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  1. DIY Advent Calendar


    December 1, 2013 by Jenn


    It’s about that time to start counting down to Christmas! This year I decided to make an entire wall my advent calendar. It’s really easy and inexpensive too. Here’s what you’ll need:

    - 25 pages from any old book you don’t care for anymore
    - clothespins
    - gold pray paint
    - sharpies
    - white paper
    - twine


    First you’ll need to spray paint your clothes pins.


    Next draw numbers 1 through 25, one number on each page.


    Next comes the fun part, decide on 24 fun holiday ideas to do during december. Ours included buying a tree, decorating it, watching Elf, making hot chocolate from scratch, putting lights on the house, and making CHristmas cookies. Once you have your ideas, write them onto the white paper. I used double stick tape to attach the white paper to the book pages.


    The last step is to find a good spot in your home and hang the twine. Clip the numbered pages onto the twine with the gold clothespins. Everyday turn over the corresponding number and enjoy that holiday activity.


    Start the countdown!

  2. Best. Toy. Ever.


    November 5, 2013 by Jenn

    So a couple weeks ago I was on the website for my favorite nerd website with tons of fun gadgets and toys for photographers,  Photojojo. (It. Is. Awesome. Check it out) Anyhow. I came across this thing called a Lomography Film Scanner for your iPhone. What is this madness you say?!?! Well, it’s a little machine that helps you scan your film into your iPhone. WHAT? I’m old school. I’ve been taking photos with the help of my dad since I was 9 and I have a lot of film, like A LOT. So I ordered it immediately.

    Photojojo is an amazing company for a ton of reasons (and no, no one paid me to say this) to buy their products. They have fun toys, an excellent shipping policy, AND my purchase came with a tiny dinosaur. Yep, perfect. So here’s how it works…

    You attach your phone using a careful little pinching tool that is padded so it won’t hurt your phone.

    You have to download the app that accompanies the gadget but it’s free! Open up your app and select the option to take a photo. Next you turn on the little light and slide your negatives through the bottom. The app automatically inverts the image so it look correct to you on you iPhone screen.

    Don’t worry if you get confused, there’s a helpful little book!

    So, once your negative is in the machine and your app is open and ready to go, all you have to is press the capture button and there you go! The photo will then be inside your phone to edit or instagram or tweet or Facebook or email or whatever fun internet thing you like to do with you photos.

    Here are a few of mine.
    These photos haven’t even been edited at all. Just simple black and white film. I can’t wait to try color negatives!!! What’s your favorite photo gadget?

  3. Pumpkin Carving and Seeds!


    October 19, 2013 by Jenn

    A few days ago Patrick and I carved the pumpkins we bought at the farm. This is my favorite part of fall for 2 reasons. 1. Carving pumpkins is fun, duh. 2. PUMPKIN SEEDS. Pumpkin seeds are one of my all time top favorite snacks but buying them at the store can be expensive. I started cleaning and baking my own years ago and I’m about to tell you how.
    We bought 4 pumpkins altogether, 2 large and 2 small. Luckily for me, there were a TON of seeds inside. First I clean out all the guts from inside the pumpkins and put them into a bowl.

    Lots of gunk. This was only from one of the large pumpkins! Next you need to separate all of the seeds and put them into a strainer. I rinse my seeds so that there are no sticky parts that might make the seeds soggy when they are baking.

    Separating the seeds is the most tedious part but if you’re lucky, you can convince your boyfriend to be your pumpkin seed sorter like I did. Cute and helpful. <3

    Place the seeds on a baking sheet or in a pan on wax paper. I spray a light layer of non-stick cooking spray just to be safe. Make sure that the seeds aren’t on top of one another. I like to sprinkle a little bit of sea salt on mine. Bake for 25 minutes in an oven preheated to 325 degrees. After about 10 minutes of baking I stir the seeds around to make sure none of them burn and our evenly distributed.

    Once ut of the oven, let the seeds cool completely and the store in an air tight container. Snacks for every day!!

    Eventually it was time to carve our pumpkins and I tried something I have never tried before. I used a drill. Honestly, drilling into pumpkins is really fun. It feels cool and you get all these tiny little pumpkin curly pieces. I drilled mine in a offset pattern using one small drill bit and one large drill bit.

    Once I was done drilling, I used a damp cloth to wipe off the outside and remove all the excess pieces.

    Done! This is one of the many things Martha Stewart has taught me. We are getting so close to Halloween I can barely stand it. I’ll have a post for you very soon that’ll teach you how to make a spooky front yard display! Stay tuned!

  4. Fall (is ALMOST here) Round-up!!!


    September 9, 2013 by Jenn

    My favorite time is upon us!!!! It’s starting to be nice and cool (almost downright chilly) when I leave the house in the early morning and I can just feel that sweater weather is not far behind. Like any other crazy person, September 1st I went to the mart across the street from my house and started checking everyday for Martha Stewart’s Halloween guide (which they didn’t actually put out until the 5th). Once I had it in my possession I drank my pumpkin iced coffee on my front porch and started planning. It is true that Halloween is my favorite holiday but even if you aren’t big into the spooky scary, you can still prepare for fall and have a lot of fun. Here are 13 (spooooky, right?) ideas to get you in the fall spirit!


    Fall would not be complete without pumpkin treats! These vegan cupcakes are delicious.


    Dye your own yarn for all your fall projects!


    Cool weather calls for warm meals! Try out our vegan corn and cheddar chowder, you won’t be sorry!


    Start your DIY gift list early and make some sweater buds.


    Treat yourself with vegan peanut butter cups.


    Make a Halloween door wreath for under 15 bucks!

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    Our Bourbon Ginger Swizzle will warm you right up!


    Holiday party season is on it’s way, spice up your ensemble with your own DIY accessories.


    Cozy up with your favorite spooky movie and chow down on our popcorn recipe!


    Start screen printing a tote or a few tea towels to get a head start on Christmas gifts!


    Enjoy a late night snack or maybe just have a S’mores cupcake for lunch?


    Apple pie liqueur? Yes, please!


    Warm up your breakfast with these Marmalade Rolls!

    What are your favorite things to get ready for fall?

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