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five ideas: homemade valentines.

We’re not big crafters, but something about Valentine’s Day inspires us to actually MAKE something for our loved ones. These are our five favorite ideas for homemade cards and gifts. (Difficulty level: SUPER EASY)

Pop-Up Paint Chip Card by All You / Click here for how-to.

Pop Up Paint Chip Card
these adorable cards use leftover paint chips…OR you can just pop in to Lowe’s or Home Depot for some. these card are perfect for mailing, since they fold flat.

You Light Up My Life Card / Click here for how-to.

You Light Up My Life Card
who doesn’t have leftover birthday candles in a drawer? put them to use!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread by I Heart Naptime / Click here for free printable and how-to. Click here for the amazing recipe.

homemade treat, topped off with a precious printable.
perfect friend gfift: homemade treat, topped off with a precious printable. 

You’re a Real Cutie by The Cards We Drew / Click here for free printable.

Youre A Real Cutie Valentine
love this idea for kids or co-workers.

Ex-STRAW Special Valentine by Lil Luna / Click here for how-to and printable.

Ex Straw Special Valentine
we’re both obsessed with colored vintage drinking straws. it would be so awkward if we gave these to each other.

Show us your Valentines crafts on IG at @glitter_blog_xo!

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let’s party.

We’re all about throwing together an easy, (mostly) stress-free party, especially around the holidays. We obsessed over this holiday party diary when it appeared in Domino magazine wayyy back when…and it still rings true today. Click here to read about some of our favorite (EASY) holiday party ideas!

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sliders and champagne? YES, PLEASE.

What are some of your holiday party go-tos?

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rosemary lemon home scent.

Conflicting cooking smells, family pets, scented candles…our homes usually need a little freshening up after a long holiday week/weekend. This super easy Rosemary Lemon scent does the trick. Smell familiar? This is exactly what Williams Sonoma uses in their stores.

Rosemary Lemon Vanilla Home Scent

What You Need:

  • One lemon, sliced lemon
  • 3 springs fresh rosemary
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons vanilla
The Glitter Life Rosemary Lemon
photo: One More Moore

 

 

What You Do:

  • Fill a small saucepan 2/3 full of water
  • Add lemon slices, rosemary and vanilla
  • Simmer on the stove for a few hours or all day!
photo: One More Moore
photo: One More Moore

PS – Thanks to our friend Kelley for reminding us about this!

 

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happy thanksgiving + printable place card.

The Glitter Life Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards

Happy Thanksgiving! Words can’t express how thankful we both are for our wonderful families, friends (especially each other!) and (of course) our readers. If you haven’t made place cards for today’s feast, check out this printable from Almost Makes Perfect and get everyone talking about what they’re most thankful for this year.

 

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say cheese.

Oh my heart… It’s National Cheese Day. No secret that L and I live off of formaggio {And vino. Feeling very Italian right now.}

I came across this handy pairing guide and had to share. Could be fun to host a wine + cheese tasting for your next girls night!

The Glitter Life cheese pairings
these a few of my favorite things.

And now for my favorite cheese joke: What did the melted cheese say to the unlucky tortilla? Man, it’s Nacho day!

ZING!

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how to: choose the perfect hostess gift.

Choosing a gift for the hostess (or host) of your next party SHOULD be fun…after all, isn’t it better to give than receive? And yet, usually these gifts are relegated to something from whatever pharmacy or liquor store is on the way to your destination. Do yourself and your friends a favor this season and stock up on cute, thoughtful gifts guaranteed to please the lovely lady who invited you over. This article from Clementine Daily shows you how.

The Glitter Life Hostess Gifts
get the scoop here.
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our favorite thanksgiving appetizers.

Why don’t you invite a few friends over this weekend for cocktails and light appetizers? Here are two of our favorite recipes. (These also work if you’ve been asked to contribute something to your family or Friendsgiving meal this year. The second one travels well!)
Browned Butter + Sage Crostini
recipe + photo from Glitter Guide.
Browned Butter + Sage Crostini
What You Need:
  • French baguette, sliced and toasted
  • Prosciutto
  • Buffalo mozzarella, sliced thin
  • Fresh sage leaves
  • Salted Butter

What You Do:

  • 1. Butter slices of French baguette and toast under the broiler until golden. Set aside
  • 2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 3. In a small skillet melt butter over medium low heat. Add fresh sage leaves and cook until sage is crispy and butter begins to brown in bits on the bottom of the pan. (you may need to remove sage before butter is browned).
  • 4. Top toasted bread with prosciutto and cheese. Bake at 375 until cheese begins to melt.
  • 5. Remove from oven and spoon browned butter over crostini. Top each with a crispy sage leaf or two.
  • 6. Serve while hot! Enjoy.
Pumpkinseed Cheese Log
we like this recipe so much we posted it last year, too.

Pumpkin Seed Cheese Log

What You Need:

  • 1 5oz log goat cheese/chevre
  • 1/2 tsp canola or corn oil
  • 3/4 cup raw pumpkinseeds
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 tsbp pumpkinseed oil
  • crackers (we like sweet wheat crackers)

What You Do:

Let cheese come to room temperature. Place a small skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes; add canola or corn oil and pumpkinseeds. Toss for a minute, then season with salt and pepper. Once seeds have popped but are still green, transfer to a plate; let cool.  Roll cheese in seeds to coat. Drizzle with pumpkinseed oil and serve with crackers.

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how to: dinner party.

The holidays are a fun and festive season filled with tons of parties. Why not throw a dinner party of your own this year? Doesn’t have to be stressful if you know what you’re doing. Let’s start with the basics:

Here’s a fool-proof guide to setting your table, depending on what sort of party you’re hosting.

The Glitter Life Party 2
via Brunch At Saks.

Get a handle on how much food/booze you’ll serve. No need to worry about running out of anything {gasp} or having too much leftover.

The Glitter Life Party
via chickabug blog.

Stay tuned for the tablescapes we’re lusting over this holiday season!

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pumpkin chocolate chip bars.

We love the blog Two Peas and Their Pod. It’s one of the first places we go for recipe inspiration. The recipes are simple, straightforward, and packed with flavor. We’re totally making these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars for our next fall get-together:

The Glitter Life Two Peas and Their Pod
photo courtesy of two peas and their pod.

 

 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

What You Need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (don’t have any? learn how to make a substitute here.)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

What You Do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • With a stand or electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Add pumpkin puree and mix well. The mixture will look somewhat curdled. Reduce speed to low, and mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake bars for 35-40 minutes or until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached.
  • Cool bars completely in pan. Cut into squares and serve. Yields 24 bars.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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