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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Years ago I worked for after-school program. I loved working with the kids when they got off the bus and seeing their faces light up as I high fived them. Some of these children had it tough and you could see it in their eyes. It was a mixed group of children from various backgrounds and social-economic status but...
Easter baskets are usually filled with candy. Plastic eggs stuffed with sugar filled jelly beans and a big chocolate bunny. A few toys, pencils and other little goodies surrounded in plastic green grass. This is how my Easter baskets used to look. If you play the Easter bunny like I do you’re most likely challenged with what to put...
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...