How cute are these snow globe sugar cookies?? They look so complicated, but the step-by-step directions make them so easy. And they're made with a special secret ingredient, so they can be made in no time at all. Totally pinning this to make these every year! #TollHouseTime #NestleTollHouse

Thanks to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today’s discussion. #CookieDoughSheets #TollHouseTime #NestleTollHouse I am a happy girl today, people. A happy, happy girl. Know why? Because of some cookies and some cookie dough. Seriously. I’m a simple girl. I can’t even express in words how happy these Nestle Toll House Rolled & Ready Cookie Dough Sheets make me.  Decorating sugar cookies is one of my very favorite things to do during Christmas, but I really have no patience to make the… Read more »

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Hey, everyone!  So I have some kinda sad news this week. This is going to be the final Eat. Create. Party! Kat, Rebecca, Sandra and I have loved hosting and getting to know so many of you, and I know I am so happy to have been introduced to all of your amazing blogs, but we’ve decided that it’s time to end the party.  I want to thank all of you for hanging out with us over the past year,… Read more »

The Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone is a perfect gift this holiday season! #SprintMom #Sponsored #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate this review. #SprintMom #Sponsored #MC You might remember that for the past several months, I’ve been a Sprint Ambassador, which means that I get to try out all sorts of newfangled goodies from Sprint and let all of you know what I thought of them. {For my thoughts on the HTC One Max Harmon/Kardon edition, click here; to learn more about the… Read more »

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Ok, so I am trying not to have a full-blown panic attack that Christmas is a little over a week away. I am not done shopping, I haven’t finished decorating my house, and I’ve barely even begun baking all my Christmas cookies.  But my friend Julie from White Lights on Wednesday is hosting her 3rd Annual Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap, and of course I had to participate. HOST Julie from White Lights on Wednesday COHOSTS Aubrey from Real Housemoms Rachel from {i… Read more »

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Hey, everyone! Welcome to this week’s Eat. Create. Party! Sorry I’ve been MIA {and late tonight!}, we’ve had a crazy couple of weeks here. My husband’s 40th birthday was last weekend, so in addition to Thanksgiving, I was also getting ready for that. Then, we went to Key West for a vacation and got back on Tuesday, and then today, we went and did this. Meet Fletcher. I mean, that face. Seriously. So things are not exactly boring in my house… Read more »

Start a new tradition this year: Everyone opens a new pair of Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve. That way everyone looks good in the photos on Christmas morning! #ShowYourJoe #Sway

This post is sponsored by Joe Boxer available at Kmart. As always, all opinions are entirely my own. As I’ve mentioned before, Christmas is my very favorite holiday. And one of my favorite things about Christmas is tradition.  We have a bunch of traditions in our house, but the one I like the best is one we started our very first Christmas after David was born: Christmas pajamas. Every year on Christmas Eve, after we sing Christmas carols and see… Read more »

OMG - S'mores cookies with chocolate chunks and graham crackers in the cookie, and topped with a toasted marshmallow. Definitely pinning this to make ASAP! #PBandG #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PBandG #CollectiveBias I love coming up with new holiday recipes {or any recipes, for that matter}. Because during the holidays, calories don’t count. Well, maybe they count a little bit, but really, they don’t. All bets are off for me from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. I sort of try to be good with most meals, so when I hit the dessert table, I… Read more »

These DIY snowman ornaments are so cute, and they are so easy to make, even kids can do it!

What is it about snowmen?? I feel like everyone loves them, and why not? They are just the cutest little things ever. I like that they can be used all throughout the winter, not just at Christmas, too.  So I decided to make some adorable little snowman ornaments. I mean, come on — how cute are these little fellas? I can’t wait to put them on our tree. Head over to Mom It Forward to see exactly how I did it…. Read more »

If you're looking for a gift for a food lover, check out this list of kitchen must-haves. Pin now, read later!

I love kitchen stuff. Dave and I crack up every year at Christmas, because about 80% of what we end up getting each other for gifts is kitchen- or food-related. Sometimes, we even get each other the exact same thing {like last year, when we each bought the other a set of sphere ice molds. We love our alcohol in this house…}. So just in case you have similar people in your life, I decided to share with you the… Read more »

This chunky applesauce is so delicious, and could not be easier to make! Just throw everything in the slow cooker!

I absolutely love apples. They are one of my very favorite fruits, and I love pretty much everything apple flavored. And the great part is, so do the boys. They love having apples for snacks, and they ask for applesauce almost every day in their lunches. While applesauce isn’t that hard to make, traditional applesauce recipes usually call for a pretty long cook time, which means you need to be paying attention and stirring the pot a lot to make… Read more »

These yarn-wrapped Christmas trees are so easy to make, and they look so great. I want to make a whole set of different sizes of them and do a little winter scene!

  Happy Monday, friends! Has everyone recovered from their turkey comas? We had a crazy eventful weekend — not only did we have Thanksgiving, but Saturday was also the hubs’ 40th birthday, so there were all sorts of birthday shenanigans. Now we’re getting ready to head to Key West for a birthday vacay. We’ve had a heck of a year this year {not in a good way}, so I’m pretty certain we need this vacation more than any vacation ever…. Read more »

Make a unique advent calendar out of paper pyramid pouches in a bowl. Fill the pouches with candy, toys, notes -- whatever you want -- and let your kids pick one each day!

Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. I have loved it for as long as I can remember. My birthday is two days before Christmas too, so the whole month of December is exciting for me. I turn into a little kid when the calendar turns to December 1 every year, so another thing that I absolutely love is an advent calendar. I remember that my Grandma would get advent calendars every year that had a little piece of chocolate… Read more »

These Santa Hat Oreo Cookie Balls are super easy to make, and could not be cuter. I love these for a fun Christmas treat! #OreoCookieBalls #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias I have a thing for cute food. I just love it, and it makes me happy. In my opinion, if you can make a treat cute, why not do it?? So when I decided to make some OREO Cookie Balls the other day, there was no way I was going to make plain ol’ cookie balls. Because that’s not how I roll…. Read more »

Learn how to totally change the look of a room just by switching out a few pillows, poufs and throws!

I have a thing about accessories. And when I say a “thing”, what I really mean is a slight rather major obsession. I just love that you can make the same exact top and jeans into several completely different outfits just by adding and switching out necklaces, shoes, scarves, earrings and bracelets. And even more fun that that is doing the same exact thing to your house. Yup, you can totally accessorize your house! I think a lot of times,… Read more »

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Hey, everyone! Welcome to this week’s Eat. Create. Party! Eat. Create. Party! goes live every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. EST and gives you all a chance to share your projects — and they’ll be seen on 4 blogs at once!  We are going to take a little break next week so we can all celebrate Thanksgiving with our families, but we will be back up and running the following week. Before you link up, check out what my lovely co-hosts and… Read more »

These chicken scampi bites are a quick, easy and delicious appetizer that's perfect for parties this holiday season!

We have a thing about appetizers in our house. We love them. Like, a lot. A lot of times, we’ll do what my kids call a “snacky dinner” and just make a bunch of apps and eat them tapas style. {Don’t even get me started on tapas: a dinner where you can try 6 or 7 different foods?? Sign me up!} All this means that I get super excited when I find new appetizer recipes to try. And new products… Read more »

Create a gorgeous, neutral Thanksgiving table this year with natural colors and simple items.

I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is already next week! I feel like it was just New Year’s! Nutso. But regardless of what I think, I am starting to think about how I want my Thanksgiving table to look.  Most of the time at Thanksgiving, people tend to do fall colors of reds, oranges, yellows, browns and greens. While this can be gorgeous, and is obviously appropriate for the season, I want to do something a little different this year with… Read more »

This easy-to-make dessert combines all of the flavors of a pumpkin pie into a fun-to-eat push pop!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ThankfullySweet #CollectiveBias I love pie. I would rather have pie than cake most of the time. In fact, I had a few birthdays growing up when I requested apple pie from my mom rather than a cake. So it goes without saying that dessert is usually my favorite part of Thanksgiving. And while I do love me some apple pie, I think pumpkin… Read more »

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Hey, everyone! Welcome to this week’s Eat. Create. Party! Eat. Create. Party! goes live every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. EST and gives you all a chance to share your projects — and they’ll be seen on 4 blogs at once!  Before you link up, check out what my lovely co-hosts and I have been up to! How to Dress for Winter Photos // Sparkling Cranberries // White Chocolate Cranberry Cupcakes Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chewy Granola Bars // Thanksgiving Wall Art // Fall Leaf Pillow  One Pot Chicken & Biscuits // Baked Cinnamon… Read more »

Make this no-sew fall leaf pillow in just minutes and update your decor just in time for Thanksgiving!

If you’ve paid any attention to my posts on this blog, you know that I love easy projects that look fabulous. If I can find shortcuts to making them, even better. So when I made this no-sew fall leaf pillow in less than 5 minutes, I was beside myself. It was one of the easiest, and most inexpensive, projects I’ve done in a long time. Head over to Mom It Forward to see how I did it! Check out these… Read more »