Organized and Energized! Part 2 – The Entry Way

ORGANIZED AND ENERGIZED! PART 2 – THE ENTRY WAY By Dianne de Las Casas The Entry Way This is the first point of entry for the entire family. Organizing this area is vital, especially if you have kids, where shoes are kicked off, coats are dumped, and backpacks are plopped on the floor. It’s easy […] Read More

Categories: Entry Way, Family, Organization, Organization Supplies, Uncategorized
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Organized and Energized! Part 1 – Organizing the Family

ORGANIZED AND ENERGIZED! By Dianne de Las Casas One of the most beautiful gifts you can give yourself is organization. Why do people go on vacation? “To get away from it all…” To get away from what? The chaos and clutter of a disorganized home? Look at pictures of luxury hotel rooms – what words […] Read More

Categories: Calendar, Cleaning, Family, Organization, Organization Supplies, Scheduling
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Craft: Coffee Filter Butterflies

Friends: Spring is around the corner! We can look forward to blossoms and butterflies. This is one of my favorite crafts to do with kids. It’s the classic coffee filter butterfly. It’s simple and fun. I think I learned this from Girl Scouts or summer camp when I was a child. Materials needed for two […] Read More

Categories: Arts, Butterfly, Butterfly craft, Children, Crafts, Family, Spring, Spring Craft
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Craft: Handy Valentine Cards

      These Valentine cards are fun and simple. Trace a hand (I like a child’s hand but your own works well too) onto construction paper folded in half. That way, you’ll get two Valentines with one cut. Cut out a heart to glue in the palm of each hand. Write a word on […] Read More

Categories: Arts, Children, Crafts, Family, Valentine Craft, Valentine’s Day
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Recipe: Tomato Basil Bisque

Friends: Today is the first Friday of Lent. In the Catholic tradition, we don’t eat meat on Fridays. So my family requested one of their favorite recipes, my original Tomato Basil Bisque. It is delicious and hearty. Without the addition of half-n-half, it can also be a very diet-friendly recipe. Tomato Basil Bisque by Dianne […] Read More

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Re-Cycling Creativity

Friends, Eliana, my 7 year old, is a bundle of creative energy. She loves to recycle old materials and turn them into new treasures. Today was a “lazy” day in that we stayed home all day (last day of the Mardi Gras holiday). So Eliana took her saved aluminum cans and toilet paper rolls and […] Read More

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Recipe: Soleil’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Cake: INGREDIENTS: 2 cups flour 1/2 cup cocoa 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup mayonnaise (I know, I know. It’s sketchy. But it takes the place of eggs and oil.) 1 cup water 1 teaspoon vanilla PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour, cocoa, […] Read More

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