FREE Happy Holidays Banner Download

It's that time of year to start decorating for the holidays... if you haven't already. I put together this fun country style holiday banner that's free for you guys to download and use.

I punched holes on the top corners of each letter and put a ribbon through it to hang mine up. You can get as creative as you want with yours!

If you download and use your banner, please post on social media with the hashtag #mamasholidaybanner so we can see all the fun ideas you have for using it! Watch my social media for how I used mine as well as tips and ideas for what you can do with yours!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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How to Add Grommets to Store Bought Curtains

Have you ever come across the perfect pair of curtains, but wished they had grommets at the top to attach them to your curtain rod? Me too!! I found a pair of curtains that I fell in love with for my girls' room on clearance at Target. I had been using the rings with the clips on the end to put them up, but finally decided to bite the bullet and just put actual grommets on. 

Let me tell you how easy peasy it is!! 

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Dairy and Egg Free Meatballs

If you are an avid reader of my blog you already know that we have to eat egg and dairy free (peanut free too??). My almost 8 year old is deathly allergic to them. There has been a lot of trial and error on our part to find (or adapt) recipes to work for us and our eating requirements. Trust me... there have been a lot of fails!! 

Now that we have 7.5 years of dairy, egg, and peanut free cooking/baking under our belts, I have decided that I need to start writing down all of these recipes in the hopes that we can help others of you out there who are as lost as we once were when we found out the extent of his food allergies.

After several successful (and unsuccessful) attempts, I finally created a recipe that my family LOVES and one that holds these little guys together. Since we can't use eggs, we have to think a little outside of the box to get certain foods to work for us. 

Want to know how we make dairy free and egg free meatballs work for us!?! 

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Vegan Protein Cookies

If you are like us, you may be having trouble finding delicious vegan options for desserts. So many of the good recipes out there call for eggs and dairy to make their tasty treats. We eat vegan for two reasons: 
1) it's a really healthy option for everyone -- but I know it's not for everyone
2) my son has anaphylactic allergies to eggs, dairy, and peanuts, so vegan it is! 

I have come up with an adapted recipe that it totally delicious -- and even a little healthy!!

When we take a day trip to Disneyland these cookies are one of our go-to snacks that we pack. Cookies, as a snack!?!? YES! While they do still contain sugar, they are also loaded with good healthy stuff that fills kids bellies, feeds their sweet tooth, and can stop the 4:00pm meltdown that inevitably ensues!

Let's get started!

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Creating a Mini Photo Memory Book

Today my grandma is celebrating her 89th birthday! She is healthy, and may just live forever -- and I am so thankful for that!

When it comes to Christmas and Birthdays, her philosophy about gift giving is simple: "If I can't eat it, watch it, or plant it, I don't need it." Usually we give her a gift card to her favorite restaurant, but this year I decided to do something a little different.

We all know that as grandparents, and great-grandparents get older their memories start to fade. Not ALL people, but some. To help preserve some of those memories, I put together a memory book for her. My kids helped by giving me quotes about whey they love G.G. (great-grandma), and drew pictures for her. I included memories I have from time spent with her over my 35 years. Just quick thoughts about things I enjoyed doing with her, vacations we went on, and things she taught me.

I put together 89 pages of pictures, memories, drawings, and quotes... one for each year of her life.

It was really simple to do, and honestly you can get as creative (or not) as you want. Here is what you need:
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