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Flu-Fighting Elixir

Feeling under the weather? Give yourself a fighting chance against the cold, flu and other nasties with this potent concoction from Nomad Luxuries. Made with pineapple, ginger and garlic, this juice is chock full of vitamin C and ingredients with antimicrobial properties. Whether you feel a bug coming on or you're in the full blown sniffles and sneezes stage, whip up this magic elixir!

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Modern Living Room Decor Ideas

We love the look of a well-lived home, but every so often we're seduced by the clean and sleek aesthetic of a minimalist living space. If only it were as easy as hitting the reset button! Modern room design that stays functional can be deceptively difficult to achieve. Thankfully, Amanda of The Fashionable Hostess shares her expertise with eight helpful tips to give your living room a modern, minimalist look.

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The Paloma

On a recent trip to Mexico the Mr. and I fell in love with a little cocktail called The Paloma.  The Paloma combines tequila with the tart and fresh flavors of grapefruit and lime juice to create the most refreshing of libations.  Typically The Paloma is topped with a lime or grapefruit wedge, but I really love adding a slice or two of jalepenos for some heat or a fresh sprig of mint to cool it down. Truly, MKR  Either way you shake it, or top...

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DIY Succulent Place Cards

I know you've seen succulents used as place card holders. They make excellent little stands for paper, but did you know you can write on the actual succulent? These are sturdy little plants and I put them to the typography test and it worked! Skip the paper, grab a marker, and go! xo Lexy of Proper assorted succulents bistro chalk markers baby wipe (for mistakes!) This is so easy. Simply write the name of each guest on a...

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DIY Imprinted Ceramic Bowls

You know what we love? Taking something so simple and making a gorgeous jewelry display out of it. This DIY from The Lovely Drawer is like magic. It starts with white fimo clay and turns into imprinted ceramic bowls in ....wait for it... 7 steps! You are literally seven simple steps away from these dresser topping beauties. So grab those supplies and get to baking and be sure to stop by...

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Homemade Snack Mix

I wanted to share an easy, totally adjustable Food Gift Love recipe perfect for making this weekend. You know, just in time for a get-together with friends, or just in time for binge-watching a season of Jane the Virgin. I came across this beautiful homemade snack mix from...

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Boho Fashion Two Ways

Elizabeth and I love styling boho looks because it’s such a laid back style and there are really no strict rules to follow. Everything from fringe to bold florals to bell sleeves are fair game when you’re creating a boho look. We’ve been huge fans of the trend for years, but this season it’s really coming back in a big way. xoxo Fashion Column Twins LAYERING AND FLOWY SILHOUETTES come to mind when we think boho, which...

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A Perfectly Chic Braided Bun

Ever feel like you are in a hair slump? When it's messy buns and ponytails for days on end? We've all been there. Sometimes mastering a perfect blowout our gorgeous waves can feel daunting. Luckily for you, the lovely Amanda from Advice from a 20 Something has the perfect solution to your bad-hair-day blues. Her braided bun is amazingly chic and easy, and she shows us how to...

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Julie Blanner’s Home Tour

Now that we know Julie Blanner makes a killer bolognese sauce and that her stranded on a desert island cocktail is a glass of vino (mine too!) it's time to take a peak at the gorgeousness that she calls home. The little piece of lovely that houses Julie, her husband Chris and her THREE beautiful girls. Full of old meets new charm and timeless detail...

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Behind the Blog with Julie Blanner

When I envisioned SMP Living, I saw a Modern Day Mrs. With or without a ring, the kind of girl that takes the time to learn the basics of planning a home and yet doesn't take herself too seriously. Who is delightfully flawed and yet the envy of all of her friends because she always has a cocktail and a great playlist a-waiting. Well, I'm pretty sure Julie Blanner has that role down to a science and today, she's opening the doors to all of...

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Pear Ravioli

After the bustle of the holidays, I look forward to cozy made-from-scratch meals at home that are slightly lighter & fresh. Making homemade pasta is just one of the many things I love to do during the cold winter months. It requires nothing but staple ingredients, a rolling pin & a few minutes of time. The little effort invested yields incredible texture, flavor & that made-from-scratch satisfaction. I will admit, I have a pasta roller attachment to expedite the process, but...

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A Cozy & Creative Apple Pie Workshop + A Recipe!

With the holiday season upon us, people have pie on the brain. I have pie on the brain ALL the time. So naturally, I held a pie workshop for a bunch of creative folks in Denver, CO! We focused on the steps it takes to make a great and gorgeous pie. From the crust to the assembly to the final touches, it's an art! [iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/110635895 600 338] We met up at one of my favorite warehouse-like venues, 3126 Larimer. It's so open and spacious, and felt like the...

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Twist on the Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the trend of "friendsgiving" is still going strong, we wanted to share this super duper easy stuffing recipe that anyone can make! I always stress about bringing something to a dinner party...especially Thanksgiving. I want it to taste good, look good and be memorable. This is a dish that will take no longer than 20 minutes from start to finish and adds a little kick to the regular...

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Bruleed Grapefruit & Gin Fizz

In preparation for the many celebrations this time of year naturally brings I've been trying to step outside my comfort zone and create new cocktail combinations. Case in point; my Bruleed Grapefruit & Gin Fizz. By combining the sugary-caramelization from bruleeing with the natural tartness of grapefruit and topping it all off with a dash of lime and a sprig of thyme you'll be toasting this season with the most perfect of sips. Cheers!

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Classic Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast burritos are a fast and easy meal that are fun and ensure that we all get a good dose of protein in the morning. Add the flexibility of using up some of my leftovers and skipping on the not-so-good for you drive-through version and I'm sold. For more recipes, head on over to Audrey’s!

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Orange Carrot Cupcakes

With Easter right around the corner, carrot cake recipes are popping up everywhere. This recipe is an easy version of the classic, in cupcake form. Light, moist, filled with a spiced carrot flavor and topped with the perfect orange zest buttercream- these delightful cupcakes are the perfect way to end your holiday! For more, head on over to Grandbaby Cakes.

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Deviled Eggs, Two Ways

It's almost Easter and you've decorated a bunch of eggs. Now what will you do with all those hard boiled beauties? Try making deviled eggs, but think beyond the typical mayo filling. Maybe you like cilantro, or add tomato paste and a dash of paprika, some black olives or even a little caviar - be creative! I'm sharing two different options with you today - for more recipes, head on over to Audrey's! CURRIED DEVILED EGGS 2 hard...

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Pink Ombré Cake with Strawberry Mascarpone Frosting

February calls for pink Valentine goodness. A simple vanilla cake turns a little fancy with ombré layers and a delicious strawberry mascarpone frosting. I also added to the cuteness by baking this cake in 6 inch pans and adding tiny nonpareil to the top of the cake. Baking this in six inch panes allows for 3 layers of pink goodness. For more recipes, head on over to Audrey’s! *NOTE: And if you don't want to bother making the cake...

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DIY Valentine’s Day Mobile

Love is in the air this month and what's more fun than surprising your special someone with something you made with your own two hands? This DIY dip-dyed Valentine's Day mobile right here is a true labor of love. We're so obsessed that we now want to decorate every inch of our studio just like this! And check out more of our work right here! xo, The Petal Gals February...

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5 Style Trends For 2014

With a new year comes a new wardrobe but before you go on a tossing spree through your closet, let's take a quick look at a few trends worth carrying over into 2014. Here are five trends that will take you all the way through 2014. For more fashion inspiration, head on over to my blog, Damsel in Dior! #1: Boyfriend Jeans: Not that boyfriend jeans will ever go out of...

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