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Boston Cream Cake by KristenDuke.com. This decadent cake is assembled in under 10 minutes
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Cooking with Kids

kids in the kitchen

If you are like me, you know it’s a great idea to include the kids when cooking in the kitchen, but sometimes it’s not as easy in practice. I love the dream-like visions in my head that we are all laughing and having fun, but sometimes it can be stressful! I’ve done it enough that I thought I’d offer up a few tips. World Market asked me to check out their Easter and Spring items,… Continue Reading

After School Snacks

Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheat cereal for after school snack

I don’t know about all of you, but it seems the second my kids walk in the door after school, I’ll hear, “I’m starving!” Even though they often have snacks in the last hour of school. After school snacks are a time to sit down with the kids (while they are filling that void of starving-ness), and hear about their day. Sometimes the snack is fruit, sometimes it’s popcorn or pretzels, every once in a… Continue Reading

Mother and Daughter Outing: Hotel Sleepover with Friends

Mother daughter sleepover 2

I had a fun outing with my daughter last weekend, and I wanted to share about it, in case anyone out there might enjoy a similar experience. My 8 year old daughter and I met some friends for dinner and a hotel sleepover, it was so fun!  The collage below is a mini photo shoot with just me and my girl (taken by my friend Heather). We went with my friends  Heather and Tricia, whom I met several years… Continue Reading

Taking Pictures at the Library

taking pictures at the library

We love to visit our local public library. The Round Rock Public Library has an amazing children’s collection and the librarians are super creative and absolutely fantastic with kids. They regularly organize story times and exciting programs. It is important to remember to photograph your kids as they move through their daily experiences and weekly routines. Everyday events like playing at home or running errands can become the backdrop for great photos. I love looking… Continue Reading

Family Fun Color Run [color me rad 5k]


After I ran the mud run with my sister in laws in September, I was on the hunt for something just as fun for my family. Though my husband and I have run many a 5k in our days, the theme races were never on our radar. I’d heard about the color runs before, but once I saw the Color Me Rad 5k was in Austin in December, I thought it would be a spectacular… Continue Reading

Photo Album–last minute gift idea


Do you need a last minute gift idea that is sure to delight anyone on your list? Everyone loves ictures!  It’s a no brainer that I gift my parents and grandparents pictures of my family and children each year.  It’s what they love and something unique only I can give.  But this gift idea is geared more specifically to young children (but I’m sure adults would enjoy it as well).  It can be done in just… Continue Reading

Kids Christmas Pillowcase


I am delighted to share with you our new family holiday tradition: our Kids Christmas Pillowcase. The idea is new to me, having just heard about such a concept recently. It’s a fun new tradition that kids get to pull out a festive pillowcase that is normally stored in the attic with other holiday decor. They slip it on their pillow for the month of December, then pack it away after Christmas so it will… Continue Reading

Flash from the past: Kids School Lunch Jokes

lunch jokes

Since I don’t normally post on the weekends, I thought I’d at least share some of my favorite past projects on Saturdays that some of you new folks haven’t seen before. Today, I’m going to share the Lunch Jokes that may have gotten lost in the archives. I made an entire years worth of jokes to slip into your kids lunches, and I’m using them again this year! My kids love them, and it’s my… Continue Reading

101 Activities to do with my toddler


Ok, let me first say that I am totally procrastinating picture posts.  I’ve had 2 family sessions in the past week and need to be blogged, and it is in my plans.  However, I’ve had no baby nap the past 2 days PLUS filled days & evenings and that equals very limited computer time for me.  Then tonight when I could have started editing one of those sessions, all I wanted to do was plop on… Continue Reading

Welcome Walk~Back to School decor


I combined the ideas from this pencil wreath and this ruler wreath for my front door.  I wanted to do both, but had to choose and the pencils were more colorful and I didn’t have to saw 14 rulers….just 2.  Our school has a “Welcome Walk” where the teachers drive around to each home and “walk” up to the front door to introduced themselves.  It is a very fun way to find out the teacher… Continue Reading

Printable School Lunch Jokes + Holidays


I’ve always liked to send a little note to my kids in their lunches.  I want them to know throughout the day, that I love and miss them.  My boys are 8 and 10, and I don’t want to embarrass them with mushiness when it could get into the wrong hands.  So last year I decided to do something a little different and sent jokes in with their lunches….. and they absolutely LOVED it!  On the… Continue Reading

Football Fridays at the Duke home


 I signed my daughter up for a singing/dance class that meets one morning each week this summer.  We have lots of activities for all of us, but I wanted to do something each week for my boys, I just wasn’t sure what.  They have loved playing football with friends in our yard, and I thought to myself, “Why not have a set play date each week with a bunch of friends?”  It’s really quite hard… Continue Reading