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A Beautiful Mess
Springfield, Missouri
We believe the best things in life are homemade.
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Perfect party food alert!! This is not a drill, you guys. I really have found one of the best party appetizers ever. I discovered this delicious little gem when I went to a birthday party at our office manager, Jacki's house a few weeks ago. Her friend Mallory had brought the most delectable looking little crostinis topped with roasted grapes and rosemary garnish. I've certainly never had roasted grapes before,... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at A Beautiful Mess
It lasts as long as my regular home manis would, of course the nail polish at the tips would give out before the decals would, but I can usually get 5 days out of a home mani before it gets too bad :) Laura
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A few weeks ago I took a challenge to photograph a week in our life and make an album out of it. The challenge was created by my pal, Ali Edwards, and you can read more about her thoughts on it here. I've read Ali's blog for, like, ten years (hers was the first blog I ever read actually, and an early inspiration for starting my own blog!), so I've... Continue reading
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I use it ALL the time for things like tags and stickers for my scrapbooks. :) xx- Elsie
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Thanks so much Farrah! xx- Elsie
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Cute idea Malina!! xx- Elsie
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Yes- I've seen it both ways! Honestly- you don't really need the 25th day, but I included it anyway! :D -Elsie
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I LOVE that idea!!!!
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I am doing activities- so for example, "let's get holiday lattes today.", "let's drive around and look at Christmas lights tonight", "let's listen to a holiday record while we cook dinner". Small, but intentional activities! xx- Elsie
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They are fixed now! :D -Elsie
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Haha! Thank you Carolyn. :)) I hear you! I have to start everyone SO early to keep up- especially this time of year! xx- Elsie
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Hi Megan, the Creative Cloud is what we use on our macs here! :) You could do one first and then the other, or you could read through a couple of lessons of each and then decide what you're feeling up to! I hope that doesn't sound like a non-answer. :) It's really up to you though - both of our courses are pretty flexible. Either way we are all happy to have you along! xo - Sarah
Hi Julie! They are not food safe :) -Jacki
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Kallie these are not dumb questions! :) Bridge is a program that comes with Photoshop - so if you bought CS5 then Bridge should have come with it. If you didn't download it maybe check your disk that you installed it from to see if it's on there! If you're having trouble finding Bridge (or unable to install it) I would recommend contacting Adobe Support to see if they could help: http://helpx.adobe.com/support.html For your second question, one of the first lessons is about opening and saving photos to your computer, so yes! I hope that helps your workflow a bit! I know Photoshop can be really confusing to navigate on your own so no worries! There's also a bonus lesson about how to mass resize and save your photos quickly. We're talking like, seconds. ;) I think you're really going to love it! Thanks for the great questions Kallie! xo-Sarah
Hi Katherine! You can go through the lessons in any order that you choose, and there's no time limit or expiration date within the course :) -Jacki
Hi Patricia! No, the book has a Target logo on it :) -Jacki
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I have to admit that I've never been the girl that's really into nail art. In fact, if there was a "skip" button on Pinterest, the same way you can skip a song on Pandora, I would probably have skipped the entire category all together. However, I have been noticing lately that there are some simple nail ideas that I not only like, but that I would actually do myself... Continue reading
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Hi Victoria! Oh no. I'll get that fixed first thing tomorrow. :))
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Hmm. I think you're likely correct about the immersion blender. Although I'm not totally sure. But I also wanted to leave a comment to say I hope you'll feel better soon! I've had a number of friends with different pregnancy-induced food issues, so heart goes out to you. And big CONGRATS to you and your growing family! -Emma
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Yes, you can absolutely leave the peels in. It changes the texture but I have heard many times, like you say, that the peels are quite nutrias so that's a great tip. Thanks for sharing! -Emma
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The taste is not that different at all-the big advantage is freeing up stove top space for other dishes if you are cooking a lot in one day (like we do for Thanksgiving here in the US). -Emma
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Good tip on the stand mixer. I've never tried that but sounds pretty simple, so thanks for sharing. The main advantage is freeing up your stove top space. Also, you don't have to keep an eye on a slow cooker the same way you really should a stove top item. And this can be a big advantage on a day where you have lots going on in the kitchen (like turkey day). Just options. :) -Emma
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I bet it would. My guess is you may need to adjust the cook time... possibly. If anyone has tried it let us know! -Emma
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That's a great question Chantal! There's a TON to choose from for every budget. We use the Canon 5D Mark iii here at A Beautiful Mess, but if you would like other recommendations depending on your budget, feel free to email me - sarah AT redvelvetart DOT com. :) xo - Sarah
Thanks for the tip Lindsey! -Emma
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