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...]

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...]

Back to School Breakfast Notebook Paper Plates

School starts next week for my kiddos and I think we are all ready for the regular routine and schedule.  This week we kick off lots of our favorite traditions including a back to school parade, back to school interviews and one of my families favorite traditions, our Back to School breakfast. These fun breakfasts have become a favorite part of starting a new school year and it's such a simple way to turn an otherwise ordinary morning into an extraordinary affair.  This year I … [Read more...]

Back to School Jitter Juice

Are your kids excited or nervous about starting a new school year?  My kids are excited about heading back to school, meeting their new teachers and seeing their friends.  While my kids are excited, starting a new school year can be scary and overwhelming for some.  If your little ones are nervous about the first day of school whip up a batch of this bubbly Jitter Juice to help ease those first day of school nerves. I've been making Jitter Juice for my kids every years since my … [Read more...]

Easter Traditions with Tex-Mex Twist

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on the behalf of World Market.  The opinions, text and photos are all all my own. One of the joys of living in several different places is discovering new cultural traditions that you can tweak to make your own. After moving to south Texas, our family was quick to adopt many Hispanic customs and foods into our own holiday celebrations. Some of the colorful, festive traditions surrounding Easter have become my favorites.  I am excited to partner … [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...]

Grinch Munch Popcorn

Traditions play a big part in our holiday celebrations. Every year we look forward to the arrival of our elf, decorating gingerbread houses, and serving others with our 12 Days of Service Project and watching our favorite holiday movies. It's these little things that help make the holiday feel truly magical. The holiday season would not be complete for our family without our annual How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie night. This year we are making the Imperial Sugar recipe for Grinch Munch … [Read more...]

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? What kind of crazy shenanigans has your Elf gotten himself into? I have seen so many awesome and creative ways that people have placed their Elves, and I thought I would share some of my favorite ideas so that YOU can have some new ideas for your own Elf. We could all use a little bit of help in the creative department, especially if you have kids who remember little details from last year and you need 25-30 NEW ideas. There are quite a few Elf on the Shelf Ideas … [Read more...]

Warm and Cozy Fall Soups

Fall is soup season and I LOVE it. The changing of the leaves, the roaring fires, decorating with warm colors... I am just waiting for the temperatures to cool down in my part of Texas so I can enjoy the warm, hearty goodness of these delicious soups. There are so many Warm and Cozy Fall Soups on my ‘must make’ list and I wanted to share them with you! I hope you find some new fall comfort food favorites. Pumpkin soup is one of the must haves for fall! This one has just the right amount of … [Read more...]

Fab-BOO-lous Halloween Party And Boo Kits

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS. All opinions are mine alone. #BOOItForward #CollectiveBias One of my favorite things about being a mom is creating traditions for my family. I love traditions and I think they are so important. They allow families to connect generations, pass on cultural or religious beliefs, teach values and create extraordinary and lasting memories. The holidays are the perfect time to create family traditions, and with … [Read more...]