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Jessica Bruno

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Chex Party Mix with Melted Chocolate

Chex party mix with melted chocolate is an all time favorite in our home especially for the kids. It’s perfect for playdates, parties, football games and especially handy around the holidays. You can make loads of this stuff and store it in the fridge in an air tight container for weeks. Nothing lasts that long in our house, in fact, we are lucky if a large cookie sheet of this lasts a couple hours. It’s also a great homemade gift during Christmas. I will share a quick chex mix gift idea next week. It’s OH SO YUMMY!

Crazy Melted Chocolate Chex Party Mix

 

Delicious quick Chex Party Mix

Ingredients

  • 3 cups corn chex cereal
  • 2 cups plain cheerios
  • 2 cups small pretzels
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 bag chocolate m&m's (12.6oz)
  • 2 bags white chocolate chips (11oz each)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • wax paper
  • large cookie sheet

Instructions

  • Mix the first 5 ingredients in a very large bowl. Melt the chips and oil in the microwave for about 4 minutes or until melted. Stir and microwave again for about 30 seconds. If your chips seem thick, add a little more oil.
  • Pour melted chocolate over dry ingredients and mix together. Once all the dry ingredients are covered with chocolate, spread on wax paper and a large cookie sheet and allow to cool.
  • It took about an hour to cool and then I placed the entire sheet in the refrigerator to harden.
  • Once hard, break off into pieces and start eating!
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Chex party mix with melted chocolate

This Chex party mix with melted chocolate is absolutely delicious and it only last a couple hours. My grandparents were in love! I don’t even think my mom and dad got any.

Party Chex mix recipe

Try this melted chocolate Chex party mix when you have company or simply want to treat yourself. It takes under 10 minutes and it’s the best junk food on the planet! For more delicious ideas, check out our new our kitchen page.

Quick Ornament place setting {red + gold + blue}

Everyone loves a cute Christmas ornament. Have you ever used one as part of your place setting during the holidays to spruce up your table? I found these gorgeous red glass ornaments at HomeGoods and originally intended to hang them on my tree but in a moment of clarity, something told me to put them on the table. I knew this would be the perfect decorating tip to share as part of Laura’s 10 minute decorating series over at Finding Home.

Gorgeous DIY ornament napkin holder

Here we go.

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Simply find an ornament you love. Mine came with a rope hook but if yours doesn’t, just tie a ribbon or colored rope around the ornament. You could always just place the ornament on top of the napkin as well.

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Feed your napkin through and you are done!

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gold charger/ornament/plaid placemat/gold dot napkin {all found at HomeGoods}

So what do you think?

Simple right?

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Need a few more quick ideas? Look what these rockstars have put together! I just love these guys!

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  10 minute Christmas Decorating Thistlewood

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Inspired by Charm

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For me, I found that coordinating the ornament color with the placemat worked nicely in providing a continual theme. The blue willow china is from my great great grandmother and the gold flatware is from my great grandmother. I think she would be pleased to see her vintage china and flatware paired with modern glam.

Do you have eczema or dry skin? I do and this helps!

I remember as a kid being in and out of the doctors for severe eczema and dry skin that would crack, bleed and make me cry. My mom had to get rid of all my stuffed animals and anything that held dust or might have a fragrance that would aggravate my eczema. Medical treatment has come along way when it comes to treating eczema and dry skin but one thing has not changed for me, fragrance still aggravates my skin. We occasionally will do a sponsored post but it HAS to relate to us, be something we already use or something we may want to try. When Vaseline contacted me to try out their new Intensive Care Fragrance free lotion, I jumped at the chance. It’s fragrance free! I will try just about anything to keep my skin hydrated and prevent eczema flare ups.

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Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion Fragrance Free goes beyond basic moisturization to deeply moisturize and heal dry skin, containing a special blend of humectants and healing micro- droplets of Vaseline Jelly. The Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion is clinically proven to heal dry skin in 5 days and keep skin healed for 3 weeks. They sent me this adorable healing kit filled with their moisturizer, skin healing test strips, hot cocoa and my very own Four Generations One Roof mug! I just about died when I saw our blog on the mug, I love it!

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I took the 5 day challenge and guess what, it didn’t bother my skin and my skin feels great! As you can see below, the before image shows flaky dry skin and the after (a fews of using the moisturizer), there are less flakes! It was kind of gross to see those flakes sticking on the test strip. I was thrilled to see less a few days later.

eczema + dry skin healer Vaseline Intensive Care Moisturizer-2We live in New England and once November rolls around, the heat indoors and the cold outside, wreaks havoc with my skin. Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free is clinically proven to heal dry skin in 5 days. and keep dry skin healed for 3 weeks. Thank you so much Vaseline for sharing this wonderful product with me! It’s a keeper ;)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vaseline for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Our holiday Joss & Main Holiday Sale is live!

Ready. Set. Go! If you read our post this morning, you already know we are hosting the Joss & Main sale that goes live tonight at 9pm eastern. Well, it’s that time! Our Holiday Joss & Main Sale is live right now. If you are already a member of Joss & Main, you know all about their daily sales events featuring huge discounts on designer and brand name home decor items.

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Our sale is curated around our family room, dining room and study from last Christmas. Everything you can imagine is available to create your own modern cottage styled room with of course, a bit of glam.

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Looking at our family room above from last Christmas is getting me so excited for this Christmas! We hand picked each item for the sale with an elegant but casual theme in mind. Warm, comfy and cozy is where it’s at! This is just a few of the items below, you will love the rest!

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Don’t worry if you are not a member of Joss & Main, you can sign up here with my invite. I do get a small credit if you sign up so thank you in advance! Are you ready to shop? Lets go together!

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post and curated sale. All opinions and words are 100% my own. 

Sneak Peek Joss & Main Sale starts tonight

Good morning! Stopping in real quick to share a sneak peek of our Joss & Main sale that goes live tonight at 9pm eastern. We are thrilled to be partnering with Joss and Main again and can’t wait to share all the gorgeous home decor + Christmas items at huge discounts. The hand picked items are gorgeous and tailored around our Christmas family room below!  If you are not familiar with Joss & Main, the site is open to members only, that shares themed collections, highly coveted brands, and niche designer events that launch daily.

Here is an invite if you are not a member.

It’s totally free and you get access to the huge brand discounts. 

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I will be back tonight at 9pm eastern to remind you when our sale goes live. In the meantime, head over and checkout the daily sales that are currently running!

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PS. I do get a small credit if you sign up via our Joss & Mail invitation.

How to decorate with a Glass Jar Lamp

In case you missed it yesterday, we shared our navy blue and gold master bedroom makeover and today, I wanted to show you how to decorate with a glass jar lamp.  Jar lamps have been around forever but many times, you couldn’t get the top off to fill the inside. Now, many companies have made the top removable so you can fill with anything you want. I received many emails yesterday after we shared our makeover asking, “where did you get that lamp?” The jar lamps are from HomeGoods and they were only $29.99!

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How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

I purchased vase filler and filled the jar. This is such an easy way to decorate a night stand or any table top for that matter. The vase filler adds so much texture and it took all of 5 seconds to do.

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

You can fill your glass jar lamp with just about anything.

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

The walls are a deep navy blue so I felt like a variety of neutral colors would be perfect and Target had just the right colors.

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

I picked up a cute round wooden glass tray by Nate Berkus and the jar lamp fit nicely inside.

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

The glass jar lamp looked great on the night stand but it needed something……you know, it looked naked to me. That is where the round wooden tray came in. I love layering items and once the tray was added, the night stand looked completely dressed. Does that make sense?

How to decorate with a glass jar lamp / Navy Blue + gold master bedroom makeover

When I saw these lamps in HomeGoods I blurted out, “those are perfect!” The woman beside me just kind of looked at my out of the corner of her eye and kept walking. I can’t help it, when I see something I love, I get excited!

Decorating with a Glass Jar Lamp / Navy + Gold bedroom makeover

Do you have any glass jar lamps? I would love to hear  your ideas of what you fill them with. I cannot wait to fill this one with faux snow and cute little Christmas trees. Decorating with glass jar lamps is a great way to spruce up any table top and it doesn’t take much effort. To see the rest of the bedroom makeover, click here.

Gorgeous Navy Blue + Gold Master Bedroom makeover

Our navy blue master bedroom with gold accents is complete. We still have a few minor things to do but for the most part, it’s done. When we started on the bedroom project, the beginning of this past summer, I originally intended to simply paint and update the furniture. What started out as a simple project turned into a full glam makeover with DIY wall molding that just about killed me. I have to say though, my husband loves the space and I am so happy with how it turned out. Thank you to Wayfair and Birch Lane for donating all of the furnishings.

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The grey tufted headboard from Wayfair and the gorgeous night tables from Birch Lane coordinate perfectly together.

Here is the master bedroom before.

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We painted the walls Smoky Blue by Sherwin-Williams and the trim and chair rail Extra White (Sherwin-Williams)

Here is another before while we were sleeping on just a mattress ;). My husband was not impressed with this part of the makeover.

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After.

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Big difference in color right? Once the room was painted, I felt like it needed a dose of glam. You know, the kind that makes you say “wow!” So that’s when the gold spray painted molding came to mind.

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I will share the DIY gold molding tutorial soon. I questioned myself probably every hour while I was doing this project as it took a bit of time but in the end, it was well worth it. It’s not difficult, just time consuming.

The white smocked duvet from Pine Cone Hill is absolutely gorgeous. My mom ended up buying me the Pottery Barn blue medallion quilt for my birthday so I was hesitant about what texture would coordinate with it. I was thrilled when the smocked duvet arrived, it’s perfect!

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The navy embroidered hem sheets are also from Pine Cone Hill.

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The two toned Clarkson nightstand from Birch Lane has lift top opens to reveal a power outlet for electronics. I missed that part of the description when I ordered it and when it arrived, I was so excited to see the hidden spot for cords!

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The beautiful dresser below is also from Wayfair and is featured in distressed dolphin. This is probably the most solid piece of furniture I have ever seen. It is solid wood and absolutely gorgeous inside and out. It’s hard when you order furniture online to know the quality but rest assured, everything in this room that Wayfair and Birch Lane provided, is top notch quality.

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I am not a matchy matchy kind of person so I wanted to mix and match the furnishings. The distressed blue/green dresser offers a nice contrast in color agains the navy blue walls.

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Here is another before.

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As you can see above in the before picture, we have created something really fun with the closet doors. Look closely, do you see anything that looks “abnormal” for closet doors? I will share that tutorial soon.

Gorgeous master bedroom navy + gold makeover

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I will share a complete resource list soon. I have a wide-angle lens on my wish list for Christmas so I am hoping to get a full wide shot soon of the room. I was basically standing in the corner scrunched down taking these pictures. My son said, “mom, why are you hiding in the corner with your tripod?” So what do you think, are you loving navy blue and gold together? This master bedroom makeover has been a long time coming and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. We still need to add a light fixture and I am hoping to find the perfect petite bench for the foot of the bed. It’s on my Christmas list! Thank you so much to Wayfair and Birch Lane for making this room makeover possible. The furnishings are absolutely gorgeous and they coordinate perfectly with our new navy and gold glam styled space.

Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary paint from Sherwin-Williams, bedding by Pine Cone Hill and all of the furniture from Wayfair & Birch Lane. All opinions and words are 100% my own. 

My grandfather in his undies…..Oh my!

To all you readers who love my grandfather, this one is for you. I was digging through old pictures last week and came across my grandfather in his undies. Not only did the picture make me laugh, it brought back old memories of my grandparents kitchen. The first thing I thought of was, wow I would have fun in that kitchen doing a makeover.

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I shared this image on facebook yesterday and so many of you got a kick out of it. He still doesn’t know I shared it. ha. Click here to follow us on facebook.

I can remember like it was yesterday, sitting on that counter as a kid watching my grandmother bake. She baked a sweet treat every single day.They were big believers in homemade dessert every night. They still are!  My grandparents watched my brother and I everyday when we were kids while my parents worked. I have so many memories of them when I was a kid and sometimes, it’s so strange to be back with them 45 years later living with them as an adult. It’s amazing what looking at old photos will do for ones mind!

Happy Saturday!

Pretty Hot Apple Cider Station

Who loves a good o’l pretty hot apple cider station? I am sharing how to create one today over at HomeGoods and it won’t disappoint. Whether you are sitting at soccer game, having a bunch of kids over for a playdate or entertaining your family and friends, creating a hot apple cider station is a quick and easy way to add a festive spark to any occasion.

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Last week we showed you how to make our 5 minute creamy hot apple cider recipe and now, you can create your own fun cider station to show off your delicious hot beverage.

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Come visit me over at HomeGoods today where I will show you and share simple tips on how to get this look in just a few minutes. This is the perfect idea for the upcoming Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday.

It’s PARTY time with ThistlewoodFarms at Joss & Main

Do you all know Miss Thistle from Thistlewood Farms? Her real name isn’t Thistle, it’s Kari Anne. I just call her Thistle. I don’t even know why? Well, this girl and I have become besties over the years and blogging is what brought us together. Oh and our accents, her southern and my Bostonian make for an interesting conversation. It took me weeks to figure out what she was saying when we first starting talking on the phone. She is partnering with Joss & Main tonight for their all things holiday party and I promise, she will be a rockstar host! I know she went shopping today for that special outfit. She’ll tell you she didn’t but I know she did ;).

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This girl can tell a story like nobody’s business. She can tell the cutest little story about a piece of paper and you leave the story saying, “awww that was so cute!”  She lives in the south in a beautiful farmhouse and her kids are the most polite little cherubs on this planet. When I call her house, they answer the phone with the same long introduction and I giggle every single time. I know those kids say, “mom, who is that loud girl with that weird accent?”

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So are you ready? Head over to Joss & Main right now to see all Thistle’s fab holiday pics! Joss & Main has gorgeous home decor items at HUGE discounts so hurry before items are sold out. I can’t wait to see what that rockstar Thistle is wearing!

PS. don’t worry if you don’t have an account at Joss & Main, click here and you can sign up under my invite. I do get credit if you sign up ;).

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