DIY Rustic Succulent Centerpiece

So this is my tutorial for centerpieces in general, but today I’m focusing on faux succulents. I wanted to create a lower centerpiece than my previous one (which my husband can’t stand because of how large it is). This is sort of my thing… if you can’t tell I love making these… So step one is to figure out your container…. keep in mind you have to fill it, and thats always the most expensive part. If you are a newbie to the DIY world I would pick a smaller container. This galvanized container I picked up from Pottery Barn […]

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Grand Marnier Souffles

Souffles are one of my very favorite desserts.  I love that they are so light and not overly sweet.  This Grand Marnier souffle recipe is seriously no fail, and they are so impressive.  Keep in mind that these need to be served IMMEDIATELY.  They will start deflating the moment you take them out, so get everything ready.  Funny story, but the only time that my pregnancy hormones got too crazy was when I was making souffles one night.  When they were in the oven, my husband told me he was going to go for a run.  I became hysterical and […]

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Christmas Traditions 2017

So I thought it might be fun to talk about Christmas traditions on the blog today. Its so fun seeing Christmas through your childrens’ eyes. I’ll be honest, until I had kids I was a Debbie downer about Christmas. I really didn’t care (terrible I know!). Now, to make up for all the years I was a grinch, I’ve kind of gone overboard. Heres some of my favorite Christmas traditions we have started… And a couple traditions I am holding on to for down the road! SANTA PICTURES Who doesn’t love a good Santa pic?!? I’m always surprised when people […]

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7 Tips for Stress Free Entertaining

Do as I say; not as I do. I absolutely love hosting Thanksgiving, and I’ve hosted it since I got my first apartment in college and used to have friends over who weren’t going home for the holiday. My mom said one of her favorite Thanksgiving memories was out of that tiny  apartment when I had so little room in my kitchen that I had to put food on my dresser! Each year I have stressed more and more about hosting the “perfect” Thanksgiving, and try to top myself from the year before.  My mom and husband always implore me […]

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Halloween for Toddlers

So this year is the first year where my kids can follow concepts like Halloween. The girls were so excited and were constantly talking about trick or treating, pointing out pumpkins, and requesting to watch Disney’s Vampiria.. which I guess is the toddler equivalent of a scary movie. I was all set to take them out a local daytime trick or treat festival right in my hometown. Then weather happened. The event was called off. I was devastated. After having a pity party moment I regrouped and searched for other ways to get into Halloween. We ended up going to […]

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Styling winter boots featuring KAMIK Boots

Recently we were invited to preview Kamik’s winter 2017-2018 boots. Kamik was super generous and outfitted the entire family for winter boots. I was super excited being that last year the control freak in me wouldn’t take the girls outside… I know.. bad mom. Although we haven’t had any accumulating snow so far this year, we decided to style up and break in our new boots. I really love a stylish boot, being that Minnesota weather is about 80% horrible. Any Minnesota gal can tell you that boots make up our wardrobe. If I could do it without getting weird looks […]

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Biscoff Cheesecake Bars

Can I be honest? I don’t really like cheesecake very much. I am not a big dessert person in general, and typically would rather get my calories by way of pasta, pizza, potatoes, or cheese. However, I do understand that I’m kind of a freak in that manner, and I still love to bake for other people so it’s usually a win-win. This recipe for Biscoff cheesecake bars however is GOOD.  The Biscoff is such a nice substitution for graham crackers and they are creamy and not overly sweet. They are so simple to make and these Biscoff cheesecake bars […]

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Chatbooks Versus Artifact Uprising Photo Book Series

Note: This is not an ad; just my opinion! I am notorious for taking a million pictures on my phone, but never getting anything printed.  I recently noticed a lot of ads for apps that will publish monthly photo books for you.  The two I was specifically looking at were Chatbooks and Artifact Uprising. Each app basically works the same way, where you can upload your photos, and each month they will send you a new book to add to your series. I particularly love this idea, because it gets all those cute little day to day photos that you […]

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Fall Family Photos|Tips and Tricks to getting the best possible shots

Ever have ‘one of those days’ or ‘one of those weeks’? We all have. I like to think when you have kids the more appropriate phrase is “I’m having one of those years”. Nothing went quite as planned this year. Terrible twos might not happen for every child, but for my twins the saying fits perfectly. So it came as no surprise when even the weather didn’t cooperate for my ‘fall’ pictures this year … it was 80 degrees…. and humid. My pictures still turned out great thanks to my super talented friend and photographer Ashley Cohn (check her out […]

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Halloween Basket Tutorial + Haul

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!! Yea… im pretty excited… My kids are finally old enough to (sort of… kind of) understand Halloween. So naturally I’m going even more all out than last year. We are not only going to trick or treat, we are also going to Pumpkin Nights at the Minnesota State fairgrounds this year. It looks absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to see the girls’ reactions to all the lit up pumpkins! I don’t wanna spoil our costume choice yet, but I thought I would share this years basket goodies! First up, The goodies from Target: These bats light up…. thats […]

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