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    Interior Inspiration – Series

    Have you seen the new home collection from H&M? During my daily search for Pinterest inspiration, I came across the image below from Bright Bazaar Blog, and found it so beautiful and soothing. I am loving the mix of neutral blacks and grays with pale colors like pink & smoky blue. There are also great patterns with a mix of texture such as velvet & linen. All of this at a price that won't have me crying when my dog decides to use one of the pillows as his bed, or my son uses the same as a weapon against his older sister....

    Posted by: steph on February 19, 2014

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    Where’s the Beef?

    Part of the fun over the Super Bowl is preparing the game day spread. While I enjoy putting together my famous charcuterie board and all of sides, my husband is in charge of the main entree.

    Posted by: heidy on February 3, 2014

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    No More To Go Weekly Meal Planning – Monday Giveaway!

    Every week I tell myself that I'm going to cook more at home and eat out less. Sounds good in theory, but, implementing this idea definitely takes planning. More often than not, I find myself picking up take-out on my way home from the gym, or in-between my kids practices, games, etc…I know a lot of you deal with the same issue. About a year ago, I stumbled across the No More To Go website, and I'm so happy to be able to share it with you!

    Posted by: steph on January 27, 2014

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    Getting Cheeky in Chicago

    When Jessica Zweig and Erica Bethe Levin met they became fast friends. They would go out for drinks one weekend and dinner the next, but it was challenging to find any online city guides that were geared towards women and what they liked to do. Thank goodness for brilliant ideas thought up over cosmos. Meet Jessica and Erica, founders of Cheeky Chicago.

    Posted by: heidy on January 6, 2014

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    Sweet Dreams

    I don't know about you but when I'm ready for bed I like to fall asleep in a relaxing and comfortable space. My husband and I have decorated and re-decorated our bedroom several times. It can get expensive and (let's be honest) a little stressful if you don't have a clear vision of what the finished product is going to look like. With a little planning and some research you can get what you want without losing any sleep.

    Posted by: heidy on January 3, 2014

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    Texas Caviar Dip

    Have you made black-eyed peas today? It's a Southern Tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Years Day - they're thought to bring Prosperity for the coming year! My friend Bill's recipe for Texas Caviar Dip is DELICIOUS and ADDICTING! It's sure to become one of your favorites any time of the year!

    Posted by: steph on January 1, 2014

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    NYE 2013 Light Bites & Cocktails

    Whether you're planning on hosting this evening or attending a party as a guest, please enjoy these delicious and fool-proof recipes to consider making for tonight. Besides being tasty these handpicked light bites will ensure that you will be spending more time on your hair than you will be cooking in the kitchen.

    Posted by: heidy on December 31, 2013

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    Entertaining Made Easy!

    I love hosting parties and get-togethers in my home. A noisy house full of people, laughter, & good food is honestly one of my favorite things! However, I'm finding that a lot of people don't enjoy doing it themselves because they find it stressful and intimidating. It definitely doesn't have to be, and I'm hoping this post gives you tips on throwing a stress-free, fun dinner or cocktail party of your own!

    Posted by: steph on December 28, 2013

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    Weekend in Chicago

    This past weekend, my husband and I enjoyed a quick, weekend trip to Chicago. An added plus was hanging out with Heidy! (ALR's Chicago editor). We attended a birthday celebration and after-party at two really cool spots, Barrelhouse Flat & Three Dots and a Dash. And, it's not a trip to Chicago without eating at one of my favorite local hangouts, Big Star.

    Posted by: steph on December 19, 2013


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