Give children the ultimate gift -- a love of writing by incorporating these tips into your home life

11 Ways to Encourage Young Writers

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. In my mind, I never believed I had what it took. I wasn’t smart enough. Funny enough. Dedicated enough. My handwriting is awful. I lack the confidence to put it all out there for others to see. I just don’t have what it takes. At least that’s what […]

Great example of the right way to do a tricep dip, this post has lots of other exercise moves you can do on the go as well

Playground Workout for Moms: 8 Exercises You Can Do While They Play

So excited to introduce you to personal trainer and pro photographer Stephanie Smith for today’s total body playground workout, she’s about to rock your world. As a mom of young kids, it is so tough to find time to work out. Let me tell you, I have been there. With three kids under the age of […]

18 simple activities you can do in your own backyard that will make this an amazing summer

Summer in Your Own Backyard: The Power of Staying Home

I made a promise to myself at the beginning of last summer, much like the promises I’ve made dozens of times before. This summer, while all three of my kids are home, I will be more present. We will do less, but enjoy more. We will spend more time together as a family, and darn it — […]

Great ideas for simple activities for kids during playdates

Simple Tips for Hosting the Perfect Playdate

*Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post! (Ends June 12th) My playdate days are sadly drawing to a close. My baby graduated kindergarten this year and my oldest is almost 10! I have no idea where the time went, but I have hosted my fair share of playdates and would consider myself […]

Great tips on how to reduce allergen in your home

10 Ways to Help Your Family Fight Allergy Symptoms

More than 50 million Americans* suffer from allergies and the numbers are steadily increasing. Children are experiencing symptoms earlier and earlier and doctors predict this year’s allergy season will be a particularly long and intense one. If you’re family is already suffering or feeling the impact from the great outdoors, don’t despair. There are easy things […]

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 […]

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We asked 5 moms what items were on their must-have list for fall 2105 and here's what they told us. I agree! I want all of these things in my closet

15 Fall Fashion Must-Haves for 2015

This post is sponsored by Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. When I found out I would be writing a fall fashion post this month I had a good laugh. I don’t have the most stylish wardrobe and I’m not the girl you necessarily call when you need fashion advice … but, I do have a great […]

Add a little something special to your fall tables cape or Thanksgiving table with this handmade salt dough place card DIY.

Make A Personalized Thanksgiving Keepsake: DIY Salt Dough Place Cards

I can’t believe Turkey Day is right around the corner!  There are so many things to love about Thanksgiving: the food, the gratitude, the family time, the pie.  Yes, I think Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday because it is unabashedly centered around food.  I’m always on the hunt for new recipes and Imperial Sugar has an amazing Thanksgiving […]

hot apple cider: the perfect comfort drink on a crisp fall afternoon

Share the Season: Hot Apple Cider

Nothing says fall like the smell of hot cider wafting through your home or the warmth you feel after a really good conversation with a friend. My friends at Eaves by Avalon invited me over to their space to share our thoughts on their inspiring holiday campaign: Share the Season. I knew instantly our post […]

A week's worth of dinner, these are some of our fall family favorites

Week’s Worth of Dinners: Fall Family Favorites

Hooray for Fall! We are finally starting to experience temperatures below 80, so I am taking full advantage of them while they last — look for a full menu of fall family favorites this week. Monday: Cauliflower & Potato Soup with some grilled cheese toast points (grilled cheese cut into triangles) I had my first […]

Love the look of these stacked pumpkins

Simple Things: The Feel of Fall

I’m a bit late to the party this week, but for good reason. I’ve spent the last few days soaking up some serious golden rays in Newark, Ohio. Surrounded by the most amazing. creative women I’ve ever met and I left before dawn this morning feeling full of peace. How could you not with scenery like […]

Sweet Little Turkey Cookies

Sweet Little Turkey Cookies

These incredibly easy-to-make cookies are the perfect activity to get kids excited about Turkey Day. There’s no need for perfection, so let your kids have a ball creating wonky turkeys and cross-eyed fowl. There’s even time for a quick lesson in Giving and more than likely, you won’t even need to play Teacher. When I […]

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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 […]

Mmmmm, a peanut butter and banana chocolate shake - sounds heavenly!

Try This: Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Shake

Our friends from Tillamook are dropping by this afternoon to share one of those recipes that sounds like a match made in heaven, peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate. What could be better?! Blend it all up and top with some whipped cream and sprinkles and it’s sure to make your day or at the very least […]

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, […]

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 […]

Who wants pancakes? Lots of great pancake recipes here

Pancake Recipes So Good, They’ll Make Your Whole Weekend

Pancakes. Piping hot, fluffy, good old-fashioned melt in your mouth pancakes. That’s the stuff childhood memories are made of and the kind of thing that can transport you right back to your grandma’s house when you were little with just one syrup-y bite. Mmmm, I love pancakes. Who doesn’t, right? I mean they are basically […]

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