Last-Minute DIY Valentines Day Gifts

There’s about a week left until Valentine’s Day. If you’re stuck on finding the perfect gift, try adding one of these easy and adorable last-minute DIY gifts to your plans. Nothing says “I Love You” more than spending time and effort creating a beautiful, tasty gift for your beau. From candy baskets to date coupons, you can come up with something incredibly sweet to set the mood. Check out some of my favorite Valentine’s Day projects below!

Personalize Crossword Puzzle


A Gift for All 5 Senses

52 Things I Love About You

A Bouquet of Sweets

You Float My Boat

You’re Quite the Catch



 
 
Sherrie Carter
 

Dating Tips from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. [Happy Valentine’s Day]

With Valentine’s Day coming up, you may be on the hunt for a new beau… or you might be planning a date night for you and your beau. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged, or married, you can learn a lot from the cast of FRIENDS. There’s a reason this show was so popular. It’s not only hilarious, but it also has a lot of AHA! moments. I honestly think most of us are better daters becuase of this show’s thats-so-true comedy. See what I mean with the GIFS below! Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Okay to Want Someone

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If You Keep Getting The Same Result, Change Your Behavior Patterns

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It’s Important To Know Your Worth

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And Your Flaws

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Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things

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But Be Honest & Let Them Down Gently If You’re Not Into It

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Embrace Who You Are

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When You Do, You’ll Meet Someone Really Special

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And They’ll Always Surprise You

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But It Won’t Always Be Easy

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So Always Say How You Really Feel

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Sometimes You Should Just Apologize, Even if You Feel You’re Not Wrong

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But You SHOULD Admit When You KNOW You Were Wrong

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Don’t Blame a Gender for What’s Happened Before

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Sherrie Carter
 

The Best Commercials From Yesterday’s Game!

Today, the internet is filled with people who were disappointed in the commercials from yesterday. However, I noticed for everyone who thought they weren’t great, there were more people who loved them. That’s just how life works. More people are likely to complain than they are to praise. The party I was at and my newsfeed show that a lot of people enjoyed everything about last night’s game. Personally, I look forward to the commercials as much as the whole game. These commercials are quite expensive, so you can be sure that marketing teams put a lot of time, effort, and money into making you feel. These prime-time commercials will resonate with you, whether they make you laugh, cry, or scream. I did all three several times yesterday. Below, you can watch clips of my favorites. Share your thoughts or favorites in our comments section at the bottom!

Doritos

Well that’s one way to induce labor…

Hyundai

Kevin Hart is a hilariously terrifying dad…

HEINZ

Everything bad goes away when you see this commercial…

The Bud Light Party

Seth Rogen & Amy Schumer Give a Motivational Speech…

Hyundai – Ryanville

I want to live here…

T-Mobile & Steve Harvey #BALLOGIZE

Avocados from Mexico

The blue and gold dress that caused the civil war

Hyundai – The Chase



 
 
Sherrie Carter
 

Love Songs to Make Valentine’s Day Extra Special

Music speaks the words we can’t say. It sends a message that we’re not always sure how to deliver. A really sweet way to show you care on Valentine’s Day is with a song. If you’re musically talented, try to cover a beautiful love song for your beau. If you’re like me and tone-deaf to high heaven, you could always play this song as you give your beau his or her gifts. I’m a big fan of sending songs to friends, family, and my S.O. to show how much I care. Sometimes, I’ll leave a little note of lyrics for them to find and smile at. Check out some of my favorite love songs.

Somewhere Only We know – Keane

I love this song becuase it captures the beauty of vulnerability when it comes to love. I cry, every.single.time.
 
Lyrics That Will Punch You In The Heart: “Oh simple thing, where have you gone, I’m getting old and I need something to rely on”
 

 

All of Me – John Legend

This song is gorgeous and extraordinarly moving. It’s so real. It capture the beauty of loving someone just as they are… flaws and all. The sweetest part of this video is John Legend films it with his wife Chrissy Teagan, so the love you’re watching is 100% authentic.
 
Lyrics That Will Punch You In The Heart: “All your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections”
 

 

Only You – YAZ

This song has been a favorite of mine for over a decade now. It’s got high energy, sweet lyrics, and a fun beat. You can’t top this one!
 
Lyrics That Will Punch You In The Heart: “All I needed was the love you gave”

 

Do You Realize – The Flaming Lips

This next one actually has a special place in my heart, because it was sent to me after a date. Not only is the music captivating, but the lyrics are especially sweet and deep. Reserve this song for someone who truly deserves it.
 
Lyrics That Will Punch You In The Heart: “Do you realize?, that you have the most beautiful face. Do you realize?, we’re floating in space.”
 

 

Bubbly – Colbie Caillat

This pop hit drove me nuts when it first came out. It played every twenty minutes and I never wanted to hear it again. Then I actually listened to the words and realized she perfectly captured what it feels like to be in love. She gets it.
 
Lyrics That Will Punch You In The Heart: “It starts in my soul & I lose all control…When you kiss my nose the feeling shows”
 

 

Bonus Song – Crush’d – Say Anything

This is a beautiful song Max Bemis wrote for his wife Sherri. When you see my favorite lyric below, you’ll completely understand why I just had to throw this one in here.
 
Lyrics That Will Punch You In The Heart: “Quite sure you love me, Sherri. Quite sure I love you too”
 

 



 
 
Sherrie Carter
 

Mardi Gras DIY Projects

It’s almost time for Party Gras! Fat Tuesday 2016 is quickly approaching and you need some great decor for your party! I recently highlighted a selection of our best Mardi Gras decor. While I chose some seriously gorgeous items from our store, I would like to include some DIY decorations you could make. There’s a certain charm to handmade decor that I just cannot resist. Check out some of my favorite Mardi Gras projects from Pinterest!

Fluer De Lis Door Swag


Hand Painted Mardi Gras Wine Glass

Wine Bottle Lights

Mardi Gras Swag

Bead Centerpieces

Mardi Gras Wreath

Mardi Gras Centerpiece

Mardi Gras Candles

Mardi Gras Topiaries



 
 
Sherrie Carter
 

DIY Projects to Celebrate Lent

Lent is an important holiday, but it can also be fun! For young kids, the message and meaning of lent are sometimes lost. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate, have fun, and teach the kids about the truth of lent, then read on! I’ve highlighted some great projects from Pinterest. I even remember some of these from childhood, and I always loved making the calendars and sacrifice lists. Be sure to check them out and share some of your favorite lent recipes in our comments section below!

Lent in a Bag


40 Days of Decluttering

Stones of Lent

Lent Prayer Station

Printable Stations of The Cross

Lent Challenge

Palm Cross

Lent Word Search

The Lenten Tree



 
 
Sherrie Carter
 

Meat-Free Recipes To Try During Lent

If you celebrate lent, you’re probably looking for ideas for your meat-free days. While lent is meant to be a time of sacrifice, that doesn’t mean you need to forgo your healthy and protein sources. This is especially true if you’re doing it my way, which is no meat for the full 40 days of lent. If you’re up for an adventure, learn how to cook some delicious vegetarian and pescatarian friendly recipes! Not only will this make it easier when you skip the meat, but you’ll also pick up a skill. Learning how to cook is fun, and knowing a few vegetarian friendly recipes will come in handy when hosting parties or attending pot-luck events. Check out some of these delicious recipes I found and plan to make this year. You’ll see a lot of portobello mushrooms and quinoa on this list because…. UH THEY’RE DELICIOUS. Do you have a favorite meat-free recipe? Share it with me in the comments section below. I’ll surely be grateful for the meal option!

Pescatarian Parmesan Pecan Crusted Salmon


Pescatarian Garlic Parmesan Halibut

Vegetarian Portobello Fajitas

Vegetarian Mexican 3 Bean Salad

Vegetarian Quinoa Stir Fry

Vegetarian Portobello Cheesesteaks

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Loaded Guacamole Vegetarian Tacos

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Portobello Mushroom Burgers



 
 
Sherrie Carter
 

Unique Table Top & Mantle Decorations

Between holidays, your mantle and table may feel empty. Fortunately, there are plenty of attractive table top decorations that work well for any season. Create a beautiful mantle scene or centerpiece for the dining table with unique table toppers that reflect your style and personality. Below, I’ve chosen some table top decorations from our store that complement a variety of styles. Click each photo to learn more about that item. We’d love to see the scenes you create; share your photos in the comments section below! 

Charming Brown Plush Owl

Charming Brown Plush Owl

Rustic Bird Cage Tea Light HolderRustic Bird Cage Tea Light Holder

Woman & Child Figurine by Carol Kinderwoman and child faceless figurine

Suspension Bridge Candle Holder Suspension Bridge Candle Holder 

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How We’ll Feel if The Groundhog Sees His Shadow

Update February 2nd @ 10:25 a.m. (est): Good news everyone! We may not have to experience the feelings below! Looks like Phil Did NOT see his shadow!


So, we’re all probably feeling more like this right now!

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We all know about Punxsutawney Phil and we understand the importance of his job. He will be the determining factor in most of our moods today. If he does not see his shadow, we can get started on our spring cleaning and decor shopping! However, if he sees it… we’re doomed to six more weeks of cold. In most of the country, it’s not a huge deal… but in Western New York, it’s everything. Six weeks of slush, wind chills, and lake effect snow is too much for me. Just like every Groundhog Day, I’m hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

If Phil see’s his shadow, there will be five stages of the Groundhog’s verdict that many of us will experience. Please Phil, don’t let us down.

Denial

We’ll remind ourselves that Phil boasts only a 39% Accuracy Rate

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Depression

We’ll be convinced that it will be dark, cold, and snowy forever.

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Bargaining

We will all promise to be on our best behavior for some sunshine and flowers!

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Anger

We will blame Phil, even though he’s only a messenger.

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Acceptance

Eventually, we’ll deal with it and just make hot chocolate

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Sherrie Carter
 

Decorative Stands & Wall Hooks

Small accents actually have a big influence on the look and feel of a room. Simple features like wall plates, switch covers, hooks, stands, and accent tables can complement or detract from the aesthetics in the room. Improve organization and style with decor that no only serves a purpose, but also looks amazing in your home. It will take time to find the perfect accents for your home, but with a little inspiration and shopping you’ll get there. To get you started, I’ve highlighted some of our decorative stands and wall hooks, as that’s a great place to start. I opted for items with a rustic charm, as that is a very popular decorating style (it’s also my favorite). Check out some of the photos below to get an idea of what you’d like to see in your home. Click the photo for more info and pricing.

Stands

decorative quilt rack dark mocha brown magazine holder Bronze Branch Pedestal Plant Stands

Wall Hooks

distressed bird branch bronze key hooks rustic chick key holder wall hook

bronze keys key holder bronze home key holder



 
 
Sherrie Carter