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In case you haven't heard the news, I've started a new gig. I'll be providing home decor and DIY project ideas over at my friend Jo-Lynne Shane's blog a couple of times a month. And with that being said, my first project is up. For this post I'm showing you how to use Halloween items you most likely have on hand, items from around the home, a couple of quick DIY projects and more to put together a fun dining room table centerpiece perfect for Halloween. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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A little while ago I was contacted by Legoland Discovery Centers to create a sink or float science experiment for them ... I have to give a big shout-out to my friend Kelly over at The Centsible Life for this one. They had actually contacted her first about this because they had come across LEGO tutorials I had posted on her blog and she very kindly sent them my way. So I created and photographed the experiment at home and they had their creative team create an infographic out of it. Infographic source: Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I love a big Sunday brunch. It's the perfect way to start the last day of the weekend. This is a dish I made a couple of weeks ago and it's so quick and easy and perfect to serve with a side of poached or scrambled eggs and toast. But one thing that makes me extra happy on Sunday brunch days is not having to use too many pots and pans ... unlike last weekend when I made pumpkin pancakes, bacon in the oven and scrambled eggs, I swear the combination mixing bowls and pans filled the dishwasher after that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I'm a big fan of making a meal that can be used over two days, but in different ways. Not in a Food Network Chopped kind of way (although the contestants on that show are pretty inspiring), but in a New TraDish practical (everyone can do it), I'm going to make a dish and use it in two different ways by freezing half of the ingredients and using those later kind of way. So here's a simple one for you. What you need: 2lbs ground beef 1 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs 2 eggs 2 jars Ragú® sauce -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Both Marisol and Flynn decided they want to dress as pirates this year for Halloween. I think Flynn's been a pirate three times already, it seems to be his thing, but for the last two years I've handmade costumes for him - Mr Bump and LEGO Lord Vampyre. I'm sure I could have thrown together a DIY costume for him this year, but I decided to just purchase a new pirate shirt for him (from Party City), pair it with black pants that were already in his closet and re-use his pirate hat, hook and eye patch from previous years.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Halloween calls for all things dark and spooky, and this very dark sangria is perfect for your Halloween celebrations. Tip: The longer you refrigerate the Sangria, the deeper the color of the plums - you can see the deep red of the plum that was used as a garnish on the glass. What you need: 1 bottle Ménage à Trois Midnight (or alternatively Apothic Dark Red Blend) 1/4 cup Cointreau orange liqueur 1 lime (squeezed) 1 cup blackberries 1 cup black plums (in slices) 1/2 cup black corinth grapes (or alternatively, regular black or red grapes) 1 pkt Sweet'N Low... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Have you tried the Halloween Orange 'S'Cream TruMoo? If you haven't, go buy it. And if you are from down under, it tastes like Jaffas. Oh how I miss those little red balls of yumminess. So now I've hidden it in the back of the refrigerator so I don't have to share ... okay so I may have bought the original chocolate TruMoo for the kids, but that may have been to throw them off the scent of mine. But, with a little of mine I made these: Aren't they adorable? ... I mean super scary ... I was planning... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Remember when I said I put together a few Minecraft surprises for the kids birthday last week? Well, here's another one. I've posted the tutorial for these LEGO Minecraft pig earrings over at The Centsible Life. Miss M loves them. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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This coming Sunday, October 5 at 6PM PST we'll be hosting a really fun Frozen Halloween Party on Pinterest with Boogie Wipes. I hope you'll join us for some pinning fun. We'll be pinning all things Frozen, Halloween and Autumn and giving away some great prizes too. RSVP over at Boogie Wipes. Disclosure: I am in no way being compensated for this Pinning Party with Boogie Wipes. We are doing it because we love the holidays, love to pin, and want to give away some fabulous prizes. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Last week Marisol and Flynn turned 8. I can hardly believe it. They wrote rather lengthy lists of what they desperately wanted for their birthday, one thing being a Minecraft birthday party. Unfortunately I failed miserably at throwing that together. These things happen to the best of us. I did want to put together a few fun Minecraft surprises for them though. One of the things I did was prepare a special Minecraft lunch for them to take to school. As you can see I made one for a boy and one for a girl, and with the help of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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The weather still hasn't cooled down here, but I'm dreaming of autumn and hoping for a few cooler nights when we can sit outside to eat. It doesn't mean that I can't make a little comfort food though, right? We can just crank that air conditioning up a little. Last week I was down and out for a couple of days with what I'm assuming was a reaction to a tetanus shot. Whenever I'm sick, or feeling a little down all I want is comfort food. On one of the mornings I woke up and was craving scrambled eggs, so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® Tyson and WetNap®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #wingsandwipes http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV If you are sitting at home watch the football with friends and family, you want to put out fun food, but sometimes all of the amazing ideas you see on Pinterest feel a little overwhelming to do on an ongoing basis ... don't get me wrong, they are fantastic for the big game, or if you are hosting a big party, but not for every game. In order to keep things... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Start your kids birthday with a very special birthday cake pancake stack. Isn't that the perfect way to start the day? The best part is you can make the pancakes the night before so you aren't rushed, especially if their birthday falls on a school day. Just heat, assemble, and enjoy! I made mini pancakes because I knew the kids would think they are fun, plus you can stack them and still keep them an edible portion size without any going to waste. I think if I stacked larger ones, they simply wouldn't be able to eat the whole thing.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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A while ago I posted a photo of the dining room wall in our old house, complete with a spoon holder I had picked up on one of my many days spent wandering around my favorite thrift stores. I'd filled that holder with spoons that had once belonged to my Nana. Upon seeing that post, my mother informed me that she had plenty more where they came from and when I went back to Australia over Christmas last year she handed me another bag full. Of course this meant more thrift shopping, but I found the perfect spoon holder. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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We are all looking for ways to save money when grocery shopping so I'm showing you how you can earn cash back by shopping at Walmart and Target and using the Jingit app. It's football season and whether you are homegating or tailgating you are probably feeding more than your immediate family so saving money is essential. I wanted to make homemade mini pizzas, that everyone could add their own toppings too and then be cooked on the grill. So using the Jingit app I checked for items I could purchase at my local Target store. Here's how it works.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier was released on DVD on September 9th. Watching it with friends and family will be a movie night to remember with these simple movie viewing party ideas that use just a few key items, including M&M'S®. Everything that I needed for this party I found at Walmart. There is even a coupon that gives you $5 off when you purchase Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier and two bags of M&M's (15.4 oz or larger). You can download the coupon from Walmart.com. This is what you need: M&M's Kettle Corn White chocolate morsels Sprinkles... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Kids parties can be overwhelming (and expensive), but there are simple ways to cut a few corners, save yourself time, money and still put together a party table kids will love. I'm starting the preparation for Marisol and Flynn's upcoming 8th birthday in a couple of weeks. I can't believe how big they are getting. So today, I'm going to show you a few simple ideas for putting together a party table little girls are sure to love ... all for the love of sprinkles, one of my daughter's favorite things. This party table requires very little effort, with no... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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It may not feel like Autumn yet here in Southern California, but I did spot pumpkins in the grocery store this morning, and if I turn on the air conditioning, close the blinds and create a little something out of pears, apples or spices then it just might ... for a little while at least. Who wants to come and join me for an Autumn Spiced Pear Cocktail? Ingredients: This recipe makes 4 cocktails. 3 pears - ripe and softer, not firm, peeled and diced 1/4 cup Sweet'N Low 1/4 cup water Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist - 2 oz per drink... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he suffered from ADHD, reading challenges, and behavioral problems. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent this time creating his own original comic books. In second grade, Dav created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his life making silly books. Dav was not a very good listener though. He went on to create Ricky Ricotta,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Each time I pull another box or bag out of the garage, unpack it and decorate another small space in our house it makes me smile. It's a long, slow process, between juggling kids, homework, housework, and of course work - and the few hours a night I may actually sleep. I finally got around to decorating a section of our bedroom last weekend. I also made a fun DIY project for it. One day I will take photographs of the entire room, once it's finished of course, but to explain it a little, it's large area with a walk... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I've been keeping a little something from you. I was contacted by Real Simple magazine a little while ago to do a photo shoot in New York with Olay for an upcoming article. To say I was giddy is an understatement. I mean this is Olay and Real Simple! I purchase very few magazines, but when I do it's almost always Real Simple or Sunset ... or both, because well, they are fabulous. Before I share a little about the photo shoot, I want to show you some fabulous dresses. You see I absolutely love lace, it's timeless, it's feminine... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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My kids have been back to school for a few weeks now but others are only just starting this week. Are you packing lunches, or are your kids buying them from the school cafeteria? My kids are super picky when it comes to school lunches so I pack homemade lunches almost every day. Only twice has my daughter wanted to purchase from the school cafeteria, but her brother insists that I make lunch every day for him. I like to make their lunches fun when possible, but we all know some mornings are more difficult than others. So whether it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Last summer, I took the kids to Universal Studios Orlando as part of the Family Forward conference (which is currently happening at this very moment again this year as I type this post). You may remember my post about why you should stay at the Universal Orlando Resort, or more specifically, stay at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. This summer I took the kids to Universal Studios Hollywood. Granted we were at Universal Orlando for 6 days and at Universal Hollywood for just 1 day, and with two theme parks to choose from, Universal Orlando will always have my heart, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Last week my oldest (you know, the one who recently moved out of home, sniff) asked me to make a birthday cake for his girlfriend. Of course I obliged. The only criteria he asked for was that it needed to be red velvet with vanilla icing, and Spider-Man themed ... apparently she loves Spider-Man. I would love to share a fabulous red-velvet cake recipe with you, but things have been busy lately ... too busy. I didn't have time to experiment in the kitchen like I would normally do and don't have a tried and true recipe on hand for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
You should definitely go, it's worth the drive. I'll be posting about the other venue we stayed at shortly. It's a great trip.