50 Puntastic Valentines Ideas for Kids

50 Puntastic Valentines Ideas for Kids

I’m a sucker for cheesy Valentines day cards so I always look for silly puns and play on words that make my kids giggle also. Here are some great Valentines Puns that your kids can give away at school and they all have printables (most FREE) that you print at home.  Easy quick jump links: […]


Getting Crafty with the Kids during the Holidays

Finding fun ways to spend time with the kids during the holidays without breaking the bank can sometimes be a challenge. If your children get bored they will quickly let you know, which may lead to conflict. Here are a few cool stationery projects you can complete with your children to help you connect and […]


Bringing Back Old Holiday Memories

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glade®. The opinions and text are all mine. I have a photographic memory but I don’t always remember everything but there are some scents that can trigger a flood of memories. I used to go to a lot of overnight camps when I was […]

Gifts for Kids that Give All Year Long

Gifts for Kids that Give All Year Round

I’ve heard from many people, especially grandparents that they are always looking for a gift that they can give the children in their lives that they will enjoy all year round. This is the perfect list to help with that. All the gifts featured in this gift guide hold tons of fun or can be […]


Gift Giving that Gives Back – Charity Gift Guide

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, It’s time for Giving Tuesday. I love giving gifts. I probably spend far too much money each year because I go out of my way sending cards, and gifts to everyone in my life. But this year I starting buying gifts that also helped provide those […]


Home for The Holidays Streaming

I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team, all opinions are my own.  This Thanksgiving my girls had the entire week off from school. In between decorating for the holidays, we hosted Thanksgiving at my house. So in order to get the kids excited about the start of the holidays and out from under my […]

5 Fun New Christmas Books That Aren't Traditional

5 Fun New Christmas Books That Aren’t Traditional

It’s time to break out the Christmas books to spark the excitement in my littles ones leading up to the big day! We read books every night so I get excited when add the holiday books into the rotation. This year we’ve added to our collection of the classics and added in some new and […]

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Adult

Stocking Suffer Ideas for Adults – Gift Guide

I think Stocking stuffers are one of my favorite gifts during Christmas. I don’t have to wrap anything and I can fit a lot of smaller items inside. I’ve made a list of some of my favorite Stocking Stuffer ideas for adults that I think you’ll like. You can sort the stocking stuffers by gifts […]

Making Collard Greens

Digital Thanksgiving Planning

I’m excited that I’ll be hosting Thanksgiving this year but every time I think about it I get that little panicked feeling in my chest. I’m thankful that my family doesn’t judge me by the amount of stuff cluttering into the corners of my house. Despite how hard I try to organize my life, it’s […]

Howlin’ Halloween Treat Bags for Dogs – Free Printable

Howlin’ Halloween Treat Bags for Dogs – Free Printable

Post sponsored by Lunchbox but all opinions are my own. Halloween is a time where little ghosts and princesses ring your doorbell, making your dogs go crazy, while the kids go into a sugar coma by the end of the night. But we forget about their super cute companions that walk the streets with them […]

DIY Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead

DIY Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead

What is a Day of the Dead celebration without Sugar Skulls!? I saw my first sugar skull in Cancun last month. The proper name for a Sugar Skull is calavera and it can be made from sugar cane, chocolate or clay. Sugar and chocolate sounds way more appealing though. They are given as a gift to the […]

Book of Life La Muerte Sugar Skull Day of the Dead Make Up Tutorial

Day of the Dead – Book of Life La Muerte Make-up Tutorial

This post brought to you by Tulip® Body Art® and Blueprint Social.  I’ve been looking forward the Day of the Dead since August. Seriously, months. I knew I wanted to focus on it and visit the celebration that they have at the Atlanta History Center that they put on each year. Then I saw that The […]

Paper Mexican Marigold Flower Head Piece Craft

Paper Mexican Marigold Flower Headpiece Craft

Ever since I returned from Mexico I’ve been reading a lot about the culture and the Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead. It’s a day that coincides with All Hallows Eve and it takes place over three days. It’s a day for honoring the dead with alters, sugar skulls, marigolds and gifts of […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Surprise Rice Krispies Treats

I love Fall, it’s my favorite time of the year. It’s not hot but not yet cold. We break out the sweaters, scarves, and boots. But the best part of Fall is all things pumpkin! I made these Rice Krispies treats last year when I found a host of Pumpkin flavored treats to mix together […]


Cool Dad’s Gift – Superman Hall of Heroes

My husband garnered the nickname Super Cooper in his office before we met. It’s a name that has stuck with him and even morphed into the Superman himself. His hair, the glasses. He even wears his Superman shirt under his work clothes so that his coworkers can see it when he puffs his chest out. […]

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

 I love finding unique Father’s day gifts. Men are simple creatures really, you can tell them they are going fishing all day and they would be happy. Sometimes this makes buying gifts interesting.  Here is a list of “guy approved” gifts that any Dad would love to have.  My husband likes making his own home-brew, […]

Easter Wine Pairings

Easter Brunch and Dinnner Wine Pairings

I was sent Mirassou® Wine to try and share with my family. All opinions are my own.  It’s time for the big southern brunches and dinners. Families coming together to eat good and share a holiday together. Southerns do it big too, go big or go home. We like big meals filled with a glazed ham […]

50 Teachers Gifts for Any Occasion

Best Teachers Gifts for Any Time of the Year

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up and I thought I would do a round up of some of my favorite gifts for Teachers that I’ve given  to my daughters teachers or plan to give over the years. These are the cutest, most practical gifts that I’ve been told by many teachers are the best ideas. […]


5 Tips for Creating the Best Easter Basket

Creating the perfect Easter basket is easier than you think. These 5 tips will give you some great ideas for special gifts and treats all while keeping it eco friendly. Recycled Easter Basket – Keep your Easter baskets from previous years. Store them with your Easter decorations just like you would Christmas decorations. Pick out […]


DIY Natural Easter Table Centerpiece

I love earthy tones and things to look more natural when it comes to decorating. The same goes for my holiday decorations. I created this great table centerpiece to bring some springtime into my house along with a great Easter theme. It was simple to create and came out exactly as I envisioned it. Here […]


Christmas Eve Pajama Gift Box

We decided to do the Christmas Eve PJ box with my kids this year. We only put a set of PJs, some hot chocolate and a Christmas book to read before bed in the box. That way they aren’t hyped up before heading to bed for the evening! The kids love to read so they […]

Elf Magic

Share the Elf Magic Tradition with Your Family

We love Elf Magic! We started the tradition a few years ago when JaMonkey became old enough. We’ve captured our Elfcapades over the years on Instagram. My daughter loves her Elf Magic Elf Lily, so when a new elf arrived at our house for Peanut it was twice the fun and twice the magic.  The elves are […]

Colored Snickerdoodle Cookies

Colorful Snickerdoodle Cookies

I love snicker doodle cookies. They are the perfect cookie for any occasion. This recipe is my go to Snickerdoole recipe because the cookies are always chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. I thought I would try something new with them this holiday so that I could give them to friends and […]

50 christmas treats

50 Christmas Treats and Goodies for Your Neighbors or Coworkers

I LOVE making holiday treats and goodies for my neighbors and my husbands co-workers. It’s something simple and tasty you can do for them to show that you care. Heck hand them out to everyone.They are all great gifts for teachers, the mailman, or even your bank teller! They are all fun and cute Christmas […]


Happy Birthday JaMonkey You’re 6!

My sweet girl turned 6 this week. Time is flying by so fast. Slow down little one. My mom took these photos with her iPhone! Aren’t they amazing?

Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

Everyone loves to get together for Thanksgiving and stuff their faces with loads of amazing foods and drinks so that we can get comfy on the couch and sleep it off while watching football. My family is certainly no different. Not that we need to wait until Thanksgiving to do that. There are a lot […]


It’s Black Friday, Not Thanksgiving! – Boycott Black Thursday

Last year I wrote an open letter to Walmart expressing my “concern” over them starting their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving day, Thursday. It was something that gained national attention, I was asked to talk about it on a radio talk show and I discovered that a lot of the country is still very upset […]

Rye Bread Sausage and Apple Stuffing - JaMonkey.com

Jewish Rye Bread Sausage and Apple Stuffing Recipe

Call it dressing, call it stuffing. Heck, you can call it slop but I know you’ll call it one thing after you try it. Really good! I’ve always been a sucker for Jewish rye bread. It’s my favorite sandwich bread. So I thought I would experiment with it in a stuffing recipe. I’ve seen plenty […]

The Vampire Diaries

Happy Halloween 2013! #ww

This was my actual costume this year. I was Katherine Pierce from the Vampire Diaries (masquerade episode)   Happy Halloween!


40 of the Best Family Costumes Ideas for Halloween

Here is a list of 40 great family costume ideas that I found on various blogs and on Pinterest that you can do together.  Dressing up at Halloween is one of my favorite things to do. Getting the entire family involved with a theme is even better. We’ve only done one of these on the list […]

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