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Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.


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2014 Printable Oscar Ballot and Bingo

Holy frijoles, I forgot all about the Oscars! But there’s still time to stock up on popcorn and milk duds and print out some ballots before the show airs tomorrow night at 7:30 pm CST.
Jessica at How About Orange is once again sharing a printable ballot and a fun version of Oscar Bingo to make […]

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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. […]

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Hunger Games Party

Within seconds of the announcement that the Hunger Games movie would be released on August 18, Lexie asked if she could host a party to watch the movie. Alrighty, we said. So this past weekend Lexie and a handful of her friends gathered to channel their inner tributes and watch The Hunger Games.

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World Traveler First Birthday from One Charming Party

As we wrap up the last country in our Country of the Week series (next up is Camp Week followed by State Fair Week), I wanted to share One Charming Party’s adorable World Traveler First Birthday party with you. One Charming Party has all the ideas (and free printables) you need to celebrate the first […]

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Lily’s Birthday Party / Favors and Games

Grammy’s melting ice cream cone cake was the highlight of Lily’s party, but I think these ice cream container favors from One Charming Party were a close second.
If you want your favors to look just like theirs, you can order your pint containers from Garnish for about $1 each. I waited too long to order online, so I called […]

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Lily’s Birthday Party / “Ice Cream” Balloons and Cake

I’m finally posting photos from Lily’s birthday party! She celebrated turning eight with some of her closest friends, a little swimming, and lots of ice cream.
I stuck with our usual plan for parties, which is to try to come up with a few really fun ideas and then keep everything else very, very simple.
When I […]

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Movie Night Invitations

For the past few years, we’ve celebrated the last day of school by gathering with friends and neighbors at a nearby drive-in theater to celebrate the last day of school. So I was happy to see this free printable invitation at Oh Happy Day. It’s perfect!
Jordan has promised to share more great ideas for throwing […]

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Cinco de Mayo / Weekend Links

Mini pinatas
Does your family celebrate Cinco de Mayo? I wouldn’t say we celebrate it exactly—we just use it as an excuse to go out for Mexican food. But seeing all these great ideas makes me want to put a little effort into doing something fun. I wonder if Lily and I can work on these […]

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Your Ideal Bookshelf / Weekend Links

A book-loving reader told me about Jane Mount, an artist who “paints portraits of people through the spines of their favorite books: the ones that changed your life, that defined who you are, that you read again and again.” Jane will paint your personal bookshelf, but she also sells prints of ready-made bookshelves that feature […]

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Bloom and Grow Earth Day Party

Earth Day is April 22nd, so all this week One Charming Party will be featuring ideas for you to host your own Bloom and Grow party. To be perfectly honest, I don’t see us hosting an Earth Day party in the midst of this insane Spring Sports/Dance Recital Prep/Field-Trips-Practically-Every-Day season. But my goal is to […]

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