Writing Prompts: Join Us in Exploring the Concept of 'KNOW' in August

If you've never joined NaBloPoMo, this is the time to do so. It starts August 1 and runs until August 31.  ...more

A Year After Eric Garner's Death, We're Still Wondering What to Tell Our Sons

Watch James Oliver, Jr.'s moving Voices of the Year presentation. ...more

How Majora Carter Brought Down the House at The Pitch

Majora Carter brought down the house during the inspiring The Pitch session at #BlogHer15. Her passionate description of her company, StartUp Box, which pairs tech companies looking for quality talent with entry-level employees in low-status ...more

The 2015 Voices of the Year Featured Honorees

They're here! Read on to explore the amazing work we featured at #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Voices of the Year. ...more

Can You Afford to Be a Bridesmaid?

I guess I'm at that age; I am not married or even engaged to be married. Despite this, weddings have seemed to take over my world during the past year.  Two of my best friends are getting married and I am in their weddings within two months of each other, and I am attending two other weddings with my boyfriend.  Two other couples we are close to just got engaged and are planning their weddings for next year.  Weddings seem to be the topic of conversation these days. ...more

No-Churn Oreo Mint Brownie Batter Ice Cream

How do you feel about food trends? Some I can get behind; some not so much. Chia seeds and quinoa everything? Not so much. One-pot meals and no-churn ice cream? Heck, yes! ...more

A Scrapbook Layout Start to Finish in 11 Minutes

I scrapbooked this week! It's been a while, but I had some time yesterday during naptime to record my first video(!) of my scrapbooking process. ...more

10 Things to Know for an Emergency Evacuation From a Family Who Lived It

Five years ago, my cousin, Kathryn, found herself loading up her car and her family under evacuation orders because of a local wildfire. We thought she'd be a perfect fit as a guest blogger for our preparedness series this year. So here it is, what you want -- and need -- to know to be ready for an emergency evacuation....more

Memories from Theater Camp

Dropping your kid off at summer camp can open up a Pandora's box of memories—your first kiss, making s'mores around the campfire. For me, it brings back a very particular memory about a very unusual summer, when a few hundred kids and I accidentally appeared in a sleazy sex comedy. Oops. ...more

Modern Day McCarthyism: Thoughts on Cecil the Lion and Dr. Walter Palmer

This week, the Internet blew up in justifiable outrage over Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer's killing of a beautiful and beloved lion in Zimbabwe named, Cecil, in what is called a "canned hunt". Dr....more

How to Plan Out a Blog in 5 Easy Steps

"Katie, how do I start a blog?" This question has become rather common recently and is one that I find a little tricky to answer in a way that can be most helpful to those asking. I usually respond with "What do you want to blog about?" at which point an awkward pause usually follows. When this happens I know that it would be unhelpful of me to go through the click-by-click specifics of starting a blog. Instead, I take a step back and delve into the essential steps based on the foundation you build before starting a blog. ...more

What to Do With All Those Leftover Pretty Birchbox Boxes

If you're like me and love receiving monthly subscription boxes full of treats (beauty, food, crafts, etc.) then you probably have a stockpile going of leftover boxes that are taking up space....more
Great tip -- I have tonnes of Birchbox boxes... using them for storage right now but they ...more

So hungry

I did it again. Got sick once more. This must get boring for you guys? ...more


Watching Reruns of Fixer Upper on HGTV. There is a possibility that we will be remodeling our kitchen soon and I’m OBSESSED! I was already obsessed with this show to begin with, but NOW?!?! ...more

Happy Friday friends!

Happy Friday, friends! You'll have to forgive me for not having the gusto to provide a lengthy introduction today. My week has been crazy, as I've been working like mad in order to prepare for our honeymoon ....more

8 ways to decorate with string lights

String lights are such a great way to add character and light hearted fun to almost any space – indoor or outdoor. And if you think they’re only for Christmas, you’d be surprised at the ways to enjoy them all year long. They’re an easy way to add a little spark to almost anywhere, and […] The post 8 ways to decorate with string lights appeared first on The Shabby Creek Cottage ....more

Friday Favorites

Thank you all for your comments, social media shares and emails regarding yesterday’s post. I am so glad that my blunt way of going...more

Thai Steak Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Thai Steak Salad is filled with loads of vegetables, grilled steak, and then topped with a Spicy Peanut Dressing, all in 20 minutes and only 376 calories! I call that a win! I am realizing more and more that I struggle with fear ....more

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday (more like Fri-YAY!) everyone! Wait, did I use that joke last week? Doesn’t matter, still applicable ....more

Weekly Meal Plan | August 3, 2015

I’m excited to launch this weekly meal plan series on One Sweet Mess. I decided to start planning a weekly menu after arriving home from the grocery store more often than I’d like to admit with a load of food items but not a single group of ingredients to create an actual meal. I’m pretty crafty in the kitchen and love to improvise when necessary, but when you want to make marinara and come home with everything but the tomatoes, changes need to me implemented ....more

DIY Wall Plate Rack

Oh happy, happy end of the week! Are you all in total denial like me that July is already over? Slow ....more

Fluffy Buttermilk Raisin Scones

Spread these buttermilk scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam for the best English cream tea. I’ve been a bit strawberry mad lately, so this is the last time you’ll see a hint of a strawberry for at least a week or two I promise! Besides, this isn’t actually a strawberry recipe....more