Last minute gift idea for Christmas

Need a last minute “thank you” gift idea for a teacher or helper in your child’s life? Here’s a special way to says thanks. I picked up some large bars of Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark and made these little notes for them to say thanks. You can download and print them for free here. (On the download, the notes say “To our children” instead of “To our Awana Cubbies.”) Peppermint Gift TagsPrint and cut apart the notes....more

Decorating your Christmas tree with mesh ribbon

This year, I decided to try some mesh ribbon on my tree. Here’s how you can do it too:You will need:1 roll of mesh ribbon (5.5″ wide) – any color of your choice (mine was a burlap style with red and green shiny ribbon weaved into it)12 small red ribbons (I think you can find at the dollar store)What to do:...more

“Over the Rainbow” Macaroni & Cheese

Chalkboard Decorating

Chalkboard DecorPosted on November 22, 2014 by Amber in Arts & Crafts, ...more

How to get rid of those pesky fruit flies

A few months ago, we had a fruit fly problem in our kitchen. It was super annoying. I figured out a way to make a homemade trap to get rid of fruit flies, and I have some other tips to share with you too.You will need:Apple cider vinegarSmall can like a cat food or tuna canPlastic wrapRubber bandSharp object like a penTo make the trap:...more

Vegetable Beef Soup recipe

Try this tasty soup recipe! You can make a double batched and freeze some for later also!Vegetable Beef SoupWhat you need:...more

Our vacation to Ludington, Michigan

Looking for a relaxing vacation on the beautiful sand of Lake Michigan? Try visiting Ludington, Michigan which has miles of beaches along Lake Michigan and Hamlin Lake with a quaint small-town atmosphere. My husband has fond memories of Ludington because he used to come here as a teenager to visit his grandparents.ATTRACTIONS...more

Our Chicago vacation using CityPASS

This past week, our family went to Chicago and used the CityPASS, which is a ticket booklet with discounts from five area attractions. City Pass claims to save you 50%, and you are also allowed to skip the main line and get a VIP entry. CityPASS is also available in other cities, such as New York City, Boston and Atlanta. Here is a run-down of each attraction that we visited in Chicago. Also read below for restaurant reviews.1. Shedd Aquarium...more

Our vacation to New Buffalo, Michigan

Our family has traveled to Lake Michigan since my boys were babies, and last summer, we decided to try a new beach town – New Buffalo. We absolutely loved the town and what it had to offer! ...more