The EVERYTHING Christmas Roundup: 75+ Christmas Ideas

Christmas Ideas for Recipes, Crafts, Traditions, Photography, Pets, and more! 75 ideas all in one place.

It's still early in December as I write this and I don't know about you, but I'm already wondering how to get it all done! As I planned out my month I thought it would be helpful to create one great resource for Christmas ideas. I compiled this list of Christmas recipes, Christmas craft ideas, Christmas traditions, and even shopping and money-saving tips to help you (and me!) get through this month. Christmas is supposed to be a SPECIAL time, not a stressful one. I hope these 75+ Christmas ideas … Read More

Pins of the Week Party #5


December is the shortest month of the year. Not February, despite its 28 days. It's a wild, long month that goes faster than any other month of the year. This week we have had sick kids so I have been doing a lot of baby snuggling and scrubbing floors and washing hands and chasing everyone around with Thieves essential oil. (I should note that the minute I stopped rubbing it all over everyone is when people stopped getting better and started getting sick.)And then Lincoln instituted No Pants … Read More

The Age of the Exersaucer

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We have moved into a new era at my house. Quin has now transitioned into what I call The Age of the Exersaucer. No longer a squishy baby (except on rare occasions when she is super sleepy), Quinlyn is now a big baby. She is a grabber, whether that's your face or hair or that toy just out of reach. As soon as anything moves close to her, tiny hands are reaching to grab. And then, of course, pull whatever it is into her mouth. Think of her hands like the tractor beam and her mouth the entrance to … Read More

Quirky Holiday Ideas

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If you follow my blog (or my Twitter & Facebook especially), you'll know I'm a little bit odd. I find humor in most things and like life best when it's interesting. Holidays are the same way: we have some odd traditions and off-beat things we do both with my family and Rob's family. Nothing too strange, but these are some of the things that I look forward to the most and look back on fondly.  As adults I think we struggle with fun. The kids don't need to be told to have fun, but … Read More

Homemade Toffee Recipe, AKA Christmas Crack


Today I made crack. No, silly, I'm not pulling a Breaking Bad. I made CHRISTMAS Crack. This is a doubly perfect name because this stuff is truly addictive AND it is actually made with crackers. I have made this for years and have gotten this (mostly) down to an art. Basically, this is a 4-ingredient homemade toffee recipe. Covered in chocolate. Amazing. Easy. Did I mention addictive? I have to say before you start that this is one of those recipes that you need to FOLLOW. Some of you are … Read More

Get Your Kids Excited about Floor Cleaning with the O-Cedar Spray Mop!


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CleanForTheHolidays #CollectiveBias Because sometimes an image says a lot more than words, I'm not going to describe how dirty our floor gets on a daily hourly basis, or simply tell you why floor cleaning is a priority. Rather than tell you why we need a great spray mop, I'll SHOW you. Right? RIGHT??!? You might be feeling really good about your cleanliness about now. The reality is … Read More

Pins of the Week Party #4

How was your week? We have one car in the shop and another with a check engine light on. Pretty much par for the course. BUT I've had tons of baby snuggles and gotten to see pure joy on my kiddos' faces. LOVE. I've also done a TON of baking. Did you see my Spicy Potato Soup? Or my Cheesy Potato Empanadas? How about my Christmas Chex Mix? SO. MUCH. EATING. And also some pinning. Here are a few of my favorite pins, from the party and beyond! These garlic herb cheese bombs---WELL. Do I need … Read More

Christmas Party Mix– Plus Win a CASE of Imperial Sugar!

With cinnamon, brown sugar, and a dusting of powdered sugar, this Christmas-themed chex mix will be a hit at your holiday parties!

Oooh, boy! Have I got a SWEET giveaway for you! Literally. The lovely people over at Imperial Sugar are giving away one CASE of sugar (10 4-lb bags) to a lucky winner. You can enter below via Rafflecopter! (Please read to make sure you live in a state with distribution before entering!!) But before that, I'm going to share a lovely recipe for some homemade Holiday Chex Mix. I guess really it should be "party mix" or "snack mix," but this recipe is one of those that people seem to call Chex … Read More

Cheesy Potato Empanadas


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyBrothersSalsa #CollectiveBias I love salsa. LOVE. Since moving to Texas, I've gotten so picky that I prefer my own to anything that comes in a jar. So when I tell you that a store-bought salsa is worth your time, I MEAN IT. I got this holiday four-pack of My Brother's Salsa from Sam's Club. (Interesting fact: though the name is My Brother's Salsa, the company is owned by women!) Each … Read More

Spicy Potato Soup Recipe: Plus Leftover Party Food Tips


This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. We are in the THICK of holiday season. Which means parties, dinners, parties, dinner, and then some more parties. This also means food, food, food, food, FOOD. (And then more food.) After Thanksgiving Day, where we had two full meals, we ended up with a whole fridge full of food that we were totally sick of. What do you do with all those delicious party food leftovers when it's not so … Read More

Pins of the Week Party #3

This week FLEW by. Taking a month mostly off blogging has left me all crazy behind and trying to catch up like a mad woman. Which means I also forgot some stuff. Like this Pins of the Week Party Post, which was supposed to be up FRIDAY. I may be late to the party, but I'm here! If you're new or wondering why you should link up, I personally pin each of the pins you leave here. Here are a few of my favorites from last week! Every year at Christmas, my family would go to the Chickahominy House … Read More