Everything You Need to Know to Mix and Match Throw Pillows

April 23, 2018

Mix and match different throw pillows for your home with the confidence of a  professional using these five easy to follow tips.





The basics of mixing and matching pillows for your sofa or bed #throwpillows #howtodecorate #decorate #pillows #andersonandgrant



Throw pillows can complete the look of your home, just like the right pair of shoes can make or break an outfit.   They are one of the last accessories to be added, but can set the tone for the entire style of a room.  Because there are many options to choose from at a wide range of prices, adding pillows to your sofa or bed is the easiest and most cost effective way to completely change the feel of the space.  They provide a pop of color, texture, and pattern and can be restyled often to easily refresh your decor.

20 Classic Dark Blue Area Rugs for Any Budget

April 18, 2018

If you are searching for a dark blue area rug for your home, consider your shopping done for you with these twenty classic rug choices available online.









When designing any space, large furniture like sofas and dining tables are considered investment pieces.  They are the items that you pay a lot of money for with the hope they will last for quite some time both in condition and style.  


But something else to buy that can be just as pricey (and many time more so) are the area rugs.   They add color, texture, pattern, and style to the room and can be the foundation to an entire design.  Oftentimes a single rug can influence the paint, fabric and furniture choices in a space.

Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies | How to Make Perfect Cookies

April 4, 2018

Basic chocolate chip cookies get a unique flavor twist with the addition of a box of JELLO vanilla pudding in the ingredients.




Get a recipe for the most flavorful chocolate chip cookies with a special ingredient + tips for getting perfect cookies every time. #recipe #cookies #chocolatechipcookies #andersonandgrant



There are certain recipes for all of us that surely bring up memories and pull us back to a different time.  Certain flavors, smells, or tastes can transport us to times like when we tasted our first homemade lemonade at a county fair, savored a piece of tiramisu at a favorite Italian restaurant, or in my case, sat down to enjoy chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven with my grandma.

Fixer Upper DIY Projects for Your Home

April 2, 2018

A collection of easy DIY projects for the home inspired by Joanna Gaines and the show "Fixer Upper."





It is safe to say that "Fixer Upper" has had an immeasurable impact on many aspects of life.  Aside from just being a fun show to watch, Joanna has inspired so many bloggers, homeowners, and creatives in regards to decorating and DIY projects.  Just think of how popular the terms shiplap and farmhouse have become in the last few years.


As tomorrow will regrettably bring about the end to this amazing show, I decided to take a look back through my own posts that have been created with a "Fixer Upper" style in mind.  It was shocking to start going through countless projects and see just how many things I've made over the years with her signature farmhouse vibe.  I narrowed it down to thirteen, but there were still many more that could have been included.

Free Printables for April

March 28, 2018

Free monthly printables for April to help organize your month, tackle some must-do chores, and stay inspired.




Stay organized + inspired in 2018 with these free printables - an inspirational quote, 2018 free printable calendar, + monthly to do list. #freeprintable #organization | www.andersonandgrant.com



Can you believe we are into the last week of March already?  I swear this month flew by.


Many of you were "lucky" enough to have that wonderful snowstorm pass over your towns last week altering travel plans and closing schools.  (Thankfully for once I escaped seeing any of that, but know many who were impacted.)  And across the country we are still seeing below average temperatures.


But even though it doesn't quite feel or look like spring quite yet, I'm confident it is right around the corner.....And I will gladly welcome it into my neighborhood when it gets here.

Refreshing Your Home for Spring

March 19, 2018

Simple tips for adding a fresh spring touch to your home, plus a few of my favorite decor finds.





Simple tips for adding a fresh spring touch to your home, plus a few favorite decor finds.   #spring #decor #andersonandgrant



The first official day of spring is tomorrow, and I'm starting to see the smallest signs that winter is coming to an end.  The temperatures are ever slowly creeping up to at least what is normal for March here in PA and I even witnessed close to two dozen robins and a chubby rabbit enjoying dinner together in my yard a few evenings ago.

Free March Printables

March 1, 2018

Free monthly printables to help you organize your month, tackle some must-do chores, and stay inspired.



Stay organized and inspired in 2018 with these free printables - an inspirational quote, 2018 printable calendar, and monthly to do list.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



Happy first day of March!


I'd like to start today's post out with a little bit of a personal story about the past month.


As fast as the days, months, and years seem to go by as I get older, February was a month that seemed to go on forever.  My grandma, who had been in the nursing home for over three years, passed away on February 22 after catching the flu and then pneumonia following Christmas.  For our family, most of the month was spent spending time with her hoping that she would recover, praying for her peaceful departure when we knew her time was near, and then planning for the events to celebrate her life.  She lived a long 97 years on this earth and thankfully lived life practically right up until the end.  She leaves behind a family that has grown to include three children, seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.  There are not many out there who can see that happen or be part of a family so vast.


The strangest part of this time has been that even as we knew my grandma's days were coming to an end and felt sorrow from seeing her go, we also joined as a family and laughed together more than we have in years telling stories and reconnecting.  Because we can all trust she is now in a better place, our time of grief can also be a time of joy and celebrating.


None of us can know how the days of our lives will progress and the changes or emotions we will experience.  But I hope that you can be able to end each day knowing you made the best out of it that you could, being thankful for the family and friends you were able to share it with, and trusting that even when the end comes you and your legacy will live on.


Oddly enough, these feelings tie in so well to this month's printable quote, even though I had chosen it back in December when creating the yearly calendar.



"What if you that trusted everything is unfolding exactly as it should?"



I first saw this quote last fall on Instagram and love how even then it instantly brought a sense of peace to my mind.  Life is going to happen and on so many occasions we can beat ourselves up for the things we've done or haven't done, the choices we've made, or the way things haven't worked out.  But at the end of it all, I think you just have to believe that you are exactly where you were meant to be at this very moment and your path is leading you somewhere amazing even if it doesn't seem like that in this instant.


My hope is that this thought can inspire each of you this month as we get ready to enter a new season of the year, and possibly, like myself, enter a new season of life as well.



Stay organized and inspired in 2018 with these free printables - an inspirational quote, 2018 printable calendar, and monthly to do list.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



As in previous months, I'm sharing three different printables you can print off or save to your computer to use.  (You can find the previous months here.)  


|   A monthly "to-do" list that includes upcoming holidays, various tasks to take care of your home, fun activities, and ways to stay organized.....



Stay organized and inspired in 2018 with these free printables - an inspirational quote, 2018 printable calendar, and monthly to do list.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



|   An inspirational quote, available in both a vertical and horizontal format.....



Stay organized and inspired in 2018 with these free printables - an inspirational quote, 2018 printable calendar, and monthly to do list.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



|   And a monthly calendar that you can use in whatever way you need.  Maybe to keep track of upcoming appointments, to plan your monthly menu, or use as an editorial calendar for anyone who blogs....



Stay organized and inspired in 2018 with these free printables - an inspirational quote, 2018 printable calendar, and monthly to do list.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



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How to Fold Bath Towels for a Tidy Linen Closet

February 26, 2018

Learn how to properly do one of the most basic homekeeping tasks - folding your bath towels for a neat and tidy linen closet.

This post will teach you exactly how to fold bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths for an organized linen closet.  #organize #linencloset #homekeeping #andersonandgrant



There are a lot of seemingly mundane tasks involved in keeping a home.  Things like doing laundry and washing dishes sound like boring chores you just want to get done so you can get on to the bigger, "more important" things.  But the fact is those mundane basics are actually the most important part of keeping a home.  If the fundamentals are not properly done, it has an impact on how your entire house looks and functions.


One of those basic chores important to successful homekeeping is folding laundry and today I want to focus on how to fold the towels in your bathroom.

9 Essential Baking Pans for Any Kitchen

February 12, 2018

Nine essential baking pans that anyone should have in their kitchen, plus tips on how to use each one.





Be prepared for any baking recipe with these nine essential baking pans. #baking101 #kitchentools #baking #andersonandgrant



Whether you are a seasoned baker or just getting started in the kitchen, it can be overwhelming to know what you actually need to buy when it comes to baking pans.  There is a pan specifically made for just about everything and they come in different materials including aluminum, glass, ceramic, silicone, and nonstick metal.  Most pans typically come in more than one size, too.  And you can find them everywhere from the dollar store to pricey department stores and everything in between.

DIY Felt Coasters for Your Hot and Cold Drinks

January 31, 2018

Protect wood furniture from being damaged by warm beverages or condensation with theses stylish and easy to make DIY felt coasters.






Learn how to make these quick and easy DIY felt coasters for under your hot and cold beverages. #DIY #coaster #felt #andersonandgrant



Cups filled with a hot beverage and wood furniture are normally not a good combination.  I'm always a little nervous setting my morning mug of coffee down in my bedroom when getting dressed fearing that I'm going to see a ring form on my dresser from the heat.


I realized a little DIY was in order and wanted to share what I did so that you can make some of these unique coasters for your own home.  It is a really affordable project and is easy to do regardless of your crafting skills.  And what is really fun about this DIY is that they can be made to suit your own style and color preferences.

Free February Printables

January 29, 2018

Free monthly printables to help you organize your month, tackle some must-do chores, and stay inspired.


Stay organized and inspired in 2018 with these free printables - an inspirational quote, 2018 printable calendar, and monthly to do list.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com #freeprintable #printablecalendar



Can you believe that we are already so close to being done with the month of January?  I hope that your year started off well and you're still motivated towards working on the goals that you set for 2018.  


Last month I started a new series with a couple different monthly downloads to help you stay inspired and on top of what needs done for the month.  (You can find the previous months here.)  It was so nice to hear from  many of you that you liked the format and found the printables really helpful.  They are a lot of fun to put together and I find myself learning a few things as I make them.

Add Style to Your Winter Home with Decorative Throws + 15 of My Favorites Online

January 26, 2018

Throw blankets are important for more than just warmth in the winter.  They can be an essential piece of your decor.  


A decorative throw is not only important for warmth in the winter but adds style, texture, and color to your decor.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com



During the cold winter months, we all understand the importance of having a cozy throw or two close at hand.  There is nothing much that I like better than being able to snuggle under a soft blanket for a night of TV watching  or reading by the fireplace.  There is something comforting about being wrapped up indoors while the wind and snow blow outside the window.


But what we turn to for warmth is also a valuable item to add a decorative touch to our homes.

Keep Snowy Boots from Melting on Your Floors with this DIY Boot Tray

January 24, 2018

During the winter, bringing snowy boots and shoes into the house in inevitable.  But this easy project for a DIY Boot Tray will allow the boots to dry thoroughly and keep the snow and water off of your floors.

During the winter, bringing snowy boots and shoes into the house in inevitable.  But this easy project for a DIY Boot Tray will allow the boots to dry thoroughly and keep the snow and water off of your floors. #winter #organize #mudroom #andersonandgrant



If there is snow outside of your home this winter, it is highly likely snow is being brought inside on everyone's boots and shoes.


Maybe it is from your children outside building snowmen.  Or possibly it is from your spouse  shoveling the sidewalk.  And it just might be on your own shoes from going out to get the mail.


It doesn't matter who is outside or what they are doing....during the winter you need a reliable way to make sure that the shoes dry out and the snow doesn't end up on your precious floors.  A little prevention goes a long way in keeping your house clean during the messy winter months.

An Easy Alternative to Making Homemade Soup this Winter

January 22, 2018

During  winter, soup becomes a go-to meal as it provides warmth from the cold outside.  While you may feel homemade is best, there are delicious alternatives for days when you don't have the time or energy to make it.  Prepared correctly with a few homemade touches, you likely won't even know the difference.





A few special details give this Idahoan potato soup a fresh, homemade taste for a warm winter meal.  |  www.andersonandgrant.com

Thank you Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups for sponsoring this post. Grab yourself a bowl and celebrate National Soup Month with me!



When temperatures dip below freezing as they have been for awhile through much of the country, we all reach for the things that will warm us and make us feel cozy.  Whether it is snuggling under a heavy throw or wrapping our hands around a mug of hot chocolate, our bodies and souls crave warmth from all of the cold.

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