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Cyber Monday has arrived! Many of our favorite retailers have launched their online sales, and we’re here to guide you through them. Bookmark this page to stay updated with the freshest Cyber Monday deals as they roll in. And while you’re at it, don’t miss our 2023 Holiday Gift Guides, brimming with creative and thoughtful […]

The Best Cyber Monday Deals 2023

Dairy-Free Party Appetizer - Cucumber & Bacon Bites

I love a grazing party. Good conversation, good music, maybe some games, and a spread of food I can return to again and again whenever I need a little bite. Dairy-free party appetizers are harder to come by, because of course we all love cheese. But this little number is bursting with flavor, comes together […]


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With the holiday season upon us, it’s the perfect time to celebrate Small Business Saturday by highlighting some favorite finds from small businesses. This curated collection is more than just a list of unique Christmas gifts – it’s a tribute to the creativity and passion of small artisans. Get ready to discover these hidden gems […]

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Black Friday is here! A bunch of our favorite stores have kicked off their sales, and we’re on top of it. Keep this page bookmarked – we’ll be updating it regularly with the latest deals. And don’t forget to take a peek at our 2023 Holiday Gift Guides. They’re packed with inspiring ideas to make […]


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There’s something undeniably magical about taking the time to make your presents feel as unique and intentional on the outside as they are on the inside, especially during the holiday season. I remember years when I didn’t put much thought into holiday gift wrapping. I’d just grab whatever paper was on hand and scribble a […]


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Whenever we post a room photo with a rug in it, the frequently asked question is, “What size rug is that?” I get it! It’s helpful to have a frame of reference to get started, but the chances are pretty slim that the dimensions of a room in our house are going to be the […]


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The next project we’re checking off our 2023 project list is the mudroom! This used to be the laundry room until we built out a much bigger, better laundry room upstairs. So, in the meantime, this space has been exclusively Cricket’s room. Cricket will still have a special space here, but we’re transforming this dingy […]

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