Day 3 – Holiday Cards and Keeping it Personal

color me in note cards paper source capability mom

Last year, Pragmatic Mom suggested a personalized stamp (I have long admired the way she uses hers to stamp her books) and I found this lovely stamp at Paper Source with free shipping. So while it currently resides in my present cabinet (what, doesn’t everyone have a present cabinet?), I just may keep it for myself. Last year I posted on this topic here with . . . → Read More: Day 3 – Holiday Cards and Keeping it Personal

12 Days of Shopping – Arts and Crafts on Day 2

Wine decoration tag from the container store from capability mom

I love craft projects (dioramas, hot glue and glitter), so the holidays are fun and somewhat messy around here. All to the good!  And my new craft addiction is to fold over elastic. I like the colors, I like making hair ties and headbands and luckily, other people like them, too, or I would have a ton of FOE in my house. I am . . . → Read More: 12 Days of Shopping – Arts and Crafts on Day 2

Gifting Granola – Day 1 of the 12 Days of Shopping


From my place in a chocolate centered universe, I considered that some people might mind that this gift is (gasp!) chocolate free, but I have learned that not everyone likes chocolate. Really, it’s true. So while either of these granola recipes stand on their own, if you really feel you must, oh, I don’t know, put lipstick on a pig, feel free to add chocolate kisses or Lindt truffles or chocolate coins (coins pictured are from Trader Joe’s – they have a great selection of holiday candy) to ease your mind. I package these treats in a variety of ways, tins, cello bags, parchment paper, waxed paper bags – get creative, use what you have on hand and top it with some rick rack or ribbon and a card. Add tea, coffee or hot chocolate and you have a lovely gift. . . . → Read More: Gifting Granola – Day 1 of the 12 Days of Shopping

Family Car Trips

Yes, it’s true – car rides with your family can start out like the opera and quickly switch up to a bouncy dance tune. Sometimes you are up for it and sometimes not so much.

How do you manage long car rides? Pack entertaining and distracting things (some of us can read in the car, some cannot).I found this great Kid Kit . . . → Read More: Family Car Trips

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