Thanksgiving Reinvented: We Don't Celebrate on Turkey Day

Growing up, celebrating holidays and birthdays with just the four of us was our normal. My brother, I and my parents would sit at the round table in the kitchen. Many years dreams of big family get-togethers with all the cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents were left unfulfilled. I yearned for the buffets of food and tables decorated with fine china and silver likely passed down from generations before. I listened intently as my friends would tell me of their trips to other towns to visit relatives. Their stories of adventures, chatter, cousins to play with and memories filled my imagination....more
@Laine Griffin I love when families can work together so it's better for everyone involved. ... more

Thanksgiving Reinvented: We Don't Celebrate on Turkey Day

Growing up, celebrating holidays and birthdays with just the four of us was our normal. My brother, I and my parents would sit at the round table in the kitchen. Many years dreams of big family get-togethers with all the cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents were left unfulfilled. I yearned for the buffets of food and tables decorated with fine china and silver likely passed down from generations before. I listened intently as my friends would tell me of their trips to other towns to visit relatives. Their stories of adventures, chatter, cousins to play with and memories filled my imagination....more
@Ashleigh Burroughs That is a great idea!  I love it!  And yes, calendars do drool. We put up ... more

Thanksgiving Reinvented: We Don't Celebrate on Turkey Day

Growing up, celebrating holidays and birthdays with just the four of us was our normal. My brother, I and my parents would sit at the round table in the kitchen. Many years dreams of big family get-togethers with all the cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents were left unfulfilled. I yearned for the buffets of food and tables decorated with fine china and silver likely passed down from generations before. I listened intently as my friends would tell me of their trips to other towns to visit relatives. Their stories of adventures, chatter, cousins to play with and memories filled my imagination....more
@Waffle-Wednesday Thank you. It's not my family, but I will say it is a very fair ... more

Thanksgiving Reinvented: We Don't Celebrate on Turkey Day

Growing up, celebrating holidays and birthdays with just the four of us was our normal. My brother, I and my parents would sit at the round table in the kitchen. Many years dreams of big family get-togethers with all the cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents were left unfulfilled. I yearned for the buffets of food and tables decorated with fine china and silver likely passed down from generations before. I listened intently as my friends would tell me of their trips to other towns to visit relatives. Their stories of adventures, chatter, cousins to play with and memories filled my imagination....more
@JennaHatfield My son struggles with the same type of thing. Divorced family and we are all an ... more

Thanksgiving Reinvented: We Don't Celebrate on Turkey Day

Growing up, celebrating holidays and birthdays with just the four of us was our normal. My brother, I and my parents would sit at the round table in the kitchen. Many years dreams of big family get-togethers with all the cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents were left unfulfilled. I yearned for the buffets of food and tables decorated with fine china and silver likely passed down from generations before. I listened intently as my friends would tell me of their trips to other towns to visit relatives. Their stories of adventures, chatter, cousins to play with and memories filled my imagination....more
@SunbonnetSmart.com Thank you for reading and sharing this. It is close to my heart, and we are ... more

Sonia Kashuk at Target, Beauty for Every Woman

In 1999 the Sonia Kashuk beauty brand was born in partnership with Target stores. At around the very same time, while wandering around Target one day, I found a perfect little eyeshadow brush and, because it was so pretty, I bought it. It was a Sonia Kashuk product, and it was the first eyeshadow brush I bought that didn't come free with an eyeshadow compact. I remember feeling very professional about having purchased it. Though I don't use it daily, I still have the eyeshadow brush - over 10 years later, and I am now well aware of the "luxury at mass" brand that is Sonia Kashuk....more
I can't wait to try the nail colors.  I love a nice polish in spring / summer colors. more

Extreme Couponing: Don't Be Scared of the Stockpile

I swore I wouldn't become one of those weird stockpilers when I started my extreme couponing experiment but here I am, three months later, with a nice little stockpile that I'm not only happy with but proud of. ...more

OK Denise, you have me tempted to start couponing again! Ha ha! My husband got excited when I ... more

Creative Me

I randomly messaged a stranger on Facebook today. Have you ever done that and not been a stalker? It was a young woman who is a friend of a friend. She has been posting pictures and tagging my friends in them of things she makes with her Cricut. She made some adorable Easter buckets, wine glasses, key chains, signs, etc. She uses colored or patterned stick on vinyl and they all come out really cute. So cute that it got my creative juices flowing. I wanted to know what software she was using! She replied almost immediately and was so sweet to offer some great information. ...more

I'm smiling at your comment, because my place is much the same. It's a small duplex, and I just ... more

Extreme Couponing: Ethics and Etiquette

When I decided to give this extreme couponing thing a try, one of the biggest surprises was just how seriously couponers take couponing. What I mean is that they believe in following the rules. And they believe in being good shoppers -- not good in the sense of being good at shopping, I mean good as in thoughtful, conscientious, helpful, welcoming, charitable, supportive and encouraging. The coupon bloggers and forum members I've gotten to know aren't evil hoarders, they don't commit coupon fraud, and they do not clear shelves for fun. Ever. ...more

I watched the TLC show last night for the first time, and honestly it was painful for me. I did ... more

Creative Me

I randomly messaged a stranger on Facebook today. Have you ever done that and not been a stalker? It was a young woman who is a friend of a friend. She has been posting pictures and tagging my friends in them of things she makes with her Cricut. She made some adorable Easter buckets, wine glasses, key chains, signs, etc. She uses colored or patterned stick on vinyl and they all come out really cute. So cute that it got my creative juices flowing. I wanted to know what software she was using! She replied almost immediately and was so sweet to offer some great information. ...more

Oh you write a scrapbooking blog? How fun! I actually got sidetracked today using Creative ... more