Monday, October 5, 2009

The Next Step Index



I am a big fan of organization, so the longer my blog post list gets the more I realized I needed to add an area where you could easily find what you were looking for. The handy dandy category & label list is still on your right hand navigator bar, as is the chronological blog archive. Newly added is an Index link in case you are looking for one recipe, one project or one link and can't remember where I babbled about it.


Browse Away!


Planning a. . .

Start to Finish, your next get-together will be a breeze.

Baby Shower              Housewarming Party                  Book Club

Moving on Up

Thinking of moving? Moving next month? Moving tomorrow and haven't even started packing yet? Here's what we went through Spring 2009.

Finding an Apartment                          Tips for Packing

Tips for Hiring Movers                         Budgeting
Merging Two Households                   Joint Account options

Picking the Right Receiver

Room by Room

Take a virtual tour of our new apartment - count the vast number of items that come from IKEA and win a prize*

Living Room                 Media Center                 Dining Area

Library                           Hallway                           Guest Bedroom
Bathrooms                   Balcony                             Kitchen

*there is no prize.

Up on the Walls

Cheap and Easy Art? Yes, please!

DIY art                            Decorating with Puzzles          Art Fair Finds

“I Could Make That"

DIY to your heart's content. Just remember to measure twice and cut once.

Coffee Table                            Wine Cabinet                            Recipe Book

Cake Stand/Tub Décor     Pillow Slipcovers                    Vintage Nightstand
Scrapbook art                        Distressed Picture Frames

Cards and Gifts

Personalized means oh-so-much to the one on the receiving end.

Celebrity Story Cards                           Halloween Cards
Christmas Cards                                      Chocolate Gift Basket

Fall In
Autumn = Sweaters, Changing Leaves, Football. My Favorite Season.

Home Décor I and II                     Pop Culture Halloween Costumes and 2009 Recap
Carving Pumpkins                          Harvest Party
Centerpieces

Last Christmas/This Christmas
Follow the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present to get ideas for the Future.

Making Cards                                                        Wrapping Paper Themes
Gingerbread House 2008

Recipes
Impress friends and family with your cooking skillz.


Avocado, Tomato and Mango Salsa                  Fruit Salsa
Salsa Verde                                                                    Black Bean Mango Salad
Creamy Goat Cheese with Honey                        TBM Bites
Blue Cheese Spread                                                  Chicken Salad
Easy Egg Salad                                                             Apple Almond Crunch Salad
Apple Cheese Bagel Melts

Baked Macaroni and Cheese                                Honey Pork Tenderloin Kebabs
BBQ Chicken Pizza                                                    Pepperoni and Mushroom Pizza
Mexican Pizza                                                            Crustless Ham and Spinach Quiche
Ravioli with Apples and Walnuts
Velvety Squash Soup                                               Creamy Brussels Sprouts

Pumpkin Choc Chip Cookies                                Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
Best Choc Chip Cookies                                            Gulab Jamun
German Apple Pancake                                          Cranberry Apple Crumble
Chocolate Crinkles                                                 Pumpkin Roulade

Basil Lemonade                                                         Strawberry Shrub
Strawberry Champagne                                        Mimosa
Hot Apple Cider                                                        Tatanka


Hit the Links
Because I can't let you think I'm making all of this up on my own.

www.allrecipes.com
- comprehensive deliciousness
www.allposters.com - fill your walls with their prints, but please frame them first!

www.younghouselove.com - the best decor blog out there
www.ikea.com - the bible
ikeahacker.blogspot.com - the bible gets bedazzled (HEY! Next Step has been featured!)
www.rugsandinterior.com - Chicago rugs at great prices
www.jaymovers.com - Chicago movers at great prices
www.babygiftstation.com - creative shower favors
www.worldmarket.com - old world style at thrift store prices
www.rubinsfurniture.com - contemporary and affordable, not just an oxymoron
www.lonnymag.com - fills the hole that Domino's demise left
craigslist.org - come for the furniture deals, stay for the missed connections

www.oneprettything.com - DIY ultimate resource (HEY! Next Step has been featured here and here!)

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