I think it's safe to say that we all grew up during the days of film and disposable cameras, when a trip to the Walgreens printer was just another errand and each of those photos was carefully placed between...
I love that November has turned into a "month of thanks" on Facebook.  I have many friends who are participating in posting a status each day of what they are thankful for and I love reading them each day....
Are you enthralled with Marie Kondo's seemingly effortless and joyful take on tidying? I love watching "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" because it reminds me of how great it feels to declutter and provides organization inspiration. I am one...
If you have booked a trip by air to anywhere outside the United States, don't forget that just like adults, your children will need to have a passport.   If you already have your children's passports but it expires in less than...
I love Trader Joe’s.  I love the unique food items and I get super jazzed for all my favorite seasonal treats.  I always find cute gifts to give a hostess or to surprise and delight a friend.  The wine selection...
Hello everyone! So nice to be back again! We had a wonderful time at Cooking Club last week. Unfortunately we were missing a lot of our group so we enjoyed a small and intimate gathering, where we actually got...
December is my favorite month!  There is something about the shared excitment, decorations everywhere and Christmas music on the radio that makes me walk around with a smile all month long!  (It doesn't hurt that my birthday also falls...
  From a young age, I developed a love of all things Halloween. I can remember vividly asking to be a witch year after year. Putting on those long, pointy, black plastic fingernails, I began my transformation. I would sit still...
Hello! I’m Jessica and this week it’s my turn to share some of my Friday Favorites. I took a look at my daily life and routine and tried to decide, of all things I use, touch, and wear each day...
New cameras are popular Christmas gifts each year, especially SLRs, and I know some of you are just scratching the surface and getting to know your new toy obsession. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what equipment should...
  Featured Gift:  The DryBar What mom doesn't love being pampered? Gift Mom a beautiful look from one of The DryBar's amazing stylists, whether she likes her hair smooth and sleek  or with some extra "umph," they can do it all!...
Do you want to know the ultimate fall dinner featuring the season’s most popular flavor?    Yeah?  I thought you might say yes!    Pumpkin chili with pumpkin cornbread muffins are the spice of life that Fall lovers everywhere are 100% here for.  The pumpkin...
My dear sister-in-law has made this creamed corn for years.  It is the most delectable thing and it's hard to not just shovel it into my mouth by the spoonful.  The recipe is all over the internet and according...
As my daughter got closer to school age, I started to notice more and more stories of bullying and child suicide in the news. Kids are picked on for how they look, who they are, and even for medical...
If you are planning a wedding, have you seen Basic Invite's unique and completely customizable wedding invitation templates? Wedding planning is stressful enough, but Basic Invite makes selecting your invitation, customizing it for your big day and sending it...
Smarty had a Party provided me with the Popcorn Bar Party set for the purpose of this review and giveaway. All opinions are my own. Thank you Smarty had a Party for giving me the popcorn bar party products.  I do...

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Please let me introduce a dear friend of mine.  Her name is Fresh & Easy.  We meet up on a weekly basis. Here's our story... I had never heard of Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market before the chain — which is...
Going on a multi-generational vacation can be an incredible experience with careful planning and consideration. Here are a few tips to help make your trip into a dream vacation for the whole family. Discuss Your Budget Nobody likes to talk about...
Almost all of us have fallen into the Pinterest trap. Spending HOURS at a time scrolling through the latest in dream fashion and home decor. We've joked about what life was like before Pinterest took over and read the...
This month we are talking DIY projects! Our contributors have shared lots of simple projects over the years, how to make everything from bows to curtains. Things that are actually do-able and may even make your life a tad bit easier in the long run.
The holidays and cards go hand and hand. You send out greetings and receive warm wishing. Some present as folded artistic bulletins. However, most arrive to you in the form of smiling faces of people close to your heart...
EDUCATION WITH REWARDS Who doesn't like to be rewarded for completing a class or a course? I remember when I was expecting my first little one, who just turned nineteen. I read every pregnancy book, took courses at the hospital,...
It's Archives Week here at SMB, and this morning I'm featuring my favorite post of Noelle's. You can read all her posts here. Often when I head to the park with my children, I'll leave my purse or other such...

A Very Crafty Thanksgiving

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With Thanksgiving literally around the corner, what better way to keep the kiddos busy than with some quality time and crafts. Especially crafts that make your home and table feel festive!  The Thankful Turkey I love this little guy. While I...
Ever since having my daughter, I feel completely behind when it comes to giving my hair and skin the tlc it deserves. I then get desperate and find myself turning to trending Facebook articles where they tell me what...
I’m the kind of mom who loves when her kids get messy. I know that may seem weird, but it’s just kind of my thing. I’ve found that if I’m prepared, it’s actually easier for me to engage with...
A few months ago, my daughter decided it was time to “glam up” her bedroom. At first, I thought we’d go with a color theme, but her favorite color was “teal...or rainbow...or SPARKLES!!!” So we decided to go a...
I have to admit before you keep reading, that I have historically been a terrible gift giver. It has nothing to do with not wanting to shower those I love with gifts, but rather the frustration that always came...
I am totally one of those moms that fills her Pinterest boards with lots of inspiration for every upcoming holiday, and then fails to make anything once that holiday rolls around. The craftiness gene just isn't in me, but as...
They say “you are never fully dressed until you wear a smile.” A white and bright smile is many people’s aspiration. It’s a proven trick to make an excellent first impression. Do you know what makes the teeth whiter?...

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