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Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Are you looking for the best chicken noodle soup recipe? You’ve come to the right place. I’m proud to say that I have come up with best chicken noodle soup recipe. We have started making this once a week. We have it for dinner one night and then the kids bring it for lunch a… Read more »

Entrées, Recipes, The Season of Cozy

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 »

Crafting With Kids, Decoupage, Gifts, Paper, Parties, Party Crafts, Party Themes, Sponsored Post

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 »

Girls Getaway, October, Travel, Travel Adventure

Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Are you looking for the best chicken noodle soup recipe? You’ve come to the right place.

Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

I’m proud to say that I have come up with best chicken noodle soup recipe. We have started making this once a week. We have it for dinner one night and then the kids bring it for lunch a few times a week. Once I realized how easy it is to make Perfect Instant Pot Chicken Broth, I never looked back. This alone makes it worth owning an Instant Pot, or a Bella Electric Pressure Cooker, which is what I use. It’s less expensive and works great.

Doesn’t homemade chicken noodle soup sound so good right now? Start by making a batch of Perfect Instant Pot Chicken Broth and then follow our Best Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe. (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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