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Plan Your Cool Christmas Photo Cards Now!

Do you love to send Christmas Photo Cards like we do?  You know those personalized cards with pictures of your and the family?   We love to send Christmas Photo Cards, it's a great way to give family and friends updates.   I love to receive them too!  It's always a pleasure to see how everyone is doing and wonder how much the kids have grown from year to year. But many folks tend to make Christmas Photo Cards at the last minute donning  Santa hats and calling it a day.  Then they ...

DIY Thanksgiving Buffet Table – Free Printables

The Thanksgiving table can get very crowded.  What with the turkey, side dishes, gravy, and sauces, there's no place for anyone to actually sit down and eat! I solved this problem long ago by setting up a Thanksgiving Buffet Table for all the food and having an adult table as well as a kids' table. Depending on the space you have and the number of guests you are expecting this could take some doing. You might consider setting up different stations or bars; appetizer, sides, desserts, and ...

Roasting the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

This time of year I get hungry for a juicy turkey dinner!  It's no wonder, Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  It's about the only time of year that I roast a whole turkey. I still remember my first time roasting a turkey, I had no idea what to do.  Over the years I've perfected it, and my family expects a Thanksgiving feast every year. In recent years deep frying turkeys have been real popular.  I've heard deep fried turkeys are delicious, but in our family you don't experiment ...

Decorate With Pumpkins for Thanksgiving

Who says pumpkins are just for Halloween?  You can use pumpkins for Thanksgiving decor too! Now that Halloween is over it's a good time to buy Halloween decor at discount prices.  I grabbed a few foam craft pumpkins at Walmart for half price; scrounged up a few old cups in my kitchen cabinets, I used freebies we got from Bubba Gump, Spaghetti Factory, and Circus Circus; picked up metalic spray paint, ribbons, and dried foliage; and made centerpieces for my dining tables.  It's a great and ...

Strawberry Costume DIY for Kids

This poofy costume is a fun one, and can even be adapted to fit big kids (or adults) if you’re trying to make strawberry costumes for the whole family. The elastic at the bottom gives it its round shape. Wear tights and a long sleeve shirt under it to make this costume fall-friendly.   Materials Red thread Green thread Red felt Bright green felt or fleece Black felt or fleece ⅜ inch elastic Fabric scissors Sewing machine Hot glue Pins ...

Halloween Decorating With Glow Sticks and Other Inexpensive Stuff

Halloween is tomorrow!  Many yards are decked out in their spooky glory.  In my daughter's Sierra Vista neighborhood there seems to be a competition among neighbors.  Last year we saw some very creative Halloween decor, from growling monsters lurking in the bushes to ghoulish creatures dangling from tree branches.   Awesome displays that I'm sure came with a hefty price tag. A trip to the Halloween store showed us just how expensive some decorations can be.  Fog machines, life size ...

Halloween Treats for ADULTS

  Who says Halloween is just for kids?  After the kids have returned from Trick-or-Treating and they've wound down for the night put them to bed it's time for some adult fun. Whip up some adult treats ahead of time, hide them from the kids, and take them out for a bit of spooky fun with your friends, or snuggle up with your significant other for drinks and nibbles as you watch a scary movie. Here are a few recipes for Halloween treats and drinks for adults. ...

Things to do in Katakolon

Where the heck is Katakolon and what can I see there?  This was my first thought the first time Katakolon was a port of call on a cruise we were on.  That was almost 10 years ago! First of all Katakolon is a small town with a port on Greece's Peloponnese Peninsula.  It's connected to the Greek mainland and is about 310 Km. from Athens.  It is a popular stop for cruise ships on the Greek Isles route. Cruise ship brochures describe it as "a sleepy little seaside village overlooking the ...

Awesome Halloween Decor from the Dollar Store

Halloween is fast approaching, decking out your home in ghostly glory is half the fun.  Who says you have to break your budget to have an awesome Halloween display.  With a little creativity, items you probably already have at home,  and a quick trip to the dollar store you too can have some ghoulish fun to fit any budget. Here are some awesome Halloween Decor made from dollar store finds! Take a trip to the Dollar Store for some witches hats and other gruesome stuff ...

Cute Halloween Gift Tags – Free Printable!

Halloween is less than two weeks away!  Yay!!  Halloween is my favorite holiday, next to Christmas that is. I love giving out treats, specially to the grandkids' classmates. That's why this year I made these adorable Halloween Gift Tags! This article has affiliate links to items I use. As you can see I personalized them with the gift giver's name so that each grandchild has his own set of Halloween Gift Tags to use.  I love them because they're super cute and best of all we don't have to ...