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Valentine’s Day Family Breakfast & Gift Ideas

I adore Valentine’s Day. To me it’s another opportunity to show my family how much I love them. So every year, I try to do something to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family. It doesn’t have to be something big or fancy. Typically, it’s a meal at home with lots of sweet touches. For instance, […]

New Year

Five Tips to Start the New Year Right

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to ring in the new year. We’ve spent the past few days organizing and purging our home of unused and unnecessary things. It feels so good to renew and prepare for 2015! Below is a checklist of items that we like to do at the end of the […]

Blue Cheese Artichoke Dip Recipe

Holiday Party Appetizer: Blue Cheese Artichoke Dip Recipe

We are so excited about the next few weeks – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. It’s time to celebrate! We go to my parent’s Christmas Eve party on the 24th and do Christmas Day at home with just us and the kids. However, we have one more party left to host – […]

Holiday Decorations

Our Home – All Dressed Up for the Holidays

There’s nothing more warm and inviting than a home decorated for the holidays. The twinkling glow of miniature lights and candles. The smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree. We look forward to decorating our home every holiday season. It’s one of our most treasured traditions. DID YOU KNOW? Kmart and Sears recently conducted a […]


Magic Reindeer Food Recipe and Free Printable

A fun activity to do with the kids this year is to make magic reindeer food that can be sprinkled on the yard on Christmas Eve. The sparkle will draw the reindeer to your house on Christmas Eve. Making it is super easy! Lucas and I made a large batch using Kellogg’s All Bran Flakes […]

Chocolate Billionaires Final

Easy Christmas Candy: Chocolate Billionaires Recipe

My favorite candy combination is caramel and nuts. It’s gooey and crunchy. Sweet and salty. So good. That’s why I love these Chocolate Billionaires. Caramel. Pecans. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. Chocolate. It doesn’t get better than that! This is the perfect candy to make for the holidays. It’s no-bake and super easy to make. Hope […]


12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 12 Read a Holiday Book #12JollyDays

I have had so much fun sharing our holiday family traditions with you over the past twelve days. The final activity I want to share is one that is so simple yet so beautiful. Reading. Grab your favorite Christmas book and cuddle up in your jammies by the tree or cozy in bed and…read together. […]


12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 11 Gingerbread House Party #12JollyDays

  We have lots of young nieces and nephews, which only makes the holidays more fun. Every year, we like to host a holiday party that is just for them. We have thrown cookie decorating parties, movie night & hot cocoa parties, and this year we hosted a gingerbread house decorating party. Several of my […]


12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 10 Give Back #12JollyDays

  One of the most important lessons that we want our kids to learn throughout their lives is the importance of community and helping one another and giving back. While these are lessons we encourage year-round, we also make it a point to include several give-back activities during the holidays. Whether it’s running over a batch […]


12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 9 Family Game Night #12JollyDays

  One of the easiest ways to connect as a family is to plan a game night. We love doing this during the holiday season when the winter nights are longer and we just want to be snuggled up inside. It’s also a great activity to do during the week right after dinner. This year, […]