$5 No Sew DIY Holiday Pillows

Oh my goodness guys, I thought that I might lose my mind last week.  My laptop starting going on the fritz and after four separate calls to AppleCare, I was told to completely reinstall everything.  That meant that my entire laptop was wiped clean in one fell swoop.  The worst part of it was that it took almost two full days (I had to do it twice at about 14 hours each time) and it didn't work. … [Read more...]

Adult Hot Apple Cider

My husband and I have a favorite way to unwind after a long day.  We love to go out on our patio, start up a fire and just relax and snuggle together while chatting about our days and catching up.  Beer is normally the drink of choice, but as it cools down we have found ourselves wanting warm drinks to keep our temps up.  After adding a little something something to our coffees and chai teas, we … [Read more...]

How to Create a Large Holiday Bow

I am fairly obsessed with all things sparkly and I firmly believe that adding bows to projects (or really just life in general) completes them.  The problem for me has always been that I suck at tying any kind of bow.  I kid you not when I say that my mother, still to this day, will come along behind me and retie the bow that is on my front door or on the back of my daughter's dress.  It's that … [Read more...]

Tips for Taking Your Own Family Photos

I don't know about you, but come mid November I start really feeling the crunch to get my family photos taken so I can get to work on my Christmas cards.  My husband is almost always absent, but I usually hire a local photographer to capture some shots of the kiddos and me.  I had done the same thing this year, but realized that my hubby had a random and unexpected week at home where we could … [Read more...]

Share the Love This Season With a DIY Sharing Plate

I am so in love with the idea of a sharing plate.  I've always heard that you should never return an empty plate, but taking that a step further and having a plate that is meant to be passed from friend to friend with no owner and no expectations is so much fun.  I have been keeping an eye out for a sharing plate in my local stores and boutiques this season so that I can get in on the joy and I … [Read more...]

DIY No Sew Flannel Coffee Cozy

Oh my goodness you guys, I have missed you all!  I ended up taking a totally unplanned and super annoying break from blogging last week because there was absolutely no sunshine around these parts.  My photography skills are a bit, ahem, lacking to begin with, so I always try to use natural sunlight to take my project pictures.  It has been raining here for what feels like forever, so I just took … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice

There are so many recipes that I love to bake this time of year that use pumpkin pie spice.  I was getting ready to make my favorite pumpkin cranberry bread the other day and realized as I rummaged through my cabinets that I was completely out of it.  The worst part was that I had somehow returned the empty canister to my spice rack so I had some false hope for a fraction of a second. I was … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

When the weather begins to cool, my favorite comfort foods always start to work their way back into the rotation.  Something about being chilly always leads me to crave the favorites of my childhood. These incredible peanut butter and jelly cookies are the perfect amalgamation of grown up sophistication and childhood adoration of all things PB&J.  They are warm and gooey, astonishingly … [Read more...]

Chalk Paint Mantel

This month marked our four year anniversary in our home.  As crazy as it sounds, this is the longest that I have ever lived in one house in my entire life.  Although my husband is in the military, we plan on staying here for years to come and it has been such a joy to decorate and create the home of my dreams, and not just the home that I think will sell the easiest. And with that thought in … [Read more...]

Stay on Budget While Traveling and #ServeSomeGood

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for American Express Serve. I applied for the Serve Cash Back card to facilitate my review and received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. As some of you may have read, I have unintentionally and unexpectedly been traveling quite a bit as of late.  The kids and I flew to Montana to be with my grandmother … [Read more...]

25 Hilarious Kid’s Jokes

Early last week I received news that one of my husband's close friends had passed away.  It was the kind of news that rocks you to your core and shakes up all of your feelings.  This time last week I was booking flights for my husband and I to attend his memorial in San Francisco and looking through old, happy photos that were posted online. One week ago I was searching for a Hawaiian shirt and … [Read more...]

You’ve Been Booed! Halloween Fun and Free Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TrickOrSweet #CollectiveBias My neighborhood is full of young families with lots of little kids running around which means a super fun Halloween night for my kiddos.  They love to walk around and go door to door and chat with friends, check out everyone's costumes and fill up their goodie bags. … [Read more...]