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9 Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats

February 14, 2017

9 Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats

A bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates might be the most traditional, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day gift-giving, there is so much more out there to show your affection for the ones you love. Whether you’re looking for a special surprise for your spouse, child or friend (and don’t forget to treat yourself, too!), these options are as sweet as can be.

The hand-made details—a dark denim rosette, metallic heart cut-out and hand lettering—of this wood-grained Love Frame ($11.99) make it an extra-special perch for a favorite photo.

 

 

How cute is this Together Makes Life Beautiful pillow ($9.99)? One side features a heartfelt message, while the other is covered edge to edge with x’s and o’s.

 

With its heathered gray tones, comfy knit fabric and sweet screenprint, this Inspired Hearts Hacci Raglan Hoodie ($19.99) should be required attire for a cozy movie Valentine’s Day date at home.

 

Whether or not it’s sandals season where you live, you can’t help but go googly-eyed after one look at these Emoji Heart Eyes Flip Flops ($3.99).

 

Any modern romantics in the house? If you prefer crisp and clean-cut designs to pink, red and frills, pick up this Derek Heart High Neck Screen Tank ($4.99) with a simple black-and-white motif that nods to Valentine’s Day without seeming overly sappy.

 

With it’s powder pink hue and sugar-sweet message, this Heart String Art ($9.99) is just the right fit for the littlest valentine in your life. Bonus points for adding these utterly adorable Rainbow Heart Sunglasses ($3.99)

 

Wear your heart on your sleeve with this Crystal Bangle with Heart ($7.99). Between the rose gold-tone metal and the twinkly crystal heart and band, it’s right-on for Valentine’s Day.

 

Lapel pins are making a comeback, big-time! Your BFF would really dig the Orion 3 Piece Bff Heart and Donut Pins ($3), which would look super-cute pinned on a jean jacket or backpack.

 

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Homemade Raspberry Valentine Pop Tarts

February 10, 2017

Homemade Raspberry Valentine Pop Tarts

As a kid of the 80’s, Valentine’s Day meant making valentines boxes out of whatever you could find at home-most of us getting really creative with a cereal or shoe box, construction paper, tin foil, or any other materials we could find around the house.  It meant buying “valograms” for 25 cents through student council to send to your friends.  It meant exchanging valentine cards and all the excitement in seeing what candy you would get.  It meant a school party, where the afternoon was spent eating unhealthy food and playing games.  It was a day full of sugar and sweetness in so many ways!

These days, my favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is just showing the love to those in our lives! Whether homemade valentines sent in the mail, or fun messages wrote to classmates, just personalizing and actually putting love into whatever you give means a lot to some of us.  My favorite is baking fun and yummy treats to give to neighbors, friends, and even mail to our loved ones miles away!!! It’s just a good feeling to know you are thought of!  So this Valentine’s day, give your hand a try at these Raspberry Valentines Heart Shaped Pop Tarts.  Anyone receiving these is sure to feel the love this Valentine’s Day.

 

Raspberry Valentine Pop Tarts

Pastry Dough:

2 C flour

1 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 C butter room temp

2 egg yolks

¼ C milk

 

Filling:

Raspberry jam

 

Egg Wash:

1 egg white

1 Tbsp water

(use fork to beat together) and set aside

 

Icing:

1 C Powder Sugar

1 Tbsp Cream

½ tsp almond flavoring

1 Tbs raspberry jam

(can add some red food coloring if you want icing darker)

 

Combine flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl.   Cut in 1C unsalted butter with pastry blender.  In separate bowl combine 2 egg yolks and 1/4 C milk. Using pastry blender mix with dry ingredients. Refrigerate dough overnight.

Roll dough (on floured surface) 1/8 inch thick (do not roll thicker, they rise).  Cut out heart shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheets. (I use airbake sheets).  Makes about 15 hearts(top and bottoms) of medium sized cookie cutter.  I divided dough in half so I knew how many bottoms I had.

 

Use a small melon baller to place two small drops of raspberry jam as shown.  Use finger to run egg wash around edges of hearts, place another heart on top and gently press around edges being careful not to squeeze jam out.  Then take small chopstick end and press around edges to seal.  Lightly brush with egg white wash and then bake at 350 degrees for 15-18mins, move to cooling rack.  Once completely cooled drizzle with frosting mixture. Let dry before placing in wax paper bags or storage.

 

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DIY Valentine Heart Decor

February 7, 2017
Valentine DIY

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we have a quick and easy DIY Valentine heart decor project that will have your home swooning in no time.

Gather Supplies

The supplies are simple. Glue gun, heart punch, scrap paper, sticks and any embellishments you want to use make this super easy creation.  If you don’t have a heart paper punch just cut out one heart and use that as your pattern to trace around for the rest of the hearts.

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Punch or cut out as many hearts are you want to put on your tree.  Just keep trusting us on the sticks, it turns out super cute.

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Arrange

Arrange the sticks in some sort of container. You could use a vase, bucket, or a glass pitcher. Use the glue gun to carefully glue the hearts onto the sticks. We would suggest you arrange the sticks how you want them in the container and then glue the hearts on based on how the the sticks lay naturally. You can glue as many hearts or as little hearts as you want, it’s YOUR creation! You could also do different size hearts or write cute sayings on each heart.

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Embellish

Use embellishments to add your own personal style.  You could add glitter or buttons to the hearts.  You know, crafty things like that.  We added a little black and white bakers twine to give the red mason jar a little extra something.

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Admire

Step back and admire your new DIY Valentine heart decor You can place this anywhere that needs a little pop of color for the holiday. An end table, shelving or a buffet would all be really cute with this lovely DIY piece.

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This simple DIY decoration adds that perfect touch for the holiday. Style it with some other products from Gordmans like we did here.

Share with us your creations on Instagram and use the tag #gordmans so we can see the endless possibilities!

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Holiday Wish List

December 9, 2016

Gift shopping season is upon us, and chances are, loved ones in your life are asking what you’d like to see under the tree this year. From your office Secret Snowman to your family gift exchange, here’s a list of tempting treats to consider for your very own wish list.

Finesse Multi-Row Beaded Necklace and Earrings, $9.99

This statement necklace and understated earrings are just the thing to top off a LBD for New Year’s Eve and beyond.

Keurig K55 Coffee Maker, $119.99

A pod coffeemaker in this snazzy Rhubarb color will spice up your kitchen, big time.

Matte Water Bottle, $14.99

The knock-out colors and sleek design makes this water bottle more a fashion accessory than a hydration necessity.

20-inch Hardside Carry-On Spinner Luggage, $39.99

Think how easy it will be to spot your luggage coming around the baggage claim carousel!

Open Knit Fringe Infinity Scarf, $9.99

The gauzy open knit on this infinity scarf gives it an edge, while the cranberry hue makes it holiday-appropriate.

Holiday Lip Regimen, $9.99

Treat your winter-whipped lips with this quartet of pampering products: sweet cherry lip exfoliator, moisturizing lipstick, long-lasting lip pencil and lip color remover.

Eat Sleep Shop Cosmetics Bag, $5

Here’s hoping your stocking will be stuffed with this cute glitter-covered makeup bag.

Edison Fringe Throw, $14.99

This turquoise throw blanket with elegant fringe is equal parts sophisticated and cozy.

Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer, $329.99

If you’ve been very, very good this year, this top-of-the-line stand mixer is the perfect addition to any aspiring chef’s kitchen. Pick a fun color such as bordeaux or pistachio, or go for the timeless silver finish.

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Dazzling Holiday Details

November 22, 2016
Add a shimmering centerpiece to glam up your table!

String the lights and hit the switch, because it’s time to add a little shimmer and shine to your life this holiday season! Whether it’s a swipe of sequined accents, or a layer of lace over the perfect party dress, our Blog Buddy, Cranberry Tantrums helped us show off several ways to make your home and wardrobe sparkle.

Give your living room a quick glamtastic makeover by swapping out everyday pillows for some in metallic shades. Sequined mermaid pillows (that change colors with the swipe of your hand!) transform like magic and look like total luxury for under $15!

Metallic pillows are the perfect way to transform your home for the holidays!

Metallic pillows are the perfect way to transform your home for the holidays!

Do you have party invitations covering up your fridge? Or maybe you’re just planning an extra festive girls night out? Either way, indulge in a fun and feminine dress—let’s be honest, a skirt with a little twirl never hurt anyone—and a great pair of heels and get ready to hit the town!

Add a shimmering centerpiece to glam up your table!

The perfect holiday tablescape

The fireplace mantle is a perfect place to transform with holiday decor. But you can add touches of cheer to other areas of your home too, like putting a shimmering centerpiece on the dining room table, or adding festive accents to a bar cart. Just turn up your favorite Christmas music album, (is it N’Sync? We won’t tell…) and enjoy getting in the sparkling spirit!

Holiday Bar Cart

Holiday Bar Cart

Click here to see more photos of how Cranberry Tantrums got holiday ready with Gordmans! 

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How To Prep Your Guest Room For The Holidays

November 16, 2016

The holidays are always a busy time with family gatherings, dinner parties, and other celebrations. We spend time decorating our homes, hanging festive lights, and of course preparing the food. But oftentimes the guest room gets forgotten. We partnered with Sarah of Life On Virginia Street to share how she preps her home for guests during the holiday season!

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Tip #1: Layers and Texture

Adding extra layers and texture to any room gives it a cozy feeling that everyone will enjoy. It’s also nice to provide ample pillows and blankets so guests can add more, depending on their temperature preference. We like how Sarah added some character to her guest room by furnishing it with lots of textured pillows and a fluffy throw at the foot of the bed. 

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Tip #2: Art for the Walls

Make a focal point in the guest bedroom with a fun gallery wall. Hanging several beautiful picture frames or a statement mirror adds visual interest and makes the space feel more like home.

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Tip #3: Stock the Bathroom

Set a tray on top of your bathroom counter filled with essentials so guests can help themselves without feeling invasive. Add an extra touch by filling glass jars with necessities and travel-sized items in case a guest forgot something. Give it a pop of color with some pretty greenery, set out your coziest towels, and you’re all set!

Tip #4: Little Details 

Add magazines on the bedside table, provide water and snacks for convenience, and make sure to have a reading lamp handy for the perfect lighting.

Click here to see more tips from Sarah on how to prep your home for the holiday season! 

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Everything’s Coming Up Rose Gold

October 21, 2016

Gold is classic and silver is chic, but everything from iPhones to Michelle Obama’s final state dinner gown are turning heads in rose gold and copper these days. Whether it’s gilded onto sunglasses or making an appearance in home decor, this warm metallic couldn’t be cooler.

Here’s how to infuse a little of this trendy tone into both your wardrobe and home.

  1. Make some moves in these super-shiny high-top sneakers by Baby Phat ($29.95).
  2. Flashy personalities will love the TMI Women’s Triple Chrono Roman Numeral watch, which features dazzling rose gold metal links ($14.99).
  3. If softer bands are more your style, go for the TMI Classic Dial watch with a white leather band and delicate rose gold face ($14.99)
  4. For just a touch of rose gold, slip into these ZCo boot-cut jeans with metallic embellishments on the back pockets ($29.99).
  5. Add some quirk to your kitchen with this Copper Metal Utensil Wall Clock ($12.99).
  6. Perk up a console table or armoire with this eye-catching geometric metal sculpture ($25).
  7. Throw some shade with Riviera Glam sunglasses in a timeless aviator style ($12.99).
  8.  Let there be light! This wire pendant lamp would lend a contemporary vibe to any room ($39.99).
  9. A succulent planter? A classy trash can? An ice bucket for your next shindig? The uses for this copper planter bucket are practically endless ($16.99).

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Halloween Party Planning

September 30, 2016

If the usual trick-or-treating just won’t do to celebrate this year, the time is right to host a Halloween party. Whether your guest list is full to the brim with wee little ghosts or full-grown goblins, read on for inspiration on hosting the perfect frightful fete.

FOR THE KIDS

For little ones, keep things more sweet than spooky by decorating with goofy grinning pumpkins, wiley witches or cartoony monsters.

Keep the kiddos busy and take care of dessert in one foul swoop with a decorate-your-own cupcake bar. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination! For example, make jack-o-lantern cupcakes with orange frosting, black licorice strings cut into 1-inch segments and M&Ms for eyes and noses. Or let the creativity fly with a make-your-own-monster bar with brightly colored icing and kooky candy such as gummy worms and rock candy.

Game time! Divide guests into teams of three to four and arm them with rolls of toilet paper for a mummy-dressing contest. Make sure to have your camera ready to capture the process and the finished results!

For a parting gift, send party-goers home with bags of popcorn tossed with Halloween gummies or candy corn.

FOR THE GROWN-UPS

Spooky tunes are a must for spooky soiree. Setting the soundtrack is as simple as hooking up your smartphone to a bluetooth speaker and tuning the channel to Monster Mash Radio. Don’t have a speaker? Put your phone in a bowl for a DIY solution.

To mix up the decor from the usual orange and black, try an offbeat theme such as a mad scientist’s laboratory with brightly-hued cocktails in beakers and test tubes, or evoke a creepy apothecary with mercury glass skull jars, shot glasses  and metallic pumpkins

The best way to encourage guests to dress up is to tempt them with a costume contest! Stuff cool striped trick-or-treat totes with your favorite candies to hand out to the winners.

For a nightcap, brew a pot of pumpkin-flavored coffee and set out spirits such as spiced rum or Irish cream to mix in.

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Skeleton couples = forever love

Day of the Dead decor

Skull cups add a little scare to their sips

 

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Harvest Decor: Traditional or Contemporary?

September 16, 2016

When it comes to decorating your house for fall, there’s a lot more out there than just jack-o-lanterns and corn husks. Whether your style skews more traditional or contemporary, we’ve got plenty of harvest-inspired accessories to dress up all different parts of your home.

FRONT PORCH

Traditional: Adorn your front porch with a hay bale topped with pumpkins and gourds (or even a twig turkey!) for a rustic nod to the harvest season. (Natural Twig Turkey, $8.99)

Contemporary: Set a cluster of ribbon-wrapped straw bundles on your stoop for an elegant twist on harvest time decor. (Wheat grass stack bundle, $12.99)

DOOR

Traditional: You can’t go wrong with a classic wreath. Look for options featuring golden sunflowers, burlap ribbon or glitter-kissed leaves (Pinecone Sunflower and Mums Wreath, $24.99; Teardrop Glitter Maple with Burlap Ribbon, $14.99)

Contemporary: For a more modern vibe, hang a splashy chevron pumpkin emblazoned with your family initial. (Pumpkin Initial Wall Hanger, $7.99)

MANTLE

Traditional: Garlands stuffed with twigs, leaves and acorns are a sweet addition to a fireplace mantle or shelf. Tip: Look for wired garland to easily arrange it among other accessories, such as candlesticks or lanterns. (Acorn Pinecone and Pip Berries Garland, $14.99)

Contemporary: Prop up a colorfully painted wood sign to celebrate the season. (Autumn Wood Sign, $8.99)

TABLE

Traditional: A faux floral bouquet will add a pop of color to your tabletop for your next family meal. (Sunflower, Maple and Berry with Bow Floral Pick, $9.99)

Contemporary: Put a pillar candle in a rich autumnal hue (think cranberry, rusty orange or golden yellow) inside a glass lantern for a modern yet homey centerpiece. (Raw Metal Clear Glass Hanging Jar, $17.99)

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Go Retro – Working A Throwback Vibe Into Your Home & Closet!

August 25, 2016

The start of school always brings on a little wave of nostalgia as memories of your own Fall’s filled with new beginnings sweep in. Maybe it’s the thought of shining up your old VW Bug to drive friends to the football game. Or pinning up posters of your favorite rock band on the concrete walls of your freshly decorated dorm room. Whatever the memory, hopefully it brings a little smile to your face and a warm fuzzy to your chest thinking of all the great times you had.

So while we don’t have a time machine to actually bring back the old days, the good news is that retro style is coming back in a big way in apparel and home trends for the Fall! Scoop up a cute ringer-tee and add some patches to your bomber jacket for a modern take on popular styles from the past. Find a spot on the wall for the grown-up version of your music posters, and know that vintage-inspired wall art gives your home warmth and personality.

Give in to a little nostalgia by adding a new take on those oldies-but-goodies to your home and closet. At the very least, these fun clothes and accessories will serve as a great trip down memory lane.

Retro T-Shirts

  1. Raglan Varsity Stripe Tee: $11.99
  2. Bus Raglan Top: $14.99
  3. America Star Air Wings Patch Tee: $11.99

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  1. Cassette Tapes Wall Plaque: $39.99
  2. Led Zeppelin Movie Art Wall Sign: $39.99
  3. Albums Spines Turntables Wall Plaque: $39.99