Christmas Tree 2014 #PSF

Christmas tree 2014

  I’d love to say that we waited to buy and decorate our Christmas tree until this past weekend because we couldn’t imagine decorating for Christmas without the whole family together. As it turned out, the fact that we bought our tree this past Saturday and decorated it that night, shortly after our college-aged daughter […]

10 Tips to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season #HealthierHome

Tips to stay healthy during cold and flu season

I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me. The kids are well-established in the new school year (it still feels “new” to me) and that means one thing…yep, AJ is home coughing up a storm. It’s not a coincidence that […]

Get Rewarded for Your Holiday Shopping #ChaseHolidays


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Ultimate Rewards. All opinions are 100% mine. ‘Tis the season for cookies and carols and snowflakes and peppermint…and lots and lots of shopping. I have to admit – at the beginning of this holiday season, I was dreading shopping for my family of […]

DIY Holiday Teacher Wreath #HandmadeHolidays

DIY Holiday Teacher Wreath

  I struggle each year to find an original holiday gift for my kids’ teachers that they will appreciate and be able to use. This year, I had the opportunity to create a fun holiday wreath for my youngest son’s elementary school teacher with supplies from Staples, and I am so excited to share it […]

The Best Apple Pie Recipe

The Best Apple Pie Recipe

  I have been making this apple pie recipe since I was a teenager. I was given the recipe by a long-forgotten acquaintance at a church activity where we were taught how to make pies…and I’ve been making it for my family ever since. I have tried many apple pies over the years, and this […]

What Is Your Wish? #WishesDelivered


  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS. All opinions are 100% mine. The holidays are a wonderful time. Sometimes they are “wonderfully busy…” Yes, the holidays can be hectic with everything going on – the shopping, the entertaining, the holiday cards, and the baking. But I love that everyone […]

Holiday Concerts Galore! #PSF

The Crucible

  ‘Tis the Season…for holiday concerts! Last week, we had 5 nights of play performances, this week is choir (and quartet), and next week is orchestra. For your holiday listening pleasure, here is one of the songs that Afterglow performed at last night’s winter choir concert: Last week’s middle school performance of How to Survive […]

The Ultimate Christmas Cookie Exchange {40+ Recipes}

Ultimate Christmas Cookie Exchange Foodie Collection

  My mom always made a holiday plate full of treats to deliver to our neighbors and friends. So after I got married, I naturally started making goodie plates for our neighbors and friends, too. Today, I’ve gathered some of the most delicious cookie and bar recipes into my newest Foodie collection, The Ultimate Christmas […]

Finding #JOY in the Holidays

finding JOY

I received compensation for my work on this post. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. In just a few days, my oldest daughter will be coming home for the first time since she left for college in July. I may talk and text with her nearly every day, […]

Tradition. Celebration. Memories. High School Class Rings by Jostens

Stackable rings from Jostens

  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jostens for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It’s still crazy for me to think that I’ve got a child in college (college?!) and another following closely behind in high school (not to mention the next 3 that will be moving up the […]