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God Bless You!

One afternoon last week we headed toward the beach for a little break from the everyday. Despite the fact that we live within a few miles of shore, we don’t have a “view” nor do we visit the ocean each day. But, we try to work it in at least once a week. We had […]

Enjoying Family Movie Nights

Photo Source: Eye of Einstein One of the things that we love to do as a family is to watch movies. It’s usually a weekly event. It’s rare that we go to the movie theatre, but when we do, it is a fun event. Regularly, we watch movies at home and we have a little […]

How to Make S’mores Indoors

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You can make s’mores in rain or shine with this easy recipe. It’s so quick, you’ll have chocolate on your face in about five minutes. Today was a cool rainy day – a perfect day for something hot and chocolatey. FishChick was sitting at the table at lunch, looking at the box of graham crackers. […]

So Thankful for My Family Man, My Sweet Valentine

As you know, last week I went out of town for four days. It was the longest time that I had been away from my husband and children. And truth be told, despite my fancy info sheet, I didn’t do the best job at setting my family up for success. Meals were not easy to put together, […]

Easy Homemade Valentine: Wrapped Chocolate Bars

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. I well remember the days of cheap white envelopes, tear-apart cardstock valentines and dusty conversation hearts. Painstakingly I would copy my class list onto the envelopes, hoping I wasn’t forgetting anyone and hoping that I wouldn’t be forgotten. I think those cheap white envelopes are still in circulation, but I’ve […]

New Year’s Traditions: Watch the Rose Parade

Photo Source: Bethany Baird Being the Southern California Girl that I am, watching the Rose Parade was always a “must-do” on New Year’s Day when I was a kid. My friends went to the parade in person, often camping out overnight to get a good seat. But, we watched the action on the TV. My […]

New Year’s Traditions: Bake a New Year’s Cake

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As you know, we’re big on birthday cakes around here. So it only follows that we would make the New Year a “birthday” cake as well. We’ve been doing this for quite some time. I can’t even remember when it started. And we usually get a photo of all the kids around the cake that […]

New Years Traditions: Make Some with Your Children!

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My New Year’s Eves have never been the ballgown and dancing shoe variety. Even before children came on the scene, FishPapa and I were more the “be cozy at home” kind of celebrants. Yummy food & a fun game to play are more our style. This makes it easy to include our kids in our […]