This Family is Prone to Shenanigans and Malarkey

This Family is Prone to Shenanigans and Malarkey

The best families are prone to all kinds of shenanigans and malarkey! You could say that growing up I was a gullible little girl who idolized her trickster big brother. When I was little, he told me that he saw a leprechaun in our living room. I spent months looking for it, but gave up eventually, not because I no longer believed him, but because I was convinced the leprechaun had left us and moved onto another family. His next shenanigan was to convince me that I could dig to China. The hole got pretty big and then I turned it into a Barbie…

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Blessing Bags for the Homeless

Blessing Bags for the Homeless

It’s Christmas time, so that means that everyone we know is busy shopping for the perfect gifts for the people they love. Seeking out that unique present can often take months. We want the gift to practical, yet meaningful…something our loved one will treasure forever. Sometimes we are so busy worrying about presents for family and friends that we forget about those who are most in need.

Blessing bags for the homeless are an easy way to give back to your community, not just during the holidays, but all year around.

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How to Make an Etched Glass Cheese Platter

How to Make an Etched Glass Cheese Platter

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InspireWithCheese #CollectiveBias I always tell my son that the secret ingredient to every dish is always cheese. This still makes me laugh, but 4 years ago, I joined in a 10-in-10 series and one of the topics was 10 reasons I am unique. My son (who was 10 at the time) wrote a silly blog post for me called 10 Reasons My Mom is Weird and #1 on his list was “She is obsessed with cheese. Really obsessed. She tries to put cheese in everything.…

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Cookie Dough Gifts

Cookie Dough Gifts

I am never happier than when I am planning for our Christmas get-togethers. Christmas with our extended families is definitely one of the highlights of my year. I love to create little gifts to send home with our loved ones, just to let them know how important they are to me. Whether it be personalized cups, stockings full of snacks to eat on Christmas Day, or trays of homemade goodies, the little things seem to go along way, don’t you agree?

Over the years, I’ve learned that their favorite goody by far is the homemade logs of cookie dough. It makes me giddy inside to hear someone walk through the door and immediately say, “You made the cookie dough, right?” The log shape makes it very easy to slice off the perfectly sized cookie.

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Organizing a Messy Catch-all Room

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigLotsHome #CollectiveBias   When we built our house, we had the option of placing the washer and dryer in a small room between the kitchen and garage, or placing them in the basement. We opted for the basement. This left us with a small 6-foot squared room to walk through every day coming and going from the garage. We started calling this the Shoe Room, because it is naturally where we left our shoes and coats. Within a few years, it became the…

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Family Volunteering and Cemetery Hunting

I love when STI Drive offers to drop a vehicle off at my house to let me test drive for a week. We had a special, but strange, family adventure planned that weekend, so the offer came at the perfect time. One of our favorite ways to get outdoors, learn about history, have a family adventure, and give back to the community at the same time is cemetery hunting. We like to visit cemeteries all over Ohio to take headstone photos for other researchers who cannot visit the area. This is very easily done by registering as a photo volunteer through…

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