SENIOR YEAR STRESS

SENIOR YEAR STRESS

SENIOR YEAR FUN? Senior year in high school means elective filled schedules and enjoying extracurricular activities. It is also a time for exploring the options of adulthood. Well, at least that is how I remember my senior year in 1989. I am thinking, either my memories are fuzzy or things have changed a ton. Becca Lynn, my oldest daughter, is smack dab in the middle of her senior year. Great times, right? You would think she would be having the…

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DOLLYWOOD: OUR CHRISTMAS TRAVELS #sponsored

DOLLYWOOD: OUR CHRISTMAS TRAVELS #sponsored

DOLLYWOOD SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS Dollywood: Smoky Mountain Christmas provided us with entrance to the park, but all opinions are honest and ours. #hosted The magic of Christmas is undeniable: lights, trees, elves, hot chocolate. Families come together in a joyful celebration. The house smells of cinnamon and spices. Grandma makes her famous cookies. These are just a few of the reasons that Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. To say the least, when I had to opportunity to go…

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HOT CHOCOLATE HOLIDAY SOCIAL

HOT CHOCOLATE HOLIDAY SOCIAL

HOT CHOCOLATE HAPPINESS Nothing says the holidays have arrived like a delicious cup of hot chocolate. It seems that when the weather gets cool I just crave a warm drink. I love making my girls and I a cup and watching old holiday movies . It’s a great way to spend a cold winter weekend.(well close to winter) Everyone seems to just perk up at the mention of hot chocolate.  I think it just seems to make any occasion slightly…

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WEEKEND FUN IN ATLANTA

WEEKEND FUN IN ATLANTA

ATLANTA BOUND Atlanta, you know where I am talking about,  A-Town, The ATL, Hotlanta, The Big Peach. I may live in the country now, but I grew up in Tampa. I am a city girl at heart. When we moved out here the first thing I thought about is there were no Starbuck’s to be found on my ride home from work. You do not have that problem in Atlanta. Atlanta is only a little over two hours away from…

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COOKING WITH YOUR KIDS

COOKING WITH YOUR KIDS

COOKING EDUCATION Cooking has always been my job. Neither of my girls ever expressed much interest in helping me with meal prep. However, that is changing. Maddie, my youngest daughter, has enrolled in culinary arts and food science as electives at her new high school. It seems that learning about a healthy diet has made her more interested in being involved with cooking meals. Maddie has always been very particular about what she puts in her body, due to her…

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HALLOWEEN TRADITIONS: HAVE YOU BEEN BOO-ED?

HALLOWEEN TRADITIONS: HAVE YOU BEEN BOO-ED?

HALLOWEEN TRADITIONS I have seen the boo phenomenon all over the internet. “You’ve been boo -ed!!” posts are popping up everywhere. I have seen so many cute ideas on pinterest for the perfect treat basket for a neighborly surprise.  I love the little cards encouraging the recipient to pay it forward and post the flyer that they themselves have already been “boo -ed”. This all seems wonderful if you live in a cute little subdivided neighborhood.   However, we live…

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APPLE PIE PANCAKES, FALL’S FINEST BREAKFAST

APPLE PIE PANCAKES, FALL’S FINEST BREAKFAST

AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY My youngest baby cannot get enough of apples. We always have a few in the fruit bowl. She is not picky: Granny Smith, Gala, Red Delicious……it does not matter to her. Most of the time she will just cut an apple into wedges and sits down with a jar of peanut butter and goes to scooping. However, she does enjoy using them in a homemade baked good occasionally. She has made apple…

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BEING A GRANDMA, THERE ARE NO WORDS

BEING A GRANDMA, THERE ARE NO WORDS

I AM A GRANDMA On September 27th at around 6 PM I became a grandma. Now of course I have known for many months that I was going to the grandmother status, but I did not know how that adorable little face would change my life. That little 8 pounds and 5 ounces of pure sweetness has immediately captured a place in my heart. A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE Obviously, I love my children. They were my first experience with unconditional…

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BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP: A GREAT FALL LUNCH

BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP: A GREAT FALL LUNCH

SOUP WEATHER I love the cool breezes of Fall. The change in the weather seem to completely change my whole family’s food cravings. No longer do they want BBQ and IN. Their number one Fall food request is homemade soup. A warm bowl of soup and a few crackers or corn muffin seems to hit the spot. My crew loves anything from potato to chicken noodle to tomato and anything in between.   THE CHALLENGE The other day my daughter,…

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HALLOWEEN BUCKET CRAFT DOLLAR GENERAL STYLE

HALLOWEEN BUCKET CRAFT DOLLAR GENERAL STYLE

HOORAY FOR HALLOWEEN I love Halloween. It is one of the reasons I love Fall. When my kids were little a they loved searching for the perfect costume, trick or treating, Halloween parties, hay rides, block parties, pumpkin carving, and any other activity related to this wonderful Fall holiday. The kids are getting older and do not participate in all of these activities any longer, but my love for Halloween is still strong. NO MORE YOUNG KIDS EQUALS NO HALLOWEEN…

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