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Holiday Dinner Helps and How-To’s

Photo source: Per Ola Wiberg Wondering how you’re going to pull off the party of the year? Anxious about hosting your first, big holiday dinner? You’re not alone. Even if you’re just welcoming family or close friends into your home, planning and serving a large meal can be daunting. But, it doesn’t have to be. First, […]

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, […]

Heart Shaped Brownies (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Valentine’s Day)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

I have fond memories of Valentine’s Day as a child. My mother, whose “love language” is most definitely gifts and words of encouragement, always had a little something special for us to open. Recently, I came across a box full of gold heart charms, a collection that she began for me many years ago. What […]

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 […]

Be My Frugal Valentine: Frugal Friday

Valentine’s Day is a week from Sunday — and it will sneak up on you right quick. Time to think what you’ll do for your sweetheart and children. Preplanning will help avoid high costs in a week or so. How can you celebrate what’s in your heart without spending an arm and a leg? Try […]

Christmas: What About Next Year?

So, it’s all boxed up, right? Ready to be stored away until next year. The red boxes on the right gave way this year to the six red boxes on the left. Each kid has his own box, labeled with his name. This should make decorating SOOOOOOO much easier next year. I can’t take credit […]

URS: New Year’s Meals and Munchies

It wouldn’t be a celebration without some good eats. And you know how we like those around here. New Year’s Eve just invites you to have some yummy munchies! We’re especially excited to ring in the new year with the Paine family who arrived yesterday for a visit. So happy to include them in our […]

New Year’s Traditions: Sweet Days at the Beach

For everything there is a season. Like when do the seals camp out on the beach? When do the whales migrate? When are oranges and avocados and lemons in season? Um, I think that would be winter. And, winter holds special memories in family life, too. For us, now back in California, winter means that most of […]