Pesto, Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Torta

This fancy pants appetizer is a snap to make!

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It’s the time of year for gatherings galore – which means growing your repertoire of potluck dishes to  impress your hostesses and guests. I’m going to show you a dish that looks all fancy-pants, but is super easy to make: Pesto, Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Torta Appetizer.

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10 Christmas Card Ideas You Should Steal + Free Template!

Awesome Christmas Cards + bonus free template!

I know, I know! Halloween is barely over and I’m already talking Christmas. But it’s already time to start getting plans locked in for Christmas cards!  It happens every year: photographers pack their schedules for the holiday rush as families procrastinate and, inevitably, miss the card ordering window. Keep reading for 10 inspiring Christmas card ideas you should totally steal,  AND a free Christmas Card template to get you started!

  1. Put on your best holiday wardrobe and go for a classic card.
    Free Christmas Card Template + 10 Inspiring Ideas for Christmas Card Photos

    Photo credit: Emily Plunk Photography

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Celebrating Time Together + JORD Giveaway

A big thanks to the team at JORD Wood Watches for the wrist upgrade, and for sponsoring this post.

Halloween has come and gone,and the holiday season is officially here – according to retailers and advertisers. As a prequel to the holiday prep that is soon to come here on the blog and elsewhere, today I’m taking a moment to talk about the best gift we can give to each other, all year long: the gift of time.

You see, sometimes I get so focused on task lists, places to go,  and whatever Google calendar says I need to get done, that I forget to slow down and savor the moments. Yes, even my #366 project, designed to help me stay in the moment, turns into a chore at times.

Case in point: A few weeks ago, my husband and I took the family to our favorite pumpkin patch. The weather was miserable, the ground was super muddy, and the place was crowded. I found myself rushing the kids through our traditions: running through the maze, picking out the perfect pumpkin, and of course, the requisite photos. When we got back to the car with our finds, I felt guilty. In my selfish effort to get past my own discomforts and cross the task off my checklist, I’d rushed everyone through the motions. I declared a do-over.

This year is our 12 year wedding anniversary. In those 12 years we’ve lived in two homes, had three kids and shared hundreds of laughs, tears and memories. The Gift of Time + Jord watch giveaway #JordWatch #giveaway #ad

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Frozen Pumpkin Mini Pies

3 Ingredient recipe to a lighter Holiday favorite

This shop, Frozen Pumpkin Mini Pies, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EffortlessPies #CollectiveBias

Does the thought of waiting until Thanksgiving for pumpkin desserts make you weak in the knees? Wait no more. Today I’m sharing a super simple, 3-ingredient recipe to your favorite frozen pumpkin dessert, lightened up!

3 Ingredient Frozen Pumpkin Mini Pies - your favorite pumpkin dessert, lightened up! #EffortlessPies #ad

 

 

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Lazy Mom’s Guide to Year in Review Photo Books

Holding memories close to our hearts (and hands!)

If you follow me on Instagram, it probably comes as no surprise that I create custom, year in review photo books for my kids each year. I’ve documented my passion for capturing everyday moments, but what good are they on my computer where nobody gets to enjoy them?

Today, I’m sharing the lazy mom’s way to make year in review books.Lazy Gal's Guide to Year In Review Digital Photo Books

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Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Hash

ONE RECIPE; A WEEK OF breakfast bowls

Here in the Midwest, temperatures are starting to dip, and we’re starting to pull out sweaters, swap our iced brew for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and reaching for more cold weather comfort foods.

Lately I’ve really been craving a hot, savory breakfast in the mornings, but it’s just not realistic to cook a proper breakfast while wrangling three kids for school. This week I decided to solve that problem by prepping one of my favorite breakfast recipes for the week: Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Hash.

This recipe is perfect for the season, with fall flavors like butternut squash and sweet potatoes.I need to do this - make ahead breakfast meal prep. Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Hash

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Halloween Emoji Nail Art

Nailed It! Free printable nail art

I’m back with a new Halloween-themed tutorial combining two things I’ve been a little obsessed with lately: emojis + nail decals. Really, who doesn’t love emojis? They’re cute AND a stand-alone language. Keep reading to download your own free emoji nail art printable and learn just how easy this is!What a neat idea! Use tattoo paper to make nail art. Halloween Emoji nails.

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Quick & Easy Game Day Decor

SCORE POINTS WITH VARSITY LETTER TABLEWARE

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS. All opinions are mine alone. #ScoreAtCVS #CollectiveBias

Football season is here, and with it, countless Sundays spent gathering with friends for viewing parties. I’ll admit, I’m in this sport for the socializing and snacks, but not the work of prepping treats.

Today, I’m going to show you ridiculously easy ideas for showing up with the most team spirit at your next viewing party. These game day decor ideas are so simple, even the least skilled crafter can pull them off like a pro!

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Ultimate Apple Themed Round-Up

The best of apple Recipes, Crafts, Activities & More!

It’s finally time for me to admit that fall is here. The cold snap of the season started this week, and while I’m mourning the short-lived Midwest summer, I am looking forward to the tastes and activities of the season.

Last week I shared my Salted Caramel Dip recipe. This week, we are excited to share with you this collection of amazing Apple themed posts from the talented and creative Social Fabric community.

You’re going to want to Pin or bookmark this post for later, so you don’t miss out on these amazing apple recipes, crafts and activities for fall!

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Moms, Let’s Keep it Real…

#momreality giveaway! + combatting the social photoshopping of life

Hi Everyone! I’m Jen from Jen Snyder Photo, and I’m excited to be guest posting here today sharing something I’m very passionate about: #momreality.

We have all heard time and time again how the overuse of Photoshop is ruining our definition of beauty– warping it to something unattainable. Just like the way Photoshop skews our perception of beauty, I believe social media is skewing our perception of motherhood. We are all led to believe that our houses should be spotless, gourmet meals cooking, while making intricate crafts with our children. All the time.

This is supported by countless photos on social media of freshly baked bread, clean kitchens with happy kids making crafts in them, and other life-is-perfect images.

But what we see is not always what is real. We aren’t seeing what went into making the photo. We don’t see the mess that is just out of frame. After all, it’s what is just out of the frame where reality rests.

For example… I took a few photos with my iPhone. The photo I would have posted to social media, and the reality behind it.Join the #momreality movement, keeping it real with other moms and going beyond the carefully photoshopped version of our lives.

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School Night Hustle

Mom Hacks for a Stress- and Clutter-free After School Routine

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Things around here have been a little insane. With the kids back at school and more activities than ever, we were legit struggling there for awhile. Between homework, extracurricular activities and informational school meetings, we had to get organized, and fast.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite mom hacks for school nights. These tips help keep my family on track so we have more time to do the things we love.

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Lunchbox Jokes Printable

Back to School Lunchbox Jokes Printable

My free lunchbox printables are always super popular this time of year – the one time we moms *actually* feel organized enough to do things like print cutesy lunchbox notes! In the spirit of mom unity, I’ve added another lunchbox jokes printable to my offering so we can all score an A+ in “Pinterest Mom: 101.”

Thanks to my girlfriends who tirelessly pumped their kids for their best jokes to help create this fun collection. Happy back to school season, fellow moms! We can do this!

Free lunchbox jokes printable, just in time for back to school season! | Five Marigolds

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Back to School Wardrobe for Girls

Back To School Capsule Wardrobe for Girls for $100

Earlier this week I posted my BTS capsule wardrobe for boys, and now I’m sharing my Back to school wardrobe for girls. It’s amazing what great pieces you can afford when you plan ahead and really envision how they will all work together to create multiple outfits. Here, I’ve put together 10 key pieces that work together create 10+ outfits, head to toe, for just around $100.*

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Malibu Barbie Pool Party Under $50

Pool Party Birthday Bash  Under $50

I’m back – with more birthday party inspiration! My big girl is turned 6 years old which means she got to have her first friends party – and has had her heart set on a pool party for, like, ever. She seems to have inherited the party planning gene, dictating #allthethings that had to happen for her party. Her favorite colors are bold and bright, so the theme morphed into a Malibu Barbie inspired vibe.

Here are six budget-saving areas I used to design a custom birthday bash on a budget of around $50:

Set the Tone with an Eye-Catching Tablescape

My favorite tip for creating a custom look is creating an eye-catching tablescape that guests will see when they enter the party. This whole tablescape was set using inexpensive supplies that, when layered, created a big impact. I purchased several  plastic tablecloths that I cut into scallops and layered for an ombre effect, and finished the look with a few draped leis and netting. Total cost: $7How to Throw a Custom Malibu Barbie Pool Party Birthday for Under $50 | Five Marigolds

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Fill In The Blank Lunchbox Notes Printable

Is it just me or are summer breaks getting shorter and shorter? My kiddos are dreading going back to school in just a few weeks, but we’re having fun gearing up with new school supplies and goodies, including a newly designed set of fill in the blank lunchbox notes.

I love tucking a fun lunchbox note into their cold lunch at school, and this year decided to make a blank set of notes for when I just want to add my own personalized message. Fill In The Blank Lunchbox Notes Printable | Five Marigolds

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Reversible Upcycled Kitchen Sign: Self Serve Only!

It’ s been awhile since I’ve shared on the blog. I ran out of steam there for awhile, but I’m back with a project I’ve been planning for some time, and finally got around to: my self serve sign for the kitchen.

We’re slowly but surely making some changes to our builder grade home, like a new back splash that we love. Still, I thought the kitchen needed a little more character.DIY Upcycled Self Serve Sign for the Kitchen | Five Marigolds

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Easter Lunch Tablescape for Kids

There are only two weeks until Easter, and I kicked off the season with a casual Easter lunch for the kids.

The menu was very fancy: PB&J, applesauce, string cheese, and milk.

The table was a little fancier. We used their Easter baskets as centerpieces, and filled them with some Easter things we bring out each year: books, little stuffed animals, bunny ears, and some (empty) plastic eggs.

Simple Easter Tablescape for Kids | Five Marigolds

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Make Your Own Custom Cookie Cutter for less than $1

Today I’m sharing how I made my own DIY custom cookie cutter, for my daughter’s Peppa Pig birthday party, for less than $1.

I’m planning a Peppa Pig birthday party for my youngest, and knew she would get a kick out of themed cookies. There are some great Peppa cookie cutters online, but I didn’t want to pay for a cookie cutter I planned to use just one time. Instead, I decided to make my own DIY custom cookie cutter.DIY Peppa Pig Custom Cookie Cutter Tutoral $1 | Five Marigolds

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Vintage Dollhouse Remodel Part VIII: Play Room + Final Reveal

Dollhouse Play room and Final Reveal

VINTAGE DOLLHOUSE MAKEOVER Series: PART I VINTAGE DOLLHOUSE, PART II EXTERIOR, PART III BOY’S ROOMPART IV GIRL’S ROOMPART V LAUNDRY / BATHROOMPART VI LIVING ROOM, PART VII KITCHEN, PART VIII PLAY ROOM + FINAL REVEAL

I’m so excited to share the final reveal in my vintage dollhouse series today.This has been such a fun project, but I’m so ready to turn it over to my girls who have been impatiently waiting for me to complete it.

The last room in this project is the dollhouse play room. I left this room for last because it was the most awkward space – narrow with no windows. And since I knew I would finish it last, I knew there was a chance I’d run low on budget. I designated it the play room because I felt it was the least important room, and I wouldn’t need to make many purchases.

As it turned out, I was out of budget, so my original ideas for this room fell by the wayside as I found ways to make it work.

My daughter sacrificed her Shopkins ice cream truck sign to make an art easel, and of course you can tell I used Scrabble tiles to decorate the wall.Vintage Dollhouse Play Room Remodel | Five Marigolds

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Simple Skinny Granola Recipe

Today I’m sharing my very favorite granola recipe: sweet, slightly crunchy, and very addictive, you’ll find yourself making this again and again.  I’ll show you how to make it with, and without oil.

I started making this recipe after combining a variety of my favorites over the years. My favorite use of granola is with milk as a cereal or to top my yogurt, and the sweet flavor of this recipe is perfect for either use.

But the texture. I love the texture of this granola! I hate the too-crunchy store-bought variety. This recipe is somewhere in between – just the right amount of crunch.Simple and Skinny Granola Recipe With or Without Oil | Five Marigolds

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Free Media Kit Template for Bloggers

Any serious blogger hoping to work with brands and advertisers needs a solid media kit. But if you’re fairly new to this game, you might be wondering where to start? Never fear! Today, I’m providing a free media kit template for bloggers.

I recently just made my first media kit. After a few years of casually blogging, I decided it was time to get serious – and no better way than making a media kit for working with others! I customized mine in design, color and content to match the branding on my blog.

Free Media Kit Template for Bloggers | www.fivemarigolds.com

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Vintage Dollhouse Remodel Part V: Bath + Laundry Room

See the Complete Vintage Dollhouse Makeover Series: Part I Vintage Dollhouse, Part II Exterior, Part III Boy’s RoomPart IV Girl’s RoomPart V Laundry / BathroomPart VI Living Room, Part VII Kitchen, Part VIII Play Room + Final Reveal

This week in my vintage dollhouse makeover series I bring you the remodeled bath and laundry room: two rooms that normally don’t get a lot of love in a dollhouse! I was determined to take on the challenge though – my girls’ dolls use this room quite a bit…

Vintage Dollhouse Remodel: Bathroom and Laundry Room | www.fivemarigolds.com

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I Think You’re “Soda” Great Cola-themed Valentine’s Day Printable

Are you a fan of the Soda Shoppe Valentine’s Day printables I shared earlier this week? I have one more soda-themed valentine for you. My son loved the idea of giving candy wax bottles to his buddies at school, but he was kind of hoping for a more cola inspired theme and wanted it to read “soda great” instead of “soda sweet.” You don’t want to send the wrong message in 2nd grade, apparently.

Soda great cola-inspired Valentine's Day printable

I whipped up this very basic tag that he’s a big fan of, so I’m sharing this Soda Great Valentine’s Printable here for my subscribers today!I Soda Think You're Great Valentine's Day Candy Wax Bottles Printable | www.fivemarigolds.com

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