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Custom Kids Birthday Invitations Through Basic Invite

Turning ten in our household is quite the event. My husband and I decided a long time ago that when our children turned ten, it would mean several things. Farther bike rides away from the house, bigger chores, sleepovers with close friends, and a big party to kick off their first year of double digits. […]




Secretive Success – A Six-Step Guide to Planning The Perfect Surprise Party

A surprise party is one of the best ways to show someone how much you care about them. Picking a time, inviting all of their friends around, decorating their home to show the party atmosphere and surprising them with all of this when they get home is a great, positive way to treat a friend […]




34 Handmade Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Each year as the holidays roll around I rack my brain to come up with great gift ideas for my friends and family.  I like giving things that mean something. It could be an personalized ornament or sentimental piece of art or home decor.  Whatever the gift it I try to put lots of thought […]




New Balance Sports and Fitness Gift Guide

Toys, gadgets and gift cards are typical additions to our holiday shopping list. I often forget about everyone’s hobbies. Rob and I took up running this year. While we haven’t been very dedicated the last couple of months I know it’s something we want to continue for fun and health. New Balance showered us with […]




Father’s Day Gift Guide 2012

Don’t forget Dad this weekend! Father’s Day is an often overlooked celebration; moms tend to get most of the credit for the good things happening in the home but in our house we don’t underestimate the power of dad. Skip the tie, hammers and mugs and get him something special and specific to his life […]




Little Girls Gift Guide for the Holidays

Having a little girl of our own I think we have a good grasp of what would make great gifts for the holidays or everyday. Below are a few things that we think most little girls age 2-8 would really appreciate and actually use. Pottery Barn Kids-Mackenzie Duffel Bag-Don’t all little girls go on sleepovers? […]




Holiday Gift Guide for Teens

Frilly dresses, plastic army men and cartoons on DVD are a thing of the past when you have a teenager to buy for now. It’s not always fun especially when you can’t quite pinpoint their particular style. Sabreena and I have a great relationship but I hate shopping for her since I never seem to […]




Vacation Home – Part II

So part two of Melinda’s post about owning our own vacation home came to a harsh reality this past Friday. After speaking to a few people we decided owning our own cottage might not be the right move for us at this time. There were a few factors that made us make this decision. What […]




Dressing Up | Giveaway WSRW Blog Party

Whether it’s a LBD or a sophisticated wrap-around Shabby Apple has you covered with its eclectic collection of women’s dresses. Shabby Apple returns to what dresses were always meant to be — a one-piece outfit. No need to add anything…no tank tops, no cardigans, nothing (except accessories, of course!). I’ve been scoping out Shabby Apple […]




Sustainable Cashmere Fashion | Giveaway WSRW Blog Party

An outfit needs the right finishing touch. This could be jewelry, shoes or in my case a scarf. I’ve been collecting scarves for years and love the added warmth, touch of color or polished look they give. I have a collection different materials and colors for every season. NEPALI by TDM Design works directly with […]