Today’s holiday tradition comes to us from the ever-so-lovely Gaby of Cap Classique, an amazing South African wedding inspiration blog. Gaby is one of the sweetest people around, and I absolutely adore her holiday tradition that she is sharing with us today. Here she is :) I adore Christmas, and many of our family Christmas [...]


Today’s holiday tradition comes to us from the lovely, sweet and kind Brit of Brit Stewart Weddings and Landlocked Bride. Today is a super special day for Brit, because her wedding has been featured in the Spring / Summer 2012 issue of The Knot: Missouri / Kansas! So leave her some love today, will you? Take [...]


Blogger Holiday Traditions: Thanksgiving Edition

by jacin on November 24, 2011

Today’s Blogger Holiday Traditions come to us from Cris of Kiss My Tulle, Casie of Casie Photographics, and Mindy from Budget Fairy Tale. First up, Casie! Holidays with The Shimansky’s are, like most things, a “Go Big or Go Home” Situation.  It begins somewhere around Thanksgiving, although we inch towards it eagerly like kids waiting for the “okay” [...]


No matter how you feel about the war or politics, we should never forget those who are fighting for our freedom every day, especially during the holidays. Several years ago, I would work with my family to pull together care package drives for the troops during the holiday season, and we would send ~500 packages [...]


Today marks the beginning of a new series I will be featuring over the next few weeks. I love the holidays - the crisp air, bundling up in front of the fire, cooking with family, and spending quality time with the ones I love. I also have some fun holiday traditions that I look forward [...]


(c) Meghan Ryan My good friend Meghan sent this to me back in December from a craft party she attended.  My excuse for the late post?  A computer switch from my old PC to my new MAC left some things behind.  But alas, I just found it again and in-season or not, I had to [...]


Happy Holidays!!

by jacin on December 23, 2010

I will be taking some much needed time off from the computer for the next few days to enjoy time with my family while I’m back east for Christmas! I wanted to wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday and if you’re taking time off too (which I hope you are!), Happy New [...]


one of my favorite Christmas memories

by jacin on December 21, 2010

Those of you who know me by now know that I grew up working at my family’s hardware store on the Connecticut shoreline… I worked there what felt like literally everyday after school, and every day in the summer.  The store was started by my grandfather and has been in our family since 1939 and Wal-Mart [...]


from jacin:  I am so honored to have Michael and Marcie Maler guest posting today about an amazing opportunity for a very deserving couple during this holiday season.  I am all about paying it forward and trying to do what I can to help others, and today’s post encompasses all of that.  Michael and Marcie [...]


blogger holiday "cookbook" - who wants in?

by jacin on November 5, 2010

source i was hoping to pull together a little “cookbook” posting of everyone’s favorite holiday recipes - appetizers, entrees, sides, sweets… you name it. interested in having your specialty added to the list?  contact me and send me your recipe, why it’s special to you, and a photo (if you have one!) and i’ll aim [...]