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Holiday Gift Bag Idea: How to Make Homemade Play-Doh

    Recipe for Homemade Play-Doh 1 cup flour 1 cup water 1/2 cup salt 2 tsp cream of tarter 1 tbs cooking oil food coloring scents if desired Mix dry ingredients in a sauce pan. Add oil, water and food coloring. Cook 3 minutes or until mixture pulls away from the sides of the […]

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Two Father’s Day Gift-Giving Tips

Okay, so all the Father’s day gift ideas I usually share are actual gift ideas. These are based on gifts we have given or things we have and like in our family. You will find unique and affordable father’s day gifts ideas, as well as useful, fun and gorgeous ones. You don’t have to break […]

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An Easy Way to Collect Money for a Teacher Gift (Or Any Gift From a Group!)

So, it’s time to organize a gift for your child’s teacher and we all know gift cards are greatly appreciated. I recently learned about a fantastic website called The site provides a way to collect money online from a group of people for a gift. To use the site, you establish an account and […]

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Gifts Ideas for Kids Who Like Money

Do your  kids enjoy playing with money? If so, do I have some gift ideas for you. My five-year-old has had many a money adventure. He likes it so much that we have acquired a number of money-holders that would make excellent gifts if you are looking for fun gift ideas. Some kids have a […]

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8 Amazing Halloween Cakes

This week Sisters of the Skillet held the second annual East Tennessee’s Biggest Bake Sale and it was AWESOME! There were lots of bakeries and other makers-of-yum present, and they all had samples! My daughter Molly and I loved looking at all the artful desserts. And Charlie-the-candy-bandit (5) was in hog heaven because we got […]

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Six Halloween Tips and Ideas

I have purposely NOT bought any Halloween candy. I have learned from years past that’s just not a good idea to buy it until JUST before because 1) I will eat it if it’s here and 2) they put it on sale the day before Halloween (to make room for Christmas stuff!). Here are some […]

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5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Who’s Your Daddy?

5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Who’s Your Daddy?

If you are looking for unique and affordable Father’s Day gift ideas, here are five ideas from that might inspire you. Is he a griller? If so, he might enjoy our favorite grilling cookbook. We have it and use it often. Is he a lounger? If so, you should explore Color Cloud Hammocks – […]

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Kids and Gum (@#$%&^*!!!!!)

Let’s talk about kids and gum, shall we? My daughter never had any issues, but Charlie would just swallow it, so I adopted my sister’s rule: “You have to be five to get gum.” Now I wish we had said six. Charlie turned five on Friday. His one birthday wish – a gum ball machine. Originally, […]

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Unique and Affordable Teacher Gift Ideas: Part One

The end of the school year is coming and it’s time to think about teacher gifts. I am running a series of different ideas over the next week that I hope will be helpful. First up: some great ideas from one of my favorite gift stores. Don’t you just LOVE to stumble across one of […]

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A Gift Idea for the Baker in Your Life

I got this kitchen aid mixer attachment with a spatula feature as a gift and I love it. I don’t even bake that often, but I think it’s cool. And it totally works, so file this one away for a potential mother’s day, birthday or holiday gift if the baker in your life has a […]

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