Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Turns 50! #Rudolph50

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: 50th Anniversary

  I am thrilled to celebrate Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s 50th Anniversary with this fun giveaway, sponsored by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. All thoughts and memories are my own. Christmas time is a season full of family traditions. From decorating the Christmas tree with mis-matched ornaments that we’ve collected over the years to baking the […]

My Favorite Things Holiday Edition

Essential Oils giveaway - My favorite things!

  It’s the holiday season (it’s pretty hard to miss!) and that means it’s time for another AH-mazing My Favorite Things giveaway hop! I participated in my first My Favorite Things giveaway last December and had a blast (and, yes, I enter the other blogger’s giveaways, too!!) and then I hosted another summer My Favorite […]

NOEL Blocks Christmas Craft

NOEL Christmas Craft

  Earlier this month, my daughter and I joined a few friends for a Christmas craft night and had an absolute blast crafting together (I don’t do it often enough!). Last week, I shared the super-easy Christmas Countdown Whiteboard craft and today I’m excited to share how we made these cute Noel blocks. How to […]

Easy Christmas Countdown Frame Craft

Christmas Countdown Frame Craft

  The other night, my daughter and I got together with a group of “crafty ladies” (how Reese described us) to make a few Christmas crafts. Crafting with friends has got to be one of the best ways to spend an evening (especially when that evening also includes home baked goodies). I love making crafts, […]

UPS #WishesDelivered


  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS. All opinions are 100% mine. During the winter that I fell in love with my future husband, he took a seasonal job that ended up being one of the most fun and memorable jobs ever…he worked alongside a UPS delivery man to […]

How to Make Homemade Gingerbread Houses & Frosting Cement

How to make your own Gingerbread houses and frosting cement

  It’s hard to believe that it’s THAT time of year again. Just this past weekend, I walked in to Target and heard Christmas music playing. Although I’m not quite ready to decorate the Christmas tree yet, it’s never too early to start sharing holiday recipes, right? I rediscovered this recipe last week and knew […]

The Best Day of Christmas 2013 {PSF – Give Me Your Best Shot}

Christmas presents

  The kids went back to school today and that means that I’m back to work. I’ll have to start cooking real food (and not holiday goodies). And I’ll have to stop sleeping in until 9:00 every morning. Our Winter Break was relaxing, filled with lots of sleep and lots of good food. But my […]

Ooey Gooey Holiday Chex Mix #15MinuteSuppers

ooey gooey chex mix

  Years ago, a good friend of mine brought our family a big bag of Chex Mix for Christmas. Expecting the same old salty (dare I say boring?) Chex Mix that I was used to, I was caught off guard when I took the first bite of our Christmas treat. It was so good! Even […]

The Traditional Christmas Morning Picture {PSF Give Me Your Best Shot}


  Every year since my youngest son was born, we’ve taken a Christmas morning picture under the Christmas tree. The picture HAS to be taken before a single present is opened. The tradition started because Dad was typically the last person in the family to make it out of bed. The picture was created as […]

A Christmasy Happy Birthday #WW

Christmas Eve 2013

  I woke up this morning the mother of a 17 year old daughter. We partied all day – a morning movie followed by frozen yogurt, then an early dinner and a Christmas concert at the DC LDS Temple Visitor’s Center (so good!) to finish the night. Oh, and let’s not forget birthday presents (pictures […]