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Amy’s Notebook 09.25.13

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

5-steps-to-the-perfect-front-porch

Source: Tatertots & Jello

 

Flowers, pumpkins, wreath, garland, and even a fun polka-dot rug – this porch decked out for fall is full of great ideas and tips!

Comfort-food casseroles like One Pan Unstuffed Bell Peppers full of rice, vegetables, meat and topped with cheese just seem perfect for fall. And the fact that it’s a one-dish meal means school nights just got that much easier!

I’m loving these simple, natural elements in this autumn living room – this will make it very easy to add a touch of fall to our house!

I’m happy to be reminded of Purl Bee’s classic super easy blankets – aren’t the colorful stripes so cool? I think it would be a great way to use up leftover yarn, too!

Not surprised you’d find pumpkin chocolate chip cookies on the Notebook today, are you? Yum.

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Amy’s Notebook 09.18.13

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Source: Skinny Taste

 

These healthy chocolate chip oatmeal breakfast “cookies” are amazingly made with just three ingredients – yum!

Honey chai-flavored roasted almonds just might become our new favorite snack.

I’m seeing a lot of pumpkin crafts, but this rolled-paper pumpkin tutorial was new to me and is so clever and cute!

This airplane themed boy’s birthday party is so fun and would work for lots of ages – I love the adorable favor bags and could see this with vintagey colors like grey and red as well.

Thinking of hopping on the gold bandwagon in home decor? Here’s a glimpse of 10 homes that get using gold right.

 

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Amy’s Notebook 09.11.13

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Pumpkin-Spice-Latte-Cupcakes

Source: Inside BruCrew Life

 

It’s no secret around here how much I love my Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes, so you’re probably not surprised that these Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes would catch my attention, right?

How about some easy shopping and meal planning help? 20 Meals from Costco for $150 includes recipes and printable shopping lists to make your busy weeknight menu planning go more smoothly. I love articles like this!

And 39 Ways to Use Leftover Pickle Juice? Brilliant – even if there are only a few of these ideas I’d actually use, I love having options rather than throwing it out (most interesting use: PMS remedy!).

Okay, you absolutely have to check out this $10 thrift store cabinet makeover – the before and after is truly amazing!

These DIY Wordy Hairpins are really cool – think of all the fun sayings, names or monograms  you could choose - but the fact that they’re made from alphabet pasta? Awesome!

Finally, I love this article on Choosing Cheerfulness, including this great quote: “by making other people feel good, something wonderful happens to us, too.”

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Amy’s Notebook 09.04.13

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

washi tape pumpkin

Source: Sugar Bee Crafts

 

It’s September, can you believe it? And it seems pumpkins and fall decorating are already on a lot of people’s minds from looking at my Pinterest page! This fun washi tape pumpkin is cool-looking and easy – my kind of craft!

And here are five more Simple DIY Pumpkin ideas to add to the washi tape version – I’m liking the chalkboard pumpkin the best, I think – which is your favorite?

Has your child been invited to a costume birthday party? Then you’ll want to check out this awesome 10 minute Super Hero Costume.

We’re still enjoying peaches – and a bit of warm weather – so these Fresh Peach Popsicles are really appealing to me!

Or maybe I should switch it up, use nectarines and make this Easy Nectarine Crisp with Granola?

Gooey, Crunchy, Chocolate-Filled S’mores Pie…um, drool!

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Amy’s Notebook 08.28.13

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

ombre-paint-wall

Source: Thrifty Decor Chick

 

This ombre-painted-squares wall turned out SO cool! I can’t believe it was done to work around existing squares, it seems like it was totally planned this way, doesn’t it?

Think how many ways fun, scrabble-style chalkboard tile place cards could be used: on kids desks as name plates, as food labels at potlucks, as holiday decorations (how about ‘Boo!’ or ‘Welcome’?), and of course as place cards!

Love these simple ‘balloon’ cupcake toppers made from suckers – what a fabulous idea!

Yes, yes, yes – heart healthy power banana split bars with quinoa, oats, dried cherries and other good stuff.

I’m feeling the need for a bit of school food inspiration (already!) so these after school snack ideas are perfect timing!

And since the season of busy weeknights is here again, Spinach Pesto Chicken with pasta sounds like a yummy and quick dinner for our menu.

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Amy’s Notebook 08.21.13

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Zucchini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

 

What a great, kid-friendly way to use August’s plentiful zucchini: Zucchini, Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies – yum!

And since we’re loving all the fresh peaches in season now, this Stone Fruit Sangria is calling to me!

I’m completely intrigued by the cilantro vinaigrette included in Shrimp and Bell Pepper Stir Fry with Asian-Cilantro Vinaigrette – doesn’t it sound amazing?

Speaking of amazing, check out this Massachusetts Farmhouse Where Color & Pattern Meet – love it!

And while these adorable diy Felt Play Mail Envelopes and Postcards were intended for Valentines Day, they are too cute not to use year around and would make a perfect little addition to a playhouse area.

You know I love knitting, so you’re probably not surprised that I’m psyched about the new Purl Soho Video Tutorials from The Purl Bee – the first one about Yarn Overs is so clear and easy to follow!

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Amy’s Notebook 08.14.13

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

DIY Bathroom Makeover

Source: I Heart Organizing

 

I’m so impressed with this DIY Bathroom Makeover -the fabulous, rich look and the inspiration that a dated bath can be made to look great on a budget with just paint and DIY skills that are within most people’s reach!

Cute, cute, cute – colorful pom-pom magnets and pushpins would look so adorable holding papers and photos, wouldn’t they?

I’m loving the look of this large chalkboard calendar – that it is a lighter gray, looks a bit industrial, and uses mouse traps!

I’m craving summery salads during these August days and these two that use super fresh, seasonal goodies like corn and tomatoes are going to make an appearance on our menu for sure:

Also on my radar are summer fruits and this recipe for Plum Blackberry Cobbler uses two of the best – yum!

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Amy’s Notebook 08.07.13

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

beach-ball-garland-party

Source: Skip To My Lou

 

Wouldn’t it be fun to make these little paper beach balls to turn into a cute garland and placecards and then use them for an end of summer beach-themed party? Very kid-friendly, too.

I’m loving this small home that uses thrifted and unique items to make it one-of-a-kind. Especially the slightly modern vibe – check out the fuzzy pillows!

I think these adorable folded-flower pen toppers would make an awesome welcome back to school teacher gift – but I’d make sure to keep one for myself, too!

Grilled Bloody Mary Salsa, anyone? Um, YES.

white chocolate brownie

Source: Bake or Break

 

Oh, my – these White Chocolate Brownies are making me drool – I just had to include the picture, don’t you agree?

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Amy’s Notebook 07.31.13

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Vintage Door Outdoor Bar

Source: Infarrantly Creative

 

How amazing and cool would this beverage station made out of an old door look at your next outdoor get-together?

I absolutely LOVE this idea and list of 33 ways to ‘craft it forward! My favorite on the list? So many, but #27 is a great one.

It’s fresh basil season and I’m happy to find this list of 10 delicious ways to use a bunch of basil – yum!

This modern house tour is beautiful and inspiring – I’m loving the orange buffet!

Chocolate dipped frozen bananas sound just perfect right about now – especially with a sprinkling of chopped pistachio nuts.

As does this southwestern grilled sweet potato salad – doesn’t it seem like a wonderful change from regular potato salad?

 

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Amy’s Notebook 07.24.13

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

blackberry blondies

Source: Baking Bites

 

Blackberries are in season and these Blondies with blackberries added to the batter look incredible – who would’ve thought?

I think even frozen strawberries would work to make this Easy Strawberry Sorbet – and what a perfect dessert for a warm summer’s night.

I’m loving this fun vintagey Australian apartment full of retro furniture and things like pink flamingos. You’ve gotta check out the pink cuckoo clock!

Make your own reusable Peppermint Kitchen Clean-up Wipes, a quick and easy project that can save you time and money (not to mention producing less trash).

This beautiful diy Pottery Barn-knockoff seagrass style headboard was crafted from a $1 yard sale seagrass-type roller shade – love it!

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