Mitten Sugar Cookies & Recipe


I love practicing my cookie decorating skills with a batch of sugar cookie dough on a snowy weekend. I am practicing on a mitten theme this month.   In January, it’s a mitten theme.  I also like to stick to one design to make a streamlined assembly line.   I made these mitten cookies  to mail to my daughter and her roommates in the cold, mid-west [Read more…]

This Hallmark commercial inspired a family tradition


Who doesn’t love Hallmark commercials?  They get me every time.  I love Youtube for providing a chance to re-watch my favorites.  It’s not like my dad and I trekked across our property on Christmas Eve, but I love this one. Growing up , our  Christmas Eve traditions meant leaving the house no later than 10:15pm for midnight mass.  And, then sitting in [Read more…]

Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt by Revolution of Mom

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I am so excited to share this great idea for the holidays.  It’s a downloadable printable for a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt from Revolution of Mom. What I love about this is it is great fun for all stages and ages.  Grandparents would have fun with this for a weekend at grandma’s or something for “nothing [Read more…]

Stair Case Garland Ideas…


Hi there- I found these ideas in October and I am just now sharing.  My original plan was to change the garland in my home after seeing a friend’s much simpler, cuter idea.  My middle child would call this plan, “hashtag suburban mom probs.”   I didn’t get any garland up this year on the staircases.  [Read more…]

Upcycle Tree Branches


Hi There- Here’s a quick wreath I made using tree trunks and branches from a neighbor who had a few of the trees sin his yard chopped down.  I asked if I could take some before it was hauled away. He couldn’t load my car fast enough. And, then the branches sat in my garage [Read more…]

Simple Thanksgiving Decor Ideas


Hi there-  I am joining in a Thanksgiving Décor blog hop  hosted by Emily and Erin at Elizabeth Joan Designs.  I start decorating for fall over Labor Day weekend, add a few witches and ghosts in October, and  return to autumn.  This is why pumpkins and the often overlooked, under valued gourd, are my go  [Read more…]

Guest Posting at A Peek into My Paradise


Hi everyone!  I am so excited to be a guest blogger at Cathy’s blog, A Peek into My Paradise.  I am sharing a fun, kid friendly 4th of July party idea or surprise neighborhood treat!  You can see my guest post  HERE.  Here is a sneak peak of  the post:  

Happy Valentine’s Day to Me


The running joke in my family is that mom buys what she really wants! No amount of online links or photos of my wish list work.  I even posted this on Instagram since my children are over Facebook!   I actually ordered this from Crate and Barrel the day after Christmas when it didn’t show up under the tree!  The good news [Read more…]

When Valentine’s Day Is Not All Chocolates.. or Baked Ziti


Flashback Friday: My Valentine’s Day was spent in the Atlanta airport, making my way back to Colorado.  Before leaving for Knoxville last week to visit my sister,  I reminded my {first} husband the one gift I wanted (well, the one I knew I would get): not that.   I just asked my {first} husband to pre-order [Read more…]

Valentine Wreath for Under $5.00

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I love this wreath. My family does not. My son and {first} husband came home from tennis and upon seeing the front door, my youngest son said, “oh no… Dad.. look what mom did.”  He added that it was too early for Valentine decorations. I still like it. The wreath was in the Christmas clearance [Read more…]

Seasonal Decor with Tape… All Year Round!

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At a tag sale last summer I snagged a 1/2 dozen small serving platters.   They are great “neutrals” in my addiction to plates! The thing with neutrals is they can get a little bland. Or, in the case of my white serving dishes,  a little pasty! Like my thighs this time of year! So, if [Read more…]

DIY Wreath: January Wreath


With much of the country in sub-zero temps, I thought this was a great time to show off my DIY wreath.  All supplies were on clearance  at Michaels.  I grabbed the blue because it reminds me of snow in January! I have it on my pantry door to give it a pop of color!  Click  HERE       to [Read more…]