Nautical 4th of July Mantel Decorations

A few summers ago we rented a beach house in Connecticut and spent a week exploring the New England coast with our family.  I loved all the charming sea side towns, sailboats and patriotic charm we found along the way. Anchors, flags, sailboats, seashells and sand inspired my Nautical 4th of July Mantel Decorations this year.  All of the elements of that unforgettable seaside summer vacation come crashing together to create this patriotic vignette. I recently styled and hosted a … [Read more...]

Sweet Holiday Themed Gifts with Hallmark

  I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #HallmarkAtWalgreens campaign, sponsored by Hallmark at Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. The Christmas tree is up, the decorations are finished and presents are being bought.  Now it's time to focus on my favorite part of the holiday season, the gift giving.  The entire holiday season is filled with opportunities to give gifts and bring joy to others, from your office Secret Santa, your … [Read more...]

Easy Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

Tis the season for Holiday parties. I don't know about you, but I hate showing up to a holiday party without a gift for the hostess. A hostess gift can be as simple or elaborate as you would like, and no matter what, your hostess is sure to appreciate it. I gathered several hostess gift ideas to share, from a small candle wrapped with a pretty bow to a full gift basket.  I saw these beautiful ceramic pumpkins at World Market. I bought one for myself, and one for my sweet friend that hosts … [Read more...]

April Fool’s Day Eggs and Toast Breakfast

We love to celebrate around here and that includes everything from major holidays to simple silly ones, including April Fool's Day.  At our house we are all about fun and harmless pranks.  If you are looking for an easy and silly prank to celebrate April 1st with give our April Fool's Day Eggs and Toast Breakfast a try. My kids aren't big breakfast eaters and normally just have oatmeal or cereal in the morning.  To be honest this is mostly likely attributed to the fact that none of us are … [Read more...]

Sausage Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hillshire Brands Company. All opinions are entirely my own.  The holidays are here and it's time to start thinking about all those parties and holiday meals.  Whether you are hosting or simply attending the party it's always good to have a show-stopper dish that will have everyone clamoring for the recipe.  I can't imagine a holiday party with out my mouth-watering Sausage Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer, this is one of those recipes that will … [Read more...]

North Pole Breakfast 2011

Last year I saw this idea on Jessica’s blog and thought it was such a fun idea to welcome the Christmas season and introduce our elf on the shelf to the family. Our North Pole breakfast last year was a big hit and I knew this would be a great tradition for our family. So, last night after the kids went to sleep I set everything up and when they woke up this morning they were greeted by a cheerful surprise! Decorations and Party Details: I used traditional red and green Christmas colors … [Read more...]