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12 Tips for Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Kids

Joe and I like to celebrate New Year’s Eve with our kids. In fact, we haven’t celebrated like single people since we were actually single people. I was pregnant and puking daily during our first New Year’s Eve as a married couple, so I am absolutely certain that we just went to bed early that year. Every year since that (except maybe not the year we had a 3-day old baby), we’ve watched movies, played games, and enjoyed a family party in the living room. Here are my top 10 tips for throwing your own family New Year’s Eve bash: First … Read more

How to Throw a Barbie Princess Charm School Party

how to throw a barbie party

When we moved Grace from her toddler bed to a twin-sized bed, we allowed her to pick whatever sheet set she wanted. She chose Barbie. Knowing me the way you do, I imagine you can guess what I thought of that. Believing that it was entirely her decision, my lips were zipped. Since the linens came home, Barbie has been on Grace’s mind a lot. Knowing that she would love  to have a Barbie Princess Charm School party with her friends, I volunteered to have on in celebratation of the new Barbie Princess Charm School DVD coming out in a … Read more

Food Safety Tips for your Super Bowl Party

Food safety tips for the Super Bowl - Rules, tips, and ideas for keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Don't get food poisoning at your party!

The Super Bowl is right around the corner. No matter what you’ll eat on Sunday evening, you need to be cognizant of some simple food safety procedures. Serve Hot Foods Hot If you are planning to serve hot dishes, use a thermometer to be sure they are cooked to a proper internal temperature. Hot foods can be kept in a warm oven (set at 200° – 250° F) until serving (they may dry out if kept in the oven more than an hour, so cover tightly with aluminum foil). Don’t let perishable foods sit out for more than 2 hours. … Read more

A Great Birthday

Even though her party isn’t officially until Saturday, I wanted to do a little something for Grace’s birthday. She already knows that birthdays are special days, so I wanted to make hers memorable. Donuts for breakfast. A treat to share with her friends at day care. A trip to a local farm to visit the cheekens (chickens), geeses (geese), kerkeys (turkeys), doodle dos (roosters), and gee hens (guinea hens). A special supper of hot dogs and French fries. Cake with candles and a couple of presents. Singing “Hacky birday to Gracie” at every possible opportunity. If any of these were … Read more