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Easy DIY Holiday Bark Recipe

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Easy DIY Holiday Bark Recipe

DIY HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE BARK Yes, sometimes we cook as well as decorate around here! I wanted to share what is probably one of the simplest homemade, holiday food gifts you can make. If you can use a microwave, you can make this.  It's really that simple! What you need: Melting chocolate - whatever kind is your favorite. Food Dye or decorating gel Toothpicks Miscellaneous treats top - sprinkles, little candies, crushed nuts, cranberries, etc.. A bowl, a spatula, wax paper, baking tray with sides and a microwave About 5 minutes!     Steps: Layer wax paper over your tray Put...

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Holiday Open House Tour

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Holiday Open House Tour

Living by a national park in a house surrounded by giant spruce trees I take my cues from the outdoors usually when planning out holiday decor.  You'll find plenty of evergreen and natural elements like pinecones or berries.  Our most popular visitors, the deer make an appearance too (both indoors and out).  I continue the warm, cozy theme by including plenty of traditional tartan and buffalo plaids! Target did it again this year by having plenty of very affordable plaid ornaments.  I pretty much had to pick out at least one of each and barely spent $20! While it's nice...

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Nautical Decor and Accents

Nautical Decor and Accents

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. Growing up even though they lived Ohio, my grandparents had this incredibly cool wood-paneled basement with a nautical style wall complete with fish net, starfish and all.  As a toddler I totally fell for it when an older cousin told me that if I touched the starfish it would die, so I completely kept my hands off of it (Yeah, totally fell for the ploy that it wasn't already dead to keep me from breaking things.  But hey, I was...

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Farmhouse Style Home Decor

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Farmhouse Style Home Decor

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.   Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper have certainly brought farmhouse style back to the forefront of home design.  The look however now is a million miles away from the kitschy country of the 1980's and instead brighter, lighter and a little more natural. It can blend quite seamlessly with other types of decor when you stick to a neutral palette and natural materials. If it's chippy, rusty, vintage or earthy it probably can fit into farmhouse decor.  There's no need...

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A Visit to the Avon Lake Summer Market

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A Visit to the Avon Lake Summer Market

  For the past 11 years, a burgeoning market held once a year in July has takes place right next to Lake Erie.  The Avon Lake Summer Market was started as fundraiser and has grown to be able to give back even more. The event showcases plenty of art, food, and vintage with the highlight for me being some pretty gorgeous furniture and decor! It seems to get bigger and better every year. I've never applied to sell at it as July is always such a hectic month for us, but we almost always make a point to stop by...

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