Category Archives: Family

Share Your Beauty

Share Your Beauty

8 years ago we brought a tiny little twig of a lilac bush home from my husbands grandmas house. As soon as the Iowa snow would melt away, Grandma Doyle’s lilac bush would flourish in the most stunning way, bidding goodbye to the harsh winter. Beautiful, fragrant blossoms gave everyone hope that warmth and new beginnings were possible….

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Reclaim the Kitchen

Reclaim the Kitchen

Now, more than ever, it’s time for us to Reclaim the Kitchen.  When I was a kid, eating out was a special and very rare affair. We ate together as a family most nights, created the meal together and cleaned up after dinner together. My siblings and I were involved in sports and other activities,…

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2015 Focus Words – Be Happy

Be Happy 2015 Focus Word

Today I’m sharing my 2015 Focus Word(s) as well as how I plan on using this phrase to shape my year. Plus, I’m giving one lucky Dine & Dish reader the chance to win an Etsy gift certificate! Instead of making resolutions each year, I always choose a focus word. This word or phrase is…

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Cookie Secrets

Hallmark Bake Like an Elf

I’m sharing the secret behind a family favorite cookie recipe, and making traditions with the youngest members of the family. This is a Hallmark Life is a Special Occasion story.  The holiday season, especially, seems to be prime time for sharing family recipes. Loved ones gather together, over food, and before the end of the…

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Juicy Fruit Bubble Gum Blowing Party!

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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…

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2014 Summer of Fun Bucket List

Dine and Dish 2014 Summer of Fun Bucket List Summer activities for kids

Hi friends! Sorry for the silence around here lately. My parents have been visiting and we have been busy wrapping up the last few weeks of school! Today is the first day of our summer vacation, which happens to be my most favorite time of the year! We’ve had an awesome first day…if today is…

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Let’s Get Crafty! {Silhouette July Promotion and Giveaway}

Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, UrbanWife. Thanks to all who entered! I’m a crafty girl wannabe. I have been that person who has an arsenal of scrapbook supplies, but never scrapbooks. I have paint brushes and ribbon and buttons and mason jars and whatever the hot new crafty thing is. The problem is…

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