8 Awesome Apps

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ROW 1

Ghostruck // the first app connecting you professional, insured movers by utilizing their empty or partially filled trucks.

Hopper // Track tickets to your set destination for any week of the year, then purchase directly within the app using your airline’s rewards program of choice without ever leaving.

ROW 2

Instasnoop // An app that allows you to check out anyone’s public profile and snoop by disabling likes, tagging, and commenting so you don’t need to be afraid of accidentally double-tapping.

Journal // Combine all the things that inspire you into one place where you can draw, sketch, collage, paint, or color on anything, giving you a sketchbook of boundless possibilities.

Old Sport // Tell us what you have in your home bar, and we’ll tell you what you can make.

ROW 3

Paper // A faster, better way to capture ideas using text, sketches, and photos.

Pause // Based on the ancient principles of Tai Chi and mindfulness practice, PAUSE brings the act of focused attention to your mobile device.

Timer+ // Set multiple timers at once , time by the second, minute, or hour. Runs in the background so you’re free to use other apps. Comes with 20 alarms.

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Gingerbread 12 Ways

Gingerbread is one of my favorite flavors of the season, but I don’t relegate it to cookies alone. (Though I am making these sweets tomorrow!) Feast your eyes on the following twelve recipes that run the gamut from breakfast to side dish.

 

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Mega Holiday DIY + Printable Roundup

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1/Paper Evergreen Holiday Wreath  2/DIY Paper Cut Christmas Wreath  3/DIY Geometric Wreath  4/Minimal Holiday Wreath  5/Black and White Gift Tags  6/DIY Paper House Luminaries  7/Holiday Gift Tag Printables  8/Printable Holiday Treat Labels  9/Vintage Noel Banner  10/Winter Fruit and Greenery Garland

 

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11/DIY Christmas Tree Confetti Cones  12/Marbled Paper Chains  13/DIY Hanging Eucalyptus  14/Branch Stocking Display  15/Pine Needle Garland  16/DIY Holiday Pom Pom Garland  17/Mod Tree Printable Treat Labels  18/Christmas Tree Party Invitation  19/DIY Light Box Marquee  20/DIY Tinsel Letter Garland

 

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21/DIY Fringe Christmas Trees  22/Holiday Gift Wrap Download  23/DIY Gingerbread House Gift Boxes  24/DIY Wrap for Pattern Lovers  25/Free Printable Christmas Wrap  26/Felt Leaf Garland  27/DIY Foam Gradient Trees 28/DIY Holographic Garland  29/DIY Live Holiday Wreath  30/DIY Pom Pom Tree Topper

 

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31/Printable Holiday Cards, Gift Tags & Wrapping Paper  32/Printable Gift Wrap, Gift Tags, and Holiday Cards  33/Holiday Gift Tags  34/Free Printable Holiday Tags  35/DIY Disco Ball Snowman  36/Evergreen Printable Holiday Party Invitations  37/DIY Gold Holiday Laurel Leaf  38/DIY Ceramic Bells  39/Dried Orange & Cinnamon Garland  40/Mini Christmas Tree Piñata

 

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41/DIY Wood Gift Tags and Ornaments  42/Santa Joy Christmas Printables  43/Snow Gift Wrapping  44/Mylar Pom Pom Garland  45/Black and White Gift Wrap  46/Disco Ball Wreath  47/DIY Scratch-Off Gift Tags  48/DIY Christmas Tree Drink Stirrers  49/Asymmetrical Wreath  50/DIY Filipino Christmas Star

 

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51/Fluffy Knit Garland  52/Gingerbread Cookies Cityscape  53/Christmas Printable  54/Printable Holiday Tags  55/Printable Holiday Gift Tags  56/Printable Watercolor Stroke Gift Wrap  57/Merry Christmas Wrapping Paper  58/Holiday Window Painting  59/Printable Holiday Garland  60/DIY Scandinavian Christmas Tree Skirt

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Alcoholidays 2015

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1/Cranberry Ginger Whiskey Smash  2/Butterscotch Eggnog  3/Cranberry-Apple Cider Punch  4/Pomegranate Vodka Fizz  5/Apple Brandy Allspice Fizz Cocktail  6/Fig Manhattan  7/Wassail  8/Cranberry Shrub Cocktail  9/Spiced Blueberry Rum Punch  10/Apple Orange Hot Toddy

 

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11/Persimmon Collins Cocktail  12/Pumpkin Punch Cocktail  13/Citrus Sting  14/Gin Citrus Punch  15/Ginger Blood Orange Margaritas  16/Cucumber-Infused Gin and Grapefruit, Black Pepper Fizz  17/Thyme & Citrus Moscow Mule  18/Apple Thyme Cocktail  19/Lemon Rosemary Bourbon Sour  20/Christmas Caipirinhas

 

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21/Chambord Ginger Beer Cocktail  22/Clementine Prosecco Cocktail  23/Key Lime Cooler Cocktails  24/Fig and Lemon Fizz  25/Rose + Rosé Bourbon Cocktail  26/Pear Spiced Sangria  27/Sparkling Pomegranate Punch  28/Cranberry Ramos Gin Fizz  29/Cinnamon White Russian  30/Jingle Juice Holiday Punch

 

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31/Boozy Chocolate Horchata  32/White Glogg Mulled Winter Wine  33/Cardamom Rose Gin Tonic  34/Pina Colada Milk Punch  35/Candy Cane Peppermint Punch  36/Cranberry Thyme Gin Tonic  37/Maple Bourbon Smash  38/Spiced Cranberry Paloma  39/Chai Tea Cocktail  40/Quince Hot Toddy

 

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41/Whiskey Hot Chocolate  42/Cider Bourbon Jam Cocktails with Ginger Beer  43/Pomegranate Poinsettia  44/Spiced Pineapple Rum Hot Toddy  45/Red Ruby Grapefruit Ginger Cocktail  46/Hard Cider Spritz  47/Spicy Rosemary Rhubarb Margarita  48/Black Peppercorn + Cranberry Shrub with Gin  49/Tamarind Whiskey Sour  50/Orange Cranberry Blended Margaritas

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Mega Ornament Roundup

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1/Carved Paulownia Star Ornament  2/Hand Painted Pink Suzette Ornament  3/DIY Cinnamon Stick Himmeli  4/DIY Balsa Wood Ornaments  5/DIY Christmas Ornament Trio  6/DIY Clay Ornaments  7/DIY Color Blocked Ornaments  8/DIY Kintsugi Gold Fixed Christmas Baubles  9/DIY Leather Gemstone Ornaments  10/DIY Metalworked  Hand Stamped Geometric Ornaments

 

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11/DIY Mod Wooden Ornaments  12/DIY Paper House Christmas Ornament  13/DIY Paper Star Ornaments  14/DIY Papier Mache Fruit Ornaments  15/DIY Watercolor Ornaments  16/DIY Watercolour Printed Fabric Baubles  17/DIY Wooden Tassel Ornaments  18/DIY Fabric-Covered Christmas Tree Ornaments  19/DIY Glitter Dust Filled Balls  20/Geometric Glass Ornament Set

 

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21/Light Pink Ball Ornament  22/DIY Faux Ceramic Ornaments  23/DIY Painted Pattern Holiday Ornaments  24/Pink and Orange Colorblock Christmas Ornament  25/Pink Ombre Finials  26/Porcelain King & Queen Ornament Set  27/Precision-Cut Wood Ornament Sets  28/Ready Made Snowball Ornament  29/Scales Ornament  30/DIY Stitched Leather Ornaments

 

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31/Wooden Bell  32/Wooden Jewelry  33/Woodshop Monogram Ornament  34/DIY Gold Glitter Ornaments  35/Galactic Gold Ornament  36/DIY Gilded Feather Polymer Clay Ornaments  37/DIY Temporary Tattoo Ornaments  38/Mercury Ornament Set  39/Ceramic Animal Ornaments  40/Turned Wood Drop Ornaments

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A Few of My Favorite Things in 2015

I always struggle when explaining just what I do for a living to others. You’d think after 8 1/2 years of Design Crush I’d have nailed down an elevator pitch, but nope. Usually I resort to saying something about the site being a reflection of my aesthetic yadda yadda yadda. That is until a few months ago when I came across this quote by Maira Kalman and it resonated like no other. I feel like this is the absolute perfect way to describe my day to day and if I could use it as the entirety of my bio I would.

 

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I share things I love daily with you, but of course I don’t own all of them. Not even a fraction. One of my favorite posts each year is this one, where I get to share the things I use day in and day out that have stood the test of life. So in my best Oprah voice, herewith are my faaaavorite thiiiiiings for 2015!

 

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1/Artifact Uprising’s Wood Cleat – This sleek reclaimed wood cleat has a magnetic closure system, making it super easy to swap out whatever art/photo/etc you want to display at any given moment.

2/Casper – You’ve surely heard about this startup that’s changing the mattress industry. I got mine back in March and haven’t woken up with a sore back or hips since. I really cannot recommend it enough! (Hit me up if you want a coupon!)

3/Cold Gold – This line of hand-crafted geometric and leather jewelry has become my go-to for daily wear and gifting. It doesn’t hurt that the owner is super sweet either!

4/Neoflam – Cast aluminum cookware that’s non-stick and seamless is perfect for making dinner every night. Because when something is this easy to clean up it’s way less likely to end up sitting in my sink for a week.

5/Urbanears Plattan ADV Wireless – I’ve worn this line for years, but they recently released the first Bluetooth headphones in their lineup and I’m completely hooked.

6/Parabo Press Risograph Prints – Really all of their personalized print goods, but especially the pink risographs are amazing. The app is also super easy to use which says a lot in this day and age.

7/Treat Collection – Since trying out this non-toxic line of nail polishes and remover I haven’t used anything else. Great coverage, no odor – what else could be better?

8/Nest – I first plugged my new learning thermostat in this past spring. Not only is it interesting to see it learn your habits, it’s also fantastic seeing the difference in your bills.

9/Canary – Quite simply the easiest all-in-one home security system that’s ever been. You control it all from your phone and there’s zero setup.

10/Frederick’s & Mae Playing Cards – Some of the most eye-catching I’ve ever come across, they even make solitaire that much better!

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Mega Christmas Cookie Roundup

I’ve done it – blocked a day off the week of Christmas to bake my face off. A few years ago I attempted to talk my now 91-year-old Grandma into taking a step back and only making her infamous nutrolls. It didn’t go exactly as planned, so now I simply tell her how many cookie recipes I’m making so she can see the reasoning behind my request/demand. I’ll probably end up baking between five and seven different varieties, but need to narrow the list down from these FIFTY. Help a girl out?

 

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1/Sweet Raspberry + Tahini Sandwich Cookies  2/Slice and Bake Spice Cookies with Citrus Glaze and Sea Salt  3/Old-Fashioned Almond Gingerbread Cookies  4/Almond Butter & Maple Cream Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies  5/Caramel Fluffernutter Chocolate Chip Cookies  6/Chocolate Orange Sandwich Cookies  7/Coconut, Oatmeal, and Cherry Jam Thumbprints  8/Gingersnaps with Apple Cider Glaze  9/Swig Sugar Cookies  10/Rosemary and Apricot Shortbread Cookies

 

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11/Pumpkin Molasses Cookies  12/Honey Cookies  13/Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies  14/Milano Cookies  15/Chocolate Caramel Ginger Cookies  16/Chewy Triple Ginger Cookies  17/Cinnamon Roll Cookies  18/Cocoa Cinnamon Sea Salt Cookies  19/Cranberry Bliss Cookies  20/Thin & Crispy Coconut Cookies

 

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21/Brown Sugar Toffee Cookies  22/Salt & Pepper Cocoa Shortbread Cookies  23/Almond Espresso Cookies 24/Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies  25/Cranberry Orange Pistachio Cookies  26/Thin and Chewy Spiced Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Icing  27/Orange Spiced Sugar Cookies  28/Chai Spiced Shortbread  29/Salted Gingersnap Mallomars  30/Clove and Molasses Lace Cookies

 

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31/Malted Chocolate Sandwich Cookies  32/Blood Orange Vanilla Bean Meringues  33/Star Anise Spiced Dark Chocolate Sables  34/Spice Sugar Cookies  35/Spicy Gingerbread Linzer Cookies with Orange White Chocolate Ganache  36/Peppermint Drops  37/Citrus Cornmeal Shortbread  38/Cranberry Orange Almond Shortbread Cookies  39/Brown Sugar Toffee Cookies  40/Colorblock Sugar Cookies

 

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41/Cappuccino Cookies  42/Gummy Bear Cookies  43/Smoky Cardamom Ginger Molasses Cookies  44/Butter Crunch Cookies  45/Caramel Stuffed Soft Gingerbread Cookies  46/Pink Champagne Cookies  47/Jumbo Maple Sugar Cookies  48/Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti  49/Cranberry Almond Cookies  50/Whole Grain Eggnog Cookies

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Christmas Wish List

This is maybe the first year I’ve had a tough time coming up with a Christmas wish list. I’d always heard about reaching that age where you just buy yourself all of the things you want and/or need, but I thought it was probably one of those adulthood myths. (You know what I’m talking about.) But after combing through my Pinterest boards I realized there were a few things on my list after all…

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1/Howell Short Canvas Parka  2/Glass Water Kettle  3/Big Shampoo  4/Signature Flannel Bedding  5/Cowboy Coffee Kettle  6/Decked Out Pink Stone Coasters  7/Ebony Stripe Planter  8/Merengue Merino Wool Blanket  9/Newen Days Opal Ring  10/Metal Framed Round Mirror

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Mega 2016 Planner + Calendar Roundup

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1/Geometry Planner  2/Gold Foil Any-Year Daily Planner  3/Color Pop Planner  4/Life Planner  5/Planner for Creative Passion Makers  6/2016 Planner  7/Weekly/Monthly Planner  8/Arches Weekly Planner  9/DAYZ 2016  10/Kalenderheft 2016

I hope you haven’t chosen your 2016 planner or calendar just yet, because today we’re sharing the best of the best! Twenty planners and sixty calendars right here, right now. The only problem? I want them all!

 

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11/Monthly Planner  12/Aurora Planner  13/Moment Planner (Large)  14/Marble Planner  15/24/7 Planner  16/Day Designer  17/B6 Weekly Planner  18/Wise Words 17-Month Planner  19/Purple Floral Year-Less Planner  20/Weekly Diary (Large)

 

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1/Brush Script Calendar  2/Great Musicians Calendar  3/A Moon a Month for 2016  4/2016 Coffee & Tea  5/2016 XL Wall Calendar  6/2016 Calendar  7/Stendig Calendar  8/2016 Letterpress Stump Calendar  9/2016 Typography Calendar  10/2016 Calendar Linen Tea Towel

 

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11/2016 Desk Calendar  12/2016 Calendar  13/Flora & Fauna 2016 Wall Calendar  14/2016 Moon Calendar  15/2016 Monthly Constellations Calendar  16/CMYK Color Swatch Calendar  17/2016 Fruit of the Month Calendar Kit  18/2016 Cocktails Calendar  19/2016 Calendar Tea Towel  20/2016 Seasonal Beer Pairings Calendar

 

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21/2016 Calendar  22/2016 Classic Cocktails Calendar  23/2016 Birthstone Letterpress Calendar  24/2016 Famous Poets Wall Calendar  25/2016 Desk Calendar  26/2016 MMXVI Letterpress Wall Calendar  27/2016 Marble Desktop Calendar  28/Perpetual Calendar  29/2016 Floral Calendar  30/Wall Calendar

 

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31/2016 Calendar Printable  32/2016 Stitch the Star Calendar Kit  33/2016 Interactions Wall Calendar  34/2016 Gem & Mineral Calendar  35/2016 Seasonal Moon Calendar  36/Frankie 2016 Wall Calendar  37/Amy Rice Art 2016 Calendar  38/Constellations Perpetual Calendar  39/Constellation Wall Calendar  40/Planet Coaster Calendar

 

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41/Flora Calendar 2016  42/Pattern & Post Card 2016 Calendar  43/2016 Wall Calendar  44/Metamorphosis 2016 Calendar  45/2016 Polygons Calendar  46/Botanical Calendar 2016  47/2016 Calendar Download  48/Gold Foil 2016 Calendar  49/2016 Watercolor Calendar  50/2016 Calendar

 

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51/Blush Wall Calendar  52/Edition #2 National Park 2016 Calendar  53/2016 Desk Calendar  54/2016 Mid-Century Modern Calendar  55/Whales 2016 Calendar  56/2016 Moon Calendar  57/2016 Calendar  58/2016 Constellation Calendar  59/2016 Calendar  60/2016 Wall Calendar

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