Celebrating Christmas With The First Ladies #NGFirstLadies

Christmas with the first ladies

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  I love decorating our home with fresh greenery and ornaments that we've collected over the years.  I enjoy watching my daughter's facial expressions as she vividly explains to me why she needs to have another play kitchen from Santa but most importantly, I love how people come together and how the spirit of giving can be felt wherever you go.  Its a time to reflect on the things for which we are fortunate to have. I don't have a bucket … [Read more...]

6 Ways To Make Guests Feel At Home For The Holidays

Cottonelle Freshness Name

If you're having holiday guests stay with you this year, you'll want to be sure they feel welcome.  Nothing is worse than staying at a friend or family members home feeling like you're in the way the entire time.  As someone who has traveled for nearly every Thanksgiving and Christmas for the past 20 years, I can attest that the little things your host can do to make you feel at home for the holidays. Give them a tour of your home.  If they don't visit often, they won't know where you keep … [Read more...]

How To Keep Greenery Fresh During the Holidays

classic christmas wreath

This weekend Christmas is going up at my house.  Yes, you heard me correctly, I am getting out the boxes of Christmas decorations and giving it to the madness! If you're one of those people who think touching, buying or even thinking about Christmas is sacrilegious, then stop reading now.  But, if you're like me and just want to have Christmas around for as long as possible, then keep reading because you're going to want to how to keep greenery fresh during the holidays so your fresh Christmas … [Read more...]

Elegant Black and White Christmas Cards from Modern Greetings

Modern Greetings Christmas Card

Now that Halloween is over, its time for me to start thinking about Christmas.  I know, there are those of you out there who are cheerleaders for Thanksgiving and don't get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving too (after all, you know how much I like to eat) but for me, preparing for Thanksgiving is packing the car and driving 4-5 hours.  Since we always travel for Thanksgiving, my list-making brain goes straight from putting away Halloween decorations to picking out Christmas cards. I confess a lot … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas

Our Family

Merry Christmas from our family to yours, May all your Christmas wishes come true.       … [Read more...]

How To Find The Best Christmas Lights

Newton Courthouse Lighting

I love Christmas lights.  Like many people, I have memories of my parents packing my brothers and I in the car and driving around the "nice" neighborhoods oohing and aahing over the spectacular Christmas light displays.  Back then most cars didn't have bucket seats and it no one cared whether or not you wore a seat belt so it was easy to move from window to window in  hopes of getting the best view. We also would attend the annual Courthouse Lighting.  This year marked the 100th anniversary … [Read more...]

Candy Buckeyes

Candy Buckeyes

Instead of having a groom's cake, my then fiance (now husband) and I opted to go with Candy Buckeyes.  We had a small wedding with only immediate family and close friends and felt a wedding cake plus a groom's cake would have been overkill.  And since my husband is from Ohio, it only made sense.  I'm not sure exactly when friends started requested buckeyes at Christmas time but every year they are now on the baking list. Candy Buckeyes Ingredients: 1 stick unsalted butter, room … [Read more...]

5 Rules to Regifting

Christmas Gift

You've done it again.  You've waited until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping and not only do you not have the time, motivation or money, most of the best items are already picked over!  So what do you do?  You can buy everyone gift cards (the easy way out) or you can look around your house for items that you can regift.  What is regifting you ask?  It is simply passing on a gift that is still new, to somebody else. Think about it.  We've all been a part of Christmas gift exchanges … [Read more...]

Decorating With Peppermint Candies

Pepper Candy Ornament

Never wanting to run out of something, I tend to go a little overboard when purchasing snacks for my playdates.  After my Candy Christmas Tree decorating party, I found myself with 2 bags of peppermint candies and 1 bag of cinnamon candies.  Of course, I went to my new go-to place for awesome crafts, Pinterest.  I'll be using those peppermint candies to finish decorating for Christmas!   Source: marthastewart.com via Sarah on Pinterest Source: myrecipes.com via Sarah on … [Read more...]

Candy Christmas Tree Playdate for the Kids

Candy Christmas Tree Playdate

Hosting holiday-themed playdates is easy and fun.  Using items you already have around your home and a little bit of creativity, you can put together a candy Christmas tree playdate in just a few days.  The kids get to use their creativity and the moms get to eat the leftover candy.  A win-win for everyone! 1.  Use items you already have as decorations.  I used a cake plate, a Christmas tree that I made out of a plastic cup & scrapbook paper, a teddy bear my daughter received for … [Read more...]