the building of a scene

In this last post about the new Boxtrolls movie, I am excited to show a behind the scenes clip of the design and process of creating the movie. All animated movies take an incredible amount of...

Finding your native tongue

There’s been a lot of discussion in media lately about the sustainability of blogging as a profession. I will be the first to admit that DIY blogging takes an enormous amount of time, effort, and passion...

monster donuts

I sat in on the kindergarten class party planning committee this week. We planned out the kid’s Halloween party, which is going to be monster themed! This quickly led me to day dreaming of fun monster...

the family that parties together

As a part of my partnership with Focus and the Imagination Foundation, I will be sharing little snippets of things I like about the upcoming Boxtrolls movie this week – in theatres this Friday! One of...

letter decal balloon banner

Making a banner out of balloons is a great way to say Happy Birthday! Using large 6 inch letter boat decals – it’s a breeze to turn everyday balloons into an amazing party backdrop. Use the...

festive folded leaf garland

You guys… today it is officially fall! I am celebrating by planning and plotting for a fun season of pumpkins, costumes and spooky sweets! But first, one of my favorite fall elements. The iconic leaf. Folded leaf...

milk carton lanterns

Now that we are weeks into fall, our after school routine could use a bit of a pick me up. We normally come home, have a snack, drink a glass of milk, and bring out the...

afternoon tailgate revelries

Hosting a good tailgate is on my wish list every fall. We are not a huge sports family, but living in our Alma Mater’s rival city gives us a good chance to bring out the spirit...

bright and festive party garland

Some parties don’t need a theme, they just need a bright burst of awesome color. In fact, I think it’s the key to turning any space into a party spot – a big burst of whimsy...

why don’t we – brighten up with candles

Happy Friday! I am normally a huge fan of party candles, and after a week of evenings getting noticeably darker – I’ve found myself especially drawn to lighting them. I may have had 15 different candles lit...

spice up your tailgating this fall

It’s officially tailgate season. We love to spice our tailgates up – from our table decor, to the condiments, to the Hebrew National hot dogs we serve, tailgating is a hosting challenge I am always happy...

tassel garland invitations

Inviting friends to a party this fall? Forgo the normal note on a paper and send a length of tassel strewn garland instead! The garland adds a dose of spunk to your party offer and will...

go-to girlfriend gifts to always keep on hand

Whether it’s baby showers, bachelorette parties, birthdays, or teacher appreciation days – I am often looking to grab gifts for the grown-up women in my life. My requirements for girlfriend gifts are affordability (I’m often in...

sponge stamped wrapping paper

I found a few sponges lying around the house not getting any use (because you know how much I LOVE to clean) and I decided they could be living a much more glamorous life being used...

gold foil and dust cake accents

When it comes to cake decorating the only thing I like more than fancy is easy. When we combine fancy with easy – then I am really happy. Edible gold leaf is super duper fancy (think...

crepe paper wreaths

I am so excited to welcome in a new fall season with you today! Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Everything from the schedules, to the pumpkins, I just about die of inspiration...

why don’t we make a #HappiMess

Making a mess has gotten a bad rap lately. In our world of perfectly set-out shoots and artfully clean homes – sometimes we begin to feel like making a mess is… the worst thing ever! But,...

5 things to do with 48 hours in carmel

We took a trip early this summer to visit Carmel-by-the-Sea. Every year Matt and I try to get away kid-free for a couple days. We were invited to visit, and I am thrilled we went. It...

weighted beauty in floral crowns

Over the years we have produced hundreds of DIY projects. I love creating and sharing projects here – but one thing I’ve learned along the way is that no amount of crafting can ever replicate the...

why don’t we – have an eternal summer

It is technically not fall yet… but summer is quickly passing us by, and with it so many wonderful memories. This summer was the best! Instead of simply wishing the memories will stay, why don’t we...

paper folded gift card holders

Gift cards have definitely become my gift of choice for so many events, from weddings to birthdays. I love seeing friends’ faces light up when receiving gift cards to their favorite shops (and let’s be honest,...