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Family Meetings and Encouraging Words

Encouraging Card Hallmark

We sit down and have a family meeting on Sunday evenings. It’s a way for our family of 6 to make sure we are all on the same page for the upcoming week, celebrate accomplishments from the prior week, and more. We assign chores, distribute allowance, plan our weekly menu and share our goals for […]

Pepper Pancakes?

Leah-Grandma

When we visit my parents in Mission, Texas each year (near South Padre) there is always plenty of memory making fun happening. We get to go to the beach… We swim in their retirement community pool and hot tub under the palm trees… We go to the zoo… We hang out and get to explore […]

Happiness Report #17 – Happiness Down to My Soul

Recording Artist Shannon Curtis

It’s a rainy, stay inside with a good book and cup of coffee kind of day. A snuggly, beautiful, happy day. What better kind of day then to share a little happiness with you all? I am bubbling over with happiness today because Nick and I had the opportunity to bring recording artist, Shannon Curtis, […]

Best Friends Forever

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Let’s talk friendship, shall we? I don’t have a best friend. I’ve always been one of those girls to have a lot of good friends but as an adult, not a best girl friend. You know, that one friend you can call up and she’ll drop everything and be there in minutes with chocolate ice […]

It Takes a Village… Not to Mention Wine and Coffee

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I’ve always known and hoped that I would be a mom. When I was in Kindergarten, we had a “Star of the Week” program where the star would be interviewed. One of the questions in the interview was “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My immediate answer, firmly stated without any […]

It’s A Good Thing She’s Cute!

Sweet Leah

I have four kids and you’d think by the time Leah came along I’d have this whole parenting thing down. What no one seems to tell you is that whether you have 1 or 10 kids, God sends you a different one each time. You get the experience of starting over, learning the ropes again […]

About Your Hostess

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Kristen Doyle Freelance Writer, Food & Lifestyle Photographer, Mom   Kristen Doyle is the creator of the award winning website, Dine & Dish. Since early 2006, Kristen has been sharing her favorite recipes, photographs and life stories with an ever growing audience of engaged readers. Kristen has expanded her reach to include working with major […]

3 Dollars, 5 Minutes and the Best Birthday Ever

Ella Streamers

I used to stress about my kids birthdays. I put such high expectations on myself to make their birthdays perfect… “good moms pull out all the stops to make their kids feel special on their birthdays” I thought.  I really struggled with making that come true without spending a lot of money and time I […]

Project 365 2012 – Week 16 & 17 – A Photo a Day Journey

4-15leah stroller

I’m a week behind on posting project 365 pictures so I’m going to make these two weeks of photos quick to catch up! Sunday, April 15th: Caught this moment with my iPhone. This is a picture of Kelly playing mom and Leah playing baby… crammed into an infant carrier on top of a toy stroller […]

Handwritten With Love – Making Room for Sentimental

Cards together

There was a time in my life where I kept each and every card, letter and note I received. Cards for birthdays, notes from classmates, letters from loved ones who lived far away. I have books and books full of cards and notes… some with a lot of meaning… some from people I barely remember. […]