Easy Lego Shortbread Cookies

Make these adorable shortbread Lego cookies in no time at all! Using premade, buttery shortbread logs makes this the easiest recipe ever. With results that would make even a professional pastry chef proud! Makes 16 Lego cookies • 4 cups powdered sugar • 4 tablespoons light corn syrup • 10 tablespoons milk • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract • Red, green, blue, and yellow Read more ...

8 New DIY Ideas for the New Year

Now that we're getting into the swing of 2014, check out our 'New DIY Ideas for the New Year' infographic for a list of great ideas that you can do for and with your kids to help simplify both their lives and yours. Our list includes great DIY ideas by bloggers like a weekly dress code by Simply Lulu Style, a shoe upgrade by Small Fry Blog, a fun way to shop by Flats to Flip-Flops, artwork cork frames Read more ...

HOLIDAY COCKTAILS: How to Make Simple Syrup

by Gidget + LaRue The holiday season has arrived in force and that means two things dear to our hearts—entertaining and giving.  Luckily we know how to make one easy concoction to help you with both. Simple syrup is an essential addition to your home bar and the best way to add the pure sweetness of sugar to any cocktail recipe. Have you ever tried to add a spoonful of sugar or drizzle honey Read more ...

Affordable & Homemade Holiday Gifts

The countdown has begun for holiday shopping and scrambling for gifts. This year, make sure the season doesn’t clean out your wallet. We’ve picked out our top affordable gifts and stocking stuffers for anyone on your list. To maximize your savings, don’t forget to apply our coupon codes to your online order. 1. Tech Touch Fleece Gloves ($20) Coupon: Save $5 off $25+ on women’s apparel with Read more ...

Tree Trends for the Holidays

When it comes to tree decorating, it’s tough to please everyone in the family. I’ll be honest—I like to decorate my tree alone once the kids are in bed. Don’t judge. I like a big full tree with a color theme (matching wrapping paper, too) and clear lights. Blue, white and silver have been my colors of choice the past few years. My daughter, who is a total girlie girl, loves this pink Read more ...

10 Homemade Gifts Kids can Make

Inspired by the outpouring of comments about how much you love the homemade gifts featured in “DIY Beauty Gifts in Jars,” we wanted to share more wonderful gift ideas with you. I asked my girls Breanna and Bayleigh, now 20 and 11, to share their favorite projects over the years. Below are some examples they shared (via Pinterest, of course). All can be made with inexpensive materials, are completely Read more ...

Hot Trends for the Holidays

From footwear to breakfast to this year’s centerpiece, our holiday trends have got you covered from A to Z. Find out how people are celebrating, decorating and feasting. Plus, learn a few simple DIY projects for enjoying these trends in your home and on a budget. Chalkboard Holiday Cards To be clear, this isn’t an actual chalkboard (that might not mail so well), but the chalkboard look is Read more ...

DIY Beauty Gifts in Jars

To me, there’s nothing more gratifying than giving a handmade gift. I know it sounds cheesy, but the heartfelt aspect of making and giving just can’t be matched buying store-bought presents. In order to save money, time and sanity during the busy holiday season, I’ve learned (the hard way, some years) to find ideas that can be made ahead, multiplied and don’t require a ton of expensive specialty Read more ...