It’s that time of year! My Christmas tree was looking a little bare and I was in need of some ornaments. I wanted to add something with a personal touch and easy to create with my kids. I decided to drop by my friend, Michelle Carlson’s house to see what she and Patty Herwick were making for the holiday season. These ladies, from Canyon Wrap had some great ideas for ornaments one of which would be a great keepsake for 2013.

Cookie Cutter Keepsake

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What you will need:

Cookie Cutters

Baker’s Twine

Glue gun

Photo of your adorable children

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Instructions:

Step 1: Trace around the face of your child using the cookie cutter as your guide.

Step 2: Cut around the outline of the cookie cutter.

Step 3: Tie baker’s twine to the top of the cookie cutter.

Step 4: Use glue gun to put a thin layer of glue around the very edge of the photo.

Step 5: Place cookie cutter onto photo and let dry.

Pipe Cleaner Snowflake

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What you will need:

Silver Pipe Cleaners (8)

Wire snippers or old scissors

Baker’s twine

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Instructions:

Step 1: Cut three pipe cleaners in half, about 6 inches and attach the two pipe cleaners together at the middle point by twisting together

Step 2: Cut six pieces of pipe cleaner 2 inches, cut 6 pieces 1 1/2 inches long

Step 3: Attach each 2 inch piece to the middle of each length of the snowflake by twisting together

Step 4: Attach each 1 1/2 inch piece just above the 2 inch piece by twisting together

Step 5: Tie Baker’s twine to the top to serve as the hanger!

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Nowadays, everyone is so busy and even our kids seem to have packed schedules!  Amidst the hectic modern-day life, it’s easy to become distracted from what really matters!  Between all the “mommy scheduling” of play dates, activities, and returning school emails, I find myself with missed opportunities to just be with my kids.

How do people do it?!

It seems to me, the only way to truly tap into what really matters is by removing yourself, even if only temporarily, from the cyber world.  By doing so, we allow ourselves to let go of our “to do” lists and enjoy the little things in life… which in reality are actually the BIG THINGS that we all remember and cherish most!

Getting Back to Basics:

*Tuck your kids into bed

This is a sweet time to re-connect with your child after a long day by telling them a meaningful story or saying prayers together.

*Enjoy nature with your child

My son is passionate about finding rocks with fossils or crystals inside of them. My daughter loves to skip and pick beautiful flowers along her walk. I like to take it all in.

 *Bandage a skinned knee (and give your child extra hugs and kisses) 

Savor this precious moment to comfort your child. In a blink of an eye, they will be all grown up.

*Pick your kids up from school 

A lot of us can’t be at school pick-up everyday, but our kids notice and love that we are there. At least for now! : )

*Read together

Snuggling up and reading a good book together becomes a nurturing time to build a stronger, closer relationship with your child.

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Nowadays, everyone is so busy and even our kids seem to have packed schedules!  Amidst the hectic modern-day life, it’s easy to become distracted from what really matters!  Between all the “mommy scheduling” of play dates, activities, and returning school emails, I find myself with missed opportunities to just be with my kids.

How do people do it?!

It seems to me, the only way to truly tap into what really matters is by removing yourself, even if only temporarily, from the cyber world.  By doing so, we allow ourselves to let go of our “to do” lists and enjoy the little things in life… which in reality are actually the BIG THINGS that we all remember and cherish most!

Getting Back to Basics:

*Tuck your kids into bed

This is a sweet time to re-connect with your child after a long day by telling them a meaningful story or saying prayers together.

*Enjoy nature with your child

My son is passionate about finding rocks with fossils or crystals inside of them. My daughter loves to skip and pick beautiful flowers along her walk. I like to take it all in.

 *Bandage a skinned knee (and give your child extra hugs and kisses) 

Savor this precious moment to comfort your child. In a blink of an eye, they will be all grown up.

*Pick your kids up from school 

A lot of us can’t be at school pick-up everyday, but our kids notice and love that we are there. At least for now! : )

*Read together

Snuggling up and reading a good book together becomes a nurturing time to build a stronger, closer relationship with your child.

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I try to go to a spin class, do a little yoga, or go for a hike at least three times per week.  I’m not a big exerciser, but I want to be in shape for myself and for my family. Plus, I think it is important to set an example for my kids and show them that physical activity is a great thing to incorporate into one’s lifestyle.

My problem is staying motivated. I get so busy with my family’s schedule that I tend to neglect my workout routine.

Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is so important. How can I stay consistent and make exercise a priority in my life?  I’m not asking for perfection, but I would like to feel a little more toned and energetic. The solution: Mama’s Got to Move It, Move It!

I reached out to my friend and no-nonsense spin instructor, Mimi Ziffren-Adams, for a little advice and inspiration. This is what Mimi had to say:

Just Go!

Basically, it really doesn’t matter if you “think” that you don’t have the energy, the will, or the ability to get through a class on any given day. Regardless of your emotions and/or physical state, you need to tell yourself to get up, show up, and try your best. Go in without any reservations and remember that half the battle is getting there. Once you are in an active environment, just the energy of other people and the instructor can start to make you feel better and more confident in your ability.

Just Move!

Being active in even the slightest way is better than not doing anything at all. In any case, endorphins will kick in and heighten your workout experience. Remember that perfection should not be the goal; it’s better to move a little than not at all.

Just Do It!

It’s easy to find excuses… but don’t!  You don’t need to wait until Monday or tomorrow to feel better, look better, or be in better shape. Leave your “to do list” at the door and Just Do It!

For more inspirational tips by Mimi, you can visit her Facebook page at:

Mimi at The Sweat Shoppe

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I try to go to a spin class, do a little yoga, or go for a hike at least three times per week.  I’m not a big exerciser, but I want to be in shape for myself and for my family. Plus, I think it is important to set an example for my kids and show them that physical activity is a great thing to incorporate into one’s lifestyle.

My problem is staying motivated. I get so busy with my family’s schedule that I tend to neglect my workout routine.

Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is so important. How can I stay consistent and make exercise a priority in my life?  I’m not asking for perfection, but I would like to feel a little more toned and energetic. The solution: Mama’s Got to Move It, Move It!

I reached out to my friend and no-nonsense spin instructor, Mimi Ziffren-Adams, for a little advice and inspiration. This is what Mimi had to say:

Just Go!

Basically, it really doesn’t matter if you “think” that you don’t have the energy, the will, or the ability to get through a class on any given day. Regardless of your emotions and/or physical state, you need to tell yourself to get up, show up, and try your best. Go in without any reservations and remember that half the battle is getting there. Once you are in an active environment, just the energy of other people and the instructor can start to make you feel better and more confident in your ability.

Just Move!

Being active in even the slightest way is better than not doing anything at all. In any case, endorphins will kick in and heighten your workout experience. Remember that perfection should not be the goal; it’s better to move a little than not at all.

Just Do It!

It’s easy to find excuses… but don’t!  You don’t need to wait until Monday or tomorrow to feel better, look better, or be in better shape. Leave your “to do list” at the door and Just Do It!

For more inspirational tips by Mimi, you can visit her Facebook page at:

Mimi at The Sweat Shoppe

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When I think of the perfect Mother’s Day, sleeping in is always first on my list, followed by an eclectic breakfast from my kiddos and a hot cup of coffee from my hubby. Lots of hugs and kisses later and the day is off to a perfect start, right?!

Beyond the pure joy from my heart, I wanted to share a few items that would be great Mother’s Day gifts for the ones you love.

Dillon Rogers’ Kid’s Signature Bracelet

I have always been a fan of the personalized bracelets and necklaces by Dillon Rogers.  My new obsession is their Kid’s Signature Bracelet. Each bracelet captures a precious moment in time with your child’s actual signature. Have your child write their name on a piece of paper and take a picture with your cell phone or camera and email it to them. If your child is too young to write his or her name, no problem! They can draw a picture or design for you.  This is a wonderful keepsake for family members and a very special Mother’s Day gift. Hint, hint!

Dillon Rogers’ Signature bracelets

P.J. Salvage Pajamas

My friend, Elaine, gave me my first pair of P.J. Salvage pajamas. They are so soft and luxurious and now I am totally addicted.  Whether I’m curling up with my kids or with a good book, I absolutely love the coziness of these pj’s! Their chic style and luxury fabrics cross over into loungewear and everyday wear. Trust me, this is definitely a good “Mommy Purchase”.

PJ Salvage Collections 

Dayna Decker Candles & Diffusers

It’s “Grown-Up Time”! I love candles and I especially love the Luminesse Sculpture candle by Dayna Decker. They are gorgeous for your entry way and a beautiful addition for a night of upscale entertaining. I indulge in her products when the kids are asleep or when I want to create an ambient elegance in my home.

Dayna Decker Collections 

Fresh Mommy Food Delivery

In between the mad morning rush and picking up the kids from school, it’s a challenge to balance my own nutrition when I am so focused on everyone else’s needs. I have been on and off Fresh Mommy and believe me, I’m always in better balance when I am on this program. Whether you are a new mommy or a mother with older children on the go, I highly recommend this program.

Fresh Mommy by Freshology

Meditation by Deepak Chopra

My friend, Lola, recently invited me to join Oprah & Deepak’s 21 day meditation challenge. I didn’t pay much attention to this email until I found myself in a yoga class and the teacher closed the class with a meditation by Deepak Chopra. I was so moved by his profound words that I immediately opened her email to learn more. Below are two links to his meditations along with my friend, Lola Debney’s, twitter page filled with many inspirational quotes.  It’s well worth the Mommy Time Out to enjoy a couple minutes of pure relaxation.

Oprah & Deepak’s Meditation Challenge 

Chopra Meditation 

Lola’s Inspirational Tweets

Cheers & Happy Mothers Day!

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