Hallmark Tell Them – Thank a Teacher

Hallmark Tell Them - Thank a Teacher Picture of Ella and Mrs Brim

I had a blog post for Hallmark scheduled to run yesterday. It was in queue, all ready to go, when the tragedy in Newtown, CT took place. My Hallmark post was to be about their very special North Pole Countdown Ornament, but I just couldn’t push publish. I have something else I’d like to talk…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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Project 365 2012 – Week 13 {Recipe: Creme Cake Martini}

3-25-12 Communion

Happy April, friends! We had gorgeous weather in Kansas City this past week, which meant lots of time outside and lots of shutter button clicking. In addition to pictures from our week, I also have martini recipe you will want to try out this spring. Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom…

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