10 DIY Christmas Ornaments You Can Make with Your Kids

Do you smell that? Mmmm...that's the smell of fresh baked sugar cookies and gingerbread men coming out of the oven. Do you see that? Wow! I can see twinkling lights and stockings hung by the fire. I'm daydreaming, of course, but it's Christmastime!! It's time to pull out the totes of Christmas decorations. It's time to dig through our favorite cookbooks and find those yummy recipes we make year after year. It's time to make memories with our kids and make some new Christmas ornaments for the tree. Today I've got ten DIY ornaments you can make with your kids. They're easy enough for all ages. So, pick your favorites, make a list, head out to the craft store and pick up the supplies needed to have an afternoon of ornament making. {You may already have the supplies in your craft closet if … [Read more...]

5 Things you can do to make this your most Organized Holiday ever!

This is a follow up to our popular Organized Thanksgiving Post. Preparing ahead of time allows you to slow down & enjoy the busy holiday season. Let us help you navigate through the next few hectic weeks… Update the family calendar for the next two months. Add all dates to your family calendar necessary over the next two months: Class Parties School Concerts Church Services / Pageants Family Gatherings Birthdays Anniversaries Holiday Parties Office Gatherings This is absolutely crucial to maintaining any sense of order at all during the holidays. Be sure sit down to dinner with your family soon so that you can go over these dates and double-check that you haven’t forgotten about anyone’s particular event. It’s also crucial to maintain only ONE … [Read more...]

8 Great Gifts for the Man in your Life

Men are fun to purchase gifts for but it can be a challenge to find unique and fun items (most of them don’t need another tie). This selection of goodies are great for everyone & I’m sure that you can find something in this collection even for the man that has everything, enjoy! Custom Golf Balls These custom golf balls would be a really fun birthday gift for your significant other (or any other Golfer in your life). Each ball is customized with two lines of personalized text & they can also be packaged individually as party favors for a special soirée. Custom Cufflinks These 5/8 inch square cufflinks are available in many other states besides Texas & would stylishly display your heart on your sleeve. They can be personalized in over 30 colors with either a silver … [Read more...]

Teach Yourself To Knit!

A friend recently asked if I would teach her daughter to knit. I knit rather simply as a stress reliever and can't imagine I'd be very good at teaching anyone else, but I started thinking about the books I pored over as a teenager teaching myself knitting and crocheting. I wished back then that I had someone to actually show me the stitches as I attempted to master them. So since I can't teach the skill, I've found five easy to follow videos that should set anyone up with the basics of knitting! With a ball of yarn and a pair of needles (try a worsted weight yarn and a needle size that matches the number on the yarn label) you'll be practicing your knits and purls in no time. The Basics - a knitting overview: Starting Your Project - casting on: The Next Step - the purl … [Read more...]

5 Things you can do now to have your most Organized Thanksgiving EVER!

Over the past few years I have offered a “Virtual Organizing” Bootcamp on my blog. This year we thought we’d feature some of our favorite “missions” with you for FREE so that you could enjoy being organized this Holiday Season. Starting with Thanksgiving, here are a few of our suggestions to get on top/stay on top of things this year: Mission: Clean out the spice cupboard Go through your spice cupboard and pantry and make a list of everything you will need for holiday baking.  Make sure to toss anything that is passed its prime. Things to double check: Baking powder expiration date (on bottom of the can) Toss spices that are older than: Whole spices – 4 years Ground Spices: 2-3 years Leafy Herbs: 1-3 years Let your nose be your guide! Don’t forget flour, … [Read more...]

15 Fabulous Digital Photo Gifts

  Whether you are looking for a gift for your favorite Photographer or your Grandparents who have absolutely everything our picks should help you see all the fabulous options available that are not only fun but practical too!   Personalized Pillows These pillows are so cute & definitely something I hadn’t seen before. They would be a great addition to your family room couch or that of your Parent’s & Grandparents too. The baby pillow could be a sweet addition to the nursery or a great “welcome to the world” gift. Classic Calendars This is a long-time favorite of my family in particular. This is something that I give my brother & sister as well as my parents and nieces and nephews every year for Christmas. You are able to upload your photos and can add specific special … [Read more...]