Have you ever wanted to volunteer…


but weren’t sure how to?

When our boys were about 8 & 10, Disneyland was doing a promotion called “Give a Day, Get a Day”.  Disneyland would give you a free one-day pass to the park if you gave a day of service to one of their approved charitable organizations. Wait there was a catch….you had to apply to Disneyland at the same time thousands of other people were trying to apply for this free promotion. My oldest son, Caleb, was relentless. He kept refreshing the page, trying again and again to get in. He was not going to go down easily. He wanted a free day at Disneyland with his family and he was willing to give a day of service to make that happen. One thing stood between him and that goal – the application process!

Do you think my son’s relentless persistence paid off? It did and we were introduced to a charity that we have grown to love through the years.

Click the link below to find out which amazing organization we love to make simple blankets for…



Have you ever received a gift that…



…keeps on giving?!

Many years ago in San Jose, CA a friend brought me a mini-loaf of pumpkin chocolate chip bread as a holiday treat. My two boys were little at the time and together we began to devour it.  I honestly can’t remember if we stopped ourselves in time to save my husband a small piece to eat when he came home from a long day of work at Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, Ca. It was that good!

I asked my friend for the recipe and I made many more loaves(that I could share with my hard-working husband and my family and friends!)

Making this recipe each year during the holidays is a yummy and fun tradition for our family. It’s a gift that truly keeps on giving. I confess we eat a lot of loaves ourselves but I promise we share some too!

The question is…who could you make this sweet treat for? Family, friends, neighbors or even business clients? You have the power to brighten their day! :)

Click the link below to go to “Our Favorite Things” page and get the recipe for yourself!