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What to Get for Valentine’s Day

By Emily Weigel

Valentine’s Day is not like any other gift-giving holiday (Christmas, Birthday, etc.) – it’s a holiday all about love. Not just romantic love for your spouse or significant other, but for your mom, your dad, your siblings, your children, your best friend. So when you’re giving a Valentine gift, you want to really pamper someone, not just give them something they need – give them something they want. Here are my Valentine’s Day gift suggestions for everyone in your life.

Driving Range Leather Caddy
Show your man you genuinely take an interest in his favorite hobby (even if that’s a stretch for you); it will make him feel understood and appreciated which equates to love. If he’s a golfer, treat him to something extra special like this Leather Driving Range Caddy.
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Neat Sheets!

By Michaela Strathman

Great way to keep that linen closet looking pretty…

Source: imperfecthomemaking.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Baby-Kid Footprint Garden Path

By Michaela Strathman

Such a nice idea - these are pretty easy to do too!

Source: make-baby-stuff.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Two Shower Curtains?

By Michaela Strathman

This is such a great idea, must remember this next time I redecorate a bathroom.

Source: my.hgtvremodels.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Superbowl Fun Treat

By Michaela Strathman

Whoopee football pies!

Source: roomag.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Mustache Beer Glasses - ha ha!

By Michaela Strathman

Great for a superbowl party or even as a Valentine's day gift?

Source: stacksandstacks.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

By Michaela Strathman

Valentine's day is only 3 weeks away! Don't get caught without a great gift for that special gal in your life! Here are some great ideas in range of prices and styles for everyone from your little girl to the love of your life.

Richmond Jewelry Box by Mele & Co.
I love the classic look of this dresser top jewelry box. A great price point too for V-Day!
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Cone Planters

By Michaela Strathman

Such a cool idea for kids or grownups! Start plants in ice cream cones and plant right into the ground.

Source: thesmallobject.tumblr.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Use the Underside of your Stairs

By Michaela Strathman

How cool is this? This is space-efficiency at its finest, I must say!

Source: itt.viewing.at via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Decorate Your Winter Blues Away!

By Emily Weigel

winterThis time of year can be a bummer for some of us. The holidays are over, but it’s not quite spring yet, so where does that leave us? We have our eyes on the prize – warmer weather, sunny days, outdoor activities – but the weather is not ready to permit such activities. I understand the winter blues. If you too suffer from them, then I suggest you go with the flow and focus your energy on indoor decorating.
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Dips for Football Gameday

By Michaela Strathman

Easy recipes for finger food dips for football game day or any day!

Source: recipelionblog.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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More Gameday Fun…

By Michaela Strathman

Or for camping, this is a great idea for instant starting charcoal!

Source: sewmanyways.blogspot.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Football Fan Mat

By Michaela Strathman

Living in Northern California, I might just be partial to the team shown here…

Source: stacksandstacks.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

Find fun ideas for Game Day with us on Pinterest! and…go Niners!

Makes me think of spring…

By Michaela Strathman

Too cute - great for a small hamper in the kids room or bathroom, or as a shopping/beach tote!

Source: stacksandstacks.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Standing Workstation - DIY-style

By Michaela Strathman

standing workstation

I know, it looks silly, but don't laugh at me just yet! I've taken enough grief from co-workers over the years, anyway. But I prefer to stand up a few hours of my work day while on the computer.
It may sound odd to some, but it's actually very comfortable, and not an unheard-of practice in the working world. I like to switch back to sitting after a while, though, as it's not good for the back to stand absolutely still for prolonged periods either. My solution is a workstation that can go both ways. As you can see in the picture, I use a file box, stepping stool and photo boxes to achieve the right height for monitor, keyboard and mouse. It takes me about 15 seconds to switch from one to the other. The benefits of standing while working are better alertness, reduced strain on the back and neck, and even enhanced functioning of the lymphatic system (really, look it up!) It also has completely eliminated that 3 o'clock dip in energy for me. If you use a notebook computer, this system is also easy to achieve with a height-adjustable laptop stand (this one goes up to 39").

Happy typing, worker bees!

Style Spotlight: A Punch of Color

By Michaela Strathman

We all get tired of seeing the same old decorating styles in our homes at some point. But instead of going for a whole re-design or room makeover, sometimes all a room needs is a little punch of color to liven things up! Here are five easy ways to add a little drama to your decor:

60's Mid Century Rocking Chair by Control Brand
I love the green and the retro look of this chair. It's also a great choice for smaller rooms and areas in the home.
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Weekend DIY-er Tip - Reuse Old Paint!

By Michaela Strathman

retint paintDid you know you can re-tint old paint? If you have unused paint in your garage, call around to home improvement centers and you are sure to find one in your area that will re-tint the paint for a small fee - this saves you money and saves the planet from toxic waste! Be sure to stay in the same color zone (light or dark, etc).

Glass Frame Whiteboards

By Michaela Strathman

This would be great in the kitchen to organize the whole family's schedule.

Source: jengrantmorris.blogspot.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Out With the Old?

By Michaela Strathman

antlersI found this slideshow from House Beautiful interesting. It's all of the decor ideas that people would like to see disappear in 2013. I hope stainless steel doesn't go out of style, as we just re-did our kitchen. But I could live without the antlers…

What do you think? Are there any design trends you'd like to see get the heave-ho this year?

15 Minutes a Day to a Clean House?

By Michaela Strathman

It's worth a try - I have to vacuum more frequently though and my floors take 1 hr to mop. Why is it always the floors?

Source: organizingmadefun.blogspot.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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I Heart Maps…

By Michaela Strathman

This would make such a cute gift for a friend or loved one with whom you've traveled!

Source: sassyfrassed.blogspot.com via Kristine on Pinterest

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Healthy and Refreshing Drink

By Michaela Strathman

Coconut Water, Pomegranate, Mineral Water.

Source: thereluctantrawfoodist.tumblr.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest


Get your New Year's Resolutions on track with us on pinterest!

DIY Backsplash - Stencil those Boring Tiles!

By Michaela Strathman

tileMore weekend DIY madness for me! White, boring tiles got you down? This looks so easy I will have to try it. You could do it anywhere in the house where you want to add a little style-pizzazz. For me that is the master bathroom. It is literally floor to ceiling beige tiles from the 80's'. Since I have no plans to re-tile the bathroom anytime soon, I think I will try this simple project from the DIY network. Plus it will give me a reason to scrub down those tiles for once.

What are you working on right now at home?

Prep Ahead for Spring

By Michaela Strathman

I know it's just the beginning of winter, but a girl can dream, right? You could prep all but the water and plants now…

Source: mzmew.tumblr.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

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Here's To…

By Michaela Strathman

A Happy, Prosperous and Organized New Year!
Happy New Year

Resolve to Get Organized…

By Michaela Strathman

OrganizedOne room at a time. (Or maybe just one room total this year?) Whatever small steps you can take to get organized at home, on the go and at work will do wonders for relieving stress in your life all-around. I always say the turn of the year is a great time to get organized, and not just because you are "starting new" or fresh.

    Here I offer further justification as to why winter is a great time to organize the home:

1. The weather outside is lame. This is the time of year where we often find ourselves stuck indoors much of the time. Why not use some of that cooped-up time to accomplish something useful, like tackling that mess of a hall closet once and for all!
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New Year Celebrations around the Globe

By Michaela Strathman

worldThis would be a fun reading for kids, from Parents magazine, all about the different ways people celebrate New Years around the world.

How Fun is This?

By Michaela Strathman

Would be great for kids and served grown-up style as well!

Source: religionstube.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest


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Bubbly Jello Drink

By Michaela Strathman

Would be great for a kids New Year's party too!

Source: joyofjello.com via StacksandStacks on Pinterest

Sparkling Jello Delight 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin 2 cups cold white grape juice, divided 2 tablespoons sugar 2 cups sparkling cider 8 fresh strawberries, with top sliced off - beautiful and festive for new years #entertaining

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A Home Gym Just in Time for those Resolutions to Set in…

By Matt Matasci

Everyone knows the typical New Year’s resolutions – stop smoking, eat healthier, be kinder to your family, lose those nagging 15 pounds – and year after year these are consistently the most broken resolutions as well. For those that decide this is the year they finally get healthy, one trip to the local gym will have you realizing that you are far from alone in resolving to fight the flab. Last year after the New Year, my gym was so packed full of people the wait to use a cardio machine was 20 minutes! This can be an added discouragement to actually getting active. Luckily there is an easy solution for this issue and the approaching holiday season is the perfect time to give or receive some home gym equipment!

Crescendo Fitness Folding Power Rower
For those that are just getting started in building a home-gym, a simple flat bench is the perfect first-step. Even though it may appear to be overly-simplistic a flat bench is the initial building block. This bench is perfect for presses, “box” jumps, sit-ups, angled push-ups and more!
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