Nov 232015

Over the next few months you’re likely to host friends and family for a number of different occasions.  We definitely love opening our door to guests though the germs that sneak in with them aren’t quite as welcome.

Create a care basket for your holiday guests, stocked with tissues, antibacterial gel, aspirin and more so that you can share memories without sharing germs

An easy way to help your guests avoid passing germs around while still getting to enjoy each other’s company, is to create an easy Holiday Guest Station in your home.  I keep ours loaded up with anything that drop-in guests could possibly need or want while they’re visiting.  It’s in addition to the House Guest Welcome Baskets that I make up for any guests staying overnight at our home. Continue reading »

Nov 202015

This is a partnered post with Amwell. Opinions and experiences are my own.

Not too long after Bubbles was born, my husband got sick.  I don’t really remember what it ended up being, but I do remember the frustration we all felt.  He didn’t feel well enough to drive himself the doctor, and we really didn’t want to take Bubbles to an office full of sick people.

Face to face doctor's visits from the comfort of your home with Amwell

In the end either Ashley or one of his friends ended up driving him, but I remember wishing at the time that house calls were still available.  And now I’ve found something even better than a house call: Amwell consultations. Continue reading »

Nov 192015

National Adoption Day is this Saturday, November 21st.  Did you know that more than 1.5 million American families have been touched by adoption?  It’s definitely touched my life, as I was adopted when I was less than a month old.

Brownie Batter Dip is perfect for dipping graham crackers, fruit, marshmallows and more!

Like the American family, Honey Maid has continued to evolve across its 90 year heritage.  From classic grahams to Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid’s wholesome products are made with whole grains and real honey, without high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors, and are wholesome snacks families can agree on for any occasion. Continue reading »

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Nov 182015

It’s always around this time of year that I start to get the itch to go somewhere.  Whether it’s up north to connect with family for the holidays, out west to take in some beautiful scenery, or back south to soak up some rays and reminisce, I just get the travel bug.

Snow for Christmas is nice, snow before Thanksgiving is just messy

That photo was taken exactly one year ago yesterday.  Now, I’m a huge fan of a white Christmas but a white Thanksgiving is not something I need.  With as hard as it’s currently raining and as cold as it’s been getting at night, all I can think is with just a small drop in temperature we’d be getting a massive snow storm today, too. Continue reading »

Nov 102015

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I think growing up, it’s pretty much a universal thing that kids can’t wait to graduate from the kids table to the adults table.  It’s sort of a rite of passage.  And I was definitely excited to make the move, myself, though I will be honest and say I’ll always be a little nostalgic for the seat I left behind.

How to create the Ultimate Kids Thanksgiving Table! A fun tablecloth they can color on, lots of crayons, some cute decor, and fun activities will keep them entertained throughout your whole Thanksgiving dinner.

The kids Thanksgiving table was always the place for fun.  While the grownups were using the plates I was always scared to break, at the kids table we had paper or plastic everything.  The grownups had the fancy pearl onions and creamed this or that, while the kids table had the Jell-O and chocolate pudding.  Who wouldn’t want to be at the kids Thanksgiving table? Continue reading »