Gender Reveal Ice Cream Party

  Have you ever had to keep a giant secret?   I have. For nearly two weeks, I knew whether my best friend from college was having a boy or a girl and I couldn't tell anyone . . . not even her. You may remember reading about Tara's baby born at 24 weeks.  Well, another...

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Three Truths to Remind a Single Friend on Valentine’s Day

The flowers floating around the office, the notes passed at school, the cards dripping with love and affection . . . Valentine's Day can be a lot to handle for the individual who is wishing they had someone special with whom to share the day.  And whether it is you...

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Save on Gift Giving with Groupon Coupons

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for Groupon.  All opinions are my own and I'm excited to help you save money on gifts. Are you familiar with Groupon?  It is a website I have used many times to score great deals on local and online activities and products.  But...

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Free Printable Cars 3 Activity Sheets

Earlier in the summer, the kids and I piled into the truck and went to the drive-in to see Cars 3.  One thing we know how to do is go to the drive-in in style.  Air mattress, air pump, sheets, blankets, pillows, snacks, drinks and games.  It is one of our favorite...

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Your Guide to Star Wars at Disney World

The minute Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise, we all knew that the galaxy far, far away was about to get so much closer.  If you have even one Star Wars fan in the house, you're marching orders have already been set.  Schedule your next family vacation for Walt...

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A Mother’s Day Bouquet of Love Notes

  Of all the Mother's Day gifts I have received from my kids, my favorites have always centered around handwritten notes or creations my children have made.  Today, I am sharing a super simple, yet thoughtful gift idea for kids to make for Mother's Day. The added...

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Spring Placemat Printable: Seasonal Fun for your Table

Happy Spring!  We may have had 12" inches of snow just two weeks ago in Ohio, but it is officially spring time.  Let's celebrate! This month, I have a fun spring placemat printable for your kitchen table.  Print it, invite your child to draw, color and fill it out,...

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HOW TO: Themes & Tips for Building a Great Gift Basket

  Putting together a great gift basket takes more than throwing a couple items in a container.  Today, I am sharing some awesome tips that will help you build a beautiful basket and more than 65 theme ideas for inspiration. My friend, Tara, makes amazing gift baskets....

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DIY Valentine Arrows For The One You Love

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyTuesdayValentine #CollectiveBias It was a blind date 15 years ago. A date I agreed to reluctantly. A date that turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever...

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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...

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Gift Guide: For the Hostess

Are you looking for fun gift ideas for the person who loves to entertain? Here is a collection of 15 items, each under $25, perfect for delighting the hostess! >> And if you happen to be that hostess, just send this link to your husband.  He will be grateful for the...

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FREE Finding Dory Activity Sheets

Has your family seen Finding Dory?  Last week, we packed up the truck, grabbed the air-mattress and headed to the drive-in to see the latest Disney Pixar film.  It was a great movie and we really enjoyed it!  In fact much of the next day, my kids acted out scenes from...

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How to Make a Flower Crown with Tissue Paper

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #CelebrateAmazingBDays #CollectiveBias Birthday season is about to begin in my family.  Summer brings three birthdays and I am very excited to celebrate....

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You’ll Love This Easy Patriotic Snack Mix

It is mid-June and I am starting to think of July 4th parties.  For years, I have wanted to throw a July 4th brunch and friends, this may be the year!! Will you be hosting a party or attending a picnic?  If so, here's an easy patriotic snack mix that is perfect for...

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How to Make Tiles into Coasters for Party Favors

Whether you are looking for a handmade gift or unique party favors, today have a fantastic craft for you!  I will be showing you how to make tiles into coasters.  They are surprisingly inexpensive and can be suited to any theme (which is always a huge win in my book)....

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How to Make an Empty Tomb Cake

Today, I have a fun and easy way to celebrate the Risen Savior, and as so many things around here do, it involves cake! The most profound aspect of Christianity is that Jesus died for the penalty of our sins and conquered death when He rose from the grave.  We don't...

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25 Inspiring Tablescapes That Will Make You Say Hello Spring

Are you ready for Spring?  I can't wait to don the winter coats and hats to feel the warmer breezes and see the flowers bloom.  (By the way, if you want to come plant flowers in my new construction mud pit, please do!) But to inspire your spring tablescapes, I have 25...

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How a Little Fun & Warmth Can Renew Your Perspective

  Do you make it a point to take family vacations?  Last year with the house being built, we didn't do a family vacation other than one night to Niagara Falls (which I am proud to say finally broke the vacation vomit streak of 4 years.  We used to say, "It isn't a...

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Free Zootopia Printables Your Kids Will Love

  Have you seen the trailers for the movie, Zootopia?  My entire family loves the scene with the sloths at the BMV and not just because my son's favorite animal happens to be the sloth.  We cannot wait to see the movie!     If your kids are as excited as mine each...

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My Top Valentine’s Day Picks from Etsy

  Whether you're talking Valentine's Day decor or gifts, I love the uniqueness of items found on Etsy.  There is a one-of-a-kind treasure for everyone and it is an opportunity to support small businesses. Here is my collection of top picks for all things LOVE found on...

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Blue Without You Care Package

In just a few short weeks, my niece is coming home from an internship in Wisconsin.  We are so excited and cannot wait for her return! For the longest time, I had been wanting to send her a care package.  I loved the yellow sunshine package all over Pinterest.  But...

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A Unique Anniversary Gift I LOVE!

Oh friends!  I've been so excited to share this gorgeous and unique anniversary gift idea for a special couple.  From Uncommon Goods, comes this Reclaimed Wine Barrel Serving Tray.  And let me tell you:  it is simply stunning! But first a word about the company it...

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7 Patriotic Crafts for your Tabletop

As I was searching for inspiring patriotic tablescapes, I kept coming across awesome patriotic crafts to add your Fourth of July tables.  Take a look and let me know which is your favorite. DIY Flag Table Runner from Everyday Dishes. Easy color from Today's Creative...

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13 Inspiring Patriotic Tables

I love Fourth of July Parties!  And I love browsing Pinterest to find gorgeous inspiration for tablescapes.  So, I have put together a little collection of my favorite patriotic tables to inspire your own celebration. Incidentally, I have always wanted to host a...

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Graduation Party Desserts in School Colors

Are you looking for ideas for graduation party desserts?  Show your school spirit and make these delicious treats in the graduate's school colors. Last weekend was my nephew's graduation party.  I cannot believe he has graduated and will be starting college in the...

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Safari Themed Baby Shower

Hello friends!  A couple weeks ago, I attended a safari themed baby shower and wanted to share the pictures with you.  Everything was super safari cute and . . . it was another Open House Shower, which of course I love! Open house showers allow for a large number of...

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10 FUN Ways to Celebrate Dad!

Looking for some fun ideas for Father's Day (or anytime you want to celebrate Dad)?  From crafts and gifts to games and crazy activities, these ideas will be sure to make Dad feel special and appreciated. 10 FUN Ways to Celebrate Dad: Have your kids fill out this...

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Awesome College Send Off Party Ideas

Are you sending a kid (yours or a niece or nephew) off to college this fall?  I am dreading the day.  But least I have 10 years to go and I am hoping those years go slow.  And when the time comes, I'll be referring back to this awesome College Send Off Party Idea.  It...

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My name is Kristen. I'm a former Wedding & Event Planner blogging about fun ways to celebrate each and every day and the special occasions of life. Here you'll find inspiration for family fun, children's activities, party planning and a faith-filled life.