{guest blogger} DIY summer camp

Jul
26
19

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 … [Continue reading...]



{big silhouette news and sale}

Jul
25
4

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 … [Continue reading...]



{berries for jam}

Jul
22
5
jam 5-logo

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 … [Continue reading...]



{pinterest}

Jul
20
20

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 … [Continue reading...]



{sNeak pEEk}

Jul
19
1

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 … [Continue reading...]



{a place for everything} portable toy baskets

Jul
14
9
caddy k&e

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 … [Continue reading...]