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My brunch hacks!

Between now and Christmas, I'm going to be sharing my hacks for making the holidays more simply without sacrificing fun.  This morning I'm talking about my brunch hacks!  Think Christmas morning breakfast, having friends over for brunch, or for that matter just a nice family breakfast.  These are just super simple recipes and tips to make your loved ones feel special! Use your "nice plates" am I the only person with a habit of saving my plates and cups for special…

Getting ready for the week, post holiday.

Thanksgiving was wonderful.  We ate too much, laughed a bunch, and shopped a little.  We were able to get our Christmas tree up, and we received our first Christmas card.  The holiday spirit is beginning to surge through me!  With all that said, this long weekend has me all unorganized!  So, this morning I'm taking a few moments to get organized and prepared for the week. Menu Plan: Breakfasts- will be oatmeal or eggs with fruit. Lunches - salads for mom,…

Happy Thanksgiving!

When I was about six years old, my aunt took me to the community pool.  Up until that point, I was sure I could swim. Upon getting there, I immediately saw a friend from school and he suggested we jump off the low dive.   I had no reason to believe I couldn't swim adequately enough to get from the low dive to the ladder so I went for it.  The whole incident lasted no more than four minutes.  I jumped in,…

Do some good: Host a Wrapping Party with Scotch® Magic™ Tape 3 Pack Caddie

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WrapGiveRepeat #CollectiveBias Now that I have two young children, giving back during the holiday season has never been more crucial to me.  I find it is especially important to make sure they understand their countless blessings, and teach them how to give back.  My husband was in the military for almost ten years, we've made friends across the country world.  During that time, we…

Get your home ready with a fabulous offer from Grove Co.

You guys have probably figured out by now that I am in full Christmas planning mode over here.  I usually try to hold off until after Thanksgiving, but I'm learning over the years I can save money and reduce stress by making preparations in advance.  This year we are opening our WHOLE home to family and friends several times over the holiday season, and I want to make sure my house is as fresh as it can be.  I've been…

Our activity Advent calendar + a giveaway!

  Yesterday, I noticed Hobby Lobby had their Christmas and Holiday crafts for 50% off.  I grabbed a very simple Advent craft.  I wrote a fun activity on each card representing days one through twenty five of December.  Very easy to duplicate! Some of the activities I included: Watch Elf Visit the Tree Farm Bake Cookies for the Neighbors Make a hot cocoa bar Read Christmas books Watch "The Grinch" Purchase gifts for a family in need. Make a list…

Christmas Swag with Tiny Prints

We all know Tiny Prints makes fabulous invitations, cards, and photo gifts; but did you know they make absolutely adorable home décor products?  We got some stockings from Tiny Prints, and they are so darling!  I absolutely love the table runners they're selling too.  The stockings we got were extremely high quality, beautiful velour.  The photos Gift of Today Photography were absolutely perfect for the boy's stockings.  I love having their photo of them, since they can't read they can…

All we can do today..

I know many of us are feeling numb today.  The election results have left America feeling pretty hungover.  Some are sad, because their candidate didn't win.  Some are sad, because their votes are being judged as racist, misogynist, and horrifying.  Our kids have questions, and most of us are speechless. The answers are challenging.  In general, I'm finding that most parents are stuck choosing their words so as to not unintentionally guide their children to anarchy or bigotry. I have…

Racing to comfort with Advil® Film-Coated tablets + a race track tutorial!

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RaceDayRelief #CollectiveBias I have two active young boys, they love getting on the ground and building things.    My boys adore cars and racing!  I have to be in shape to climb, jump, hop, wrestle in my household and Advil® Film-Coated makes it possible for me to bypass aches and pains for everyday fun.  There's nothing faster for pain than Advil® Film-Coated tablets. …