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See My Pool Noodle Party Decorations in Rachael Ray Everyday Magazine

I’m really excited to share that I’m featured in the July/August 2016 issue of Rachael Ray Every Day™ Magazine …it’s the one with the yummy grilled corn-on-the-cob recipes on the cover. Yay! The article is called “Life Of The Party: Use Your Noodle” and it shows how to make five clever and easy pool noodle …

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Color Inspiration: Summer Berry Picking

It’s July and everything is green and growing. We escaped the city for a bit to vacation in the country at a farm that we rent each summer for backyards and grilling and s’mores and sprinklers and county fairs. Today I’m sharing July color palette inspiration for your paper crafting projects and wedding colors. Last …

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Color Inspiration: School’s Out For The Summer

Today I’m bringing more color palette inspiration for your paper crafting projects. Last month I showed you an ocean of violets in bloom purple and green palette and April featured a cheery spring color palette inspired by a Nashville quilt. This month’s palette inspiration is yellow and bright red. School’s out for the summer — …

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3 Creative Travel Activities for Kids Ages 4-7

School’s out and it’s time to travel! The kids and I took a three-week road trip with several stops along the way. Packing for road trips can get tricky — especially choosing which toys and travel activities to take along for the kids. As a creative person, I think it’s important to bring some creativity-building, …

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DIY Tie Napkin Rings and Tie Bunting Father’s Day Decorations

Here’s an easy idea for DIY Father’s Day decorations: Colorful paper tie napkin rings, tie garland bunting decorations, and a tie card. It’s a kid-friendly activity and a festive way to Colorize your Father’s Day brunch. The kids think Father’s Day is kind of like a birthday and so they wanted to decorate for “Daddy …

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Peanut Butter Cup S’mores Recipe

Peanut butter cup s’mores. Why haven’t I thought of this combination before? I gave it a try when I came across some peanut butter cups while looking for our Hersey’s bars. I halved them but you could do the whole cup, dealer’s choice. Living in a third-floor Chicago condo doesn’t exactly scream campfire, but with …

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Printable Canning Jar Labels – Personalized

Making your famous strawberry jam this season? Dress it up in style with these printable canning labels from my etsy store that YOU easily personalize and print at home. Use these unlimited personalized canning labels year after year on cans and other food gifts. Just open the PDF file using Acrobat Reader 9, a free …

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Fourth of July Kids Crafts: Perler Bead DIY Coasters

This project is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Thanks for supporting the brands who support Merriment Design. This easy Fourth of July kids summer craft activity is so fun that the adults will want to join in too. And you can make these easy DIY Perler Bead coasters for your Fourth of July …

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Insulated Holder for Stick Popsicles and Frozen Yogurt

Cold tiny hands no more! Elise loves stick popsicles and frozen yogurt tubes. Truly, she’s a junkie. But she doesn’t like it when her hands get cold, which means I don’t like it when she sets the sticky treats on the table (or ick, on the floor) to take a temperature break. My short-term fix …

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DIY sparkler bucket holder – safely dispose of used sparklers

Sparklers are super pretty and fun but holy wow, do they ever get hot! Yeeowch. Help prevent accidental burns from used sparklers this 4th of July by making my DIY Sparkler Safety Holder Bucket. Just add water and place burnt sparklers inside the sparkler holder bucket for a safer way to dispose of hot metal …

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Fourth of July Craft Ideas: The DIY Round Up

Fourth of July doubles as my husband Shane’s birthday so I tend to make a lot of 4th-of-July-ish crafts. Here are some of my favorite 4th of July decorations and treats: Fourth of July Felt and Button Star Napkin Rings: no sewing required! One of my all-time favorite projects. Sparkless sparklers for kids for the …

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Fresh homemade lemonade recipe

Fresh lemonade was my one true and steady pregnancy craving. I started making my own homemade lemonade cribbed from a recipe in a Sesame Street cookbook (officially “Big Bird’s Sunny Days Lemonade Recipe,” ha…) and I realized that making fresh lemonade is (a) really easy, (b) super cheap and (c) so much tastier than any …

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