Feb 152013
 

Bubbles’ birthday party is next weekend and I’ve been working on our menu.  Most of the party ideas I found earlier were for sweets and decor; only one of them was for something to go with the meal.  And while Minnie Oreo pops and cupcakes sound delicious, I think our guests might also like something savory.  Appetizers, dips, and finger sandwiches all came to mind as they’re usually easy to throw together and people can graze while they talk and hang out.

My husband makes a great cheesy sausage dip that we often have for family gatherings and tailgating but I thought maybe for this party we’d have something just a bit different.  I don’t want to serve my guests anything I haven’t tried before, though, so for the last few days I’ve been cooking up small batches of dip to sample.  One that I found that I like is the Pleasing Pizza Dip submitted by Jennifer Crsip to Gooseberry Patch’s new cookbook Slow Cooking All Year ‘Round.

Slow Cooker Recipes: Pizza Dip from Gooseberry Patch's Slow Cooking All Year 'Round

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Nov 152012
 

I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who has their family photo for holiday cards taken in June; the cards ordered by September; and addressed, stamped, and ready to mail by October 31st.  It greatly appeals to my organizational side.  Sadly, I have not yet become one of these people.

A big part of it is that Bubbles is still very young, and so she grows and changes quickly.  If we took our family photo in June, by the time the cards went out, she’d barely be recognizable.  Maybe in a few years when her growing levels off some, we can be that family.

2012 Personalized Christmas Photo Cards From Tiny Prints

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Jul 232012
 

Have a little one or know someone that does?  Then you’ll love this Bloggers Giving Back Baby Bash hosted by Makobi Scribe and MomVantage.  The inspiration for this hop was a little different than most; all the participating bloggers are encouraged to give back to their community in some way.  While shopping for a friend’s upcoming baby shower the other day, I picked up a few extras (pacis, bottles, etc.) and will be making a donation later this week.

BRITAX

I’m VERY excited to be giving away a BRITAX Baby Carrier in your choice of colors!  You could choose the BRITAX Baby Carrier in either Black or Navy (MSRP $129.99) OR in Organic Tan  (MSRP $139.99).  You’ll also receive a matching Seat Extender Insert (MSRP $24.99 and $26.99). Continue reading »

Jun 112012
 

For as far back as I can remember, I have had a special place in my heart for the Hallmark store.  It started even before I could form memories.  It actually started before I was born, to be honest.

My grandmother began a tradition with her two daughters (my mom and her sister) of purchasing (or making) them each an ornament every year from the year they were born.  The thought was that once they were grown and married they would have at least a few ornaments for their trees that first Christmas.  As soon as Hallmark started selling Christmas ornaments (in 1973) my Gram began purchasing those.

Hallmark Father's Day Cards

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