Category Archives: Holidays & Celebrations

Happy Valentine’s Day – O”Fish”Ally!

DIY Valentines Day Cards - Will You O"Fish"Ally Be My Valentine

It’s that day we all love or love to hate – Valentine’s Day.  I hope yours is a memorable one! My oldest son is having another Kindergarten first today, his first Valentine’s party where he’ll be exchanging Valentine’s cards with his classmates.  I’m sure he would have been happy to choose a box from the shelves at Target – Cars, Star Wars or the like.  I wanted to do something of the homemade variety.  We found all kinds of inspiration on Pinterest, including these adorable little treat boxes filled with Goldfish crackers.

As it turns out, there is a free printable template for the tags at Tammy Mitchell Photography.  Score!  (She has lots of other fun stuff on her site too, so be sure to check it out.)  There was only one problem.  Jake didn’t want to use Goldfish for his Valentines.  Candy and only candy would do.  And I decided to indulge him.  Yay for Swedish Fish!

O"Fish"Ally My Valentine DIY

We printed the decorative tags on white cardstock and used a 2″ scallop circle punch (get one if you don’t have one, they are awesome for making cupcake toppers!) to fancy them up.  I love the idea of the pillow boxes Tammy used, but happened to have some small cello bags on hand that were perfect for our little fish.

DIY Valentine's Day Cards for Kids

I could have printed his name on the cards, but this seemed like a great opportunity for some handwriting practice…

Making Valentine's Day Cards

A few staples and some glue stick action and voilà – the finished product:

Homemade Valentines Ideas for Kids

Pretty cute, don’t you think?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Why Are Men So Hard to Shop For?

Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us again.  Candy hearts, mushy displays of affection, what’s not to love about it?  I have to admit that the stress of finding the perfect little gift to say “I love you” can take the romance right out of the day for me.  I’m trying to think up a great gift for my husband and I’m drawing a blank.  It seems like men have it easy, anyone can give you ideas on gifts for her for Valentine’s Day.  Roses, chocolates, jewelry…if only it were so simple when it comes to buying gifts for men.  Sometimes I think it would be nice to agree not to give gifts at all and just exchange cards, but that feels a bit bah humbug, doesn’t it?

Early in our relationship, gifts were easier.  I had no trouble thinking up great anniversary gifts – like the time I bought him a day at the racetrack, where he was able to drive a real race car and live out all those boyhood fantasies of being a race car driver.  A birthday gift was no cause for panic, there was always a CD he wanted or dated clothing in his closet to replace.  If all else failed I’d buy tickets to a hockey game and I’d be golden.  He’d still love that, but it takes a lot more legwork these days.   Do you know a good babysitter who wants to take on two three year olds and a five year old?  It seems that anything he wants and needs he’s already bought for himself.  That or it’s something like a spring arm assembly or control arm bushings.  I can’t even tell you what they do, much less shop for them.

Under three weeks and counting, time to put on my thinking cap.  Do you buy Valentine’s Day gifts for your husband?  I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Christmas Traditions from Around the World

With Christmas fast approaching, we’re enjoying our holiday traditions. There are the old ones like piling in the car and driving around to look at Christmas lights, snuggling up on the couch to watch classics like Rudolph and a Charlie Brown Christmas and baking cookies for friends and family. We’ve also found a new one this year, as Frankie, our Elf on the Shelf made his first visit. The kids have so loved finding him in a new spot each morning.

Here’s a fun look at some Christmas traditions from around the world. What are your favorite holiday traditions?


It’s a Small World Holiday

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The boat ride around the world is my three year old daughter’s very favorite thing at Disneyland. Even my 5 year old son who says he doesn’t like it because he’s “just not into dolls” was thrilled with the holiday version.

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Holiday Entertaining and Gift Giving Made Easier with Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms Home for the Holidays Gift Box

So many of us count the holidays as our favorite time of the year, yet the demands of the season can become a major source of stress.  When it comes to holiday entertaining, I like to keep things simple so the day is enjoyable for both my guests AND me.  Simple yet delicious foods that can be prepared in advance can make the difference between spending the event enjoying the company of friends and family or spending the day attending to food and dishes instead.  Hickory Farms can help alleviate a lot of stress during the holidays – both for entertaining and gift giving.

Hickory Farms offers a wide variety of gift boxes that make great gifts and are sure to be happily devoured at your holiday gatherings.  Prices start under $20 and include something to suit every taste – including `1meats and cheeses, fresh fruit, nuts and candies.

We received a Home For The Holidays Gift Box for review.   It was what I’ve come to expect from the the Hickory Farms foods I’ve been enjoying since my childhood – delicious!   We loved experimenting with the different combinations of cheeses, sausages, crackers and mustards.

The Home for the Holidays Gift Box retails at $55 and includes:

-2 Our Signature Beef Summer Sausage 10 oz.
-Italian Recipe Beef Summer Sausage 10 oz.
-Farmhouse Cheddar 8 oz.
-Cheddar Havarti Blend 7 oz.
-Parmesan Herb Blend 4 oz.
-Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers 1.5oz.
-Sesame, Caraway & Sea Salt Crackers 1.5 oz.
-Sweet Hot Mustard 2.5 oz.
-Honey & Pineapple Mustard 2.5 oz.

One of my favorite things about Hickory Farms – reasonable shipping prices.  Sending gifts to faraway friends and loved ones is much more affordable with their $3 3 Day shipping feature: all Hickory Farms gifts are hand packed and guaranteed to arrive in 3 business days or less
at a flat rate of only $3 all season long.

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Hickory Farms also ships select products free of charge to military addresses, making it easy to share a taste of the holidays with those serving overseas.

Is Hickory Farms a holiday tradition for your family?

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Hickory Farms and received a product sample to facilitate my review.