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No Churn Cinnamon Ice Cream + BIG NEWS!
Jocie | October 25, 2016
No Churn Cinnamon Ice Cream + BIG NEWS!

Hello, friends! Today, I have so much more to share with you than just my new No Churn Cinnamon Ice Cream recipe. I’VE GOT BIG NEWS!!! Today is the day we’ve been waiting for – Lisa Leake’s new 100 Days of Real food: Fast and Fabulous Cookbook came out today. I’ve been a big fan of her’s for years. We love her pancakes, pizza dough, 5-minute brownies, and of course, all her amazing school lunch ideas! Lisa was sweet enough to include me as one of her Cookbook Ambassadors,... 

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All Things Creative: 100+ Christmas Decor Ideas!
Jocie |
All Things Creative: 100+ Christmas Decor Ideas!

I LOVE CHRISTMAS! This month, the All Things Creative Team have worked to bring you 100+ Christmas Decor Ideas, including trees, garland and ornaments! Who doesn’t love a little Christmas spirit, regardless of the time of year. It may seem early for some, but now is the time to start planning and dreaming of your Christmas decor. Also, a few of these projects would make for fun Ladies Craft Nights or even crafts with the kids. So turn on the Christmas music, heat up some hot chocolate, and start... 

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DIY Halloween Wine Glasses – The Perfect Girl’s Night!
Jocie | October 10, 2016
DIY Halloween Wine Glasses – The Perfect Girl’s Night!

This past weekend, I had a few girls over for a craft night and you guessed it – DIY Halloween Wine Glasses! It actually started a month or two back, when my good friend Jeanine was shopping and saw the cutest wine glass in a store and messaged me saying “Let’s make this!” In the store, it was over $20 and we made them for about $7 each (maybe a little more if you use rhinestones). I will say, this craft night I wasn’t as prepared as usual. I wasn’t sure if we would have enough wine... 

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No Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Candied Pecans
Jocie | October 3, 2016
No Churn Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Candied Pecans

Ice Cream is no longer just for Summer Treats! I am not usually a Pumpkin Pie fan, but this is one decadent and perfectly Fall recipe that will leave your friends and house guests begging you for more Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream long after its gone. I mean begging. The flavors are balanced to be sweet and tasty without being over powering. Plus, this recipe presents beautifully without a lot of effort or prep time. I made this last week, and Ethan and the girls LOVED it. I wasn’t sure how the girls would like it, with... 

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FREE Halloween Printable
Jocie | September 28, 2016
FREE Halloween Printable

Trick or Treat!! Who’s excited for Halloween this year? We are! The girls have just started planning their costumes, and I told them this year they have to pick from costumes we already own. At first, they were upset but then got excited to be a little creative. I’m hoping they reprise their Batgirl and Robin Costumes from a couple years ago, but Izzie is excited about Rey from Star Wars, so we’ll see. What is your family doing for costumes this year? Alright, I guess you’re ready to get to the... 

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All Things Creative: 100+ Stencil Ideas
Jocie | September 27, 2016
All Things Creative: 100+ Stencil Ideas

Horray! Its that time again! This month, the All Things Creative Team have worked to bring you 100+ stencil ideas, just perfect for your next girl’s craft night or a rainy day spent inside crafting! Stencil projects are wonderful because you can get a BIG impact without a ton of special skill, materials, investment, or extra creativity. But if you’re game for beyond the basics, there are lots of projects to get your creative juices flowing and challenge your inner crafter.  Debbiedoo’s... 

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Homemade Aromatherapy Playdough & The Teal Pumpkin Project!
Jocie | September 20, 2016
Homemade Aromatherapy Playdough & The Teal Pumpkin Project!

Thank you for loving this oldie but goodie on making your own Aromatherapy Play Dough  that I shared originally in October 2015.   We hope you stick around and check out more DIY and Essential Oil posts from One Project Closer! This is our second year participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project! Have you heard about this? Promoted by FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education, the idea is to paint a pumpkin teal and put it on your porch to signal Trick or Treaters that your home is providing non-food/candy... 

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All Things Creative: Fall Crafts!
Jocie | August 30, 2016
All Things Creative: Fall Crafts!

Horray! Its that time again! This month, the All Things Creative Team have worked to bring you 100+ amazing fall crafts and ideas for Fall! I’m sure you’re with me when I say I love EVERYTHING FALL! Boots, leggings, hot drinks, cozy blankets, pumpkins, pumpkin spice, the changing leaves, and all Fall colors! So I hope you enjoy this month as much as I do. And….Just in case you forgot the gang, here they are! Go check them out and see how fabulous they are for yourself. Debbiedoo’s... 

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Free Fall Printables: Part 1
Jocie | August 28, 2016
Free Fall Printables: Part 1

So its not quite Fall yet and I’m still loving and enjoying my days at the pool, but this week I looked out my window and saw the first leaves turning orange. We live just outside of Baltimore and the trees are just glorious in the Fall! I know it a bit early for boots, hot tea, and all things pumpkin, but I want to give these fabulous free fall printables so you have plenty of time to print and enjoy them this fall. And if this isn’t enough for you, I’ll have a bunch more fall printables and... 

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Free Olympics Printable
Jocie | August 10, 2016
Free Olympics Printable

For the last 5 days we’ve been sitting on our couch, screaming at television, believing that USA is bringing home the gold! STICK IT!  U – S – A! Go! Go! Go! This also the first Olympics our girls remember and can enjoy being a part of the excitement. Now, if you’re from Maryland, like us, we feel a special sense of pride because of the overall domination by Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky! And when someone yelled “O” during the national anthem when Michael won his 20th... 

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