Old World Kitchen Dreamware Winner!

Hey Everyone!  This is just a quick post tonight to reveal the winner of the beautiful, hand-carved cookie utensils from Polder's Old World Market. You might remember last week I posted an Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookie recipe that I made using hand-carved Old World Kitchen utensils. Polder's is generous to offer one of my readers the same set! Congratulations to DJ ... the lucky winner of these gorgeous kitchen utensils!! For those who didn't … [Read more...]

Winner of Antique Farm House Gift Card!

Today I'm happy to announce the winner of the $50 gift card from Antique Farm House! But before I do, I want to thank all of you who left such encouraging and complimentary comments!  You truly made my day!  I'm so appreciative of each and every one of you who reads my blog. Without you, what would be the point of blogging? And so it gives me great pleasure to give a gift in return. I thought I'd share a beautiful zinnia from my garden to … [Read more...]

Coastal Style: How to Get the Look

Coastal style is relaxed and soothing, and growing in popularity. It's not just for the summer months either. You'll love its casual appeal all year long in simple colors and mixed textures. Toss in a piece of driftwood or favorite seashell and you're on your way to achieving the coastal style in your home. Let's take a look at some of the basic elements for adding a nautical touch to your own furnishings. Flagg Coastal Homes Several elements … [Read more...]

Casual Patios: Relaxed Outdoor Living

The past 2 days I've been sick ... the stay-in-bed-all-day kind of sick. I get horrific cabin fever when I can't get out so when I started feeling better toward the end of the second day, I begged hubby to go for a walk down the forest preserve trail that our dead-end street empties into. The 60-degree air was good for both my body and soul and I started dreaming about our plans for the yard. I want to create a couple of casual patios this year … [Read more...]

Easter Cupcakes: Mix Up a Moment with Family

I was asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create a springtime family treat. All opinions are my own. When I was kid I eagerly anticipated the day when we'd dye Easter eggs for the spring holiday. My brothers and sisters would gather around our pedestal kitchen table and make a colorful mess with mom overseeing the festivities. Although we had creative fun, I never liked eating the hard boiled eggs. So this year, I thought it would be more fun … [Read more...]

Bake an Elegant Spring Cake: The Fun and Easy Way

I was asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create a springtime family treat. All opinions are my own. When my family comes to visit, I'd love to set out an elegant spread of food and refreshments. But with my busy schedule, that's not always possible. I work full-time as a marketing communications manager, and then I have this blog on top of it. Most of my spare time is spent with family and when the opportunity came for me to see the newest … [Read more...]

Mixing Up a Moment with Valentine’s Day Brownies

I was asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to create a Valentine's Day brownie treat. All opinions are my own. When I was a young girl dreaming of my future, I knew I wanted to have children early in life so that I would still have energy to play with my grandchildren. I also wanted to feel young enough to enjoy time as an empty-nester with my hubby. I didn't want to feel like we'd be too old to go for bike rides, or walk nature trails, or travel … [Read more...]

Mix Up a Moment with Game Day Brownies!

My entire family loves football, which makes me really happy because I enjoy sharing game day with people I love. Now that it's play-off season, the football conversations are heating up in our home. We recently headed to my daughter's house for one of the play-off games and I decided to bring goodies to make game day brownies! In my opinion, brownies are the perfect dessert because they're quick, easy, and taste so good! Since there always … [Read more...]

The Perfect Wine Lover’s Gift

You've heard that old saying, "It is better to give than to receive." But when it comes to the perfect wine lover's gift, I believe it's better to receive! When you have friends and family who love and good wine, the art of elegant gift giving is easy!  You know a bottle or two of their favorite wine will be a gift to enjoy and savor!  Of course, there's no harm in being creative and giving wine they've never tasted before! How fabulous would … [Read more...]

Pamper Your Feet and Give a Gift

Shopping for Christmas gifts can sometimes be a bit daunting, so it's nice when you get a little bit of inspiration to help with your gift selection process. This happened to me when I was shopping at Walmart the other day. I'd heard about the Amope Pedi Perfect™ recently and wanted to give it a try to pamper my feet. When I saw the bonus pack with a free refill, I knew right away who'd receive the second one as a gift. If you read my blog … [Read more...]

The Secret to the Perfect Pie

Do you remember the first time you baked a pie?  I sure do!  I was a nervous wreck. It was back in my high school home economics class. Our teacher was explaining the intricacy of making pie crust and all the mistakes that could be made.  I thought for sure I would fail our pie-making test and I would be the laughing stock of my family. We were tasked with making a crust with either shortening or oil. My group was the only one … [Read more...]

Preparing for Motherhood

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of COUNTRY Financial® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Someone once pointed out the irony that being a parent is about the only job that requires no training. It's one of the most important jobs the majority of us will face, yet we don't spend a lot of time preparing for motherhood. If you read my blog regularly, you know that my middle child just had her first baby and I'm in love!  The … [Read more...]

Christmas Decorating Details

What a weekend!  I spent at least 10 hours each on Saturday and Sunday decorating the house and photographing it for my holiday home tour this Wednesday!  I have over 70 photos and need to pare down the selection. Since I can't use all of them, I've decided to share some of the Christmas decorating details today in anticipation of Wednesday. I'm also joining Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road and her creative team to offer a $250 Cash Giveaway!  Who … [Read more...]

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