6 June Kids’ Birthday Party Themes – FREE Printables

June is a great month to have a birthday party, the weather is fine and the kids are out of school for the summer. It makes party planning so much easier when you're not rushing around transporting kids to and from school and policing homework. Summer parties are much more fun because you can take it outdoors, opening up many more fun activities for kids to do, not to mention cleaning up is easier too! Here are some fun themes for a June birthday party.  Take advantage of the warm weather ...

Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti Recipe

Cacio e Pepe is a pasta dish from Roman cuisine. Cacio e Pepe means (cheese and pepper) in some central Italian dialects. As the name suggests, the ingredients of the dish are so simple. You'll need only pasta, black pepper and Pecorino Romano cheese. The feeling when you get home late from work, tired and just very hungry?  You can whip up Cacio e Pepe in less than 30 minutes with simple ingredients you have in the pantry. Just relax, have a glass of wine, and start cooking this simply ...

Why Stay at a Disney Resort Hotel?

Sooner or later everyone ends up at a Disney Resort, with or without kids in tow.  It’s the happiest place on earth!  I’ve been going to Disneyland in California since I was 7 years old, and was at Disney World in Orlando, Florida the first month they opened their gates.  We’ve taken our kids numerous times to both resorts, and now take the grandkids too.  We’ve seen many changes, specially the last few years, both resorts have gotten so much bigger much more expensive. W...

Barquillos – Filipino Rolled Cookies

Barquillos or  “Rolled Cookies”, sometimes called "Crispy Biscuit Roll” is one of the many Spanish influenced foods that Filipino’s embraced and adapted. This delicacy is made by pouring a liquid batter in hot iron plates similar to cooking pancakes or lumpia wrapper. But a skillful hand is required in rolling it around a wooden pin before it hardens into hollow biscuit tubes. Barquillos are crunchy rolled sticks which can simply be eaten as snacks or desserts. It can be found ...

Easy Baby Onesie FREE Pattern

I made the adorable crochet baby onesie for my granddaughter Harper, I had to make one for her twin brother too!  My problem was how could I make the onesie more boyish and not so girly girly.  My answer is buttons!  Instead of using crochet ties or ribbons I would use buttons. Button embelishments are really in right now.  You can find some really cool buttons at the sewing/craft department of Walmart, and other craft stores.  I had to modify the pattern just a bit to accommodate button ...

Party Planning 101: Budget, Guest Count, Date & Venue

Everyone loves a good party and every hostess aspires to be the hostess with the mostest.  But before the first guests arrive there is much work to be done in order to make each event memorable. That calls for Party Planning 101! Whether you're planning for your dream wedding, a friend's baby shower, your child's first birthday, an office Christmas party, or even just a backyard barbecue, the key to a successful event is planning! Planning in my world means making lists and lots of ...

Stuffed Peppers

I love the colors of bell peppers.  They come in green, yellow, orange, and red.  So festive!  But usually colorful peppers are quite pricey.  Imagine my surprise when I recently found them on sale!  Of course I scooped up a bunch, I couldn't resist, they were so pretty.  But what does one do with a bunch of peppers?  Stuffed peppers! Stuffed peppers are so simple, it's sort of like making meatloaf.  Stuffing the meat into the peppers gives it extra flavor.  You can also add rice to ...

Choosing the Right Stateroom for Your Family Cruise

We are definitely a cruising family, we’ve been cruising with our kids since they were teens; it’s only natural when grandkids came along they cruised with us too. I remember our very first cruise was a 7 day Alaska Cruise on the Star Princess. At the time I had no clue how cruise fares worked and deciphering stateroom categories was confusing.  Choosing the right stateroom was nearly impossible.   How can the same type of stateroom have so many different prices? At the time I told my ...

Chicken Pastel Filipino Recipe!!!

Chicken Pastel is a creamy and tasty Filipino dish and is serve during special occasions like birthday parties and fiestas. The dish usually consists of diced chicken meat, mushrooms, peas, sausages and carrots in a rich, creamy sauce. As influenced by Spain’s pastel de pollo, the chicken filling is encased in a flaky pie crust and baked until golden. It’s common practice by Filipinos to serve this pot pie sans the crust but paired with rice instead. Either way, it’s a satisfying meal ...

17 DIY Fun & Inexpensive Teacher Gifts – FREE Printables

Hooray!  Summer's almost here!  I'm pretty sure the kids already have their plans for this year's summer vacation, and their teachers are looking forward to a well earned break. Our kids' teachers are probably the some of the most under-appreciated, underpaid, and overworked people in today's workforce.  Most of the teachers I know take on this challenging profession because teaching is their passion. They must be passionate and patient, after all they just spent a school year dealing ...