Jan 092017
 

This shop and my idea for empty dish return has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WipeAwayHolidayMess #CollectiveBias

I love cooking and baking for holiday gatherings.  It doesn’t matter if I’m the hostess or the guest, I look forward to making special holiday dishes to share with friends and family.

Make post-holiday dish return a special treat with a fun food gift

At the end of the meal there is invariably a collection of dishes that get left behind.  Either the contents are still being divvied up when people leave or sometimes the owner just forgets.  A few years ago I came up with a fun idea to pair with the task of returning them. Continue reading »

Jan 012017
 

It’s always fun to take a little time at the start of the year to reflect on the one previous.  Part of that process for me is to take a look at all the posts from the last year to see what you really found useful.

Top 10 Posts of 2016 from Views From the 'Ville - recipes, DIY projects, home makeover ideas & more

My goal each time I write something is to hopefully provide you with an actionable idea or project.  A recipe you can make for your family, a DIY project you can recreate, or an activity that your family can enjoy together.  I love when you take the time to leave me comments so I know exactly which of these you’re loving. Continue reading »

Dec 022016
 

Disney’s The BFG was my surprise hit of 2016.  The story is a childhood favorite for many, so I expected the movie to be good. What I didn’t expect was for it to be great – which it was.

Make these easy DIY Dream Jars inspired by Disney's The BFG! Just 3 items needed, including my free printable labels

The visuals of the movie were especially amazing. One of Bubbles’ favorite parts of the movie was when Sophie and The BFG went to Dream Country to collect the dreams.  It was absolutely magical to watch the dreams zip around while Sophie chased them with delight. Continue reading »

Dec 012016
 

Bubbles loves Shopkins and I have to admit that I do too!  We love the mystery of what’s in the little blind bags and then matching them up to the guide to find the name and rarity.

Make my easy-peasy DIY Shopkins Advent Calendar for your little Shopkins fans! It's the perfect way to count down to Christmas. Includes tutorial & free templates, plus a secret to make it resuable year after year

She’s been very interested in the advent calendars we’ve seen in stores this year.  I had been wanting to try my hand at making a DIY advent calendar so with her newfound interest in them I decided now was the time. Continue reading »

Nov 162016
 

This shop and my RITZ Snowman Treats have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RitzFilledNotHangry #CollectiveBias

We only live a short distance away from Bubbles’ school so I drop her off in the mornings and pick her up at night.  By the time she gets to the car it’s around 3:50 and the door barely closes behind her when she asks for a snack.

These easy RITZ Snowman Treats are a fun way to keep hangry at bay. Download your free printable for snowman stickers today!

Bubbles has always been a little bit of a slow eater, and they don’t get a lot of time for lunch at school.  There have been plenty of times she’s got in the car and said she only had time to eat part of her meal.  And as she doesn’t get hungry so much as she gets hangry, I’ve learned to keep snacks with me at pretty much all times. Continue reading »