If You Fail to Plan a Party, You Plan to Fail

Last year was the first time we hosted Thanksgiving. We seated 12, which is the absolute top capacity we can accommodate in our dining room without going double-decker. Moreover, we did this just three days after returning from a week in Mexico.We entertain pretty frequently, whether it's a casual get together with another couple or a big blowout multicourse dinner party. It's something we enjoy doing. But in order to keep it fun for everyone including us, not to mention to preserve our sanity, we put a fair amount of planning into each event....more
Love your post! We host our annual braai (rhymes with "sky" - it's a South African barbecue - my ... more

Make The Grinch's Who Hash and Delight Your Family

If you can't get the little chompers to down some leftover corned beef around Christmastime, this should do the trick. Print out the cool Who Hash label I've designed up, stick it on a container, pop out a green tablecloth, and serve 'em up, Dr. Seuss style. ...more
My most favorite Christmas show (the original animated, not the Jim Carrey remake). Thanks for ... more

Blogiversary: Unexpected Lessons from One Year of Blogging

On August 4th, 2012, this space was born. I was away on vacation last week, so we’re celebrating late. Sorry, sweet little blog. I have thought about what I would say in this post often the past year. Much like an actress practicing her Academy Award speech after her first so-so B-film, I thought about what I’d reveal; how much I’ve learned, how much I’ve grown, who I’d thank, etc., etc. ...more
Congrats on your one year anniversary. Sure can relate to your post. more

My Artist's Way Toolkit: Rediscovering the Joy in Writing

We're shaking things up this month in BlogHer Book Club! We're not reviewing a book, but we are reviewing something that's decidedly bookish. This month we're looking at a new subscription service from the creative mind of Julia Cameron. Have you read The Artist's Way and Cameron's other books? Have you loved her suggestions and recommendations but been able to quite get yourself to them? Then My Artist's Way Toolkit service (and app!) are just the thing for you. ...more
Thanks so much for posting this. I did The Artist's Way with a group in 2011 (blogged about it ... more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes 4: Share A Moment and Enter to Win $250

This sweepstakes is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered! Please check out our new sweepstakes launching December 23 for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!. ...more
Clue preparation! We send our children on a scavenger hunt to find one of their gifts. My ... more