How to throw a fuss-free Indoor Soccer Party -- Jammy's 11th birthday celebration

When I asked Jammy what kind of party he wanted to throw for his 11th birthday, his answer was immediate: a soccer party. "Okay," I asked. ...more

Disney DIY: How To Make a Mickey Paintball Bandana

When you sign up for a paintball birthday party, you'll probably be told that the paint is washable, but you probably don't want to be wearing your best clothes. Recommended clothing includes long sleeved shirts, long sleeved shorts, close-toed shoes, and bandanas.Since 3Po was celebrating his 11th birthday with a paintball party, I thought it would be fun to make bandanas for all his guests. And since we were giving the party a Disney theme, I decided to add a Mickey silhouette to the bandanas! ...more

My 2015 Reading List

I love reading Young Adult novels. ...more

Ghirardelli Square Ice Cream Fountain

Ghirardelli Square is one of those tourist places that you know are touristy but you just have to visit. ...more

Holiday Greetings from American Girl's Samantha

My annual American Girl holiday card is late -- but better late than never! This year's card features the newest member of our AG family, the adorable Samantha, who made a much-welcome comeback to the historical doll line in 2014. Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!!Check out my American Girl holiday card for 2013Check out my American Girl holiday card for 2012 ...more

Easy Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Today is Boxing Day, and after all the craziness of Christmas Day, you finally have some time to take a deep breath and do everything you meant to do before December 25, but didn't have the time for! ...more

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to one and all!! ...more

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Past

This is our family photo from ten years ago, in 2004. ...more

Perfect macarons on the very first try!

I love macarons, but I've always been too intimidated to try baking them myself. ...more

Turkeys, Motorcycles, and Running Shoes: The Mazda Raceway Turkey Trot

The idea of running a race on Thanksgiving has always appealed to me -- do something active and healthy before stuffing your face! -- but I've never actually done it until this year. ...more