Mother's Day is a day to truly enjoy your children and celebrate your family. Unfortunately (like many holidays) Mother's Day has become incredibly commercialized. From television commercials touting the best Mother's Day cuisine, to full displays of flowers and cards at your local grocery store, you have probably already been inundated with the commercial aspect of the holiday. Instead of focusing on material possessions this Mother's Day, try to encourage your children (and spouse) to ... Continue Reading
Discover new ways to spend Mother’s Day – that don’t center around flowers and cards.
Purchase Easter basket goodies that aren’t dyed and plastic this year.
With Easter coming early this year, on March 31st , you may be starting to get your ideas together for your Easter Baskets. Easter is notorious for lots of candy, plastic toys, and artificially dyed snacks. However, Easter doesn't have to come at the expense of nutrition or eco-living. Here is what my children will find in their Easter baskets this year. NatureBox- Healthy Snacks NatureBox offers healthy and incredibly tasty snacks. This is one of my favorite food box subscriptions. The ... Continue Reading
A delicious Valentine’s Day dessert perfect for the chocolate-lover in your life.
Strawberries and chocolate. What a perfect combination for Valentine's Day! This Strawberry Pie in a Chocolate Crust is sure to impress everyone (including your sweetheart) this February. I first had a variation of this delicious dessert several years ago at a girlfriend's house. She served the pie in a baked pie crust and used fresh strawberries from her garden. When I saw the way the sliced strawberries resembled hearts in the pie plate, I immediately thought the recipe would make a ... Continue Reading
Bring good luck and good fortune to your New Year’s table with one of these black eyed peas recipes.
In true southern style, we will reign in the new year with some black eyed peas. For those of you who are not from the south, or have never heard of the New Year's tradition of serving black eyed peas, eating black eyed peas on New Year's Day is supposed to bring good luck for the year. So with New Year's Day tomorrow, head on over to your local market to secure some black eyed peas for a tasty new tradition that the family will love. The idea of eating black eyed peas may not sound all that ... Continue Reading
These packing tips are perfect for organizing all those holiday decorations.
Now that Christmas is officially over, many of you will start packing away all of your holiday décor. Whether you are the day-after-Christmas-packer or the new-year-packer, try adopting some of these tips for keeping your holiday items safe and packed in an eco-friendly manner. Reusing holiday decorations is eco-friendly in itself, but if the items are damaged or destroyed you won’t be able to reuse them. Therefore, you want to ensure items are packed safely for next year. There are a ... Continue Reading
Peppermint and chocolate make this delicious chilled pie a hit for any holiday occasion.
What better way is there to celebrate the holidays than with the delicious tastes of chocolate and peppermint. This simple holiday pie combines crushed Starlight candies and milk chocolate chips. The result is something to celebrate and definitely something you'll want to serve to all of your holiday guests this year. Ingredients: 1 chocolate cookie crumb pie crust 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk 1/4 cup milk 1 small box of Jell-O Vanilla instant pudding mix 3 cups Cool Whip, ... Continue Reading
Gift ideas for that present-before-the-presents so you and your family can extend the Christmas celebrations a bit longer
Does your family practice that fun, not-so-patient tradition of opening a single gift on Christmas Eve? On the night before the big day, the kids are excited about the coming festivities, the work of buying and wrapping gifts is (hopefully) over, and it's the perfect time to give your children a sneak peek of all the good things they have in store come Christmas morning. Here are some great gift ideas for that present-before-the-presents so you and your family can extend the Christmas ... Continue Reading
Five steps toward making New Year’s resolutions and sticking to them this year.
Every year millions of people start off the new year with at least one resolution, or commitment toward better change in their lives. It could be losing weight, quitting smoking, taking up a new hobby , going to the gym, starting a long-put-off project or doing a daily random act of kindness. Unfortunately, just as many people give up their resolution while still snow on the ground. Still others don't even make resolutions for fear of not sticking with them as they've done in the ... Continue Reading
Do you find the Elf on the Shelf tradition to be a cute addition to your household – or a creepy one?
I have many friends and family who have adopted the new tradition of Elf on the Shelf®. For those of you who have not heard of this latest Christmas craze, it is pretty much an elf doll that you adopt and keep in your home to let Santa know who to put on the Naughty and Nice list. You purchase the doll, name it, register it, and then the elf "receives its Christmas magic and become a part of the family’s Christmas each and every year." The elf takes in the activities throughout the day, ... Continue Reading