For the kids, or is it?

It’s a month before my daughter’s birthday and I’m pouring over ideas for cupcakes, cake designs, decorations, etc. I’ve got tons of ideas pinned on my Pinterest board. I’ve been inspired by ideas I’ve read in blogs and my “friends” have posted on Facebook. The options for this upcoming birthday party are endless.

This is going to be the perfect birthday party from start to finish, or is it?

My daughter will be turning 1. Who is this party for?for the kids or is it-pin

This exact scene plays out in homes all over the country. If you have not fallen victim then you have seen the results of these parties. They are amazingly themed parties that parents have spent hundreds of dollars on and countless hours preparing for. All of this for a child who is turning 1 and who will never remember the party.

In fact they may even miss part of the party because they will be napping or in the tub being cleaned up from their birthday cake mess.

You spend hours designing and preparing fancy “kid treats” for the kid who you have to tell daily not to eat the dog’s food or dirt off the ground.

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Why I Menu Plan and Why You Should Too

What’s for dinner?

The dreaded question that plagues us day after day and can wreak havoc on a perfectly nice day. I know some people love to cook and enjoy spending hours in the kitchen concocting delicious meals for their family to enjoy.

I am not one of those people.

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Even if I didn’t work, had no children, and had endless time to prepare a meal uninterrupted I still wouldn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen cooking.

It’s just not something I enjoy.

I cook because I need to and because cooking at home is almost always cheaper and healthier than eating out.

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Makeover your linen closet in 4 hours or less

Do you ever wonder how to organize your linen closet?

I have tried several different ways of organizing ours. I finally found the one that is most functional for us, and it’s only because I decided to take my own advice.

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In the past, every time I organized this closet I would move things around and group like things together. I always liked the outcome, but it wasn’t easy to find things quickly. Plus it never seemed to stay organized.

The trick to success this time was removing everything – I mean everything – from the closet.

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Thank God for Grace

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Ever had one of those weeks that you just needed to be given a lot of grace.

A week where it seemed like you were losing it more than you weren’t.

A week where you continually lost your patience with everyone and everything.

A week where you wanted to get yourself under control, but just didn’t know how.


If you have, you are in good company.

The first step is recognizing it and then apologizing to all of those around you. I’m betting you weren’t the easiest person to live with during that week.

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Host a Secret Agent Birthday Party

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Are you looking for a great birthday party idea for your child’s next birthday?

Well then you have come to the right place. This secret agent party has been talked about for the last year by my daughter.

I have a daughter (or two) who knows what she wants and is not afraid to tell you. Her creativity knows no bounds and while some kids are thinking about their birthday and going to Chuck E. Cheese or bowling she is coming up with elaborate themes, games, etc.

Months before her 5th birthday she informed us that she wanted to have a surprise birthday party. What?! How did she even know what a surprise birthday party was? She had never been to one, but she knew all about them and explained how it would work. She would be taken away, everyone would show up and yell surprise when she arrived.

So that year every time we would start talking about her birthday she would say, “wait, don’t talk about it with me around. I’m not supposed to know about it.”


It became quite comical and we had no reason not to do a surprise birthday party so we planned away and a surprise birthday party it was.

I have yet to talk to another parent who was requested to throw a 5 year old a surprise birthday party.

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Birthday Letters of Love

birthday letters-facebookI’m an emotional person who shares my feelings best in written communication.

Coincidentally, I also enjoy receiving written communication. I think it’s because when something is written I can always go back to it. I can reread it and have that initial feeling of love all over again.

As a scrapbooker I spend countless hours reminiscing about events and memories as I preserve pictures and design layouts for my books. Memories are so important to me. I know over time my memory will fade and I will forget some of the things I never thought I could.

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