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Last Minute Halloween Party Treats

Even though Halloween is weeks in the making, sometimes the best plans are the last minute ones you never expected. If you find yourself invited or hosting a last minute Halloween party, here are a few super easy ideas for party treats you can whip out in no time at all!  Above you’ll see Halloween cupcakes ~ what makes them special are the themed cupcake wraps, sprinkles, and Halloween toothpicks. You can still grab this >> Read More

Shortcuts for an Easy Halloween

When it comes to Halloween, I’m all about shortcuts that keep my holiday to-do list running smoothly while we actually focus on the fun.  And having special traditions goes a long way to to knock out a variety of Halloween activities in one fell swoop.  At it’s most basic, each year we dedicate a day for pumpkin carving in the afternoon followed by a cookout.  Depending on what day of the week Halloween falls on, we’ve often done >> Read More

Planning for Fall Celebrations and Holidays

Come October, fall celebrations and holidays are everywhere I turn. As the leaves begin to change color and those colder temperatures settle in, I’m eager to keep our organized momentum going that we worked so hard to put into place all September long.  My family is busy so when it comes time for October, the excitement of the new school year that September really commands is swiftly traded for fall celebrations and holidays we all enjoy >> Read More

8 Easy July 4th Desserts and Crafts

Easy July 4th desserts and crafts are my sweet spot.  We are blessed to have wonderful neighbors and for the better part of the last 8 years have spent every July 4th at our neighborhood pool followed by driveway sparklers and all kinds of easy fireworks fun.  Thanks to our mutually busy schedules, we never have firm plans about exactly what the day might bring until about 48 hours ahead of time.  Its either a >> Read More

Easy Recipes for a Kid Friendly Easter Brunch

When it come to Easter, I’m always looking for easy recipes that are kid friendly too. With so much excitement (and candy) surrounding this special day, its important to make sure your brunch has something for everyone to enjoy. In our house, cooking this special holiday meal with my children is as much about sharing memories and traditions as it is enjoying the delicious outcome of our hard work.The Easter holiday is almost here and >> Read More

How to Plan an Easy Easter Brunch

Have you ever wondered how to plan an easy Easter brunch? For that matter an easy spring party of any kind where you actually have a chance to visit with your guests and enjoy the fun? In my family, we celebrate Easter and one of the best ways I know to have a wonderful Easter when you are the hostess is to delegate. I’m not joking! When our daughter who is now in early elementary >> Read More

5 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day recipes are always fun because they are more than just a color or a theme.  They are tied to tradition, folklore, and so much fun that my Irish roots simply demand I honor.  Celebrated on March 17, it is actually the religious holiday that Catholics honor St. Patrick.  Growing up Catholic, the day was marked by attending mass and even though it was Lent, we were able to eat the traditional meal >> Read More

7 Tips for Hosting Holiday Guests {Hampton Hotels Giveaway}

Are you hosting holiday guests?  There’s so much about the holiday season that is exciting, but if you’re hosting guests, it can be stressful and overwhelming…even for an organized hostess like me!  Thanks to MomTrends for engaging me to share this timely campaign sponsored by Hampton Hotels, I’ve got some timely tips to make your role as the hostess much easier.  Entertaining expert Jenny Steffens Hobick knows busy Moms want to enjoy every holiday moment >> Read More

CWonder #UnWrapWonder Benefits SAFEChild NC

Have you heard of C.Wonder?  Thanks to MomTrends for engaging me for the #UnWrapWonder Shopping Event Campaign, I was delighted to host an event at the C. Wonder store in the Streets of Southpoint over in Durham. Ours was one of 20 events that happened that night, all designed to share the magic of C. Wonder at this special time of year.  As noted on their website… C. Wonder is a retail experience that transports women into >> Read More

Creating a Christmas Corner

  As our traditional holiday decor has evolved, creating a Christmas corner has become a cherished addition to our home at this magical time of year. As part of my final post in a holiday campaign with Red Envelope and Proflowers, I’ve got some great accents to add this year. Born out of my need to do something special with our holiday cards and have a location for a countdown calendar, I need a central >> Read More