My Christmas Cards + $250 Minted Giveaway

Thanksgiving is officially over so we can all start thinking about Christmas –hooray for Christmas cheer! One of the first things I like to do is send our our family holiday Christmas cards. It helps me feel like the holiday season is underway and I get a great sense of accomplishment getting the cards in the mail early. (Great news, you can enter to win your own Minted holiday cards!)

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I just love the gold foil designs Minted offers and had to choose a design with it this year. This is our family Christmas Card, I just love it!

I also really liked this Winter Botanical design and this Winter Brush design –it was so hard to choose! (more…)

Serve It :: Mini Cheese Balls

Looking for a new holiday recipe? These mini cheese balls make the perfect appetizer. The play on the traditional cheese ball will have your guests thinking you are the most clever hostess in town.

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You’ll want to keep this recipe on hand because it’s really simple to make and is so creative and tasty that people will be asking you to make it again –trust me! (more…)

Serve It :: Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Let’s face it, we’re crazy for all-things-pumpkin this time of year. I know I am! So, when Cold Stone reached out about their new Pumpkin Pie in the Sky™ ice cream, I practically ran to try it. I mean pie turned into ice cream? I’m in.

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This ice cream packs a delicious punch –featuring pumpkin ice cream, graham cracker pie crust, whipped topping and caramel. It’s all the flavors of a pumpkin pie, plus more. And you guys, I could have eaten the ENTIRE carton.

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Try adding in ice cream to your Thanksgiving dessert menu and watch the smiles pop up on your family’s faces. Serve alongside your favorite slice of pie or in these chocolate-dipped waffle bowls. (more…)

Tailgating At Home :: Pizza + Pumpkin Shandy

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Two things are true this time of year in my household: we watch a lot of football and we always seem to have a house full of family and friends. I love that entertaining on game day has a much more relaxed vibe which means it’s the perfect opportunity to keep things simple. No need to fuss in the kitchen or plan a ton of appetizers. Simply bake your favorite frozen pizzas and serve up a beer cocktail –you’ll make everyone happy!

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Last weekend we had a few friends over to watch the game and I served up this pumpkin shandy beer cocktail (recipe below). It was really delicious and easy enough for guests to whip up themselves. This means more relaxing for the hostess and more time to visit with friends while we watched the game. (more…)

A Simple Lesson From Dove’s New Emoji Campaign

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All the curly-haired ladies are rejoicing today over Dove’s new emoji campaign. Okay, maybe not. BUT … marketers and content creators should be taking note.

Dove’s release of new curly-haired emojis is part of the larger marketing campaign that  kicked off last year around their new products for curly hair (and quite frankly, I think it’s a fun and smart play). While it may not make sense at first glance that Dove got into the emoji business, when you look deeper you’ll see it’s not at all about emojis. It’s really about creating relevant content that fills a gap, falls in line with their larger marketing goals, and gets people talking.  (more…)

Simple Ways To Spruce Up Your Space For Fall

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Now that fall is here, it’s a great time to add a few seasonal décor touches to your home to welcome the season. I don’t like going overboard when decorating my home for seasons or holidays, but I do welcome the chance to add a few new elements that speak to the time of year. Here are four ways you can easily spruce up your space.

1. Decorate a chalkboard sign with a seasonal message. Don’t have a chalkboard? No problem! Pick up a small can of chalkboard paint at your local craft or home improvement store and transform any surface into a chalkboard, like I did here.

2. Dress up your fireplace mantle with pumpkins and orange candles for a warm autumn look.

3. Add fall flowers to your container garden or potted patio plants. Adding yellow, red, and orange hues to your potted plants is a nice way to tie in the season.

4. Set your dining room table with a table runner and placemats that have a touch of the fall season. Try a warmer color or a fall pattern.

 

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