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Gold Bling Bachelorette Party

Gold Bling Bachelorette Party

Are you looking for a glamorous theme for a Bachelorette Party? How about Glitter & Gold? That’s the look my cousin went for when planning a Gold Bling Bachelorette Party for her sister in law a few months back. It was a very fabulous party with all sort s of special touches that sparkled with...
Five Reasons Children Should Pack Their Own Lunch

Five Reasons Children Should Pack Their Own Lunch

 Lunch packing has been the norm in our family since Ella started Kindergarten in 2008. I used to make lunches for all of the kids and sometimes Michael too, but for the past year or so the job of lunch-packing has been delegated to the children. The kids are 11, 9, 7 and 4 and...
Back to School:  Helpful Tips

Back to School: Helpful Tips

It’s that time of year…time to send the kids back to school for a year of growing & learning.  This time of year is always hard for my family.  We hate to see summer end, and we dread the return to early mornings & chaotic evenings.  I’ve put together some tips that help me and...
Family Fun in Siesta Key & Sarasota

Family Fun in Siesta Key & Sarasota

Last year we took our family of six to Siesta Key for a long vacation.  We had so much fun exploring Siesta Key and the surrounding area, that I wanted to share my ideas for family fun in Siesta Key with you.  Our focus was mostly on beach lounging, so we weren’t able to do...
Handmade, Frugal & Sentimental Wedding Decorations & Invitations

Handmade, Frugal & Sentimental Wedding Decorations & Invitations

For my cousin Veronica’s wedding a while back I offered to help put together the wedding invitations, wedding programs, and a few of the decorations for the wedding.  We wanted everything to be special without spending a fortune for decorations that are only used for one evening.  We found a way to make handmade, frugal...
Things We Don't Want to Think About: Writing a Will, Choosing Guardians, and Preparing for the Future

Things We Don’t Want to Think About: Writing a Will, Choosing Guardians, and Preparing for the Future

Have you taken time to think about preparing for the future in case something should happen to you or your spouse?  There are certain subjects in our life that are taboo or forbidden, and certainly not talked about at over the water cooler at the office.  Preparing for your own demise is one of these...
Getting Organized :: Children & Chores

Getting Organized :: Children & Chores

I am a stay at home mother of four children.  I hate housework, but I also hate a messy house.  It’s a frustrating way to live.  And with five other people in this house with me, keeping up with the housework is a never ending task.  My husband and I have always thought that our...

Creating a Family Travel Guide

 When Michael and I were in college we spent many weekends at the Red River Gorge, and even after we got married we still went camping pretty regularly.  But once we started having kids camping got a bit complicated, and we started staying in cabins and not tent camping as much as we used to...

Family Movie Night :: A Hobbit Party

Last week we had a Hobbit Party to celebrate finishing the book.  One of my favorite things to do is to read with my kids.  It’s important for so many reasons, most of all that it helps them develop a love of literature.  And to make reading even more fun, we started a tradition last...
How to Keep Cut Basil Fresh

How to Keep Cut Basil Fresh

Do you cook with fresh basil?  Have you ever noticed how fast it goes bad?  I’ve found a way to keep cut basil fresh longer! How to Keep Cut Basil Fresh: I usually like to cut my basil right off the plant when I am ready to cook with it, but sometimes I receive cut...

Tips & Resources for Children with Food Allergies

I’ve put together a helpful list of tips and resources for children with food allergies.  I’m not really sure why I’m writing this post after Sam outgrew his food allergies, instead of writing it while we were in the thick of things, but I think it’s because I just kept adding to my list of...
Rainbow Birthday Party in the Garden

Rainbow Birthday Party in the Garden

We celebrated Ella’s 10th Birthday this Summer with a Rainbow theme in the charming gardens of Stoney’s Gifts.  We invited 8 of Ella’s friends, and they had a giggling good time while hanging out with the delightful Ms. Cindy (the party planner).  Ms. Cindy planned a craft for the girls (sand art) and painted faces...