Free Christmas Music Playlist

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Earlier this week I was sharing some of my party tips that I've used in the past. I mentioned how important music is to a party. It's kind of a no brainer but I have been to several parties where there have been no music playing. And I think it's the easiest thing to do to change a mood. I have music on in the background most days. Especially if … [Read more...]

10 no-fail Entertaining Tips (Holiday Entertaining Ideas)

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Hi all! Hope you had a restful and filling Thanksgiving weekend and start to your holiday season. I enjoyed a nice break from the blog and most technology….only plugging in a couple times a day. Nice to have a break! I am certainly NOT Martha when it comes to entertaining….I take a pretty casual approach to things. But I have been having friends … [Read more...]

10 things your smartphone can do

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It's kind of funny when I stop and think about it. When I first started blogging I didn't even have a smartphone. I don't think many people (average everyday moms/dads) had smartphones. But now I can't imagine blogging without my phone. I rarely pull out my nice camera anymore. I wanted to share with you a few favorite smartphone apps that I use … [Read more...]

Traditional Outdoor Christmas Decorations

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What a week we have ahead of us….sadly my husband’s grandfather passed away last week. We have his funeral tomorrow. He was probably the kindest man I will ever know…and his grandson surely takes after him. He lived a full life and for that we are all very thankful. I wanted to share our Christmas porch in case you wanted some ideas for your … [Read more...]

Easy sides with the help of Marie Callenders #ComfortsFromHome

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This post brought to you by Marie Callender’s. The content and opinions expressed below are that of CleverlyInspired. You know that week of Thanksgiving when we spend all the time in the kitchen and seem to be cooking the whole week that we have no dinner is planned for people to eat. I almost got a little attitude when my kids come up to me and … [Read more...]

Make Ahead Twice Baked Potato

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Happy Friday!! We are less than one week from Thanksgiving...and then it seems time moves at warp-like speed. I hope you have a little down time this weekend to regroup and relax before the hustle starts. I find when I take even just 10 minutes to gather my thoughts and to-do list...I feel so much more at ease about what is ahead. Start by making … [Read more...]

Grown Up Iced Coffee with Absolut

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We had our first snow day this week. It was actually rather nice….everyone slept in—except Stella of course:) Snow days on a Monday are about as good as a Friday snow day:) When my kids were younger…snow days meant lots of work for me. The sleds…the wet clothes…the fourteen cups of coco…endless loop of Disney channel. Don’t get me wrong, I loved … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Cheese Ball

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We woke up to a few inches of snow here...and our first snow day from school. Seems a bit early, no? I don't remember ever having a snow day this early in the school year. Check out instagram to see Stella's first walk in the snow....hilarious. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I know that many of you are getting ready for the big turkey … [Read more...]

Stay Connected but completely live in the moment…with Ditto

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ditto by Simple Matters for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Sometimes companies contact me and tell me about a really cool new product that I get to research to tell you about. This is exactly one of those cases. I was sent a request to share with you a cool new gadget that will be available … [Read more...]

Christmas TV Specials Printable 2014

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Have you started? Are you watching in secret? Or are you just taping it for a later date to watch in the middle of the night when everybody is sleeping? That's right…. I'm talking about the Christmas specials that have started on TV! What did you think I was talking about???   So I thought that with the weekend ahead of us I would make a … [Read more...]