A Simple Thanksgiving Feast

A Simple Thanksgiving Feast

This year, especially more than before, I’ve been searching for ways to simplify the  holidays so that I can actually enjoy them with my family. I’m sure you’ve felt the pressures during the holidays to do activities that you don’t enjoy just for tradition, or to cook a million dishes, or give a million gifts. This year I’m not having any of it, I’m done with spending my time doing things I don’t want to instead of focusing on my family. Last month I shared my ideas for a simple Halloween, and today I’m sharing my tips to have a simple Thanksgiving.

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Tips for Throwing a Teen Party

Tips for Throwing a Teen Party

This post is in partnership with Oh Happy Day Shop.

This month my oldest son, Aiden, turned 14. It’s such a big number to me that it took me awhile to get over his impending birthday, so it was planned a little quickly. Since he’s outgrown the parent-planned-party phase, I usually ask him what kind of party he wants. We’ve always veered away from character parties, but last year he had a Minecraft party and this year he chose Super Mario.

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A Perfect Neighbor Gift

Giant soft sea salt chocolate chip cookies.

This post is sponsored by Miss Jones Baking Co.

I’m finding more and more that when a special occasion comes up and there is baking required my mind always goes to the same place: delicious and easy! Whether I’m baking for a birthday, holiday, or other special occasion I find that more and more I lean toward using a mix instead of trying to bake something from scratch. A long time ago I discovered Miss Jones Baking Co. and not only are the products organic, almost all of them can be made dairy free (which is a big deal when you are allergic to dairy like me). Over the years I’ve tried the brownies, cake mixes, frostings, and cookies but I think these Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite by far.

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Guide to a Simple Halloween

Halloween spooky floral arrangement from a guide to a simple Halloween.

Just because it’s a popular holiday doesn’t mean that celebrating it has to be overly complicated. Popular holidays can have so much peer pressure and marketing surrounding them that it can sometimes feel easier to give in than it does to just enjoy a simple holiday. With costumes, candy, parties, and decorations crawling into every inch of your life, Halloween is no different. Even though Halloween is my favorite holiday, we typically try to keep it simple. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite low-key ways to celebrate Halloween and the fall season in general.

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