Nov 262014
 

This sponsored post on holiday traditions is brought to you by Sverve. All words and opinions are my own.

Having holiday traditions has always been really important to me.  One of the first traditions I can remember from when I was very young was how we celebrated Christmas Eve.  My Mom’s side of the family would gather at my Great Grandmother’s house; it was the one time of year they all made a point to get together.

4 Holiday Traditions to start with your family this year #ChosenByKids

Now that Bubbles is getting older and is able to anticipate and appreciate much of the season, we’re working on building her traditions.  Here are some that we’re participating in this year that you might like to start with your own kiddos. Continue reading »

Nov 102014
 

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Last year when we went to Maine to visit my family I also was excited to see my friend Em.  Em was one of my best friends in high school and even though we don’t get to talk every day, it’s still the kind of friendship where we text each other when our favorite movie is on TV.  And when we do have the chance to get together, it’s still an easy conversation.

Baking Across the Miles with Hallmark Northpole Gifts

 

Em has a sweet (and super-smart) daughter named Cam. Cam is 10 and when her mom came to visit at the house where I was staying, Cam came along.  It was actually great because Cam and Bubbles played together while we got caught up on each other’s lives.  (By the way, if you happen to be the aforementioned Em – stop reading here, please). Continue reading »

Nov 092014
 

This DIY coffee creamer bottle snowman post is sponsored by TapInfluence. All words and opinions are my own.

The other day I was pouring a little of the seasonal International Delight Sugar Cookie coffee creamer into my afternoon coffee, and I heard Bubbles singing in the other room.  As the words “Do you want to build a snowman?” drifted my way, I looked down at the coffee creamer bottle in my hand and realized – yes, yes I did.  I wanted to build a snowman.

DIY Marshmallow Dispenser: Coffee Creamer Bottle Snowman

The shape of a plastic coffee creamer bottle lends itself perfectly to being transformed into a snowman.  And because after you peel the label off they’re already kind of a milky-white color, there’s not a lot of work that needs to be done.  This is literally one of the easiest DIY projects you’ll ever try, but the results are down-right adorable. Continue reading »

Oct 122014
 

This DIY MistleToes gift post is brought to you by DataRank and Burt’s Bees. All words, projects, and opinions are my own.

I’m getting a little bit giddy.  Christmas, which is my absolute favorite time of year, is getting closer by the day.  In fact, there are only a little over 73 days until the big day arrives.

DIY Pamper Your MistleToes Gift and Free Printable Tag

I like to work on my shopping list throughout the year, especially if I’m doing any handmade gifts, like the DIY whisk gift I shared last year.  This year I have a number of people to whom I would like to gift the gift of pampering.  So I thought I would put together these cute DIY MistleToes gifts. Continue reading »

Dec 102013
 

In some instances below I received product samples. Others I just love! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Christmas is only a little over 2 weeks away.  While I’m usually done most of my shopping by now, I’m often just starting the hunt for stocking stuffers.  For some reason even though stocking stuffers are some of my favorite gifts to give and receive, they always end up last on the end of purchases.  Here are some last minute stocking stuffers to help you finish up your lists.

Band-Aid & Neosporin Products

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers: Band-Aid & Neosporin Brands

I always remember getting boxes of Band-Aids with fun characters on them in my stockings.  This year will be no different for my own family members.  Between the fun fashion designs and the characters like Jake & the Neverland Pirates and TMNT, there’s a choice for everyone.  Band-Aid Friction Block will be going in both Ashley and my SIL’s stockings; my SIL is a teacher and Ashley will be starting her teaching job in the fall so both of them will be on their feet a lot! Continue reading »