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    Of all the things you can make from scratch, a gift bow seems like a giant waste of time, doesn't it? I mean, who really has the energy to top every present with a homemade bow? Answer: me. A mom of three who also works full-time. And you can do it too. In fact, it is one of the easiest, most original, handiest things you can do when you're a busy mom.

    Why?

    You're never without a bow! Last Saturday my husband and I found ourselves two hours away from a birthday party with no wrapping paper or ribbon on hand. So what did we do? We decorated some butcher paper with markers, folded a card from printer paper, and made our own bow. It looked SO much better than the store-bought kind and only took about five minutes to complete. Here is how we did it:

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    Mason jar terrariums look like a really fun way to bring a miniature piece of nature inside. After researching many of the pins I saw on Pinterest showing how to put something like this together, I decided to give it a try.

    All the materials you need to complete this project can be found at a craft store or in your own home. I grabbed a mason jar, pebbles, dirt, moss and a couple fun figurines and got to work!

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    I never thought I'd be that mom complaining about sugar intake while searching for candy-free Valentine options, but here I am! It feels like candy is constantly sneaking it's way into the house and the sheer volume of it is overwhelming. When I was a kid, we might have received conversation hearts of Hershey kisses with our Valentine's Day cards, but my kids come home with goodie bags filled with candy.

    I don't want to add to the cluster of candy coming home on Valentine's Day this year so I took to Pinterest to find an equally enjoyable candy-free Valentine gift my kids friends will love! When I saw friendship bracelets surface with adorable Valentine tags, I knew I was on to something great!

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    Decorating my house for Valentine's Day is something I always look forward to because it incorporates all of my favorite colors. I'm half tempted to leave the red, pink, and purple heart decor up all year long. If there's one think Pinterest is not short of right now, it's Valentine home decor ideas and I'm loving it! When I saw the button art heart canvases, I couldn't wait to give it a try.

    Since my kids happen to love canvas art, I happily turned this one over to them and was excited to see what they would create.

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    I love any holiday that will give me an excuse to decorate my home in red, pink, and purple. When I saw the pom pom Valentine wreaths floating around Pinterest, I knew I just had to have one. I noticed some pom pom Valentine wreaths were adorned with large, puffy poms made from yarn, while others looked like the typical pom poms we use for most of our crafts. I wanted to find out if my Valentine wreath could look as festive as the Valentine wreaths I was seeing on Pinterest, and I wanted to know where I could get my hands on those giant yarn pom poms!

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    Christmas is in less than a week and all of my shopping is done with the exception of some stocking stuffers that I would like to give to some of my favorite people. A little something that comes from the heart and that when they use it, they will think of me and all the time and love I put into making it just for them.

    I scoured the Internet, and Pinterest too, and found a few of my favorites that I think you will love just as much as I do.

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    With the kids home from school for winter break, I've been paying close attention to festive crafts Pinterest has to offer. I couldn't help but notice the Snowman Tealight Ornament was pinned over 13,000 times! I'm assuming this is a popular craft because it's cute, it utilizes materials we might already own, and it looks easy to do!

    But I had to find out for myself before getting my kids involved. Was this last minute ornament idea a Pinterest win or would I melt into a puddle of frustration?

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    Every year I look forward to the holiday cards that come trickling in. It's so fun to see what my friends and family have been up to, and I love how each card is different and captures the excitement of a new year approaching. To celebrate my love for them I think it's important to display holiday cards in a way that allows us to see our loved ones all season long!

    Lucky for me I didn't have to look far to find out how to display our holiday cards. Plenty of people are pinning DIY Holiday Card Holder tutorials on Pinterest, and I thought I would choose one and find out if I could create something that really works.

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    I can't usually get down with commemorative pieces. When I'm up late at night channel surfing and come across a show selling replicas of every trinket Marilyn Monroe ever wore around her neck, arms, or fingers, I can't help but think: okay, if I buy that necklace, I'll need a pink sequinned gown to go with it. 

    But this is different. This is an adorable and understated mug created by a family friend of the Middletons that pays tribute to the birth of little Prince George by featuring an acorn wearing a king's crown and the words "From Small Acorns." I absolutely must, must get my hands on it! I promise I won't even sully it with my disgusting American coffee but will force myself to make tea every day just so I can sip it from this cup with my pinkie up in the air. 

    Sigh. But it's probably not going to happen because out of the 500 mugs Lynda Tillotson made, only 40 remain. Vultures, I tell you. 

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    Choosing to wait to find out the gender of a baby until birth can be so exciting, and so challenging when it comes to nursery design. I think mom, Molly Crawford from the Nesting Game, did a bang up job converting this former guest room into a welcoming space for her little one. 

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