5 Unplugged Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids Tonight!

It's so easy in these technology-driven days to hand your kids a tablet and let them get lost in a game while you catch up on your phone or knock something off your list.  And while tech does have its place, it's not going to help you build your relationship with your child when you're both doing … [Read more...]

A Skate in the Woods ~ This Year’s Gingerbread Party

I love our annual Gingerbread Party!  It ties so many fun things together:  tradition, creativity, family and candy.  Today, I'm sharing the photos from our little party.  I really wanted the tablescape to feel like a skate in the woods.  You know, that picturesque frozen pond where the local kids … [Read more...]

How to Make a Crafty Photo Snow Globe

  The snow is here . . . at least for Northeast Ohio.  Just a few weeks ago, we accumulated 24" in 24 hours.  Talk about a rough start to winter!  Most unfortunately, it was the day I was hosting a gorgeous brunch.  But, I still had a couple people brave the weather and we ended up having a … [Read more...]

Fun Football Party Decor: How to Make a Burlap Banner

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #TheNewFanFavorites #CollectiveBias The big football game is getting close!  My husband is watching loads of football and I'm busy prepping for a little watch party.  Of course, my … [Read more...]

My Favorite Posts of the The Year & See You in 2017!

Hi Friends, The end of the year is coming and I am going to be taking the rest of the month off from blogging.  I am looking forward to more time focusing on Jesus, family and the opportunity for renewal and rest. I won’t be around the social media sites as much either, but I will pop in here … [Read more...]

Pineapple Citrus Cooler for a New Year’s Brunch

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #EmergenCRecipes #CollectiveBias I love any reason to celebrate.  However, there is something uniquely special about throwing a New Year's party.  Maybe I am just sentimental, but I love … [Read more...]

Free Printable Weekly Chore Chart (from an optimistic organizer)

  Last summer, my house was a finely-oiled machine.  We did our chores daily, commissions were paid weekly and my house was decently ready for company at most moments. Then school started . . . and dance . . . and piano . . . and Bible club . . . and next will be basketball.  With the … [Read more...]

Showing Kindness with a Doorstep Hot Chocolate Basket

Hop out of the car.  Put it on the front porch.  Ring the doorbell and RUN! These were the instructions I gave my kids when we delivered this hot chocolate basket to our friends' front porch.  I had backed my car into their drive for a quick getaway.  However, the execution of our plan wasn't … [Read more...]

Galactic Star Wars Party Games & Activities

We are back for more of my son's 9th birthday party.  It was a small party with just a few boys, but they had a blast.  I had created fun decor and themed food, but what I think the boys liked most were the Star Wars party games and activities we had planned. (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Galactic Star Wars Party Ideas: Decor & Food

Do you have a young Jedi?  For the last year, my own Jedi has been looking forward to a Star Wars themed party.  Now, I know that I am often telling you that I have found [another] new favorite party theme but how can I not feel that way when we're talking Han Solo, Chewbacca, BB-8 and so many more … [Read more...]