Friday, November 22, 2013

Mark Your Cup And Drink Up

I am very excited to be hosting Thanksgiving this year. In addition to yummy food, I am making a delicious "Autumn Sangria." (recipe below)  When many people are drinking the same beverage, it is easy for your guests to lose track of which glass is theirs. As I am not a big fan of drink markers, I decided to break out the chalkboard paint and get to dipping. This process is quick and easy and the finished product looks great. This idea is also reusable, as you can erase and add different names at your leisure. I truly thought I was so creative and developed this brilliant idea, until I looked it up on Pinterest and sadly realized I was not the creator. Oh well, great minds think alike. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.
I dipped the bottom of the glass right into the chalkboard paint can. I let them sit on a towel for about 15 minutes so the towel could soak up the excess paint. I than transferred the glasses to paper plates to avoid the paint from sticking to the towel when it was dry. This method worked perfectly.
The finished product.
This is my favorite sangria recipe. I found it in a magazine several years ago. I do not remember the publication, but the recipe is amazing! I am extremely thankful for all of my blog followers. Happy Thanksgiving.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Profile: Guest Post from Michele from the Mommy Blogger Directory, a working mom of 3 sharing tips and ideas!

3 Tips for Finding Christmas Savings Online Christmas is one of the best times of year, but is often accused of being overly commercialized or just far too expensive to be enjoyed as a holiday. With online shopping, however, it doesn't have to be! There are easy ways to find great deals for anything you might want to purchase online, and here are three.

1. Do your research.
When you find something online that you just have to have, don't immediately click buy. Check around other sites and compare prices, find out where you can buy that item for the lowest cost. Often the first site you encounter won't be the least expensive, and some sites even offer layaway options, so you can pay for the item in installments leading up to the shipping date.

2. Coupons, coupons, coupons!
Online coupons are everywhere. Chrome has several extensions that can be downloaded that will automatically alert you when a coupon is available for the site you are shopping on, and if not, you can just type in the name of the online store plus coupon into Google and you'll likely turn up a site or two that can provide you with some.

3. Cyber Monday
The online equivalent to Black Friday, Cyber Monday is the best place to find fantastic deals online for items that range from video games to home furniture. This is also one of the best times of year to do Christmas shopping, as you avoid the crowds and can have everything delivered straight to your door.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Top Ten 2013 Home Decorating Trends

Let me start by saying that the word trendy does not mean that you lack imagination or creativity, it just means some things are so great that everyone should give them a try. As easy as it is to be a part of the "black & white" fashion movement that is going on right now (especially for us New Yorkers), it is simple to incorporate many new and exciting design ideas into your home. Here is a list of my "Top Ten 2013 Home Decorating Trends."

1. Floral: Bringing the outside in creates a soothing and serene environment in your home. From furniture to wallpaper, floral is back in a big way and I like it!
Framed Wallpaper Wall Using Anthropologie Blazing Poppies Wallpaper

 2. Ikat: This is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles. These patterns are skilled and functional in almost any space in your home.  Ikat just works!
Kitchen Nook Of Lindsey Coral Harper
 3. Macrame: Macrame is textile making using knotting and has been around for a long time.  I love the wall hangings and planters, because they add an earthy element. 
Sally England's Amazing Work
 4. Neon: Just a pop of neon makes a room so much hipper.  It is perfect way to add a little fun to a nursery or playroom.  
Neon Yellow Star Decals 
 5. Mixing Styles: The days of home furnishing being "matchy matchy" is over.  Mixing rustic and modern elements to a space gives it character.
Farmhouse Table & Modern Chairs by the late Metropolitan Home
 6. Polka Dots: Polka dots add a feminine twist to any room.  I prefer a metallic polka dot in the form of a decal or pillow to add a touch of pizazz.
Polka Dot Pillows Are Fab!
 7. Decorating With Animals: If you have been to my home you know I am a sucker for a ceramic bird or owl. I love the idea of bringing a representation of nature onto a bookcase or shelf.  You just want to use a few here and there, because if this trend is overdone it will look like you live in a forest.
West Elm Animal Decor
 8. Brass: Brass is a good choice if you are sick of using silver and still want a glittery contemporary finish.  
This Brass Shelf Confirms That Brass Is Back
 9. Lucite: The best part about lucite is that it is transparent and has the magical ability to open up any space.  It is a great option for a small room or apartment.
Claiborne Swanson Frank's Apartment

 10. Brights On Whites: I saved the best for last, because I love a plain white backdrop with bright and busy styling.  My entire home is painted white and it works perfectly for my vibrant design style.
Helen and Chris Bayley's Dining Space

 Which 2013 Home Decorating Trend Is Your Favorite?
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Lil Picasso's

What do I do with all of this artwork? If you are a parent, you probably have asked yourself this question.  If you are not, than take notes and remember this blog post for the future, because it will inevitably become your dilemna as well. There is only so much artwork, invitations and notices you can hang on your cluttered refrigerator. Why not make a special place in your home to showcase your children's masterpieces?  It is super important to encourage and nurture a young creative mind. Before creating an art display I decided it must be:

 1. Affordable: I wasn't about to spend over $100 on a fancy name brand art wall system.

 2. Sophisticated: Meaning not childish and banished to the playroom. I wanted to showcase my daughter's art in the center of my home for all eyes to see and didn't want it to feel out of place.

3. Interchangeable: I wanted it to be easy to rotate artwork as it came home from school.

4.  Impressionable: Make a statement.  An art wall can be a complete focal wall whether it is made by Van Gogh or Joey Reese Gatto. (I prefer the latter)

This is what I came up with...steal it...do it....love it!!!!!!!!!!

I bought this 36" x 48" Natural Cork Board at the Container Store. It is the perfect size and only $39.99, very affordable for a large wood framed bulletin board. It comes with the mounting hardware as well. I than spray painted it white using Krylon Flat White Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint. The spray was only $4.19 and works perfectly on wood and cork. I painted it white,because my walls are white and I wanted the board to blend in and let the art speak for itself.  I spent about $50 total, tax included.
Here is the finished product. Isn't it glorious? Now get to it, your kids smile will be well worth it.

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