The Munster Mansion

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Did you ever watch The Munsters as a kid?  I remember watching the black and white reruns of this unusual American family of benign monsters and we even catch old reruns from time to time and watch them with our kids.  But my husband is the real fan!  A few years ago he stumbled on a website for The Munster Mansion (don't ask me why he was searching for The Munster's house, I quit asking questions a long time ago.)  :)  And to his surprise an actual, real-live replica of The Munster's house … [Read more...]

Top 10 Reasons to Take a Cruise with Your Family

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Planning a family vacation can be tough.  Simply deciding where you will go and what type of vacation will make sure everyone is happy and ensure everyone has a good time can be a challenge.  The kids want excitement and fun, you just want to read a book and relax and no one wants to be stuck in a car for hours on end trying to get to the vacation destination.  This summer we discovered that a cruise is the perfect vacation that can satisfy the whole family!  After spending a week on board the … [Read more...]

My Cruise Journal

Carnival Cruise Journal

A few weeks ago our family set sail on our first family cruise aboard Carnival Magic. While planning for our trip I knew I wanted for our kids to be able to record their adventures on and off the ship and have a way to remember this family vacation for years to come. I created a free download for “My Cruise Journal”, a fun way to keep track of all their important memories and friends they made on the cruise. With the help of my mom we deigned and created a printable 7-day journal with daily … [Read more...]

Frio River Fun – #Funsucker Free Family Vacation

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents. Twelve years ago we joined a group of friends from college at what's become one of our favorite summer vacation spots, The Frio River.  For the past twelve years we've been making the trip with that same group of friends and it's morphed from a group of carefree college kids to a group of proud parents looking to make memories with their families.  We love this trip, our kids love this trip and we love the tradition … [Read more...]

A Soccer Star and sugru

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of sugru. Do you have a pile of worn out shoes or broken toys laying around your house?  If you have kids under the age of 15 chances are you answered yes, and today I want to tell you about how you can breath new life into those worn out shoes or toys with sugru. Save both time and money when you use coupon code sugrumoms25, which is good for 25% off your total order at http://bit.ly/1ddugS3. Offer expires on 4/8/14 and cannot be combined … [Read more...]

Share the Table Dinner Conversation Cards

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own. Does your family sit down at night to eat dinner together?  Growing up my family sat down to dinner most nights of the week, even with our busy schedules it was always a priority. Now that I have my own family it's just as important to me that we sit down together as a family to enjoy dinner.  We've joined Barilla's Share the Table initiative and we're using our Dinner Conversation Cards to keep the table talk … [Read more...]

Family BBQ Party Ideas

BBQ Table Set-up

Hosting a BBQ is a great way to gather family and friends during the warm summer months and catch up on each others' lives.  My grandmother was coming to Texas for a visit so we decided to have a family BBQ at my house. To make your family BBQ one to remember integrate some fun and special touches into your gathering. Start with the decorations. You don't have to wait for birthday parties to create a fun display for your food.  It was a bazillion degrees outside so I set up a table … [Read more...]

Mardi Gras Roundup

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Mardi Gras is the ultimate party and while I don't have big plans to celebrate this year I thought I would share some purple, green and gold inspiration to get you in the party mood.Chances are if you have kids you won't be out celebrating on Bourbon Street, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the party!  Make this easy King Cake from Relish, let the kids make party masks and watch The Princess and the Frog for a little Bayou fun! Don't you just love this coin bracelet from Dixie … [Read more...]

National Popcorn Day

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Did you know today is National Popcorn Day?  I love these quirky little "holiday" and finding ways to make another ordinary day seem special.  I've rounded up some of my favorite popcorn inspiration and ideas for throwing a fun family movie night to celebrate National Popcorn Day!Make popcorn cupcakes with this tutorial from Kinser Event CompanyOr set up an Olde Fashioned Popcorn Bar - via Hostess with the MostessLet the kids design their own cars for a Drive-In movie - via Ladybird LnMake a … [Read more...]

A Special Gift

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My mother always made holiday's extra special and she created a beautiful Christmas Eve tradition that I had hoped to start this year with my family...but December was a blur and I just couldn't do it all. So instead I decided I would make it our New Year's tradition! My mom would set the table with beautiful china for our Christmas Eve dinner and at each place setting there would be a beautiful gift box.  Inside the box was what my mom described as her "special gift" to us.  She said that this … [Read more...]