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123 Easter Basket Ideas

I love all the holidays, and all the special non-holiday holidays that my kids and I have come up with. I love to celebrate all the moments. It just so happens that making Easter baskets is a big part of springtime for me. I look forward to it as soon as Valentine’s Day is over, and I have lots of Easter basket ideas to help you fill yours. Easter happens to be the holiest of holidays in the Christian faith, remembering the sacrifice Jesus made in giving His life to cleanse all humanity’s sins and restore us to a right relationship … Read more

A Christmas Wish List Featuring Zales

My husband is a notoriously bad gift giver. I mean, he is earnest and sweet and kind, but he does not have a knack for picking out knock your socks off gifts. One year, he gave me a pair of scissors because he’d lost mine. Another year, he gave me a picture frame to replace one he’d broken. He just reminded me of the time when he gave me a box of pens because I was always complaining that I didn’t have one. Often, he wraps up packages of candy (not so well received when I’m trying to lose weight). … Read more

9 Smart Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Summer is the time for playing, relaxing, going on vacation, and watching tv, right? Right? Not exactly. According to a 2001 study from the University of Missouri, kids lose an average of 2 months’ educational progress over the summer. 2 months! In other words, they have to relearn in September and October what they already learned in April and May (or May and June). The regression happens to homeschoolers and traditional schoolers alike. Kids seem to lose the most in math, but also often lose ground in reading and other subjects, as well. Don’t throw up your hands in despair … Read more

Enter to Win a Maytag Brand Kitchen Suite!

Who are the everyday heroes in your life? Perhaps it’s your mother or father? A neighbor? Your spouse? hhgregg and Maytag brand have a really cool Appliance-A-Day giveaway going on right now to honor the everyday heroes in all our lives. During the month of May, they are going to giveaway over $45,000 in appliances! During this giveaway, hhgregg and Maytag brand are offering daily appliance prizes plus the opportunity to win a full Kitchen Suite grand prize. The randomly chosen daily winner will receive one of the following awesome prizes: 4.3 Cu. Ft. Bravos® HE Top-Load Washer and 7 Cu. Ft. … Read more

Patriotic Chocolate Covered Pretzel Twists

Patriotic Chocolate Covered Pretzel Twists

Aren’t these patriotic chocolate covered pretzels fun? When you see how easy they are to make, you’ll be whipping some up for your Memorial Day picnic. Because really, who can resist chocolate covered pretzels? Nobody, that’s who. Add Twizzlers Twists, and you have a supreme candy concoction. Materials All you need for these chocolate covered pretzel twists is the following: A bag of Twizzlers Twists Pull and Peel candy in red, white, and blue A bag of pretzel rods A bag of HERSHEY’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 1/2 cup heavy cream (if you want your chocolate to be runny and dippable rather than spoonable, … Read more

CrockPot Mediterranean Chicken with Feta and Black Olives

CrockPot Mediterranean Chicken with Black Olives and Feta Cheese

Olives are ubiquitous at my house. They’re always on the table. Special occasions call for olives. Sundays call for olives. We eat olives just about every day. My kids’ favorite part of black olives is putting them on their fingers and pretending to be monsters. I’m not saying you have to do that to make this recipe, but if you feel so inclined, it definitely adds to the charm. Anyway, we tried this recipe recently and loved it. After a day in the crock-pot, the chicken is fall apart tender, the potatoes are perfect, and the feta and olives add … Read more