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Top 3 Christmas Movies

Christmas Vacation Movie Clark Griswold

You know you’re all talking about it anyway, so I thought I’d just go ahead and post my collection of the top 3 Christmas movies of all time. One of our favorite things to do at Christmas is watch the movies that only seem to come out around the holidays, so here are my 3 favorites: 1. White Christmas So ... Read More »

Bite Size Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving in 3 courses & 3 ingredients

Mini Sweet PotatoPie Recipe

Are you looking for details on my Bite Size Thanksgiving feast I shared on TV? Well I have all the recipes here, including the inspiration for this homemade Thanksgiving in 3 courses with 3 ingredients each. My friend, Mary Elizabeth, came to me recently with a conundrum: she invited her daughter’s entire Kindergarten class over for a Thanksgiving meal since ... Read More »

Dollywood Holiday: Weekend Update in Pictures

dollywood holiday weekend family

It was another fun Cone family adventure over the past few days and I’m thrilled to share our Dollywood Holiday Weekend Update in pictures with you today! I had to start out with a shot of us all snuggled in bed watching the Incredibles on Friday night. We didn’t think we were all going to be home together, so it ... Read More »

Holiday Restaurant Gift Card Guide 2014

Holiday Restaurant Gift Card Guide 2014

It’s my holiday restaurant gift card guide for 2014! This is my favorite time of year to buy gift cards. We actually budget money throughout the year to save for buying restaurant gift cards at the holidays that we then use to eat out throughout the rest of the year. So many restaurants offer bonuses when you buy gift cards ... Read More »

Hanukkah or Christmas for your kids?


Growing up as a young child, you could say I was a bit of a religious mutt. Neither of my parents were very religious, yet neither seemed to want to give in to the other. As a first-generation American, my father was a cultural Jew and my British mother grew up in the church of England; so while both had ... Read More »

The Ultimate Cheesy Bread Bowl Recipe

utlimate cheesy bread bowl recipe

My husband got this Cheesy Bread Bowl recipe from a friend he used to work with (thanks Brooke!) and now we can’t host an event without it! I detest mayonnaise, and I still love this appetizer. The Ultimate Cheesy Bread Bowl Recipe INGREDIENTS: 8 oz package softened cream cheese 1 c Hellman’s REAL mayonnaise (my husband refuses to let me ... Read More »

Hello My Name Is…


Hello, my name is Samara.  In case you didn’t think Sami was a unique enough name, many of you might not realize that my full name is in fact Samara J’aime (Strauss) Cone. Samara means ‘guarded by God’ in Hebrew. My British mother originally liked the name ‘Samantha’ for me, but worried I may find it difficult to spell as a ... Read More »

Free Starbucks Holiday Drinks this weekend!

free starbucks holiday drink

Who says you can’t get free Starbucks coffee? Starting on November 12th and running all weekend, get a Free Starbucks Holiday drink. Between 2-5pm Nov 12-16, you can share joy by buying one holiday drink and getting one free at your local Starbucks. Starbucks Rewards members also get an extra hour to share the love, so the goodness lasts until ... Read More »

Quick and Easy Holiday Entertaining Tips

last minute holiday entertaining tips

Martha Stewart I am not…which is why if I’m going to do any sort of holiday entertaining, you KNOW it has to be quick and easy (and usually last minute!). I never want friends and family to feel like the can’t come over simply because my house isn’t clean enough, my decorations aren’t complicated enough, or my food isn’t pretty ... Read More »