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 052017
 

Today I received one of my favorite emails of the new year: the full 2017 Disney movies slate.  I am beyond excited at the titles that are coming to the theater this year!

Get the full 2017 Disney movies line-up, with trailers, movie notes, movie posters & photo clips from filming

I’ve listed all the 2017 Disney movies for you below in order of release date.  I started to list out the ones I’m most excited for and realized I had written the entire list.  It’s going to be that good this year! 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 222016
 

After our last visit to the Bonefish Grill, Bubbles asked frequently when we could make a return visit.  She had absolutely loved the homemade bread they brought to the table, as well as the mac & cheese she ordered as her kids entree.

The new new Lobster, Crab & Artichoke Dip, part of the Bonefish Grill Winter Menu

When I told her we had been invited back to try the Bonefish Grill winter menu she was definitely excited.  Hubs was happy, too, as we’ve always enjoyed the meals we’ve had there.  The service is great, the food is great, and the ambiance is really nice, too. Continue reading »

Dec 222016
 

How much do you love Minecraft?  If I were to ask my daughter that question the answer would be her hands spread wide paired with an ear-to-ear grin as she exclaimed “this much!”.

Fun and unexpected Minecraft gifts to give this year, like the stop-motion movie maker or Xbox One S bundle

Minecraft is all about the blocks – creating entire worlds and all their contents out of cubes made from a variety of material types.  She plays in creative mode only so she gets an unlimited supply of building supplies.  She has created a number of seriously impressive buildings, including an entire zoo and a world full of huge dinosaur statues. Continue reading »