Hot Cocoa Stand – Share the Joy

Hot Cocoa for Charity_Hot Cocoa Stand

Hot Cocoa stands make me feel all warm and fuzzy, I mean hello besides a lemonade stand what is cuter?  But this hot cocoa stand is extra special because we are using it to Share the Joy with a little help from World Market.  A little over three years ago I had the idea to do a hot cocoa stand and my photographer and friend, Elayne Dunn Photography, helped me bring it to life.  We created a super cute hot cocoa stand for mini photo sessions and those pictures are still some of my absolute … [Read more...]

Easy Weeknight Dinners, Pan With a Plan

Fish Tacos Pan with a Plan

Why does making dinner sometimes feel like an overwhelming task?  I love to cook and I really enjoy creating new recipes or trying out new ingredients I know my family will love, but  sometimes with the hustle and bustle of life it feels like making dinner is equivalent to climbing Mount Everest. Well, dinner just got much more convenient thanks to Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces, our sponsor for today's recipe and post.  I'm sharing an easy weeknight dinner, Latin Veracruz Fish Tacos, … [Read more...]

Artisan Caramels Cookbook & Giveaway

Artisian Caramel Cook Book

I am so excited to share this post with you today, because these caramels from Firefly Confections just may be one of my favorite things E.V.E.R!  It was love at first bite and I I have been hooked on these creamy caramels ever since.  Sandy from Firefly Confections just released her new Artisan Caramels Cookbook and now you can make your own beautiful, golden, chewy, artisan caramels. In this stunning new book Sandy covers common mistakes to fail-proof techniques to help you learn the ins … [Read more...]

Mad Scientist Halloween Party

Kid Friendly Mad Scientist Halloween Party

This sponsored post is brought to you by World Market. However, all opinions, ideas and photographs are 100% my own. Welcome, step into my laboratory won't you?!? October, one of my favorite times of the year, is finally here and I'm kicking things off with a Mad Scientist Halloween Party.  I've teamed up with World Market to showcase their 2014 Halloween Decor and to help host The World Market's Book of Life Sweepstakes. If you're planning a party this month to celebrate Halloween why not … [Read more...]

Birthday Carnival Welcome Sign

Welcome to Birthday Carnival Sign_Cut It Out Frame

Whenever you go to the circus or carnival there is always a huge sign to welcome you to all of the fun.  I knew I wanted a big sign to welcome everyone to our twins Birthday Carnival Party, but because our party was outside at a park I didn't really have a way to hang anything.  That's when I decided to use a giant wooden picture frame from Cut It Out. I love the whimsical shape of these Cut It Out frames and knew that the large 16 x 20 Chandler frame would be perfect for our Birthday … [Read more...]

Wax Paper Melted Crayon Art

Melted Crayon Art Craft_Giggles Galore

My mom recently bought the kids a new book, The Day the Crayons Quit, and after spending a few nights giggling about the story the kids and I decided it would be fun to make a crayon inspired craft.  Do you remember making wax paper melted crayon art as a kid?  I decided to pull this classic craft out from the childhood archives and dust it off for my little ones.  We had such a blast and it was a fun tie in to the book we've been reading on repeat at bedtime Do your kids do that too?  Mine want … [Read more...]

Smoked Tailgate Beans with Dr Pepper

Smoked Tailgate Beans with Dr Pepper

It's football season and that means it's time to break out all your favorite tailgate recipes and stock up on food to feed a crowd.  This past weekend we smoked ribs and I made these delicious Smoked Tailgate Beans with Dr. Pepper, which can only be described with one word...DELICIOUS! Ok, I have a small confession to make we don't actually "tailgate" very often.  With three active kiddos in their own sports activities it's rare that we actually make it the stadium for football games anymore, … [Read more...]

Cricut Explore Giveaway

Win a Cricut Team #4

I am thrilled to start September off with an amazing giveaway for one of my all time favorite craft tools, Cricut Explore!  My teammates and I can't wait to give one of these amazing machines to one of you! You may remember last month my Home State Burlap Canvas project made it to the Top 10 for the first round of the Cricut Design Space Star challenge.  The Cricut Design Space Star is a contest to identify the next great talent to and to create and share projects for the Cricut Explore with … [Read more...]

Birthday Giveaway

Birthday Giveaway

It's a special day today!  Yep, it's my birthday!!  We're celebrating blogger birthdays this week and my bloggy birthday friend The Cards We Drew (make sure you pop over and say Happy Birthday to Abbey too!) has  rounded up a great group of bloggers and vendors to throw the ultimate birthday bash and party like it's YOUR birthday! We're giving away over $950 worth of prizes for three lucky winner (U.S. residents only--sorry). You can enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below, but first check out … [Read more...]

Shop and Save with Jingit

Jingit App

Who doesn't love to save money?  I do, especially while doing one of my favorite things, shopping!  And let's face it if I absolutely must to do the grocery shopping why not earn a little cash back on the items already piled in my cart.  This is where the new app and our sponsor for today's post comes in, Jingit is a cool new app that lets you shop AND receive earning opportunities! I'd call that a win, especially since you can use that app to earn offers from home essentials, groceries, back … [Read more...]