frozen chocolate banana pops

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

Frozen chocolate covered bananas were a summertime staple in my family. There was an old fashioned ice cream shop near my dad’s work that sold them for 25 cents a piece and we would always get excited when he came home with a big brown paper bag. So to celebrate summer (and reminisce a bit) I decided to make my own and package them to share with neighbors and friends. Here’s the simple how to:


Belly Up To The Home Bar Cart.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

When heat waves like this one we’re having in San Francisco roll in, all I can think about is sipping on an ice cold drink in the comfort of my own home. It’s so lovely to see bar carts surge back into popularity, especially because I love the reward of entertaining friends and family in your own home. Here are just a few ideas to kick start the quest for the perfect summer bar cart.Joanna Lavén is an amazing talent at prop and interior styling. It’s no wonder her simple yet modern approach to the home bar cart immediately caught my eye. This gold and black mini bar seen above make a chic and regal statement in this crisp, white living space.


Grown-up Confetti Poppers for Fourth of July

By Jenny of Hank and Hunt

I have always loved the loud pop of confetti poppers, they have been one of my favorite things since before I was old enough to use them. Like sparklers, they are kind of an initiation to your first real 4th of July experience. Let’s throwback a bit and decorate those confetti poppers you can buy everywhere, even your grocery store. I think they still look exactly the same as they did decades ago. With a little crepe paper fringe, we can gussy up even the worst eighties fonts, ok, cover up. Everything is better with a little fringe…


Chalkboard Details For Your Wedding Day

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

chalkboard ideas

You really can’t get away without a DIY element or two sneaking their way into a wedding these days. It’s the best way for brides and grooms to personalize their big day. However, not all of us are like Martha Stewart, so what is an easy way to infuse that personal charm? Chalkboards! Anything from chalkboard paint to a printable will do the trick. The best part is that you can apply this idea to pretty much any detail at your wedding, you can erase and start over, and most of these things can be re-purposed. Read on to see all of the possibilities of chalkboard paint and chalkboard inspired items!

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Notched Paper Garland

By Victoria of A Subtle Revelry

Creating that artistic DIY look at your wedding doesn’t need to involve serious crafting skills, an artillery of tools, or 2 months of work. Finding simple projects that bring a huge bang for their time and cost is one of the best things about the DIY wedding movement. This simple notched circle garland is the epitome of ease and with a few well chosen colors will make a pretty statement on your special day.

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Kids Duct Tape Wrist Bands

By Merrilee of Mer Mag

These simple and fun kids duct tape wrist bands are just the thing to keep your little one creative and entertained during these hot summer months.
And depending on their age, this is something they can do completely by themselves. The options of decorating them are truly endless and you’ll truly love seeing what they come up with!


Wedding Trends: The Klein’s Woodsy Wedding

By Celisse, Customer Care at Minted


Full of love and whimsy, photographs from The Klein’s Woodsy Wedding nearly had me tearing up. From a seemingly simple, yet charming afternoon wedding ceremony surrounded by family, friends and the pines to an elegant tented dining event – this bride and groom really made their dreams come to life. This really couldn’t have been A More Perfect Union!

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Shabby Chic Mr And Mrs Signs

By Rachael of Penelope and Pip
Shabby Chic Mr And Mrs Chair Signs

If you’re having an outdoor wedding this season, these shabby chic Mr and Mrs chair signs would be a beautiful addition. They are easy to make and you could swap out the lace, burlap and fabric for ribbons or glitter streamers depending on your theme.

Here’s how to make them…


Birth Announcement Inspired Baby Gifts

boho inspired announcement and gift

Summer seems to be the baby-gifting season (for me at least). I have several friends who are having babies, and accordingly, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect present for new moms and little ones. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite finds–all inspired by beautiful birth announcements. From bold to boho, I’ve found gifts to suit every mom’s unique style…

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Typographic Place Settings

By Rachael Smith of Penelope and Pip

Typographic Place Settings

Typographic Place Settings

If you’d like a change from the usual place settings for your wedding or summer party, making your guests a sweet wooden name could be just what you need.

You can leave them natural if you are after a rustic look, or paint them the color of your theming so they fit beautifully into your decor.