December 2010

Thursday Shopping 12-30-10

I'm sure many of you probably had a chance to watch "Extreme Couponing" on TLC  last night.  We don't have cable, so I actually didn't get a chance to watch the whole show, but I did watch a lot of clips online this morning.  I found it very unfortunate that TLC chose to portray people [...]

Christmas 2010


My first official post on my new (and improved) site.  This is so exciting!  I hope you all take some time to peek around.  I will still be working out the final details over the next few days and then I promise a full virtual tour of all the new features. We had a wonderful--albeit [...]

Candy Canes, Cocktails, & Christmas Classics


Three days later, I think I've finally recovered from our Christmas party this past weekend!  It was a lot of fun, but with 20 kids ages 5 and under (and their parents), it was also pretty chaotic.  Luckily all our friends  (at least those who attended) are all in this same crazy small-children stage of [...]

Homemade Peppermint Bark


It's Christmas week and if you're anything like me, you've got a billion things left to do before the big holiday weekend.  Because I want to be sure to have enough time to enjoy this special time with my family, my posting will probably be on the light side through the end of the year. [...]

DIY Candy Cane Vase


For our Christmas party last year, I bought several Christmasy flower arrangements, carefully arranged them in vases, and placed them around the house.  Classy, perhaps, but completely unimaginative.  I'm pretty sure no one even noticed them.  Not exactly money well spent. So this year I decided to get a little more creative (and thrifty) with [...]

Thursday Shopping 12-16-10 (& Shopping Link Up)

Another week, another shopping challenge.  This time I dropped off Princess at preschool at 8:30am and needed to make it to both Walgreens & Publix before picking up my mother-in-law for her hearing aid appointment at 10.  Luckily both trips were smooth sailing all the way, with friendly cashiers and few coupon issues, and I [...]

Christmas Party Planning: The Kid Zone


There are moments (sometimes entire days) where I wish I could whisk myself back to those blissfully uncomplicated child-free days (the ones where, if I wanted, I could spend an entire day in bed reading a book or watching the HGTV Design Star marathon), where my Christmas parties were the toast of the town, sophisticated [...]

Party Inspiration: Candy Canes, Cocktails, & Christmas Classics


It's party time!  Husband and I are throwing our annual holiday bash this weekend, so at the risk of spoiling the surprise (for my friends who read this blog), I thought I'd share some of my party preparation this week, starting today with my inspiration for this year's shindig: candy canes, cocktails, & christmas classics. [...]

5 More Tips for Disney Fun

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  It is hard to believe that Christmas is now less than two weeks away.  Is it just me, or does time seem to speed up at this time of year? I have lots of fun Christmas party planning ideas to bring you this week, but [...]

Christmas Card Garland Craft

Thank goodness it's Friday.  This has been a very long and stressful week, and I am a little ashamed to admit that I have not been overly full of holiday cheer.  After a wonderful & festive weekend, we were thrown for a loop early in the week and I spent a lot of time being [...]

Thursday Shopping 12-09-10 (& Shopping Link Up)

Today my shopping challenge was to make it through three stores with Trouble in tow, all in less than ninety minutes.  We left the house at 11:06am and needed to pick up Princess from school at promptly 12:30.  Luckily all three stores are close by, but it was still a push.  Unfortunately I was in [...]

Thursday Shopping 12-02-10 (& Shopping Link Up)

I couldn't resist popping into Walgreens yesterday to take advantage of the Friends & Family 15% discount.  Unfortunately I had to take both girls with me, which was, to put it mildly, an unmitigated disaster.  Princess, who insisted on wearing her "sparkly princess" shoes (although I told her not to), slipped and fell on the [...]