Partners Card Shopping Guide

Hooray!  It is Partners Card time here in Atlanta.  100% of the proceeds from the sale of these cards benefit Camp Twin Lakes (CTL).  CTL is a nonprofit organization that provides year-round recreational, therapeutic, and educational camp programs for children and young adults with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges.

Y’all, as you can see, it is truly is a win-win situation.  When you purchase one of these cards, you are helping out a very worthy cause and saving yourself 20% on Fall/Winter wardrobe updates, home-goods updates, dining, and early holiday shopping.  The cards cost $60 so if you are planning on spending at least $300 this season, you will make your money back.

If you are local, read on for a list of where I plan to shop with my card.  You can also find a full list of retailers and restaurants here.  If you aren’t local, definitely check and see if your city has a similar card.

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Upping Your Family’s Holiday Pajama Game

There is something about this cold weather that makes you want to stay in your pajamas just a little longer — especially on the weekends.  I am actually writing this in my pajamas while my husband chases B around the neighborhood on a scooter and C is taking her morning nap.

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Entertaining Your Toddler at Home

I’ve been trying to find ways to entertain B (my very active almost two and a half year old) at home.  Of course school (just two days a week for three hours each day) and park time account for a lot of our day.  However, we have a lot of down time at home now that baby sister is here.  Here are some of the activities that have been a big hit around the Wolf Den.

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Panko Chicken

Panko chicken cutlets, along with my baked salmon (see my earlier post), have been in heavy rotation here at the Wolf Den – mostly because they are easy, healthy, and delicious dinners.   Depending on your side, dinner can be ready in less than 20 minutes.

Once you’ve made these a few times, you won’t even need a recipe and will find yourself dreaming up new sides or accompaniments depending on your mood and what’s in your fridge/pantry.

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Powder Room Ponderings

I’ve recently promised myself that I wouldn’t tackle any interior design projects for a year.  We’ve been in our house for over three years now, and the first three years demanded a lot of time and funds to get things situated.  In that time period, we went from a charming little two bedroom house to our much larger five bedroom house and from having no kids to two kids.

removeNow that my daughter’s big girl room is done, I am taking a break until next Fall.  I promise.  I promise.  But, until then, I can dream and scheme of my next project . . . the powder room.

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An Eclectic Big Girl Room

I love all things interior design, and although I had lots of help with most of my house (thank you Emily at Wyatt Designs), I really wanted to tackle the nursery, play room and any potential big girl or big boy rooms on my own — mostly because I didn’t want to break the bank on a child’s room, but also because kiddo spaces are the spaces I find the most joy in decorating.  I am still not ruling this out as a potential career because at some point I will stop having my own kid’s rooms to decorate . . .

I began planning my daughter’s big girl room around the same time I started thinking about her nursery.  Once we found out we were expecting another girl last fall, I decided that the current nursery would stay the nursery and started to implement my ideas for the big girl room.

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Cocktails for a Crowd: The Basil Lemon Drop

Whenever we have people over, I never want anyone to leave hungry or thirsty.  For drinks, wine and beer are always good standbys to have on hand, but I love to have a cocktail to offer my guests.  Of course, the bar is always open (and well stocked with a variety of liquor and mixers), but I’ve found that people are more likely to have a pre-made cocktail than to make themselves a vodka soda or a bourbon rocks off the bar.  So, I bring to you my most favorite cocktail for a crowd — the basil lemon drop. Continue reading “Cocktails for a Crowd: The Basil Lemon Drop”