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Merry Christmas everyone and welcome to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party! We had snow over the weekend and it was absolutely magical. This is my favorite time of year, and I love featuring your creative projects. Looking forward to see what you have to share with us this week! LINK PARTY GUIDELINES: What counts […]

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Well a Merry WHITE Christmas to us! We received snow this weekend in South Carolina and it was absolutely magical! It’s our first Christmas in our new home, and what a treat to experience something so rare the first year we are here. Some of my Pennsylvanian friends were even jealous that we received so […]

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Continue on for 25+ great ideas for Christmas ornaments! Christmas ornaments can be store bought, homemade, or semi-homemade and all be gorgeous! I’ve rounded up some ornament ideas for you to browse, and I hope that you pick a few of your favorites and click over to the site to get the source information and […]

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Welcome to this year’s classic red and green Christmas porch tour! If you’ve been following along on Home Stories A to Z for some time now, then you know how much I love to decorate my porch. This is our first Christmas in our new country home! I’m so used to decorating the porch of […]

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Christmas gifts do not have to cost a fortune to be beautiful and thoughtful! Here are 5 affordable Christmas gift ideas you can shop for and create today. I’m honored to be part of the BHG Live Better Influencer Network. As one of my monthly blog sponsors,  I’m compensated when sharing my favorite finds from Better Homes […]

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Happy December friends and welcome to the joyous Christmas season! Granted, some of you have been celebrating Christmas since October; however, the floodgates on holiday cheer (without the internet throwing any rotten cranberries at you) are now officially open! This is my favorite time of year and I love featuring your creative projects. Looking forward […]

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If you’re looking for some great ideas for decorating your kitchen during Christmas, read on!    Put on a pot of simmering Christmas potpourri, and let’s gather some inspiration together for the holidays!  1. CITRUS STOVETOP HOLIDAY POTPOURRI BY LOLLY JANE  This potpourri smells as good as it photographs!  2. COTTAGE CHRISTMAS KITCHEN BY TIDBITS  […]

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These Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread Garlic Knots are a simple and cute holiday appetizer! The Garlic Knots taste amazing, look impressive, and are easy to make. I love easy and cute appetizer ideas for the holidays and these Garlic Knots taste amazing, look impressive, and are way easier to make than they appear! You can […]

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Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s Tutorials & Tips Link Party!  If you’re new here, this is a link party where bloggers link up their tips and tutorials, recipes, room reveals, DIY projects, etc. I enjoy featuring my favorite ideas in a roundup each week. Please read the guidelines before adding your links and […]

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Great Christmas Tree Ideas! Read on and gather some gorgeous inspiration for your own tree!   Here are 20 Beautiful Christmas Tree Ideas to help get you into the spirit of Christmas decorating, and be sure to click over to your favorite tree designs by clicking the blue/gray links provided. Most of these linked ideas have […]

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It’s time to make a list and check it twice whether those friends and family members have been naughty or nice! Today I’m teaming up with some incredibly stylish bloggers to bring you: holiday gifts for her, gifts for him, gifts for kids, and gifts for the home–which let’s face it is pretty much just an […]

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This 12 Days of Christmas Table Setting idea is adorable, festive, and affordable! Watch my bonus video to learn how to properly set an informal table this holiday season. This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart.  As always, all opinions on the adorable products are 100% mine. Affiliate links are used […]

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Looking for some great ideas for Christmas Advent? You’ve come to the right place!  Whether you celebrate the Advent season, or if you’re just looking for some great ideas to countdown the Christmas season, you’ll love these! Click the blue/gray links to be taken the source for more information. These are adorable countdowns, and I’d […]

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This amazingly cheesy macaroni and cheese is comfort food at its best! Recipe originates from the grandma of a little boy being treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Read on to learn the special story behind the deliciousness!  For the last 18 months, I have had the immense honor of serving as an influencer […]

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This is a sponsored post by IKEA U.S. The content and opinions expressed below are those of Home Stories A to Z. Does your family play together every day? Read on to learn the 5 benefits of playtime, how to incorporate more playtime into your everyday lives, and how to participate in a fun and […]

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Welcome back to this week’s Tutorials & Tips Link Party! If you’re new here, this is a link party where bloggers link up their tips and tutorials, recipes, room reveals, DIY projects, etc. I enjoy featuring my favorite ideas in a roundup each week. Please read the guidelines before adding your links and thanks for […]

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Easy and delicious hot cocoa mix recipe that makes a fantastic Christmas jar gift! Post includes free Christmas printable for watercolor wreath gift tags and cocoa jar labels. Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe Jar Gift with Free Christmas Printable I love to drink hot cocoa all fall and winter long! I mix it with my coffee […]

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Create a no-fuss, gorgeous, casual blue and white Thanksgiving table. I’ll show you how to style your table and yourself for Thanksgiving quickly, beautifully, and affordably using products from Stein Mart.  Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving is right around the corner and if you haven’t begun planning your table decor, never fear. Procrastinators are always welcome here! I have […]

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Hi everyone and welcome to another week of sharing your best tutorials and tips! If you’re new here, this is a link party where bloggers link up their tips and tutorials, recipes, room reveals, DIY projects, etc. I enjoy featuring my favorite ideas in a roundup each week. Please read the guidelines before adding your […]

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Creative and luxe holiday gift basket ideas for those who love to make a house a memorable home! I’m partnering with Pier 1 today to bring you some creative holiday gift basket ideas I think you’re going to love! If you’ve struggled in the past with what to get for the home enthusiasts in your […]

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Welcome friends! I hope your week is off to a good start. This is always an odd time of year where Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas begin to collide for bloggers, but I say bring it! The more excuses to decorate and celebrate with loved ones the better. 😊 If you’re new here, this is a […]

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10 Great Ideas for Fall!   Hello there! We are well into the fall season, and bloggers have been linking up their amazing projects for a few months. I wanted to share one last fall roundup before the holiday season is upon us. Please click on the blue/gray links to be taken to the original source.  […]

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Easy tips on how to update curb appeal without breaking the bank! Painting your exterior doors is one of the simplest ways to create a big impact. I’ll show you how. Updating your curb appeal doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Never underestimate the power of paint, power washing, and plants! 1. Powerwash your exterior, […]

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Hi everyone and welcome to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party! If you’re new here, this is a link party where bloggers link up their latest tips and tutorials for a chance to be featured in a weekly roundup of some of my favorite ideas. Please read the guidelines before adding your links. Thanks for […]

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Welcome to the Tutorials & Tips Link Party! I hope your week is off to a good start and that you’re feeling the coziness of October. If you’re new here, this is a link party where bloggers link up their latest and greatest tips and tutorials for a chance to be featured in a weekly […]

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Decorating for the seasons shouldn’t be stressful or difficult. Here are twelve simple fall decor ideas that anyone can implement! Hi everyone! Bloggers have been linking up their fall ideas for several weeks, and I wanted to share some of their simple decor ideas and tutorials for you! These ideas are created with everyday tools, […]

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Even if you don’t consider yourself “crafty”, you can do this 5 minute decorating hack! Learn how to make napkin pillow covers in just a few minutes. Hi, my name is Beth and I am happily addicted to toss pillows. Perhaps my obsession with toss pillows is merely a more sophisticated/grown-up version of my childhood […]

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I recently showcased our fall porch and had several questions regarding what pumpkins I used, how I created the wreath, and what I used to attach the corn shocks to the columns. I thought I would share some tips today on how to create a beautiful fall porch using natural and neutral elements.

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Tip 1: Mix real, faux, and painted pumpkins/gourds together.

I believe that the real thing always looks best. However, sometimes it's just not practical to use all real pumpkins. Faux pumpkins can look just as great as the real thing when painted. In the picture above, I have mixed real pumpkins, painted faux pumpkins, and painted real pumpkins to create the look and feel I wanted. Just because a pumpkin comes in orange doesn't mean it has to stay that way! And this brings us to our next tip...

Tip 2: Paint your pumpkins with latex or chalk paint.

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Hi everyone and happy fall! I’m honored you’re here at the Tutorials & Tips Link Party. This is the place to link up your latest and greatest tips and tutorials for a chance to be featured in a weekly roundup of some of my favorite ideas. Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to browsing […]

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Eleven Delicious and easy pumpkin recipes to try this fall! It’s pumpkin time! Every week on Monday evening, I host a link party here on the blog where bloggers share their favorite projects for all of us to read. There were so many pumpkin recipes that it was difficult to choose to best ones to […]

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