Orange, Chicken and Walnut Salad

Sweet and salty tastes make this protein packed salad satisfying and delicious

The Secret to Better Tasting Coffee

Make better tasting coffee - no sugary syrups required!

DIY Pretend Doctor Kit

Make a functional pretend doctor kit for your favorite little ones.

Farm Girl Apron Tutorial

Turn old jeans into a cute gardening apron with this tutorial.

Wine Cork Pendants

Turn used wine corks into cute charms.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Make Friendly Upcycled Flower Pot Spiders

This post is brought to you by FolkArt Paint.

Have you started decorating for Halloween yet? Plaid Crafts recently asked me to use some of their FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint to whip up some budget friendly Halloween decor. To meet their challenge, I decided to transform some flower pots into adorable spiders. This is a perfect way to repurpose used terracotta pots (just wash them first!) - or if needed you can pick up some new ones at your local craft store or dollar store for less than $1 each!

The great thing about the FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint is that not only can you use it on everything from wood to pottery to glass and more - but it is super durable, too! This means that these decorations will resist both moisture and rust so you can leave them outside without worries. Of course the greenie in me loves that it's a non-toxic water based formula - so no stinky smells or VOCs to pollute the air in my home.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

{Recipe} Caramel Apple Crepes

Fall is such a lovely time of the year!  The churchyard down the street from me is selling pumpkins, my morning walk is cool and almost crisp, and the internet is gearing up for fall.  My contribution may not be huge, but it is delicious!

Crêpes are great for special occasions, and for everyday eating.  If you haven't made them before, they are quite simple (about as easy as pancakes), but they add a greater sophistication to your meal than pancakes, I think.  These caramel apple crepes are so festive and fun for the holidays! Perfect for a weekend breakfast or a tasty post-dinner treat!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Make a DIY Standing Desk Add-On

Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I'm back with a great solution for anybody who's on the computer a lot. (Which is pretty much all of us, am I right?) My blog and design business keep me chained to my desk most of the day, and I know it's not great for my general health to sit, sit, sit. I've been pondering the idea of a standing desk for a while, but I didn't want to toss the perfectly good piece of furniture I already had. Sometimes it's good to sit, like when I'm sewing, so I wanted something I could ADD to my desk when I needed to stand and ixnay the back pain. And then I thought about the cool snack tray my mom had when I was a kid and boom! Solution.

Friday, September 18, 2015

25 Healthy & Delicious Soup Recipes for Fall

I am a huge fan of soup and I make it year round, rain or shine, 100+ degrees or not.  It is nourishing, delicious and a super easy way to pack in the vegetables.  

I love how it can be silky smooth, straight out of the blender, or have delightful chunks of tasty meat and vegetables.  Basically soup is my perfect meal, especially because it can come in all shapes and sizes. 

There is nothing cozier than a chilly fall evening complete with warm socks and a piping hot soup.  That is autumn perfection, in my book.  

Thursday, September 17, 2015

DIY Desktop Essential Oil Display Shelf from a Picture Frame

This post brought to you by Wayfair.

Do you diffuse essential oils in your office or home? I love having my diffuser going - especially at night in my bedroom and in my office while I'm working. After a while, though, it's easy for your counter or desktop to get cluttered with the little bottles of oil. This situation was the inspiration for my craft challenge from Wayfair.

Wayfair recently asked me if I wanted to participate in a Craft Swap Challenge (um, yes!). Each blogger who signed up was sent one of four inexpensive items from Wayfair and you craft it up and send it to a secret partner. 

I was assigned Kristin of Modish and Main. I poked around on her site and in her social media feeds to get an idea of her style so I could make something she would love. I saw that she likes to use essential oils and I thought it would be fun to transform the Malden Driftwood Linear Picture Frame I was sent into a little essential oil stand to keep her desk or dresser neat and tidy when using a diffuser.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

10 Quick Tips for Helping Your Baby Learn to Love Fruits & Veggies

how to get your kids to eat fruits and veggies
Baby A loves to eat vegetables straight from the garden!

As the mom of two kids who actually eat vegetables (and like them - most of the time), I am often asked how the heck this happens:

Yes, that really is my baby. And yes, he really did eat almost that whole plate of vegetables. He had beets, olives, peas, cucumbers, baby tomatoes, zucchini shreds, garbanzo beans, croutons and carrot shreds (he left most of the carrot shreds).

I have another post coming up about how to help older kids eat veggies without a fight - but today I'm going to start with tips aimed at pregnant moms and moms of babies - because a big part of how food is a non-issue in our home is because we are very strategic about how we handle their first experiences with food.

If you don't have a baby, that's ok! We will have Part 2 later this week to share ways to help big kids (and even the "very veggie averse") get their veg on!
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Build a Garden or Tool Shed from Recycled Doors

We are in the process of selling our townhouse and buying, what I think I will refer to as, "The Farmhouse" (although stay tuned on that one). All that to say, I anticipate the possibility of removing some doors from our new home and I think this project would be a great way to reuse them! 

Please note, if you are removing doors from your pre-1970 built home, you should absolutely test them for lead (these 3M Lead Check swabs are easy to use and don't require bringing the door anywhere or paying someone to come to your house)


  • Concrete
  • Lumber
  • Old Doors
  • Saw
  • Brackets
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Roofing material
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Monday, September 7, 2015

How to Make a Chrysanthemum Style Sunburst Mirror with Plastic Spoons

I have been working on this project for what feels like forever. Perhaps because I started it a year ago and then hung it on my wall (unfinished) to get it out of the way. And then I finished it this week. Finally. Two weeks before I move to a totally new house. Ha!

The move was my incentive to finally get this thing finished. Since I worked so hard on my dining room makeover and since I'm moving away from said dining room in two weeks I figured I had better actually finish it if I want nice pictures, eh? Ain't no minute like the very last minute.


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Friday, September 4, 2015

{Recipe} Sweet Beet Smoothie (another sneaky way to get your kids to eat vegetables!)

This post is brought to you by O Organics.

I get asked all the time about how to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. One way that I find rather effective - especially for the very-veggie-averse - is to sneak them into desserts or smoothies. Prepared the right way, the kids will have no idea there are vegetables in their delicious treats. Bwa ha ha!

This smoothie makes a great breakfast or can be packed for lunch. "Smoothies for lunch?!" You say? Indeed! With an insulated thermos like a Kleen Kanteen insulated stainless steel bottle (my personal favorite), your smoothie will stay cold, thick and icy until lunch time. Honestly!

This recipe was modified oh-so-slightly from Safeway's O Organics Sweet Beet Smoothie Recipe. I added some greek yogurt for a boost of protein and sticking power as well as lemon juice and frozen cherries to sweeten it up and cover they taste of the beets that some kids do not love. Taste it before you serve it and if you think it needs more sweetness, add a bit of O Organics agave syrup and give it another whirl in the blender.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Make Peacock Garden Art from a Whisk

Fall is one of my favorite times to put some garden art out. As the big bushy plants of summer die back and leave room in your planter boxes and gardens, adding art keeps some color outside to accent your winter plant selections. This garden art made from an upcycled whisk is adorable and great way to de-clutter your kitchen drawers, too!


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Find the directions online at Morena's Corner: How to Turn a Whisk Into DIY Peacock Garden Art

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Monday, August 31, 2015

{Recipe} Italian Antipasto Salad - PLUS Enter to Win a Trip for 2 to Italy!

This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market

My Italian grandmother was the ultimate hostess. There are not many dinners I can remember having at her house where appetizers were not served. In classic Italian style, she often laid out antipasto platters (antipasto is Italian for "before the meal") full of olives, salami and marinated vegetables for grazing. Many times, though, she would lay out a different appetizer and then serve the classic Italian antipasto ingredients in salad form.

My grandmother's antipasto salad was so delicious and full of flavor - but light at the same time due to not being weighed down with heavy or creamy dressings. We usually ate it as a salad course but you can make a large helping of this salad and serve it as the entree as well. It's the perfect no-cook meal for busy school nights or warm summer and fall evenings when you don't want to cook


*I recommend purchasing these ingredients as organic where available to avoid GMOs, pervasive pesticides and/or questionable farming practices.

The beautiful thing about this salad is that you start with a base of lettuce, tomatoes, salami, olives and artichoke hearts and then add nothing else, everything else or just a few more things! The salad can be different each time but still delicious! Be sure to visit World Market to see their selection of Italian foods and other International foods to help you plan your perfect meal. 


  1. Wash and spin dry your lettuce. Tear into bite size pieces. Place in a bowl.
  2. Add washed baby tomatoes, salami and mozzarella and toss.
  3. Add artichoke hearts and any other wet (marinated or pickled) vegetables. Tear or cut veggies into smaller pieces as needed.
  4. Toss the salad and assess how wet the lettuce is. Most of the flavor in the salad should come from the marinated vegetables and their juices - of course how much there is will vary based on how many vegetables you add! Add a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Toss and add more if needed.
  5. Finish with a light sprinkling of freshly ground sea salt

Pictured product credit:
Plates: Nantucket salad plates from Cost Plus World Market • Fresh salad ingredients: Whole Foods • Salami: Columbus Salami from Cost Plus World Market • Marinated and pickled vegetables: Various (see links in ingredients list) from Cost Plus World Market • Olive wood salad tongs: Olive wood spoon (2) from Cost Plus World Market • Table: White Camille Dining Table from Cost Plus World Market • Salad bowl: Flared Glass Salad Bowl from Cost Plus World Market • Knife: Santoku knife from Pampered Chef

Gourmet Getaway!

Now, Italian recipes are great but what's even better? How about a trip to Italy!?!

World Market is partnering with ABC's The Chew to bring you an opportunity to visit Italy in serious style - plus win a $1000 World Market Gift Card. 

If you are not already familiar with The Chew, be sure to check them out mid day on ABC. They cover cooking, home entertaining, food trends, crafts and more. Plus they have an awesome panel of celebrity chefs, entertaining expert, Clinton Kelly and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz.

Also? Can I confess that one of my fantasies is to be on The Chew one day? Because it is! In my wildest dreams, I would wow them with some awesome home DIY tutorial or an easy Italian recipe that even Mario Batali would love. My five year old would be amazed (he loves The Chew, too!). True story.

But enough about sure to pop over the World Market sweepstakes website to enter to win! 

Taste of Italy

Helping me promote this sweepstakes from The Chew and World Market are several other bloggers who have whipped up fabulous Italian appetizers and starter courses as well. Visit them below to see what they're cooking!

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