{friday favorites}

Thank goodness it's Friday--I'm SO ready for the weekend. We are celebrating my babies' birthday, and I can't believe they are turning 2. *sniff sniff*Friday also means that I have some current favorites to share!  This week is all about food and cleaners.  (What does that say about me?)1.  Tony's Creole SeasoningI am in love with Tony.  It is so versatile, and can be added to just about anything from soups to meat to french fries.  It has a little bite to it, so you'll need to tread carefully in the beginning, but you will love it!2.  Breakstone's Zesty Blends Sour Cream I saw this at my grocery store last week, and since we are both garlic and sour cream … [Read more...]

{ice cream sandwiches}

Ice cream sandwiches are a classic, and an absolute favorite of mine.  I love to make my own--they are super easy, and oh so yummy!(Sorry about the melty ice cream-it was frozen solid before I started taking pictures, but it was HOT outside!)It all starts with Black & White Chippers, a DELICIOUS chocolate cookie with white chocolate chips that I got from my bff Erica. This cookie is thick and rich, with a delightfully gooey center.  They are the perfect complement to the vanilla ice cream, creating a yummy summer treat.Ice Cream Sandwiches   Cookies:  1 3/4 cups flour 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder1 cup white sugar3/4 cup brown sugar2 tsp. baking soda1 cup butter2 … [Read more...]

{guest blogger} DIY summer camp

Do I have a treat for you today!! I am so excited to introduce you to my friend Courtney.  She is simply amazing, and you're going to find out one of the reasons why as you read this post.   When I heard about the summer camp she did for her kids, I knew I wanted her to share her ideas with not only me, but all of you. ..... Thanks Kierste for inviting me to your blog! My name is Courtney and I am a stay at home mom to five kids (including a set of triplet girls) as well as a non-practicing CPA.As we were planning out our summer I wanted to provide some fun experiences for my kids but was overwhelmed at the costs. Because our older son was attending some sports camps, I … [Read more...]

{big silhouette news and sale}

The Silhouette Team just returned from the CHA show in Chicago where they officially launched the Silhouette CAMEO! It is their brand new 12 inch cutting tool. (More details coming on that.) With the CAMEO on its way they have discontinued the Silhouette SD.  The good news? You can get the SD for $175 (while supplies last). Supplies are EXTREMELY limited, and once they're gone, they're gone.  You can also get  20% off ALL Silhouette products, including the new Silhouette Starter kits (excluding the download cards and machines).  Act now, and act fast!  This is a great deal on not only the Silhouette, but all the product as well.Just use the promo code bpp … [Read more...]

{berries for jam}

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One of our family's most-loved books is Jamberry, by Bruce Degen.     It's nearly impossible to read this only once through per sitting.  The words are utterly charming and delightfully irresistible.  I simply cannot tell you how many times we've read this book!  Every one of my kids loves it, and I have to admit, it's a personal favorite of mine too. What is this book all about?  Berries, berries for jam! So, after reading this book, what do we want to make?  Jam, of course! Freezer jam is super easy to make, and oh-so yummy.  In less than an hour you can have your very own homemade jam! It's also a really fun way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and enjoy an … [Read more...]


I've resisted Pinterest.  Until now.  At first it was just one more thing to keep me on the computer, but from a purely organizational standpoint, it is fabulous, and I finally gave in. See a project you really want to do?  Love a kitchen that you see? Find gift ideas you want to remember?  Instead of bookmarking a link, you "pin" the picture (and link) to one of any boards, or categories you've set up.  I {LOVE} it. It even rivals pages torn from magazines and placed in a binder--which I still do and love--but it's just one more way to have everything in front of your eyes, nice and neat.-  Many times I've bookmarked different things, and than I've totally … [Read more...]

{sNeak pEEk}

After the tremendous devastation in Japan, I really felt like I wanted to help in some way, but I wasn't quite sure how to do it.  So when the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance.And guess what, so can YOU!The ladies over at How Does She? had a wonderful idea, then teamed up with the American Red Cross to make it a reality. The talented Heather from Chickabug did all the design work, and all of them volunteered 100% of their time. What is it you ask?50+ Bloggers’ All time FAVORITE recipes combined into a BEAUTIFUL recipe e-book! I am feeling so lucky and honored to be a part of the book, and I shared one of my most favorite recipes ever!!!100% of the proceeds from the sale of … [Read more...]

{a place for everything} portable toy baskets

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We have a perfectly good basement playroom. The only problem?  I'm not always down there. If you have little ones, you can probably relate to the fact that they want to be where you are, and that usually means they bring all their stuff with them.  Toys get dragged from the basement to the main floor up to a bedroom, then back down again, with the end result being toys scattered everywhere (and no one wanting to pick them up). My darling friend Emily gave me the greatest idea--she bought a cleaning caddy for her little boy, and he could carry around his toys in it as he went from room to room.  With a handle that's easy to hold, it's a brilliant idea to keep toys together, and then … [Read more...]

{love at home} subway art

 UPDATE!!!!I've had problems with the site I was using to download these from.  If you would like one, please e-mail me at brownpaper_packages@yahoo.com, and I'll happily send you the file you want.  Thank you! .....I was playing around in Photoshop last night (at 1am--couldn't sleep), and decided to try my hand at subway art.  Can you believe I've never done anything with it before? I'm not sure why, but I thought it might be fun to see what I could come up with.  I think I might be hooked.  :).....These files were created as 16x20 images, but you can easily print them in 11x14 or 8x10. .....P.S.  If you really want a different color than I have here, … [Read more...]

{free slurpee day!}

Is it as hot at your house as it is at mine? Well, it's your lucky day, thanks to 7-11!  Today marks the day of their 84th birthday, and they are celebrating by giving away free 7.11 ounce Slurpees.I know where we're going tonight!  Perfect for a Family Night treat! … [Read more...]