Happy New Year!

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Thank you so much for making 2011 a wonderful year. We look forward to all the delicious days of 2012 and sharing them with all of you. And now...a sparkling grape juice toast to all the beautiful mamas who inspire us every day. Cheers to all of our fabulous gal pals on another year of wonder and fulfillment and all the beautiful complexities that make you who you are and your life so amazing. To a blissful, satisfying, indulgent and dazzling 2012! Happy New Year! Much love and see you next year! Jessi and Amy Photo: flickr.com/photos/juniorvelo/531192447 … [Read more...]

Arias New Year’s Eve: Together and Safe

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When I was a kid, my parents threw outrageous New Year's Eve parties. Family and friends would flock to our home and a good time was always had by all. There were always two stipulations for my siblings and me--no drinking and we could invite friends, but we were never to leave the house. No parties elsewhere. No babysitting engagements. We were to stay home where they knew we were safe. Pretty smart. And we never questioned it. Now that I'm older, with kidlets of my own, I observe a similar philosophy. We don't throw parties, because neither my husband nor I really drink, but we want … [Read more...]

Our New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

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With New Year’s just around the corner, our thoughts have turned to how we can live our lives to better ourselves and our families. Our hopes are that we're both successful in our endeavors to improve all our lives by making better decisions and getting things in order. We believe that setting goals for New Year’s is important. It gives us something to work for and look forward to. Time changes everything and everyone, and although we'll be celebrating the past year, we'd also like to celebrate the year ahead by inspiring ourselves to make 2012 the best it can be with our own lists of … [Read more...]

Dishes to Pass that Travel Well

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When celebrating holidays with family and friends, a lot of times get-togethers are done potluck style, with everyone bringing a dish to pass. This was rather simple before I had children. Now, there aren't many safe places left in the van after adding my three kids, all of whom sit in car seats. If a party was across town, having a pie or cake on my lap would be easy enough. However, my parents live 45 minutes away and my in-laws, 2 1/2 hours. (Yeah...we judge distance by time in Illinois.) As you can imagine, spending this long in a grocery getter full of antsy boys with a dessert on … [Read more...]

Decorate with a Winter Theme Between Christmas and Valentine’s Day

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One of the worst parts of the end of the holiday season is saying goodbye to all the beautiful decorations. Taking everything down at once feels like going cold turkey after over a month of Christmas cheer adorning the walls, tables and anything else that will stand still. If you feel a little pang of sadness when the tree takes its leave, you may feel compelled to find something else to take its place. I know I do. Just because there's a lag between holidays that favor a little decorating, doesn't mean you have to go through complete withdrawal. Instead of letting your Christmas decor … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, everyone! We hope that this Christmas is filled with joy, love, laughter and a few nips of spiky eggnog. Cherish the warmth of the season and the time you spend with the people you love. Have a safe, merry and joyous Christmas!  Amy & Jessi … [Read more...]