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An Afternoon Of Wine and Appetizers With Friends

This post brought to you by Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards. All opinions are 100% mine. A get-together with friends and family is one of the most enjoyable ways to enjoy our days, and we cherish having loved ones over for a visit, especially during the autumn when the weather gets cooler and indoor gatherings are more cozy. […]

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  • I actually don’t drink wine but am always happen to spend time with friends.ReplyCancel

  • The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay sounds crisp and delicious. I bet the vanilla hint is especially good.ReplyCancel

  • The Chardonnay sounds delicious and refreshing. ReplyCancel

  • I like sweet wines, along the line of muscadine.ReplyCancel

  • I love a great glass of red wine with friends. I drink this brand regularly! Great choice.ReplyCancel

  • I’m NOT a wine expert at all. I love these reviews because I want to know which ones are worth trying and which ones aren’t. My mom use to drink wine before she went to bed each night and it helped with her depression and helped her sleep.ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      My father is the same way, a glass of red wine nightly is good for his heart according to his doctor, and I find it can be a nice way to relax too.ReplyCancel

  • I like a really, really sweet wine. And your afternoon sounds so adult. I miss adult only gatherings some times. :)ReplyCancel

  • I’m not much of a wine drinker, but I enjoy a glass of chardonnay every now and then.ReplyCancel

  • Now that sounds like my kind of afternoon!ReplyCancel

  • I love serving wine while entertaining. My personal favorite is sparkling sangria.ReplyCancel

  • I usually go with a Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay for myself, but a good Pinot Noir is also on hand for guests. I like to have both a red and white available.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t drink wine, but I love to get together with my friends to chat & snack. I know they’d love your wine recommendations.ReplyCancel

For Little Train Conductors Who Want More Speed and Adventure #TrackMaster @ThomasParent

This post brought to you by Fisher-Price. All opinions are 100% mine. My boys love trains beyond anything right now. They love to build extensive tracks and run their train cars along the winding rails in circles, making Choo Choo! sounds as they go. It relaxes and engages them for hours, and they don’t mind […]

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  • My son and daughter love these Thomas trains. They could play with them for hours.ReplyCancel

  • So I was visiting my sister last weekend and she was commenting how she wished she would have purchased this Thomas train set for her boys instead of a competing brand – so that says something!ReplyCancel

  • That’s so neat. My son would have loved that when he was little. He had to push his little Thomas train pieces.ReplyCancel

  • I love your boys in those hats!! Little boys and trains, always a good combination.ReplyCancel

  • I’m always so happy to see thomas is still around today and making great toys that kids can love with the show. He looks so cute in his hat.ReplyCancel

  • I love the little train conductor hats they look so cute and definitely an awesome toy.ReplyCancel

  • How fun! I’m sure that this was especially fun for the boys now that they’re getting older.ReplyCancel

  • This looks like an awesome train set to get for little boys. My son may be 7 years old, but I can still see him going crazy with happiness over this entire set. I know he still loves his train conductor outfit a lot too. This would make a perfect gift idea.ReplyCancel

  • Oh that is so cute! My kids are probably too old for Thomas, but you never outgrow train sets.ReplyCancel

  • How cute! My daughter really gets into trains, but it will probably be awhile before I get her a set. :)ReplyCancel

  • How adorable, my son would love one of these!ReplyCancel

  • My grandkids love Thomas. They would love this set for sure.ReplyCancel

  • How cute to hear their little train stories and tales as they play. This is precious!ReplyCancel

  • My son is beginning to outgrow Thomas & Friends but thankfully my nephew is just starting to discover these new toys. This set looks like it would really capture his interest.ReplyCancel

A Long Way Off

I love movies, but am not thrilled by the inundation of questionable, well-funded Hollywood productions that drown us regularly. My husband and I no longer go to the movies, and instead wait for friends to recommend movies to us, because frankly, if it’s acclaimed by Hollywood critiques, we know we will hate it. Those movies […]

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  • It’s sad that there aren’t as many wholesome movies being made anymore.ReplyCancel

  • I always want to like faith-based movies, but the acting always kills it for me. I’m not sure why that seems to be a common thread. It makes me sad.ReplyCancel

  • I like faith based movies, I think you can always learn something from them, and they normally have a great story line. Sounds like a good movie!ReplyCancel

  • I love all kinds of movies but really like a movie that says somethingReplyCancel

  • We try and find good faith based movies to watch – well produced ones are hard to find though. That being said more and more are coming out with larger budgets and I hope that they find a place in our society.ReplyCancel

  • I haven’t heard of A Long Way Off. It sounds like a movie I’d really enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • It sounds like a great film to watch together as a family. I know there aren’t always a ton of options for us to watch together that we don’t have to worry about.ReplyCancel

  • I haven’t heard of this but it looks like something I could learn from by watching.ReplyCancel

  • Excellent review. You’re right there aren’t enough wholesome movies like this one on the market anymore. I totally enjoyed doing a review of this movie. It was a pleasure to watch and definitely a movie that I could relate to on many levels.ReplyCancel

  • I’m going to look for this… I too love seeing more faith-based movies. My son will actually be auditioning for a movie to be filmed in our area next summer that is through a christian production company.ReplyCancel

  • this is a great post and I completely agree with what you said! This movie looks great, I love films like this.ReplyCancel

  • There definitely is some interesting themes in movies these days. It is good to have different movies to appeal to all.ReplyCancel

  • I am not a person of faith myself but am always open for an interesting movie that promotes positive morals and values, especially if I don’t have to shield my children’s eyes during certain scenes.ReplyCancel

Coffee Notes + Tic Tac Toe #IDelight @InDelight

A good cup of coffee is what gets me through my sleep-deprived days. Who am I kidding? A lot of good cups of coffee get me through each day, and I always turn to my favorite standby of coffee flavored with International Delight Hazelnut, but after seeing all the great flavors of International Delight others […]

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Play & Dream In The World of @EricCarle + @Gymboree & #WhatDoYouSee Contest

I read my son a story every night, and some of his favorite stories are by Eric Carle. He loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar (he even watches it on tv) and discovering that Gymboree is offering a limited collection of Eric Carle playwear and Eric Carle sleepwear was incredible. For us, the World Of Eric […]

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  • My daughter loves all of his books. They are wonderful books.ReplyCancel

  • My nephew loves those books and your boys are too adorable!ReplyCancel

  • How cute are those outfits..love GymboreeReplyCancel

  • That is such an adorable line!ReplyCancel

  • I adore that line of clothes and sleepwear. The Gymboree pj’s were my favorites when my babies were little. I’ll be picking some up with an Eric Carle book for a baby shower gift!ReplyCancel

  • I love Gymboree clothes. I can remember being a small little girl and my Dad taking me there to go buy clothes. Wow does that show how long they’ve been in business or what? They provide quality clothes at a reasonable price.ReplyCancel

  • I really like this line of clothes. I’ve bought some for my grandkids.ReplyCancel

  • I love this line, I loved reading all the books, hungry caterpillar is my favorite as a kid!ReplyCancel

  • I just adore his books. Everything about them is wonderful, so I love that it’s spreading to nighttime apparel!ReplyCancel

  • I love Eric Carle. I have his entire collection in my classroom.ReplyCancel

  • What an super adorable line!ReplyCancel

  • My daughter LOVED Eric Carl and we borrowed all his books at the library. BTW he is getting so big!ReplyCancel

  • What a great contest! I think Eric Carle’s work fits perfectly with the style of Gymboree.ReplyCancel

  • This collection is so darn cute. Plus the quality because they are Gymboree makes it much better. Bright & colorful & fun! Adorable pictures.ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely love Eric Carle and would totally wear this merchandise myself. I’m surprised there hasn’t been apparel modeled after his books before now.ReplyCancel

Back To School: Making It Fun #MomTrust @PlaytexBaby

Back to school time in many families is a time of excitement, poignancy, and relief. New experiences for our kids, feelings of wistfulness that they are growing up, and realizing we will have a bit more time to ourselves are all thoughts that cross our minds at once, so it’s no surprise we can feel […]

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  • What a great idea to get fun school supplies. When I let my daughter choose silly prints, they make her smile whenever she has to use them.ReplyCancel

  • Picking out school supplies was a big deal for me as a kid. I remember how fun it was to take all those fun supplies to school!ReplyCancel

  • I agree with the lunches. Bentos weren’t a big thing when our daughter was in school, but those Lunchables were. So I would buy or even make my own on occasion and the smiles and thank yous I got when she was home at the end of the day were priceless. I know that they made her afternoons at school better too just because those little lunches perked up her disposition and attitude. Crackers & Cheese….who knew?! lol.ReplyCancel

  • Being involved in everything is so important. I’ve worked in the schools on and off for many years helping children that need help in all areas. Parents need to work with children so they can enjoy school and understand what is being taught. I really wish I could get into making bento lunches for Zoe because they are so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • These are some great tips. My granddaughter started 1st grade this year. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Good tips. Some of those get harder to do as the kids progress through the higher grades.ReplyCancel

  • I think the Bento boxes are so cool! When school supplies come out I pick up some cool ones for my office too!ReplyCancel

  • Great tips, I used quite a few of them.ReplyCancel

  • Those are some great tips. I love the idea of fun lunches, it gives them something to look forward to!!ReplyCancel

  • My daughter loved going shopping for back to school. My son – not so much. Not sure anything can make a teenager like school.ReplyCancel

  • Those are some great tips. Picking out new clothes and school supplies is always a huge thing with the kids.ReplyCancel

  • As an empty nester, I don’t have to worry about getting school stuff anymore. But I do get some for my grandkids.ReplyCancel

  • These are all really good tips. My kids and I love to shop for back to school supplies. My husband gets frustrated because we always have a house full of supplies.

    In fact, our local Walmart had Preschool workbooks available for 3.00 which is a HUGE savings. I snagged one up for Zeva for her to do with my mother-in-law (she does Preschool with the kids and then I take over in K.)ReplyCancel

  • My mom worked at my elementary school, so I was pretty spoiled having my mom around all of the time. Showing you care about their school makes such a difference in their attitude about school.ReplyCancel

  • I was at my son’s elementary school so much that the ladies in the office would kid and say I should be on the payroll. :) It’s weird now that my son is in a much smaller Christian middle school and parents are need no where near as much. I have mixed feelings about it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Great tips, being involved is so important. It’s gets a little harder when they’re older and don’t want you there so much.ReplyCancel

  • As always, you offer such wonderful suggestions! Being involved in a child’s schooling activities can help make a tremendous impact. :)ReplyCancel

  • These are great tips, I try to let my kids pick out fun supplies.ReplyCancel

  • These are all great suggestions! We always have a pizza party the night before school starts and shopping for new school supplies is always a lot of fun for us too.ReplyCancel