“One Smart Cookie” Baking Cabinet Makeover


    We are joining with Nestle® Coffee-mate® and its "One Smart Cookie" campaign--featuring these delicious new "Girl Scout Cookie™" {can you say Thin Mints®? Coconut & Caramel? YUM!} flavored coffee creamers. We are big on the Girl Scouts around here--my husband is probably the world's best … [Read more...]

Elegant Outdoor Entertaining

Backyard tent for a party!

May is the perfect month to entertain outdoors.  The weather is almost uniformly warm and sunny, but not yet unbearably hot.  This past weekend, we honored some very special volunteers at a reception in my backyard, and  I wanted to be sure that I paid attention to every detail to make them feel … [Read more...]

Bringing Home the {Fur} Baby ~ Brought to You by SHEBA® Brand


By now, you've enjoyed meeting our sweet and feeble old kitty, Tinker (read about him here and here).   He's 16-1/2 now, and he's been with us since we were newlyweds.  Before we had a (gasp!) teenager, before we even had children, we had our first babies--our pets.  I know that many of you also … [Read more...]

Easter Entertaining Made Easy with Chinet® Cut Crystal® Tableware


Spring is almost here! I can see the bulbs pushing through the ground just in time for Easter and this change in season has given me fresh ideas for two very special parties I've been dreaming up during the past wintery month. I've been busy pinning a ton of these party ideas to my Spring … [Read more...]

Tinker’s Cat Food Dreams Come True (Thanks to SHEBA® Food for Cats)!


You might remember that I posted a little while ago about the four-legged member of our family who really runs the house: our 16-year-old cat, Tinker {read that post here}.  I'm writing a series of posts for the folks who make SHEBA® Entrées for Cats, and Tinker is thrilled that he's finally being … [Read more...]

Meet My Ancient, Senile Kitty


If you've followed us for any length of time, you know that I live in a pet-friendly house (my husband says he wants to come back as one of our pets!). Harley and Sunny, our two rescued golden retrievers, definitely get most of the press and the photo-ops, but we also have a hamster and a cat (yes, … [Read more...]

My Extreme Spring Cleaning Session Plus an Amazing New Giveaway!

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**This giveaway is now closed** We had a rare quiet weekend, with no out-of-town guests or insanely packed schedule, so what did I do?  Yes, that's right, I went on a completely OCD cleaning jag.  It was warm enough that I could throw open all the windows and air out the house, which was totally … [Read more...]

Car {and Window} Washing 101


I keep my home A LOT cleaner than I do my car, but this is a story about how I cleaned both of them with a couple of pretty neat products.  Since I'm always interested in products that multi-task and save me time and energy, I figured I'd share that these two are "keepers." Most of you know that … [Read more...]

Germ-Busting With Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (and a $100 Giveaway)


The holidays were so busy this year that I found it impossible to keep up with my cleaning schedule. We’ve also had some crazy weather here in VA, so my kids have been stuck indoors for the past few weeks, which always seem to bring all my chores to a screaming halt. To top it all off, my poor kids … [Read more...]

Book Review: Confessions of a Scholarship Winner by Kristina Ellis–and a Giveaway!

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My children keep getting older--my son is now 13 even though I am way too young to have a teenager!  However, it's time to start thinking about college--eighth grade isn't too soon for that these days--and although we've been saving every month since the day the kids were born, we'll still have … [Read more...]

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