All that glitters is not gold: Why you don’t need to stress about your children's holiday gifts being “good enough”

So I wanted to take some time to give a moment of pause to all of you who are feeling overwhelmed by the holiday and the desire to “do right” by all of the children in you life by providing them with the very best. Of course, one cannot escape the recent media attention that “mainstream” toys have received in the past months. Concern about the quality and safety of toys is important, but the alternatives (i.e. handcrafted, natural, European, etc. toys) are generally significantly more expensive. ...more

Make a Gift... Doll in a Bag (kit)

Hip new site comes equip with a family friendly arts-n-crafts blog. For the holiday season we are featuring great gifts you can make. Today's idea is ... Doll in a Bag. Find out all the details on our blog... Click Here to Go! ...more

12 Days of Christmas

You can't have too many 12 Days of Christmas ideas in your back pocket! You can use these ideas to do together as a family, mail one at a time or all together, do with your youth at church, as girlfriends for a friend who needs a lift, the possibles are endless! ...more

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Asbestos in toys? Are you kidding me?

Yes, asbestos is being found in toys and other household goods. What is next? I realize that life is a crap shoot but ASBESTOS! I thought this was long gone from products. I'm flippin' mad about it too because the clay my kids have played with for more than six months is one that tested positive for asbestos. Recall lists, articles and more at ...more

Holiday Gift Guide: Your Shortlist to the Best Online Boutiques

Don't want to spend your Saturday afternoon battling shoppers at the mall?  Neither do I.  Beat the crowds and uncover some great finds online--for everyone on your list.  Now, who are you shopping for? ...more

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Confessions of an Insomniac: Our 5 minutes together

Every person encountered in life has a purpose … Whether you spend 3 seconds or 3 years with another human being, you are sharing moments of life together. Don’t take this moment for granted. It could be over before you know it. Read the rest of this entry >> ...more

fun & flirty aprons - heat things up in the kitchen!

You're planning a fun and flirty, girly event and you're looking for the perfect gift. Take a look at Two Blonds and a Brunette Gift Co.'s new Cupcake apron. These mompreneurs partnered with Rethink Breast Cancer to develop a lingerie inspired apron that's guaranteed to get things cooking in the kitchen ;-) At $35 a pop, they're a steal. And the good news...100% of the proceeds go to Rethink Breast Cancer’s education, research and support programs. ...more

Candy Grams

Sometimes it can be difficult trying to come up with a simple and cute way to say "Thank You!" I think candy grams are a great because they're simple, cheap, and fun. I made a little card that said "I jump for JOY that you're my teacher!" and attached it to a Joy candy bar for a teacher appreciation day. Here are some ideas you can candy gram your friends. Check out to see how to print out these ideas and more! Friendship Flowers: If friends were flowers, I'd pick you! Flowers: You make friendship bloom all year round. ...more