Holiday shopping, Santa, and Turkeys

My mom was in town for the Holiday week. Love that! She lives 2 states away. The kids really loved it because she spoiled them rotten at the mall. Oh, ya she spoiled me too with a new pair of boots. Parker sat on Santa's lap twice, at two different malls. This is the Santa... Continue Reading →

Give Thanks Project

Every year we create a project to "give thanks" in November. Not that we aren't thankful all year long. But, November is a good time to reflect and be mindful of what we have before the "I wants" of the holiday season begin. Using small gifts bags, decorate with stickers, bling and ribbon. ("Be Thankful"... Continue Reading →

Happy Thanksgiving {Printable}

I am thankful my mom is here with us this holiday. The last time she was in Colorado, I was expecting my first child (9 years ago). I was 3cm dilated and Mom and Ron were on their way back to Missouri from Mexico. They waited to see if I would move along in the... Continue Reading →

Attention Pumpkin Pie Haters: Try This Pie

I am one of those Pumpkin Pie Haters. Give me any other pie, except Pumpkin, and I'll eat the whole thing. I made this recipe years ago and I have to tell you, it changed my mind about pumpkin pie. Of course, it's not really a traditional pumpkin pie...it's a creamy pumpkin pie. Recipe from... Continue Reading →

Thankful Tree Centerpiece

Like a lot of families, it's become a tradition to write out the things we are thankful for during Thanksgiving. Because my kids love crafts, they required the activity to be craft related. I demand that the craft to be E-A-S-Y. Last year we colored a stuffed blessings turkey {see it here}. This year we... Continue Reading →

An Easter Story.

My grandmother was a humble woman. She and my grandfather lived modestly. Simple. They lived in a small town in rural Missouri.¬†She was a homemaker, raising five children. He was a milkman and a U.S. Navy veteran. Later, when their kids were grown, he was a school bus driver. In this small town, everybody knew... Continue Reading →

big fat lies we tell our kids about Christmas

If you're naughty, you won't get any gifts. Big fat lie. Sure, Reindeers can fly. Big fat lie. There is a magical toy shop at the North Pole. Big fat lie. There really is a Santa Claus. Big fat lie. Ah, it's a time-honored tradition of lying to our kids. We fill their heads with... Continue Reading →

non-traditional thanksgiving side dish

Great Thanksgiving side dishes include green bean casserole, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes. All are traditional side dishes found on American tables across the country. But what about sauerkraut? Not really traditional you say? Yeah, I thought everyone had sauerkraut at Thanksgiving. Sauerkraut was always on the buffet table at my grandmother's house, right next... Continue Reading →

thanksgiving arts/craft idea to show your blessings

While Alex was home sick with the flu I put together this coloring sheet for the girls. I found clip art of a fat turkey online, then in Photoshop I added the "stuffed with blessings" text. Everyone (including hubby) wrote all their blessings inside the turkey..stuffing it. (get it.) We then hung them on our... Continue Reading →

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