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Totally Different Easter Basket Ideas

Totally Different Easter Basket Ideas

Totally Different Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is GDFR (going down for real) a week from this Sunday!  It’s time to get our bunny tails in gear.  Here’s a round-up of the most pin-worthy Easter Basket Ideas that are NOT SUGAR related.  Instead, I’ve found some really interesting basket filling ideas that won’t lead to a sugar rush and crash.  In fact, some of these ideas just might leave you with a minute or two all to yourself to, you know, go to the bathroom by yourself or something.

For more inspiration check out my Easter board on Pinterest here and you can follow me and see all my boards here.  And, check out my Easter Basket Tips and Tricks post to see how we do things in our house.

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Frustration and the Perfect Tee

Frustration and the Perfect TeeFrustration and the Perfect Tee

This week was a toughie.  It was one of those weeks of frustration where I the kids were driving me crazy, I had a thousand things to do and got to exactly 0 of them.  I had deadlines pass, my allergies were the worst, I kept running into stuff and spilling things, and I felt terribly bloated.  Basically nothing seemed to be going my way, totally frustration.  You know, like when you have a really big zit that turns into a scab and your kid asks you if it’s a wart?  Yeah it was an “Is that a wart?” kind of a week.

I was hibernating a bit over the weekend because I was working on this lovely site.  You might notice there are some fancy new social media buttons in the margin —————–>  Fancy, huh?  Are you on Google+?  I’m pretty new to it and still trying to figure it out, but I would love to connect!  You can find me here.  I also re-vamped my About page, let me know what you think?  Also, you will find there are more ways to share my content at the end of each post.  Sharing is caring!  So don’t be shy.

My Monday posts are all about trying to my the happy in the mundane or the dismal and celebrating the really good times.  Today I’m having a hard time with that.  For example, I’ve written this exact post four times already, but I’m having computer issues so every so often my Mac freezes up and all I’ve written in mysteriously lost despite the fact that I’ve hit the save button after almost every word.  Frustration.  So, I’m going to try to turn this frown upside down and share with you some things that actually made me a bit happy their past week.

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Leprechaun Shenanigans

Leprechaun Shenanigans

St. Patrick’s Day was tons of fun at our house this year.  In years past I’ve started the leprechaun craziness around March 1st and tried to do something nice, funny, or mysterious every other day.  This year I kept putting it off (you’ll see why below) so there wasn’t as much as previous years.  This year we had leprechaun shenanigans, a pot-o-gold, and fun hats.  Here’s a quick recap of all the fun!

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Kids Books with Crafts and Snacks to Inspire (video)

Kids Books with Crafts and Snacks to Inspire

Kids Books with Crafts and Snacks to Inspire

Children love hearing stories and looking at pictures that bring the story to life.  It’s easy to enjoy a book as a young child when someone reads it to you.  It’s pure enjoyment.  As kids get older, it gets a little more difficult, especially when learning how to read doesn’t click instantly.  That’s why its important to show kids all the different ways we can inspire be inspired by books.  Far beyond the page and the written word.  Explaining the moral in every story not only models valuable life lessons, but shows kids that books are much more than just entertaining stories.

Today I am on Good Day Sacramento sharing a few ways to enjoy books other than just reading them.  I have taken a few of our family’s favorite stories and paired them up with a craft or a snack.

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5 Overnight Beauty Tips

5 Overnight Beauty Tips

5 Overnight Beauty Tips

I first met Angela Pretel while on assignment for Kidaround Magazine.  I was the lucky writer that got to spend a day in a fabulous new salon and spa so that I could write a review for Hourglass Salon + Boutique as well as for Skin Therapy Inside Hourglass Salon + Boutique.  I loved my time with hairstylist Erin and I continue to see her for all my fab hair needs.  And I really enjoyed my time with Angela.  She is so knowledgeable.  She calls herself a “serious product junkie” and she’s not lying.  She’s researched and tried just about any beauty product on the planet.  It’s clear she’s very passionate about being able to supply her clients with the best services and product to make them glow.

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Angela’s passion for glowing skin is clearly evident when you look at her.  I mean, come on!  Who wouldn’t want to pick this woman’s brain?  At my first facial we talked about all the products we each like and how we each try to sleep on our backs (you get less wrinkles that way) but we never seem to be able to wake up like that.  We talked about her super cool surfer daughter and how funny kids are.  She’s so personable, you don’t feel like you’re getting a facial treatment you feel like you’re having coffee with a friend, a very professional and knowledgable friend.  After that I started seeing to her for Lactic Peels.  I’ve had two and I’m not quitting.  Seriously, HUGE changes in my skin.  It’s pretty incredible.

On my last visit I asked her about Overnight Beauty Tips and she gave me the scoop!  Here’s Angela’s Top 5 Overnight Beauty Tips so you can wake up with better skin every day.

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The Best Crockpot Ribs Recipe Ever

The Best Crockpot Ribs Recipe Ever

I posted this picture of our Crockpot Ribs dinner on Monday on instagram and a few people asked for the recipe.  So here is the nitty gritty on The Best Crockpot Ribs Recipe Ever.  Seriously, the easiest recipe!  In fact, my side dishes were more labor intensive that the ribs.  Let me start by saying that ribs have always been something that intimated me.  I’ve known people to cook them for hours, then smoke them, then grill them.  Well, I’m not that proficient at the grill and we don’t own a smoker.  When I came across a crockpot rib recipe on Pinterest about a year ago I studied it very carefully.  THIS was a GAME-CHANGER.

There is a growing divide in our house when it comes to ribs.  My hubby likes them dry and I like a sauce.  Cooking them in the crockpot not only takes the guesswork out of the cooking, but it solves this dry vs wet dilemma as well.  You’ll see…

Read on for my full menu with recipes for The Best Crockpot Ribs Recipe Ever with caramelized onions green beans and loaded mashed potatoes.

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10 Festive St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Ideas

10 Festive St. Patrick's Day Dinner Ideas

I have always loved eating Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day.  My mom would make it annually and follow it up with a lime jello mold.  YUM!  Sadly, my hubby doesn’t share my affinity for boiled meats and spicy mustard.  So when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around I always try to find a festive alternative to the standard.

Here’s a round-up of my top 10 Festive alternate St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Ideas.  For more St. Patrick’s Day inspiration follow my St. Patrick’s Day board here or follow all my boards here.

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