Handprint Turkey Cookies Tutorial


I love adding personal touches to the table at Thanksgiving- especially if it is something that the kids can take part in!  I know that all kids love tracing their hands and making turkeys out of their hand art work.  Why not take these hands, and make cookies with them!?  They will love that it is their hand print, along with being able to decorate their 'feathers.'  Somewhat Simple did these … [Read more...]

Rustic Little Pumpkin Baby Shower

1 Fall Little Pumpkin Baby Shower

Fall is a wonderful time of the year to throw parties!  The smells, the sights, and the colors- it is the perfect backdrop for a beautiful pumpkin party!  Katie of Celebration Lane put together the cutest little pumpkin baby shower I have seen - it is absolutely darling.  With touches of orange, brown and light green mixed in with some burlap and lace, it came together beautifully.  I really … [Read more...]

Aubrey is 6! Pink & Gold Macaron Party

Hearts and Macarons - Girly Dessert Table

my daughter turned 6! six wonderful years have passed with this little ball of energy and we could not be more proud the the little girl she has become. to celebrate, we had a small group of girls over for some sweets and fun, but we also did a 'big girl' makeover in her room! all inspired by The Land of Nod confectionary bedding, her room and birthday party were filled with macarons and pops of … [Read more...]

Rustic Backyard Kids Thanksgiving Party

6 Rustic backyard kids thanksgiving, thankful, tee pee

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, and it is great to teach kids from a young age all that they have to be grateful for!  This party is elegant enough for the adults to love and adorable enough for the kids to make great memories.  Karen Ayars' Rustic Backyard Kids Thanksgiving has a full picnic spread of themed treats elevated on eclectic kitchen canisters and outdoor fun to make a … [Read more...]

Crafty Chevron Kids Thanksgiving Table Ideas

1 Crafty Kids Chevron Thanksgiving, Table Set up

There is so much to be thankful for!  Why not show your children and their friends how much you appreciate them by giving them a really sweet Thanksgiving party with lots of crafts and goodies to munch on?  That is exactly what Cris from Crissy's Crafts did!!  She put together this crafty chevron kids thanksgiving table with tons of amazing ideas!  I really love the printables she used - such … [Read more...]

Open letter: You Broke Much More Than The Internet Kim.


i don't usually write about this stuff. but i am pissed. disgusted. appalled. i'm sure you know what i am talking about. which only enrages me more. for those of you who don't - i won't share a link. but to fill you in, Kim Kardashian recently bared ALL in a photoshoot which she entitled 'break the internet' - nude topless photos and plenty of bare behind photos as well. as if that wasn't enough … [Read more...]

Warm Apple Cheddar Appetizer Dip for the Holidays

Warm Apple and Cheddar dip appetizer

as most of you know, i currently live in california, but all of our family is back east in marlyand. the holidays, particularly thanksgiving, can be tough without family around! each year, i host thanksgiving for our friends in the area that are far from family as well. being in the military, this can be quite a large group! today i'll be sharing some tips for hosting a successful 'friendsgiving' … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites – No Bake & Healthy!

Oatmeal Rasin power bites

this post is sponsored by the Grain Foods Foundation but all opinions are my own.  these oatmeal raisin energy bites are the perfect snack for your whole family! healthy and no bake they are quick to make, filling, and yummy. they are mostly made of oats, raisins, ground flax seed, and almond butter. they are just slightly sweetened with honey and vanilla with just a touch of cinnamon and … [Read more...]

What I’d like you know about my daughter with Down Syndrome


i'd like to introduce you to Ainsley. she is six years old. Ainsley loves to dance, swim, play with her dolls, run around with her friends, and wrestle with her brothers.  she loves roller coasters, making friends, and school. she attends kindergarten.  Ainsley has down syndrome. down syndrome doesn’t define her.  she is not a down syndrome girl.  she is a little girl, who just happens to … [Read more...]

Cue the Confetti!!! Modern & Bright Birthday Party

Photo Oct 11, 11 12 29 AM

You will love this modern and bright birthday party! There are so many details to see! You can't go wrong with black, white, and gold - but I LOVE the unexpected pairing with teal and pink!  Even though this is a party for a special 5 year old, it would be amazing for any age! I mean who doesn't love confetti and sprinkles?!  Jo of Cake Poppin did an great job and brought it all together with … [Read more...]

Skeleton Bone Easy Halloween Appetizer

Skeleton Bone Easy DIY halloween appetizer - only TWO ingredients!

i had one of those moments this weekend. an 'oh crap i have to bring something to the party tonight' moment. and on top of that it is a halloween party so it had to be in keeping with the theme! my go-to appetizer is a cream cheese and pepper jelly dip platter with crackers. it super easy, only 2 ingredients, and i can literally swing by the grocery store on the way to the party if needed. the … [Read more...]

Cherry, Nutella, & Pretzel Energy Bites

Nutella, cherry, and Pretzel energy bites

    remember when i told you i was on an energy bites kick? i wasn't kidding guys. i have made so many versions of these lately! some people call them power balls, energy bites, granola bites, energy balls - whatever you want to call them - i can't stop making them! this cherry nutella pretzel energy bites version is one of my favorites because the cherry is so unexpected and adds just the … [Read more...]

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