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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Fantasy Versus Reality {Recipe: Peaches & Cream Frozen Cocktail}

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I woke up with an itch… the road trip itch. I nudged my husband. “Let’s get out of town… go someplace for the day.” It’d be a happy day, full of picture taking, shopping for props at antique stores, prancing through fields while notes from The Sound of Music filled the air. We all pile…

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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,…

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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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Ahem…Magic Mike {Recipe: Blackberry Gin Shooters}

Blackberry Gin Shooters by Dine & Dish

My eyes had the pleasure of taking in Magic Mike earlier this week. If you aren’t familiar with this movie, you can find more about it here, but in general, there really isn’t much of a plot, but lots and lots of eye candy. Before the movie even started, the packed audience (of mixed ages…

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