Alex Shorter

Have you tried paper placemats at your parties?  They really are a must and make any party look dramatic and memorable. They make for easy clean up after all the guests have gone and all you want to do is put your feet up and have a glass of wine. Here are examples and a few table settings by...
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Sylvie is a 17 year old gal from Montana that is living with us this winter to pursue her ski racing dreams.  In Montana she lives on a ranch run by her mother.  Sylvie is a tough girl and as the story goes the day after she was born she was strapped onto her mama's back so her mother could retu...
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Recently my news feed has been filled with a lot of blogs about self-important stay-at-home moms vs. working-moms and vice versa.  Who writes this stuff?  I want to say this in the nicest way possible - Shut Up! We are all moms and dads doing our very best each day to get our children on the best...
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Categories:  West Coast Shorter Wife

Life moves so fast these days. It is hard to stop the rat race and enjoy family time without constant interruptions of our smart phones.  Slow down the craziness in an act that allows us to enjoy time with our loved ones while making life long memories at the same time. I have never heard a pe...
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Categories:  West Coast Shorter Wife

Sometimes, I just want to take a leaf blower to all the clutter in the house just like how Bill Murray in Caddy Shack cleans. Do you ever have that feeling? Here are 5 ideas on how to organize the clutter in a way that when it grows you can keep on it. #1 TOYS Take your ever mounting piles and d...
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Cheese Please - West Coast Shorter Wife Now that the holiday cooking is behind us let's talk about a fun way to put out food at parties and even for date night - in! Cheese and fruit platters are such a fun way to try little bites of everything good and share parings that are local and that you lo...
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Categories:  West Coast Shorter Wife

Valentine's Day will always hold a special place in my heart not because it is what some call a 'Hallmark Holiday' but because it is my now 3 year old son Carl's half birthday.  When he turned 6 months his beloved daycare figured that out and it has been a very sweet day ever since.  It always s...
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Well Hello! My name is Alex Shorter and my sister-in-law, the queen and owner of Grandpa Shorter's Gifts, Jennifer Shorter, invited me to blog about life.  So here I am after gladly accepting. A little about me - I married Jenn's brother, Ryan, on the front porch of our Wenatchee, Washington hous...
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