The Annual Franklin Family Holiday Treat Plate #ALDIstyle

I am participating in a sponsored brand ambassadorship with ALDI. All opinions stated are my own. Perhaps one of my favorite holiday traditions that was passed down by my mom is baking treats for the annual holiday treat plate. My mom taught me a few of my favorite recipes that I make year after year…and […]

Give the Gift of Music this Holiday {Giveaway}


  This post and giveaway is sponsored by Music & Arts. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I grew up in a musical family. I always felt like I was the one lacking in the talent department, but I have always valued music. I took piano lessons throughout my school years and then supplemented […]

Gingerbread Houses 2013 {Wordless Wednesday}

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  Our first snow day of the year was the perfect time to decorate the traditional gingerbread houses. The kids had so much fun putting their, um, personal touches to their houses… What have you been up to lately? Seven Clown Circus | Parenting By Dummies | Angry Julie Monday | Live and Love Outloud […]

Creating the Perfect Holiday Atmosphere

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glade®. The opinions and text are all mine.   I’ve never been much of a decorator. I’ve never had the touch. I’ve also never had the money (or even the space in my house) to buy all of the beautiful holiday decor that I […]

Butterscotch Bars – Favorite Holiday Treat

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  I’m kind of shocked that in the 7 years I’ve been writing this blog I have never posted the recipe to one of my favorite holiday treats. My mom used to make these Butterscotch Bars as part of her Christmas cookie plate to give to neighbors and friends when I was growing up, and […]

I Found the Christmas Tree Pictures! {PSF Give Me Your Best Shot}


  After losing the memory card with all of the pictures of decorating this year’s Christmas tree, I realized that this was the last Christmas tree that my oldest would be home to decorate with us, as she prepares to head to college next year. Sure, she’ll be home for Christmases, but not for early […]

Christmas Tree 2013 {Wordless Wednesday}

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  I’m trying not to mourn the (hopefully temporary) loss of a memory card that contains all of the traditional pictures of my kids decorating the Christmas tree this past weekend. Luckily, I snapped two shots with my phone…and may just have to take some new pictures of the tree this week. I love that […]

The Best Gift I’ve Ever Received {$100 Kohl’s Giveaway}

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  This post and giveaway are being sponsored by but all thoughts are my own. I’m one of those people who enjoys giving gifts much more than receiving them. I’m not a huge fan of surprises. And if I’m being honest here, I enjoy shopping for myself much more than others shopping for me. […]

Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas from Disney FROZEN #DisneyFrozenEvent

  When I was in Los Angeles last month for the world premiere of Disney’s Frozen, I was able to see and learn about many of the Frozen merchandise. My travel and accommodations were covered and I was given a selection of Frozen toys to take home to my kids, but the thoughts in this […]

5 Black Friday Shopping Tips

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This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine. I have to admit – as much as I am a deal-seeker and frugal shopper, I've never been a huge fan of the whole Black Friday shopping craze. I love the deals but I don't love the chaos. And Black Friday can […]