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October 17, 2014

Flower Friday: Teacup Flower Garnishes

Teacup Flower Garnishes (1 of 1)
For Flower Friday this week I wanted to share one of my favorite garnish ideas – teacup flowers. I drink a ridiculous amount of tea, and this is a way to make each cup a little extra special. Use teacup flower garnishes for a tea party, or when you are serving a cup of tea with dessert.

Teacup Flower Garnishes (1 of 11)

We’ve also used teacups to make pretty Teacup Candles and vases.

Teacup Flower Garnishes (6 of 11)

Learn more about making Teacup Flower Garnishes after the jump…


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October 16, 2014

The Epic Battles of Pirates… and Parents

Jake and the Neverland piratesLegosMy son Gordon loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates, he also loves Lego® Duplos so when Disney Junior asked us to help promote their new special event, Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Battle for the Book, and their LEGO sponsored Epic Battle Build Facebook Sweepstakes, we said Yo, ho, ho, where do we sign up?

While we keep a good balance of screen time vs creative & outdoor play time, it’s always a bit of our own “epic battle” to get more playing and less viewing. I was excited to pull out the legos and spend some quality time building, inspired by one of his favorite characters, Jake.

We combed hair and put on a clean t-shirt.

We photographed an adorable father-son Lego building moment. Funny how it’s ok to be late for work when there are legos involved, isn’t it? Hmmmm.



I braved being shot by a cannon.


We painted scenery.


Gordon even let his sisters play with his new Lego set.


And then I left him to build something beyond the instructions, something magical and imaginative. A pirate scene that would rival all other entries in the Epic Battle Build Facebook Sweepstakes and confirm my suspicion that he is the most clever and creative boy in the land. You’ll never guess what happened… (more…)

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October 15, 2014

Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Spice Skewers

Sweet and Savory Skewers

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In collaboration with Teavana we created this scrumptious and yet deceptively simple appetizer for your Fall entertaining, or even just a fun family dinner. Tortellini, sausage, apples and cheese happen to be four of my kids favorite foods so I knew this combo would be a hit. The fact that they adore food on a stick pushed it over the edge to a major culinary victory!

Read on for the recipe and a quick DIY on our handmade frilly toothpicks. (more…)

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