Family Life

Joseph and the Curse

Joseph and the Curse | Mini Van Dreams

There is a dark family secret that we have kept quiet about for years. Joseph and the curse. It had followed me my entire life. I just can’t shake it. For over 40 years, it has hung over my family like a dark cloud… Coming from a Christian family, we have always celebrated Jesus’ birth […]

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Nottadog Cafe – a Hidden Gem in the Square

Nottadog Cafe | Mini Van Dreams

Located in a tucked-away corner of Urbana’s Monument Square, Nottadog Cafe is a unique restaurant that serves delicious steak dogs, savory sides, specialty drinks, and more. You won’t find a typical hot dog here! “Nottadogs” are delicious steak dogs made with 100% steak, seasonings, and spices, along with other fresh ingredients. This is not a […]

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Free Elf on the Shelf Printables

It’s time for the Elf on the Shelf to make his or her debut in your home! Why not up your elf game with this super-cute free elf on the shelf printables straight from the North Pole? Imagine your children’s surprise when they get an official notice from the department of elf surveillance! Since my […]

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Turkey Necks and Giblets, Oh My!

Turkey Necks and Giblets | Mini Van Dreams

Each year around Thanksgiving, I always get a chuckle about the first turkey I ever made on my own.  It was an eye-opening experience at the crack of dawn – one I have never lived it down. Pulling a turkey neck out of a raw turkey is not for the faint of heart.  Since then, […]

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