Family Pizza Night!

Pizza Hut Flavor of Now - new fun toppings, sauces, and more

i'll be honest. sometimes i don't like to make dinner on weeknights. oh- you too? good. i'm glad i'm not alone on this one! usually we go for pizza on the nights i need a bit of a break, so i'm excited to partner with Pizza Hut and try their NEW Flavor of Now options on their menu! the new flavors combined with the classic menu we all love makes for so many new and exciting combinations! there … [Read more...]



BASH Conference Wrap Up & Presentations

this weekend was AMAZING. i'm not sure how i can wrap it all up into one post but i'll sure try. BASH conference inaugural year opened with a bang at the fabulous wigwam hotel in  phoenix arizona this weekend and i could not have had a better time! my dear friend michelle of maddycakes muse event planning hosted the industry's top bloggers and party planners and knocked out socks off with the … [Read more...]



The French Laundry: My Dream Restaurant!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Restaurant Month for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As I mentioned in the previous post,  my family has loved living in northern California and all the amazing bounty and beauty it has to offer. We have had the opportunity to travel and see many places but there are still a few things on our to-do list! When I rounded up my … [Read more...]



Best Restaurants of Napa Valley

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Restaurant Month for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I recently realized while talking to my hubby that we have now lived in California longer than we have lived anywhere else in our married lives! After four and a half years here, we have visited much of what northern California has to offer – lake Tahoe, San Francisco, … [Read more...]



Healthy Black Cherry Muffin Recipe – Vegan

Healthy Black Cherry Muffins - Dairy and Egg Free Vegan Recipe

These black cherry muffins are healthy, vegan, and so delicious you won't have to be vegan to enjoy them! This post is sponsored by Silk but as always all opinions, recipes, photos, and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the amazing brands that make this blog possible!  i have been on a bit of a vegan muffin quest lately and have nailed it with this recipe - my family loves them! if … [Read more...]



HP Sprout- Fun for Kids

HP sprout coloring app for kids

this is quite possibly the coolest computer that i have EVER seen. our HP Sprout showed up a few days before christmas and has been our favorite thing this whole holiday season! once i wrangled the kids off the humongous box, we set it up in my hubby's office--notice the manly decor? you didn't think that was MY creative space did you??? we wanted to put it in a space that was more accessible to … [Read more...]



New Years Party & Outfit Inspiration with HP Sprout

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 this post is in partnership with HP Sprout but all opinions are my own. you will love this amazing new technology and i am so excited to introduce you to it. thank you for supporting the fabulous brands that make this blog possible! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! i'll admit, i'm more of a new years homebody - but that doesn't stop me from dreaming up what i would want to sport that night (you know if my … [Read more...]



Holiday Family Photos – Merry Christmas!

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happy holidays from our family to yours! i am so in love with our family photos this year by Kristy G Photography! i decided against sending out cards this year  - time just got away from me - but i still wanted a place to share our family photos and wish everyone we love a merry christmas and a wonderful new year. may the blessings of heaven pour upon your families as we celebrate this holiday … [Read more...]



Christmas Cookie Exchange Party For Kids

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Several Christmas traditions never go out of style- and one of those is for sure a cookie exchange party!  Who would pass up the chance to bring their own cookies and get to try a few dozen others!?  I love how Auntie Bea's Bakery set up the dessert table as a Cookie Exchange, but had a little twist on the party, letting the kids decorate their own gingerbread house cookies.  Instead of your … [Read more...]



Holiday Cracker Toffee Bark With Chocolate and Almonds

Toffee Bark - Cracker, chocolate, almond, pretzel break apart bark

often called 'holiday crack' this recipe for cracker toffee bark would qualify for that title. i used my grandma's cracker toffee recipe and jazzed it up a bit with pretzels and almonds to add more on the salty side to this salty -sweet combo.  if you have not made this before - you are in for a serious treat. i highly recommend giving this away as a gift for friends and neighbors as QUICKLY as … [Read more...]



DIY: Ideas to Decorate Clear Ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Hi, Michelle here from Michelle’s Party Plan-It  sharing 4 easy ways to decorate clear ornaments for your Christmas Tree!  Not only is this an easy project to do with the kids, but these ornaments make great teacher, hostess and grandparent gifts. Handmade gifts are the best, and if you love to DIY as much as I do, chances are you have most of the items needed for this project on hand! To … [Read more...]



5 Tips to Dramatically Strengthen Family Memories and Traditions

5 easy tips and tricks to dramatically strengthen family memories and traditions

did you know that family memories are the strongest when associated with multiple senses? my strongest holiday memories growing up were ones where we were listening to music, holiday scents filled the air, we were tasting treats or savory dishes, cooking in the kitchen and getting messy - all incorporating sight, smell, taste, sounds, and touch. as i strive to make family traditions and memories … [Read more...]


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