CROCHET PATTERN: Wine Bottle Hat & Scarf Cozy

Merry Christmas! This wine bottle hat and scarf is no longer free, but you can grab it in my ETSY shop for just 1.49! Click here to go to Etsy for an instant download of the pattern. You can whip up this easy project in about 30-45 minutes using whichever colors you like. If you […]

Easy Christmas Treats You Can Make Today!

If you’re anything like me, this holiday season is jam packed and busy! My whole family performs in The Nutcracker Ballet every year so rehearsals take up lots of time! If you need to make some impressive treats in a little time, have I got the treats for you! Basically, get a bunch of stuff to dip […]

“Cake-in-a-Cup” for Inexpensive Christmas Gifts

Many parents struggle with Christmas gifts for teachers, coaches, friends, etc. As a former teacher, I can tell you that you will never go wrong with food! (good food, that is) I have done a few things over the years that got rave reviews, and were very inexpensive. Of course, I’m willing to share! Cake […]

7 Recipes to Help You Embrace the Fall Season

I love autumn. It’s one of my favorite seasons, but it always sneaks up on me. One day, I’m enjoying the mountain sunshine and eating lunch outside on the patio. The next, I’m throwing on a coat on my way to work in the 40 degree morning air. I look up at the trees one […]

Pumpkin Maple Pie with Fresh Pumpkin

Every year, my husband starts to ask for this as soon as the pie pumpkins come to the produce stand, so I adapted their recipe to include fresh pumpkin. I adore cooking with fresh ingredients in season! Last year, I used an heirloom pumpkin called a “candy roaster” and it was HEAVENLY! Definitely ask for […]

A Halloween Party to Scream For

Having a daughter who was born in October is fun. We’ve done a variety of activities for her birthday party, including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, apple-themed parties and more.  This year my youngest, Little Pea,  wanted a Halloween themed birthday party. I’ve always steered her away from that because we try not to embrace […]

Cheap and Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas

Do you need cheap and easy holiday decorating ideas? These projects will take you 15 minutes or less and look great! This post contains affiliate links so you can just order the stuff today on Amazon! I love decorating with grapevine wreaths that can be hung on the wall or door, or used in various […]

Maleficent: Should Kids Watch The Movie?

When the making of the movie Maleficent was first announced, I expected the usual mildly entertaining, slightly darker, live-action retelling of a classic fairy tale, ala Mirror Mirror,  101 Dalmatians, Hook,  Enchanted, or Snow White and the Huntsman. My husband and I watched in the theater on opening night, and what we saw was so much […]

Kids’ Craft: Turn a Toilet Paper Roll into a Pumpkin

This is a really easy, quick pumpkin craft that even the youngest kids can make! With simple craft supplies and about 10 minutes, you can do this! This family fun project idea is great for Toddlers, kids in Preschool, or Elementary!  You can make this to celebrate Halloween, Fall Holidays, Birthday Parties, School Crafts and […]

Date Selfies and Other Tips for a Vibrant Marriage

My husband and I have a special marriage. Over the last 17 years, many friends and some strangers have commented that our relationship blesses them, saying, “You two are an inspiration” or “What a perfect couple!” And I think “if you only knew how many times I fail.” But Judd and I have a lot […]

10 Steps to the Perfect Tie-Dye [VIDEO]

My husband and I (with some awesome parent helpers), tie-dyed shirts with over 100 Middle School Band members last week. It was… an experience.  We had some left over, and finished the t-shirts with the family. We’ve gotten so many compliments on the brightness of the colors and generally how good they looked. So we […]

How Do You Share the Easter Message With Your Kids?

Each year, around this time, I start seeing the bunny- and egg- themed trinkets in the stores, along with the pastel candy wrappers.  Why, oh, why does candy have to be a major focus of each and every major holiday?!  I know it’s just to derail my efforts at staying in shape! Anyway, with all […]

Orange-Beet-Carrot Juice That Actually Tastes Good

  My husband and I were so excited to start juicing when we finally decided to buy a juicer. My husband immediately started experimenting with different fruits and vegetables and was able to drink the juices with no problem. Some tasted better than others, but he was able to get them all down. I, on […]

“I’m With the Band!” Festival Disney’s 10th Anniversary

My husband will tell you there is one reason he made it through middle school, high school and college. It wasn’t his interest in math, or reading.  It wasn’t the cute girl who sat next to him in science class. Or maybe it was, a little. Math and reading are essential skills that every child […]

Come With Me to Walt Disney World This Weekend

I admit I’m guilty of a somewhat misleading title. As I write, I’m sitting on a plane en route to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl. It’s a little too late for you to actually come with me. But you can come with me virtually through the magic of social media on Facebook, Twitter and […]