Big Thanks to World Market, a brand that I love, for making this post possible!  Abraham Lincoln said “All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my mother.” I don’t know many people who disagree!  My mother is the greatest in too many ways to describe.  This year, my mother and I took…

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Elbows on the table?  Did you know it is ok as long as there isn’t food on the table? The holidays are such a fun time to teach manners to our children and also to celebrate their good behavior and encourage even more!  I love setting the table around the holidays – especially the Children’s…

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Did you like Monday’s post about the Mom’s coffee I hosted for friends with children born the same year as my own?  I promised I would tell you more about the party favors and I can’t wait to hear what you think!   I wanted to send my friends away with an activity they could…

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When I had my little surprise baby, Millie, two years ago I felt so excited about round two of motherhood!  I was thrilled to have friends who were having babies at the same time and I wanted to set aside a time during the busy holiday season to celebrate our friendships and the bonds we…

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I hope you have plans with your friends and family this Thanksgiving season and I hope they include marshmallows and a fire!  We held a gathering at White Oaks Ranch around the fire pit for all ages and enjoyed the crisp Fall weather we are now enjoying in Texas!    We threw on a fire…

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I don’t know why I was waiting for an excuse to have a group of friends over this month!  It was so easy to whip together and fun to do.  I need to keep “La Bella Vita” in mind at all times.  It is a great reminder that friends, family and fun are really the…

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When it comes to summer entertaining, I love setting up a do-it-yourself element for my guests. Whether it is a DIY food stationer or bar, it gives guests a chance to get in on the action and make their own custom creation exactly the way they like. This summer, I set up a Make Your…

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It was so much fun to celebrate Christmas in July at Hallmark’s Home and Family TV today!  Did you catch it?  I’ll share the link here once it is live just in case you missed it. Cristina and I made my family’s favorite Citrus Christmas Crown Cake and I shared the story about my ill-fated…

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There is nothing like a fresh and cold cocktail on a hot summer day!  I’ve added a new spin to one of my favorite tried-and-true party tricks, Popsicle Prosecco.  You might have seen me share this idea in vlog (a video for my blog!) or on Today Show but this summer I’ve added a new…

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I just love getting to create fun, easy and entertaining ideas for my family so when Sunkist asked me to come up with a few video ideas, I was thrilled!  Here is the first in a series that I can’t wait to share with you about a delicious Citrus Salsa that we made.  I hope…

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