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Football Taco Bowl Bites

Football Taco Bowl Bites are hearty appetizers and are always a hit for game-day parties. They are like a seven layer taco dip….in your hand! Easy Football Taco Bowl Bites The Super Bowl is this weekend, and creating a robust menu of appetizers is ALWAYS front and center on my mind! Being a food blogger, the pressure is ON to bring “that” dish everyone devours. Couple that with the fact …continue reading

Taco Pie – Easy Comfort Food

Taco pie is perfectly seasoned meat layered with all your favorite taco toppings, then baked in a flaky, buttery pie crust for a comforting weeknight meal. Your family will devour this easy taco pie with pie crust made from simple ingredients that comes together quickly.  Follow my tips below for making the best taco pie, and different options for crusts. For this recipe you will need: pie crust (homemade or …continue reading

Love Bug Popcorn

We’ve been talking a LOT about Valentine’s Day around here.  I’m sure you’ve seen on SnapChat {melrosefamily} that our mantle for Valentine’s Day has been up since the new year.  What?!  I don’t mess around when it comes to Valentine’s Day.  We started our Random Acts of Kindness February 1st and it’s made the month so much more fun and meaningful.  This Love Bug Popcorn was the perfect treat to …continue reading


Shabby Chic Furniture Makeover

It’s garage sale season which means that this is an amazing time to find furniture that has good bones but just needs a face lift.  Now, how would you like it if I told you that it’s possible to transform that ugly chair (with an upholstered seat) into beautiful Shabby Chic Furniture in 2 hours or less?  Really!  Look what I did while I was doing a load of laundry!  My washer …continue reading


Popper Printable Valentine

I'm all about printable valentines that work perfectly for gifts other than sweets.  Riley and I put together her Butterfly Clip Valentine Printables for the girls in her class, but we needed something for the little boys.  I was aimlessly walking through Target hoping that something would jump out at me when I these rainbow colored, rubber poppers popped right out at me.  I immediately thought these would be ...

Children’s Artwork Gallery Wall & Cut It Out Frames Giveaway

Preschool started this year for Riley, which means she comes home singing all sorts of new songs and she comes home with tons of adorable projects.  Our refrigerator was becoming overrun with them.  Any time you opened the refrigerator something was bound to fall off and for my OCD husband it was not working.  So I created a Children's Artwork Gallery Wall in her bedroom using Cut It Out ...

Autumn Apple Printable

There's nothing quite like the cool weather of the Fall.  It reminds me of Football, hot apple cider and my absolute favorite donuts, apple cider spice.  I've always had a love of apples, which include apple decor.  At some time or another I'm pretty sure I had apple curtains for kitchen windows because my dishes have an apple design.  Instead of decorating for Autumn with leaves and orange color, ...


3 Minute Newborn Headband Tutorial

You all know that I love quick and easy projects, but I also love pretty.  Ever since Riley's hair grew back in as a baby {yep, she was a baldy}, I've always had a bow of some sort in her hair.  For some reason I never tried headbands with Riley though.  It was most likely because the child never stayed still long enough for a headband to remain in ...


Toddler Herb Garden

If there's one thing I love most about being a mom, it's making memories with my children and those memories can be the most mundane activities, but they're special because we did them together.  My toddler is extremely inquisitive about the world around her so I, being the teacher that I am, like to give her the hands on experience that she needs to fully understand how the world ...

Newborn Toddler Room Reveal

Living in a two bedroom condominium can make things tight for a family of four.  When we originally purchased our home we bought with the intention of only being there for a couple of years.  The housing market crashed six months after we purchased our first home and we found ourselves underwater on the value of our home.  The two bedroom condo was perfect for our family of three, ...

Glass Etching Tutorial

~Glass Etching~   Hello! I'm so excited to be guest posting here at The NY Melrose Family and I'd like to say a big thank you to Jenny for having me! My name is Leslie and I blog at House on the Way, a home decor & design blog. Today I'm sharing a great project using glass etching creme. Have you ever wanted those gorgeous monogrammed glasses from Pottery Barn or Williams-Sonoma? ...

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