Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There’s no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On!

Wanna know what that bingo thingy is doing on this post? Well, the other week we had the most fantabulous holiday dessert and game night with friends, and I’m going to tell you all about it!

We’ve been wanting to have a housewarming since we moved into our new home in June (I know, I know…). And I love having an open-house-type event around the holidays, so I figured we’d tie them together and host a drop-in family game/dessert night the weekend after Thanksgiving. Most of our friends were back in town by Sunday evening, and no one wants to cook after Turkey Day, so the timing was perfect.

Instead of having a big spread, I just made a few quick and easy desserts that people could munch on while milling around. I bought some festive holiday napkins and plastic cups (no glass!). Then we pulled out the bingo game, Pictionary, Slamwich, and a few other crowd favorites.

All in all, we had about 20 people attend, and it was so much fun to relax after a crazy week of holidays and traveling. The kids moved from game to game, all the snacks were eaten, and everyone was smiling. What more could you want from a family get-together?

This just goes to show you that entertaining doesn’t have to be over-the-top crazy. Sure, it’s sometimes fun to pull out all the stops and whip up gourmet goodies and pull out the fine china. But it’s just as fun (and less stressful) to keep things easy. When life is crazy-nutso, focus on what really matters: Having fun with your friends and family. Pick a few favorite dessert recipes, plan some easy entertainment or activity, and clean your kitchen and bathroom. The rest of the house is optional. :)

P.S. Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.


Yeah, believe it or not, it’s about time to start thinking about your holiday greeting cards. I’ll be making mine, but not all of them… And for those of you who are ordering bulk (which is totally okay…), here are some recent deals that have crossed my email box…

First, from, for TODAY (Sunday) only:
All Cards 70% Off, includes Free Stamp at Use Code CSSAVE702. Valid on Sunday, November 6th only.

Need a little more time? From Vistaprint (ends 11/10):

(This is a fantastic bargain, but be warned… they will try to sell you everything under the sun as you check out!)

More holiday card promotions, this time from TinyPrints. Loving the thick matte quality of their printing! Check out the current deals by clicking on the banner below (free card samples, up to 25 percent off, and more!):

Now, go order some cards! :)


Halloween Candy Overload

November 4, 2011

ShareWondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy? Read on! According to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a typical bag of Halloween candy is equal to three cups of sugar. ACK! Now, I’m all for enjoying treats — including chocolate and candy — in moderation. But I know that there’s no way on earth that […]

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Easy Halloween Craft Ideas Round-Up

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ShareI’m a Halloween-o-holic! Here are just a few quick Halloween crafts I’ve found around the web… the SPIDER web! Heehee! First, here’s a spooky Haunted Halloween wreath I created for my ScrapHappy family (they got a step-by-step tutorial, but I think you can get the gist from this image: Next, these free printables for Halloween […]

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Free “Save Time and Money” eBook

October 5, 2011

ShareWhile at a marketing conference earlier this summer, I was so lucky to meet a handful of fantastic female bloggers who share my passion for bringing useful, entertaining information to their readers. Out of that chance meeting came the old, ‘Let’s put on a show!’ But instead of a show, we’ve pulled together some of […]

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Best Toy Award: FireFlyz!

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ShareRemember when I told you about the 3-for-2 FireFlyz deal at Toys ‘R’ Us? Well, if you missed that, I’ve got some good news for you: Going on now through October 6th for the Western U.S. and through October 8th for the Eastern U.S., Fyrflyz are just $9.99 when you use your wellness+ card at check out […]

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