Christmas in the Kitchen

Christmas brunch or breakfast tablescape

 "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when it's mighty Founder was a child Himself."  ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol This past weekend was one of those weekends that you remember for years to come. Not because anything especially spectacular happened. In fact, it felt so incredibly ordinary. And yet there was also something extraordinary about it. What would seem like a lot of 'nothing' to some, felt like a whole lot of 'something' to us. … [Read more...]

A Lewis and Clark Birthday

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Last year, while on a family vacation near Astoria, Oregon, we stopped by Fort Clatsop where Lewis & Clark spent the winter months after reaching the Pacific Ocean. It didn’t take long for my kids to get hooked on Lewis & Clark--wandering the grounds with historical interpreters, getting to dress up in replica clothing, writing with quills, and the one that sealed the deal for my son: a live musket loading and firing demonstration. … [Read more...]

Chronicles of Narnia Birthday Party

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At some point over the past year, my son fell in love with Chronicles of Narnia. One day he’ll claim to be Peter Pevensie, the next he begs to officially change his name to Caspian.  I am forever cast as the White Witch and his two sisters willingly play along as Susan & Lucy. When deciding on a theme for his 5th birthday, Narnia was the only option in his mind. His birthday is just days before Halloween so it was the perfect occasion to get into character. … [Read more...]

Date Night and a Chalkboard Word Search Puzzle

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It was the summer of 2003. My husband and I were sitting outside at a restaurant enjoying the warmth of the evening and sipping on our glasses of wine. Our newborn son slept soundly in his carrier at our feet and we smiled smugly at each other across the table as if to say, "Why do people always make it sound like life has to stop when you have kids? Here we are having a nice dinner out as though nothing has changed at all! The baby will be asleep for at least 2 hours and if he does fuss it's … [Read more...]

Holiday bar cart ideas and a Home Goods giveaway!

How to style a bar cart for the holidays

I'm often asked how I would "define my style."  I've always had a hard time putting my style into words.  I love a little glitz and glamour combined with some fun pops of color all against a white background. Think deer antlers….gilded in gold.   a disco ball propped up against a mirrored tree stand.  A family heirloom made over in electric blue!  A fur throw over a navy velvet chair.  Are you getting the idea? So when I saw the Home Goods Stylescope Quiz I was excited to actually … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Birthday Party and Being 6…

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Do you remember being 6 years old? Do you remember having a vivid imagination and talking to your stuffed animals and just hearing them "talk" back to you? Do you remember rotating out who got to sleep next to you each night because you didn't want anyone to feel left out? Do you remember being 6 in the summertime? Running through the sprinklers and staying up past your bedtime to make the most out of those long, warm summer evenings. Do you remember the thrill of going to get ice cream and … [Read more...]

Recycled Patriotic Party Ideas for the 4th of July

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How often do we find ourselves wanting to host a fun summer party, but we are intimidated by the cost and the preparation?!  I love to gather friends and family together on warm summer afternoons and evenings, but I don't like the  idea of spending all day preparing food and drinks and a lot of money on decorating. Summer gatherings do NOT have to be expensive or time consuming! Why not let your food and beverages set the tone for your party color scheme! Use large galvanized buckets to cool … [Read more...]

A Tea Party Birthday

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I've been feeling very sentimental lately. Maybe it's because my son turned 10 (sniff...sniff) on Tuesday. Or maybe it's because this is the last week of the school year. Or maybe it's because my youngest has her Kindergarten graduation Thursday night and these next months will pass all to quickly and soon I won't have my little afternoon buddy home with me since she will be heading to first grade in the fall. Sniff...sniff... … [Read more...]

How to Make an 8 Layer Surprise Cake

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Thank you so much for all of your kind words yesterday about my daughter's Super Science Party! I promised I'd be back today to show you just how I managed to make her 8 Layer Surprise Cake and I never go back on a promise. When dreaming up a birthday cake for my daughter’s science party, I stumbled upon a photo of a wedding cake that looked like it was spilling tiny pink nonpareil jewels from the center and showed it to her.  Before I could even think of the logistics of such a cake (or the … [Read more...]