Raising Dick and Jane

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Small Village, Big Traditions #MeetMeInMilford

#MeetMeInMilford Holiday

Last night my family and I attended the Big Reveal event in Downtown Milford. Tonight, I wanted to share with you the photos that I snapped at this event. I wanted to share these photos with you because something funny happened to me while I was there. It was sort of hard to explain, but while I was at this window reveal, in a pretty small village in Michigan, I felt the holiday spirit greater than I had ever felt before.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A New Reason to Gather Around the Television as a Family #LeapTV

Disclosure: I received free products in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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Yep, it's cold outside. I mean REALLY cold. So I ask you, what is a mom supposed to do with kids indoors that can burn energy, is fun, and is most importantly educational? Well, unfortunately for us, our television set no longer streams shows, unless you count what we can get to come in with our rabbit ears. <-- We cancelled our service a long time ago (and I've never looked back). However, even though we rarely use our television to watch T.V., we still held on to our television set. Why? For family movie nights and fun products such as these. Check out this new kid centered gaming system and a new reason to gather around your television as a family. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Celebrating Another Year Older with a Throwback Movie Night #MovieNight4Less

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
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Well, here it is again, my birthday. You know, it seems to me like birthday's should be celebrated even MORE as you gain in age instead of being celebrated heavily as a child and then taper off as we get older. I mean, wow, you made it another year! That's pretty awesome! So this year, for my birthday, I decided to invite a few of  my friends and family over for a retro themed movie night to celebrate. Why a movie night? Well for starters, it is REALLY cold outside in November and being snuggled up on the couch just seemed like a pretty good option. Reason #2, Walmart has a great deal right now on movie night supplies such as Orville Redenbacher's popcornM&M's® and Warner Bro's so this little party wasn't going to break the bank and I could just enjoy the time spent with friends.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gourmet Green Bean Casserole {Recipe}

Gourmet Green Bean Casserole

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and yes, I'm ready. I am ready for this day only partially for the feast, but the other reason is because I love spending time with my friends and family. I love sitting together on the couch, warm drinks in hand, chatting and laughing about anything and everything that crosses our minds. I love the sound of excitement as distant family arrives at the door.  I love hearing all of the kids running through the house in a tornado of play and I love the feeling of contentment as I am surrounded by the people I love, without the feeling of being rushed. I love the feeling of being together. 

This year, I am so excited that I get to share our family Thanksgiving and this feeling of togetherness with all of you as well. So in order to get you  prepared, I decided that I would share with you one of my families most beloved recipes of our Thanksgiving feast: gourmet green bean casserole. 

Green Bean Casserole with Cheese