Buying Experiences Versus Buying Stuff


Last week we took our kids to New York for a few days in conjunction with my travel for a conference. The highlight of the trip was getting to see “Hamilton” on Broadway. As I talked to friends about how we have started buying our kids tickets for events as gifts, I kept hearing the […]

Birthday Cards for 40th Birthdays (And Other Ages!)

40th Birthday Cards

This has been the year of 40th Birthday celebrations in my Facebook news feed. In the last 12 months, pretty much everyone I graduated from high school with turned 40. I found some fun cards at the store but nothing that REALLY applied. I wish that I had found Greeting Card Universe before now! On […]

Exclusive SNL Candy (Including Schweddy Balls)

SNL Candy Collection

Every now and again I come across some amazing products online that I can’t help but share with my friends. This is one of those times. (and if you are looking for a coupon, I have an exclusive one!) I had never heard of the site IT’SUGAR before, but their Exclusive Saturday Night Live merchandise […]

Personalized Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

Free Personalized Valentine's Day Cards

I fell in love with Frecklebox a couple of months ago when I was shopping for Christmas gifts for my nieces. They absolutely loved the personalized coloring books that I sent them! This month Frecklebox is offering free coloring pages and cards for Valentine’s Day. You simply pick the design you want, enter the child’s […]

Santa Video In Your Home (and Contest!)

Santa Video

A couple of years ago one of my daughters (who was about 8 at the time) started expressing some doubt over the existence of Santa Clause. Naturally my husband and I were in a panic because we didn’t know what to do. It was pretty clear that she was still wanting to believe, so we […]

Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Sports Teams

Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Sports Teams

Every year someone in my house ends up needing an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” either for theme day at school or a party. Sadly, we now often wear sweaters that I actually wore for REAL not too many years ago (and even had our family picture taken while wearing). Ugly Christmas sweaters have become a novelty […]

Why This Christmas Is Going to Be Different


This Christmas is going to be different for me and my family. Not because we’ll be spending part of it in a different house or with different family members (although that will certainly be a change!). Not because we’ll be seeing more sand than snow. And not because certain Santa secrets are secrets no more […]

Fun and Easy Pumpkin Painting Ideas (Guest Post)

cute pumpkin faces

It’s almost that time of year again—time for costumes, candy, and of course pumpkins! Halloween is just around the corner and that means it’s time to start thinking about the cutest pumpkins ever. This is the year to make something creative and to really work with your kids on something that will be adorable and […]

Free Disney Pumpkin Patterns

Disney Mickey Pumpkin Carving Template

Every year we carve Halloween pumpkins and up until last year they always looked the same–some combination of triangles, circles, and jagged teeth. That changed when I found the Disney character Halloween templates at the grocery store. We bought a package and transformed our pumpkins into adorable Disney jack-o-lanterns. We’re not artists or even artsy, […]