Family Holiday Tradition: Memory Tablecloth

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I am a sappy, sentimental girl. I had cameos from both of my grandmothers on my wedding flowers, my sister Debbie's china, my mom's wedding ring, and on and on. I love traditions and history and family, and when I find things that combine these loves, I get, well, sappy and often teary eyed. I ...

Elf on the Shelf Idea: Candy Cane Jail

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It's December 8th, my friends. Do you know where your Elf will go tonight? I don't know about you but I have about 5 more fun and creative ideas up my sleeve before I run out and turn to bloggers and Pinterest for more Elf on the Shelf ideas. Our elves come on Thanksgiving night- ...

Christmas Morning Coffee Drink Recipe

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Every single Christmas, my mom spent most of the month leading up to the big day baking.  Every night (remember, this was pre internet and pre reality show days) we did at least 1 kind of cookies.  She had this master list. It was crazy.  She also worked out of the house! I don't know ...

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2015

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It’s time for another holiday edition of the “Our Favorite Things giveaway.”Here’s the scoop. I’ve teamed up with some awesome bloggers and we’re ALL giving away a prize pack of our own very favorite things! This is one of my favorite posts to do- you enter to win some of my favorite things I picked to ...

Sweet Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Compensation was provided by Ritz Crackers via Mode Media. Like it or not—and, really, READY or not—the holidays are coming up fast and furious, my friends. I've already seen "save the date" and "next meeting is a cookie swap" emails going around. I do love traditional holiday foods and baking, but sometimes I like to have ...

Kids in The Kitchen: Taco Bar for an easy weeknight dinner

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Both of my kids, but especially my 4 year old daughter, love to get in the kitchen with me. From cookies to pasta she enjoys it all, even "helping" with the dishes- I am sure that will change soon!  I thought it would be fun for them to make a super simple taco bar and then ...

Star Stable Online Game for Horse Lovers

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We are so excited to bring you this super fun giveaway from our friends at Star Stable. If you remember, we discovered the island of Jorvik and the fun of being one of thousands of Star Riders exploring the island last summer, -my daughter has been playing frequently ever since. Quick synopsis: Star Stable is a mutli-level online ...

Grandma’s Cleaning Tips Still Work Today!

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This post is sponsored by the maker of ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda You know, our grandparents and many generations before them all managed to keep their houses pretty well and they didn't have today's modern conveniences nor did they have technology.  BUT...you know what I've found? Most of the tricks I learned from my ...

What to get for the woman who has everything

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My husband asks what to get for the woman who has everything all the time. There aren't a lot of things I need or want. I hear so many friends and even family say the same. One thing that many of us, myself included, don't do is to indulge in some spa time...I get pedicures on ...

Great Moments in Chocolate History Book

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A few weeks ago, I headed down to DC with American Heritage Chocolate to speak at the Colonial Chocolate Society Meeting during a "Meet the Bloggers" panel.  It was pretty amazing.  I have embraced my history obsession in recent years and being in a city so steeped with our nation's history (and being so.very.close to where ...