Phoenix – Super Bowl Central

(Photo: AZ Super Bowl Host Committee) By now everyone knows that Super Bowl XLIX will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015.  If you're lucky enough to be in the area for the event then Super Bowl Central in Downtown Phoenix is the place to be. As expected the city of Phoenix is going all out for both the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl which will be played at the same stadium the week before.  Super Bowl Central or #SBCentral, is an outdoor ...

DIY Super Bowl Party Bars – FREE Printables!

Image from PGeveryday.com Super Bowl Parties are fun informal events that should be easy to organize and put together.  The theme has been taken care of, football decor of course, and the main activity is watching the game. All you really need are a big screen TV, some comfy seating, and lots of snacks. Tho the game, half-time show, and commercials are the main draws of Super Bowl Sunday, food comes in a close second.  For some gorging on snacks is the main event! ...

Christmas Brunch

On Christmas Morning my children and grandchildren arrive at my house to open presents and have brunch, it's another family tradition started when the kids were young. Our usual routine is orange juice and cocoa or coffee in the kitchen before we head over to the formal living room to distribute and unwrap gifts.  This ritual takes at least 2 hours and I usually pop in to the kitchen to toss the egg dish in the oven during the last hour or so. When the kids were younger we served a ...

Christmas Eve Box

  One of our Christmas traditions is a Christmas Eve Box.  We allowed the kids to open a gift on Christmas Eve years before images of Christmas Eve Boxes started popping up on Pinterest.  We've been doing this since the children were small and now the grandkids get them too! The kids were always nagging to be allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve and I would always buy them Christmas PJs to wear to bed on the same night.  Years ago I decided to combine the two and everyone was ...

It’s A Wrap

Image by Savvy Nana's Corner It's 2 days before Christmas, the hope is all the gifts have been purchased and ready to wrap.  Gift bags are the easy option and definitely have their place under the Christmas tree; they're handy and can wrap oddly shaped items,  but they can get costly and may seem somewhat generic.  I've always been a big fan of "presentation" and always take the time to creatively wrap all the presents. I think being a product of a girls only Catholic ...

Cheap DIY Last Minute Gift Ideas – Free Printable

  We're getting down to the wire, Christmas is in 3 days.  Some of us are still racking our brains for that perfect gift, a gift that won't break the bank, or just a couple of extra gifts for unexpected guests. Here are a few DIY ideas you can put together quickly. Kids and parents will love the Lego Tray by Somewhat Simple.  Click here for instructions! If you want to be a bit fancier, make it a Lego Table instead.  Just use an old end table or pick up a cheap $7 table from ...

Easy Pocket Kisses

I happened to find a great sale on refrigerated pie crusts at my local grocery store the other day.  A package of 2 pie crusts for .99 cents was just too good a deal to pass up.  I bought all they had and stuck them in my freezer. I am trying different recipes that will use the pie crusts I have in my freezer.  Here's one I made yesterday that uses Hershey Kisses which I happened to have in my pantry.  It's really easy to make and is a great snack.  You can use any type of kisses, I ...

Interesting Christmas Traditions Around the World

Many of us have our own Christmas rituals we do every year.  In our house that usually involves an advent calender, Christmas cookies, Secret Santas, watching classic Christmas movies, a Christmas Eve box, Midnight Mass, and reading the classic poem "The Night Before Christmas" at bedtime, to name a few. I suppose our traditions are very similar to most folks in the US.  We have friends over to share a Christmas Eve meal then tuck the kids to bed so the adults can play Santa. But ...

Cheap & Easy DIY Mocha Cappuccino Mix in a Jar Hostess Gift – FREE Printable Label

If you're looking for a quick and easy hostess gift, neighbor gift, or secret Santa gift here's a recipe for a Mocha Cappuccino Mix in a Jar.  It's so easy and inexpensive to make you'll want to make extra for unexpected guests and for yourself. The recipe will fill about 4 pint sized mason jars.  It can easily be doubled or tripled to meet your gift giving needs. To make the jar pretty I used a cupcake liner on the lids and added a ribbon with a sparkly orname...

Easy DIY Cocoa Ornament Gift with FREE Printable

  Image by Savvy Nana's Corner These days everyone is looking for cute but inexpensive gifts for friends, co-workers, and neighbors. This year I decided to make Cocoa Ornaments.  They are so easy to make and each one costs about $2. They make great gifts and stocking stuffers for kids too! Here are step by step instructions to make these fun and yummy gifts. Supplies: Cocoa Mix - I buy the large can from Sam's Club.  I find it easier to use than the ...