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Melissa T

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paper cutout lanterns
This is a fun and inexpensive way to invite trick or treaters to your door. All you need is some paper bags, cardstock, glue stick, x-acto knife, pencil, and flameless tealights .  directions : handsketch your image on the cardstock vertically. cut out the ...

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instant pot: Taiwanese beef noodle soup
It's funny that I've never grown up eating beef noodle soup. WHAT!? That's right, my parents are Cantonese and this Taiwanese staple was just not in our diet. Why its funny now is because I make this almost every week. So, how did this happen? I married a T...

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marshmallow snowman
Now that I have three kids, I've been crafting for my kids rather than myself. Seeing their awed and surprised faces gives me so much more joy than biting into a chocolate bouchon . Austin's favorite thing to have with breakfast is a mug of hot cocoa topped...

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Felt Ornaments
My oldest son has 36 classmates in his class. 36! Not everyone is in attendance at the same time, some kids are there MWF and other TTh or just in the morning or the full day. But all in all, there are 36 friends. I wanted to make something for the kids but...

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indigo baby shower featured on 100 layer cakelet
I'm really excited to finally share this baby shower I planned and hosted for my good friend, Jody and her family. It was recently featured on one of my favorite party planning blogs, 100 Layer Cakelet .  When Jody first told us that she was expecting, Gary...

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instant pot: Chinese braised short ribs
Yes, I joined the Instant Pot bandwagon. It's all the rage right now, but it is for a reason. It's a miracle worker, I swear. It use to take me 16 hours to make this ridiculously amazing Kahlua Pig with my slow cooker, and now 90 minutes under pressure with...

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bryant & hudson turn 1
I can't believe my babies turned 1 last month. It's official, my boys are now toddlers. First birthday parties are not really for the birthday child... children in our case. It's more for the parents to celebrate the fact that we survived the first year. Ga...

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holiday candy cane tags
With just a few days until Christmas, I was somehow overcome with guilt that I didn't do anything for Austin's preschool friends for the holidays. I did plan a small gift for his closer friends, but not his whole class. And I know it is not expected of me t...

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packing peanuts snowman
Yay! It's holiday season. Happy Holidays everyone! It's been busy land over here; I've been pushing through with the house construction before El Nino starts, while wrapping up a couple of my design projects and managing a family of 5. But there is always t...
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