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Decorative Objects

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            As girls we love to decorate. We love arranging, re-arranging, trying new things in new places. We love it all. It’s all about those small eclectic pieces that tie the whole room together. Those are the pieces that we see on the shelf and immediately must have. In honor of that, we’ve collected a few of our top favorite randoms, that will work, no matter your style. Photo Source: 1 / 2…

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The Etsy Design Files #3

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  Chelsea Matthews, the Founder of Matte Black, does more than love home decor – that’s part of her business!  Therefore, we were more than stoked when Chelsea gave us another round of her favorite Etsy picks to decorate our abodes with.  Whether it’s for the desk, your sofa, or the wall, it’s definitely a piece that will add to your home. #1::  Brass Himmeli Hanging Planter #2::  LOVE Hand-lettered Card #3:: Vintage Brass Piggy Bank #4:: 2014 Calendar Mid…

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DIY:: Bath Fizzies

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Bath fizzies – a simple gift that is budget friendly and everyone could use.  Martha Stewart (the queen of homemaking and diys) gives a great recipe to making your own bath fizzies at home. Follow along these three easy steps and voila! Gifts that everyone and you can enjoy! Ingredients:: 1. Baking Soda 2 Cornstarch 3. Citric Acid 4. Spritzer Bottles 5. Food Coloring 6. Glass Bowl 7. Essential Oil 8. Baking Molds Directions:: 1. Sift 1 3/4 cup baking soda,…

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DIY:: Pillow & Tassels

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Sometimes all you need to spruce up your living room is a simple pillow with tassles.  A complete DIY on how to make your very own! Pillow and Tassel:: For a 16x16inch pillow, cut your fabric down to a size that allows 6inches on all sides. Set your pillow at an angle on the square of fabric. Bring in the two sides. Bring in the bottom section. Sew the three sections together at the point where they meet. Bring the…

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Reflections of a Vegan

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Today’s mainstream advertising is continuously filled with images and videos of food.  We just can’t seem to escape the “juicy burger” or the typical “hotdog carts” selling us beef on the side of the road.  Everywhere we turn meat, processed foods, buttery pastries and sweets are being shoved in our faces.  With all these easily accessible “foods”, our society is at an all time high in obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.  It’s time to stop and open our…

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The Etsy Design Files #2

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In this second edition of the Etsy Design Files, I found myself drawn to peaches, pinks, golds & nudes (Real talk though, isn’t it always?!). You should have seen the chair dance that took place when I stumbled across the tassel garland from Studio Mucci – these amazing party accents are typically found at a much higher price point! I’m also a total sucker for anything that houses succulents & plants in a fun way, and these cement planters do…

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The Paleo Diet

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When one is told that the Paleo diet is the Caveman diet, stereotypical images come to mind, like those childhood stories we grew up with: images of a dirty cave, long hair/beards, cloth wrapped around the goods, snarling teeth, etc.  As well as thoughts of the meat I would consume if I were Paleo – “Would it be raw, straight from the animal; like literally from the animal lying on my kitchen floor tearing it from the bone and possibly hair…

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Baked, Not Fried

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Kale Chips – the healthy alternative to your basic chip but gives the same satisfaction as that yummy, salty crunch.  They’re so easy to make that you can skip going to the grocery store  as long as you have a few basic ingredients in your kitchen cabinent (minus the kale). We love the lightness and ease when making Lemon Kale Chips. So next time your feeling a snack attack come on, reach for these instead of those. Ingredients (Makes 1…

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It’s All About Accent Pieces

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  From college years into our mid-twenties, most of us are just worried about the bar bone essentials to make the abode feel like home. However, adding accent pieces from time to time can give you that, “Im all grown up” feeling, they also make great conversation starters, and give your house a personal touch of pazazz. Here are some of our favorites with your budgets in mind……

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It’s a Wrap

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1. Make sure your paper comes up a little over halfway on the sides. 2. Then make sure it wraps all the way around your gift with about a 2” overlap. 3. Cut to size. 4. Take one edge of the overlap portion and tape to box with scotch tape. 5. To ensure you see creases only, not any cut edges, apply a long piece of double sided tape to the back edge of the remaining side of the overlap.…

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