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Tom’s Of Maine DIY Silly Strawberry Personal Piñata

Big Piñatas are cool but personal piñatas are just the cutest. When Tom’s of Maine asked us to help them celebrate the 25th anniversary of Silly Strawberry Natural Kids Toothpaste, a DIY strawberry piñata (but cuter) felt perfect. I can’t help but feel sentimental when in comes to Tom’s of Maine. I’ve used their products since… Read more »

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A Perfect Cayman Islands Itinerary

A few weeks ago, in August, I spent the most beautiful week alone in the Caribbean. It was a truly dreamy little escape from life, after which I returned home safe and sound while hurricane after hurricane decimated many of the gorgeous nearby islands, leaving people without electricity, shelter, or even water. The Cayman Islands… Read more »

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Oh! Possum! How Thou Hast Changed Me in Death and in Life

Two score and 18 weeks ago we loaded up a wagon with all of our worldly goods and migrated over the great hills of Hollywood to live henceforth in the land known as “The Valley.” We waved goodbye to poke restaurants to which we could walk, and streets that received weekly cleanings, and sighed hello… Read more »

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Pink Thanksgiving Decor: A Perfectly Pink Fall Home

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Pink Thanksgiving Decor. It’s like regular Thanksgiving Decor but with a dash of one of my favorite colors, Pink! A traditional autumn palette of browns and oranges doesn’t do much for me but when you add a pretty pop of pink, I’m all over decorating for Fall. Here’s a collection of inspiring photos, projects, and recipes from a few of our favorite sites. We hope that you are inspired to make everything a little prettier with a Pink Thanksgiving!

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Last Thanksgiving Oh Happy Day! created this fresh centerpiece with a cascade of ombre pumpkins from pink to peach and melon to orange and yellow. It’s basically the perfect example of Pink Thanksgiving Decor. Read more about the DIY Ombré Mini Pumpkin Centerpiece

This giclee print from Eloise Renouf can add a pop of autumn-inspired pink to your home. Autumn Leaves Pink is available for purchase, ready to frame, on Etsy.

Learn How to Make a Crepe Paper Flower Corsage right her on Pretty Prudent. They make a gorgeous gift for your Thanksgiving Dinner guests and can double as table decor. I love how they look on this denim shirt. It’s the perfect Pink Thanksgiving combo.

How cute is this pink acorn? Once you give the kiddos the job of painting acorns, add them to your place settings with other rustic fall elements like they did for this Autumn Sunset styled shoot; Photography by Loft Photographie, floral by Gypsy Floral and Events, featured on Green Wedding Shoes.

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Beautiful pastel succulents, flowers and pumpkins combine for a softer example of Pink Thanksgiving Decor. See m0re of this gorgeous  table on LaurenConrad.comInspired Idea: A Pastel Pumpkin Tablescape

Now that every holiday can be “pink” it might be time to take the plunge on blush flatware. I adore this set of from Anthro, it’s simple modern style provides the perfect balance to its feminine color palette.

How beautiful are these pink and orange floral table linens from World Market?

And since you are all in on pink, don’t I have you convinced?, here are the perfect pink waterfall glasses to toast with your friends and family from Thanksgiving all the way through New Years. They are just stunning. (more…)

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The 12 Best Graphic Novels for Girls (and Boys too)

I have consulted with the queen of graphic novels, my 4th grader, Scarlet, and her rowdy crew of graphic novel-loving friends to create this list of the 12 best graphic novels for kids. These are the best graphic novels for 4th graders, and some 3rd graders, and most 5th graders. They are definitely the best graphic novels for girls, according to my daughter, but they will be loved by boys too. Image of the Best Graphic Novels for Girls I don’t need to sell you on the value of graphic novels, right? Your kids love them and they spend time with BOOKS instead of with screens, while learning a lesson here or there, so it’s an all around win. Let’s get right into our list of the best graphic novels for kids… (more…)

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Tom’s Of Maine DIY Silly Strawberry Personal Piñata

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Big Piñatas are cool but personal piñatas are just the cutest. When Tom’s of Maine asked us to help them celebrate the 25th anniversary of Silly Strawberry Natural Kids Toothpaste, a DIY strawberry piñata (but cuter) felt perfect.
How to make a strawberry piñata I can’t help but feel sentimental when in comes to Tom’s of Maine. I’ve used their products since I was a little one and it’s a tradition that I’ve continued now that I have my own family. My kids were literally begging to run off with these tubes of toothpaste as I was trying to photograph them. That’s weird right? They are dying to brush their teeth. With natural ingredients like real strawberry extract, it’s no wonder that Silly Strawberry is the #1 natural kids toothpaste and the first and only natural kids toothpaste to receive the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. I love that Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry has fluoride and fluoride-free options with no artificial flavors, dyes or sweeteners that I can feel good about giving my kids and that said kids willingly, and eagerly, use. Plus, it has no animal ingredients and isn’t tested on animals.

Did you know that you are supposed to brush your teeth for two minutes? Two minutes feels like a really long time when you are brushing your teeth, especially when you are little, so I appreciate all the help I can get in inspiring them to brush.

How to make a strawberry piñata Read on for a step-by-step tutorial for a mini DIY strawberry piñata and the Silly Brushing Song (Brush Em’ Up) that Tom’s of Maine has made with artist Laurie Berkner to help remind us to brush longer.
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A Perfect Cayman Islands Itinerary

A few weeks ago, in August, I spent the most beautiful week alone in the Caribbean. It was a truly dreamy little escape from life, after which I returned home safe and sound while hurricane after hurricane decimated many of the gorgeous nearby islands, leaving people without electricity, shelter, or even water. The Cayman Islands were shielded from the brunt of the devastation, and in typical Caymanian fashion sent their resources to help. The Cayman Islands are absolutely beautiful, I had a chance to visit two of the three and I’d like to tell you about my trip, and hopefully inspire you to visit this beautiful country with a perfect Cayman Islands itinerary. They say #CaymanKind, and they mean that the people of the islands are welcoming; I found this to be very true.

I started my trip flying through Miami to Grand Cayman, where I rented a car. I forgot that they drive on the left! Oops! But the streets are designed with travelers in mind – most of the right turns are roundabouts which makes it easy to just follow the car in front of you. Which is what I did, and checked into the stunning new Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, which gets 12 out of ten stars from me. It’s truly luxurious and on a beautiful slice of perfect white sand along Seven Mile Beach. Seven Mile Beach

When I woke up and saw the view from my room I was in awe. The Kimpton also had a great selection of in-room amenities (your own yoga mat! a salon quality blow dryer! free bottled water!) and a whole host of included activities like stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling equipment. Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa
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Pretty Prudent Trend: Modern Witchcraft

Modern Witchcraft Inspiration Let’s go ahead and embody all of the power pictured above, right now. All of these ladies and their crystal balls are my idea of a perfect Halloween season – mysterious, beautiful, and just a little bit menacing.

We had the pleasure of receiving a copy of Practical Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Crystals, Horoscopes, Psychics, and Spells, which sparked us to channel our inner spirits and delve into a witchy state of mind. Here’s what’s inspiring us for the season. Modern Witchcraft

We just want this Horned God embroidery hoop hung over our crystal ball, this art is from Kjersti Faret (find much more cat-inspired black magic at that site).

No spiritual journey would be complete without a set of healing crystal wands.

We need some loose leaf assam tea, so we can read our tea tea leaves with help from this illustration by Jade Walsh.

My current favorite dress has been described as “witchy” by my husband. I’m not taking it off. It’s the Riller and Fount Caftan Maxi, I got it at Shopbop. The short version is available on Amazon.

I wore it while I cleansed my house with sage smudge sticks. Pick some up on amazon Amazon or learn how to DIY your own smudge sticks at YouGrowGirl.

A Palmistry Hand with instructional booklet is the perfect thing to study to surprise your friends with your fortune-telling abilities.

Though it’s always more interactive and fun to read their tarot cards. Go with the traditional Rider Tarot Deck , or this more beautifully packaged version: The Illuminated Tarot: 53 Cards for Divination & Gameplay.

Gather your gals and throw a girls’ night watching Practical Magic, Hocus Pocus, or The Witches of Eastwick. We see your future, and it looks fun.

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How to Paint A Pumpkin: Watercolor Tutorial

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Here is a beginner watercolor tutorial for painting pumpkins. Some people associate watercolor painting with the butterflies and flowers of spring and summer but I love to paint in autumn. You can see some of my recent fall-inspired apple and floral paintings on Instagram, plus how to paint the baby pumpkins in the image below, I just posted an Instagram video.  I always love to see the art that you create from my painting tutorials. Please send us your pics or tag us.

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Easiest Instant Pot Apple Compote Recipe

Are you looking for a easy, delicious Instant Pot apple recipe for apple compote?Image of Instant Pot Apple Recipe - Compote Oh my goodness, I love apples and cinnamon and the season is upon us. Here’s a fun and easy Instant Pot apple recipe (1 minute cook time!) for compote to use up your apple-picking scores. As you know we are very into our Instant Pot recipes lately, so I tried out a few apple-cinnamon compote combos and this one is my very favorite, and also the easiest! I like it on my steel-cut oatmeal in the morning, but it also works on ice cream or in a hand pie. Yum!

Get my easy recipe for Instant Pot Apple Recipe for Compote after the jump… (more…)

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Oh! Possum! How Thou Hast Changed Me in Death and in Life

1-opossum-paul-cannonTwo score and 18 weeks ago we loaded up a wagon with all of our worldly goods and migrated over the great hills of Hollywood to live henceforth in the land known as “The Valley.” We waved goodbye to poke restaurants to which we could walk, and streets that received weekly cleanings, and sighed hello to the warm prevailing winds of change, and also of burning smoke from a land almost constantly on fire.

Just a few short moons after arriving at our new homestead, we encountered the previously unknown-to-us beast known as the opossum. He and his brethren murdered our flock of hens, drowned in an errant empty pot, and came to untimely ends falling out of trees into our trashcan. But one of these loathsome creatures met its fate in a way that has stuck with me, and stuck to the ground, for quite some time.

I shall say that the possum is an animal that I do not appreciate. I do not appreciate his black, beady eyes; nor his pale, dirty, carrot-like tail that looks as though it was just plucked from the depths of the soil; nor his long fingers, which outstretch from entirely too human-like hands to grab trash and consume it as though it was a glorious roman feast. I do not appreciate you, fair possum! I shall rejoice when you dispatch forthwith from my homeland never to return again!

But, dear creature, you have lived, and you have loved, and you have tried so hard to establish a home for yourself and your children in this industrial wasteland of human excess. I acknowledge your dedication, I applaud your tenacity, I never hoped for your suffering. I truly never meant for you to meet this fate.

For whence you tried to cross the freeway off-ramp, perhaps to get slightly closer to the riches of cheese that awaited you in the Taco Bell parking lot, your struggle ended abruptly and I’m quite sure, painfully. The sight of your bloodied corpse from the window of my carriage did not bring me joy, sir. It did not bring me joy.

When I saw your desecrated body there upon the road again the next day, I was truly disgusted, though not with you or your kind. Disgusted by the sight of your entrails, and by the fact that you remained there for lo now 24 hours, uncared for. Un-buried. Un-dead in a sense. It brought me sadness. It caused me to reflect upon your struggle, and really all of our struggles. Who am I to judge you, god’s creature? Are we not the same? Are we all not engaged in a great struggle to survive and also sometimes to get to Taco Bell?

When in a fortnight your body still remained un-interred upon the barren off-ramp of the road known as the 170, I became concerned. Concerned for my city, uncaring to clean your surely diseased corpse from this intersection of human experience, this great crossroads of lives? I considered donning the costume of the gravedigger, lifting you with gloved hand into a strong sack and laying you to rest in a peaceful bin, but alas the danger was too great. I feared I would meet your same fate. So I did nothing. My child gazed upon you in wonder that you were no longer bloody, and had grown rather flat. What message was I sending her? Is life worthless? Is there any meaning in anything? Do we have no responsibilities? Don’t we owe even our filthy vermin enemies some dignity, some overarching kindness?

I posted a notice about you in the town square, hoping the criers would take up your cause! But the townspeople on nextdoor.com saw you as a symbol of everything wrong with our outpost; of disassociation from public services, a lack of caring, a sense of doom about the future. I removed myself from the town square before the hysteria grew too great. And still, you remained, growing flatter and grayer and sadder as the tides changed, the moons grew and shrank, even as the sun shaded over and eclipsed your memory. You slowly turned to dust, dear opossum, as we all must eventually.

Upon the fine morning of yester, I rose like any other morning and proceeded to dispatch my child to her place of education so as she could continue her studies in hopes of rising herself to a world not littered with the desiccated corpses of opossums. It hath been 12 moons now that we have seeked out and found your body with our eyes, it has become a light post to us, a signal that we are almost home, a fine point on the end of our daily voyage through the hills and desert to our family’s land.

But alas, yesterday you were not there! Our signposts have broken, our north star hath dimmed! What change! What monumental shift in the fabric of space and time! Let it be here known that upon Monday, the 18th of September, the year of our lord Two Thousand and Seventeen, you, dear opossum, valued friend, confidant of our deepest fears, gateway to the afterlife, were street-swept from the median and risen to the heavens, where you shall live out your days as a hero in our hearts!

My soul feels wiped clean! A new season is upon us! A new hope arises! From ashes we come, and to ashes you have returned. May you rise from them ever stronger! Godspeed, dear possum! Godspeed.

The image of the adorable possum is by Paul Canon, and can be purchased in print form here: Fine Art America.

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