A Birthday Carnival


Come one, Come all! This Birthday Carnival had it all! I LOVE getting to collaborate with friends on their kids' birthday parties. My friend Morgan enjoys party planning as much as I do and this Birthday Carnival was no exception. Face painting, pony rides, inflatable carousel and slide, carnival games and all the fair food you can imagine! Nachos, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy... And the prize booth… how cute is this display??? LOVED it! We celebrated the birthdays of 6 special cousins and could not have asked for a better day! … [Continue reading...]

Free Printable 2015 Calendar

Free Printable 2015 Calendar

I, like most of you, have been organizing and planning for 2015.  We have a lot going on with travel and school functions for our Kindergartner and Preschooler.  So, I designed this free printable 2015 calendar to hang on our bulletin board so my husband and I are on the same page. You can download yourself below and hang or use in your  homekeeping binder or printable planner.  Happy planning! DOWNLOAD   … [Continue reading...]

make your own hot chocolate mix


One of my favorite things to do is snuggle up on the couch with the family by the fireplace with hot chocolate in hand. We may have gone a little overboard during the month of December with the hot chocolate. We went through a whole batch of this mix, between nightly hot chocolate dates and friends and family over, we didn't leave any behind. It's seriously delicious! I always mix up a batch and store it in a container in the pantry, but this past weekend, I co-hosted a baby shower and … [Continue reading...]

Becoming an Every Day Cheer Contributor

Every Day Cheer Interviews and Submissions

We have exciting news! The Every Day Cheer team is growing and we want you to be a part of it. We believe that every day should be filled with cheer, and if we look close enough, it’s easy to find joy everyday. Do you feel the same way? Are you a food, home, or fashion blogger? We are looking for food, home, and fashion bloggers to contribute two posts per month. If you're interested in becoming an Every Day Cheer contributor, please email us at hello@everydaycheer.com with the following … [Continue reading...]

20 Conversation Starters for Families

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The family table is something that is very important to me. It's not every single night that we all sit down to dinner. Sometimes my husband works late. Sometimes we're at a practice or someone has a meeting. Wednesday nights we're all at our church for dinner and activities. But I do make it a priority to have us all sit down together to eat supper together. As my kids get older, dinner time is much more relaxed and enjoyable as we tell stories about our day. But it's also easy to just rush … [Continue reading...]

Happy Heart Day… free printable


Valentine's Day inspiration is starting to fill up my Pinterest feed so I decided to design a little tag to celebrate our next holiday. A sweet and simple tag to tie on a bag of conversation hearts. :) I haven't decided what we'll be handing out to school friends but I got an early start on the tags. Feels good to check it off the list early! :) You can download the FREE Happy Heart Day printable HERE! Have a LOVELY weekend, friends! … [Continue reading...]

Every Day With Brianne Manz


Tell us about yourself. My name is Brianne Manz founder and editor of Stroller In The City. I live in NYC with my husband, three children, and two dogs. My blog, Stroller in the City, was started shortly after having my first child Ryder. I wanted to document all of the cool things I was discovering in my new role as a mom. It has now evolved into a lifestyle blog telling tales about raising three children in NYC, traveling as a family of 5, kids fashion, and testing out the newest baby … [Continue reading...]

Heart Bokeh Tutorial

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With the next holiday being Valentine's Day I thought I would share with you a fun heart bokeh tutorial.  Can you imagine the cute customized Valentine's that could be made with this? Supplies: - Black Cardstock or Construction Paper - Black Hockey Tape - A digital SLR camera - A low aperture lens - Multiple Lights such as Christmas lights Directions: Trace the top of the lens on your black cardstock and then cut it out.  Then cut a long strip to wrap around the width … [Continue reading...]

loaded potato soup, for chilly winter days


We're having an unseasonably cold day down here in Alabama. Like the kind of cold that makes you want to stay inside all day and snuggle up in front of the fireplace with a warm bowl of soup. Who am I kidding? It doesn't have to be this cold for me to get the fireplace and mug of soup itch. But seriously, it's freezing out. So warm up with a bowl of loaded potato soup. It's simple to make and so savory. It'll make you want to stay in and cuddle with those you love tonight. Grab the … [Continue reading...]

Every Day With Jo-Lynne Shane

Every Day Cheer Interview Series Jo-Lynne Shane

Tell us about yourself. I'm a lifestyle blogger and mom of three with a weakness for a great pair of skinny jeans, a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc, and an engaging historical novel . . . ideally all at the same time! I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia with my husband of almost 20 years, our three kids, and a terribly spoiled shih zhu named Savannah. How do you like your coffee? Or favorite drink at Starbucks? I like my coffee strong with a dollop of heavy cream. I don't add sugar to my … [Continue reading...]