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Could your home use a little boost? A little freshening up for Spring? I've got some simple, stylish and inexpensive tricks to turn your home from a case of winter blues to spring sass.

For more details, watch me on Marie Osmond's show on Hallmark Channel.

TempaperDesigns.com, $75-98

Temporary or permanent you choose - so simple - self adhesive, “peel and stick” eliminating the need for water and paste. High impact decorating for those who don’t want to make a long-term commitment. One roll will cover about 8 x 6 or 7 ft.  Apply to walls with painted surface  Plus you can wipe it clean.

    

Cabotstain.com

You can create simple decorative DIY projects and stain then with custom tints. Gets you a pop of color, but also protects and preserves the wood rather than just coating it. Moonshadow tint for the tray. Sanibel and Limed Oak for the birdcage.

Pretty Smitten.com, $80-120

Lucite monogrammed trays. You choose the background and they add your initials.

Minted.com, starts at $38 - $375

Limited edition, Custom Art Prints created by independent artists and printed on archival paper. Available in mutiple sizes and frame choices. The art we featured:

All in the Details, Highway Wildflowers, Home Sweet Home, Ligurian Houses, and Love Letter

Décor items: Rug, pillows, throws, ottoman, decorative items in our spiffed up livingroom:

    

Home Goods, a great choice for designer items up to 60% off specialty stores.

West Elm

My fabulous blue Tulip dress by Azadeh, azadehcouture.com  Thank you Azadeh!

Plenty of invites and so many bottles of wine are endlessly toted to party after party. It’s time to be more thoughtful with your choices of gifts you bring to the hostess.  As the style contributor for Marie Osmond's show, I shared a variety of choices that satisfy everything from a host with a sweet tooth to a green thumb.

 

Let the host have a reprieve from the kitchen. Bring the hors d’oeuvres so friends and family can have a chance to socialize before sitting down to the main meal.  Or if it’s a causal gathering watching football or playing board games, this mix of savory and sweet options from Hickory Farms satisfies everyone’s snacking needs.

    

HickoryFarms.com $25-65

The host has enough to deal with after the party cleaning up so make the next morning easy by filling a basket with gourmet goodies to take care of breakfast. If you’re spending the night, be sure to get up and make the host breakfast as an extra bonus.

Gourmet goodies and basket all from HomeGoods, $30

Sure you could bring wine, but if your host is a dog lover, why not bring treats for their animals. Make sure it’s a healthy treat and add a dog toy or canister to hold the treats.

Dog treats from Wellpet.com

Does your friend have a green thumb? Everything he or she touches just grows with abundance?  Or perhaps a friend who would like to do some planting? Give them a garden they can grow inside or enjoy when the weather turns warmer.

Herb garden, butterfly habitat and bonsai trees from Overstock.com

Sweet tooth? Skip baking and bring the host some our her favorite candy and instead of wrapping it up put it into lacquer boxes that she can place on a coffee table or once empty use for jewelry. Going to home with kids then bring along Nestle holiday boxes with candy inside and trivia to keep them occupied.

Nestle holiday candy and lacquer boxes from Home Goods

The host has enough to take care of without taking out the camera and snapping lots of photos. Take the pressure off him or her and offer to take all the photos and instantly share with all the guests using the new free app from Familiar.

Free photo app from Familiar.com

Share one of your favorite recipes with the host and wrap it up in a new apron or pot holder, napkins and wooden spoon.  I’m a fan of sharing a carrot soufflé recipe that I make every holiday.

Apron, napkins, pot holders from HenHouseLinens.com

Carrot Soufflé recipe

A delicious side dish, dessert or breakfast!

Ingredients:

1-lb. cooked carrots

   (I use a 1-lb. bag of baby carrots)

3 eggs beaten

½ cup sugar

½ cup melted butter

2 tablespoons flour

1 cup milk

1/3 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon baking powder

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Cook carrots and mash them. 

Put mashed carrots into a blender and add milk. Blend.

         Mix all other ingredients together in a bowl. Then add mixed ingredients into blender. Blend again.

Pour into a butter greased round soufflé/casserole dish or small ramekins for individual servings. 

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350°.

It will rise like a soufflé and get slightly brown on top.

 

 

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