10 Super Fun St. Patrick’s Day Drinks

10 Super Fun St. Patrick’s Day Drinks

St. Patrick’s Day usually means the start of some beautiful weather around here and we’re only too happy to celebrate with a green milkshake or smoothie! Here are a bunch of super fun drink recipes just in time for St. Patrick’s Day – there’s something for everyone, from Kool-Aid milkshakes for the kids to boozy coffee for the adults. Which one do you want to try first?

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Thanks so much for a fabulous 2016!  Wishing you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! I’ll be taking Christmas Eve and Christmas day off of posting to spend time with my kids, but I’ll be back on Wednesday with my regularly scheduled Publix trip. Have a blessed holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fabulous readers! I have so much to be thankful for including all of you and I’m looking forward to spending this day with my family. Remember to savor the simple things this holiday season!

7 Fun Things to Do with a Pumpkin

7 Fun Things to Do with a Pumpkin

Not everyone is born with the Martha Stewart gene. You know, the one that’s responsible for crafting, baking, decorating and generally being the envy of the Pinterest world? Autumn is a particular jackpot for people who excel in these departments, but for those of us who need a little inspiration, here are 7 things to do with a pumpkin this season.

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Firecracker Rice Krispie Treat Bars

Firecracker Rice Krispie Treat Bars

These Firecracker Rice Krispie Treats are perfect for 4th of July celebrations or patriotic themed get togethers like on Memorial Day, plus they’re so much fun to make!

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Let the Good Times Roll! Mardi Gras Cookie Recipe

Mardi Gras Cookie Recipe

Laissez les bon temps roulez! Let the good times roll with these fun Mardi Gras themed cookies! Mardi Gras is a huge deal here along the Gulf Coast with lots of parades, parties and events and you can get in the spirit no matter where you are with this Mardi Gras cookie recipe.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2016

Thanks so much for a fabulous 2015!  Wishing you all a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! I’ll be taking Christmas Eve and Christmas day off of posting to spend time with my kids, but I’ll be back on Wednesday with my regularly scheduled Publix trip. Have a blessed holiday!

11 Family Friendly Ideas for New Year’s Eve

11 Family Friendly Ideas for New Year’s Eve

I don’t know about you but gone are my days of dashing out at 10 pm in a dress, heels, and sparkly party hat to begin a New Year’s Eve party – now it is more likely to include me wiping noses that are fighting off a cold and very likely to be asleep by 10 pm. But I am not complaining! I am very happy to have my family and spend my time with them, it’s just that it is probably not exciting by most people’s standards. That doesn’t mean we don’t do anything at all to ring in the New Year, we just go a different route. Here are some ideas we have done in the past or are planning to do in the future in case your New Year’s sounds a bit like mine!

1) Non Alcoholic Toasts

There is no reason your family (ie kid friendly) party can’t include a toast to celebrate the new year. Fill plastic champagne glasses from the dollar store with clear soda, sparkling grape juice, or ginger ale.

2) Make Family Resolutions

Instead of or in addition to individual resolutions create some together. Things like – Eat dinner together every night, start a family movie night once a week or month, exercise for 20 minutes together 4 times per week, etc…

3) Host a Block Party

Get the other families in your neighborhood involved. Set up tables in a central location and have everyone bring a dish. You will get a lot of adult interaction and playmates for your kids. Pool your funds to buy fireworks for a neighborhood show if it’s allowed in your area.

4) Decorations

A fun idea that will keep the kids busy is to make your own party hats and noisemakers instead of buying them. The noisier, more sparkly, and goofier the better!

5) Celebrate Early

With really little ones you don’t have to shoot for midnight. Celebrate and be done by nine. It’s your party you can have it when you want to.

6) Make a Time Capsule

Fill a plastic container that has a tight fitting lid with predictions for the new year, letters to your futures selves, family pictures, newspaper articles, etc. Place it in a sealed plastic bag and bury in the yard (or stick it up in the closet) to be opened on the next New Year’s Eve.

7) Have a Slumber Party

Right in the living room, have the whole family get into their pj’s and watch movies or the ball drop in Times Square. Spend the whole night cuddled up on pallets or the couch.

8) Take Pictures

Take photos of your child in the same spot, shirt, etc.. every year to document their growth. Get creative, take photos of your family holding up the numbers of the year or twisting their bodies into the number shapes.

9) Bag it Up

Put a treat, a joke on a slip of paper, or a small toy in 12 (or however long you want to make it) decorated paper bags, let the kids open one each hour from noon to midnight.

10) Learn Something

Research New Year’s festivities in other countries – for example Chinese New Year is actually celebrated in late January-February.

11) Make Fun Food

Celebrate New Year’s with your kids by making a round cake and using gel frosting writers to make a clock face, bake cookies but use number cookie cutters to shape them, bake crescent rolls in the shape of the year, the ideas are endless!