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Homemade peppermint bundles This Christmas I wanted to give gifts that were extra special and made with a whole lot of love!  I decided that the best way I could do that would be to make or bake something.  I'm obsessed with PEPPERMINT this Christmas.  It's my Christmas favor and scent this year.  Almost everything I decided to make has a hint of peppermint in it. My house smelled amazing! So here's what I decided to make: homemade peppermint marshmellows peppermint hot chocolate peppermint sugar scrub (not for eating) walnut, chocolate-chip, oatmeal, coconut chunk cookies (no peppermint in this one) I made the marshmallows first.  I thought it was going to be more of a pain to make than it actually was.  I will say that you absolutely NEED a mixer and a candy thermometer to make these with ease. This was the fun part.  After you pour the mixture in your already greased glass pan, you dab...

Christmas Mistletoe Canvas Craft This cute little Christmas craft takes just a few minutes and it's a perfect keepsake. Here's what you need: 3"x4" canvas panel Acrylic paint Sharpie pen Your baby's foot  (of course)   [caption id="attachment_17258" align="alignnone" width="227"] Here's my big boy![/caption]   Choose your background color and paint the canvas.  Then, delicately and quickly paint the bottom of your baby's foot and make an imprint in the middle of your canvas.  Paint a giant bow on top of the foot imprint and don't forget to put the date on it. Tip:  Put your baby in a high chair and occupy with a toy. You can make this into an ornament or a fridge magnet. To make this into an ornament: Hot Glue a piece of 3"x 4" FELT on the back of the canvas, then glue a ribbon on the back so that you can hang it. To make into a fridge magnet: Hot glue magnet tape on the back or use any...

Dear Kids, I'm sorry I can't be there for you. I mean, all of the time.  You see, life moves so much faster that we wish sometimes.  Between daily responsibilities and the expectations I place on myself, finding the "sweet-spot" when it comes to balance is really hard.  It's easy sometimes to feel overwhelmed, over worked and never enough.   There are many days I think, "Kids, I'm sorry I can't be there for you." When you were little, I remember watching you breathe as you slept; I made sure you were carefully placed in the proper sleep position, that you weren't too cold or too warm.  I held you and rocked you for hours to make sure that you were comforted and safe.  I watched you get your first tooth, learn to hold your own bottle, stand up on your own, and take your first steps.  Now that you're older, things...

Bah Humbug and other really cool stuff 'Tis the season for lots of cheer.  But truthfully, I'm not feeling the cheeriest right now.  I could sit here and give you the laundry load list of why things have gone amok, that my bathroom shower pipe busted in the master bathroom, inside the WALL (yes, excuse me while I scream a little) and we had to cut a hole in the closet to repair it and we also had to replace the fixtures (which aren't the cheapest things in the world).  Its all painted and patched now. And then...

Simple mommy pleasures to rejuvenate Fast-paced lives leave little time to take care of things that are good for our soul.  Most women manage to get in weekly exercise as a part of their health routine but finding peace and time for the things that make us truly happy and feeling rejuvenated, is a bit more difficult. Many factors other than time come into the picture when trying to do things that are good for us.  Time, comes and goes faster than we like to believe, so making a strict and conscious effort to take time to recharge is essential.  [blockquote text='The rule we need to start living by is this: we take care of ourselves so that we can continue to take care of others.' text_color='#ff6bff' width='' line_height='undefined' background_color='' border_color='' show_quote_icon='no' quote_icon_color='#ff6bff']The rule we need to start living by is this:  we take care of ourselves so that we can...