Nutcracker Christmas Party

You all know how I feel about theme parties. I LOVE them! And as much I enjoy planning them, they are also my favorite to attend. If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen photos of my youngest daughter performing ballet. This weekend will be her 5th year to perform in the Colleyville Ballet's production of the Nutcracker. To celebrate the show, one of my 'dance mom' friends hosted a "Nutcracker Christmas Party" for our girls. I loved all the treats, crafts, and decor. She added so many fun details to this Nutcracker party. It was right up Maisy's alley- and mine too!


Easy Reindeer Classroom Door

Are there any other former teachers out there? I know who you are! The ones who love a good bulletin board, the ones who understand how excited kids get for classroom holiday decorations. My friend Regina (also a former teacher) and I thought our big 4th grade kiddos needed some Christmas cheer at school.  So we decorated their teacher's doors! Since we had to do 5 doors and there were only 2 of us... we wanted to do something that did not involve wrapping the entire door. I think this Reindeer Door Decor is both simple and fun! 


Family Trip to Washington D.C.

For Thanksgiving, we decided to get out of town! We have been wanting to take our kids to Washington D.C. and this week off from school provided the perfect opportunity. If you are interested in making the trip to Washington D.C. (with or without kids), this post is for you. I am sharing what museums we visited, where we ate, what monuments are a 'must-see', and all the experiences you won't want to miss. Everyone - young and old- needs to visit Washington D.C. at least once. 


Bullet Journals for Teens

Afton invited me to be a 'guest crafter' for her NCL meeting. National Charity League (or NCL) is a mother-daughter service organization for girls in grades 7-12. It focuses on building mother-daughter relationships through community service. The girls meet as a group once a month. Their meetings are centered around a guest speaker or a community activity.  For this meeting, the girls wanted to work a craft. I was so honored that Afton suggested I help with the meeting. (Anyone with a teenage daughter knows this is a big compliment- ha!)  So I worked with another mom to come up with a craft that would be meaningful and fun for 8th-grade girls. After talking about all issues and pressure young women face in middle school, we decided that bullet journals would be perfect.


TX Pinner's 2019

Pinner's Texas 2019 did not disappoint! You might remember that I presented and taught several classes a few years ago at Pinner's. You can read all about it here. This year, Afton and I went as VIP guests. It was so fun!


Texas Beach Vacation: Where to Stay, Eat & Play

It had been a few years since we took a trip down to the Texas Coast.  Jeff and I started our tradition of visiting Texas beaches years ago when we were in high school. We were part of that Spring Break crew who lived it up on South Padre Island. As the years passed, we moved up to Port Aransas. And now that we have kids, that's the beach that calls us back. Some people question Texas beaches. After all, Texas is not the first place you think of when it comes to 'beach life'. But those who have been know.... Port A is once of the best kept secrets among Southerners. Want to know what makes Port Aransas so special? Keep reading!

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