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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, […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Happy Halloween 2013! #ww

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

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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 […]

Sunshine and Lemonade First Birthday Party

A Sunshine and Lemonade 1st Birthday Party

  The perfect pinterest inspired party. This party was a fun DIY project for me. Everything you need is listed below.  Peanut’s first birthday was a huge hit. The theme was Sunshine and Fun. I carried the theme throughout every aspect of the party. The Invitations that went out were self folding invitations and beautiful! You […]

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Easy Easter Bird’s Nest Dessert – Kid Friendly Recipe

We love cooking and creating fun things to eat in our house. My daughter loves throwing on her matching apron and mixing and scooping. So preparing for a fun 1st Birthday party we made these super cute Bird’s Nest Cookies for our guests. These are great for any spring time party or Easter get together. […]

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Shooting Great Holiday Pictures

Adobe was kind to answer some great questions I had in regards to taking great pictures around the holidays. With low light challenges and lots of Christmas lights to photograph there are some challenges but you can make pictures amazing! Most people think you need to purchase expensive, professional software to get stunning photos, but […]

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Elf Magic Returns 2012 #WW #Elfcapades

Guess who has returned for some Elfcapades? Our trusty Elf Magic friend who’s name JaMonkey believes to be Marsha this year. She showed up late Sunday evening and helped decorate the house while she was sleeping, including putting up JaMonkey’s tree in her bedroom. Follow me on Instagram to catch all the #Elfcapades this year! […]

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Target Blogger Event at Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta

My family was recently invited to a blogger event for Target at the Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta. It was a fantastic day. We love the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. This particular day I brought Lil’ Peanut while JaMonkey was at school. We got to play in the little crawlers area. She loves all […]

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Big Black Friday Secret #BlackFridayOnline

I have a huge secret to tell you. One that you’ll want to remember now that Black FRIDAY is happening on Thanksgiving. Did you know that most stores put their Black Friday pricing up online as well? I found this out two years ago when I was standing in line for an awesome camera and […]

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An Open Letter to Walmart about Their “Black Friday” (8pm Thanksgiving) Sale

It’s been happening for the last 3 years. Stores fight to get customers in the door before the other opens. Sales have moved from 5am to 3 am to 12am to 10pm on Thursday but this year Walmart has decided to start it’s “Black Friday” sale at 8pm on Thursday. Thanksgiving. They will require it’s […]

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It’s All About Giving #GivingTuesday

Every year I get hyped up about Black Friday. It’s a rush I love giving myself every year. I always spend too much money and buy too many gifts and in the end it’s ok because after it’s all over with I do my other yearly tradition. Giving. It started when I had children of […]

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Easter Egg Hunting at Home | Easter Traditions with Kids

Every year that JaMonkey has been old enough to walk we have been throwing an Easter Egg hunt. The first two times it was held in our back yard . It was great. Pot luck style where everyone brought some BBQ / Picnic style food dishes. We started the tradition because we were sick of fighting […]

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Easter S’Mores

Everyone loves S’Mores. EVERYONE! (Don’t even leave me a comment telling me otherwise) So when someone brought JaMonkey some Peeps to munch on I broke out the Hersey’s Bliss Eggs that I got at Blissdom and made S’Mores. Just like the saying, When Life hands you Peeps and Chocolate eggs you hatch Easter S’Mores! Totally […]

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Valentine’s Raspberry Brownie Cookies

Mmmmm….and easy is all I had to saw about this one! I have mentioned numerous times before that my weakness is anything Raspberry and Chocolate so when I got the craving the other day I searched my cabinets for what I could make. So here is an easy fun way to eat brownies and add […]

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Project Pinterest: Candy Cane Valentines Treats

This week I’ve been trying to focus on Valentine’s projects for inspiration. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’m on a baking/cooking kick lately so next week I’m for sure doing something non-food related. This idea came from Pleasant Home and it took me all of about 5 seconds to decide to do it because it was […]

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DIY Family Christmas Ornaments

I recently stumbled upon a great holiday project that I just had to try out. I wanted to create a nice gift this year for our family that they would cherish and something that was fun and affordable. A keepsake ornament with a dated family photo along with a small ultrasound picture on the back. […]

Giving Back During the Holidays

Every year I always spend too much money on Black Friday and buy gifts that will just sit around my house. The kids my daughter knows have every toy you can think of so getting them something is hard and sometimes pointless because again it doesn’t get played with. So the last few years I […]

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