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Jess Blazejewski

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Recent Posts By Jess

Spotted: Fresh New Calendars for 2016

There is nothing that makes you truly feel like a fresh start as much as the clean, blank pages of a crisp new calendar. It's like watching your plans to "turn a new leaf" come to life! If you haven't gotten around to grabbing one for yourself yet, make it the first thing on your to-do list. These pretties are sure to inspire all your big dreams for 2016!

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Things You Can Do Tonight for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

It's the night before Thanksgiving, and if you're hosting tomorrow (and you're anything like us), you're probably freaking out. The good news is, there's still plenty of time to tackle the bulk of your list and have a Thanksgiving that runs smooth-as-pie. Take six deep breaths, read our quick tips, and start checking things off- you've got this!

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Hostess Essentials for Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining

If you're just having a few friends over for a casual dinner, it's no biggie if you forget extra napkins and have to make do with paper towels. But when you've got lots of family coming for a...

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Keeping the Kids Entertained at Holiday Dinners

If children are on your guest list, your chances of hosting a seamless, elegant dinner became just a bit more touch and go. But fret not. With the proper tools and tricks (and a couple glasses of vino) you'll maximize your investment and make sure your return is paid out as full as little kids allow. Above and beyond all, remember this: well fed, rested children that are kept busy equals fun for all and a moment of peace for parents! No idea where to start on the "activity" front? We've...

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Countdown to Thanksgiving!

This is IT, folks. Our ultimate planning schedule. I don't want to overpromise, but... I'm pretty confident this baby will lead you from chicken-with-her-head-cut-off to a beautifully prepared Thanksgiving dinner in one (very pulled together) piece. If you're hosting this year, bookmark this post- and then get out there and reserve that turkey! • A clean house is a clear mind. If you can afford it, hire a cleaning service to give your place a good scrub down. If you plan to tackle...

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10 Tips for the Thoughtful Hostess

Calling all novice hostesses! I remember (all too clearly!) my crazy, frazzled attempt at hosting my first holiday affair- not an easy feat with my large extended family. If you're new to the holiday dinner game, don't go in blind! Take a peek at our editors' best advice, tips, and tidbits to make sure your first run is a smooth one.

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Dramatic Fall Tablescapes

Once the leaves start falling, you know it's time to bring those casual summer get-togethers up a notch! Want to host a true "evening to remember"? Take a look through our collection of the most inspiring, high-drama tables around. Get ready to amp up the color, the details, and the sparkle to let your guests know this party means business!

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Totally Doable Halloween Costumes for Couples

Feeling overwhelmed by the idea of making costumes that both you and your main squeeze will love? We get it. Not to worry, SMP has your back! We rounded up our favorite no-sweat costumes you can get done in a hurry, without having to break the bank. Happy Halloween, loves!

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10 Adorable DIY Halloween Costumes for Siblings

The only thing cuter than a kiddo in a costume is TWO kiddos in coordinated costumes! Halloween is just around the corner, so get your hot glue guns warmed folks. Whether you've got twins, brothers, sisters, or just inseparable friends- we found the most darling handmade costume pairings around!

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DIY Rope Lamp

Not all of our bedroom DIY's made it onto the TODAY Show but our loss is your gain. Have a look at this bonus project ripe for the making... Rope covered lamps are all over the place right now, as we spotted more than a handful quite pricey versions at some of our favorite retailers. But, this is SUCH a doable, simple project that you can do in an hours time with some rope scored from...

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DIY Painted Canvas Rug

It's no secret that rugs can cost a pretty penny. Cotton durhies that you can find with big box retailers start in the hundreds. This one is made using a really heavyweight cotton dropcloth, some painters tape and black latex paint. With a sealant, it can be used indoors or out and makes such an enormous design statement for under $50. Canvas dropcloth Black paint...

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DIY Oversize Photo

Large scale art doesn't need to unattainable. I shot this with my iphone, uploaded the image to Art.com and had it blown up to 24 x 32" then crafted a super easy DIY acrylic frame to coordinate. Once I had the photo in my hands the whole thing took a couple of hours to put together most of which was spent driving to the hardware store to have the acrylic cut! Which, as a tip, is mostly cut at no charge! High resolution iphone photo 24x32" photo print from ...

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DIY Open Weave Side Table

I love the ethnic vibe of this table but one in stores can run you up to a thousand dollars. Instead, we made ours by wrapping an inexpensive side table with metal sheeting found at most hardware stores, then giving the whole table a wash of gold paint. The result feels expensive but barely made a ding on our wallet. Ikea side table 2 24x36" sheets of Metal sheeting Thin metal wire Gold spray paint Pliers with wire cutters Staple gun 1/4" staples costs and time: $110 per...

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DIY Calligraphy Pillows

Throw pillows are one of those accessories that can really change the spirit of a room. They are easy ways to mix up a color palette, to introduce a new pattern or flair or to simply change the look of your room with the season. But you never want to spend too much money on trendy pillows. Invest in high quality version that you love, then sprinkle in fun, DIY ones like these calligraphy pillows that we made with a white pillow case and an iron on transfer!

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DIY Flamingo Tray

Clear acrylic trays are one of the chicest, most versatile accents you can add to your home decor. We took ours to the next level with the addition of a colorful watercolor flamingo. If you love quick DIYs, then this is for you- officially our easiest DIY ever! Just print the image on sticker paper, cut out, and stick on the tray for instant magic!

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DIY Coffee Table Bench

This bench was actually repurposed from a $60 coffee table! We painted the legs gold, then wrapped a piece of velvet like fabric over a precut piece of foam using nothing more than a staple gun. Boom, done! I am a little in love with this project and feel like of all of our ideas, this one really feels the most luxe, the most high end. Ikea coffee table Gold spray paint 1 yard fabric 1 1/4 yards of...

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DIY No-Sew A-frame Tent

My little guy has been delighted with tents since he was a few months old, so when his first birthday came around, I knew a special play tent would be the perfect gift. I love that this simple a-frame tent folds flat to tuck away (holla if your playroom is already jam-packed!). Plus, with no sewing or major power tools required, this DIY project is a breeze for even a beginning crafter! (3)...

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DIY Watercolor Spotted Pillows

If you’re looking for a quick, cheap way to add a pop of print to your space then these pillows are just the ticket! They’re inspired by classic Dalmatian prints, but with a loose, more artistic interpretation. After several trials with dye (too much bleeding) and fabric paint (made the fabric too stiff), we finally found the perfect method to bring this organic look to life. Check out even more home DIY's here!

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DIY No-Sew Throw Blankets

While Summer afternoons can be hot and sticky, evenings often have a bit of a chill. With these lightweight summer throws, you can cuddle up with the ones you love and enjoy the night. To make them, just grab a set of sheets, a pair of scissors and your littlest helpers and you'll have yourself a pretty blanket in no time flat! Check out the rest of our...

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DIY Citronella Candles

The thing with outdoor parties is that even if you make them as cute as the days are long, you still need to think about the practicalities in order for everyone to have a great time - like bugs! These easy citronella candles are so versatile and can be customized to suit any party decor with different fruits and herbs. Grab the how-to below and for more from our...

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