5 Great Mother’s Day Gifts under $25

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is just days away! If you are still needing to find a little something to show your love and appreciation for Mom but don’t have a lot of extra money to spend, check out these 5 great gifts ideas for under $25. Annie B’s seriously knows how to do caramel! My mom was given some of the sea salt caramels from Annie B’s and I just happened to be in town visiting. It took a lot of self control not to eat her entire package while I was there! These truly are the best caramels I have ever had. They are super soft and perfectly delicious. If you need another voucher […]

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On My Mind Monday: Valentine Crafts

DIY Valentine Holder

Target’s dollar section is golden for easy crafts around holidays, isn’t it? My daughter wanted to make her own Valentine’s this year, so off to Target we went. We found some heart cut-outs, glitter tape, stickers, and gems, and she’s been happily working on them the past few days. Since the preschool she attends once a week is having a Valentine’s Day party soon, we decided to make a mailbox to hold all of the Valentine’s she’ll get. Last year, I just found a pink gift bag and let her decorate it. This year, I thought I’d be a little more creative and make something a bit more fun with her. I rounded […]

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10 Sweet Picture Books for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day was never a big deal to me. In fact, in high school my friends and I started a tradition of wearing black on this holiday, whether or not we actually had a Valentine. This tradition continued through college and basically until I had kids. Having kids just makes every holiday fun, especially if that holiday is all about giving lots of snuggles and love and kisses. These sweet books will make you feel extra lovey, and snuggling while reading them is definitely a must. Enjoy! A String of Hearts by Laura Malone Elliott – This is such a sweet story of a bear trying to write the perfect card for a special friend. […]

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Shannon’s 2016 Highlights

As another year comes to a close, I love to look back at the moments that made 2016 special. Today I would like to share with you my 2016 highlights! January- I have two highlights from last January. First, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the kids and I met my sister and her kids at the Point Loma tide pools. If you are ever in the San Diego area and want a fun outing, Point Loma will not disappoint! These are not the most active tide pools I’ve been to, but the rocks are so fun to play and explore on and the views are amazing! Just be sure you go when it is […]

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Christmas Firsts

I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmases past and our “firsts” with Christmas. Such as… Our First Christmas together               Our First Christmas being married               Our First Christmas as parents               Each one has been so special, and I love remembering them. This year will be our First Christmas in our own house with just our own little family. Normally, we spend the holiday at either my parents’ house or Devin’s parents’ house. Since we live so close to my parents, we will still go to their house for dinner with my them and […]

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My Christmas Wish List

As mentioned in previous posts, our family has tried really hard to focus on the Spirit of Christ and the true meaning of Christmas this season. That being said, we do, of course, exchange gifts on Christmas day and enjoy picking them out for each other. When my husband asked what I wanted for Christmas this year, I could only think of two things, both of which were kind of expensive! I tried to add a few more realistic and reasonably priced items to my wish list. Here are the things I wouldn’t mind opening on Christmas day! Tickets to see the Backstreet Boys in Las Vegas – No shame! This was the first […]

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“If You’re Missing Baby Jesus”

Book reviews are usually under Katherine’s field of expertise, but this is one sweet little Christmas story that I truly love and need to share. “If You’re Missing Baby Jesus” is a true story written by Jean Gietzen. The story is told from a child’s perspective and is set during a bitterly cold North Dakota winter in 1943. That Christmas season, the narrator’s mother bought the family a little nativity set from the local five-and-dime. However, they quickly discovered that the set had two baby Jesus figurines so they immediately began their search to find who was missing a baby Jesus. In their effort to find the rightful owner, the mother posted a sign on […]

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On My Mind Monday: A New Tradition

Most of the Christmas traditions that we have we’ve adopted from our parents: decorating the tree to Alvin and the Chipmunks (Devin’s), reading Luke 2 before opening presents (mine), opening Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve (Devin’s), eating Egg McPoppy’s on Christmas morning (mine), and so on. This year, I am starting a new tradition. In 2008, I attended the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concert. Their guests that year were Brian Stokes Mitchell and Ed Herrmann, both of whom I already loved. Ed Herrmann did a narration about the life experience of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who penned the carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” While the entire concert was amazing, hearing Ed […]

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A Christmas Service Project

Last December, my parents gave each of their children’s families a little money and asked that we, instead buying them gifts for Christmas, use that money to do service as a family. Some friends of ours have a tradition of feeding the homeless in downtown San Diego during Christmas time. We loved that idea so our little family decided to use our money to put together sack lunches, along with some warm weather gear, to pass out in downtown San Diego. This turned out to be such a fun and rewarding family experience. The night before we delivered the sack lunches, we all gathered together in the kitchen, preparing sandwiches, folding beanies, baking cookies and […]

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Colorful Bottle Brush Trees: An Easy and Fun Holiday Craft

This lovely, lovely lady is my sister Maren.She got the gorgeous olive skin, fabulous dark eye brows, and all of the crafty/artistic talent in the family. Thus, she is always engaged in a project for herself or other people. A few weeks ago, I helped her dye some bottle brush trees for a Christmas party she is doing this weekend. The trees turned out so beautiful and it was such a fun and easy project that I had to share! This is actually a 2 day project but it only takes about 20-30 minutes each day. Let’s start from the beginning shall we? Supply List: Bottle Brush Trees- This is a package of assorted trees from Michael’s. With […]

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