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Six Reasons to Celebrate in May

Something to CelebrateAmy WileyComment

I always say May is JUST as busy and crazy as December, except you don't have the enchanting twinkle lights and Christmas cheer.  It's nuts!  Never fear, though.  Between all the end-of-year school projects and field days you'll find some pretty fun reasons to celebrate.

Cinco de Mayo

Put on a breezy Mexican dress and dish up some fajitas.  This is a great reason to gather up some friends BECAUSE TEX MEX.

Kentucky Derby

The most exciting two minutes in sports is perfect for my limited attention span. Whether you put on a big hat, place a friendly wager, or just get a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and tune in, this is one the whole family can enjoy.  Of course I always pick my favorite horse by which name I think is most clever.

Teacher Appreciation

Sure, we are all tired of signing homework folders and packing lunches at this point.  We also realize all the hard work teachers put in day after day.  Teacher Appreciation is typically the second week of May, although different schools do different things.  This is a great opportunity to be generous and creative in ways that benefit the teachers who put in so many hours with our children.  

Mother's Day

If you're a mom, put your feet up and milk it!   Also remember to celebrate your mom, your mother-in-law, your grandmothers AND friends who are mothering alongside you.  Lavish them with love!  There can sometimes be overly high expectations attached to this day.  Just ride it out.  Do your best to enjoy that toddler-prepared breakfast-in-bed and wear your macaroni necklace with pride.  

The Royal Wedding

It turns out an American girl can in fact grow up to be a princess!  Will you be watching when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot?  I know I will be.  It's a lovely excuse to invite a bunch of girlfriends over for brunch to gush over the royal wedding in all its glory.

Last Day of School

Oooooooooh I love the last day of school.  I love turning off my alarm clock, stashing the backpacks and lunchboxes and smelling the freedom in the air. (Of course I'm totally ready for the return of structured days come August.)  I have a "last day" playlist we crank up with the windows rolled down as we head out from school and toward summer break.  I also have a little "finish line" made of streamers for my kids to bust through on the front porch.

What are you celebrating next month?  Preschool graduation?  College-bound seniors?  My family gets to celebrate many birthdays as well.  Here's to putting on our party hats for May!


Texas Independence Day Dinner

Something to CelebrateAmy WileyComment

I’m a native Texan.  That means I possess the extreme pride and unreasonably deep love of the Lone Star State that perhaps you’ve noticed from Texans. We just love it so much.  It’s part of who we are.


I want to pass on the Texas love to my kids who are growing up in beautiful Colorado.  Plus, I'm always up for celebration, a theme, and a reason to feel festive.  So we celebrate Texas Independence Day around here!  We actually did this last night, since we have a birthday party to attend tonight.  

I have no shortage of Texas-themed, Texas-shaped and Texas-loving decor.


For real though... don't mess with Texas.


I broke out the Texas coasters to put under our glasses of iced tea.


In the past I've made brisket, Texas-shaped biscuits, done breakfast for dinner with my Texas waffle iron.... you name it.  This week I was busy and tired so Door Dash to the rescue with some Dickey's Barbecue.


Days like this are too fun!  If you need me I'll be sipping a Dr Pepper and listening to the Dixie Chicks.

God Bless Texas!


With Love From Loveland: Add a Special Touch to Your Valentine's Day Mail

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I love me some snail mail.  I truly get excited to check my mailbox each and every day.  I consider it a little box at the end of my driveway where on any given day a fun surprise could show up.  I'm not even kidding.  The way to my heart is through the United States Postal Service.

I love sending mail as much as I enjoy receiving it.  Each Valentine's Day since I became a mother (which was February 15th, 2007 after a very long Valentine's Day spent in labor) I've sent family and friends Valentine's photo cards of my kids... with a special twist.   It's a Colorado thing, but no matter where you live, you can participate!  It's the Loveland Valentine Re-mailing Program.


Since 1947, volunteers in "The Sweetheart City" have hand-stamped a special Valentine's Day message on cards sent in to the program.  It's so easy and free!  You just prepare your cards to be mailed normally.  Then put all your stamped, addressed cards in a big envelope and mail it to:

Postmaster - Attention Valentines

       446 E. 29th St.

       Loveland, CO 80538-9998

Volunteers will add a special Valentine's greeting (new every year) with a rubber stamp by hand and you'll have the unique Loveland postmark.  It's just too cute!  I always include one addressed to us so that we can see how they arrive.


The deadline for US destinations is February 7th.  So with a little extra planning, you can add some flair to your love letters and Valentine's greetings.  If you live in Colorado, you can drop them in designated bins at any King Soopers store and they will get them to Loveland with no need to put them all in a bigger envelope.

You can find all the details here.  What a fun way to brighten someone's mailbox, right?