Pictures of a ballet dancer in her tutu
Easy dessert, similar to a dump cake
A most delicious side salad or dessert
Boston Cream Cake by This decadent cake is assembled in under 10 minutes
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Nestle Lean Cuisine meals and Skinny Cow treats

Nestle Lean Cuisine Froze Meal

I’m happy to share a review today of the Nestle Lean Cuisine frozen meals along with Skinny Cow ice cream treats. I was SO excited to see both an Asian Flavor 6 pack and Italian Favorites 4 pack Lean Cuisine meals at my local Sams Club. I shop at Sams Club once a week for my staple food items such as bread, milk, cheese, fruit, and I think I’ll be picking up these frozen meals… Continue Reading

MasterCard Marketplace

online shopping

Have you heard of the MasterCard Marketplace? It was new to me, and it’s got some great deals. It has varying deals for local businesses, as well as national retailers. It offers vouchers to restaraunts, spas, car detailing, etc. as well as discounted items that can be shipped to your door. In the screen shot of the site below, I hovered over “categories” and you can see all of the different sections they have deals. I… Continue Reading

Cookie’s Kids Clothing Fashion

holiday dresses

I discovered a new website for kids clothing shopping that I’m so excited to share with you! I got these adorable dresses for my girls for $22 total! Oh yes, it’s true!  Cookie’s Kids is a store front that has been around since 1972 (It’s their 40th year anniversary) in the NYC area with 7 stores in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Jamaica.  In the past 5 years started up their website after a surge in… Continue Reading

My Journey with Braces


Picture this: I’m 14 years old. I just moved to a new state, new school, new surroundings. I’m still mad at my parents for plucking me from all of my friends to a place where I had no friends. Not only did I move with my braces on, but my new orthodontist set me up with a bag full of mini rubber bands that I was supposed to attach from one tooth to another. As… Continue Reading

A little light {stylish} reading


Do you sometimes find yourself WISHING that the grocery store line was super long so you can look through the magazines while you are waiting?  Please tell me I’m not alone. I LOVE a good “informational” magazine. I am very interested in the lives of others, and celebrities intrigue me–so what?!? Early in our marriage, my husband thought my love for PEOPLE magazine was unhealthy.  I am pretty sure he thought I was comparing myself… Continue Reading

World Market~Share the Joy and Team Jaylie Slipper Drive for Children with Cancer

share the joy @capturing joy with kristen duke

This holiday season, I was blessed to be a part of a project that helped me think outside of myself on a bigger level. I think we all feel the Spirit of Christmas giving, and aim to teach our children to “give back” and “get involved” to look for service opportunities, but sometimes don’t know where to find those chances.  I want to help others, and share the joy, but don’t often do the digging… Continue Reading

SNAP, Creativity at your fingertips

I mentioned a while back that I’ll be attending a blogging conference called SNAP!, and that I also get to be a speaker and share some photography tips. I’m anxious to hear who out there in blogland will also be attending. So if you are reading this, and going, please let me know with a link to your blog!  I’m very excited to meet some new bloggy friends, and discover some new reads.  I think the conference… Continue Reading

{forever} Grace ruffle romper

Grace ruffle romper

I had the cutest little outfit sent to me, just the size of my daughter, all ready for her to model. Erin at {forever} Grace is very talented, and I was thrilled to get this in the mail! Here is what she says about her shop: It was born from my love of sewing unique pieces for my daughters Tori (6 1/2) and Teryn (2 1/2)!  Forever Grace combines vintage and contemporary design for your… Continue Reading

Fancy Hair at My Yellow Sandbox


Ok, if you’re like me, you’ve seen  posts all over the inter-web on hair.  Pinterest is exploding with them, and I should add that my sock bun curls post (over there on the sidebar) was one of my BIGGEST viewed posts of last year.  It got “stumbled upon” and wow, all sorts of visitors checking that one out! I have tough hair to handle.  I am blessed with thick hair.  I mean…SUPER thick hair. People will… Continue Reading

Joy Quote

joy is portable 11x14

  I asked my bloggy friend Kiki at Kiki Creates to design something pretty around this quote.  I told her the colors I wanted, and she came up with something beautiful!  I originally found the quote from Leigh Anne at Your Homebased Mom on her Christmas card, but I altered the words just a little.  Kiki does beautiful design work, and if you’d like the same design, you can find this print in her shop. … Continue Reading

Orange Blossom Frames

frame options

When I first saw these Orange Blossom frames debut, I was drooling.  I love COLOR, I love fun shapes, and I LOVE frames!  Once I finally decided on which color, size, and shape to get, I was so excited to have this beauty arrive at my door.{11×14, by the way}. I stared at it empty in my office for a while, trying to decide how to best display it.  I used it on a table set up… Continue Reading

Funny and Winner


Ha!  I just realized that the title of my last post looks like I am going to “snap” or go crazy.  Oops. I selected a winner for the Mommy Hates Cooking giveaway.   And the winner is: Comment #73 jamie                      January 14, 2012 – 7:37 pm FUN giveaway. thank you so much! If you didn’t win, her meal plans are very affordable.  Especially for those with allergies who are looking for help–check them out!

Mommy Hates Cooking~e-book review & Giveaway


I discovered a new blog recently:  Mommy Hates Cooking. Kristy is a  young mom who was thrust into the role of chef after her hubby started their marriage out doing that. From the looks of her blog, she enjoys it much more than she used to, but she said she does have a love/hate relationship with it. CHECK OUT her alphabatized recipe index.  Wowzers, lots of options. Drooling over the bacon wrapped chicken recipe she… Continue Reading

aluLosa Headbands


I am quite the collector of pretty accesories, and when I was contacted by aluLosa  to feature some headbands, I was very excited!  My daughters were more than happy to be models as well. I think these make perfect holiday gifts–stocking stuffers or wrapped up in a bundle.  AluLosa has kindly offered a 10% discount to all of you, so go enter the code: WINTER when you check out.  If you don’t see something exactly… Continue Reading

I heart organizing giveaway winner


Congratulations to Gina! That was her name in the comment (no last given) so if you aren’t sure its you, I sent you an email.  Have fun with the complete printables binder set! To those of you that didn’t win, here are some of my favorite listings from the I heart organizing etsy shop: Personalized monthly budget $5 Babysitter Notes $3 Meal Planning and shopping list $3 Auto Maintenance (I don’t see the link, it must have… Continue Reading