Simplify the Holidays and Win with #AlexiaHolidays

Alexia Foods Holiday Party Win Cash and Prizes

Friends… I’m going to admit, this time of year is hard for me. I am one of those people who tends to say yes and overcommit to way too much, and then I’m a grouchy bear when I should really be joyful and happy. I LOVE this time of year… love love love it. I get so angry with myself when I over complicate the season by putting so much pressure on myself to get it all done! That’s ridiculous and not a good way to celebrate the holidays!

I am excited to say that this year, in The Doyle household, we are focusing on keeping things simple. We aren’t going to say yes to every event, party, opportunity that comes along. Instead, we are going to practice the art of living simply… and I really do believe it is an art! Simplicity is not something that comes naturally to many of us!…

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The Happiness Report #34

A post full of happy things I’ve thought about, discovered and done this past week! Come share your happy things with me!

Happiness Report from

Happy Happiness Report Day, everyone! The photo you see above is of Leah this past spring at Ella’s first communion. I found it while I was looking for an old photo of a recipe I needed and it made me realize how much I miss sharing my Project 365 photos. This photo along with the ones below would most likely suffer the fate of sitting on my external hard drive, never to be seen and enjoyed by anyone. What’s the point of that?

To rectify the situation, I’m starting a “no-rules” Project 365 project for myself. No rules meaning… if I accidentally skip a day of taking a photo, I’ll say oops and move on. If my photo is taken with my camera phone instead of my DSLR, I’ll say oops and carry on. No rules meaning I’m not waiting until January 1st to start. I’m going to start on December 1st…or if I feel like it, tomorrow or whenever. No rules is not within my comfort zone, but the thought of a no rules photography project makes me very happy! I actually think I’m going to call it just that “The No Rules Photography Project”. Sounds easy enough, right?

Here are a few of the photos that I saved from external hard drive purgatory……

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Give Thanks to Farmers

Give Thanks to Dairy Farmers

  As you feast around your table this holiday season, pause to Give Thanks to the hard working farmers who help to make the food you eat possible! Do you ever pause to think about the farmers behind the food you eat? I often think about the fact that no matter what time of day it is,…

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Healthy Dinner Recipe – Rosemary Chicken

Healthy Dinner Recipe - Rosemary Chicken with Broccoli in Broth

An adapted Weight Watchers recipe, this Rosemary Chicken with Broccoli in Broth makes for a comforting and healthy dinner. I missed a day of NaBloPoMo yesterday. I had every intention of posting, but the day just went on and on and my energy level kept getting lower and lower. I knew I had to wake…

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Recipe

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Recipe from

Our favorite Snickerdoodle Recipe gets a fall makeover with the addition of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice! Did you know that Snickerdoodle cookies are my favorite? I doubt you did because in the 8 years I’ve been blogging I don’t think I’ve ever shared that with you! I don’t necessarily have one favorite, “go…

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Biscoff Pancakes {Weekly Menu Plan}

Biscoff Pancakes from the Biscoff Spread Cookbook

Our weekly family friendly menu plan including a review of  The Biscoff Cookie and Spread Cookbook and a recipe for Biscoff Pancakes! This was my first official week on Weight Watchers and I’m so excited to share that I was down 5.6 pounds! I know not to expect that big of a loss every week,…

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Happiness Quote – Thoughts for Today

Give Happiness Quote

A happiness quote and my thoughts on practicing the art of selfish happiness. This was the first time with NaBloPoMo where it became late at night and I still had nothing to post. But then I remembered why I was doing this challenge…so I could feel ok just writing, without even a purpose sometimes. Yesterday…on a…

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The Happiness Report #33

Happiness Rules

The Dine & Dish Happiness Report #33 – come share what’s making you happy lately! Hi friends! I hope you all have had a great week! Are you ready to share some happy things? Let’s do this happiness report thing!