Holiday Family Photos – Merry Christmas!

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

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

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

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 get … [Read more...]

5 Tips 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...]

Cranberry Ginger Orange Holiday Drink

this recipe is always a HUGE hit at our holiday parties! this thanksgiving it was a favorite of all the guests! it is easy and only 4 ingredients. its my go-to during the holidays! all you need for this drink is equal parts of.... cranberry juice orange juice apple cider ginger ale garnish with fresh cranberries and sliced oranges and apples! if you are hosting an event with kids, i … [Read more...]

Amazing Holiday Treats To Make This Year!

I have a confession; I use Pinterest maybe a little more than the average person should. I pin everything and anything that catches my eye, and I'm always thinking to myself - 'That could come in handy some day' so I pin it anyways. With my busy schedule these days, there's no way I'm ever going to tackle my long list of drool worthy recipes I've gathered unless I plan to open a bakery in the near … [Read more...]

Jelly Belly Gift Ideas & Stocking Stuffers

stocking stuffers from Jelly Belly that are perfect for the whole family! products for girls and boys as well as family or neighbor gifts! this Jelly Belly gift ideas & stocking stuffers post is sponsored by Jelly Belly but all opinions are my own. thank you for supporting the amazing brands that make this blog possible!  if you have been a reader for a while, then you already know my … [Read more...]

Cranberry & Mustard Holiday Tablescape

did you all have a wonderful thanksgiving?! i sure did! we hosted several families for a potluck 'friendsgiving' and had so much amazing food! it was wonderful to have a full house when we all are so far from our families and nice to be with our resident/military pseudo family! this year i wanted to do a holiday tablescape with decor that could stand the test of time through the fall and into the … [Read more...]

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 as … [Read more...]

Rustic 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 love … [Read more...]

Rustic Backyard Kids Thanksgiving Party

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 memorable … [Read more...]

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