Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes – Low Carb, Quick, & Easy!

I’m not really sure when it happened exactly, but one fateful day not that long ago I discovered a difficult truth: That fit body I used to have for free thanks to a metabolism that ran at light speed, now required some maintanance. All of a sudden my favorite jeans weren’t my favorites anymore. I decided I needed to do something … fast. So I threw caution to the wind, started an intense … [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...]

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...]

Crafty Chevron Kids Thanksgiving Table Ideas

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...]

Warm Apple Cheddar Appetizer Dip for the Holidays

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...]

Pumpkin Macarons

halloween is one of my FAVORITE times of the year! to celebrate i am partnering with a ton of creative minds from some of my most talented blogging friends!! we are bringing you over 110 fabulous halloween ideas! from costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share - i guarantee you'll find a project you would love! today i am sharing my … [Read more...]

4 Easy Kids Thanksgiving Table Craft tutorials

last week i made my second TV appearance on Good Day Sacramento! i was there sharing fun & easy DIY kids thanksgiving table craft ideas! i promised i would share it here on my blog so i re-created the set in my house afterward so i could give you more details about how i created everything. you can see the kids thanksgiving table segment here and you can see the rest of the kids thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Kids Thanksgiving Table Ideas

last week on tuesday i made my second TV appearance on Good Day Sacramento! i was there sharing fun & easy DIY kids thanksgiving table ideas! i promised i would share it here on my blog so i re-created the set in my house afterward so i could give you more details about how i created everything. you can see the kids thanksgiving table segment here! i made fun turkey leg place cards out of … [Read more...]

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