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Last week marked the official first day of fall! To kick off the season, we partnered with 33 bloggers across the country for a Fall Home Tour. These bloggers were kind enough to invite us into their homes and share their favorite fall trends. Throughout the week, these bloggers inspired us with their fabulous fall finds from Kirkland’s Harvest Collection.

Want to see how each of these bloggers incorporated Kirkland’s products to get their homes ready for fall? Grab a pumpkin spice latte and check out the links to each of their posts below! The best part? You can enter to win a $1,500 Kirkland’s gift card through Friday, September 29, 2017.

Day 1

Seeking Lavender Lane

 

Day 2

Day 3

Sincerely Sara D

 

Day 4

Christina’s Adventures

 

Day 5

Twelve On Main

 

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How to Create a Kid’s Homework Area (Quick Ideas!)
  • Create a mobile supplies cart so that your student has a handy place for everything she needs
  • Hang positive wall quotes and encouraging words to motivate
  • Put up a memo board to keep your student on task and accountable
  • Decorate a desk with accessories that make it a dedicated homework space

 

The school year may be in full swing, but it’s never too late to revamp the family’s homework routine! Setting aside a specific area in the house for homework is the first step to keeping the kids focused and your home organized! Even if you don’t have the space to create a special study room, these decorating tricks can help you maximize homework time anywhere in the house!

Be Ready with Extra Supplies

Limit distractions by having extra supplies readily available in a movable cart. You’ll keep wandering hands and feet from rummaging through drawers and searching the house for pencils, pens, tape, and anything else they may need to complete their work. It’s like having a mobile homework space!

Surround Them with Positivity

Sometimes all it takes is an extra dose of encouragement. When the math problems are tough and the chapters are long, help your student stay super-charged with positive wall quotes or wall décor that makes them feel like they can conquer the world…or at least their next test!

Accountability Counts!

Hang a memo board to keep track of important due dates for the rest of the semester. You can also hang a basket to hold assignments that still need to be completed. That way, there’s no chance of something getting lost in the backpack abyss!

A Place for Everything

If you have room to set aside a special desk or table that’s just for homework, keep it organized and super stylish with desk accessories that make homework fun. That’s right—fun! Can you tell I was one of those kids that preferred reading over recess? Coordinating desk accessories help transform stress into style!

Have mid-year progress reports made you rethink your family’s homework routine? Let us know in a comment below and share your best tips for getting homework done on-time and out-the-door! You can bet we’ll be taking notes.

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How to Make Refreshing Summer Drinks (Quick Tips!)
  • Craft a Lavender Lemonade that’s built for Pinterest
  • Beat the heat with a refreshing sparkling Strawberry-Kiwi fizz
  • Stay cool as a cucumber with a simple cucumber water with lemon

 

Can’t wait for the first day of summer? Us too. Summer means long days, lazy evenings, and parched mouths. Refresh your taste buds and re-hydrate with one of these trendy summer drink recipes. Paired with a beverage dispenser meant for entertaining, these summer drinks are practically more popular than Jennifer Lawrence, at least according to the internet.

Luscious Lavender Lemonade Recipe

If you’re Pinterest fiends like we are, you’ve seen various renditions of this Lavender Lemonade recipe; from blueberry lavender lemonade to lavender limoncello and coconut lavender lemonade, the list just goes on and on. (Don’t these names just make you want to plan a pool party?) Here’s our favorite version of lavender lemonade:

Ingredients:

6 cups of water (to be divided)

½ cup sugar

¼ cup of honey or agave nectar

3 Tbsp. dried lavender (make sure it is meant for cooking/eating)

2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice

Blue or purple food coloring

Lemon slices and lavender stems for garnish (optional)

 

Directions:

Makes 1 large pitcher. Double if you’re serving in a beverage dispenser.

  1. Combine two cups of water and ½ cup of sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Turn off the heat and stir in ¼ cup of honey (or agave nectar) and 3 Tbsp. of lavender.
  3. Cover and let mixture sit for two hours. (Taste your mixture throughout this time. You may want to let it steep for less time if you only want a hint of lavender.)
  4. While your mixture is steeping, squeeze your lemons. You can also do a combination of store bought lemon juice and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  5. When your mixture has the right level of lavender taste, strain it, making sure to press the lavender into the base of the strainer.
  6. In your pitcher or beverage dispenser, combine your lemon juice, the strained lavender mixture, and remaining 4 cups of water.
  7. Add a couple of drops of food coloring to add a burst of color.
  8. Add ice, lemon slices for garnish, and serve in our Chalkboard Beverage Dispenser!

Sparkling Strawberry-Kiwi Water Recipe

Ingredients:

1 package of ripe strawberries

5 ripe kiwis

8 cups of club soda (feel free to experiment with lemon sparkling water too)

1 cup simple syrup (sweeten to taste)

 

Directions:

Makes 1 large pitcher. Double if you’re serving in a beverage dispenser.

  1. Wash the strawberries, cut off the leaves, and cut the strawberries in half or in slices.
  2. Wash, peel, and slice the kiwis.
  3. Combine sparkling water, fruit, and simple syrup to taste.
  4. Steep for 1 hour.
  5. Add a touch of food coloring for a burst of color and enjoy in our Wicker Glass Beverage Dispenser!

Calm & Cool Cucumber Water Recipe

Ingredients:

1 gallon of spring water

3 cucumbers

Lemon slices for garnish

 

Directions:

Makes 1 large pitcher. Double if you’re serving in a beverage dispenser.

  1. Remove strips of cucumber skin, leaving alternating bands of bare cucumber.
  2. Cut off ends of cucumbers.
  3. Slice cucumbers.
  4. Combine cucumbers and water in your pitcher or beverage dispenser.
  5. Steep for 1 hour or even overnight.
  6. Add ice and lemon garnish before serving in our Chalkboard Label Beverage Dispenser. Enjoy!

When your backyard starts to heat up and the family is clamoring for something sweet, stir up these sweet summer beverages that are more perfect than Jennifer Lawrence. What a great reason to stay hydrated! What are you drinking this summer?

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