Elf on the Shelf 2013: The Final Farewell

How on Earth are we already at the end of another holiday season?  The month of December absolutely flew by this year, despite my desperate attempts to slow it down.  Our Elf on the Shelf journey ended, as it always does, on Christmas Eve.  That morning, Lily located Oboe sitting in her brother’s crib.  As … Read more

Elf on the Shelf: Make a Magic Christmas Garden

Over the years, I have seen various examples of magical Christmas-y gardens, many of them involving the Elf tradition.  A majority feature planting candy which “grows’ into something else by morning. The other night, I finally pulled myself together enough to set the stage for our own magical garden.  I made the poem (that’s a … Read more

Keeping Asparagus Fresher Longer – Simplest Trick Ever

We LOVE asparagus – broiled, baked, boiled, grilled, whatEV.  Love it. What I don’t love is that I feel like I have to use it RIGHT AWAY after bringing it home from the store or else it will get all wilty and shriveled. I will be using this simple trick from now on – and … Read more

Celebrate with Hershey’s: Easter Basket and Recipe Inspiration

It will probably come as no surprise to you that chocolate candy guru, Hershey’s, is gearing up for the Easter holiday.  Less than 2 weeks from today is Easter Sunday and Hershey’s knows that a little creativity can go a long way.  They have put together a helpful resource for you to use as you … Read more

Homemade DIY Granite Cleaner – 4 Ingredients!

After our kitchen renovations wrapped up in December, I found myself face to face with granite counters for the first time in my life.  I quickly realized that I had no idea how to keep them clean and the few different cleaners that I tried left quite a bit of streaking. My friend recommended a … Read more