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“But it’s not like the pictures”.. a Christmas lesson

Yesterday, the boys and I made a gingerbread house while my husband worked out.  We just bought one of those box kits and got to work.  When I was growing up, I always wanted to build a huge gingerbread house. The super fancy kind with elaborate details, a gingerbread family about the house, and I wanted it to be homemade.  However, there was not a single year that we build a gingerbread house while I lived at home.  Naturally, one thing I was…

The best Christmas movies!

The best Christmas movies! I've just created a list here with various age groups in mind.  I've put a star by them if I know they are available on Netflix! Curious George's - A Very Monkey Christmas* Frosty the Snowman* Elf Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Santa Clause Series Love Actually A Christmas Story The Christmas Card* Miracle on 34th Street* How the Grinch Stole Christmas Jingle All the Way Polar Express Christmas Carol Home Alone A Very Murray Christmas* The…

Unique Holiday Gift Idea: Little Passports

Disclosure:  I received two free months of Little Passports in exchange for an honest review. I'm a big fan of unique holiday gifts, I prefer them so much more than traditional toys.  The boys and I recently got to sample Little Passports, and we thought it was an incredible subscription service.  We sampled the Early Explorers package, and it was very age appropriate and wonderful.  My friend told me she checks out books from the library about the country they…

What to get mom for the holidays!

Moms take care of everyone and everything, seriously.  We all know that.  So, this year I have created a list of what moms want most for the holiday season.    Spa treatments- facials, massages, pedicures, and manicures.  (Moms need to get pampered, no?!) Hunter boots & Hunter Socks- because being practical can also be stylish! Insta-pot- Moms cook all the time, why not help her out? Fancy towels or sheets that mom wouldn’t normally feel comfortable buying for herself.  (Think…

Getting ready for the week, post holiday.

Thanksgiving was wonderful.  We ate too much, laughed a bunch, and shopped a little.  We were able to get our Christmas tree up, and we received our first Christmas card.  The holiday spirit is beginning to surge through me!  With all that said, this long weekend has me all unorganized!  So, this morning I'm taking a few moments to get organized and prepared for the week. Menu Plan: Breakfasts- will be oatmeal or eggs with fruit. Lunches - salads for mom,…

Happy Thanksgiving!

When I was about six years old, my aunt took me to the community pool.  Up until that point, I was sure I could swim. Upon getting there, I immediately saw a friend from school and he suggested we jump off the low dive.   I had no reason to believe I couldn't swim adequately enough to get from the low dive to the ladder so I went for it.  The whole incident lasted no more than four minutes.  I jumped in,…

Do some good: Host a Wrapping Party with Scotch® Magic™ Tape 3 Pack Caddie

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WrapGiveRepeat #CollectiveBias Now that I have two young children, giving back during the holiday season has never been more crucial to me.  I find it is especially important to make sure they understand their countless blessings, and teach them how to give back.  My husband was in the military for almost ten years, we've made friends across the country world.  During that time, we…

Our activity Advent calendar + a giveaway!

  Yesterday, I noticed Hobby Lobby had their Christmas and Holiday crafts for 50% off.  I grabbed a very simple Advent craft.  I wrote a fun activity on each card representing days one through twenty five of December.  Very easy to duplicate! Some of the activities I included: Watch Elf Visit the Tree Farm Bake Cookies for the Neighbors Make a hot cocoa bar Read Christmas books Watch "The Grinch" Purchase gifts for a family in need. Make a list…

Racing to comfort with Advil® Film-Coated tablets + a race track tutorial!

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RaceDayRelief #CollectiveBias I have two active young boys, they love getting on the ground and building things.    My boys adore cars and racing!  I have to be in shape to climb, jump, hop, wrestle in my household and Advil® Film-Coated makes it possible for me to bypass aches and pains for everyday fun.  There's nothing faster for pain than Advil® Film-Coated tablets. …

Simplify the holidays and enjoy them more this year! My tips!

I cannot believe it is November!  Now, that Halloween is over with, it is time to start getting excited for the upcoming holidays.  These are extra special for my family this year, because it is our last holidays in our Midwest village.  Also exciting, we are hosting Christmas festivities in our house this year!!  I'm sharing my hacks for making the holidays less stressful, and more enjoyable. Order your Christmas cards early to save time and money!  Tiny Prints has…