Show Them the Love

I saw this cute Valentine’s Day idea on Pinterest. I think they had called it a “Heart Attack.” I didn’t pin it and I can’t find it. It was a simple enough idea to remember. Here’s how to show your kids or even your spouse a little love this Valentine’s Day.What you need:Construction paper (I picked everyone’s favorite color.) or precut paper heartsScissorsTapeMarker(s)What to do:1. Fold paper and cut several hearts out from it. (I initially cut 9.)...more

Victory! I Didn't Gain an Ounce During Holiday Break with 6 Tricks

Every Christmas season do you promise myself you won't fall off healthy eating and fail? How can you not? With Thanksgiving dinner (for us Americans), holiday parties, Christmas feasts and then holiday vacations, it's enough to make me want to throw my hands up and declare, "I give up!" Which is exactly what I did this year and didn't gain an ounce....more

Welcome!

It's a new year and I'm overwhelmed. I'm feeling very overwhelmed as I look around at all the things strewn about our dwelling. As I log onto my Bloglovin' feed, I see there are easily well over 200 posts to read, not read, comment and participate. I know I made something like a promise on New Year's Eve that I'd return and participation is part of this return. I'm overwhelmed....more

It wouldn't be Christmas without a banana bunker

A Christmas-scape, the newest addition to my holiday decor. Last year, yours truly got crafty and hot glued all of those medium-sized trees....more

Alternative holiday dinners to try this New Year's: Mexican fiesta

Ditch North American holiday traditions (or whatever your regular tradition may be), and introduce an international flare to your next gathering.I chose Mexican because most people can find something they like, and  the meal is not overly complicated to prepare. Other ideas for international holiday dinners include Chinese, Italian, Korean BBQ, or Indian....more

Kindergarten Kids - The Great Cleanup

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Alternative holiday dinners to try this New Year's: Stew soiree

Because Fondue Night, the first alternative holiday dinner posted, was, admittedly, a bit more involved and probably better-suited to the seasoned host or hostess.To go the complete opposite direction, this alternative dinner is low maintenance and (just about) carefree! Stew Soiree is a holiday feast inspired by comfort food, as well as living on a budget.Since turkey dinners are, to me at least, one of the ultimate comfort foods, this alternative aims to replicate that warm, cozy feeling with an equally hearty meal....more

Alternative holiday dinners to try this New Year's: Fondue night

Though I love a good turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes medley as much as the next gal, enjoying the exact same meal every year for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Easter can get redundant.I’ve put together four alternative holiday dinners to the traditional turkey meal for you to consider this New Year’s, or the next holiday occasion you host....more

Cumbria is A Bit Windy

http://roseredstories.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/photo-2-1.jpgI did not post yesterday - my excuse is that we were in Cumbria. I decided that we needed a night away from Christmas gluttony and laziness. My family greeted the news with sarcastic delight; I am really good at booking holidays. They usually end up with us getting buffeted and blown almost (but not quite) off the end of the earth, and this Boxing Day was no exception....more

Dec 26 - Afterglow

He-he… Okay, that was a naughty play on words, but sex isn’t the only thing that brings you that feeling of utter relaxation and mindless bliss.  Sometimes, it’s just the release of all the stress and frantic running that grinds us down during the holidays, making the day after feel so….ahhhhhhhh.  There’s no more rushing, the kids are content with their new gifts (for now), there’s no large feast to prepare and plenty of delicious leftovers to make you smile.  I’m personally looking forward to a piece of the Dutch Apple Pie I was too full to attempt yesterday....more