Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBias In Arizona we only have a couple of months with cold enough weather to enjoy hot drinks. This year we added some flavor to a family favorite with the Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate Recipe. Smooth warm peppermint chocolate served with whipped topping and DOVE® Peppermint Bark is the best way to enjoy a cool night with family. We Read More... {Read More...}

DIY Burlap Table Runner for holiday entertaining

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InspireWithCheese #CollectiveBias When my doorbell rings unexpectedly during the holiday season it usually is followed by a neighbor delivering cookies or a friend dropping by their family card. Most days that unexpected doorbell ring makes me want to run and hide because I'm not prepared with an easy holiday entertaining plan for our home. This year we are ready! The easy burlap table Read More... {Read More...}

Caramel Apple Cider Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GladeHolidayJoy #CollectiveBias The holidays are a time to enjoy the wonderful season with family and friends. But that special time of year also brings added tension to your home when preparing for guests and events. Memories of the holidays in my childhood home are very special to me and I want to create those lasting memories with my children, too. For me, a holiday home begins with Read More... {Read More...}

Reindeer Jar Holiday Gift

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MerryAndBright #CollectiveBias There are so many ways to make holidays merry and bright. This year we are spreading holiday cheer by elfing our neighbors with American Greetings and M&M's from Walmart along with some fun crafts like our reindeer jar holiday gift. Our daughters are growing up knowing the holidays are not about gifts, but instead, about the warm and fuzzies Read More... {Read More...}

A Christmas Story fan holiday essentials

The iconic film playing in my home hundreds of times each holiday season has created countless family memories. I've loved A Christmas Story for as long as I can remember watching holiday films with my family. The 1983 Christmas comedy is loved by so many and I know I'm not alone in proclaiming to be the ultimate fan. In our neighborhood every year there is a home with a leg lamp displayed in the front window. Although I would love to have that exact lamp in my home shining brightly from our Read More... {Read More...}

Holiday ready tips for parents

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone #KidfreshToTheRescue #CollectiveBias It's our favorite time of year and we are getting ready for all the seasonal fun. But getting holiday ready isn't just about singing along at your child's school program or addressing your favorite holiday cards. It's also about making sure you don't let the business get in the way of actually enjoying the season. This holiday season I took a much Read More... {Read More...}

DIY Sweater Stocking for Teacher

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #SkittlesBeard #SweetSelfie #CollectiveBias Each year I have a long list of DIY gifts I want to make and then slowly as we get closer to the holidays, I realize I'll never find the time to craft my way through the season. This year I'm starting early and already have teacher gifts complete! My DIY sweater stocking for teacher is filled with craft supplies and favorite Read More... {Read More...}

The Ultimate College Fan Gift with Ribbon and Tulle Gift Box Stuffing

Do you have someone on your holiday shopping list that is so easy to buy for because of their true appreciation for everything that they actually become the one person you are intent on finding the perfect gift? That's my husband's stepfather. He dresses well, appreciates humor, has hobbies like golf and enjoys movies. Those characteristics alone can help you list 10 gifts he would love for the holidays. However, my father in law is also an avid Michigan State fan. The ultimate Michigan State Read More... {Read More...}

Arizona annual pass gift guide

With so many amazing local attractions and museums in Arizona we love to visit all year long, an annual membership makes perfect sense for a creative gift this holiday season. They make awesome gifts for friends with children, friends new to Arizona, parents, grandparents, and more! Instead of asking who should you gift an Arizona annual pass this year, ask yourself who wouldn't you gift an Arizona annual pass to? My Arizona annual pass gift guide includes the places we love to visit most Read More... {Read More...}

The Elf on the Shelf is real – the ultimate elf idea

The magical Elf on the Shelf is a tradition in so many homes. Children look forward to their elf returning each year. Parents enthusiastically search the internet hoping to find the ultimate elf idea for each morning display. Parents also get ultra creative when they accidentally forget to move the elf before their child notices. We have many great elf success stories including the time our "Elfy Snow White" took a vacation instead of returning to the North Pole. Naturally that meant he didn't Read More... {Read More...}