Holiday Fun

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
Dec 4th, 2018
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One of my favorite times during the year is Thanksgiving. I love getting the family together, playing games and watching Christmas movies (and some watching football). Of course there is also the cooking. Lots of cooking! Turkey, stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies and more. When I was a kid, I didn’t […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Nov 4th, 2018
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In our family, we love to celebrate the different holidays throughout the year. One of those that’s lot of fun for us is Halloween In our family, we have a lot of family traditions and that includes carving pumpkins together. This year, our kids had a great time carving freestyle and with templates. They did […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Christmas
Jan 18th, 2017
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Growing up, Christmas was always a special time for me. I remember laughing and singing while decorating our Christmas tree and looking through the different ornaments we’d collected over the years. Now that I’m a mom, I’ve started a tradition each year to purchase Hallmark Christmas Ornaments. Our kids love going through the ornaments and […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Holiday Fun
Mar 12th, 2016
36 Comments
5861 Views
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and I don’t know about you, but I love giving our kids treats on this day! I also love the idea of dressing up with some sort of green – whether it’s socks, necklaces, shirts or more! Over the past few years, I’ve loved putting together St. […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Christmas
Dec 15th, 2015
49 Comments
5626 Views
The holiday season is almost here and that means it’s time to deck the halls and gather your family and friends for a fun and festive holiday get together! While entertaining can feel like a burden, the holidays are meant to be fun. So, if you’re wondering how to plan a stress-free holiday get-together where […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Crafts
Dec 1st, 2015
32 Comments
4408 Views
I remember when I was a kid, our mom would put out a Sandy Candy Jar filled with Hershey’s Kisses at Christmas time. They were the red and green holiday ones! It was something I literally looked forward to every single year! Unfortunately, that Santa Candy Jar is no longer around, so I got my creative […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Holiday Fun
Dec 19th, 2014
24 Comments
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Christmas is one of my favorite holidays!  It’s a time of family, friends, holiday sweets, presents and decorations.  I have so many fond memories of my childhood Christmas experiences and I try to make it special for our children like it was for me.  I love Christmas so much that I am normally the one […]...
By Frank Gurnee
In Halloween
Nov 6th, 2014
23 Comments
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The weekend before Halloween, Shannon and I decided to take our 6 kids to Pumpkins on the Pier in Pismo Beach.  This was the first time we all had been to this city activity.  We got all 6 of our kids dressed in their Halloween costumes and headed to the activity. When we got there, […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Holiday Fun
Jul 1st, 2014
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I love the 4th of July!  Not only do I love the food and family fun, but I love watching the fireworks.  I remember going to my dad’s friend’s party every year for the 4th of July.  They would block off the street and the entire neighborhood would come out and celebrate with food, drinks, […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Holiday Fun
Jun 30th, 2014
20 Comments
5638 Views
Can you believe that Fourth of July is almost here?  I don’t know about you, but this year is just flying by.  With that being said, I can tell you that I have a LOT of photos in my phone from pictures I took of our family spending time and doing fun stuff together.  Not to […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Crafts
Dec 16th, 2013
8 Comments
7529 Views
One of my favorite fruits growing up were the California Mandarins that were small, sweet, seedless and easy to peel.  These beautiful orange fruits are also enjoyed by everyone in our home.  So, when I was invited to come up with a crafty idea involving these delicious mandarins, I jumped at the opportunity.  I had […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Christmas
Dec 16th, 2013
18 Comments
12335 Views
With the holiday break quickly approaching, I find my social calendar suddenly overflowing.  Are you hosting a party?  Having family visit from out of town? Or are you planning on slowing down this season and spending time at home with your family?  Who knows, you may be doing all of the above!   This is a […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Giveaways
Dec 12th, 2013
19 Comments
11765 Views
Tis the season for holiday shopping and shipping!  What perfect timing for FedEx to introduce their new One Rate shipping options for the holiday season.  The new FedEx One Rate flat rate shipping option gives customers countless possibilities for their shipping needs.  This holiday season, FedEx is doing even more by delivering countless possibilities t...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Giveaways
Dec 10th, 2013
1 Comment
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I love food.  Not just because it can taste amazing, but because I associate feelings and memories a lot of the time with the food we eat.  Whether it’s a recipe passed down through the family, new foods on a family trip or warm and flavorful meals during the holidays, these meals create an experience. […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Cooking with Redhead Mom
Dec 9th, 2013
8 Comments
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Every year, I host an Annual Cookie Exchange and invite our family and friends.  It’s a fun event where we socialize, eat, exchange cookies, eat, laugh, and eat some more!  A big part of the Cookie Exchange is obviously the assortment of cookies that everyone brings, but it’s also the snacks and foods you provide […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Dec 5th, 2013
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Today, Frank and I gave a beautiful roll top desk to a friend of ours for her daughter’s birthday.  To my surprise, I found an old Christmas picture of the boys with Santa when we first moved here to California.  You’ll notice that the only one in the picture with his eyes closed is Santa. […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Holiday Fun
Dec 1st, 2013
9 Comments
2920 Views
Tis the season for online shopping.  I know that this holiday season, Frank and I will be making a lot of our purchases online.  Yes, I used to love waking up super early and heading to the store on Black Friday when I was younger, but not so much anymore.  I would rather sit in […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Christmas
Nov 25th, 2013
0 Comments
1870 Views
I cannot believe that Christmas is right around the corner!  I remember as a child being so excited for Christmas, and now with children I still get excited.  It’s a different kind of excitement these days.  I want to make long lasting memories and start (or carry on) family traditions.  I remember how much fun […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Budgeting
Nov 22nd, 2013
1 Comment
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I love this time of year with all the Christmas lights, red and green colors decorating the streets and store shelves and the happiness that goes along with the season.  I also love this time of year because it’s when M&Ms comes out with their holiday flavors.  Brighten your home for the holidays with red […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Holiday Fun
Nov 13th, 2013
5 Comments
1681 Views
I am so excited to announce that The Mommy-Files Gift Guide is here!  With 6 kids (4 boys and 2 girls), we’ll have a variety of items (as well as giveaways) perfect for the child (or tween) on your list.  Plus, we’ll include items that are great gifts for dad (we all know how hard […]...
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