Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Isn’t it the greatest? The warm feeling of friends and family everywhere, plans of spending time in front of the fire with my favorite books or a 5,000 piece puzzle and even a cup or two of ridiculously rich eggnog. And I didn’t even get to the presents. Not that they count, or anything materialistic like that.
Not to be cliché, but it really is the most wonderful time of the year.
I’m lucky to live in a state where, more often than not, Christmas is a snowy wonderland. I might grumble about it for the rest of the Winter season, but around the holidays there just isn’t anything better than a snowy front yard on Christmas morning.
Like all good holidays, the smells are what trigger memories of Christmases past for me. The Christmases of my childhood and even the smells of new traditions created with my own little family. They all blend in a happy place in my mind, delicious smells and warm thoughts mixed simmering together. In fact, I have a handful of my favorite smells during the Christmas season, ones I count on as part of … >> find out more...
4th of July, 4th of July! You know there’s nothing better than a summer holiday, right? For me, it’s the 4th of July. It’s my favorite holiday, hands down. The weather is gorgeous and hot, the pavement is baking, kids sit on the sidewalk eating dripping Popcicles, and fireworks end the day. It’s the most fun of the whole year, and that’s saying something.
I make my famous American flag cake. We sometimes run a 4th of July 5k and watch the early morning hot air balloons. There’s a parade in Provo, and we never miss it. There are afternoon naps, BBQ’s and frosty cold caffeinated beverages abound.
Cousins, adorable cousins come from near and far.
Sometimes there’s a baby or two, on a good year.
There’s grilled corn on the cob, and squirt gun fights and sparklers and a table full of desserts. There just isn’t a better holiday than the 4th of July.
I have a couple of favorite recipes for you, so you can whip up something red, white & blue for your own celebrations.
A yummy 4th of July dessert recipe made with the most American of ingredients: whipped cream + Jell-O. An American Flag … >> find out more...
When Easter is over, as it is about to be, what do you do with all the leftover Easter baskets? In my house growing up, my mom would stash all 10 Easter baskets back under the stairs, grass and all, to wait it out until the following Easter holiday. I’m not quite as organized as my mother, maybe because I’m free to wing it with only 2 kids instead of 8, which means each year is different than the next. More often than not, I forget I even have Easter baskets under my stairs, or I’m lured into buying new ones every year both by the children and myself.
What does one do with all the baskets of the world flowing everywhere? I’ll tell you what I do: after Easter half the time I send them to a thrift store and the other half I re-purpose them into something useful for the remaining 11 months of the year.
This year my little guy (he’s still little to me) is getting an adorable little monster basket filled to the brim with Peeps and chocolate eggs. And when he’s all done using it I’m filling it with toy cars to sit … >> find out more...
Today it’s how to make your own (inexpensive) DIY Valentines for the big V-day. Let’s say it’s the day before Valentine’s Day *cough* and you need some really quick DIY Valentines that won’t break the bank. Who’s your girl?
Me, that would be me.
Martha did this how to originally, but my version is a little less formal. It’s just how I roll, there’s no helping it. The awesome thing about this great Valentine DIY is that you probably have all the supplies hanging around your house somewhere. Maybe. I hope. If you don’t, they’re muy inexpensive to pick up at your local bodega.
How to Make Your Own DIY Valentines Supplies:
- 1 stalk Romaine lettuce
- large knife to cut lettuce
- stamp pads + / or craft paint
- paintbrush (if you use craft paint)
- card-stock or sturdy paper of your choice
How to Stamp a DIY Valentine:
This is the really easy part.
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- Step 1: Wash + dry Romaine lettuce
- Step 2: When the lettuce is dry use a large knife to slice off the bottom fourth of the lettuce stalk
- Step 3: Turn newly cut side of lettuce down on a kitchen towel and
You need some gift lists + ideas for teenagers? I can help. Thanks to eBay for sponsoring this curation of gift ideas for tricky, lovable teens. Check out my ever-growing collections for more ideas on gift giving, I have many, gift ideas and collections, I mean.
If you’ve ever been in charge of shopping for a teenager you understand the plight that is finding the right gift. See, it’s different for teenagers, because they’re more like toddlers than not during the teen years, and it can get ugly if you don’t get things juuuuust so. I say this as the mother of a teen and someone who WAS a teen for several years of my life. The emotions, they are everywhere. So many hormones, so many feeeeeeelings all. of. the. time. and no one does anything right. It’s genuinely a hard time of life but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to get it right, and I’m always here to help; in fact I sourced my own teen to get some gift ideas so not ALL of you will be hated at your family holiday parties.
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Guys, the holidays are officially almost upon us. And for whatever reason (just a guess – mom guilt?) at Christmas time, I get super Type-A obsessive about making sure my holiday cards are finished early and mailed out before the serious crazy sets in. Life is insane during the holidays, and I really prefer to do tiny little things all year long in anticipation of December being the worst month of my life, in the history of ever.
ALL OF THE THINGS happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, and for some reason having my holiday cards done ahead of the choir, orchestra, and drama performances, not to mention the swim meets and candy-cane-read-a-thons and all of the homework the world has ever known, well, it makes me feel like a better human. It just does. That way I can sit back and
smugly relax and enjoy the holiday panic about everything else that needs to be done immediately, if not sooner.
This year I really do have reason to feel all extra celebratory, because it’s not even Halloween yet and my holiday cards are D-O-N-E.
Let’s talk about that for a second.
Thankfully, even though … >> find out more...
Gifts for dad: DIY crafts for dad this Father’s Day.
DIY Father’s Day Mugs
It’s Father’s Day this weekend, in case you hadn’t noticed all the BBQ’s and lawnmowers for sale all over town. I already bought a vacuum at Costco for my husband because I’m fancy and super thoughtful, and I love him, especially when he vacuums. Although if the dad in my life were to get a vacuum for me, or laundry basket, or I don’t know, a sleeping bag for any holiday I would
probably completely lose my crap.
I’m going to pay for this somehow.
Do you have Father’s Day for the dad(s) in your life outside the US? I know there’s a Kid’s Day in Poland, which is also National Water-Fight Day, for serious, but I don’t know much about other countries celebrating random odd holidays like we do in the U.S.
Father’s Day printables
Anyway I found some ridiculous cute stuff on Pinterest, like you do, some super cute crafts for dad. I know you have it in you to whip any and all of these up, because you’re the craftiest sort of readers out there.
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Father’s Day, an entire day devoted to loving, remembering, hanging with, and showering the fathers in our lives with happiness and sparkling unicorns and ponies.
For the dads who like those kinds of things, anyway.
Father’s Day at our house is a pretty chill affair, much like Mother’s Day; we sometimes have a BBQ and maybe some fancy Jell-O with whipped cream, but not much. Because really, at our house, every day is Father’s Day.
My husband works random hours which means he’s home for a huge portion of our life together. Dad (or daddy, depending on the kid) is home as much as I am, sometimes more. He’s the one who takes the kids to the pediatrician, the dentist, and almost every field trip. Our dad makes dinner most nights, is in charge of the laundry, and does the dishes more than me. But in turn, he enjoys most of the privileges historically reserved for women and mothers: at home time with the kids, helping with homework, going on hikes and climbing trips and camping and kayaking, both kids in tow.
The fun stuff, the memory makers of family life.
Washi tape! Have you hopped on board the washi tape bandwagon? I’ll admit I’m a late comer to this fantastic trend, but now I can’t get enough! Who would have thought there would be so many uses and adorable things you can make with these little sticky strips of colored printed paper?
Because I’m so enamored with this cute little tape craft supply, and since Spring is right around the corner, this week’s project is a quick and easy to way to make some cute decorated “eggs” to add to your Easter and springtime decor! Keep reading to see how to make these Washi Tape Egg Decorations: >> Read More