10th Birthday Tradition and Surprise Birthday Sign

Around here birthday's are a big deal.  I believe in celebrating moments big and small, and I especially believe in making everyone feel extra special on their birthdays!  I love coming up with fun ideas to surprise my kids the morning of their birthday, and this year was a big one.  My twins recently celebrated their 10th birthday and I put together this fun 10th birthday morning tradition and surprise birthday sign.   Turning 10 is a big deal, it's the official … [Read more...]

Floating the Frio River the Ultimate Texas Road Trip Destination

Every summer our family looks forward to loading up the car and heading out to what we would consider the ultimate Texas road trip destination. For 16 years we've been making the trek to the Texas Hill Country and floating the Frio River with friends.  This trip started out with a bunch of our friends from college and over the years it has morphed into the ultimate family vacation with lifelong friends, where extraordinary memories are made.   In my opinion the Texas Hill … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar Ideas

How many of you count down to Christmas? I do, every.single.year. I am like a little kid when it comes to Christmas, and my kids are just as excited as I am, if not more. There is something so magical about counting down the days until Santa arrives, the anticipation is half the fun. Make it easier to count down with these DIY Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar Ideas! You can do it as a countdown, or make it even more special and create an advent calendar full of fun little candies, toys, and … [Read more...]

Easy Colorful Thanksgiving Place Cards

Happy November, friends!  It's Cathy from Party HarDIY here with a fun new project just in time for the holidays! With only a few more weeks until Thanksgiving, we are getting B-U-S-Y with all the preparations. Since this holiday is all about the food, it's important to get your table setting just right. You want your place cards to be as affordable as possible. Oh, and easy too! That's why I've created 3 adorable ways to transform your ho-hum placecards into something you're … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Side Dishes your Guests will LOVE

There is a good chance that all of these may be making an appearance at mealtime between now and Thanksgiving... because right now, I am hungry for a yummy Thanksgiving meal! Whether you're hosting the big turkey dinner or bringing a side dish as a guest, check out all these Thanksgiving Side Dishes your Guests will LOVE. With over 20 side dish recipes, I am sure you will find a few that you, and even your kids, will rave about for years to come. A Thanksgiving menu must … [Read more...]

Halloween Safety Tips for Tweens

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love planning Halloween parties like my Mad Scientist Ice Cream Lab, or our spooky Murder Mystery dinner party and I love creating one of a kind costumes for my kids, like my famous DIY Octopus costume. Halloween is an exciting night full of fun and candy, who doesn't love that! But, it can also be a scary night if you aren't prepared.  I've teamed up with my friends at Verizon to share 5 simple Halloween Safety Tips for Tweens that … [Read more...]

Pesto Grilled Veggies with Penne Pasta

During the summer meal planning tends to slip through the cracks.  With all the traveling, late afternoons at the pool and hot summer days I find myself not wanting to spend much time in the kitchen cooking.  But, with school right around the corner it's time to start planning meals and getting back into the dinner routine.  This Pesto Grilled Veggies with Penne Pasta dish is definitely going to become a meal-time favorite at our house. This dish is the perfect back to school … [Read more...]

Table Talk Conversation Cards and Summer Flavors at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Let's talk. I mean seriously, let's really talk. You know how hectic life gets. And even though summertime means the kids are around more and logically you should be able to get in more quality family time, you sometimes find that instead of having real conversations your verbal interactions are often characterized by imperative sentences. You know..."Close the door." "Pick up your toys." "Don't talk to your sister like that. "Quite whining." Instead of talking WITH your family, you end up … [Read more...]

25 Carrot Themed Recipes and Crafts for Easter

Easter is just a month away, and I am so excited. I love Easter and all of the traditions that go with it, like Easter egg hunt parties, new Easter outfits for church, and confetti egg!  There are so many ways to celebrate Easter, and many of us like to gather with our loved ones, feast on delicious food, have egg hunts with the kids, and just be together. Inspired by the Easter bunny himself, and his favorite food I have rounded up 25 Carrot Themed Recipes and Crafts for Easter.  … [Read more...]

I Love You Because Jar

Does your family have any special Valentine's Day traditions?  Do you make special heart shaped cinnamon rolls for breakfast?  Or do you enjoy a special treat, like our Cupid Floats or Conversation Heart Parfaits, after school? To me, Valentine's Day seems like the perfect holiday to create special family traditions and focus on showing love and gratitude to one another.  Handmade gifts from the heart, like this “I Love You Because …” jar, are sure to be cherished treasure for many years to … [Read more...]