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Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor living in the woods of Wisconsin with my husband, four children, two dogs, and two crazy cats.


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Happy Birthday, Tim!

Tim and Will on the Giant Map of Europe at the National Geographic Bee in Madison.
Today is Tim’s 46th birthday. To celebrate those 46 wonderful years, I thought it would be fun to list 46 Awesome Things about Tim Taylor. So in no particular order because I’m typing as I go, here they are:
1. He [...]

Printable 2013 Oscar Ballot and Bingo

Oscar Night is almost here! Are you ready? Have you watched any of the nominated films?
I’ve seen exactly one: Frankenweenie.
I’m not quite sure how that happened, but no worries. I’m still printing out these Oscar ballots from How About Orange and making some predictions.
Jessica also has 20 different Oscar bingo game cards for you to print out. [...]

Happy Birthday, Lexie!

It absolutely amazes me that the baby in this photograph is twelve years old today. And what a wonderful twelve-year-old she is.
Before I became a mother, I thought parenting was a one-way street, with the adult passing wisdom on to the child. But now, of course, I know that children teach us just as much [...]

Wedded Bliss / Dylan and Kathy

Last week my young cousin Dylan married his love, Kathy, under the branches of a white oak on a beautiful autumn day. I adore all weddings, but so many things about this one still have me smiling.
+ Men in kilts! Dylan and his groomsmen—and a few guests—donned kilts for the occasion. There’s nothing like kilts [...]

Twig & Thistle’s Glamorous DIY Oscar Party

Oh my. Twig and Thistle put together everything you need to throw an absolutely stunning Oscar Party. Free printable invitations, paper Oscar statuettes, drink tags, and lots of visual eye candy to inspire.

On Oscar night we’ll be snuggled up in pajamas eating our John Le Curry Cheddar Puffs and Black and White Cheesecake Squares, but [...]

Oscars 2012 / Nominee-Inspired Party Menu

The 84th annual Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday, February 26th. If you’re hosting an Oscar party, attending one as a guest, or just staying home to watch in your pajamas, I came up with a list of nominee-inspired recipes to help you set a festive mood.
Gender Bender Cocktail for Albert Nobbs
Feta-Physical Dip for [...]

On Veterans Day

{ at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.}
Today Lexie will read an essay she wrote about being a good citizen at the Veterans Day assembly at school. I’m proud of Lexie, of course, but more than anything I find myself feeling grateful to her. My father’s experiences during the Vietnam War cast a long [...]

DIY Halloween Wreath and Fun Links

I’m sick. It’s just a cold, but it (and the fact that Tim’s been out of town all week) has made everything a little more challenging around here. I’m sure you know the feeling. I just want to crawl back into bed, but there’s so much to do. Like finishing up our Halloween costumes.
Are you [...]

Halloween Treats: Peanut Butter Bats and Cats

{ Nicole Gerulat }
What is it about chocolate and peanut butter that makes the combination so amazing? I could eat it all day. So I was very happy to see these adorable Halloween treats from One Charming Party. I have a feeling my bats and cats probably won’t look quite as polished, but it’ll be [...]

My New Favorite Gift

Lexie got the sweetest birthday present from her friend Annika. Annika created an acrostic poem using Lexie’s name, and put it in a lovely frame. Isn’t this the best idea?

Annika said a friend made one for her birthday and I’m sure Lexie will want to make them for her friends, too. I love the idea of [...]

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