More on a Homemade Christmas


Sneak peek of Caroline’s post tomorrow 😍#handmadeChristmas

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As a follow up to last week’s collaboration post I thought I’d share how I created a felt advent calendar ornament set, some other good homemade Christmas gifts, and my favorite holiday cookie recipe. All in today’s post! ↓

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Birthday Hacks for the Busy Mom

When I was a kid my Mother was the ultimate authority on making birthdays special. In elementary school she made large M&M cookies for each child in my class (and shrink wrapped them–they looked legit!) for me to pass out on my birthday. We also had a pin we wore declaring to the world it was our special day. Of course there were gifts and cakes as well. Now, as I try to Mother my three boys, I have realized that making someone feel special on their birthday does’t actually require a lot of money or time. It really doesn’t. It simply requires thoughtful moments and traditions (even super small ones). Here are a few of my tips for creating great birthday memories: Continue reading Birthday Hacks for the Busy Mom

Fall Favorites


A couple weeks ago I posted about our thankful project where we are decorating things we are grateful for on the back door over the course of the month. I added this little string of lights and now my kids keep asking for dimly lit dinners and dance parties. Of course, I love that!

Fall usually seems to mean a lot of logistically focused days for me. I’ve been working on travel plans, what parties and shows to attend (we’ve settled on Disney on Ice, The Nutcracker, and the Motab Christmas concert for this year), etc. My son also has his birthday right around Thanksgiving and it definitely sneaks up on me. I’m staying sane by listening to podcasts and searching the internet for the perfect winter slippers. (Top contenders: HERE, HERE and HERE.)


This season I have fallen in love with trees. There are so many beautiful decorations out there and trees are a theme that can bridge the fall/ winter/ Holiday season. These wooden ones are adorable, but unfortunately sold out. I will be on the lookout for some trees to add to my collection this season.

Also, I’m pregnant and with the weather changing my “uniform” of yoga capris and flip flops isn’t quite keeping me warm. Thankfully these shoes to the rescue. They are easy to slip on and off and super comfortable.

I’m also discovering the beauty of what Old Navy calls “Track Pants”. Basically glorified sweatpants which can hopefully pass as real pants and keep me warm (and have a handy- pregnancy friendly- elastic waistband). I’m debating between these and these, but maybe with a good Black Friday deal I’ll get both 😉

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Like most people fall reminds me of pumpkin spice and everything nice! Except I live in Idaho so it’s more like pumpkins and snow days. This means lots of baking and candles- would be a nice fire, but unfortunately I do still live in college housing. Side note: at work I get a personal heater at my desk and it is just the best in the chilly mornings! I was gifted this candle by Kristine for my birthday and my only complaint is why isn’t it 20 times bigger because I love it so much! It reminds me of pumpkin spice, but isn’t in your face like a lot of fall candles are. I’ve heard it’s the official scent of fall 2017, which I can totally see because it feels like you are in front of a wood burning fire at a cabin in the woods when you light it.

I’ll also share a new favorite fall recipe from The Recipe Critic for pumpkin cheesecake brownies. I have to say I love my fair share of pumpkin, but I can’t stand when it’s so overwhelming. Pumpkin pie has never been tempting for me. Hence why I totally fell for these brownies! There’s only 1/2 cup of pumpkin in the whole pan which gives the hint of fall instead of like fall literally fell into your mouth (which is how I feel with most pumpkin desserts). So if you’re not a huge fan of in your face pumpkin try out these brownies!

DIY Don’t Eat Pete!

Growing up a favorite game for family night or a lazy Sunday afternoon was Don’t Eat Pete! Since I became a mother I’ve continued this tradition in my family and it’s a great one because it’s so simple and fun to play for kids and adults of all ages! Today, I want to share the instructions and a fun way to customize! Continue reading DIY Don’t Eat Pete!

Why (& How) I Force Feed My Child

For the record I am not a child feeding expert. But, I have figured out how to resolve one problem that my child seems to have relatively frequently. If your child, or someone else in your life suffers from HANGRY this might help.

Involving your child in meal preparation definitely helps him feel more a part of the meal.

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