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Cranberry Themed Appetizers & Drinks
This year is the first year, I am not making a Christmas dinner (but I am bringing gifts). Instead, I am making appetizers to bring to my sister’s house and mother-in-law’s house. Appetizers are not my comfort zone. I am always the main course girl and everyone else brings appetizers.  Instead of wondering what to make, I went to...
Simple and Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas
I dread going to the Halloween store with my children. In five minutes, I can spend $100, it is on something that won’t fit comfortably, is not well made, and that will be worn for less than an hour. My son has begged me to be an ape. He then refused to wear the mask because it made him...
The perfect boiled egg. #eggs #Easter
Each Easter my family colors eggs and we have an Easter egg hunt. It’s something I’ve been doing with my children and something my mom and grandma did with me. We really enjoy the process of decorating the eggs, hiding them and then making a killer organic egg salad. Sometimes we have a big family gathering and all the...
5 Gift Combo Ideas for Pre-Teen and Teen Boys
Pre-teen and teen boys can be hard to buy for. This year our rule is no electronics or gaming systems for Christmas. We have enough, there’s no need for multiple gaming systems and how many hand-held devices does one kid need? With that being said, I’ve been on a mission for meaningful and educational gifts. If you have a...
Sweet Rhubarb Casserole
We love rhubarb. Actually who doesn't love rhubarb? Strawberry rhubarb is my husband’s favorite pie but this year, we’ll be having pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dessert and instead of my strawberry rhubarb pie, a sweet rhubarb casserole. Yummy and served warm with vanilla ice cream and steaming hot coffee, my thanksgiving guests will be asking for seconds. Over the next...
7 Father's Day Gift Ideas
Father’s day is around the corner. I’ve been thinking a lot about this holiday. My husband is a GREAT father to my two children. He plays with them. Loves to take them camping, on bike rides and make them laugh. Everything he does is for them. When he’s tired, he still keeps going and for their little faces. My kids...
Irish Guinness Beef Stew for St. Patrick’s Day
I’m not Irish but I don’t mind celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. Besides drinking green beer, which I can actually say I’ve only had once, I like the food. Who doesn’t like a good hearty Irish stew or perhaps some Irish soda bread? In fact, I wanted to share with you a yummy Irish stew recipe, which...
Taking a Disney Cruise for Christmas – what you need to consider.
Cruise to the Caribbean on the Disney Magic. It was truthfully magical. I grew up watching Disney movies and visiting Disney Land in California when I went to visit my dad. I have fond memories of the tea cup ride and making my dad turn green from the spinning. Of course, I love Cinderella and Snow White and dreamed...
Upcycled Christmas Stockings from Curtains
Do you hang your stockings for Santa to fill on Christmas Eve, or does Saint Nick bring goodies on December 5? When I was young, we always put ours out on December 24, and I’ve continued the tradition with my own children. It doesn’t matter when you expect the jolly old fellow to visit—be sure you have stockings big...
Coffee Dessert Recipes
Tis the season for being merry! I’m not a huge fan of winter but I do love the warm drinks that accompany the season. With the holidays upon us I’m gearing up to serve some of my favorite coffee liquor drinks. We often have people over for the holidays and sometimes on the weekends for sledding parties, which means...
Unique Gift Ideas and Eco-Inspiration This Holiday Season
The clock is ticking and if you’re like me and you don’t like to wait until the last minute, your making your shopping list and checking it twice. I like to be organized during the holiday season and make the month of December as stress free as possible. I’ll never forget the Christmas Eve my sister called me frantic...
DIY Christmas Potpourri in a Jar
This year the budget is a little tight. This means I’m cracking down and making some holiday gifts for teachers, neighbors, the mailman and anyone who I ordinarily buy little gifts for. Each dollar adds up if you’re buying store bought gifts. For the past few years I've made my own holiday air fresheners by simmering cranberries, oranges, lemons, limes...
Halloween is just around the corner and my kids, they’re talking about what they will dress up as, who went as what last year and of course they’ll change their minds a million times before Halloween! This is exactly why I delay buying or making a costume, this mama has learned from experience of last minute costume changes and...
Decorating and dying Easter eggs for my family has always been a tradition. In fact, according to the History.com the tradition dates back to at least the 13th century.  Easter for most is a religious holiday and not just about the Easter bunny, egg hunts and baskets filled with candy. My research tells me that there are many ways...
It's almost February, do you know what that means? Yup, Valentine's Day. So what does Valentine's mean to you? According to Wikipedia, Valentine's is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. In our family Valentine's Day isn't just a tribute to our intimate partner but to everyone that we love and appreciate....
Once upon a time I was crafty and clever. I wore glue in my hair, had marker stained hands and glitter under my nails. I could cut the letters of the alphabet out of construction paper blindfolded and in less than 30 seconds (okay not really but close enough). Now I’m too busy and feeling far less creative in...
Thanks to a family owned and managed business,Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, who consider themselves the vanilla specialists we are able to provide you with some yummy, inexpensive, and kid friendly gift ideas for Mother's Day. For more recipes and fun facts on vanilla visit their website. Have a yummy Mother's Day! Delightful Gift Ideas (for Kids to Make!) Add a Touch of...
Reindeer sandwiches are a healthy and nutritious snack and DIY activity for children this holiday season but sometimes the children just need something smaller to pop into their mouths instead of the sprinkled holiday chocolates and cookies.  A healthy alternative that children love to make on their own and will enjoy anytime of the day, holiday snowballs. What you need: 1/2...
My daughter is only 23 months and she loves painting, coloring, getting messy and just arts and crafts in general. She's my free spirit happy to be painting her arms, the walls and admiring her artwork, wherever it may be.  This time of year leads me to wonder if Santa ought to...
When I think back to my childhood, I remember spending lots of time around the holidays making decorations and food for our family celebrations. Some of the simplest activities were also the most fulfilling, because we were actively creating, not just purchasing. The time that went into each craft or treat was also a gift, a gift that said "I...