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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Hallmark – Replaying Childhood Friendships

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Thoughts of my own childhood friends seep out through the layers of memories as I watch my own kids and their best friends. This is a Hallmark Life is a Special Occasion blog post.  How many of you have mini-me’s in your children? You know, maybe not a payback child, per se, but one where you seem…

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Hallmark: When The Neighborhood Grows Up

Hallmark Halloween Decorations on dineanddish.net

Watching our neighborhood grow up… a Hallmark Life is a Special Occasion Post. Maybe it’s because the oldest “kid” on our block left us for college this year… Or that my son no longer wants to dress up for Halloween… Or that our group of “kids” at our annual Halloween “Boo in the Bubble” neighborhood party…

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Parenting is Hard {Recipe: Creamy Chicken & Corn Chowder}

Creamy Chicken and Corn Chowder from www.dineanddish.net

I leaned over her bed, late at night, placing a gentle kiss on her cheek. As I did, one of my tears fell onto her face, falling down into her wild and curly hair. I love this girl so, so much I feel my heart physically swelling at the sight of her, but I don’t…

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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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