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10 Different Ways To Preserve Fruits and Vegetables For The Winter

by Faith Provencher
10 Different Ways To Preserve Fruits and Vegetables For The Winter
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I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Read on for tons of great ideas!   

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10 Supremely Sippable Cold Brew Coffee Recipes to Try This Summer

by Rachel Jacks

Iced Cold Brew Coffee

Regardless of what the calendar says, one of the ways that I know it's really summer is that I switch from drinking hot coffee to refreshing cold brew. But if you start to get bored of the same old coffee every day, it might be time to spice things up with one of these cold brew coffee variations. I bet you definitely haven't tried all of these unusual flavor combos.              

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How To: Make Natural, Homemade Glass Cleaner

by M.E. Gray

How to: Make orange-scented homemade window cleaner

I've been on a green-cleaning kick lately. By "green" I mean natural, but also "green" as in money-saving! While paying four or five dollars for a bottle of cleaner might not feel like a big deal, it is when you consider how easy it is to create a similarly effective cleanser for a few cents a bottle. In an effort to convert all my cleansing products to homemade, I've recently whipped up a batch of homemade window cleaner that works just as well as the store-bought variety, and without streaking!        

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What Should You Do This Month? Throw a Backyard Solstice Party to Celebrate the Start of Summer

by Rachel Jacks

Backyard Solstice Party

While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don't get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there's no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!                

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How to Craft the Perfect Smoothie Bowl

by Holly Wade
How to Craft the Perfect Smoothie Bowl
Photo by Holly Wade

You've seen these smoothie bowl recipes (or acai bowls) all over Pinterest, but have you tried to make one of your own yet? A smoothie bowl isn't hard to make it home, but remember, it's just as much about the smoothie as it is about the toppings! Blend your favorite ingredients together to make a tasty smoothie bowl recipe that will ensure your morning is off to a great start.

This strawberry banana smoothie bowl recipe is my favorite go-to flavor combo, but I can mix it up with different toppings based on what I have in the house, mixing chia seeds, nuts, fruits and coconut shavings.

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Decorate for Valentine's Day with a Giant Heart-Shaped Balloon Display

by Holly Wade

Decorate for Valentine's Day with a Giant Heart-Shaped Balloon Display

With both Valentine's Day and Galentine's Day coming up, my house was in need of a little heart-filled holiday cheer. Valentine's Day can be a great day for a party celebrating love or just as an excuse to get a few friends together, and one thing every party needs is a photo backdrop! This giant heart-shaped balloon display is easy to make on any wall to add a pop of pink or red and make the perfect appearance in the backdrop of your photos. 

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How to Host a Boho Valentine's Craft Night for Your Besties

by Lidy Dipert

Boho Valentine's Night Out with Friends

Happy February to all! I still catch myself asking what the date is because I feel like January just happened in a blink of an eye - am I right? Which basically means Valentine's day is going to be here in no time! And I'm super pumped about it this year because we are celebrating a very special evening with all my gal pals for a Boho Valentine's night out! To me, this holiday is meant to really appreciate the ones you love. And guys, that...

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The Envelope Game: How to Have the Best New Year's Celebration of All Time

by M.E. Gray

The Envelope Game | A New Years Printable

Usually at the end of the year, I'm left thinking: "Holy cow - that was fast! How has another year gone by already??" That's not the case this year, which is rare. These past twelve months have felt pretty long, and I'm totally ready to switch gears and hop into 2018 mode. I'm looking forward to welcoming in another new year, and to celebrate, I'm sharing with you this New Years printable game called The Envelope Game. It's great for parties where everyone might not know each other, or if you're celebrating with a bunch of introverts (shout out to my people) who might need a little party-participation push.        

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How to Throw the Sweetest Cookie Decorating Party

by M.E. Gray

Tips on hosting a memorable cookie decorating party!

I love the holidays, because there is a never-ending list of activities you can do to celebrate. You can watch movies, decorate a tree, go caroling (tangent question: does anyone actually carol anymore?), wrap gifts, and bake cookies. Most holiday activities are done in groups, too, so they always have the potential to turn into sweet memories with the people you care about. If you're planning on having a holiday party, why not make it a cookie decorating party? Here are some tips to help you create a holly, jolly, fun time for all.       

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Get Ready for Christmas with this DIY Festive Bauble Piñata!

by Stephanie Lee

Get ready for Christmas with this DIY festive bauble piñata!

When it comes to Christmas Day activities, it’s fair to say that the adults in our household could just eat and chat from morning 'til night. After all, there’s a lot to catch up on when the whole gang gets together!

Get ready for Christmas with this DIY festive bauble piñata!

But now that our family is starting to expand with the next generation of littles, having something to keep the kids entertained has become much more of a focus than it was in years past. 

Get ready for Christmas with this festive bauble pinata!

And since piñatas are a...

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How to: Make an Edible Gumdrop Garland for the Holidays

by Holly Wade

How to: Make an Edible Gumdrop Garland for the Holidays

Is there anything better than pretty decor you can eat? I'm a big fan of edible decor for the holidays! It makes me feel like Willy Wonka telling guests that things are edible, and now you can achieve that same feeling with this incredibly easy edible gumdrop garland that you can string across a section of your home for guests to grab gumdrops from while they mingle. If nothing else, these sugary candies add a little color to your holiday!

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Try This: Mulling Spice Simmer Pot Recipe

by M.E. Gray

How to make your home instantly smell like autumn with this fall simmer pot recipe

We're getting to that time of year where two different things are happening: parties are picking up, and the cold weather is forcing us to spend more time indoors. So... basically the perfect combination for some cozy aromatherapy! The fall season has so many distinct smells associated with it - like crisp winds, earthy leaves, fresh rain - and one of the most recognizable scent combinations is that of mulling spices. Whether you have a dinner party coming up, or simply want to flood your home with the scents of the season, this quick fall simmer pot is sure to do the trick.         

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Hey, Coffee Lovers! Try These Caramel Mocha Coffee Pops

by M.E. Gray

Make these: Caramel Mocha Coffee Popsicles

Here's the situation: It's summer. It's scorchingly hot outside, the sun is beating down, the A/C seems to be broken, and you just can't stop sweating. On top of all this, you still haven't had your morning cup of coffee yet! What do you do?? Well, if I were you, I'd whip up some of these delicious mocha caramel coffee popsicles (say that five times fast) to prepare yourself for any worst case scenario!          

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