A Guide to the Perfect Cheese Platter

Well, it’s the day before Christmas Eve, and I think I’m pretty much all set. I won’t lie, a few things didn’t work as I wanted them to, and I probably stayed up too late a few nights trying to pull things together, but that’s the excitement of Christmas, right?!
I mean, the holiday season is always an exciting time! You get to decorate your house with sparkling lights, sort through your ornament collection, and sing along to festive music. But more than that, you get to come together with friends and family to reflect on the past year and count your blessings.
If you’re planning on hosting a holiday get together this year and don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, there are plenty of options that will impress your guests. For example, a cheese platter.
Cheese platters are versatile, allow you to get creative, and don’t have to be kept warm. To help you craft the perfect cheese platter, my friends at FTD created a guide detailing cheese types and cheese tools. The guide also gives suggestions for the best accompaniments, so you can make sure to create a platter that everyone will enjoy!
Check this out…

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5 Must-Haves for the Organized Mom

This post is a part of the Summer Must-Haves for Mom event! From April 27 through May 10, 2015, make sure you check it out to win awesome prizes, be a part of fantastic parties, and be encouraged by wonderful ideas from other women! CLICK HERE TO GO THERE NOW!

If you’re a regular reader here at The Road to Domestication, you know that no, I am not a mom yet. However, you may remember that I worked my way through college as a nanny for triplet boys and their baby brother, too, so when I put on my “mom” cap, those rough and tumbles are who I think of.

With three boys of the same age, and a BABY, too, organization was a huge key in my job as their nanny. Within about a year of working for them, I was not only nanny, but household manager, and personal assistant to their dad and mom.

(Now, let me clarify: this was a household of 5,000+ square feet, their dad was a radiation oncologist and their mom had her own medical billing company. From the yard crew to the tutors to the music teachers, to the housekeepers, to the chef…it was the real deal.)

You get the general idea. I was thinking about ALL of that when I chose these products! So, without further explanation, here are five organizational products (in no particular order) that I truly believe every mom needs!

1. Diaper Bag Organizers


Seriously, HOW MUCH TIME IS WASTED DIGGING IN DIAPER BAGS?! It used to drive me absolutely bonkers! I KNEW I had put the fingernail clippers in that bag – where on earth were they?! Oh, if I had only had these lovely little treasures. Literally a filing cabinet for your diaper bag. Heck, I could use these for my purse!


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On Planning a Minecraft Birthday Party

If you’re a regular reader, you know that we don’t have kids yet. So I don’t know too much about the phenomenon that is Minecraft. But I know that the majority of you who are reading this post right now probably know more than you would like to about the game…errr…sport….errr…ACTIVITY. Chances are that YOUR kids are pretty into it! So when I saw my out-of-town cousin post pictures of the Minecraft Birthday Party she did for her 8-year-old daughter, I was totally amazed. I knew all of you would be, too, so I asked her to write today’s blog post! (She is also responsible for all of the party pics!)

And now, without further ado…allow me to introduce to you my cousin, Shira, and her beautiful family!


Let me stop right here to give a shout-out to the fabulous Crystal from Little Lane Photography who took these photos. She has also photographed myself and my hubby, and we all LOVE her! Check out her Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!

And here is the afore-mentioned Minecraft-loving 8-year-old:


Is she not the CUTEST?! (Since she’s the youngest in our family, we all pretty much think so!)

Here’s what her momma had to say…

I am a party planner extraordinaire.  I have an extra building full of color-coded Sterlite storage tubs for every imaginable themed occasion.  It’s what I do.  I’m good at it.  But when my 7-year-old daughter came to me and said that she really wanted a Minecraft birthday party, I was stumped.  Aaliyah is the youngest of our 3 blessings… and she’s the youngest by 7-ish years.  In that 7-year gap, I skipped over the phenomenon that is Minecraft.  And it’s not that I was completely in the woods about the game, but for the 5 seconds that my now almost-15-year-old son was interested, I honestly thought it was a retro revival of an old Atari game from my childhood… or as my little darlings call it, the “before times”.  It’s also probably important to note that I never mastered PacMan or the rubix cube, so Minecraft was a bit out of my 2-dimensional league. 

But Aaliyah… my Aaliyah can NOT get enough of this game!  Or of Stampy Cat.  Or this guy named Steve.  And while I should be more on top of my “mom” game and have already carefully monitored, researched and examined Minecraft, she hadn’t started worshipping Satan or tried to kill her siblings, and the school endorsed it as “educational”, so I was okay with it.  But when she asked me for a Minecraft theme party, I needed a serious crash course in the game to even know where to start.

My dad sent me an awesome article to begin my journey.  If you get a chance, check out http://2machines.com/183040/.  I was pretty surprised by the impressive problem solving skills that Aaliyah was learning by playing the game.  And then a few other friends sent me the same article, http://www.sunshineandhurricanes.com/minecraft-for-moms/, and both articles together gave me somewhat of a working knowledge of the game, so I could at least fake it enough to pull a party together.

And that’s when I turned to Pinterest. 


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It’s COMING! The Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party And Giveaway!

We are so excited about all the Food and Fun which comes with the Seasons changing!

Some of my friends and I are offering this Blogger Opp for an event we are calling

the Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party And Giveaway!

Shirley of Intelligent Domestications, Erlene of My Pinterventures, Kristen of The Road To Domestication and Roxanne of The Honey Comb Home are all working like Santa’s little helpers to bring you the most fun virtual party of the season!

Sign Up Now for the Ultimate Cookie and Goodies Party

The Fun will include:

  • Link Up for you to share all of your Cookies and Goodie recipes PLUS your party ideas including any Free Printables you want to promote for decorations, invitations and such!
  • You will be invited to Pin to our Collaborative Group Board so even more folks will see your Pins and your posts!
  • We have a Twitter party in the works too!

But wait! There’s more!

  • There simply must be a Giveaway, right! Giveaway’s drive non-blogger traffic to your blog AND grow your followers. Since this party will end before Black Friday, what better prize than CASH! We are starting with $100 in Cash, Winner’s Choice of either Paypal or Amazon eGift Card. This is a Worldwide Giveaway and event. The $100 will grow and some lucky person is going to have a nice Black Friday!

We would love for you to Co-Host this event with us! Co-Host links will go at the top of the Rafflecopter in the order in which they are received. The Co-Host spots are $15 which includes 4 links on the Rafflecopter and a link back to your blog in the body of the post.

Bundle pack of links is $10 for 4 links.

Individual links are $3 each.


Everyone who joins the Ultimate Virtual Cookies & Goodies Party will post the party and Giveaway as one post on their blog. We ask that you agree to share as often as possible during the 2 week event, not less than 4 times! It’s not a party without some Guests to enjoy our Recipes and Decorations and Party prizes!

If you would like to help us promote this party and make it as big and successful as possible, grab the HTML announcement here. Just copy and paste it onto your blog!

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Home Matters Linky Party #7

Welcome to

It is week #7 at the Home Matters linky party and also, the Fall season has officially begun!
We are so glad you have chosen to share your posts with us!

We always look forward to seeing your matters of the home links such as:
home décor tips and tricks, DIY, homesteading, homeschooling, child rearing, frugal living, sustainability, and organizational tips. Hopefully, we will see more Fall-related links as we enter the season!


If this is your first time here at this
linky, WELCOME! Check out the rules
for this party
before linking up.

1. Follow the hosts on at least one form of social media. You can tag that follow with #HomeMatters.
2. Link up to 3 posts per party. Please note that we (host & co-hosts) reserve the right to use any photo you have linked up to be featured at the next party, should it be chosen. All credits would be yours!
3. Please visit other links and share the love you seek.
Note: This is a family blog, so please be respectful when linking and commenting. Thanks!

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at The Road To


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Check out what we have been up

Our Work Week 7

Kristen at The Road To Domestication
showed us how she decorated her
Fall Holiday Shelf.
The decorations change based upon what holiday is represented.
It is amazing what she does differently each holiday!

Zan at Flourishing At Home
shared how she plans her
Meals with a Sample Dinner Menu Plan.

Shirley at Intelligent Domestications
shared a recipe for her
Mocha Chocolate Cake with Malted Caramel Icing.
Just looking at it will make you want to have a big bite!

Flourishing At Home

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Congrats to our features this week!

Check out this beautiful post on
Autumn Chalkboards from Lorelai at Life with Lorelai!
After seeing this, I am inspired to create one myself!

Alli at An Alli Event shared a simple recipe for cooking with kids,
Mini Upside Down Oreo Cheesecakes.

Mother at Mother’s Home shared a creative way to make
Apple Marshmallow Pops!
Her post also received the most clicks of the week!


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