Category: family_holiday

vintage halloween photos.

Happy Halloween Folks! Thanks so much for having me here to chat about parties this week. I love Allison and her space- isn’t it wonderful here?! I wanted to leave you with some amazing and cool photographs of vintage Halloween days! I also wanted to give a shout out to PJ’s Talking & Paige for the great tips they gave us in the back to basics post! There is so much on the web to swoon and drool over and…
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holiday gift ideas for the whole family.

The holidays are here folks, is your goody box stocked? I know we all try and get to our major shopping lists and think about who we are going to buy for, but one thing that can be quite stressful is the small hostess gifts and trinkets that we like to have on hand. My mother had a large drawer full of hostess gifts and pressies growing up. She loved to be able to pull out a quick gift for…
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halloween kitchen supplies from williams sonoma.

Might be the season, might be the pregnancy, but I can’t stop thinking about food! Williams Sonoma has some fun items for your fall festivities in the kitchen–sure to delight little ones and grown ups alike! We’re way past sugar cookies here, for Halloween and beyond. Make-A-Face Halloween Pancake Molds, $19.95 The Great Pumpkin Cake Pan, $32 Pumpkin Silicon Cupcake Molds, set of 8, $14.95 Acorn Cakelet Pan, $36 (I think my favorite of the bunch!)

halloween costumes for kids.

pumpkin perfection in a pillowcase, from Martha Stewart Halloween will be upon us. For your little ones, this is a big deal. Which means for mommies, finding or creating a stellar costume is a big deal. Making costumes this year? Better get crackin’! Here’s a roundup of some really adorable/super-cool costume tricks sure to result in plenty of treats. (I couldn’t resist). sweetest spider, from Martha Stewart (this could probably be adapted for a boy) a just-right witch from Family…
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simple birthday parties for kids.

As M nears his 2nd birthday, I realize that the era of birthday parties will soon be upon us. We are foregoing a party this year, but plan to involve his playmates at his 3rd birthday celebration. A daunting feat, must admit. But, ta da!  Just a couple of days ago I received my bonus family issue of Real Simple (a perk of subscribing faithfully–I don’t know what I’d do without it). It’s a great issue, and happens to feature clever…
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how to make a flag cake.

The Fourth of July is, next to Christmas, my favorite holiday of the year. I run in a local 5k, watch early morning hot air balloon launches, eat a pancake breakfast in the park, cheer for the annual patriotic parade, attend barbecues, swim, and top it all off with fireworks at dusk. The culmination of a perfect summer day. This flag cake from Martha Stewart is the perfect combination of decoration and dessert, perfect to take along to a holiday…
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what mothers really want for mother’s day.

As a mother I’m honestly happy if Mother’s Day begins with breakfast in bed {with the newspaper} and some sort of homemade card from the kids, and ends with me in bed by 9 P.M. Flowers are always nice from V, but at this point I’ll take what I can get. That’s not to say I haven’t been making a list of all sorts of lovely things I’d like come Sunday morning. Here are a couple of ideas for yourself…
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advent calendar.

I love this idea of an advent calendar made of stockings. Instead of the traditional tree with doors to open and treats within, how cute are these mini stockings with numbers on them? I’m definitely doing this next year. {see: hop skip jump for details}.

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