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Holiday Project — Painted Glass Advent Calendar and Pom Pom Tree

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Advent calendars are one of our favorite Holiday family traditions -- I love the meaning  behind them and the JOY they bring my kids. So when Plaid sent me some of their new Martha Stewart  paints and stencils in the mail, I thought it might be fun to make some hand-painted ornaments as an advent calendar. And I thought the little beadboard display area that we created in our family room would … [Read more...]

Metallic Holiday Tablescape — perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years

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I haven't had a lot of experience creating tablescapes. I am more of a buffet-casual girl. But when Wayfair contacted me and asked if I might want to give it a try for their Holiday Tablescape Challenge, I couldn't resist. Wayfair sent me a list of 12 items and let me pick 5  for my tablescape, and of course I had to create a few DIY projects too -- to go along with my … [Read more...]

Kids Say the Funniest Things — Capture Those Funny Moments! [New iPhone App]

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I'm excited today to share with you a fun new iPhone app created by my friend  Kirsten Wright  I get so excited when my friends do something cool -- and this is my IRL friend Kirsten, who had this great app idea and made it come to life! I love to see people follow their dreams. It's a fun iPhone app that helps you connect with your kids, no matter what age. You can get your kids … [Read more...]

Learning to Love Wearing White (EVO 2012 Weekend)

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Last month I was able to spend the weekend in Park City at the EVO Conference. It's one of my favorite conferences of the year. EVO is hosted by two amazing ladies -- Jyl of Mom It Forward and Rachael of Today’s Mama. It was my second time attending the conference. Not only is the venue at The Canyons Resort amazing, but the conference is full of incredible information. Another thing I love about … [Read more...]

King’s Hawaiian Recipe — Grilled Cheese Sliders and 4 Gourmet Mayonnaise Recipes!!

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We love to grill in the summer. I thought it might be fun to take grilled cheese which we usually make inside on the stov,e and bring it outside to the grill!! And sliders make dinner fun. Each person can personalize each slider to their taste. The kids loved putting their sandwiches together.   We used King's Hawaiian rolls -- which are the perfect size for sliders. And I loved how the … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day!!

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Happy Mother's Day! {Good Moms Printable from Paper Coterie} Whether you are a mother, daughter, sister, friend — I hope you are having a wonderful day! I am spending time with my little family. I am so grateful for them. I can't image my life without my sweet kiddos. And my little sister Ashley had a baby girl this week -- she is so beautiful. Life is good! … [Read more...]

Cut It Out Frames Giveaway — win a picture gallery wall!!

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I am still recovering from the FUN weekend at the SNAP conference -- more on that to come. In the meantime, I am THRILLED to offer you an amazing giveaway from Cut It Out Frames. They are the ones who made the frames in my Family Picture Gallery. Cut It Out Frames was a vendor at the Queen Bee Market which was held during the SNAP conference this past weekend. UPDATE -- Giveaway closed. … [Read more...]

Win a $500 Oreck Air Purifier!!!

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I am SO thrilled to give one of YOU a $500 Oreck AirInsinct air purifier!! I was excited to try out the Oreck AirInstinct air Purifier for a few reasons. First of all, I have asthma and I have a hard time breathing when there is a lot of pollution in the air. Where I live we have some bad inversion in the winter and it really affects my breathing. Plus, I have severe spring allergies. And … [Read more...]

Messy Home or Apartment? Win $3,000 from ForRent.com!!

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It's as if each of my kids has their own messy space. How are kids so messy???? Ancient laundry they've refused to bring to the laundry room? Check. Secret stash of hidden snacks, forgotten? Check. And more ... they've done it all. And I have to admit, I am pretty messy too. My craft room usually looks like a bomb exploded! And my closet is a constant disaster! The folks at ForRent.com are … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Coral and Grey Baby Shower!

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I was thrilled to attend my sister Ashley's baby shower this past weekend. It was so much fun!! She has the cutest little boy Hudson and this is her first girl. So we had to celebrate!! I was excited to fly out with Hannah for a really quick 1 day trip for the party! It was held in Ashley's beautiful home. The baby's colors are grey and coral -- beautiful!! I loved that instead of games … [Read more...]