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Today my niece turned 13, and in our family we have a unique ritual for that.  It's so meaningful. My sister and I have a saying, "A little intention makes all the difference," and it's true.  When we put out just that little bit of extra effort to plan and organize something out of the Read More

Mud pie for birthday dessert is a strong tradition in our family. Every year I ask the kids,“still want mud pie?” “YEP!” they answer without an ounce of hesitation. Mud pie is easy to make, but requires days of preparation. First, I bake the Oreo crust that has been run through the food processor, and mixed Read More

Sixteen is one of those birthdays that marks a significant milestone.  It's an onramp to new freedom and choices with the introduction of the driver's license.  For some, it is also the big transition into the dating world. For all, though, it is a mental marker that this once-child is growing up and is close Read More

Teens + birthdays can be difficult.  They are too old for the usual party fare, yet they still want to do something to celebrate.  As I wracked my brain to think of something for my daughter's 14th this year, I asked myself, "what do they love to do when they get together?"  HAIR!  I called Read More

13 is a milestone birthday - a huge deal for all involved.  Both child and parents will come face to face with new realities.  The climb up the mountain of the teen years requires new equipment, endurance, a route map, and a team.  There are obstacles ahead, but there are also breathtaking vistas along the Read More

"Families that play together stay together!" For my husband's birthday, I had both his family and mine over for a Hawaiian themed party.  Creating teams, I divided everyone up and then ran them through a series of games where they competed against each other.  It was a blast and we are were laughing the entire Read More

My very creative friend, Angie, is crazy about two things:  Oprah & celebrating.  She combined them for her birthday party this year in an idea that I loved:  a favorite things party! We all met at a local restaurant and had instructions to bring two identical "favorite things" - one for Angie, and one for Read More

We are big on birthdays around here, and The Hidden Cupcake is one of our favorite traditions! Here is how it works... In the morning, we put the cupcake next to the birthday person's plate. Sometime during the day, the cupcake disappears and is hidden somewhere in the house. At present time, the birthday guy Read More

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