Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! We had my husband’s side of the family – about 22 people – over for a big celebration on Christmas Day.  It’s rare for us to have so many people in our home at once. I must say, it was a blast! I hope we host again next year. During the last couple of weeks, I allowed myself to take some time off from…

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Happy Thanksgiving! I am excited to say we are hosting Thanksgiving this year. Some members of Bill’s side of the family will be coming to dinner, including my father-in-law. There will be 11 of us sitting down to ham and turkey later today. For someone who doesn’t cook for a crowd very often, this is a daunting number for me! Thankfully we saved lots of time – and stress – by splitting up the menu.…

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It’s hard to believe but Independence Day is just a little over two weeks away! If you’re celebrating this national holiday, it’s not too soon to start thinking about what you’ll wear. Every July I like to get into the spirit and dress patriotically on July Fourth. I choose outfits I can be comfortable in throughout the day because I never know how long I’ll stand while watching our hometown parade or how far I’ll have to…

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California’s Wine Country is one of the most romantic and beautiful destinations on earth, in my opinion. It’s no wonder people flock here for weddings, anniversary celebrations, honeymoons and romantic getaways. Last year, I wrote about my top 10 Romantic Things to do in Wine Country. Since then, my husband and I have discovered even more ways to keep romance alive and well in Wine Country. Here are our 10 Romantic Things to do in Wine…

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Have you ever thrown your own New Year’s Eve party? Bill and I had one at our house about ten years ago and it was a big fat flop. Guests were so bored, a few (not just one, but a few!) fell asleep before 9:00 pm. One guest took a nap right on the living room floor. There is only so much eating and drinking a guest can do and when you throw a party that…

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