Easy No-Sew Pet Holiday Stocking – #ClausAndPaws

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What is your favorite holiday?   Christmas is by far my favorite.

I love the holiday season because it’s filled with so many special traditions that make the time of year magical, memorable and fun!

Even our dog Bailey gets into the Christmas spirit. She loves when there are lots of people around and visiting because they always take time to pat her head, rub her belly or sneak her a little table snack! And she’s always sure to find her stocking filled with dog treats, toys and other surprises from both Santa and us.

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Random Ramblings

THM-RandomRamblings-LogoThis is not your typical blog post today.  I’ve had lots of little bits going on in my mind this week, so much to share, but so little time to write.  So, I’ve strung them all together for a new monthly series featuring “Random Ramblings.”


The New York Times recently featured an article based on a new Pew Research Center survey that “revealed” working parents are stressed, tired, rushed and short on quality time with their children, friends, partners or hobbies.

While I found the article an interesting read, it wasn’t anything that I or any other parent (working or not working, quite honestly) didn’t already know.  Work/life balance is a constant juggling act, and it is hard to ever achieve perfect balance.

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My Purse Essentials #BeHealthyForEveryPartofLife

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 My friends often joke that I’m the lady with the “magical” purse.

All you have to do ask for a particular item, reach into my big bag of tricks and viola, there you have it!

Need a pen? What about a piece of paper? How about a tissue to wipe your nose? What about a safety-pin to fix your pants? How about a stain remover pen to take that mark from lunch off your shirt? Need a flashlight? A pair of tweezers? A bottle opener? Want a puzzle to do or a magazine to read while waiting for an appointment?

Yep, I’ve got all that and a whole lot more in there…..

There once was a span of time that whenever I reached into my purse for anything I would pull out either a lollipop or a Matchbox car – much to the delight of children everywhere.

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5 Things You Need To Know About…Halloween Costume Safety

dreamstime_s_32828625Halloween is just a little more than a week away. What are your children dressing up as?

This year my son is determined to scare the neighborhood as a hair-raising werewolf and my daughter is going to use her costume for the benefit of the greater good and save the day as Supergirl!

Even The Hubs and I are even getting into the act.

He’s going as Billy Jack and I’m torn between joining my daughter as a superhero or dressing up as a geisha. I know those two costume options are at totally different ends of the spectrum! At least I have a few more days to decide…

Now the right costume for you or your child can make all the difference for a fun and, more importantly, safe Halloween. Whether your costume is store-bought or home-made, this edition of “5 Things You Need To Know About…” is dedicated to tips to ensure your child’s costume is safe and they’ll have more treats than tricks!

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Peanuts® Flying Ace Snoopy’s Red Plane Hallmark Ornament #Giveaway #LoveHallmark


There’s not a lot I remember about my paternal grandmother, but the one thing that stands out in my memory is that she loved Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. When I would visit her as a small child she always asked me if I knew what Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty and the rest of the gang were up to in the comic pages. It was our own special conversation…

I can also vividly remember her dining room cabinet which was adorn with her collection of Peanuts memorabilia which included mugs, glasses, dolls, ceramic figures, books, cookie jars and even an adorable “The Doctor Is in” Lucy/Charlie Brown statue.

I think it’s because of my grandma that Snoopy and the gang have always had a soft spot in my heart.

Needless to say, seeing The Peanuts Movie when it hits theaters next month is a must for me and the family!THM-ThePeanutsMovie-Poster

And Hallmark is celebrating the release of The Peanuts Movie with a new Keepsake Ornament and a  movie sweepstakes.

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[ad] Family Movie Night Meals For Kids & Parents – Chicken Quesadillas & Chopped Chicken Salad Using Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips

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THM-TysonMovieOffer-ThePeanutsMovie-Family-Movie-NightFamily movie night is a fun and special tradition in our household.  It’s a great way for to slow down, take time and bond together as a family after a busy week filled with school, work and activities.

During the summer we like to set up a big screen and projector in our backyard and host our own “drive-in” movie, complete with a cartoon feature and movie trailers.

Now that a chill is in the air, we’ve moved the theater inside to our living room and watch movies snuggled up with blankets on our couch and a fire going in the background.

Each week a different family member gets a turn at picking the movie we’ll watch. I usually have an idea of kind of movie we’ll be watching by whose turn it is to pick that week…

If it’s my son, it’s likely to be a sci-fi or fantasy movies. My daughter loves anything animated. I tend to go for big production musicals. The Hubs?  Well, he’s a bit of a wildcard. With him it could be anything  — a comedy, western or some creaker of a movie, but somehow his picks always seem to be a crowd pleaser.

I like to keep dinner simple on these nights, so I can focus on spending time with the family and have fun watching the movie. I like to look for foods that I can us to quickly create one or two different meal options from.

One recent family movie night meal that was a big hit was chicken quesadillas for the kids and chopped chicken salads for us adults, both using Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips. These dishes are not only great for dinner but also for when you want to enjoy a great protein powered snacking meal!


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Celebrating Fall With Delicious Autumn Acorn Treats – Super Easy Recipe

Have you ever met someone and within minutes you know they’re a kindred spirit?  That’s how I feel about today’s guest poster, my friend Jennifer Arlin.   She’s kind, caring and always willing to help others.  I feel a deep sense of warmth and calm whenever I see her!   Jennifer is a law professor, a mother of three and an obsessive knitter.  She blogs over at Still Life With Crockpot and today she’s sharing with you her recipe for Delicious (and totally adorable) Autumn Acorn Treats.


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5 Things You Need To Know About…Home Fire Safety (Fire Prevention Week)

rp_THM_FirePrevention-300x168.jpgDid you know that a home fire occurs every 86 seconds in the United States?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2014 public fire departments responded to about 1.3 million fires, and resulting in $11.6 billion in property damage, 15,775 injuries and unfortunately 3,275 deaths.

Since it’s National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10), this edition of “5 Things You Need to Know” is devoted to tips to help keep you and your family safe if your home is ever involved in a fire.

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The #Mutts Winter Diaries – Giveaway

Growing up I used to love Sunday mornings in my house. My father would get up early, go to our local bakery and come back home with some delicious crumb cake and the Sunday newspapers. I would take the biggest piece of crumb cake there was, get a tall glass of milk and run off to read the Sunday Comics or what we affectionately called the “Funny Section.”


I loved reading comic strips and on Sundays they were twice as long and in color! It was like reading a funny letter from a friend – following the crazy adventures and outlandish situations the characters always seemed to get themselves into.  A few of my favorites were Blondie, Peanuts, Family Circus, Hagar the Horrible, Bloom County, Fox Trot and Calvin and Hobbes.

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Making Breakfast Fun – The Ultimate Breakfast Bar #FueledForSchool

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My kids always seem to roll their eyes at me when I tell them that they need to eat their breakfast each morning because it’s the most important meal of the day. They think I’m just saying that to get them to eat their food, but it isn’t some old adage, it really is true!

Many nutritional experts, not just moms and dads, agree that eating a balanced breakfast provides children with the energy and nutrients they need for increased concentration in the classroom and to help prevent mid-morning slump.  Studies have also shown that eating breakfast is an important step in maintaining a healthy body weight.

However, like parents most everywhere, I know that during a busy morning it is sooo easy to let breakfast fall low on your list of priorities. But taking as little as 10-15 minutes each morning to have something to eat can really make a difference in your child’s day and even your own!

To show my kids how important it is to eat something in the morning before starting their day, I decided to treat them to the “Ultimate Breakfast Bar,” filled with some of their favorite foods!

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