December 9, 2016

My 2016 Holiday Photo Cards

Sending holiday photo cards is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Every year for as long as I can remember, I’ve looked forward to the process — selecting the pictures, creating the card, addressing, stamping, all of it. Up until last year I even hand addressed every card. I love receiving Christmas cards every bit as much as...
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December 24, 2015

Christmas Home Tour

Waaaay back in 2006, when “mommy bloggers” weren’t even called “mommy bloggers” yet (because back then we were just a secret society of writers who discovered each other and a supportive community online when we were at home raising babies and blogging to keep our sanity in check), Sophie from BooMama hosted a Christmas Tour of Homes. It became...
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Drink Recipes
December 20, 2014

Cranberry Vodka Spritzers

It’s Colleen here today with a delicious holiday cocktail and a last minute holiday gift idea! Let’s talk cranberries…You can’t just get those gorgeous crimson orbs whenever you want them, so when they are in season, you’ll want to use them in so many delicious ways… from quick breads and cakes to cookies and cocktails. You can make a savory...
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Dessert Recipes
December 19, 2014

Easy Holiday Dessert Recipe: Festive M&M Bars

I was at the grocery store last week and saw this bag of teeny red and green M&Ms. They hopped right into my cart. Or something like that. I knew I had to find something to make with them. They’re just too cute. I came home and did some googling and came up with the...
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December 19, 2014

A Christmas Stocking Befitting A Tween

I’ve JUST about wrapped up my major Christmas shopping. Now I’m moving on to stocking stuffers. Yay me! I don’t think I’ve ever been this prepared. I guess it’s all the time I’ve spent at my computer this season; I just keep ordering stuff as I create my gift guides, and I’m almost done. Score!...
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December 17, 2014

Holiday Traditions: Family Movie Night

All year long, I look forward to Christmastime. I visualize long, cozy evenings sitting by the fireplace, tucked into a corner of my sofa with a novel and a cup of hot cocoa at my side. I stop every once in a while to look up and gaze into the mesmerizing lights of the Christmas...
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Dessert Recipes
December 15, 2014

Peppermint Brownies

This holiday season I’m laid up with a foot injury and trying to take it easy. While I love cooking from scratch, sometimes a baking mix is just what the doctor ordered. Thanks to my partnership with Krusteaz, I’ve discovered a wonderful gluten-free brownie mix that is so good, there is no need to try to...
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Drink Recipes
December 12, 2014

25 Holiday Cocktail Recipes

You know me, I love a good cocktail. But there’s something about holiday cocktails that I’m absolutely obsessed with. They are just so pretty and they photograph so beautifully. And let’s face it. Every holiday party is a bit more festive with a signature holiday cocktail. I have a few holiday cocktail recipes here on my...
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December 8, 2014

The Grinch Decorations: DIY Holiday Ornaments

It’s that time of year for decorating the tree, making our loved ones smile and giving gifts to show how much we care. Hi, it’s Tonya back with a quick and easy project that’s perfect for kids to make and gift this holiday season. My daughter’s favorite holiday character is The Grinch. She sleeps with...
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December 5, 2014

What To Wear on Christmas Eve

Can you believe we’re already talking about what to wear on Christmas Eve!??? (This post was updated on 12/11/15 with current product links.) What does YOUR family do on Christmas Eve? I’m guessing everyone’s traditions vary quite a bit. If you’re the type to stay inside and watch Christmas movies and wrap presents (I’ve spent MANY a Christmas...
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Dessert Recipes
November 28, 2014

Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies a.k.a. Shane Christmas Cookies

Making Christmas cookies is a time-honored holiday tradition in many homes, and it’s one of my personal favorites. I recall many years of baking cookies with my mom during the month of December. We didn’t really have a signature family cookie, but we made all the usuals — sugar cookies, Hershey Kiss cookies, peanut butter...
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Fall/Winter Fashion
November 28, 2014

Holiday Outfit Ideas: What To Wear to a Holiday Brunch

Welcome to Fashion Friday AND my 12 Days of Holiday Outfits series!! Today we’re all about What To Wear to a Holiday Brunch.  Whether you’re invited to someone’s home or to a fancy restaurant, a holiday brunch is one of my favorite holiday events. For one, because I love brunch foods, but also because it tends to be more low-key. I...
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