It is hard to believe Easter is around the corner! It really snuck up on me this year. If you follow along, you know I love an easy holiday cookie recipe I can make with the kids. When I came across Hershey’s seasonal Carrot Cake Kisses, I knew I had to create something using them. These aren’t just any White Chocolate Kisses, but rather, ones filled with a cream filling. Meet my original Carrot Cake Kiss Cookie. This one is kid and Easter Bunny tested and approved!
I don’t know how it happened, but I feel like I blinked and my baby girl was approaching her fourth birthday. It seems like yesterday we were coming home from the hospital, no longer a family of three, but rather a complete family foursome. That being said, part of me is a bit happy to say bye to the “threenager” stage that reared its head often over the last year. Our girl is mighty and knows what she likes and doesn’t like.
Of course, I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day pass without hosting a little party. Since my daughter is almost four, I figured she would enjoy having a couple gal pals over to do some crafts and eat yummy treats. Luckily my friend and fellow blogger, Melissa of Petite Littles Everyday, decided to join in with her girls and help put on the fun afternoon gathering.
At my recent Valentine’s Day Dog Paw-ty I hosted with Melissa from Petite Littles Everyday, the pink and red themed backdrop created behind the dessert table was made entirely from dollar store materials. Not only was it extremely inexpensive, it was easy to install and I loved how it turned out. I thought I would share the details of how to create a similar background, which cost less than $8 to create.
With a new year, comes many new celebrations. I am gearing up for Valentine’s Day and my daughter turning four next month, but in the meantime, I thought I would share the details from one of my favorite parties that took place last year. Read on for all the delightful elements from a “Little Ladybug First Birthday”.
For as long as I can remember, my parents have taken time to sit down on the 1st day of January and write out their goals for the year to come. They list out what they want to be, see and do over the 12 months that follow, as well as, their bigger goals for 5 and 10 years down the road. Their timely tradition also includes reviewing all they have accomplished from one year to the next.
When it comes to holiday baking, I like to keep things simple, yet make it seem like I slaved for hours in the kitchen. So I decided to share the recipes we break out year after year that always seem to be crowd pleasers. And even better, many only require a handful of ingredients and thus, perfect for busy families out there.
From heartwarming to funny, I am sharing our favorite picture books that came out this past year. We definitely enjoyed reading these stories filled with wonderful lessons, sweet adventures and beautiful illustrations. I always feel books are a wonderful gift come the holiday season and this list will not disappoint.
As many of our beloved friends and family live across the United States and Canada, I definitely enjoy sending out a holiday photo card every December. Since the kids change so much year to year, it is great to document them and possibly even get a rare shot of both my husband and I in front of the camera. This year we did our Christmas family shoot at a local tree farm and I couldn’t love the photos more.