Wednesday, January 28, 2015

$200 Lush Decor GIVEAWAY

Giveaway prize provided by Lush Decor. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Hi guys!  I'm really excited to share today's post with y'all. You know how much I love a good room makeover, right?  Well, today I'm offering one of you guys the chance to makeover a room in your home with $200 at Lush Decor.  I hear what you're saying right now . . .  "Can anyone really makeover a room with $200?!"  The answer is a resounding YES!!!

Lush Decor CEO and founder, Jenny Zhu, created the company because she aspired to create affordable home fashion that can be enjoyed through all the phases of your life. They pride themselves in offering a wide range of designs and workmanship to help you create your own “look” and lifestyle.  At Lush Décor they believe that great designs at terrific values will always trump something that is ordinary and very promotionally priced.You can find their products in retail stores like Kohl's and Bed, Bath & Beyond. 

I've thrown together a few mood boards to give you an idea of the rooms you can create for about $200 with products from Lush Decor {and a few added accessories}:

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I have been sprucing up the room my two teenage sons share lately, so I have boys' bedrooms on the brain.  I love gray and orange as a color combo for them.  Pick up the Lux 6 piece Comforter set, a pair of Stripe Blackout Curtains, and a pair of orange Trellis Decorative Pillow Shells and you'll have the basics for this fum boy's room.  Add a few super hero prints and a marquee letter {that you can make yourself!} and you'll be all set!

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For a master bedroom that strikes a perfect balance between masculine and feminine, with a little nautical flair, all you need is the Avon 3 piece Comforter Set in white and a pair of Sophie Pillow Cover Shells in navy blue.  White walls and some nautical artwork are all you need to add to finish off the look.

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I can't leave my daughter out of the decorating-fantasy-fun!  For a super chic teenage girl's room you'll need the Addington 3 piece Quilt Set, with a Berlin quilt folded up at the foot of the bed.  {Lots of bedding options are a bonus!} Throw in a pair of ruffly Belle Window Curtains and some vintage Audrey Hepburn movie posters to keep it playful and feminine.  

Everybody wins with Lush Decor.  Use discount code LOVELUSH1 to receive 10% off any order.  Visit Lush Decor to see what fun combos you could come up with if you are the winner of the giveaway then come back and enter below!!

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Have a great day, friends!


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Home Made Soft Pretzels

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Hi guys!  One thing you may or may not know about me is that I LOVE finger foods. Really. Anything you can eat with your hands is A-OK in my book and, in fact, highly preferred to a meat-and-potatoes type meal. We all have our quirks, right?  Every so often I get a hankering for a good soft pretzel with cheese sauce for dipping.  The problem is, I'm not a big fan of the frozen variety you find at the grocery store and I have a real aversion to going to the mall.  {More quirks.}  A few months ago I was so desperate for one I almost went to see a movie just because I knew I could get a pretzel at the theater. I finally tracked one down in the Target cafe, but it was only marginally better than the frozen kind.  

What I know now, that I wish I had known then, is that soft pretzels are SUUUUPER easy to make yourself and they taste divine straight out of the oven!  So, just in time for Super Bowl Sunday when pub/finger foods abound, I'm sharing this little secret with y'all. 

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Home Made Soft Pretzels

For dough:
1½ C. warm water
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 pkg. active dry yeast
4½ C. flour
¼ C. butter, melted

To make pretzels:
10 C. water
2/3 C. baking soda
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
Kosher salt {for sprinkling on top}

Combine the first four ingredients in the bowl of a mixer.Allow to sit for several minutes so the yeast can activate and get all foamy.  Using the dough hook, mix in the flour and ¼ C. of butter until the dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Cover the mixing bowl and allow dough to rise in a warm place until double in bulk.  {It usually takes about 1 hour.}

Preheat oven to 450º.  Bring water and baking soda to a boil in a large pot.

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Divide dough into 8 equal pieces.  Roll each piece into a long rope {about 12 inches} and twist into pretzel shape.

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Place pretzels, one at a time, into the boiling water for 30 seconds each.  It seems weird, but I promise they won't fall apart!  Remove with a slotted spoon and place onto a baking sheet. {Line baking sheet with parchment paper if you are worried about them sticking.}  Brush tops with butter and sprinkle with Kosher salt.

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Bake for 15 minutes or until nice, golden brown.

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To make a super easy Cheese Dipping Sauce, just melt a small chunk of Velveeta {I usually cut off a slice as wide as two of my fingers} with about 2 Tbsp. milk in a small bowl in the microwave.  

These are the softest, yummiest, buttery-est pretzels you will eat in your life.  It's probably a good thing the recipe only makes 8 because I could eat a whole batch!   I mean, I never have . . . but I've sure thought about it.

Have a great week, friends!


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Printable Valentines Ideas

Hi guys!  Valentine's day is right around the corner and I miss the days of making Valentine's for my kids' classes.  I mean, I love having teenagers, but they aren't super enthused about passing out cards anymore.  I've taken to giving Valentines to my own friends just for fun.  Today I've thrown together a quick roundup of some of my favorite Valentines here on My 3 Monsters over the past few years.

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I Love You "Sew" Much Valentines at

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Have a good one, y'all!


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Faux Pallet Art Printable at Craftaholics Anonymous Today

Hi guys!  Today I'm sharing my last project over at Craftaholics Anonymous as part of the creative team. *sniff, sniff*  It's a little bit sad.  This year has gone by so quickly!  As my "last hurrah" I designed this printable world map that looks like the trendy pallet art you'll see all over Pinterest. As an added bonus, you get the Photoshop makeover of my living room to see how I'll be using this printable in my home! 

Have a great day, friends!


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dylan's Magic Money Box
{How to Gift Money the Fun Way!}

Hi guys!  Saturday was my youngest kiddo's 13th birthday.  I always feel a little bit bad for him having a birthday right after the holidays.  Everyone is all celebrated out and he has just received a bunch of new gifts.  He NEVER gives us any ideas of what to get for him.  This year when asked what he wanted for his birthday, he said,"I don't know.  Something awesome, I guess."  Thanks, bro.

I'm a huge champion for giving "real" gifts, but over the years we have given up and just started giving him cash.  That way he can save it until the newness of his Christmas gifts wears off and something else strikes his fancy.  I refuse to just slap some cash in a card and call it a day, however.  We try to find fun ways to give it to him -- the sillier, the better.  One year I slipped the bills in between the layers of a roll of toilet paper so he had to unroll the whole thing and make a mess to get it.  This year we decided to make a Magic Money Box.

I got a bunch of small bills -- some ones, fives, and tens -- and taped them together end to end with scotch tape to make one long strip of money.  I attached a post-it note that said PULL to one end. Then I wrapped a small box and cut a slit in the top with an exacto knife (3 inches long by 1/4 inch wide).  In the picture above, the slit is hidden by the bow.  Carefully feed the strip of money into the box, starting with the end opposite the post-it note.

It was super fun to watch his smile get bigger and bigger as he pulled the money out of the box.  He couldn't believe that it just kept coming!  While it would irritate me to no end getting that many one dollar bills, it didn't bother him a bit.

I love that Goofy kid! 

Have a great day!


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