10 Savory and Festive Apps and Snacks

Since I won’t be doing a Menu Planning Monday this Monday with it being Christmas, I thought I’d do a little compilation of some savory and fun appetizers and snacks that are sure to please. So, I hope this helps those of you who are still looking for something to bring to a party or […]

Best in Show Christmas Lights Award 2017 (+Free Printable)

For the past several years it has been our favorite family Christmas tradition to get in our jammies, load up with hot cocoa and drive around looking at Christmas lights. And what makes it extra special and fun is that while doing so, we hand out an award to our favorite house.   Friends, this […]

Baby Franklin Turns Two

Our little boy is TWO today! Gosh, isn’t he cute?! This little man was once a decision we weren’t sure about. But, goodness, I couldn’t be more thankful we added him to our family. He is the perfect completion. His big brother and sister just adore him. They want to hold his hand everywhere he […]

25 of the Tastiest 4th of July Eats and Treats

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays due to its simplicity. There is no planning for months, no shopping for gifts, and no STRESS. For us, it just means relaxing on the lake with family, eating tasty food, and a lot of water sports. Because this holiday usually involves food, I have rounded […]

Cal’s 5th Dinosaur Birthday

Today is our sweet, sweet boy’s 5th birthday! As much as I enjoy watching the little man he is turning into, I really just want to hold on to these younger years while I can. Over the weekend we celebrated this little boy with a dinosaur birthday party. There were intentional messes made, explosions, and […]

Super Bowl 2017 Eats, Apps and Snacks

I admit it. At the beginning of the week, I didn’t even realize the Super Bowl was this Sunday. And while I am not really interested in the game itself, I do enjoy the camaraderie and food served on this particular day. And actually, I couldn’t even tell you who was playing! But, that’s not […]

Best in Show Decorated House Award Tradition (and Free Printable)

One of my favorite holiday traditions is getting into our jammies, sipping hot cocoa and driving around looking at decorated houses and Christmas lights. Well, a while back my friend, Kristen shared how her family created an award to give to their favorite decorated house, and I just LOVED this idea and we have done […]


I recently turned thirty-two, and it started out a little bit rocky. The day began with a nice birthday wake-up by my babe, Frankie, at about 11:30 pm.  And then I guess he just really missed me and wanted to make sure he was the first one to really wish me a happy birthday because […]

Franklin’s Rustic Woodland First Birthday Party

We recently celebrated our little baby turning one. And GOSH! It was such a bittersweet day! He is our baby and this “official” birthday party just sealed the deal. He’s growing. We decided to have his party after Thanksgiving to make it easy on traveling guests, and we kept it small with just family, but […]

Easy 4th of July Treat Ideas

I didn’t start truly loving the Fourth of July until we had kids. What used to be a party day with friends heading to the beach (don’t get me wrong, it was super fun) is now time at the lake with our family playing volleyball, skiing, rope swinging, fishing, tubing, playing hours of games, roasting […]