3 Ways to Give Better Gifts


With Christmas around the corner, a lot of people stress about trying to find the "perfect" gift for their loved ones.  In retail, I see the panic on our shopper's faces when December 23rd rolls around.  They're in a tizzy, blindly grabbing items off the shelf (not even caring WHAT the item is) just to "have something" to give on Christmas morning... it's not pretty.  And I think it kind of defeats the purpose of giving a gift at all. I've always enjoyed gift-giving, so I thought I might … [Continue reading...]

5 Reasons to Shop Small


Today is Small Business Saturday, and we've got 5 reasons why you should "shop small" with businesses like ours {Barque}! 1.  Sometimes Less is More No need to drive all over town or stroll down aisles and aisles in a big store to find the perfect gift.  We've already hand-picked a great selection of gifts just for you in our own little shop!  Quality and value are important to us too, so you can rest assured that we've selected items with this in mind. 2.  Help a Neighbor Shopping … [Continue reading...]

Happy Howl-o-ween


From my Correctional Facility to yours, hope your weekend is Spooktacular! {I love doing a Halloween card with the pupalups every year.  This year, their costumes perfectly fit their personalities!}  

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Halloween Details


I must admit, I’m a bit of a Fraidy Cat.  I can’t watch horror movies {accidentally saw 5 minutes of Children of the Corn when I was a kid and it haunted me for years}, and I’ve never been to a haunted house {no thank you, very much}… but I do love decorating for Halloween […]

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5 Minutes or Less Hostess Gift


Do you need a cute, quick Halloween hostess gift  (or something for a friend or neighbor)?  This is the EASIEST idea (seriously, it takes less than 5 minutes).  Just keep in mind to pick up a pair of striped children’s tights when you head to the costume store this month! You will need: – a […]

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Biscuit Bar Brunch


When it comes to brunch, you can almost always bet I’m going to go for something savory (and probably with eggs), but I know not everyone feels the same way.  This weekend, my family was in town, so I thought it might be fun to whip up a last minute brunch.  I wanted a savory […]

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Football Mantle


As soon as September arrived, I felt an itch to put up festive mantle decorations, but I wasn’t quite ready to deck it out for Halloween… so I went with a football theme! For this project,  I started with the framed artwork on the mantle- normally, it’s a painting of bicycles – but since I […]

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Garlic Truffle Fries


Summer burgers on the grill are good, but homemade fries make them better… and when they’re garlic truffle fries, well then they’re BEST! In honor of Labor Day, I’m sharing my recipe for Garlic Truffle fries.  I only recently added the truffle oil, so if you’re not into it, no big deal, just omit the […]

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Summer Sangria


Confession:  I’ve never met a sangria I didn’t like, but I’ve never one myself.  This week I tried it for a girl’s night by the pool and was surprised by how easy it is.  I imagined it would have to sit for a long time to soak up that fruity flavor… but I was wrong.  […]

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Gift Tags: Behind-the-Scenes


I think most people imagine that designers sit around, gazing off into the distance over a steaming coffee (brainstorming, of course) and then gracefully sketch out a masterpiece or design one on their computer (click. click. click. done.) – in an hour or less (naturally).  Maybe that is how it works for some, but unfortunately […]

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