic chicks, however many family members you have, as well as some Easter ribbon. Find a branch that will be able to support the chicks, they’re as light as a feather! Glue gun the chicks onto the branch and once it’s dry use the ribbon the make a hanging apparatus.

Bunny wreath
This one will take a little bit more effort. Buy two spring grass wreaths, one smaller than the other, some burlap ribbon, a fake Hydrangea, and gardening wire. Wire the two wreaths together with the smaller wreath on top because it’s the head. Use the wire to make bunny ears then wrap them with burlap and attach them to the head. Cut the stem of the Hydrangea then hot gun glue it to the body, off to the side a bit. To finish up, make a bow with the burlap and glue it where the wreaths connect.

Scavenger hunt tree door
Buy a poster board, pink paint, black paint, and silver paint. Cut out a small rounded door and paint it pink. Once it’s dry, paint a bunny symbol at the top of the door and two hinges to the side in silver. You can either buy a small metal ring to use as a handle or paint one on with the silver paint. Lean it up against a tree outside and make it the end spot with the scavenger jackpot!

What are you making for your Easter decor?
Check out our post this Thursday for Easter recipes!

 

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Organizational Tips To Make Your Life Easier

Cubicle wall 682x1024 Organizational Tips To Make Your Life EasierThere’s always something going on, somewhere you need to be, someone you need to meet. Instead of freaking out all the time about being late and thinking about everything you have to do, try some or all of these tips and you’ll feel much better about your day!

Keep a planner
The phone calendar and notes app are helpful and useful but not when it comes to planning everything out. It’s more practical to have everything you need in one place. You can buy a monthly or weekly planner and right down all your appointments and to do lists in one spot!

Make “To Do” lists
It might sound silly because you think you can juggle it all in your head but you’re bound to forget something and it might be something important one day. Instead, make a To Do list! Making one each day with the various items you need to do will be much less overwhelming than making one of everything you have to get done by the end of the week. The added bonus: there’s immense satisfaction when you cross an item off.

Plan your meals
This is especially helpful for going grocery shopping. Before you head to the store, sit down and make a menu for each day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. It will give you a clear idea of what you need to buy and you won’t have to come up with ideas throughout the week. Hanging up a black board menu board in your kitchen will also add kitchen decor!

Mail slots
You receive mail everyday yet you never have time to read through it so you eventually throw it away. Make an mail organizer! Slots for save the dates, bills, coupons, magazines. This will allow you quickly find that toothpaste coupon just when you need it!

Family calendar
Typically, family members always have something going on. Whether it’s soccer, piano practice, family activities, there’s always something and you’re probably the only one that knows what’s ever going on at a give time. It can be frustrating! Make a giant wall calendar on a white board and color code each family members activity. No more asking who’s going to what next!

Clean everyday
I don’t mean clean your entire house every single day, dusting, vaccuming etc. That would be insane. However, I do mean tidy up your house everyday. Take 15 mins before going to bed to pick up the living room and kitchen that way when you do have a cleaning day it won’t seem so overwhelming.

How do you stay organized in your hectic life?
Check out our post next Tuesday on Easter Weekend Home Decor!

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3 Crafty Wall Pieces To DIY

75405967 683x1024 3 Crafty Wall Pieces To DIYThere comes a time in everyone’s home decor life when you realize you need to add a little something to your walls. Whether it’s the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom, walls need decorations to bring some pizzaz to your house. Try one or all three of these DIYs to do exactly that!

Yarn Outlined Canvas
Materials:
-Yarn (any color)
-Canvas
-Nails
-Paint (any color)
-Paint brush
-Hammer

Craft on:
You can make the shape whatever you’d like! A heart, an animal, a flower, anything that can have a noticeable outline works! Paint the canvas any color of your preference of you can keep it white as well. Once the paint has dried, trace out your chosen shape onto the canvas then hammer in nails over it. Make them close enough so you can fit a lot it but not so close you can’t wrap the yarn around them. After you hammered in all the nails, begin stringing from one nail to another nail across from it. You may also string the yarn in any direction if you don’t want it to look uniform.

Book Cover Wall
Materials:
-Penguin classic book covers
-Large poster board
-Modge Podge
-Sponge brush
-Scissors
-Glue

Craft on:
Now this DIY is definitely more for those who enjoy books and who don’t mind cutting them up! You can probably go to a secondhand bookstore to pick up some Penguin classics if you’re not willing to use yours (totally understandable). Once you’ve reached a desirable amount of books, cut the book covers from the book and glue them to the poster board so that they neatly cover up the whole board and line up perfectly. Finally, Modge Podge the entirety of the poster board so that the covers are protected.

Framed Maps
Materials:
-Atlas
-Clear adhesive spray
-Scissors
-Red marker
-Frame

Craft on:
Simply cut out the various states you’ve lived in or just your favorite maybe. Draw a red heart in the city or cities you lived in. Take the back of the frame out. Glue the maps down onto the glass and let dry. You can do this with different countries you’ve visited as a way to remember to!

Share with us some of your favorite wall art projects in the comments below!

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