Green shamrock homemade gummy candy- This Mama Loves

Green Shamrock Homemade Gummy Candy

Have you ever made homemade gummy candy? We haven't- or hadn't- but when my friend Jill showed me just how easy it is to make it at home, we decided we needed to try. A few ingredients (and I found natural, organic options as well, see below), a few minutes of time and 30-40 minutes [...]

Giving to others together with Caboodles


The connection between mother and daughter is so special.  From the special moments and fond memories I have of time with my own mother to the moment I held my daughter in my arms for the first time, her first steps, her first day of school, and the days of first dances and dates that [...]

Family Holiday Tradition: Memory Tablecloth


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 [...]

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe

When Jack Frost is nipping, nothing sends him away like a steaming mug of hot cocoa, right?  With two little ones we go through a lot of hot chocolate during the winter months and sometimes we get burnt out on the same old thing.  Sometimes I think my kids want to play outside and get [...]

Elf on the Shelf Idea: Candy Cane Jail


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

christmas morning coffee drink vert

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


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


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 [...]

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

super simple taco bar label

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 [...]

Fairy Tales at Bedtime with NIVEA Fairy Tins


If your kids are anything like mine, they can be pickier about certain products than I am.  For some reason they've never really liked me to put lotion on them.  They are super active kids though and their soft skin can easily dry out and chap; especially now as the weather changes and things get [...]

Star Stable Online Game for Horse Lovers

Star Stable Holiday Bundle 2015

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 [...]