Glowing Neon Laser Tag Party

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Turning 10 is a pretty big deal! Even if your mom recently had a baby and is super-busy and worn-out, 10 still needs to be celebrated, right? 10-year-old boys can also be a big deal–a big, noisy, rambunctious big deal for a mom to deal with…particularly when there are several of them together in a […]

Of Life and Death

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I generally like to keep this blog a rather light and happy place to be. This is mainly because I think life should be light and happy whenever possible, hence my penchant for perpetual party planning. Nothing brings me greater joy than to see the face of a loved one light up from a welcome […]

One Smart Cookie — First Day of School Treat!

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This post originally appeared on one of my favorite sites, Paging Supermom, last year when school started. My kids were so excited by this surprise! School starts this week for us. Not sure they will get such a cool surprise this year. My kids have already gone back to school for the year. It came […]

One Little Word 2014: Fearless

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I’ve been planning this post for months, but between a broken blog and a slow pregnant body, getting it posted has been the first bloggy challenge of the New Year. Each year for the past several years I have chosen one word to focus on as a “goal” or “resolution” for the year. You can […]

Gift Idea: Just Dance 2014

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When buying gifts for my kids for Christmas, I’m always trying to find the balance between things that they want and things I want them to have. I prefer gifts that have some value beyond a little bit of entertainment. For the last year or two we have given our kids one of the versions […]

Turkey Bowl Thanksgiving Get-Together

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  You know I love me some beautiful Thanksgiving tablescapes with nice dishes and clever place cards, but maybe you are in the mood for a more laid-back get-together over this holiday weekend. Maybe you want to watch the big game or maybe you want to play the big game yourself. Here are some ideas […]

Gift Idea and Giveaway: Travels with Gannon & Wyatt

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”  — Mark Twain When I was 11-years old. My family lived in the Dominican Republic for a year. It was a completely life-transforming experience for me at a time in my life when I was transforming into the person I was going to become. I learned Spanish […]

How to make a 3D Train Cake

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I had a request for more details about the 3D cake I made for my son’s 2-year-old Train Birthday Party last year. I should clarify before I start, that I am not a trained baker (wait until I show you his 3-year-old birthday cake fail). I just get big ideas for my kids’ cakes and […]

Terrific Train Birthday Party

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I’ve had a little break from birthday parties, but there are a couple right around the corner now. Before my son celebrates his 3rd birthday, it might be a good idea to blog his 2nd birthday. It hit at a really busy time last year and I just didn’t get a chance to get the […]

We’re Going to Disneyland – How to break the news to the kids

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It’s Disney week on the blog, and I thought we would start at the beginning of the fun: Telling the kids that they were about to take a trip to Disneyland! It wasn’t hard to keep the trip a secret, since we didn’t know for sure that we were going to be able to swing […]