Teaching Kids the Importance of Donating

Does anyone else feel like their house is constantly overrun with stuff? Like more bags, boxes and packages come in than go out? Maybe it’s just me and the nature of our blog business. Or maybe it’s just life with kids that are constantly growing out of clothes and toys and books. But I often feel… 

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Weekend Retreat Link Party #121

Who Will You Share a Coke With?  from Mommy on Demand |Grilled Pineapple Bites with Strawberry Honey Dipping Sauce from AKA Design | Easy Strawberry Pineapple Sorbet from Play.Party.Pin | Snickers Poke Cake from The Best Blog Recipes If it’s your first time here we love to feature YOU! This party is shown on 4 blogs and we all… 

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Mini Photo Album from Project Life Cards

Mini Photo Album from Project Life Cards

Often the perfect crafty gifts are those that are fairly easy to make but leave a lasting impression that brings joy to the receiver. Such is the case with these fun mini photo albums made from Project Life (or other similar) cards and other scrapbooking materials. These mini photo albums took less than a couple of hours to… 

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love you more printable 8x10

Free Printables: Love You More & Hugs and Kisses

Hello sweet friends. How are you? I’m taking a few days off to rest and reset. Truthfully it’s the first time in a long while that I’ve done it. So to let you know how much I love and appreciate you – because I really do – I’ve got two free printables for you! Just… 

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Grilled Pineapple Bites with Strawberry Dipping Sauce

Grilled Pineapple Bites with Strawberry Honey Dipping Sauce

Hello lovely AKA Design readers! I’m Cat from The Rustic Willow and I’m going to be sharing some delicious recipes with you from time to time here on AKA Design! Shannon & Dean have welcomed me with open arms, and I’m really excited to “hang out” with you all and bond over the love of… 

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tasty summer drinks

Tasty Summer Drinks

It’s the perfect time to try out some tasty summer drinks, don’t you think!? Summer Drinks Recipes Vanilla Bean Frappuccino by Moms Need to Know Strawberry, Honey & Jalapeno Margarita by Lexi Bites Almond Wedding Punch by 365ish Days of Pinterest Champagne Cobbler Cocktail by The Kitchen is My Playground Peach Lemonade by AKA Design Shirley Temple with Orange… 

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wieners and beans

Wieners and Beans

Okay, so wieners and beans is not a glamorous dish. It’s mostly suited to camping or sitting around a roaring fire. Maybe even a quick lunch at home. (My dad used to make this for me sometimes.) But this wieners and beans recipe made with canned brown beans in tomato sauce is: full of protein – beans and tuna… 

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Weekend Retreat Link Party #120

Hello again friends! Please tell me you’ve been feeling more creative than I this week?! With many weekends away in a row, and a Women’s Getaway to help organize for this weekend, my house in a bit of a shambles. Is there a magic fairy that comes and cleans? Please say there is! Chalky Finish… 

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A Southern Romance

Does anyone remember me mentioning some travels to the Deep South? Southern Alabama. Mobile to be exact. Well my trip to Mobile was all because of a Southern Romance. You see Esther De Wolde – the CEO of Canadian company Phantom Screens – had restoring an old house on her awesomely long bucket list. A… 

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wicker chair, zigzag pillow, clipboard art, monogram mug flowers, old books

6 Free Printables | Word Art with Rustic Wood, Arrows, Laurels

Hello sweet friends, Today I have a free little gift for you – six rustic and lovely free printables. Clipboards and cozy chair not included. 😉 (Please remember these are for personal use only! No editing, sharing, or selling of any kind allowed!) To download free printables, click each title below. Then right-click to save. … 

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DIY Hot and Cold Bags

DIY Hot Cold Bags

Perfect in the heat and perfect in the cold – these DIY hot cold bags are useful year round! DIY Hot Cold Bags Supplies 100% cotton fabric, pattern of choice scissors straight pins thread 1 1/2 cups dry rice (any type) sewing machine Instructions 1. Cut one piece of fabric to 6″ x 6″ and… 

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Saturday Finds

Happy weekend friends! Happy LONG weekend if you’re in Canada like we are! I thought it may be fun to share a few projects and recipes that were linked up to our Weekend Retreat Link Party in the last couple of weeks! Be sure to click over for each project/recipe, leave a comment and pin or… 

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Meet AKA Design's New Contributor Crew

Please Welcome AKA Design’s New Contributor Crew!

Dean and I have run this blog for almost five years all by ourselves. I create and write and photograph while Dean helps with projects and managing some of the house and business stuff behind the scenes. For anyone who’s blogged or owned a business before, you know it’s a lot of work. But we… 

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Link Party Collage Week #119

Weekend Retreat Link Party #119

I cannot believe it’s already the May long weekend (Canada), can you?! Did you work outside this week? Cook up a storm? Raid your craft supplies to create something awesome? Show us below! Or if you had a slow week, peruse the links below to get inspired for next time! Make Your Own Dried Lavendar… 

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3 Summer BBQ Hosting Tips: How to Throw an Outdoor Party

With Spring weather finally here and Summer (hopefully) fast-approaching, it is definitely BBQ season! Which means all kinds of fun outdoor gatherings and parties! 3 Tips to Hosting a Fabulous Summer BBQ Maybe being the host of a BBQ comes easily to you, maybe it doesn’t. In either case, here are three tips that will help you to… 

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americana finishes chalky finish painted bench

Chalky Finish Painted Entryway Bench

Sometimes a piece of furniture is absolutely fine as it is. And sometimes even absolutely fine can be improved upon. Case in point, this little white bench that Dean made years ago at our old house. Perfectly acceptable. Nice and neutral. But I get bored easily. And I like to play with paint when I get bored…. 

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large scale painted art or photography backdrops

Painted Art or Photography Backdrops and a Giveaway (Giveaway CLOSED)

I’ve been meaning to play with some more Fusion Mineral Paint again for awhile. I even bought the wood for these painted art or photography backdrops ages ago thinking I’d work on them soon. And then life happened. Which is good. ‘Cause it’s supposed to. And I did finally get around to painting a couple… 

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