Oh, Mo You Didn’t: Strawberry Mojito Popsicles

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Boozy Strawberry Mojito Popsicles

Every year around this time, I start to get a little antsy for popsicle season. Aside from how easy (and delicious) they are, I honestly don’t know why I love making them so much. But I do! I really do.

And being as though it’s officially May AND I just got back from a trip that involved a whole lots of cocktails, I figured I’d mix the two and create a quick and easy strawberry mojito popsicle recipe (which can be made with or without booze).

Boozy Strawberry Mojito Popsicles

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Wrap It Up: A Unique Gift Wrapping Idea for Mother’s Day Gifts (in 60 Seconds or Less)

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Hand lettered #diy gift wrap for Mother's Day

By now you know that I love, love, love, DIY gift wrap ideas. It’s bordering obsession at this point.

BUT I’m okay with that…and I hope you are too because I have a gift wrap idea for Mom, in partnership with Paper Mart, that will literally take 60 seconds to whip up. Yep, one minute flat!

It’s so, so easy. And you don’t have to be a wrapping expert to pull it off. Phew!

Learn how to make a unique #diy gift wrapping idea for Mother's Day gifts (in 60 seconds or less)

And bonus… all of the supplies you need can be found at Paper Mart, a one-stop shop for all things party, packaging and DIY supplies. I’ve been buying things in bulk from there for years…especially around the time Jeff and I got married. SO many things!

So, now that you know where to get the goods, here’s my 60 second Mother’s Day wrapping hack…

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Say Cheese: Fresh Fruit and Prosciutto Crostinis with Homemade Goat Cheese

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Fresh Fruit and Prosciutto Crostinis with Homemade Goat Cheese

It’s starting to feel like summer around here, which is the perfect time for making bite size snacks. And you know how I love crostini recipes (I think it’s because they’re so easy to make and pretty too), so I made fresh fruit and prosciutto crostinis with homemade goat cheese over on Darby Smart.

These little guys are the perfect way to celebrate the sun season. I feel like I could do a crostini cheers right now, but that might be weird. I think I’m just excited because I made the goat cheese myself. I’m kind of proud of it because I’ve never made cheese before now. And I feel like I might just be addicted now. It’s really fun!

Head over to Darby Smart to see the full video tutorial (yay for videos) I made for these little guys.

Fresh Fruit and Prosciutto Crostinis with Homemade Goat Cheese

Fresh Fruit and Prosciutto Crostinis with Homemade Goat Cheese

Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Recipe and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Curious to know….What would you add to your crostinis if you were giving this recipe a try?

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Coffee and Waffles and DIY Party Ideas, Oh My! A DIY Mother’s Day Brunch + Giveaway

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Colorful Mother's Day Brunch Filled with DIY Party Ideas

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. How did that happen so quickly!? And I didn’t want the holiday to get away from me without throwing a little brunch shindig. So here we are!

Naturally, it’s complete with a few DIY ideas, sweet treats, and lots and lots of coffee. It is a brunch after all, so it only seems right! I’ve partnered with illy and their new line of  X7.1 Sunrise Limited Edition iperEspresso Machines (in pretty pastel colors like mint green) to make it all happen. And you can win one of these bad boys for yourself too! Scroll to the end to enter to win.

So what do you need to throw the ultimate (but easy) Mother’s Day brunch? Aside from your mom (or a handful of your friends that are moms, which I opted for instead since my mom lives 1,000 miles away), you’ll need a solid food and drink station, a colorful backdrop for photos and such, and a handful of gifts.

A Colorful Mother's Day Brunch Filled with DIY Party Ideas + A Big Giveaway!

Belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and edible flowers

I opted for keeping things pretty simple with quick and easy decor, an icebox tart that was made ahead of time, a waffle bar (because yum), and self serve espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes. Yes please.

Let’s start with the food bar because that was kind of the star of the show for this brunch…

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Vacation Inspiration: 14 Drool-Worthy Vacation Spots to Bookmark for a Rainy Day

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Poolside in pink

Tomorrow, I’m headed to sunny Scottsdale with 3 dear friends (Ashley, Kelly, and Lexy) for a little fun in the sun. It’s just for a few day, but I can’t even tell you how excited I am to be spending time with three ladies I hardly ever get to see. Follow along on Instagram and Snapchat for an overload of vacation pics and snaps.

Now typically, if I’m headed out on vacation, I’m usually desperate for it…burnt out on work, feeling uninspired, etc, etc. But this time, I’m not burnt out at all. In fact, I’m feeling pretty good about where things are headed at the moment…. The house isn’t on fire, I’m pretty caught up on work, the fam is a-okay, and the weather here has been fine.

BUT all that said, I’m still really, really thrilled to be taking a break to recharge. This will be the first time in a long time that I don’t feel ‘vacation desperation’ before heading out. Which I think means that I’ll be starting this mini vacay off on the best foot possible.

And to kick things off before I head out, I’m sharing a handful of vacation inspiration (the beach vibes / pool variety), to get you through your Thursday! I’ll be back tomorrow with a mega Mother’s Day brunch and giveaway. So be sure to check back for that…

1. (above) Where ever this is, I need to be there! Via McCann Design Group.

Greece

2. This insane beach in Greece! Via Conde Nast Traveler.

The Thompson Hotel, Miami

3. Welcome to Miami! Via Conde Nast Traveler.

Bondi Beach

4. Bondi Beach?! Yes, please. Via Emily Henderson.

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Trash to Treasure: How to Turn a Dumpster Find into a DIY Holographic Chair

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How to turn a dumpster find into a DIY holographic chair (for free)

I found this Eames inspired (but not real) chair in the trash at my studio one day and once I realized all that was missing were a few screws for the base, I quickly rescued it and brought it back inside. It matches my other chairs pretty well…it just has a different base. So I thought I would buy a new base for it at some point and kind of set it aside.

I still haven’t bought a new base though and the chair has just been sitting in the corner, so I figured we might as well have some fun with it. Sooooooooo holographic chair it is!

How to turn a dumpster find into a DIY holographic chair

How to turn a dumpster find into a DIY holographic chair (for free)

There are a million and one things you can do with these kinds of chairs, if you want to jazz them up – from adding fabric to vinyl stickers. But I wanted to try something I hadn’t seen before, so we went with the holographic / iridescent option.

AND since I found this chair in the dumpster and already had all the supplies I needed it didn’t cost any money at al to make. Don’t you love projects like that?

Here’s how to make your own holographic chair at home…

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3 (Insanely Easy) Recipes to Take you from Morning Through Lunch

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Overnight oats recipe

The quickest recipes are usually my favorites because I don’t have a ton of time for cooking throughout the day. Previously though, I’ve found it to be a little challenging to get good meals made quickly that don’t involve reheating a sad frozen entree.

So, I started looking around online and remembered that Skillshare had some culinary classes that might help me pick up some fast kitchen skills. Turns out they actually have a TON of culinary classes (in addition to the thousands of other classes in different categories), and plenty of those ended up being up my alley for quick and easy ideas. Yay!

So, I’m taking you from morning coffee through lunch (or maybe even dinner) with 3 delicious food/drink ideas and recipes that will each only take (literally) a few minutes to make.  All thanks to my friends at Skillshare and 3 of their classes that inspired today’s recipes. Perfect timing too, since this month is #psfoodcrush month, right?

But first... coffee!

The best grilled cheese recipe I've ever tried

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