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25 Perfect Girlfriend Gifts from $5 to $25

25 Perfect Girlfriend Gifts from $5 to $25, AKA, 25 things that I own that make me super happy. If you are looking for a little way to show your best girl (or yourself) that you love her, here are 25 gift ideas that wont break the piggy bank. And if you are noticing that… Read more »

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Free Koala Printable for Valentine’s Day

Here is a free koala printable for Valentine’s Day! The animals of Australia have been on all of our minds so I couldn’t resist featuring sweet koala bears on my Valentine’s Day printables. I hope you like them! The art is saved as 6″x4″ jpegs and can easily be printed on photo sized paper. Feel… Read more »

Paper, Templates, Valentine's Day

Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe

Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe – The ultimate fall comfort food. A few weeks ago my friend Mena mentioned making a Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Pumpkin and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. It just sounded like the ultimate fall comfort food. I asked her for the details and like most of the Italian… Read more »

Christmas, December, Entrées, November

Wildflowers of Texas Watercolor Painting Workshop – Irving, TX

Join for for a fun evening of watercolor painting in Dallas/Fort Worth. We will start with a live demonstration and warmup practice of flower painting and then each paint a flower-full Texas. Don’t worry if you are a beginner, or if you do not consider yourself an artists. I promise this class is designed for any level. I even have outlines for you to trace and paint in if that is most comfortable. I hope to see you there! Sign up info below.texas wildflower watercolor

Las Colinas Country Club presents

Painting with Jacinda

Saturday, February 29th | 6-8 pm | 45++ Per Person

Join us for a ladies night of painting with Jacinda Boneau
while enjoying one complimentary house drink and appetizers.

RSVP by sending an email to Brittany.Obrien@clubcorp.com

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Heart Shaped Tomato Galette Recipe

This is a Valentine’s Day recipe, but you can go ahead and make it in a circle shape and eat it any time of year. The parmesan crust is so buttery and fluffy, and the tomatoes burst with flavor on a bed of caramelized onions and cheese.
Folding into a cute heart shape was a fun way to make it a Valentine’s Day recipe, and just made me happy.

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Fingerprint Cactus Valentine: Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Card

DIY cactus valentine

I’ve mentioned that bad puns are one of my favorite things about Valentines day (and in life.) Since cacti are one of my other favorite things, here are some sweet little pokey cards that bring together a few of my favorite things. If you were to tie one of these around a bottle of champagne and put Jaime on a plane with it, that would pretty much put all of my favorite things together. Anyway, here are some cute prickly valentines that you can make if you have paper, a fine point marker, a green stamp pad and a finger. DIY cactus valentineDIY cactus valentine  DIY cactus valentine

DIY cactus valentine

Basically you dip a large fingertip (I used pointer) in the inkpad and make the bottom pad of your cactus. Then a small fingertip (the pinky perhaps) and make the rest of the cactus. Kid fingers would make this even more adorable. Next draw a little pot and some funny words. You don’t need to be a calligrapher to make this work, even just block letters will be perfect.

DIY cactus valentine

Leave all your pals a note or tie one around a small potted cactus for your bestess and mostess.

Originally posted Feb 8, 2016

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25 Perfect Girlfriend Gifts from $5 to $25

25 Perfect Girlfriend Gifts from $5 to $25, AKA, 25 things that I own that make me super happy. If you are looking for a little way to show your best girl (or yourself) that you love her, here are 25 gift ideas that wont break the piggy bank. And if you are noticing that the first item is a cat jigsaw puzzle, and you’re not feeling it, don’t worry, I limited my cat features to only two items.

Ok, just us crazy cat nerds left? Hi my people, let’s shop.

Are you looking for the perfect little pick me up for your favorite lady from 10 years old to 101? Here are 25 items that I personally love and I’m guessing the amazing gals in your life will as well. This is a mix of books, art supplies, beauty products, and pretty little things for the home. (more…)

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Free Koala Printable for Valentine’s Day

Here is a free koala printable for Valentine’s Day!

free koala art

The animals of Australia have been on all of our minds so I couldn’t resist featuring sweet koala bears on my Valentine’s Day printables. I hope you like them! The art is saved as 6″x4″ jpegs and can easily be printed on photo sized paper.

Feel free to download and print this free koala printable. Also, please consider making a donation to one of the many organizations that is helping the animals affected by the bushfire in Australia. This CNN article gives more information on How to Help Australia Bushfire Victims. (more…)

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Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds – The perfect crunchy addition to your holiday cheese platter. Here’s how to make them!PumpkinSpicePumpkinSeeds

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds are a delicious sweet twist on the classic Roasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe. As an added bonus, they make your house smell like Pumpkin Spice while they roast in the oven.

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If you are making pumpkin pie for the holidays or a delicious Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe, don’t toss those pumpkin guts. Instead, clean your pumpkin seeds and make yummy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. And at the end of this post, find four beautiful cheese plates that we sourced for your holiday entertaining, each under $20.

Here’s How to make Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds!

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Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe

Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe – The ultimate fall comfort food.Shepherd's Pie Stuffed Pumpkin

A few weeks ago my friend Mena mentioned making a Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Pumpkin and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. It just sounded like the ultimate fall comfort food. I asked her for the details and like most of the Italian girls in my life, she gave me very vague instruction, as the very best cooks usually do. I was on my own to figure out the – down to the details – directions. Lucky for all of us, I nailed it you guys and I’m ready to share my recipe! Ha! This Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe makes a perfect cozy Sunday dinner, or festive holiday entrée for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Shepherd's Pie Stuffed Pumpkin

The elements of your Shepherd’s Pie can be made in about 30 minutes. Therefore allowing you to do other things while baking your beautiful Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe. Your house will be filled with a brilliant aroma of savory Shepherd’s Pie and sweet  baked pumpkin and apples.

Shepherd's Pie Stuffed Pumpkin

Read on if you are ready to make a Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Pumpkin. Be warned that you will be asked to make this delicious comfort food again! Are you looking for more ways to stuff a pumpkin? Watch our How to Make a Savory Stuffed Pumpkin Recipe Video for another delicious stuffed pumpkin recipe as well as tips on how to prepare your pumpkin for baking. (more…)

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Hiking the Greek Islands – A 9-night/10-day Greece Itinerary

Hiking the Greek Islands – A 9-night/10-day Greece Itinerary!! Im excited to FINALLY fill you in on this trip of a lifetime that I took in September. 

Day 1-3 Athens

Greece has been my #1 dream destination since Jaime and I conquered Italy 6 years ago, so when my mother-in-law suggested a trip, I said “Ne Parakolo,” or, “yes please” and the trip planning was set in motion. My mother-in-law has been traveling with REI adventures for years and I’ve always been intrigued by her trips but also a little terrified by the whole “adventures” component. I’m about a 5 on the 1-10 adventure travel scale. Alas, an REI hiking trip was my best shot at getting to Greece so we signed up and I started researching camel packs and putting off training immediately. I’ll get into that later, I’m sure you are eager to hear about Hiking the Greek Islands and my A 9-night/10-day Greece Itinerary.

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