Double Digits! 3 Birthday Gift Ideas

Clara's 10th birthday

I thought you might enjoy a little peak at our birthday celebrations yesterday. The teacher declared a school holiday, so we enjoyed a fun leisurely day together (which did include violin lessons and orchestra rehearsal).

We started the day out right with some birthday doughnuts.

Time to open presents.

A Ravensburger Disney Panoramic 1000 Piece Puzzle from Mimi and Pappy imported from Germany!

A new book! Redwall by Brian Jacques

And […]

Birthday Party

John's Birthday

Yesterday was a great day to celebrate the birthday of one of the favorite men in our lives. The weather has been cool here in Ohio {most unusual for July!}, so we just had to cook out and eat outside.

We decorated the porch.

Grilled up some steak and hot dogs.

Tossed salad.

Dessert – Caramel Brownies {I’ll post the recipe a little later today :)}

Fudge {Check out my Easy […]

Ice Cream Cone Cakes

Iced with Sprinkles

I guesss you could say I’ve been on a cupcake craze lately. Not sure why, except the ideas I’ve come accross looked like they would be fun to make. These Ice Cream Cone Cakes were quite simple to make.


Just use a cake mix, line a cupcake pan with baking cups, fill them with batter and top them off with a cone. After cooling, remove the liner, ice and decorate. Enjoy!


Here’s what […]

Cupcake Decorating Party

Ice Cream Cupcake

Kids love working in the kitchen. So, why not host a cupcake decorating party? On Friday, the Bible club girls had a great time rotating through stations making fun and tasty cupcakes.

Here’s how it worked.

1. Choose several decorating options.

There are tons of creative and fun ideas out there. Pinterest anyone? (By the way, you can follow me here :)) Here’s a collection of easy cupcake decorating ideas I came across. I […]

Family Game Night – Game Review

We love playing games! Many of the best games we play we learn about when visiting family in Germany, or they are games I played growing up there. If you’re getting a little bored with Candyland and Chutes and Ladders, why not try out a new game at your next family game night?

Today, I will introduce you to three of our favorite games for kids.


1. Preschool (Ages 3-8)


The goal […]

5 Gift Ideas for Boys (age 5)

Yesterday, I shared some gift ideas for 8 year old girls and today, I’ll give you some ideas that would make our 5 year old Nicholas very happy.

1. Legos

Nicholas loves Star Wars, but there are so many sets to choose from. It’s a gift that will provide hours of building fun.

2. Books

The I Can Read books are wonderful books for beginning readers. Make sure you choose books about something your […]

5 Gift Ideas for Girls (age 8)

There have been many times when I have racked my brain for gift ideas. Today, I thought I would share some ideas that would be a smash hit with our 8 year old daughter. (Check out my ideas for 5 year old boys here.)

Here are some of Clara’s favorite things.

1. Nancy Drew Mysteries

Clara loves reading the books in this series.


2. Amercian Girl Books

These are fantastic books. The movies are […]