Yum! Paloma's are my favorite drink in the summertime. Crisp, refreshing and delicious

Try This: Paloma Cocktail Recipe with Honey Simple Syrup

I had my first Paloma cocktail dining al fresco on the riverwalk several years ago. It felt like the quintessential San Antonio experience, so it feels only right for me to pass this feeling on to you. I have worked out a simple way to make a large quantity of these in a jiffy. I’ll […]

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? These easy DIYs and colorful ideas will help you throw the ultimate fiesta party

How to throw a fiesta party! Happy Cinco de Mayo

Happy Saturday friends! I’ve got nothing but fiesta and fringe on the brain today … ok, and maybe a craving for salsa, street tacos and a citrus margarita but mostly fringe and fiesta. Did you get a chance to see the piñata wreath Haeley shared with us yesterday just in time for Cinco de Mayo? […]

Cinco De Mayo Decorations: DIY Fiesta Piñata Wreath

DIY Cinco de Mayo Decorations: Fiesta Fringe Piñata Wreath

 Every April, the entire city of San Antonio partakes in two full weeks of parties, parades, and merriment known simply as “Fiesta“. As part of the tradition, Fiesta wreaths bursting with color are hung on front doors across the city. While Fiesta has officially come to a close for this year, I’m keeping the party going with […]

Us, 10 years later

3 emails about prostate cancer that can literally save someone’s life.

Remember these words, “I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.” It seems the older I get, the more I understand what they mean. Twenty-something us and thirty-something us are two entirely […]

These would make great gifts or kids party activity, make rainbow necklaces out of sculpting clay

Stuff Kids Love: Rainbow Necklace Craft

You know how the mere mention of ice cream brings huge smiles and jumps of joy from kids?   At least that’s what happens at my house.  Well, sculpey polymer clay is kind of like that in art form.  Kids love it so much that whenever I need to recharge my art class battery, I […]

A great post with lots of exercises and activities you can do at home with your kids to help you BOTH live more in the moment - LOVE!

10 Mindfulness Exercises to Do With Your Kids

A few mornings ago, as we stepped outside in the chill of the early morning air, my six-year-old son stopped in his tracks and said— “Smell that! Take a deep breath.” “It’s so fresh,” his brother followed up. And my heart stretched a little on both sides. Maybe my subtle efforts to live mindfully with my […]

I'm ready for a vacation, how about you? Let's day dream for a bit

April Fresh Picks

We’re a week away from a dream vacation. My heart is already there, but my mind and my body have a few mountains to move before I get on that plane next week! I wish I could take you with me, Ok, not really I am in need of some serious just me & my […]

2 ingredient homemade magic shell

You’ll love this magic shell recipe w/ just 2 ingredients!

I almost feel as if I should start this post with an apology. Because once you find out how easy this recipe is and how delicious it is–you’ll probably blame me for the fact that you’re going to need to stock up on ice cream, STAT. Not to mention crack down on that exercise routine, […]


Life Lessons Learned Through Tinkering

My daughter opened up a GoldieBlox and the Builder’s Survivor Kit a few days ago and her eyes lit up instantly. It’s no secret she loves to build and create or that she’s a huge fan of Goldie and an actual Master Builder so this new toy set was right up her alley. She quickly […]

kid painted flower pots

Finger Painted Flower Pots

For me spring time and gardening go hand in hand.  These fingerprint painted flower pots are a great way to craft and garden with kids.  A fun and simple project with stunning results, painted flower pots make an awesome addition to the spring garden.  Use them to liven up your Easter table or make them as […]

make your own rainbow glasses

See the World Through Every Color of the Rainbow With These DIY Glasses

Sure you could see the world through rose colored glasses, but why settle for rose? Instead, see the world through all the colors of the rainbow! Here’s how… Make your own Rainbow Glasses You’ll need: Printable pdf Sheets of colored plastic (also available on Amazon) Scissors or craft knife Glue sticks 1. Print out the pdf. […]

This gluten-free raspberry coffee cake has a lemon cream cheese filling! One piece is not enough ...

Gluten-Free Raspberry Coffee Cake inspired by the Artful Year

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post! I don’t think she knows it, but Jean Van’t Hul is pretty much the reason I started blogging. I found her site, a long with a couple others in 2008. I was home with two young kids, still active duty stationed overseas and desperately needing […]

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The Rainbow Loom Project - Make bracelets and send them to children in Africa!

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Simple ways to get your family involved and spreading joy in the community

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Pool Party Fun For A Cause

I finally have a chance to show you a few of the pics from the back to school pool party / school supply fundraiser we threw last month. You know me, I’m always looking for a reason to gather friends together AND do a little good. When I heard about Twizzlers and Jolly Rancher‘s partnership with […]

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