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How to Host the Ultimate Halloween Party Ever
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. I love all things plaid, boots, the leaves changing colors, the crisp cool air, camping and Halloween. I am not a fan of personally dressing up but I love seeing the kids dressed up. For fun, I combined all of my favorite things about autumn and hosted a Spooktacular...
With an average of 2.4 million weddings performed in the United States every year, this time-old practice surely brings us love and compassion. But could tying the knot actually be good for our health? A new British study suggests that getting hitched may be beneficial for your heart -- literally. BBC reports that researchers at Aston Medical School studied almost a...
Mother's Day Gift Ideas to Promote Self-Care for Mom
Mother’s day is right around the corner. As a mom myself, I feel like the day should be about self-care. Doing what makes mom feel good so that she can be feel rejuvenated. One day to wind down and relax because the next morning, it’s go time again. Here are some ideas and some are gifts but others are just...
Cranberry Themed Appetizers & Drinks
This year is the first year, I am not making a Christmas dinner. 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 Pinterest and decided on a...
Paying it Forward this Holiday Season
Giving trees are common during the holiday season. They stand tall, small, skinny, sideways, fat and full of tags from children, adults and families in need. Each year we choose many tags of different trees in our community. It is one small way to give back and help those in need. If I was ever in need and hung...
Tomorrow's turkey day and if you're like me you're thawing your bird in preparation for the big Thanksgiving Day feast! To help make your life easier I've created a simple guide to help you roast your turkey. After cleaning your turkey and rinsing with cold water brush your turkey with melted butter and seasoning, I like to use sage,...
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...
Eco-Friendly Easter Basket Gift Ideas
Driving to church this weekend, I heard the children talk about Easter and how early it was this year. Which had me thinking about Easter baskets and how little time I have to prepare this year. I like to begin making Easter baskets several weeks before Easter. I’m a planner and I like to have my gifts be thoughtful...
Is stress killing your holiday spirit?
I’m not feeling Christmas this year. I can’t put my finger on why. There might not be ONE reason to point to and blame. In fact, I know there isn’t ONE reason. There are SEVERAL reasons. And I’m going to share them with you. (Aren’t you lucky?) It’s stressful. I already have a full schedule with work, kid’s activities, bills, chores, etc....
HORSESHOE CARVAL BRACELET BY LESEBI
Christmas is 8 days away. Holey heck, that is right around the corner and if you’re like me…you’re not done shopping, let alone wrapping. It’s okay because there is still time to order and if all else fails, print a picture out and give it in a card, saying it’s on the way. Not ideal, I know. However, your...
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...
Fun and Educational Earth Day Activities for Kids
Earth Day is April 22nd, which is right around the corner. If you have children or you teach, you might be looking for fun and unique ways to celebrate this special day. In the past, I’ve shared lots of ideas for making Earth Day extra special. A few of my favorite ideas include: Planting a Bee Garden Taking a Color...
Naturally Dye Easter Eggs - A How To #DIY #Natural #Green
With Easter around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about dying those Easter eggs. I’m excited to share with you a neat kid –friendly DIY chemical free solution to dying your own Easter eggs this year. It’s easy and eco-friendly too! Thanks to my friends at Door to Door Organics for sharing this neat Eco-Egg Dyeing Infographic! Busy parents...
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.
This Christmas, we took a trip. We sailed away on the Disney Magic. This meant no big Christmas tree at home, just a little one. No decorating and going all out. Fewer gifts bought and lots of planning for how Santa would deliver gifts to the kids. Before booking the trip, we made sure the kids were okay with not...
5 National Geographic Kids Books for Christmas
If you’re in need of some last minute gifts for kids or stocking stuffers, look no further. I just placed an Amazon order today and it will arrive on Wednesday. So there is plenty of time. As much as my children LOVE technology, I’m supporting books and more books this holiday season. In fact, Amazon has their Kindle on...
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...

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