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We don't know about you but we may, or may not (we'll never tell!) have overindulged in a few too many holiday treats. Now it's time to seek out some, still delicious, but maybe a little bit more healthy recipes to enjoy. First let's talk snacks. We love these baked brussels sprouts chips. Try these baked apple chips. Delicious! The flavor of these baked parmesan and wasabi edamame is out... Continue »
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Hi guys! I LOVE giving gifts. Picking out and wrapping up weird, romantic or sentimental gifts for the people I love is one of my favorite things to do. I have so much fun filling up that tree! With that said, I'm not that great at wrapping gifts. I'm messy. I'm not a perfectionist. I can't wrap a picture perfect gift to save my life. Instead, I gravitate toward fun,... Continue »
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Welcome to Typepad 101! Whether you want to add some new features to your blog's design, or simply make your blog more functional, Typepad 101 has you covered. The tip below requires the use of... Continue »
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I have always wanted a wall in my home that was completely filled with photos! A couple weeks ago I got it stuck in my brain that this wall in our studio was the perfect spot. There were a couple challenges, though: 1. The wall is HUGE. 2. I don't have that many instant photos or film. 3. Even if I did buy enough film to fill the whole wall... Continue »
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Want to decorate your space with a special oversized word? Here's a fun and budget-friendly DIY project that will help you customize your space! 1. Supplies Needed: Thick floral wire, Wire cutters, Hot glue, Small silk blooms and fabric cut into long 1/2 inch strips. (note- you don't need floral tape) 2. Use multiple layers of wire to shape large letters. Our letters are about 13 inches tall. Mimic your... Continue »
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Today I am so excited to share my second how-to using Adobe Photoshop Elements. We often post colorful photos here at A Beautiful Mess. We love the look of bright, vibrant, candy colors! Today I want to share my quick method for waking up photos with color. This is a fun tutorial to teach because I remember that this is the very first thing I wanted to learn with I... Continue »
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Note: This project uses the Custom CSS feature, which is available to subscribers on the Pro Unlimited plan and above. Today's project is all about adding a personal touch to each of your posts -... Continue »
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In the forum, Typepad blogger, David, wanted to know the best width for premium ads and any other design considerations he should be aware of when placing ads on his blog. A 300px width is... Continue »
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Everyone seems to be talking about Pinterest lately, and for good reason - with Pinterest, you can organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web, plan weddings, decorate homes, and even... Continue »
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Like most people, I am motivated by money. For sure. But, also like most people, I have learned that that can't be all there is. I have quit jobs that paid more money than I am making now because they... Continue »
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Recently, I visited my dear friend Sarah of Arrow and Apple Photography for a few days. We had a few photo adventures together and she shared a super fun technique with me that I invited her to share with you on the blog too! Enjoy... Free-lensing is a fun technique to try if you have a camera with a removable lens! It's a method of shooting with your lens detached... Continue »
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Last night I got my girl colored in and she is almost done. I was going to get my elbow finished, but my rose still hurts really bad. Depending on how my arm feels next week I might go back and get more work done. I hope to have my... Continue »
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Who doesn't love a glowing background? There's something so gorgeous about an abundance of light taking over a photo- casting the perfect light on your subject. To do this, place your subject in front of a light source (in this case, we used the sun) and don't be afraid to experiment. There's no right or wrong it's all about placing your subject in the right place and once you have... Continue »
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Today I am so excited to introduce a new series of photography basics that we created in collaboration with Kelli Trontel. We had so much fun developing these ten articles that cover many of the basic questions that people ask me all the time! We look forward to sharing a few photography posts each week for the next month! 1. Look For Shade The sunshine is the most gorgeous natural... Continue »
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Last week we shared how to style your comments if you use Advanced Templates. This week we'll be focusing the Weekend Project on how to style your comments with only CSS. In order to take... Continue »
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TypePad offers the Other Accounts feature to display icons which link to your social media accounts, like Facebook and Twitter. If you have an account not listed at Account > Other Accounts or if you... Continue »
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This weekend's project is inspired by Rachael Herron's blog Yarn-A-Go-Go. Specifically, Rachael has set up her Books section to use a grid format for the book covers and blog post title. Each post then has... Continue »
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Conversation between bloggers and readers is important for your blog. We've talked recently about using CSS to make your author comments stand out, and TypePad gives you a variety of tools to manage comments. Display... Continue »
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The cold weather months really put me in the mood for grilled cheese sandwiches and soups. And although Elsie and I are huge fans of a classic and simple grilled cheese sandwich, we thought it would be fun to come up with some variations for a family lunch we hosted over the weekend. Elsie also brought her panini maker over to my house, it was my first time using one... Continue »
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It goes without saying that all of your posts are gems but once in a while, a post will shine brighter than the others. As a blogger, you have a chance to make the most... Continue »
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