The thisgratefulmama 2015 FALL Family Bucket-List


Parenting

The 2015 fall bucket list focuses on activities to enjoy with your family during the fall season, with an emphasis on gratitude and service to others. I hope these 100 ideas help you fill fall with joy.  Hello, Fall! Cook Bake a Pumpkin Pie from scratch Succumb to the fall pumpkin fad with a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, or […]

September 4, 2015

‘You Are My Sunshine’ Birthday – Simple Food So You Can Relax!


Joyful hosting

One of the most difficult decisions for me when hosting is picking the food. In March, we celebrated our daughter’s second birthday. I’ve already shared how the house was decorated with a few strings of bird and sunshine garland, and a ‘You Are My Sunshine’ photo birthday banner, strung using patterned paper covered clothes pins. Like most families, ours has a […]

April 29, 2015

Dinosaur Birthday Party Brunch & Dessert that will Please Both Kids and Parents


Joyful hosting

Our son turned 4 on Halloween and we celebrated the occasion with a dinosaur birthday party. Brunch is a great option for a kids birthday party. We invited 3 to 6 year old kids and their families, which included many younger siblings. Brunch allowed us to start at 10 am, and be done at 1 pm, […]

December 10, 2014

I am THAT Allergy Mama: Thank You For Answering My Food Allergy ’20 Questions’ Before We Get Together


Parenting

How I miss the days when all I had to do was ask what I could bring to a get-together and not have to know what was being served… Or when someone could bring anything they like best to our house. Any dessert. Any bread. Any salad topping. Sigh. Now I’m constantly MEDDLING. I’m calling ahead, asking […]

October 15, 2014

A Favorite Fall Recipe: Easy Vegetable Soup


Joyful hosting

If you live in Minnesota, you know that last night we were reminded that winter is looming; it sleeted. Last night, we sat inside, furnace on, drinking hot cider, as ice pellets fell and the howling wind made sure we could hear the sleet pelting our windows. Sigh. At least it didn’t sleet in September… AND, at […]

October 4, 2014