Christmas Tree Photo Tips

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The month of December may be my favorite.  So many fun activities, so many photo opportunities.  But, what better opportunity than photographing your child in front of the Christmas tree?  Today, I am sharing my favorite Christmas tree photo tips to ensure you get great photos of your kids no matter if it's day or night. When it comes to photographing this season there are three different types of photos I try to get of my kids in front of the tree: 1.  Decorating - Decorating the tree is an important moment in our home each year.  I try to time it so that it's prime lighting hours … [Continue reading...]

Minted Christmas Party

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Tis the season to throw Christmas parties and shop with Minted! I absolutely love this time of year and there are few things I love more than hosting a girls night out to get in the Holiday spirit! I saw the Silver and Gold collection in the Minted holiday shop and knew this would be perfect for my Christmas decor. If you've never ordered products from Minted, it's time you start! One word… EASY! Everything is printed and shipped to your backdoor ready to go. It really doesn't get an easier than this! I set up a few appetizers and desserts in one room. I had cookies by my super … [Continue reading...]

Snowmen Handprint Christmas Ornament DIY

Can you believe the Christmas season is upon us? I'm always looking for fun ways to document tiny hand prints with fun crafts. I want to share a fun Christmas craft with you today. It is incredibly easy, so easy that I used to make these every year with a class full of Kindergartners. They make the perfect keepsake for years to come.  Materials: ornaments (I use the shatterproof, because I would like to keep them around for awhile). white acrylic paint paint pens (orange, black, … [Continue reading...]

Every Day With Nicole Feliciano

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Tell us about yourself. I'm Nicole Feliciano, founder of Momtrends.com and publisher of The Shopping Mama.com. How do you like your coffee? Or favorite drink at Starbucks? Green Tea Lemonade -- unsweetened. Even in the winter! What's your daily schedule look like? 7:00 AM Wake Up 7:30 AM Breakfast and get my girls ready for school 8:00 AM Walk to school 8:30 AM Read books with my younger daughter at the school library. Her school day starts 1/2 hour later 9:00 AM Squash … [Continue reading...]

Classic Christmas Playlist

Christmas Playlist

I start listening to Christmas music earlier than most, and I just love it. I had more Christmas music on my iTunes than any other genre. And I love putting together playlists for different Christmas parties and Christmas morning. Today, I put a list together that would work for any Christmas party and has a fun vibe for Christmas morning. I like a little slower music early in the morning, but love for the beat to pick up a little bit, too, as we wake up. I think the same for parties and … [Continue reading...]

Merry Christmas… FREE chalkboard print

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We have been decking the halls at my house this week. I love pulling out all my decorations and transforming my house to celebrate the Christmas season. This year I printed a few chalkboard style prints to replace some of the framed artwork around my house. Today I am sharing a 5x7 print I have framed on my desk. :)   You can download the FREE 5x7 print HERE. Merry Christmas!! … [Continue reading...]

Pumpkin Spice Bars

Pumpkin Spice Bars by Sharing Thyme on Every Day Cheer

Meet Maggie! She's the author, cook, and photographer behind the blog Sharing Thyme. Keep reading for her delicious recipe and learn just how long Maggie has loved all things spiced! "I love living life in the kitchen, outside and most of all around a table with fabulous, fun and easy food with friends and family. I grew up with five siblings and a Dad who is a restauranteur. Really, it’s the perfect job for someone who has six kids. I wonder if they planned it that way from the beginning. … [Continue reading...]

Every Day With Ashley Brooke

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Tell us about yourself. Hi! I'm Ashley Brooke, Owner and Creative director of Ashley Brooke Designs. How do you like your coffee? Or favorite drink at Starbucks? If I have the time? I love French Pressed coffee... it's how we make our coffee on Saturday mornings! But if I'm in a rush, then its a Starbucks Grande Non-fat Latte -- extra hot! What's your daily schedule look like? My daily routine fluctuates from day to day, but for the most part it looks about like this: -  5:30 … [Continue reading...]

Eggplant Casserole {gluten-free}

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I love eggplant! It doesn't seem to be one of the more popular foods in the fruits & vegetable category, but it really is a great one. It can be cooked many ways as well as included in other dishes. I think it's probably intimidating because of it's size. Really, though, compared to a spaghetti squash, which is similar in shape and size, the eggplant is definitely easier to cut and cook! Eggplant casserole is definitely a dish that feels most appropriate in the fall and winter. I have … [Continue reading...]

Christmas Book Advent

Christmas Book Advent

In the holiday season of 2009 I came across the idea for a Christmas book advent.  So, the following year I purchased 2 Christmas books per month so that we could start a new tradition the following year. I wrap up the same 24 Christmas books each year and affix them with a number.  Each night in December the kids put on their jammies and find that day's book underneath our tree.  And we sit by the lit tree reading the book.  It has certainly become a favorite of both mine and my children's … [Continue reading...]