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5 Chocolate Inspired Desserts

Today I will be sharing 5 chocolate inspired desserts with you all.

Any chocolate lovers out there?

There is nothing like the smell of fresh chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven or anything chocolate for that matter! I love sharing chocolate inspired desserts from some of best baking bloggers around! Think chocolate muffins, chocolate cream puffs, chocolate smores tarts, chocolate smores popcorn, and Snickers stuffed cookies!

Do I have you drooling?? I am definitely running to the pantry to see if I have any candy bars in my secret stash…at this point even a handful of chocolate chips will do!

Chocolate Inspired Desserts
Fall is right around the corner and this is when we can crank up those oven temps. We can let those delicious baking smells spread through our homes. Smells inviting doesn’t it? Well, maybe if I had a scratch and sniff button for you all!

These zucchini banana chocolate chip muffins look delicious and are extremely healthy. I hope my kiddos will eat them. Fresh zucchini from the garden, yum.

zucchini-banana-chocolate-chip-muffinsZucchini Banana Chocolate Muffins | A Life From Scratch

Next up are these double chocolate cream puffs. There is nothing like a fresh cream puff, but these are double chocolate, so imagine my desire to pop a few in my mouth.

Double-Chocolate-Creme-Puffs-4-600x900Double Chocolate Cream Puffs | Sweet and Savory by Shinee

Even if you can create a campfire in your backyard and have smores, this chocolate smores tarts is a sure way to satisfy that craving for chocolate and marshmallows.

easy-snores-chocolate-tartChocolate Smores Tart | Spaceships and Laser Beams

My girls love Nutella. So, any recipe that incorporates this stuff is going into my Pinterest board of recipes. These would be great for an outdoor movie night!

Nutella-Smores-Popcorn-TitledNutella Smores Popcorn | Frugal Foodie Mama

Finally, this last recipe includes one of my favorite candy bars. These Snickers stuffed peanut butter cookies have me drooling. Nothing satisfies like a Snickers.

snickers-stuffed-peanut-butter-cookies-5-682x1024Snickers Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies | The Gold Lining Girl

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Source Guide kitchen essentials to create these 5 chocolate inspired desserts:

This recipe might also interest you:

OREO Cookie Ball Turkeys with crushed pretzels. Salty and sweet goodness via

Enjoy your day,

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5 dreamy bedroom essentials

Hey everyone! How are you? Today I am sharing 5 dreamy bedroom essentials for all of you to drool over.


Seriously, I will be dreaming of pillowcases, side tables, and duvet covers while I relax to the scent of lavender on my pillow for sure!

Do you like lavender? I have a great way to grow it, check out my hanging herb garden. It is a neat way to garden in small spaces!

And after a long day of gardening and doing laundry, the scent of sweet lavender on your pillow is just what you will need.


Dreamy Bedroom Essentials

Dreamy Bedroom Essentials:

I have a confession, if you don’t know already. My heart goes pitter patter any time I see small cubbies or furniture pieces with multiple drawers. They are so adorable. This side table is has so much farmhouse style with its distressed white finish and black pull hardware. I certainly could wake up every morning to this cute table.


Farmhouse style card catalog side table from Little Glass Jar featured at the Moonlight & Mason Jar Link Party

Card catalog side table -Little Glass Jar

Duvet covers:

I love them. They are wonderful for keeping your down comforters clean. I have a white one and an off white one our our bed. When I saw this reversible duvet cover in both natural and cream I wondered why I haven’t gotten out that sewing machine sooner. This project is definitely on my bucket list. Great idea for the person me who gets tired of things easily.

Reversible duvet cover from Tidbits featured at the Moonlight & Mason Jars link party

Reversible Duvet Cover-Tidbits

Shiplap walls:

Let’s talk walls for a minute. I can’t think of anything better than shiplap. These pieces of wood bring so much texture to a wall. White paint is dreamy for sure.

This is a great tutorial and a fairly easy one at that.

DIY shiplap wall by Blesser House

DIY shiplap wall-Blesser House

Lace Pillowcases:

Now, I have searched all over to find lace trimmed pillowcases. I just can’t seem to find lace that I really like. This tutorial is a brilliant way to get the vintage look for low cost. The lace trim really does give the bed an extra layer of beauty. You can run to your fabric store and be as selective as you would like with the lace.

Lace Pillowcase tutorial by Tidbits for Ella Claire

Lace pillowcase tutorial-Tidbits for Ella Claire

Scent of lavender:

Finally, we are to the lovely scent of lavender. It is one of my favorites to grow in the garden and dry. I normally will hang my clothes on the line during the summer months to be dried by the sun and breeze. But, this is a great way to have that lavender scent on your pillowcases when you lay your head down after a long day during the winter months.

DIY dryer sheet by A blissful Nest

DIY dryer sheets-A Blissful Nest

I hope you enjoyed this round up of dreamy bedroom essentials.

I also wanted to give you a source list if you are not an avid DIY’er.

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Shopping guide to get the look:


Other posts that might interest you:

Transform ordinary seashells and glass door knobs into coastal jewelry bowls by Dandelion Patina


wreath with pink gray cream cupcake liners


Enjoy your day,

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Chalk Paint Mason Jars

Are you ready to get busy with some chalk paint and good ol’ mason jars?

I have a simple DIY chalk paint mason jars project to share with all of you wonderful readers today!

Chalk paint mason jars

To start this chalk paint mason jar project, first start with the materials list. This can be altered to your taste and color choices.


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Clear glass mason jars*

Annie Sloan chalk paint, the color Provence was used.

Hazel & Ruby patterned paper*

Modge Podge*

Poly* to seal

Paint brushes, large and small

Sanding block to distress, if desired

Embellishments: Bakers twine*, flowers

chalk paint mason jars DIY


Begin by painting the glass jars. Paint a first coat and let dry for an hour. Then apply a second coat.

chalk paint mason jars DIY


While the jars are drying, cut out the paper that will be decoupaged to the jar lid. Then place glue on top of lid-start smoothing out the paper from the inside of the lid out towards the ends. Let dry.

mason jars DIY chalk paint

If you desire distressing, take your sandpaper block and gently rub areas of paint away to give it that distressed look.

You will now need to seal everything: jars, lids, and bands. I used poly, but wax is also an option.

chalk painted mason jars

And now the really fun part-embellishing. Let your style shine!

annie sloan chalk paint mason jars

There you have it…easy right? These make great teachers gifts-just fill with some Hershey’s kisses and add a personalized message to the tag. And, you can even get the kiddos involved in the whole creative process! So fun.

If you found this tutorial for chalk paint mason jars useful, please pin the image below to your favorite Pinterest board!

embellished mason jars with chalk paint


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How To Style A Vintage Printers Tray

Today, I am absolutely thrilled to be sharing my tips on how to style a vintage printers tray with all of you.

Printers trays have you stumped? Get the 411 on how to style a vintage printers tray with charming details


So, let’s talk styling printers trays. I love vintage printers trays but I have to admit, I have scratched my head a few times,  puzzled on what to exactly do with them.

Have you felt the same way?

Oh, and while we’re at it, I have a confession to make…I do get all weak in the knees for vintage cubbies! It is kind of an addiction for me. Perhaps this is why I love printers trays so much. All those little square spaces to put treasures in. I love that…the potential to display your collections. (Yes, I am a hoarder collector.) I also love that they are a piece of history; an architectural salvage piece to incorporate into displays in my home.

Who’s with me on this?

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Supplies used to style a vintage printers tray:

styling a vintage printers tray

How to style a vintage printers tray (or reproduction):

Step 1:

Find a printers tray, vintage or reproduction.

I found this great printers tray awhile back and had the perfect spot in our kitchen for it. I just added some hanging hooks to the back and hung it horizontally.


how to style a vintage printers tray


I knew I wanted to create a small vignette on the wall with a few treasures that I have found at flea markets and antique stores. Other personal mementos would work well too, like a family recipe card, an old spoon, etc.

Step 2:

Add a piece at the top.  This piece was from an old crate that was previously dovetailed. I love the typography and the dovetail details on each end. You could add any piece that inspires you in the kitchen. A handmade sign might be fun.


vintage printers tray styling

Step 3:

On to balance. I like symmetry, so the weight of the top needed to be at the bottom too. The old rolling pin gives the vignette some added interest with its curves and texture.


elements to styling a vintage printers tray


How do you hang a rolling pin you ask?

Simply tie some jute onto each end and hang on a nail under the printers tray.


how to style a vintage printers tray

Step 4:

The greenery. Nothing brings a piece to life more than adding a bit of fresh green color.

This boxwood wreath centers everything thus far and gives the contrast that is needed with a wood tone vignette. Boxwood wreaths are so easy to take care of too…just a few simple spritzes of water a few times a week and they will stay green for a long time.


how to style a vintage printers tray


Step 5:

Details and personal touches.

I then wanted to incorporate the metal details from the left side of the printers tray to the right side.

So, I added a few metal door plates with the great key hole details. They have a really cool patina to them.

how to style a vintage printers tray

I love coffee. So, when I found this metal stamped coffee scoop, I knew it would be perfect for our kitchen vignette.

how to style a vintage printers tray

My eye was drawn to the stamping on the scoop. Typography junkie here.

Printers trays have you stumped? Get the 411 on how to style a vintage printers tray with charming details

Step 6:


I used the scrabble tiles to create words. It is fun to add your favorite quote or change out the words seasonally for something unexpected.

styling a vintage printers tray with boxwood wreaths and scrabble tiles

Are you ready to style a vintage printers tray (or reproduction)?

I hope so!

Once I found the elements I wanted to incorporate into the vignette the styling went pretty easy.

Just find a few elements that you love and lay them out to see how they look with the printers tray.

Here is the fully finished vignette that you can pin to a board on Pinterest to refer to when styling your own printers tray.

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How do you decorate with a printers tray? With just a few easy steps you can create your own personalized vintage printers tray vignette. Styling by Dandelion Patina


Other decor and styling posts you may enjoy:

Are you stuck trying to figure out how to style your shelves? These simple tips will have you styling your shelves like a pro!



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5 Rustic Farmhouse DIY Projects

Hey there! Today, I am sharing 5 amazing rustic farmhouse DIY projects with you.


Two of my favorite styles to mix together are rustic and farmhouse. Incorporating tons of texture, natural elements, metal, and burlap are some of what you will find in my home as well.

These rustic farmhouse DIY projects are charming, beautiful, and anything but old fashioned!

Rustic farmhouse DIY projects with tutorials


Jamie over at Anderson Grant does the most amazing repurposing projects. This galvanized flower pot has all the farmhouse goodness that I love. Her photography is so beautiful. Can you believe that she found an old milk funnel and transformed it from utilitarian to a piece you would find in an expensive boutique?! I would definitely love a few of these on my covered front porch.

I love this unique, rustic flower pot idea!

Repurposed DIY Flower Pot | A Burst of Beautiful project by Anderson + Grant

Next up in my roundup of rustic farmhouse DIY projects are these rustic log candle holders. Check out all the texture. And, I am loving how chunky they are!

What a beautiful and simple diy project! log candleholders by

Easy Log Candleholder | Love Grows Wild

Then, there are these countertops! What a transformation. I am scared to death to try this project, but the results are stunning. Definitely, rustic farmhouse charm in this kitchen.

DIY concrete-look countertops... beautiful and affordable!

DIY Ardex Feather Finish Countertops | Seeking Lavender Lane

I love shopping at IKEA because you can find reasonably priced basics that are just waiting for their turn to shine! This IKEA coffee table makeover certainly is shining! I love the planked look on the top. My favorite combination is white and wood. So, this is an amazing rustic farmhouse DIY in my book.

What a beautiful planked coffee table made from an affordable Ikea piece!

Ikea Coffee Table Makeover | Simply Beautiful by Angela

Last are these simple burlap and lace jars. I love this combination and I have used it in a previous rustic farmhouse DIY project as well.

Gorgeous embellishments for simply glass jars!

Burlap and Lace Wrapped Jars | DIY Beautify

I hope you enjoyed this rustic farmhouse DIY project round up. If DIY isn’t your thing, I have created a shop the look below.

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Shop the look source list for rustic farmhouse decor:

Other rustic farmhouse DIY projects you may enjoy:

How do you decorate with a printers tray? With just a few easy steps you can create your own personalized vintage printers tray vignette. Styling by Dandelion Patina

DIY rustic arrow wall art using Homestead House Milk Paint as a stain. It is super easy and I love how you can control the depth of the color. Just mix with water!
Enjoy your day,

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Homework room cubby

Hey everyone! Today I am sharing our homework room cubby cabinet with you. I am loving how this room is coming together. If you are new, here are a few posts to get you up to speed. Be sure to check out the IKEA Rast Hack transformation and the love your home series posts.

constructing cubbies with d lawless hardware

I have been slowly working towards transforming our formal dining room into a homework room for the girls. It has been a slow process but we are finally in the home stretch. This cubby cabinet is a favorite feature in the room for me. I love how it provides storage and an interesting design element.

I started this project by finding an old postal command center shell for the cubbies on Craigslist. Originally it had old metal backing that was bent and brittle. I removed that and applied a stained wooden back for more stability. I then sanded all the peeling paint off and applied a coat of chalk paint on the sides.

Here is a photo of the shell before the cubby boxes were constructed.

homework room cubbies

I love how the paint is worn in several areas.

We started the process of filling each cubby by constructing boxes from 1×4’s. We created 36.

homework room cubby

And it is always fun to share projects with the little ones.

homework room cubby


homeowork room cubbies

A template was created on a scrap piece of board to make it easier to apply the hardware. Once the template created, I could just tap a nail through the holes on the template to indicate where the screws would go to attach the hardware.

Before the hardware was attached, I whitewashed each box with Annie Sloan Pure White.

homework room



So, what do you think of the homework room cubby cabinet?

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