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a swan and a strawberry are my fave

October 23, 2014 // 1 Comment


easy diy halloween costume

I couldn’t let the season pass by without putting babies in cutesy homemade costumes. And good news for you non-crafters, both of these costumes only require scissors and a hot glue gun. You know I don’t like to over complicate things.

Find instructions for the swan right here and the strawberry right here on Julep.

PS Even though it says my daughter on the swan post, that’s actually my friend’s adorable little girl Ettie.

strawberry lemonade is my fave

June 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

It’s a proven fact that any beverage poured from a glass bottle tastes better. Fill one up with strawberry lemonade, pair with a basket of berries and doorbell ditch your neighbor. Happy first day of summer!

sources: glass bottleberry baskets

strawberry details are my fave

March 28, 2011 // 1 Comment

I love the country feel (a good balance of rustic and class, if those two words can exist next to each other) and strawberry details from Jenny and Stan’s wedding. Adding strawberries to your bouquet is pretty genius.Chelsea, I’m going to need you to whip me up some of those.

images: Katie Stoops via Merriment Events

PS strawberry balloon and strawberry wax paper!

a strawberry party is my fave

March 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

The talented ladies of One Charming Party invited me to their blog last week where I posted ideas for astrawberry breakfast party. Are you impressed with my watercolor skills? Check out all the details, including afull tutorial for the tin can favors, on OCP.

photos: Leslie Tippetts

sun and moon costumes are my fave

October 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

While I’m not a fan of the horror side of Halloween, I do love the kids in costumes part. So I’m sharing a few ideas this week (and next week on Julep), all which will take you an hour or less to pull together. Because that’s how I roll.

For the moon:

1. Google “moon photo” and pick one you like
2. Get it printed as an engineer print or large format print
3. Cut out and paste to foam core, trim excess foam core
4. Create handles on back by laying ribbon vertically and taping at top and bottom


For the sun:

1. Find an all yellow outfit (these are pajamas)
2. Cut out yellow felt in a crown shape and attach to yellow headband with hot glue

If you have more than two kids to outfit, add a star or planet.

PS Here are some other quick costume ideas: three ten minute costumes, panda, swan, strawberry, ice cream man

toasted marshmallows are my fave

August 29, 2014 // 5 Comments

from guest contributor Kelly Smith

Okay, so we know that Melanie loves ice cream. And I mean, who doesn’t? In high school, we may have been keeping the local TCBY in business. Coincidentally, it shut down a year after we left for college. But listen, summer treats don’t end at the cone. This weekend celebrate National Toasted Marshmallow Day with the classic campfire s’more. Better yet, here are six nontraditional campfire s’mores for you to try out!

Coconut Delight | Salty Strawberry

Banana Nut | The Adirondack

Junior S’minty

Dark Raspberry

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