April 2017 Calendar Wallpaper

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Well now that it is officially Spring, flowers are in full bloom both outside in the real world and in the digital world! I find the light blue and pink pastels are really calming and inspiring. Easter is only a few weeks away and we all know, it’s all about the outfits! Check out some of my favorite Easter dresses here! Enjoy!

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Mel Armstrong Design Ι Ban.do
Sarah Hearts Ι Candidly Keri

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Every Tuesday Ι Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine Ι Flipsnack

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Rebekah Disch Design Ι Raven Paper Co
Sea of Atlas Ι Candidly Keri
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Blushed Design Ι Sugar Paper
By Dawn Nicole Ι Inkstruck Studio

april computer wallpapersMinding My Nest Ι Mospens Studio
Flipsnack Ι May Designs

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Clara Bour Ι Giants and Pilgrims
Ivanka Trump Ι Ashley Brooke Designs

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Rae Ritchie Ι Free People 
The Printable Project Ι Stylish Planner

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Kaylie Jay Designs Ι Wazz Publishing
Red Stamp Ι Designer Blogs

March 2017 Calendar Wallpaper

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Happy March everyone! Aside from my February Wallpaper post, I have’t really posted anything in a few weeks and it’s for a good reason! I started a new job this month for a really cool company and I really love everything about my new job! It’s keeping me a little preoccupied but I promise I will be posting something new in the next week or two. In the meantime, here are my wallpaper picks for March 2017!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up so if you need some desert ideas for the office check out my St. Patrick’s Day Treats post! Enjoy!

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march-2017-montlhy-calendar-backgroundInkstruck Studio Ι Mel Armstrong Design
Apartment 406 Designs Ι Uppercase Designs

march-2017-calendar-desktop-wallpapersBy Dawn Nicole Ι May Designs
Ivanka Trump Ι Flipsnack

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Sarah Hearts Ι Ban.do
Candidly Keri

march-2017-calendar-wallpapersMospens Studio Ι Paper Leaf
Going Home to Roost Ι Pish and Posh Designs

desktop-wallpapers-for-march-2017Smashing Magazine Ι Sugar Paper
Salt Design Ι Smashing Magazine

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Blushed Design Ι Lilly and Val
Designer Blogs Ι Kate Spade

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The Blog Market Ι Going Home to Roost
Red Stamp Ι Paper Raven Co

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Rae Ritchie Ι Clara Bour
Free People Ι Giants and Pilgrams

February 2017 Calendar Wallpaper

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Happy February everyone! I hope you all have been sticking to your New Years resolutions since we’re only one month into the new year. If not, that’s okay! I wrote a blog post (which can be found here) to help you stick to your resolutions all year long. This month there’s lots of shades of pink and red for Valentines Day! If you’re still looking for that perfect Valentines Day gift, check out my Valentines Day Gift Guide!  Enjoy!

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Flipsnack Ι Inkstruck Studio
By Dawn Nicole Ι Oh So Lovely

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Mospens Studio Ι Minding My Nest
Montgomery Fest Ι Blushed Design

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Pish and Posh Ι Sarah Hearts
Candidly Keri Ι Oh So Lovely

february-2017-monthly-wallpaperBlog Pixie Ι Mel Armstrong
Salt Designs Ι Every Tuesday

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Kate Spade New York Ι Lilly and Val
Paper Leaf Ι May Designs

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Rae Ritchie Ι Red Stamp
Sea of Atlas Ι Smashing Magazine

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The Blog Market Ι Candidly Keri
Free People Ι Going Home to Roost

february-2017-technology-calendar-wallpapersDesigner Blogs Ι Paper Raven Co
To Live Beautifully Ι Smashing Magazine

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Ban.do Ι The House That Lars Built
Ivanka Trump Ι The Printable Project

Valentines Day Gift Guide

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Ah Valentines Day, the holiday that everyone loves to hate. If you’re solo, you hate Valentines Day because it just reminds you that you’re alone, as if you didn’t already know. But if you have arm candy, you love Valentines Day because you get showered with presents and affection. I personally don’t care for Valentines Day but, who doesn’t love getting presents?! I love getting presents almost as much as I love giving them. Before I started dating my current boyfriend, I used to buy Valentines Day gifts for my gal pals because why not! We don’t need a man to feel wonderful and loved, #GIRLPOWER!

I put together a Valentines Day gift guide to help you find that perfect gift. Whether you’re shopping for your dude or your bestest gal pal, I’ve got you covered! The Edwin Jagger Nickel Double-Edge Razor Gift Set and Vintage Map of the Moon are two of my favorites for your main man. When it comes to your bestest gal pal, you can’t go wrong with some Sugarfina Champagne Gummy Bears and a Sephora Face Mask. Happy Valentines Day!

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valentines-day-gifts-for-boyfriend 1. Edwin Jagger Nickel Double-Edge Razor Gift Set Ι 2. Prada Luna Rossa Eau de Toilette Spray Ι 3. Moscow Mule Carry-On Cocktail Kit Ι 4. Nike Florida State University Polo Shirt Ι 5. New Era Publishing Vintage Map of the Moon Ι 6. Gopro Hero5 Black Camera Ι 7. Teraforma Whisky Stones Ι 8. 13 Piece Beer Tasting Set Ι 9. Fossil Townsman Leather Strap Watch Ι 10.Cactus Dress Socks Ι 11. Martha Stewart Stainless 7-Piece Bar Tool Kit

valentines-day-gifts-for-best-girlfriend 1. Kate Spade Glitter Frame Ι 2. Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace Ι 3. Diptyque Roses Candle Ι 4. Lilly Pulitzer Pineapple Key Chain Ι 5. Anthropologie Homegrown Monogram Mug Ι 6. Rifle Paper Co. Paradise Gardens Calendar Ι 7. Ban.do Metallic Power Trip Charger Set Ι 8. Sugarfina Champagne Gummy Bears Ι 9. MAC Lipstick Ι 10. Sephora Collection Face Mask Ι 11. Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb  Ι 12. Fossil Keely Passport Case and Luggage Gift Tag Set

6 Tips to Keep Your New Years Resolutions All Year Long

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If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say ‘New Year, New Me!’ I would be such a rich girl. The end of the year is always a great time to reflect on the past year and think about what you accomplished, what you didn’t accomplish, what you wish you had done differently and how you want the upcoming year to be different.  New years resolutions are the perfect opportunity for those of you who want to make a positive change in your life and be one step closer to the person you want to become. But lets be honest, new years resolutions can be hard to keep. Here are six tips to help you keep your new years resolutions all year long!

Be Realistic

There are some goals that you can set for yourself that are very realistic, like lose 20 pounds this year or stop eating meat on Mondays. Then there are unrealistic goals you can set for yourself like, participate in Ironman this year, when you have zero training and can’t even run a mile or get my Master’s degree this year, when you haven’t even enrolled in a graduate program. Long term goals are great but if you are coming up with new year’s resolutions, be realistic with yourself. If you want to get your Master’s degree, make your new year’s resolution to enroll in a graduate program. If your long term goal is to compete in Ironman, make your new years resolution to participate in a triathlon.

Don’t Go Overboard

I guarantee you that every person that looks at themselves has a long list of things they wish they could change about themselves. I want to be skinner, I want to eat less sugar, I wish I weren’t so pessimistic, the list goes on and on. The celebration of a new year is a great way to reevaluate your life and make positive changes. Just remember that when you are making resolutions, not to go overboard. Instead of having ten new years resolutions, try five. Having too many resolutions can make you feel stressed because you are trying to accomplish so much and when you don’t complete all of your resolutions you feel like a failure.

Have a Variety of Resolutions

If you’re anything like me, it’s usually go big or go home. But with new years resolutions, I try to ditch that mind set. I do set a large new years resolution or two but I also include some not so big, easier resolutions as well. A great example would be to have a new years resolution to lose 20 pounds and read at least 15 minutes before bed everyday. Losing 20 pounds a lot more time and effort than reading in bed for 15 minutes.

Partner Up

How many new years resolutions have you made in your lifetime? And of those resolutions, how many of them have you actually kept? There is probably a big discrepancy between the two and that’s mostly because life happens. You get busy, off track and next thing you know its only March and you have already given up. A great way to make yourself accountable and keep your new years resolutions is to partner with someone. If you want to go to the gym three times a week, find a friend who goes to the gym or also has the same resolution so you can both keep each other accountable.

Celebrate All Victories

New years resolutions are all about making positive changes in your life and making yourself more of the person you want to be. Just by reevaluating your life and making resolutions, is a reason to celebrate! If your goal is to lose 20 pounds, don’t just celebrate that goal, celebrate when you lose a pound or when you go to the gym three times a week. Eventually all those small victories lead to you reaching your ultimate goal so make sure you celebrate every small victory.

See Them Everyday

A great way to hold yourself accountable is to look at your new years resolutions everyday, even multiple times a day. Doing this makes you think about what you can do that day to work towards your resolution. It also reminds you to keep working towards your goals.

January 2017 Calendar Wallpaper

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Happy 2017!! I hope you all had a Merry Chrismahanukwanzakah and a Happy New Year! I am sorry my post is late this month- it’s been a crazy week! I hope this year brings you all lots of laughter, good health and happiness!

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Kaylie Jay Designs Ι Flipsnack
Lilly and Val Ι May Designs

january-2017-monthly-computer-wallpaperMinding My Nest Ι Mospens Studio
Mel Armstrong Ι Montgomery Fest

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Rae Ritchie Ι To Live Beautifully 
Pish and Posh Ι Paper Leaf

january-2017-monthly-desktop-wallpaperBy Dawn Nicole Ι Every Tuesday
Ivanka Trump Ι The Blog Market

january-2017-monthly-wallpaperSea of Atlas Ι Smashing Magazine
Red Stamp Ι Sarah Hearts

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Blushed [must subscribe] Ι Inkstruck Studio
Candidly Keri Ι Designer Blogs

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Apartment 406 Designs Ι Gretchen Berry Design
Oh So Lovely Ι Green Bicycle Design

December 2016 Monthly Wallpaper

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Happy December everyone! This year has flown by- it always does. This year we put up our Christmas tree before Thanksgiving because I seriously couldn’t wait any longer. If you have visited my blog before you know that I LOVE sweet treats and themed parties and that is basically all December is, ONE BIG SWEET CELEBRATION! It’s the perfect excuse to bake yummy cookies, buy presents and spend time with those you love.

Here are my monthly wallpapers for December, there are soooo many good ones this month! Some blogs like Smashing Magazine and Clara Bour created more than one wallpaper so be sure to click through all of them! I’ll be updating this post as more wallpapers get posted so stay tuned! Happy Holidays!

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Every Tuesday Ι Clara Bour
By Dawn Nicole Ι Kate Spade NY

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Sarah Hearts Ι Sea of Atlas
Smashing Magazine

December-2016-calendar-monthly-desktop-backgroundFlipsnack Ι Mel Armstrong
Pish and Posh Ι Minding My Nest

december-2016-calendar-desktop-backgroundSoggy Musings Ι The Blog Market
Gretchen Berry Ι Ivanka Trump

december-2016-calendar-wallpaperRed Stamp Ι To Live Beautifully
Designer Blogs Ι Blushed

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Sophie Maie Ι Oh So Lovely
Paper and Brush Ι Mospens Studio

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May Designs Ι Rae-Ritchie
Beauty and the Chic Ι Apartment 406 Designs

My Favorite Holiday Pie Recipe: Cookie Butter Pie

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There is no better excuse to indulge in delicious food than during the holidays. All the sweet treats, carb loaded casseroles, Christmas tree shaped Reeses, I mean the list goes on. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two times a year when I make my special Cookie Butter Pie. It has to be one of my favorite pies. Not only is it super simple but it’s also rich and tastes just like Cookie Butter. If you have never been to Trader Joes and had Cookie Butter, its basically the same thing as Biscoff Cookie spread that you can buy at the grocery store. I would be so satisfied with just one bite but since I have zero self control I always have way too much and get a huge sugar high. Every time I make this pie is always a hit so enjoy!

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COOKIE BUTTER PIE RECIPE

PREP TIME: 15 mins
TOTAL TIME: 3 hours 15 mins
SERVES: 8ish

INGREDIENTS
FOR CRUST:
  • 30ish Biscoff Cookies
  • 4 Tablespoons Salted or Unsalted Butter
FOR FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup or 4oz White Chocolate
  • 1/4 cup or 2oz Heavy Whipping
  • 1 8oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 14oz Jar Cookie Butter/Biscoff Spread
  • 1tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 7oz Jar of Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1 8oz Container Cool Whip (thawed)

 

CRUST INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Using a food processor, grind the Biscoff cookies into fine crumbs.
  2. In the microwave, melt the butter and mix with the Biscoff crumbs so all the crumbs are moistened.
  3. Pour the moistened crumbs into a 9″ pie pan and using a spoon or glass cup, compact the crust in the pan. Set aside.
FILLING INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine the white chocolate and heavy cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds and mix vigorously. Microwave on high for another 30 seconds and mix until all the chocolate is melted. Allow the mixture to cool, place in the fridge if necessary.
  2. Whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add jar of Cookie Butter and continue to mix until well blended.
  4. Add the cooled white chocolate to the Cookie Butter and cream cheese mixture until combined. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and heavy whipping cream, increase the mixing speed  to medium-high and whip for about 2 minutes to add air into the batter.
  6. Combine the jar of marshmallow fluff to the batter and mix throughly, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  7. Empty the Cool Whip into the batter and gently fold into the batter. Avoid over mixing as this will cause the filling to not be as fluffy.
  8. Pour the filling into the pie crust and smooth out the top. Place in the fridge for at least 3 hours. Serve chilled.
TIPS
  • If you don’t have heavy cream, you can substitute heavy whipping cream.
  • To jazz up the top add crushed Biscoff cookies or drizzle white chocolate.
  • This pie still tastes delicious even with a store bought graham cracker crust.

November 2016 Monthly Wallpaper

november-2016-desktop-calendar-backgroundI hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! Can you even believe the holiday season is in full swing?! I am so excited about Thanksgiving and all of the tasty food, especially green bean casserole! Later this month I’ll be sharing my favorite pie recipe (it is always a huge hit for Thanksgiving) so keep posted! 🙂

This month I’m doing something a little different with my monthly wallpaper post. Since some blogs post their wallpapers after the first of the month, I will be updating this post with more wallpapers as they get posted on the other blogs. This way you guys won’t miss out! In the meantime, enjoy what I have found! Don’t forget if there is a blog you would love to see or if you have wallpapers you would like to share, let me know!

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Sea of Atlas Ι Flipsnack
Going Home to Roost Ι Kaylie Jay Designs

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May Designs Ι Mel Armstrong
Minding my Nest Ι Smashing Magazine

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Apartment 406 Designs Ι Smashing Magazine
Dawn Nicole Ι To Live Beautifully

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Uppercase Designs Ι Beauty and the Chic
Red Stamp Ι Clara Bour

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Rae-Ritchie Ι Soggy Musings
Every-Tuesday Ι Designer Blogs

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The Blog Market Ι  Ivanka Trump
Mospens Studio Ι Sarah Hearts

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Gretchen Berry Design Co Ι Shannon Kirsten Studio
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Witches Brew Halloween Party

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 I love October because the weather starts to get cooler, the smell of apple spice fills the air and pumpkins are everywhere!  Not to mention Halloween!  I love dressing up into costumes, making scary themed desserts and decorating the house with pumpkins.

If you have read my blog before,  you know I love any excuse for a themed party. For Halloween I have the perfect decorations, drinks and food recommendations to throw a Witches Brew Halloween Party- a fancy name for Gals Night! Check out my picks below so you can plan the perfect gals night! Enjoy!

halloween party decorations

Apothecary Labels for Witch Potions Ι Floral Skull Ι Gold Pumpkins
Snake Wreath Ι Bloody Candles

halloween party food and desserts

Witch Broomsticks Ι Hungover Pumpkin Guacamole and Queso 
Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers Ι Toxic Waste Mac n Cheese
Witches Fingers Ι Spiderweb Trifle Ι Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake

halloween party alcoholic drinks

Black Sangria Ι Purple People Eater Ι Vampire Hot Chocolate Ι Caramel Apple Sangria

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