Christmas Prime Rib

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Each year our family buys a share of a cow. Once delivered we have a variety of cuts and the one we all get most excited about is the rib eye roast that turns into prime rib. It stays tucked safely in the freezer until Christmas week and then becomes the star of our holiday… Read More

10 Christmas Activities to Do With Your Kids

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1) Participate in a Polar Express inspired train ride or create your own at home <<< this is the greatest idea EVER. And free 2) Make ornaments! These are my favorite, of course, but Pinterest is booming with kid-friendly ornament ideas. Just search “DIY ornaments” and you’ll be feeling crafty for days. 3) Visit Santa … and… Read More

Christmas Eve Traditions … What Are Yours?

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then come the melding of a million traditions! Oh, traditions! And then comes the baby in the baby carriage … and, of course, another round of traditions! Since my husband and I wed in 2007 we’ve evaluated a lot of the traditions we grew up with, the ones we want to keep… Read More

Homemade Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

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Our tree is simple and sweet this year – white lights, a ribbon garland and homemade cinnamon ornaments. These ornaments are the perfect Christmas craft and ensure that your home will billow the scent of Christmas all December long! Earlier this week my daughter and I mixed the cinnamon dough in our trusty KitchenAid and… Read More

DIY Christmas Gift: Peppermint Bath Salts

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Gone are the days where I spend money on expensive bubble soaps. I’ve morphed into a bath salts kind of girl. Especially since it is so easy to make my own! I’ve been mixing up various essential oil blends to suite my needs and favorite scents and figured, why not keep on mixin’ and bless… Read More

A Collection of the Best Rain Boots

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I promise I don’t mean to sound like a know it all … but, when it comes to rain boots, I know a thing or two. You see, I was born and raised in the state of Washington. It rains here, a lot. We do rain boots here and we do them well. Dare I… Read More

Gifts for New Siblings

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There comes a time in most kiddo’s lives where they earn the grand title of “big brother” or “big sister.” Sometimes they are babies themselves, sometimes they’re toddlers or preschoolers or even teenagers. No matter when the promotion arrives, it’s life changing for these new siblings. These kids tend to need a little extra loving during… Read More

Gifts For the Crunchy Mom

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Sometimes the most important part of gift giving is understanding your recipient. Are they vegetarian? Do they enjoy fashion? Are their children young (and therefore, every gift must be washable)? Today I thought it would be fun to introduce you all to some gift ideas for those crunchy moms. The ones who read ingredient labels… Read More

10 Black Friday Deals

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When turkey day is done (or for those zealous shoppers: as soon as you wake from your turkey coma) Black Friday will be here! And Black Friday means deals!!! Of course, it means late nights, early mornings, long lines, and full shopping carts too, but really, the part that draws us all towards the stores… Read More

Gifts for Mamas

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In our home, I plan the majority of our Christmas gifts. My husband is nice and easy and lets me do all the Black Friday running around, Cyber Monday stalking, and gift research. He knows I love it and so it’s a good bargain to leave him home with the kids and head out to pretend… Read More

25 Days of Holiday Reading

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Our family is rolling through some big transitions this Christmas season and rather than feel grumpy/annoyed/depressed about how I imagined things would be and how they’re not, I’m taking these changes as the opportunity to start some new traditions! My little ones are two and four so Christmas is magical in every sense of the word. My… Read More

DIY Thanksgiving Name Plates

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It’s been super chilly in the Pacific Northwest this week. My daughter keeps asking if it’s winter yet, but then quickly corrects herself by saying, “Nope! I see leaves falling from the trees – it’s fall still!” We bundled up for a brisk walk and decided to gather leaves since it was dry. I explained… Read More

Blueberry Streusel Twist

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It’s late at night as I type this and, friends, I’m drooling just thinking of these divine little treat. Blueberry Streusel Twists are a must have this fall. Well, if I’m being perfectly honest they’re a must for winter, spring and summer too. A sweet brunch item or a dessert everyone will rave about, whenever… Read More

DIY Advent Calendars

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You can buy your advent calendar or spend an evening crafting your heart out on a homemade version. Whatever you do, a Christmas countdown is a must! When it comes to DIY – first, assess what you already have on hand. No need to spend buckets of money. I promise, your children will be excited… Read More

Get Ready For December 1st With These Advent Calendars

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I hate to be the one to tell you … but Christmas is coming soon! That means there are certain things that must be done in November, prior to the official start of Christmas season. One such thing is advent calendars!  Sorry Thanksgiving, you’ll get your day, but in the background us mamas have a… Read More

Add Cozy Christmas Pajamas To Your Shopping List

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In our family it is a tradition to gift Christmas pajamas on St. Nicholas Day each year. That way, the kiddos have all of December to sport their Christmas sleepwear! There are tons of darling options hitting the stores shelves already and I thought it only seemed appropriate to help all you mamas (and grandmas too I’m… Read More

Everything Autumn Soup

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Soup is for me what mac ‘n cheese is for my kids – ultimate comfort. If my husband would allow I’d fix soup every evening during the fall and winter months. It just feels like the perfectly cozy meal I need to cap off the cool days. If you’re a soup lover like me, you’re… Read More

Boost Your Immune System

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This is not a scientific post. I’m not a doctor or an expert, just a mom. So, if you’re another mom or mom figure, and we talk how we do about all the little bits of life, this is what I’d toss into the conversation when it comes to boosting our immune systems. I like to say… Read More

Where To Order Holiday Cards

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The calendar has turned – HELLO NOVEMBER! – and the stores are filling up with holiday supplies. Wrapping paper, Christmas trees, toy sales, poinsettias and more, seem to be everywhere! All this has sparked my holiday to do list and on the very top is holiday cards! Truly, of all the holiday activities, this is… Read More

Tips For Safe Halloween Trick or Treating

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It’s Halloween week and that means it’s time to make a plan for Friday night! Here in the Northwest, the first thing we’ll be doing is checking the weather After that, it’s laying out the options and making a plan — where to go, what time, dinner before, dinner after, are costumes warm enough and… Read More