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Hand painted globe

DIY Hand Lettered Globe

Have you noticed the trend lately? The hand-lettered trend? It’s on art prints, cards and vases. It’s on globes too! Since it’s such a fun look, I thought I’d try my hand at making over a wee globe that I purchased years ago. DIY Hand Lettered Globe Supplies globe paint (I used Fusion Mineral Paints in… 

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Weekend Retreat Link Party #108

Well, guess what day it is again? It’s Thursday…which means I get to bring you the Weekend Retreat Link Party! German Chocolate Bars from Just Us Four | DIY Moss Frame from This Silly Girls Life | DIY Tissue Paper Tassels from Sewlicious Home Decor | Salted Caramel Crepes with Biscoff from The Gold Lining… 

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Butternut squash mac and cheese casserole

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese (Dairy and Gluten Free)

Mac and Cheese is pure comfort food. But when you’re trying to slim down, you have a picky eater and all your kids can’t eat cheese, it becomes a quest to find a recipe that can be adapted for everyone in the family. So I adapted my own Dairy Free Gluten Free Butternut Squash Mac… 

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gold spike decor paperweight craft fail

Gold Spike Decor Paperweight | Craft Fail!

Last week I was visiting Chapters/Indigo with the kids. We call things like that field trips. They peruse the books and I ogle the pretty decor items. Homeschool + Work = Perfection Anyway, as always I spotted about a million things I adore. And all the gold (Kate Spade has a gorgeous line!) had me all… 

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How To Grow Blog Traffic

How to Grow Blog Traffic | How I Grew My Blog Traffic by 350% in Less Than One Year

I’ve been blogging for almost five years. Aside from homeschooling my kids, working on this blog business is how I spend my days. (It’s often how I spend my nights and weekends during busy seasons too.) AKA Design has seen decent growth in those five years. But last year, I really found my blogging groove. As a result… 

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DIY rag balls

Rag Balls (Bowl Filler)

I am a pretty neutral girl. I mean most of my clothes are grey, brown or black. And my house – our house – is also pretty neutral with shades of white, cream, black, grey and brown. But in the dark days of February I start to crave a little color. Usually pink. (Must be… 

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Stocking the Freezer | www.akadesign.ca

Stocking the Freezer

Anyone who knows me well knows I love to have a fully stocked house. Yes, a fully stocked house. Canned goods, paper goods, fresh foods and frozen. Having plenty of consumables stored and organized makes this homeschooling, business-owning, Momma of three very happy! Taking Care of Business The fridge we inherited when we bought this house is… 

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Weekend Retreat Link Party #107

Weekend Retreat Link Party #107

Hello Friends! It’s that time of the week again – just past hump day Wednesday and not quite the weekend. Homemade Lotion Bars from Coupons and Freebies Moms| Chocolate Peanut Butter Valentine Cookies from The Pin Junkie | Decoupage Photo Plates from Suzy’s Sitcome | Slow Cooker Pepperoni Sausage Pasta from Simply Stacie Brittany’s Favorites {Mommy on Demand} Cheesy Fiesta… 

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Rustic floating shelves subway tile wall

Subway Tile Wall in the Kitchen

So we just finished tackling a project that’s been on my wish list forever…THE SUBWAY TILE WALL in the kitchen! When we first redid the kitchen (painting the cabinets, installing the stainless steel counters, changing the backsplash in the original part of the kitchen, flooring, light fixtures, faucet, etc.), I really wanted to do a subway… 

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Open Kitchen Shelves

Sneak Peek at What’s Coming Tomorrow…

So this will never make the “evergreen content” list (by tomorrow it will be totally dated). But we were away helping my sis and her family at their new house all weekend and I came home with a cold (the bazillionth one in the last year). Which means no creative mojo yesterday to come up… 

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freezer smoothies

Freezer Smoothies

I know I totally just shared a smoothie recipe last week. (3 Ingredient Banana Berry Smoothie, remember?) But I’ve got another easy way to enjoy a healthy smoothie in a hurry! I call them Freezer Smoothies. Freezer Smoothies   Print Prep time 10 mins Total time 10 mins   Author: Shannon Acheson, AKA Design Recipe… 

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make your own fleece infinity scarf

Make Your Own Fleece Infinity Scarf

It’s been so freaking cold here! Oh. My. Gosh. But at least the cold is inspiring me to create something. (There’s gotta be a bright side, right?) Make Your Own Fleece Infinity Scarf Supplies One 95″ x 25″ piece of fleece scissors thread sewing machine Instructions 1. If you haven’t already, measure and cut your… 

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COOKING WITH CANNED FOODS

Cooking with Canned Foods / Cans Get You Cooking

Did you know that canned foods have a month? And by that I actually mean did you know that February is National Canned Foods Month?! It’s true. Okay, please don’t tune out. Stay with me here. Pretty Please!  I’m working on a great series this year with Mom It Forward to help you/me/us be totally healthy and… 

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Weekend Retreat Link Party #106

It’s about mid-February which means Spring is just that much closer! Valentine’s Day is this weekend too. And in many provinces of Canada it’s Family Day weekend (yay for a long weekend to help break up the long winter!). What have you been up to this week?  How to Create a Candy Bouquet by The… 

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banana berry smoothie

3 Ingredient Banana Berry Smoothie

Sometimes a healthy snack is as easy as 1-2-3! (Sorry had to say it!) Like this 3 Ingredient Banana Berry Smoothie recipe. It’s quick, easy and healthy! And it tastes good too, if I do say so myself! 3 Ingredient Banana Berry Smoothie   Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins   This… 

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