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Take a peek at these pretty pink eats

September 17, 2014

It’s possibly the most fun color on the planet…PINK! Add a touch of it to almost anything (including food) and the wow factor automatically kicks in.  pink eats

Here are recipes for  a few dishes that aren’t typically a shade of pink–but somehow these resourceful bloggers came up with a way to make it work.

Who wouldn’t love to wake up to this sweet breakfast treat? These Pink Ribbon Cinnamon Rolls are easy to make–Christi of Love from the Oven whips up this amazing recipe using a cake mix along with a few other ingredients.

Meet the sweet sister to red velvet cupcakes~Pink Velvet Cupcakes. Audra from The Baker Chick advises you to go all “pink and sparkly” with these. Her friends loved them!

Pink M&Ms are the top secret ingredient in Ali Bee’s Bake Shoppe recipe for Pink and White Chip Cookies. These moist and fluffy treats look too good to pass up.

Check out the Strawberry Pecan Fudge that we found on Dear Crissy. It  looks almost too lovely to eat and is made using only 3–yes 3–ingredients. It just doesn’t get much simpler than that!

KC came up with the recipe for her Pink Delight to serve at her family’s New Year’s Eve celebration–but this pretty drink can be enjoyed any time of the year. She made it non-alcoholic so the whole family could enjoy it, but says you can add to sparkling champagne to kick it up a notch for the adults.

She had me at the words “No Bake” :)  Take a look at the No Bake Strawberry Milkshake Cheesecake recipe that Lindsay is sharing over at Life, Love, & Sugar. A quick and colorful alternative to a traditional cheesecake that can require quite a bit more effort.

It’s starting to feel like soup weather around here, so I may need to try the Pink Soup with Roasted Onions and Broccoli from the Golubka Kitchen. In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful soup…a feast for the eyes and the appetite!

Chocolate Covered Katie has got a great way to start off your day…raspberries reign supreme in the recipe for her Yogurt Breakfast Bowl.  Just mix up  a few ingredients in your blender and you’re good to go!

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loops of love

September 16, 2014

Many of us know someone who has fought, won or lost the battle of breast cancer.  Our relationships with these women and men connect all of us in a unique way and we want to celebrate that with our Loops of Love campaign this October.

Loops of Love

To honor these amazing people in our lives we are linking together pink paper loops with the names of women and men you know that are fighting or have battled breast cancer. These loops of love will be displayed in all our shops during Breast Cancer Awareness month and we’ll be donating a dollar for every loop to The Pink Fund who provides short-term financial aid to breast cancer patients in active treatment, so they can focus on healing.

loops of love bracelet

In addition to donating dollars for loops, we’ll also be selling these handmade silk heart bracelets at all our locations and online now through the month of October for $5.95 with all proceeds going to The Pink Fund.  They’re the perfect accessory to wear during this month of awareness in celebration of the women and men in our lives who have fought breast cancer.

surprise snail mail

And for some extra fun, we’ll be selecting a number of our nominated names to send surprise snail mail in hopes of making their days brighter this October.

Ready to help us start making long chains of pink paper loops?  

1. Email your Loop Love name(s) to with subject title: Loops of Love  (please do not leave info in the comments section on this blog post)

2. Include their full name(s) and mailing address(es) if you would like them to be eligible to possibly receive surprise snail mail.  (There will be a note explaining Loops of Love but the surprise pink envelopes will be sent anonymously)

3.  Please let us know if they are currently fighting, have won or lost the battle to breast cancer

4.  Include your full name and your relationship to the nominee.

Thank you for partnering with us to make days brighter this fall! 

8 artful ways to light up the night

September 11, 2014

Whether it’s a twinkling string of lights or a glowing lantern, there’s just something so magical about outdoor lights.

outdoor diy lighting

These unique and clever DIY Outdoor Light projects will not only light your way, they’ll add that extra special element of style to any outdoor space….

These DIY Paper Punch Luminaries would look so nice lining a porch or driveway. You will find the instructions on the Design Improvised Blog and Haeley used LED battery powered pillar candles (then you don’t have to worry about a fire hazard).

diy lighting

Now is the perfect time to score a couple of wire planters on sale that you can use to make this gorgeous glowing orb for your own moon dance this fall.  From the Blue Shed walks you through this easy process step by step.

Can you guess what Cheryl used to make these DIY Solar Lights? Spice jars and glass paint! Head over to her blog, Cheryl Style, to get the lowdown on this budget friendly project.

No need to stop enjoying dinner on the deck when the days get shorter.  Grab a bargain chandelier at a thrift shop and transform it into a stunning solar light source.  Hop over to Home Jelly for all the details.

Check out this DIY Constellation Jar . It was made using a few items that you probably already have around the house. This fun project from Design Mom is completely customizable–add your favorite constellations or come up with your creative designs.

Next time you whip up a batch of tuna salad, don’t toss that can…Diane from In My Own Style can show you how to transform it into an Outdoor Tuna Can Lantern. They’re a more refined alternative to tiki torches and come in well under budget at $2.70 each.

Here’s another spin on the can idea….this time with a coffee can. Nicole from 365ish Pins made these DIY Tin Can Lanterns with her homeschool co-op when they were studying colonial life, but we think they’d look absolutely outstanding at any outdoor party too!


It’s really amazing how adding something simple can create a whole new mood. A perfect example is this dressed up strand of white lights that Lia created– her DIY Paper Foil Starry Lights add all kinds of ambiance to any setting. She shares all the details on her Handcraft Your Life blog.

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magnets that will make you smile

September 10, 2014

Add a little flair to your file cabinet or fridge with one of these heartfelt and humorous magnets.  Many of them make great little gifts because you can just slip them into a card for an extra surprise.  These are some of our team’s favorites …

99 lexy

One of my all time favorite magnets is this one by Curly Girl Design, “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains.” For me, this magnet serves as a daily reminder of the loved ones who have left this earth, and how I continue to hold them close to my heart.  $5.50

99 elizabeth


There always seems to be something more fun to do than clean, I dream of having the motivation to keep my home tidy! At least this fun magnet will remind guests that I have the goal to be neater! $5.00

99 laura


I love the quote on this Curly Girl magnet! Reminds me that when I need to stand up for myself or someone else, I can do it — with the right pair of boots of course! $5.50

99 kaitlyn


This list pad for your fridge will help keep (some of) your thoughts organized, while also keeping your mood light as you’re able to laugh at you own scatter-brain problems :) $5.95

99 kerstin


My best friends birthday is next week and this is the perfect gift for her! We both really love Curly Girl, wine and each other! It’s perfect and I can easily slip it into her birthday card and send it in the mail. $5.50

99 april


This magnet has been given to all of my friends who have the art of sarcasm mastered! It makes a perfect addition to a birthday card for a little surprise $5.00

99 cheryl

This flower magnet is so cute and unique. I recently bought it for a room I’m redecorating and just love the pop of color it brings to the wall. I have three of my favorite pictures of my girls on it and it looks absolutely awesome. So, if you’re looking for a decorative way to display your photos, this is a great choice! $45.50

99 katherine

What a great gift for your girlfriends or yourself! We love our partners, but sometimes we really question them! This magnet sums it up perfectly. $5.00

99 dani

I love all of the Curly Girl magnets but I especially like this one. It is super cheery and a great reminder for anyone to stick on their fridge and read every day! $5.50

99 danielle

Since every cat knows they are the center of attention, this is a great way to show your support. Not only can you display any size photo, but the clip makes it super easy to change out the many cute poses of your best buddy. $10

99 grace

I have about a million magnets on my fridge already, but I might have to add this one to my collection soon seeing as it’s the story of my life. Anne Taintor’s wonderfully witty sense of humor and her design’s vintage flair are always a big hit. $5.00

99 evan

Whenever I’m having an off day my friends can lift my spirit instantly! This magnet says it perfectly and would be a wonderful gift for that special friend who is always there when you need them. This magnet would look super cute attached to a bottle of wine! :) $5.50

99 crysta

This is my cat. It even looks like him. This sweet face is what wakes me every morning, only there is more of a determined glint in his green eyes and a sharp “Meow!” He’s next to me right now “meow-meowing” for dinner, though that is still hours away, reminding me who is boss around here. $5.00

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our latest firefly family member

September 9, 2014

With much anticipation and excitement we are happy to introduce you to our adorable addition, Miss Marlo.  This small bundle of love arrived in our lives this spring and stole our hearts.


After 15 years of marriage our parents were beginning to wonder if fireflies and four-legged furry friends were going to be their only grandchildren from us. We surprised them with the news of our adoption plans last Thanksgiving and six short months later this lovely lady arrived!

9 days

Every adoption story is special including ours and that’s why I want to share it with you.  Steve & I love our life and we were both fully aware that adding a baby to the mix was going to completely change it (just ask any parent… they tell this to all couples without kids repeatedly)  So we really were fine with it being just the two of us.


In the meantime to mix things up we took a small jump of faith and started hosting high school exchange students. We ended up really enjoying mentoring and helping these girls navigate through their year in the US.  Believe it or not, choosing to open our homes to TEENS grew our hearts and planted the seed for something more permanent.  Just a bit of proof that God does work in mysterious ways.

happy bean bag

Neither of us wanted to entertain going down the road that science has paved knowing we could be the yes to someone saying no to abortion. However, the decision to adopt was a journey for us as we heard many wonderful, scary, amazing, hard, beautiful and heartbreaking stories from families who have gone down that road.

Over the years, I feel we got used to taking small, more calculated jumps but this was a whole new game of hopscotch we were being invited to.  Ultimately we both knew we were ready for the next adventure so we just had to close our eyes and take that far larger leap into the pool of faith.

bunny smile

We chose an open domestic adoption plan which means Lolo will see her birth mom a few times year and we also share photos and updates via text and phone.  Choosing adoption is one of the hardest choices a birth mother has to make and selecting us to raise her child is a privilege that cannot be measured.  Inviting her into our extended family only makes sense, plus it also allows even more people to love Lolo and the last time I checked… that is a good thing.

3 months

We are only at the very beginning of this new chapter and we know it’s going to be a beautiful, messy, wild and unforgettable story… but aren’t those the best kind?  So far the swimming has been fine.  It’s the learning to float on God’s faithfulness in times of uncertainty that continues to fine tune how we handle what life presents us.


I’m sharing our story because I believe in small steps.  It’s how we grew our business and now our family too.  Looking back at the last half of our lives ~ it’s all the little intentional risks we took that have painted the pretty picture of our current whimsical world.  While we’re humbled by our success and are proud of that story, the colors of this next layer are already jumping off the page.  We are looking forward to living out (and blogging about) the many striking and subtle strokes in the years to come.

crazy for coffee gift guide 2014

September 7, 2014

September brings back schedules & structure which usually also involves early mornings and after school commitments.  Keep going strong all day long with a few of these clever coffee finds…

gifs for coffee lovers

1.  Let your family or office mates know that if you miss your morning cup to stay away $14.95

2.  This heat sensitive cup will turn your sleepy lids into bright eyes after you down your favorite brew $13.95

3.  Make drying dishes a bit more fun with this oh-too-true silly statement $9.95

4.  Why limit caffeine to liquid?  Epresso mug cake anyone?  $22.99

5.  And some days it may take a little more than coffee to get you through $5.95

6.  Don’t forget to write down what the voices are telling you on this handy sticky note pad $4

7. Another fun heat sensitive mug that lets you know when your fuel is getting low  $13.95

8.  Baby in a bad mood?  Just pass them this cheeky rise and shine sippy cup  $6.95

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September 3, 2014

According to the calendar autumn doesn’t truly begin until September 22 so there are still a few weeks to soak in this recently released summertime anthem by The Knocks featuring Powers.


This is the kind of song that inspires me to take more short video clips of summer fun and then put them all together with this tune playing over them all.  How cool would that little time capsule of life be?

A review reads, “The disco-house vibes are oozing out from everywhere on ”Classic”, the first single from their upcoming debut album ENDISCO dropping this fall. Its chill vibes are transparent throughout as a sultry melody is further enhanced by a beautiful set of vocals provided by emerging songstress Powers. You won’t be able to stop playing this track after the first listen.”

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7 cures for your coffee cake cravings

September 2, 2014

No matter how you like your coffee…black, with sugar and cream, or flavored–the perfect companion is a slice of delicious coffee cake (and homemade is always better!) While the basic recipe may be the same, we found quite a few talented bloggers that have come up with their own version of this classic~all featuring one ingredient that sets it apart.

coffee cake recipes

If you’re ready to savor the flavors of fall, keep reading–you’re sure to stumble upon a new coffee cake recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

If you like citrus, then you’ll definitely want to try the Lemon Curd Coffee Crumb Cake recipe that we found on the Wallflour Girl Blog. Her recipe is both sweet and tangy (it’s topped with a delicious vanilla drizzle).

If chocolate is at the top of your list, then you might prefer the Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake from A Kitchen Addiction. Jessica’s recipe can turn an ordinary morning or afternoon into something a little more special :)

It’s that time of the year when pumpkin steps up and takes front and center in lots of treats, so that would make it the perfect time to try the Pumpkin Coffee Cake from My Sweet Savannah.  This mouthwatering version is topped with a brown butter icing—yum!

Just from looking at this pic, I can almost taste the delicious crunchy topping on RedHead Can Decorate’s Cinnamon Coffee Cake. Just add scrambled eggs and fruit for the perfect breakfast menu.

Here’s another nod to Fall…the Upside-Down Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake courtesy of The Lady Behind the Curtain. Her scrumptious version is loaded with lots of pecans and apples.

Mavis from One Hundred Dollars A Month shares her unique take on coffee cake here–one that features the flavors of vanilla and pear. The recipe evolved from a blueberry buckle recipe that took on a whole new life.

We’re sure you’ll want to Take a Megabyte of the delightful Strawberry Coffeecake that Megan is serving up on her blog. She admits that it was hard to photograph it because she wanted to eat it so badly!

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cute kids books gift guide 2014

August 31, 2014

It’s no surprise that many childhood memories include reading favorite books over and over again.  Take a tour to see what titles you can add to your library of learning and laughter…

cute kids books

1.  This magical book is a must have.  It turns simple story time into a whimsical adventure!  $15.99

2.  Ever wonder what the tooth fairy does with all those teeth?  Find out in this really cute read $15.99

3.  Farts will forever make boys and men giggle alike so you know this hilarious title will be a hit $15.99

4.  I Love You More is a book that never ends… just flip it around and begin again!  $16.99

5.  This awesome deck of story starters invites your imagination to complete the tale  $26.95

6.  Illustrate how you see the story plays out in this silly rainbow kitty escapade $11.95

 Just For Babies

kids books for baby

1.  Why wait until literature class to introduce them to the classics?  $9.99

2.  Match the mama and baby farm animals in this clever book within a book  $8.99

3.  This pet tails book has it all… squeaks, crinkles and plenty of textures to explore $15.95

4.  And even more fun with silly tails… makes a great baby shower or first birthday gift $15.95

5.  See all the layers of this funny monkey’s habitat in this die cut, finger puppet read $8.99

6.  Start counting two rich gentlemen… three houses in this cheeky Pride and Prejudice primer  $9.99

For Bedtime

kids books for bedtime

1.  Read a different short prayer every night with this heartfelt devotional  $9.99

2.  Turn off all the busy technology and enjoy the art of reading this too true book  $14.95

3.  Keep the magic of fireflies alive all year long when you flip through these colorful pages $12.99

4.  How do you say goodnight?  Every animal has their own special way in fish kisses $7.95

5.  This catchy rhyming board book is the perfect prose to recite before saying nighty-night  $6.99

6.  Bring your flashlight to shine through these pages for shadow play on your bedroom wall $12.99

About the Mitten State

kids books about michigan

1.  Make your way through our entire state using the ABC’s  $17.95

2.  Tour the mitten with the cutest pair of mice that lead the way in 12 Months of Michigan $14.95

3.  Michigan grads… I believe this text book belongs in your baby’s library  $10.95

4.  Teach your little one what it means to be a true Tiger fan $10.95

5.  Rhyme your way through our state in this adorable board book $9.95

6.  State grads… I believe this text book belongs in your baby’s library  $10.95

Just for the Parents

kids books for parents

1.  Moms-to-be… get a good dose of laughter paired with sweet sentiments about parenthood  $10.95

2.  Dads… no better time to start amping up some wisdom to pass on to your tribe $12.95

3.  Great laughs will be had at any baby shower when this cheeky book is gifted $9.95

4.  Write your little one’s own story with this sure-to-be keepsake memory book $16.95

5.  Those years FLY by so take the time once a year to document your cute kiddo.  This also makes a great ‘first birthday’ gift for the parents $19.95

6.  Take time to document those silly things your kids say… you won’t regret it (but your kid might if you choose to display it at their grad party ;-)  $14.95

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create a cozy reading nook for your kiddo

August 26, 2014

If your little ones have not already returned to the classroom–they will be soon! Now is the right time to create a space that is all their own….one that encourages them to relax and read (and *fingers crossed*, it just may become a habit).

diy reading nooks

A corner of a room that’s stacked with some comfy pillows and maybe a few shelves is all it really takes, but for anyone ready to go a step further–we found a few projects that might inspire you….

I love the addition of the lights above this Whimsy Reading Nook that we found on Mommy Mentionables. This reading space is truly fit for a princess :)

If you’ve got an unused fireplace or recessed area in your home–Emily from Life, Unstyled shows you how simple it is to turn it into a Cozy Reading Retreat.

Can you guess what this used to be? Randi from Dukes and Duchesses turned an old dresser into an inviting, Colorful Reading Bench for her son.

The Reading Chair that Kirstin from Kojodesigns created from two wooden palettes looks sooooo comfy. This project comes in way under budget when you consider the fact that they used discarded palettes from a big box store (just make sure you ask first).

Boys and girls alike will fall in love with this No-Sew Teepee. Ashley from the Handmade Home saw one of these in a mall and came up with her own version–and it has now become the official reading teepee at her house.

A really great way to organize any reading space is with these Rain Gutter Bookshelves. Again, very simple and very budget-friendly–this project comes in at under $20. Lily from Restoration Beauty also points out kids tend to read more when they can see the fronts of the their books as opposed to the spine.

This empty closet was transformed into a Big Girl Reading Nook. You can read all about the step by step process by checking out Megan’s post on her blog, Balancing Home.

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