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11 Awesome Homemade Gifts You and Your Kids can Make

| By Rachelle Jones | Party Crafts and DIY Comments

There is something about a homemade gift that makes my heart happy. Whether it's from my kids or from my friends, the thought that someone took time out of their day to personally make me a gift really touches me! Kids love being creative so these awesome homemade gifts you and your kids can make would be a great holiday activity to share some love. These super gift ideas include a Scrabble-style name tile, send-a-hug, bath bombs, a cute washcloth reindeer, a personalized dot mug, infused olive oils, personalized coasters, a magnetic carrying bag, a coffee filter wreath, and darling button bookmarks. Happy crafting!

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Electronic Gift Ideas for Kids: HP Stream 7 Tablet

| By Layne Quintanilla | Boyish Charm Comments
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I love sharing great present ideas with you -- that's why I'm excited that Microsoft is sponsoring this post about their HP Stream 7 tablet -- the perfect gift this Christmas! 

Having a tween boy can be difficult to shop for -- you're leaving the land of action figures, but you haven't quite arrived at grown up toys. While Jorryn has lots of interests, now that he is going on 11, I sometimes have a hard time choosing gifts for him. All the stand bys he always enjoyed when he was younger just don't peak his interest any longer. What's a mother to do!?

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4 Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions #MomsCheckIn

| By Stephanie Keeping | Boyish Charm Comments

One thing I love about being a mom is the ability to create and enjoy traditions with my son. I delight in sharing ideas with Sam and having him enjoy them with Mike and me. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I've started thinking about Thanksgiving traditions. Which of course made me wonder what traditions other families enjoy as they celebrate Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy reading about these families Thanksgiving traditions as much as I did! 

Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions #MomsCheckIn

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20 Hacks for Holiday Entertaining

| By Stephanie Keeping | Party Crafts and DIY Comments

I’m always trying to make things simpler, especially around the holidays. These incredible ideas for hacks make Christmas entertaining a breeze! For instance, are you planning a Christmas cookie exchange party? Check out the Aluminum Foil Cookie Swap Boxes, DIY Paper Plate Cookie Basket, Decorating Cookies with Kids, Cookie Cutter Fudge, and How to Make Chocolate Curls for Cakes and Cupcakes. Boys love hot chocolate, and it just got easier with the Frozen Whipped Cream Dollops! The Rosemary Lemon Concoction, Mini Gingerbread House, and Ornament Drinks will ensure you’ve got the best Christmas party on the block. 

In need of some new Christmas decorations? See these DIY ideas: Barn Wood Star Decor, Starburst Twig Wreath, DIY Recycled Light Pendants, Faux Mercury Glass Vases, and Bow Wreath. Kids will have so much fun making and playing with the Homemade Slime for Cleaning...maybe you’ll be able to convince them to actually do some cleaning with it, too! The Wrapping Paper Organizer Tutorial, $5 Ribbon Organizer, and Smart Ornament Storage Ideas will help you stay organized this holiday season. There! The entire holiday season just became easier. Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Family Time: Local Parks Matter #OurLand

| By Layne Quintanilla | Boyish Charm Comments

We lead busy lives, so family time is precious to us. With three active little boys, our local parks are one of our favorite places to visit. JC Park, where our boys most often beg to visit, is located next to a river. It boasts benches, a basketball court, swings and an impressive jungle gym set up including several slides. We have spent countless hours as a family here. I love watching my boys explore and imagine around nature. 

Loving #OurLand Outdoor Family Adventures

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Party Food Ideas: 19 Festive Appetizers

| By Stephanie Keeping | Party Food Comments

This is sponsored post with Foodie, however all thoughts are my own.

I absolutely adore a good appetizer to serve to guests during the busy holidays. It's the perfect way to keep visitors happy while you finish getting ready for a party. Mike and I also love making sampling plates -- it's actually one of my top meal choices. There is something delightful and surprisingly filling about creating several appetizers and serving them as a meal. Whether you are using these appetizers for the opening of a meal or making them the star of the show, each of these recipes is sure to wow your taste buds and your guests! 

Party Food Ideas: 19 Festive Appetizers

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23 Gift Ideas for Boys Under Two

| By Toni Thomason | Boyish Charm Comments

I cannot believe Christmas is just over a month away! The boys already have their wish lists ready and are patiently awaiting their chance to meet Santa. Shopping for gift ideas for them is easy since they are older and can tell me what they want. But--what do you get for those little boys that are too young to tell you their wishes? This list of 23 Gift Ideas for Boys Under Two will give you great suggestions that will put a big smile on their little faces: Little Einstein Take Along Tunes, Fisher Price Little People City Skyway, Melissa and Doug K's Kids Pull Back Vehicle, Leap Frog Sing and Play Farm, Hape Walk Along Puppy, and Lego Duplo My First Number Train Building Set. Super ideas…and they’re just a few of the examples of what you’ll find in this awesome lineup. Christmas shopping just got easier!

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Educational & Fun Christmas Toy Ideas: OgoSport

| By Layne Quintanilla | Boyish Charm Comments

I love watching Jorryn use his imagination. He particularly loves to build and create -- something I work hard to encourage and nurture. He has an excellent ability to visualize things completed and then works on building them from that vision. I love discovering items that he will enjoy that are both educational and fun. That's why I'm delighted to have heard about OgoSport. They offer an amazing range of products that will spark both imagination and fun. 

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A Reel-y Fun Boy’s Fishing Birthday Party

| By Stephanie Keeping | Party Central Comments

You know a boy really loves fishing when he begs his mom for a fishing themed birthday party two years in a row! Talented mama, Brista Barrington, couldn’t resist her son’s wishes because, as she describes, “he’s beyond obsessed with fishing”!  He eats, sleeps and breathes fishing. When asked what he wanted as a gift, Dylan emphatically responded, “a fishing pole and that’s it.”  Brista did what many moms would do; she went on a hunt for a fishing themed invitation to start her party prep!  I’m thrilled that she not only chose a popular fishing themed invitation from the Spaceships and Laser Beams shop, but she also fell in love with the coordinating fishing printable decoration package. I love how she used it to dress up desserts and style a wonderful fishing party for her son.  A big shout out to Brandy and Mandy for snapping the photographs.

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Best Christmas Gifts for Boys 2014: Space Scouts

| By Stephanie Keeping | Boyish Charm Comments

Sam is fascinated with space: rockets, planets, the moon. It all causes him to get…starry eyed. He has even asked me if he can fly in a rocket ship to the moon. I told him “when he is 50". While I never want him to be THAT far away from me, I do want to build on Sam’s interests. Science was not my best subject in school. I enjoyed it—but I wasn’t passionate enough about it to retain the facts and figures to pass on to Sam. I'd love to parlay his curiosity into a love of real space science and exploration. Without a background in space science and without the time to put together a program for him, we LOVE (!!!) Space Scouts.

Best Educational Toys for Boys - Christmas 2014

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