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Family Friendly Halloween Movies

for the entire month of October!!

I love Halloween – I’m not sure if it’s because it’s my birthday month, or the fall weather, or the fun in dressing up, but it has always been one of my favorite holidays.   That said, I’m not a huge fan of the scary, creepy, gory stuff – I’m more of the PG-13 version Read more…


DIY Fall Simmer Pot

make your home smell just like Fall!!

I know the official start of fall was a few weeks ago, but it is just finally starting to feel like it here in Central California – brisk mornings, leaves changing, scarves and sweaters… I love everything about it!!   Nothing has made me happier lately than curing up with a blanket and coffee in Read more…


How To Make An “I-Spy” Bottle

with two versions so both big and little kids can play!!

A few weeks ago I posted about these Calm Down Sensory Bottles I made for the kiddo and they reminded me of another brilliant toddler activity I made long before the blog was even an idea…   Maybe I’m dating myself, but does anyone else remember those I-Spy books as a kid? Colorful pages filled with Read more…


Boozy Banana Pudding

Before we get too far into this, let me make it clear that this recipe is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Rumchata, I just really, really like the stuff – like a lot. So I am basically finding a way to put it in ALL THE THINGS!!!   After I made these spiked Read more…


Spiked Tiramisu Pudding Cups

with Rumchata & Kahlua

I think we are all pretty familiar with Jell-O shots, or at least you are if you went to college at a party school like I did. But I have never, not even once, heard mention of anything called a pudding shot in my life – until the other day.   See, I’ve recently become Read more…


10 Things You Should Never Apologize For


As I get older, I seem to care less and less about what other people think – of me, of my parenting style(s), of my fashion choices, pretty much all of it.   Somewhere in the years after I turned thirty, I stopped putting the feelings of others above my own needs. I stopped apologizing Read more…


Grandma’s Amazing Banana Bread

famous (in certain circles) & probably the world's BEST

So I have a texture issue when it comes to food, some things I just CAN NOT handle – cottage cheese, tapioca, chia pudding, mayonnaise, soft scrambles eggs, over ripe bananas, you get the idea. The list is long.   Maybe I have an underlying sensory processing disorder that I don’t know about but thankfully Read more…


How To Make a Big Sister Tool Kit

all the essentials needed for becoming a sibling!!

A few weeks ago, our good friends received a call they had been waiting almost a year and a half for – it was from their adoption agency informing them that they had been matched with a beautiful baby girl.   Words cannot explain how overjoyed I was to hear the news. Not just because Read more…


How To Make a Calm Down Sensory Bottle

to help tame those toddler tantrums

So lately we have been battling toddler tantrums in a pretty hard core way.   My son is what you could call stubborn, or strong willed, a little dramatic even. I get it because his father and I are both the exact same way so genetically it was bound to happen – there was really Read more…


Homemade Graham Crackers

easy to make, healthier than store-bought and super tasty!!

Every once and a while I get ambitious and decide to make some of our favorite snack foods from scratch – it makes me feel like some sort of Domestic Goddess/Super Mom and is a much cheaper and healthier alternative the store-bought stuff.   Well, today was one of those days. The hubby is out Read more…

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