How to Pick a Family Word of the Year

How to pick a family word of the year | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comThis year we are trying something new. We are going to have a family word of the year. We were given this idea by a good friend of the family, who does this each year at Thanksgiving when her grown children come to town. In their case, they reserve a board room at a restaurant and don’t emerge until they’ve agreed on a focus word for the upcoming year. This year, they selected the word “integrity”.
As much as I love that word, and the idea of sitting around a grand table (with cocktails and finger foods!) deliberating inspirational words and phrases, we are just not there yet with our crew. Nowhere close.
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How to Learn to Craft and DIY with Online Classes

Learn to craft and DIY with online classes | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comIs tackling home improvement projects on your resolution list? Or, is this the year you finally conquer one of those Pinterest projects you’ve pinned? It’s one thing to see a cool or pretty picture and another to successfully recreate it, right?

I have many DIY and craft fails on my resume! Like my attempt to sew a tulle skirt that resulted in a teary ball of fabric tossed into the garbage can (however I did kinda sorta salvage the day with this project). Or the yards of rope now sitting in a box in the garage after an outdoor seating project literally fell apart. What’s the saying about what doesn’t kill you makes you [a] stronger [DIY-er]?!

Before you enthusiastically pull out the tools, check out these craft and DIY online classes to give you the skills and confidence to successfully get ‘er done…
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What To Blog About in 2017? I’d Love Your Ideas.

Reader Survey for 2017 | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comWith 2016 quickly coming to an end, I’d love to learn more about what you want to see more of (or heck, even less of) on Dazzle While Frazzled. This will help me plan the best content and ideas to give you.

Will 2017 be the year you tackle some home DIY projects? Or will this be the year you learn to craft or sew?

I’d love to learn how I can help you along your DIY journey by giving you the tools you need.
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How To Set Up an Easy New Year’s Eve Cocktail Bar

How to set up a New Year's Eve cocktail bar | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comOver the past several years, we’ve taken in a few extra roommates. They are junior sized, pretty cute and are often full of demands and requests.

Needless to say, the days of partying to midnight are long behind us. Instead, our New Year’s Eve festivities involve getting together with other couples with similar aged “party crashers”, as my husband lovingly calls them, and living it up to about 9pm!

So if you are staying home this year, set up an easy New Year’s Eve cocktail bar with disposable champagne toasting flutes and “midnight” snacks for all…
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How To DIY Faux Fur with Fleece-Lining Wrap Tutorial

DIY Faux Fur Wrap Shawl Shrug with Fleece Lining | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comFor the past several years, my husband and I attend a formal holiday party, which is usually the one time of year we get all gussied up. leave our pint-sized trio at home  and head out for a kid-free night. And given that we live in Arizona – in December – you never know if you’ll still be flipping around in sandals or will need to pull out “winter clothes” (which is probably what most of the country wears in September!).

For this year’s holiday party, we were actually having a wee bit of a “cold front”. You know, daytime weather in the 60s. Wanting something a little more hefty than a pashmina, I created a super warm and comfy DIY faux fur wrap lined with fleece. Learn how I easily made this…
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Make an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow Cover

DIY Modern Christmas Pillow Cover | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comEvery year, when I haul out those holiday decor boxes, it’s literally like Christmas morning. It’s as though I pack away all things red, green and white when the holidays are over, and then completely forget about what I have for a year. (That or I’m just quickly approaching the forgetful age!)

As I pull paper-wrapped goodies out that survived a year crammed in a bin in the garage, the one thing I didn’t have in these too many holiday boxes were any Christmas pillow covers for the couch.

Here’s how I quickly sewed up a DIY Christmas pillow covers using fabric remnants. Check out the easy DIY pillow pattern…

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How to Make a DIY Holiday Photo Tin Can Vase

Are you a holiday movie junkie? Clearly I am. My husband rolls his eyes when he finds me watching a sappy holiday movie on the Hallmark channel…as early as October! (I admit it’s a little much to see Santa Claus while I still have jack o’lanterns in my front yard.)

There are some movies I could watch year after year and still enjoy them as much as I did the first time. One of them being the Family Stone. Do you know this movie? Gotta love a dysfunctional family at Christmas!

See how I created a very easy and simple holiday craft inspired by the movie Family Stone and the importance of family this time of year.

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Do Your Cyber Monday Shopping with Awesome Gift Ideas

Cyber Monday shopping ideas for awesome and unique handmade stocking stuffers.Cyber Monday! Whoever came up with the notion of shopping in your pajamas with cup of coffee in hand was genius. How can this not be your absolutely favorite way to shop!

I’m a less ‘frazzled’ mom when I don’t have to drag the kids to the store with me on the quest for something, anything, for that someone on my list. Being a stressed out shopping mama is no good to anyone!

I have compiled some really fun shopping guides to keep you calm and cool this holiday season while you lounge on the couch, fave online tool in hand, keeping the chaos at home instead of in a store.
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9 Gifts that Support Awesome Social Causes for a Better World

INSIDE: Gift ideas for social causes that help make the world a better place.

Find a gift from a shop that gives back to a charitable cause | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comWant to gift and give at the same time? You know, cross off two items on your gifting list in one easy swoop?

Check out these socially conscious, charity-supporting gift ideas for social causes that will not only please the receiver but will make you feel good as you pull out your card at checkout.

Plus, these items are all pretty cute and fun!
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How to Use a Shower Caddy as a Vertical Planter

INSIDE: How to use a shower caddy as an outdoor vertical wall planter. Easy garden craft!

My mother saves a lot of stuff. Sometimes the most random items are brought over. Do I really need a collection of plastic takeout salad boxes? (Ironically, I did keep a couple of those boxes in order to dye coffee filters for this pumpkin project. Go figure they’d come in handy.)

One such peculiar item hauled to my house was a metal shower caddy. For all I know, this was probably saved from my college days…way too many years ago! This random goody I did snatch up knowing immediately what I’d do with it…
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