Nothing Better Than Chocolate (cookies) and Flowers (faux) On A Dreary Day

Sometimes we really do NEED chocolate and flowers!  Especially when we are in the middle of winter and the days are dreary (and wet here in Oregon) outside.  The best solution that I’ve found is to bring some cheer to the inside of my home with fresh baked cookies (preferably chocolate… and not just any chocolate, but the richest, moistest, chocolatiest ones around!) and of course, flowers!

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3 Tips for Planning Your Next Seasonal Decor Update

In a previous post, I mentioned that this was the first year that I had specifically decorated my home for Valentine’s Day and just how much fun I had doing so! Of course, I had decorated with kid’s crafts when my children were young and I had probably decorated the table for romantic dinners a few different times on Valentine’s Day, but I had never really transformed a space for this holiday.  As I am now getting ready to change things up and decorate for Spring and Easter, I thought I would share three tips for planning ahead for your next seasonal update that I have found to be helpful!

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Way-to-tempting (and Easy) Butterlicious Valentine Cookies! (Plus a Free Printable)

Okay, I know Valentine’s Day is only two days away and we’ve all been inundated with Valentine’s recipes, gift ideas, decor, and what not, but these EASY, yummy and possibly addictive cookies are too good not to share!  (Plus the basic sugar cookie dough can be used throughout the year for many different applications).

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Hearth & Hand vs. Magnolia Market

I thought I’d do a quick comparison between Hearth & Hand products from Target and those items that you will find at Magnolia Market online.  I love to buy items from both lines, actually, but as the price point varies significantly, I thought it may be helpful to those who need a quick budget-friendly decor update, but might also be hesitant to choose one over the other.  It could easily be thought that as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for!”  In this case however, I am happy to report that I have found the Hearth & Hand by Magnolia items purchased from Target to be well worthwhile.

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Best Blondies Ever!

“When Mama has a sweet tooth, everyone benefits!”, or perhaps it should be, “When Mama has a sweet tooth, everyone gains a few pounds…” or maybe “When Mama has a sweet tooth, the house smells amazing and there’s always an excuse to sit around the kitchen island and converse while sampling her amazing creations!”  I prefer the third one myself 😉

I wanted to share my absolutely favorite, favorite, favorite recipe for chocolate chip blondies with you today.  I recently baked up a batch and cut them into heart shapes in honor of Valentine’s Day (although in our house, it has become Valentine’s month now!).  Yummy goodness indeed!

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