10 Ways to Serve Pizza on New Years Eve

My family loves pizza! My kids would eat it at every meal if given the option, I mean really! Who doesn't like it!? On New Years Eve we usually stay home and eat something fantastic, play a few board games and listen to music with the kids. After they call it a night, Mr. Sweet Silly Sara and I may have a few drinks.

This year, we are going to make pizza with the kids because Roo really loves to help cook! I found 10 Ways to Serve Pizza on New Years Eve that are bound to be a hit with my family not only on the big night, but all year long! I hope you find a few you love too!

Taco Pizza
Crock Pot Pizza
Easy Mexican Pizza
Flaky Biscuit Pizza
Savory Blueberry Pizza
Honey Terrayaki Chicken Pizza
Pizza Dippers
Easy Pizza Casserole
Pizza Pasta Bake
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Which of these pizza recipes sounds best in your opinion? We love the Savory Blueberry Pizza and the Pizza Dippers are sure to be a hit with my kids! If you have a favorite pizza recipe, tell me about it in a comment!

My Life Flashed Before My Eyes, Via the Wardrobe I Could Never Let Go Of

Today was weird and more depressing than I care to admit. I have finally found the will to let go of an attic full of stuff. Clothes I will never wear again, 2 years worth of baby clothes and toys, weird things I forgot about, like an extra microwave. Jewelry I made as a hobby very briefly, books that weren't worthy of bookshelf space.

As we cleared out the attic today and I watched my life flash before my eyes via the wardrobe I could never let go of, it was sad. I don't know why but the clothes I held on to really got me down in the dumps. My mind keeps going back to a few articles of clothing I will never wear again. My black Ralph Lauren long sleeve that looked so cute with a pink Ralph Lauren cardigan. My cream colored NY&Co Cardigan. My Columbia hiking pants. Old t shirts from when I was a waitress.


My heart feels lighter now, this stuff is all going away. I always feel liberated when I part with the material things that hold me down. When I was carefree and younger I wouldn't own anything that I felt would own me in the end. I wanted to know I was free to leave at any time, to go anywhere, without the burden of possessions. Now, I have a house full of stuff holding me down.

Funny how that works out over time.

Getting my life and space in order is an ongoing goal of mine. I have been parting with old clothes, discarding old magazines, creating solutions to keep things orderly. The attic purge was a very big step!

An update on this 3 +year old post.

I have found that by finally saying "Goodbye..." to a pair of Coach pumps that I will never wear again thanks to a broken foot a while back is actually a really good thing. Letting go of this stuff gave me a chance to start over fresh, to adopt a new style. I am wearing new styles, trying new colors and I think I look better dressed than ever. Having old favorites stashed in the attic is like hanging on to the ghost of your fashion past.

Surviving The Diapering Stage


Parenthood is not an easy task to undertake! There are so many late nights, early mornings, temper tantrums, unexpected messes and out of the blue happenings that even the most patient person may show signs of cracking under the pressure on any given day!

The Diapering Stage contains many challenges that can make parents want to cry after a long day/week/month. In all honesty, I think I cried every day for 6 months when Roo was in diapers. Now that Harper is in the diapering stage, I have discovered a few tips and tricks that have helped me to stay sane. I can't wait to share them with you!

  1. A good night's sleep is essential to the entire family! When we are exhausted and the kids are cranky, a full day of changing diapers can seem extremely daunting. If you are not at the sleeping through the night stage, make sure to take time to rest! 
  2. Eat a well-balanced diet. This is true for the entire family too! Trust me on this one... children cannot survive on Crackers alone! Nutritious foods for parents will fuel them for a full day of changing diapers! A well-balanced diet for children helps to keep the diapers surprises at a minimum. But, sorry parents, there will always be a few surprises in there!
  3. Invest in quality diapers for baby. Again, a lesson I learned along the way. We have tried every diaper on the market literally. The best advice I can give anyone is, buy the good diapers! We use Huggies Little Snugglers. These keep leaks in, keep baby fresh and dry and are gentle on sensitive baby skin. 
  4. When your little mover discovers how to remove a soiled diaper as soon as it is dirty {Argh! Yes this happens at the worst times, such as when a delivery is made to the house...} it might be time to pull out my super mom trick- put the diaper on BACKWARDS! This will stump your little sweetie for a few weeks and save you from some serious mess making!
Let me tell you a little more about Huggies Little Snugglers:

Comfy outer cover and quilted, flexible inner pad

Characters make changing time fun for your little one

Sizes: Newborn, 1, 2 and 3


Proven leak protection

Get gentle care with the proven leakage protection of the HUGGIES® Leak Lock® System.
Added comfort for newborns

Newborn size has an umbilical cord cut-out, perfectly shaped to gently protect your little one's belly button as it heals .

Wetness Indicator

Wetness indicator helps you know quickly as wet diaper indicator will changing colors when wet.
Comfort for baby

Diaper has softness inside and out, with a breathable, comfy outer cover and quilted, flexible inner pad. Specially shaped to gently fit little legs — even when they haven’t uncurled yet.
Adorable Designs

New soft graphics with Winnie the Pooh and friends. These delightful characters make changing time fun for your little one. The charismatic cartoons help your little one stay comfortable and excited about diapering and potty training.

Only Huggies® diapers have a stretchy SnugFit Waistband to help our diapers stay in place like no other diaper. The unique contoured shape provides a comfortable fit and stays in place as babies move and play.
Now even more absorbent with new and improved LEAK LOCK®—the protection and security you both need between changes.

DryTouch® liner
Part of the new Moving Baby System*, the new DryTouch® liner absorbs on contact, so your baby stays dry throughout all of their little adventures.

We always grab out Huggies Little Snugglers at Sam's Club.  The best benefits of being a Sam’s Club member include free shipping on Diapers/Wipes, Club Pick up and Subscription! 

What advice would you give a parent in the diapering stage for survival? We can't wait to hear from you.

Getting it Done with the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14

Thanks to my friends at Acer for inspiring today's post with a sample!

As a stay at home mom by day and a work from home business owner by night, I rely on a great computer to help me stay in touch with friends, family and clients. I use my laptop as a communication tool, a source of entertainment and to my laptop provides the platform for my livelihood. 

Recently, I hooked up with the people at Acer to try out the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14. I had not used the Windows operating system in many years, so I was more than intrigued to see the computer in action. Let me tell you a little more about  The Aspire One Cloudbook 14. It features a 14-inch HD display, Intel Celeron processor and 32GB of internal storage.  It also provides up to 14 hours of battery life and weighs just 3.5 pounds and runs Windows 10.
The computer display was the first thing that caught my eye. I love generous size of the screen. It is perfect for streaming Netflix. It is incredible for me to use when I am working on a design or editing images. The clarity of the screen is fantastic. Really fantastic!

The best feature? The one I cannot get enough of? Cortana! Yes, the  The Aspire One Cloudbook 14 allows you to talk to Cortana with the click of the mouse! This is awesome, amazing, fun and completely stole my heart.

If you are not familiar with Cortana, she is like the other notorious assistant but so much better! Cortana on my Cloudbook makes the experience of using the device incredible. She will answer questions, open files, look things up online for you and so much more.

While the Cloudbook features all of these great things like an HD display, Cortana and Windows 10, there is one thing it does not feature... and that is a hefty price tag! Retailing for $199 at Walmart, this is a great option for school, work or fun! It makes a great first computer for your middle school students. It is also a great option for someone like me, that relies on a great computer for many parts of life.

I found the Acer Aspire One Cloudbook to be user-friendly. It is my go to computer for traveling and for using with my Silhouette portrait as well as for working and watching streaming videos. If you are looking for a great computer at an affordable price, I recommend this one. I have been very happy with my Acer One Cloudbook with Cortana and I think you will be too! I am getting things done with my Acer Aspire One Cloudbook! Connect with Acer to learn more.

Christmas Tree Inspired Snacks

We have been having tons of fun with all things Christmas Trees! We are decorating ours daily... you know how it is when you have little ones! We are drawing trees, decorating paper ones with stickers and reading books about Christmas trees too! {Biggest Christmas Tree Ever!}

With all of the buzz in my house about Christmas Trees, I thought I should find a few snack ideas for the kids to keep the fun of the beautiful Christmas tree going for them! I found 4 ideas for sweet treats that would make them very happy. Let's be honest. We are friends here. These are sweet so I am down as well!

Christmas Tree Brownies decorated with Buttercream Frosting
Healthy Christmas Tree Snack
Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Christmas Tree Brownies

I think my son Roo would most like the Christmas Tree Cupcakes. He loves icing! Harper and I would love the brownies, they both sound and look great! 

Do you have a favorite Christmas tree inspired snack? I would love to hear about it!

The Nice List: The Complete Series of The Wonder Years

I received a review copy of this product to facilitate this post.

Do you have ever have a TV and Chill Night at your house? I am totally not embarrassed to admit, this is what my husband and I do once the kids are in bed more often than not. We take turns on what we watch. One night a week, we catch up with the show we both watch, one night a week we watch a movie, one night we watch his choice. One night a week, my favorite night of the week; is all about my favorite series from childhood, The Wonder Years.

It is funny, but as a kid, I had the biggest crush on Kevin Arnold {Fred Savage}. Now that I am a mom, I have more of a crush on his dad, the grumpy Jack Arnold. My husband and I laugh about this often, because I lovingly joke that Mr. Arnold is as grumpy as my hubby and it must be familiarity!

Now, you know my secret. I am a Wonder Years Addict, who has crushed on both son and father. Imagine my delight when I got the complete series of my longtime fave on dvd! Yeah, rock on! This means I have my hour of her choice tv planned out for like 6 months!

This is one of the coolest complete series out there. The packaging alone makes it something you want to buy! It comes in a little replica locker like the one Kevin Arnold used. The dvds come in 2 fantastic binder style cases, just like Kevin used in the show! The fun doesn't stop there. The locker includes awesome magnets and the famed Yearbook!

When I opened the locker I literally squealed with delight! This is the PERFECT gift for anyone that loves old tv shows! It offers 6 seasons worth of one of the best television shows ever made in my humble opinion. Watching takes me back to when life was a lot simpler, friendships were solid, and television shows had a point to them!

If you need a great gift for a Wonder Years fan on your Nice List, you cannot go wrong with this complete series! To learn more or purchase connect with

Give the Gift of Less Stress

There are a few people on my shopping list that could use a little less stress and a chance to relax and have some fun too! While a holiday in the sun might take care of those needs, my budget wouldn't allow for me to give the gift of a cruise or tropical getaway. Luckily, there is still a great gift that I can give to the people on my Nice List that need a break!

In fact, there are 11 options for this gift that are sure to delight the recipients of my gifts! Let me tell you a little more about adult coloring books and the 11 that are topping my gifts to give list in 2015.

Tangled Treasures Coloring Book by Jane Monk - The soothing flow of tangling plus the meditative action of coloring makes this book a treat.

100 Things to Draw with a Triangle by Sarah Walsh - Think of all the possibilities! Stars, snowflakes, trees, gifts and more! Doodle your way to holiday spirit with Sara Walsh (Just Add Color: Circus, Day of the Dead, Carnival).

Doodling for Tree Huggers and Nature Lovers by Gemma Correll - Doodling is for everyone, and we mean everyone! Know a nature lover? This sassy draw-in journal is great for those who get creative in the great wide open.

Change Your Life One Doodle at a Time by Salli S. Swindell - Change is excitement. Change is surprise. Change is progress. Change is the thrill that comes from something new. Making small changes through this doodle journal can help you become happier and more confident. 

Color Me Stress-Free Color Me Calm by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter - These books examine the benefits of putting pencil (or crayon, marker, and ink) to paper and offers adults an opportunity to channel their anxiety into satisfying, creative accomplishment. 

Portable Color Me Calm / Portable Color Me Happy by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter - The international bestselling series now in a smaller, portable package. Bring it with you on a plane when travelling for the holidays. Makes a perfect small gift for any night and fits right inside a stocking!

20 Ways to Draw a Star by Studio SSS - This motivational practice book provides a new take on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing. Take a step-back and think about all the different ways to draw something. Open your mind to the possibilities and differences in everyday objects. Get out your favorite drawing tool, and remember, there are not just 20 Ways to Draw a Star!

Doodling for Bookworms by Gemma Correll - Of course you know someone who loves to unwind by the fire, relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book. Jumpstart the creativity of your favorite book nerd and give them this great activity book filled with Shakespeare, George Orwell, and Jane Austen.

Tangled Gardens Coloring Book by Jane Monk - If the s
now and cold stress you out, cozy up to Jane Monk's Tangled Gardens. Use your brightest pigments to create a warm and inviting garden while you wait for spring to return.

These books are great. Not only are they tons of fun to color in for grown ups, but they give kids a break too. No more sharing coloring books with parents! {Yes! I make Rolf and Harp share their coloring books and crayons!} I love to relax and let imagination run free. 

I am gifting adult coloring books to my mother, my sister and my husband this year. I know my husband is going to love the Doodling for Bookworms book. My mother will love the Tangled Gardens Adult Coloring Book and my sister needs a 100 Things to Draw with a Triangle book!

Who on your Nice List will you gift an adult coloring book to?