Free Outlander Premiere Party Invitations and Printables

Looking for free printable Outlander Premiere Party Decorations and Invitations?  These free downloads will help you throw an epic Outlander premiere party that would make Claire and Jamie proud. Party on, Sassenachs!  Free Outlander Party Printables Where are my Outlander fans at?  Who else is super excited about the season premiere coming soon?? The 3rd season of Outlander premieres on STARZ on September 10th, 2017 at 7 CST / 8 Eastern. It's been a long hard droughtlander season but … [Read more...]

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Caroline’s TWO-nicorn themed birthday party!

Our sweet Caroline is turning TWO this week. Can you even believe it?? It's amazing to think that it's been two whole years since she came along and took our lives on a sharp right-hand turn out of nowhere. In the blink of an eye she went from this perfect little china doll look-alike... ... to this beautiful girl dancing on the table at her party! (Oh please don't let this be a foreshadowing of her 21st birthday.) Since they seem to be all the rage right now, I chose a cute … [Read more...]

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20 Summer Road Trip Essentials for Kids

Who else is planning a summer road trip with kids?  Summer is nearly over, which means you better hit the road quick if you want to avoid those unexcused absences. If you want to try to kick it old school style and have a technology-free road trip then you are gonna need to get creative. Kids today are not as easily distracted as those of us who grew up counting the roadside power poles from the back of a station wagon in the 80s. That means you need to make a plan and be prepared. Here are … [Read more...]

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Tales of Painted Basement Ceilings and Pole Dancing Woes

When we sold our old house, one of the things we were most sad to leave behind was our finished basement.  We put in so much work to make that basement beautiful, so it really hurt to give it up. The movie room with all that amazing molding and those gorgeous cabinets?? I was sad to leave them behind. Click here to tour the basement in the old house. BUT... our new house had a large unfinished basement space that we knew we could make functional for our family. We knew going into this … [Read more...]

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Food Photography Styling Tips from the Pros

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a workshop here in Birmingham that taught us all about prop styling for food photography. Jessica from Spiffy Eats hosted it along with two ladies who work as food stylists for Time, Inc. All day long Rishon Hanners and Audrey Davis style food photos for magazines like Southern Living and Cooking Light. It was a joy to watch them work together to set up the perfect shot. They made it look SO easy, when in fact it takes a lot of skill … [Read more...]

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Unskinny Boppy Reader Survey 2017!

Hi there. I'm ashamed to admit that in over a decade of blogging I have never done a formal poll of my blog readers to get your opinions on what you like and what you don't like. After talking to other bloggers at the Haven Conference last week, apparently I'm supposed to be doing this on the regular.  (Whoops.) So, who is willing to take a survey and let me know your feelings about this blog? I would be honored if you would take a minute to fill out this survey and give me all your … [Read more...]

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Come Tour a Real Life Hobbit House

Outside a tiny village called "Tomich" beside Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, a man named Stuart Grant has carved out a magical home that resembles a tiny hobbit house. The house was originally a barn or "byre", as he calls it, but he decided that it had a better view than the actual house. In 1984 he began whittling tree stumps and repurposing his neighbor's castoff junk into THE most incredible house in the history of ever. … [Read more...]

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5 Best Free Kids Books for 9-12 Year Olds

We are coming into the last lazy days of summer before school starts back which means I'm hearing a lot of "Moooom... I'm BORED." from my 9 year old son. He is exhausted when he gets home from summer camp and just wants to veg out on the couch, so I let him do just that most nights. The Kindle app on the iPad has been a lifesaver because it's a way to keep him occupied that doesn't include mindless hours of playing Roblox or watching tv. Thankfully he is an avid reader, so I started … [Read more...]

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The Sunflower Field

I've driven down a lot of Alabama back roads in my lifetime, but up until this point, none of them were quite as memorable as the one I drove down yesterday.  It was a perfect day for a mini-road trip.  The sky was a brilliant blue.  The clouds were puffy and white. We tossed our sunscreen and snacks in the car and headed off with the kids on a summertime adventure. We left our house around mid-morning and trusted Siri to get us to our destination. … [Read more...]

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Caroline’s First Year Finally Documented. Guilt Averted.

Guess WHAT? I got Caroline's entire first year of life documented today. I've been meaning to do that for a YEAR. Now I'm glad I procrastina- ahem... WAITED for this steal of a deal that is happening this weekend only. I just ordered a 77 page 8x8 Shutterfly book of Caroline's entire first year of life for just $31.00!! I'm doing such a happy dance over here. Seventy-seven pages, y'all! $31.00! For the first time ever, Shutterfly is offering a never-before-seen UNLIMITED amount of … [Read more...]

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