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Finally a Photo Organizing Tool That Works for Me {Giveaway}

Welcome to ThisLife by Shutterfly…I’ve finally found a way to organize, share, and and enjoy my photos!

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 I take a lot of photos… between my camera phone and my DSLR, I am constantly clicking away. On a typical, average, just life happening kind of day, I take around 30 photos. On days where life is a little more exciting and we have special plans or events, I have been known to take up to 100 pictures or more. It’s a hobby and passion and one way I really enjoy capturing the everyday moments.

I often get asked by others about how I organize my photos, especially since I take so many. The truth is, up until recently, my photos and the complete lack of any system were a hot mess. They mostly live on my hard drive, maybe sorted by date and are definitely rarely printed or shared for others to enjoy. I take all of these photos only to have them buried in folders on my computer I never look in.

Enter ThisLife an amazing tool from Shutterfly that has given me new hope for getting my photos out of hard drive abyss and into the eyes of my family and others to see. Here is what I love about ThisLife. [Continue reading]

Two Handed Coffee {Recipe – Chocolate Caramel Latte Muffins}


Chocolate Caramel Latte Muffins made with the newest variety of Millstone Mayan Black Onyx coffee and a secret ingredient.

Chocolate Caramel Latte Muffins from dineanddish.net
Oh Two-Handed Coffee Hour… how I love you so.

Did I ever tell you what inspired my two-handed coffee hour? Well it was a few things. First of all, the name was inspired by this blog post on Under the Sycamore. Adding friends and making it a weekly (or kind of weekly) event was inspired by Desperate Housewives, of all places. I swear I was born to be a 1950’s type housewife…although in reality I’d probably be quite miserable. I mean, what did those ladies do all day without the internet to keep them company? ;)

Two Handed Coffee Hour

Anyway, you know how in the show Desperate Housewives, after the men would head off to work (or to their mistresses house or to murder some unsuspecting neighbor) the wives would get together in one of the kitchens and spend an hour or so drinking coffee together, chatting about current life drama? I love that… I wanted that. And in all of my 12 years of being a work from home mom, that’s not something that ever really happened regularly. So, I decided to create my weekly Two-Handed Coffee Hour for a once a week connecting time with friends. And I love doing it as much as I thought I would. It’s a soul charging, happy hour. Connecting, especially when you are fairly isolated at home during the day, is such an important thing.  [Continue reading]

Grilling Made Easy {Recipe: Tuscan Steak Salad}

Friends… I am finally manning the grill!

If you’ve been following Dine & Dish at all over the past few years, you know that grilling has not been my thing, despite really wanting to learn how. It wasn’t because I lacked eagerness. It was because I just so happened to like being alive and was terrified of figuring out all the tricks to turning on our beloved “ghetto grill”.

Well, just a few weeks ago we received a new Weber grill and it is mine all mine! Since then, I’ve been attempting to teach myself how to grill, and if I can take a moment to humble brag, I’m pretty darn good at it! [Continue reading]

Juicy Fruit Bubble Gum Blowing Party!


Friends, sometimes I choose to work with clients because I absolutely love the client. Other times I work with a client because I love the product and, like in this situation with Juicy Fruit, I have fond memories associated with them AND I know that my kids will think I'm the coolest mom on the planet because of the partnership! Because Kelly broke her leg towards the end of the summer, we had to leave some of the items on our 2014 Summer of Fun Bucket List un-checked. The end of our summer ended up being a bit lame... a lot of sitting around, doing not much of anything because Kelly was still pretty hurt. Luckily, my friends at Juicy Fruit sent us quite the care package full of their newest varieties of bubble gum - yes!! … [Continue reading]

Gift Ideas for Kids from HMK

Personalized Kids Books from HMK

I've partnered with HMK to share some of my favorite gift ideas for kids! So far on Dine & Dish I've shared with you some great hostess gift ideas from HMK as well as some great gift ideas for friends, but I haven't shared with you some of my favorite selections of kids gifts from HMK! As a mom, aunt and friend of people who seem to be always having babies, I'm always on the lookout for great gifts geared towards kids. Here is a list of a few of my favorite kids items from HMK. Customized Books for Kids My kids get a kick out of anything that has their name or likeness in them. I think most kids do... I remember growing up looking all over for pencils with the name "Kristen" on them. Every one else had a pencil with their name on it, but since my name at the time wasn't all that popular, I could never find any personalized things for me! Well, HMK has solved the "I can't find my name anywhere" problem by creating these amazing customized hard cover story books! Customize the lead character’s name and likeness to a kid you love and the story is transformed to make them the hero. The best news is, you can have the book printed and bound while you wait! … [Continue reading]