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You Are a Star!

You Are a Star

I just recently watched a heart touching video that reminds me of how hard kids have it. Sometimes I forget that among all the great moments of being a kid, there are quite a few hard moments. Moments, that I’d soon forget. I send my kids off to school each day and hope and pray […]

Holiday Moments and Gift Ideas

Girl Kissing Hallmark Jingle Stuffed Dog

It’s kind of crazy how memories can overwhelm you sometimes. I was sitting here thinking about Jingle, the dog that goes along with the Hallmark Jingle All the Way Interactive storybook. My daughter, Ella, has really taken to this stuffed dog. He gets buckled into seat belts, sits by her feet at dinner, snuggles in […]

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 […]