Friday, November 30, 2012

Crepe Myrtle Pruning Step-by-Step

How to prune crepe myrtlesI found this article last year while looking up info on pruning my Crape Myrtles. It's a great guide for both new and experienced gardeners! Reblogging it from Southern Living for those of you who like to garden like me!  does a great job teaching you how to prune your crepe myrtles without being a 'Crepe Murderer'. 

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

How to Criss Cross Ribbon on a Christmas Tree Instructions

How to Criss Cross Ribbon on a Christmas TreeLooking for elegant Christmas tree ribbon ideas? Consider this beautiful criss crossed ribbon Christmas tree.

I had posted it last week on one of  my blogs and on Pinterest earlier in the week and got several requests for instructions. Since I was doing this on my own tree this year I took pictures and put together instructions for the criss cross ribbon Christmas tree for those of you who were interested in doing it themselves.
You can find the a step-by-step tutorial at:

UPDATE: After doing my own criss cross Christmas tree last year, I received several comments from visitors at home, as well as my online readers. Each year I do a 'theme' on my tree and try to make it simple but very elegant and tasteful. I will be doing this again this year but using a ribbon color that matches my theme. I can't wait. Only a few more months and it will be time to decorate again!
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My niece, or should I say snowman!

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Craft Room Ideas, Designs and Organization

Tips and Ideas for Designing, Organizing and Decorating Your Craft Room

Design you craft room layout with the inspiration of others!

As many of you already know, I wrote for Squidoo for a couple of years prior to starting my own blog. One of my best performing lenses {a.k.a. articles} was Craft Room Ideas, Designs and Organization. It has been repined thousands of times, received hundreds of comments and receives thousands of views weekly. I wanted to take a moment to share these awesome craft room ideas with you over here at So Simply Stephanie, but to avoide reinventing the wheel, I decided to just link back to my original article over at Squidoo.

Depending on your budget you can create a functional craft room that helps you get the job done or you can go all out with a shabby, chic craft room that would inspire others. You will find several ideas, tips, pictures and more for designing your own craft room of any size. It include craft room storage ideas, organization tips, and even closet craft room designs. Whether you are looking to create a craft studio, craft closet or just a small work center, you will find plenty of ideas over at Craft Room Ideas, Designs and Organization.
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2012 Top Christmas Gifts for Men

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Choosing the best Christmas gifts for men can be a challenge during the holiday season. If you have a husband, dad, brother, uncle or adult son on your shopping list this year then you need to check out the 2012 Top Christmas Gifts for Men. This Christmas gift guide gives you several ideas for the top Christmas gifts for men this year.

The 2012 Top Christmas Gifts for Men shopping guides offers tons ideas for a variety of men. Find gift ideas for men in general, along with ideas for men who like to golf, hunt, play video games, cook, read, and other hobbies.

So, what are you thoughts on Christmas shopping for men? Share your own suggestions for the 2012 best gifts for men this year along with what you will be buying for the men on your Christmas list. Men, feel free to post your ‘wish lists’ to give the ladies ideas for the best gifts for her man this holiday season! Who knows, you special woman may just happen to walk buy and catch a glimpse and come up with a few ideas for you! :)
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Top Books Like Fifty Shades of Grey

Books Like Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

Any Fifty Shades of Grey fans out there? Only a few million right? I must admit, I am a huge 50 Shades fan! I read the books in about a week and absolutely fell in love with Christian Grey.

Like the majority of women who came across the path of E. L. James and fell in love with her characters I had to have more! More awesome romance novels and more hot guys like Christian Grey and I found them! Yes, there are more- they really exist! Maybe not in real life but in more wonderful fantasy-tales. I have created my list of  Top Books Like Fifty Shades of Grey. I dare you to read them and then tell me that you didn't find Gideon Cross just as hot, if not hotter, than Christian Grey!

And just a little side note for all my male blog subscribers...  I sincerely apologize for subjecting you to more Fifty Shades of Grey tidbits. I'm sure you only hear it mentioned about 293 times a day. On the plus side, I just wanted to share these few books and  I promise for all my men readers out there, I will not subject you to daily posts about Fifty Shades of Grey! :) Just on occasion for the once in a blue moon post that I must share! :)
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes!

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Cute turkey cupcakes for Thanksgiving I found on Pinterest.

I think these would be simple and easy for kids. All you need is a cupcake, chocolate icing, a Nutter Butter cookie, an almond slice and candy corn.

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Beautiful Blue Christmas Tree with Criss Crossed Ribbon

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While I love the beautiful blue Christmas tree, it's the criss crossed ribbon that really does it for me! I love how unique this is! A simple, inexpensive idea to create an expensive, lavish looking Christmas tree.

Find a tutorial for creating your own criss cross Chistmas tree at:  How to Criss Cross Ribbon on a Christmas Tree.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Doc McStuffins Christmas Gift Ideas for Little Girls

Doc McStuffins is the latest and greatest Disney show for little girls. It started airing on Disney and Disney Junior this summer and has become a hit for little girls around the globe.

With a 2 year old at home who loves Doc McStuffins, I am having a real challenge finding Doc McStuffins toys in the stores. Luckily, I have found several online at Since there are several dealers on Amazon including Disney and major toy stores, the prices are very competitive Amazon also gives free shipping for orders over $25. You can find all the currently released Doc McStuffins Toys on Doc McStuffins Toys Christmas Gift Guide.

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Oreo Cookie Balls Recipe


The Holidays are just around the corner and Santa will be here before we know it! With that said, it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

Three of my best, most requested, most talked about dishes are my Oreo Balls, chicken and dumplins, and green bean casserole.

Oreo Balls are always a classic! They are sweet, rich and have a truffle like center with an almond bark coating on the outside. I decided that this year, I want to decorate them. I tried my hand with a few sprinkles and some that were drizzled with homemade icing. I could not believe how simple the homemade icing was to make and color. I will be making some ‘fall colored’ ones using brown, orange and gold colored drizzle, and then the green and red for Christmas. You can find this easy recipe on one of my mini-blogs, Oreo Cookie Ball Recipe.

Now that you know three of my Holiday dishes, what are yours? Feel free to share your recipes, tips, and ideas for holiday recipes.
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Friday, November 9, 2012

So Simply Stephanie

Welcome to So Simply Stephanie! Here you will find the latest, most random posts you ever read. From gardening tips, Christmas recipes and my random- personal opinions... it will all be found right here!
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