Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

From my family to yours, we wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
May your day be filled with love, family, laughter, and good food. 



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Support the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks This Holiday Season!


“Our Blood Runs Green”: T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Water Bottles and Bags Among Branded Items Sold to Help Underwrite Coalition of Over 1,400 Members With 35,000 Years of National Park Experience.

Just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (CPANP) is launching an online storefront to boost the Coalition’s work protecting national parks and the National Park Service (NPS) mission. The storefront for the CPANP-branded merchandise is available at

CPANP Chair Maureen Finnerty said: “We have been hearing for years that people want to support the unique group that the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks brings together.  As a non-partisan, independent organization, it can be challenging for us to raise funds.  We thought this was an interesting way that people who visit and love the parks could show their support for our mission.”
Visitors to the storefront are greeted with this message: “The Coalition to Protect America's National Parks is an independent, non-partisan organization with over 1,400 members, who are all current, former, and retired employees of the National Park Service (NPS). With nearly 35,000 years of combined service, we focus on the preservation and protection of America’s most precious natural and cultural resources. We use our voice to defend national monuments, to stop budget cuts and to protect our public lands from energy development. Your purchase helps the Coalition continue its work to support the NPS mission, the parks and NPS employees from a growing numbers of threats. Thank you for your support of this important work!
ImageFeatured items on the storefront branded with the “Our Blood Runs Green” message include t-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball caps, beach bags, messenger bags, kid’s clothing, water bottles and other drinkware, and a variety of lower-cost “stocking stuffer” items, including notepads, golf balls, stickers and mouse pads.

The CPANP’s storefront is powered by
The more than 1,400 members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks are all current, former, and retired employees of the National Park Service with nearly 35,000 years of stewardship of America’s most precious natural and cultural resources. In their personal lives, Coalition members reflect the broad spectrum of skills and expertise that distinguished their National Park Service careers. Coalition members now strive to apply their credibility and integrity as they continue to support the NPS Mission, NPS employees and speak out for national park solutions that uphold law and apply sound science.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Free Home Depot Kids Workshop Holiday Projects!

Bring the kids to a Home Depot Free Kids Workshop for children ages 5 – 12 on the first Saturday of each month (and other select days) between 9 a.m. and noon.  These how-to clinics aim to teach kids how to create useful and educational projects, while emphasizing tool safety.  All supplies are provided and kids will receive an orange apron to take home, along with the completed project and an achievement pin.

Saturday, November 25: Holiday Ornament – Join our hands-on workshop where you and your child can create a holiday picture frame that doubles as a Christmas ornament. Perfect for gifting or adding to the family’s holiday decor. Once the picture frame is built, your child can decorate it with paint and holiday stickers.

Saturday, December 2: Gingerbread House – Build holiday memories in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can put together a wooden gingerbread house that will last year after year. No frosting required! Once the gingerbread house is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers.

Register online to guarantee supplies for your child! You can find your nearest Home Depot here and help your kids make some new winter memories building some fun holiday projects!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Non-Chocolate Advent Calendar Ideas List!

The Christmas season is quickly creeping up on us! The stores are all decked out for the holidays and the weather is starting to turn bitter and cold. I don't mind-- Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year after all. Are you ready to countdown to big day? It's a tradition in our family to have advent calendars but I hate the idea of the treat being chocolate every day so I've been on the hunt for alternatives and here's the list of my favorite non-chocolate advent calendars!

1. 12 Days of Socks $15 - Target just released a whole collection of "12 Days of Socks" Advent Calendars. You can choose from Disney, Star Wars, Woodland Creatures, Harry Potter, and so many more! They have a variety of size choices from toddlers to adults!

2. Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar $19.99 - If you're looking for an advent calendar for the tween/teen girl in your life, charm bracelets are the way to go! These cute sets come with a necklace and a bracelet and every day, your girl would open the box to find a new charm to add! 

3. Disney Animators' Collection Advent Calendar $34.95 - This adorable and unique advent calendar features drawings and sculptures from the beloved Animators' Collection. Belle, Ariel, Pocahontas, Peter Pan, and Tinker Bell star in this annual keepsake item. This set includes 24 fully sculpted characters and accessories.

4. Lego Advent Calendars $23.99-31.99 - I feel like this list wouldn't be complete without listing one of the most popular non-chocolate Advent Calendars-- the Lego Advent Calendars! They're so popular, they've been known to sell out and currently they're on sale at Target. The options available are Lego City ($23.99), Lego Friends ($23.99), and Lego Star Wars ($31.99).

5. Paw Patrol Advent Calendar $24.99 - If you're looking for a fun countdown for your toddler, this is my favorite! Packed with 24 presents, this Paw Patrol Advent Calendar contains a special gift for each day for 24 days! Open each door and collect mini Paw Patrol figures.

6. Hot Wheels Advent Calendar $20.99 - This would make such a great countdown for any car loving kid! Colorful Christmas-themed packaging and 24 windows for a daily Hot Wheels surprise! There are eight decorated Hot Wheels vehicles and sixteen accessories for every day leading up to the holiday.
7. Barbie Advent Calendar $24.99 - Barbies were my favorite when I was a kid so I would've freaked out if I was lucky enough to have one of these fun countdowns! Each of the 24 days brings a new fashion accessory for Barbie doll or the girl. Two special treats for the girl include a pink 'gem' bracelet adorned with a Barbie silo head and an adorable ring.

8. Play-Doh Advent Calendar $18.65 - This creative kit is perfect for the artistic child!  Includes 24 surprises, playmat, and 5 cans of Play Doh Brand Modelling Compound. Play-Doh and all related properties are trademarks of Hasbro.

9. Disney Tsum Tsum $34.85Whether you collect Disney Tsum Tsum figures or are looking to kick-start your collection, this gingerbread house-themed Advent calendar comes with 30 accessories to kick-start your holiday fun! Contains 18 Tsum Tsum figures, including six large, six medium in holiday attire and six small.

10.  Fisher-Price Little People Advent Calendar $34.99 - This HUGE set measures over 22 inches tall! I saved the best for last because this actually my favorite calendar-- it's perfect for babies and toddlers to be able to join in on the countdown fun too! This set includes includes 24 Little People friends & holiday-themed accessories.

DIY Advent Calendar- You can always buy an empty box calendar like the KidKraft Wooden Advent Calendar and fill it with whatever trinkets you want! Last year, I made my own Advent Calendar and I filled it with Shopkins. My little Shopkins obsessed 4 year old LOVED it.
Happy counting down!

Stay tuned for my Adult Advent Calendars post coming soon because what adult doesn't want their own countdown to Christmas?!

All prices listed are current at the time of this posting but please remember that prices can change at any moment and products sell out over the holiday season. This post contains some affiliate links.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Most Popular Toys Through the Decades Since the 1980s

The holiday season is creeping up on us fast and everyone is talking about what toy is expected to be this year's #1 seller. Will it be the cute little monkey Fingerlings or will it be the new (and more expensive) Hatchimals Surprise? Before you get all judgy about the commercialization of Christmas and how things are so toy-based in recent years, take a moment to remember Christmases of your childhood... remember wanting Furby on Christmas morning in the 90s? What about Teddy Ruxpin in the 80s? I owned more than a few of the toys on this list. Thank you, Santa!

The Most Popular Toys Through the Decades
Image Source: Ebates

Did you have any of these growing up? What do you think are going to be this year's "Top Toy"? 

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Friday, October 20, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Personalized Photo Blanket!

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This past summer was quite a rough one for my little family because my beloved mother-in-law, Ronda, passed away. We've spent the last 4 months grieving and trying to process our tremendous loss. When asked if I would like to make a blanket, I knew the timing couldn't be any more perfect. We actually already own one of the's beautiful photo blankets and Ronda absolutely adored it! I just knew making a photo blanket for our family was the perfect way to honor her memory.

Both of my kids absolutely love this blanket: Z calls it "My Grandma Blanket" and I catch C just looking at all of the pictures almost every day. I've been considering making a duplicate one for her (which can easily be done on by logging in and reordering it) because I know a few other people who would love this blanket. The pictures are surprisingly vibrant and the fleece so soft is heavier than you would expect it to be making it exceptionally warm!

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Heath Bar Cake Recipe

This is a family favorite of ours and probably one of the best (and easiest) cake recipes of all time. I mean it, this is the most amazing and rich cake I know how to make. This past weekend I made it for my mother-in-law's birthday (she requests this specific cake every year) so I thought I would take some pictures and share the recipe with all of you! Enjoy! :)


  • 1 (18 ounce) box German chocolate cake mix (really any chocolate cake recipe will work)
  • 1 cup caramel ice cream topping (I dont really measure this, the more the better in my opinion!)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) container whipped topping
  • 3-4 Heath candy bars, chopped


  • Bake cake mix according to package directions, using a 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan.
  • While still hot, punch holes in top of cake with a fork.
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping over hot cake.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve
  • When ready to serve (make sure cake is completely cool)  and spread whipped topping on top.
  • Finish up by sprinkling chopped Heath bars over all the top.