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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I'm April McCrumb ~ a creative gal from Michigan that loves to share clever gift ideas, simple recipes, my favorite tunes & all things crafty.  Thanks for stopping by my whimsical world. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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