5 Decadent Winter Desserts

The snow is falling, the fire is crackling and you're snuggled under your quilt wondering what to make for the book club meeting. Not just any dessert will do for these girls; you need decadence and frill. From finger foods to oh-so-smashing cakes these wintertime desserts will impress your guests! 1. White Chocolate Snowdrift Cake - BHG.com Even the name begs for another slice. A marbled cake with a cream cheese, whipping cream, and white chocolate frosting garnished with candied cranberries? Melt in your mouth snowy goodness. 2. Winter Fruit Crockpot Crisp - Steph's Bite by Bite Drag out your crockpot, girls, and use up that winter crop of apples and pears! I really like that this recipe doesn't take up extra space in the oven, making it the perfect winter dessert for those evenings … [Read more...]

6 Winter Red Tablescapes

Winter can be a gray and dreary season and there's nothing like a big splash of vibrant red to bring a winter tablescape to life! Whether it's a Valentine's Day tea party, a winter wedding or a romantic dinner for two these winter red tablescapes will evoke feelings of romance and elegance. This Aspen Welcome Party is inspirational! I love the warmth of the twine and linen paired with the bright red tin cups and flowers. The red border on the tablecloth pulls it all together for this romantic western table setting featured on Style Me Pretty. If you're looking for a classic table setting that will impress your dinner guests, Got My Reservations' A Nice Italian Red is sure to set warm up the room. Serve up a scruption lazagna and finish off the evening with a homemade tiramasu and … [Read more...]

Pledge to Support Fellow Moms with StrongMoms Empower

It's a strange thing, this motherhood business. No two children are exactly alike, so creating a guidebook is impossible. What works for one mother may be exactly opposite of what works for another. And, as helpful caring mothers, we're often quick to lend advice about 'what works' even before we're asked. The problem with lending unsolicited advice about motherhood is we don't know that mother's child the way she does. We don't know what special needs the child may have, what kind of struggles the child may be facing at school, if a sick family member's needs have affected the normal routine, or even if the mother herself may be struggling with something beyond her control. Below are some StrongMoms Empower stories that have touched me this week and I hope they touch you too, and … [Read more...]

Romantic and Humorous Love Quotes and Sayings

It's the time of year when flowers bloom, birds sing and love is in the air. And, all over Pinterest the beautiful pictures of happy couples and romantic quotes are being pinned and repinned. So, we've come up with a selection of our favorite love quotes for your pinning pleasure, scrapbooking, crafting or card-making. Enjoy! Romantic Love Quotes "Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear." -John Lennon Tweet "Where there is love there is life." -Mahatma Gandhi Tweet "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." -Lao Tzu Tweet "One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter." -James Earl Jones Tweet "As we grow … [Read more...]

9 Free Valentine’s Day Printables

What's Valentine's Day without some sweets and treats to show your loved ones how much they mean to you? Add a little fun with these free Valentine's Day printables! 1. Valentine Scrabble Grams A fun game of letter sorting and word building for adults and older children, these modern Valentines are bright, cheery and less frilly than the traditional hearts and lace. Download and print at ohhappyday.com 2. I Mustache You... There's no short-ache of mustache Valentines this year. These free printables are perfect stand-alone cards, or you can punch a couple holes and add a lollypop or mustache chocolate on a stick! Download and print at designdazzle.com 3. DIY Valentine's Day Gift Tags Bright colors and polka-dot-adorableness! I love these free printable gift tags. Tie them to … [Read more...]

Best Craft Apps and Online Resources

The very fact that one can find mobile apps for crafters shows just how digital our generation has become! Our grandmothers never would have thought of things like stitch counters on a cell phone, or a Michael's store app with inspirational videos on an iPad. And yet, here we are, talking about the best craft apps and online resources. Crazy, huh? Free Apps for Crafters MICHAELS -iPhone and Android Michael's fans will enjoy the project ideas and tips, shopping list creator, and the daily inspiration videos from Jo Pearson, a Michael's consultant who talks about everything from paper craft to DIY Home Decor. Craft Finder  - iPhone This highly rated app (9 out of 10 stars) gives you step by step instructions with pictures and it allows you to organize your projects based on … [Read more...]