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 »

Nov 082015

Enjoying pasta is something that has long been a tradition in my family.  My brother even requested that my Mom make her spaghetti for the rehearsal dinner for his wedding and my Gram made her own homemade pasta on more than a few occasions.

This easy pasta bake recipe is perfect for night's when you're short on time, as everything you need is likely already in your pantry!

My own family really loves pasta, too.  A recipe for lasagna roll ups was one of the first meals I remember making for my husband when we first started dating.  And Bubbles, possibly because mac & cheese was all I craved during my pregnancy, is also a big fan of almost anything made with noodles. Continue reading »

Nov 072015

I’ve always appreciated companies that support our military. My grandfather was a WWII vet and many family members are retired or current military. And when Austin decided to join the Army National Guard and become a paratrooper, my respect for groups that give back rose even more.

So I was really excited when Baskin-Robbins reached out and offered to partner on a post to share the news about their Veteran’s Day plans.  They have a few fun things planned for November 11th and I’m looking forward to stopping into our local Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop on Wednesday to participate. Continue reading »

Nov 062015

I’ve been a “gamer girl” for a long time.  Console games, PC games, online games – even board and card games. I just love to play.

The new Trove game is a free online MMO that gives you lots of adventure, crafting and more!

Hubs is a gamer, too, though neither of us really have as much time to play these days as we did before Bubbles was born.  But when new games that sound interesting or when additional titles to our favorite franchises are released, we definitely make a point to check them out. Continue reading »

Nov 042015

Before having a baby, I had a purse that was just that: a purse. It had grown-up purse things in it, like keys, a wallet, my phone, gum, a brush, makeup, and other random things. After baby, though, I didn’t have a purse, I had a diaper bag and it was filled with much, much different stuff.

5 kid essentials you need for your mom bag!

Bubbles is (thankfully) out of the diaper stage now so the diaper bag has been mostly retired. But the purse I have now is not a whole lot smaller than my diaper bag was. I call it my “Mom Bag” and I keep it packed with kid essentials everyone should have before they leave the house. Continue reading »