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20 New Year's Eve Crafts for Kids

| By Maria Healey | Party Crafts and DIY Comments

Do you do the big New Year’s Eve party thing? I know that holiday tradition has shifted for a lot of us now that we’re moms! Whether you throw a party with other families or stay home with your own brood, it’s fun to close out the holiday season with a New Year’s Eve exclamation point. These easy New Year’s Eve craft ideas can be made ahead of time in that after Christmas lull, or let the kids create them at the party, as an activity or favor.

There are some great poppers: DIY Confetti Poppers, Easy Party Poppers, and Confetti Popper Toilet Paper Tubes…and several fun noisemakers. There’s even a Noisemaker Centerpiece. The ball drop is an important part of any New Year’s Eve celebration, so you’ll want to have a DIY New Year’s Eve Ball, Cupcake Liner Disco Ball, New Year’s Eve Countdown Craft for Kids, or New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Craft! The Bow Tie Glasses, New Year’s Eve Tic-Tac Printable, DIY Happy New Year Garland, Paper Fortune Cookies, and New Year Wreath make great party decorations. The Fireworks Painting, Paper Plate Party Animal, Fireworks Ring Craft, and Wishing Wand are fun activities the kids can do while waiting for the midnight hour.

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14 New Year's Eve Food Ideas Adults Will Love

| By Maria Healey | Party Food Comments

New Year’s Eve parties are always such a fun celebration with friends and fabulous food. Make your party even more special with these New Year’s Eve foods adults will love! You could easily host a party and serve only a buffet of appetizers with these terrific ideas: No Fuss Bacon Tomato and Cheese Cups, Lasagna Dip, Mini Pepper Nachos with Corn, Black Beans and Avocado, Baked Potato Bites, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Mini Cheese Ball Bites, Mini Pizzas, Shrimp Dip, and Garlic Cheese Bombs. For a more formal meal, prepare the Bacon and Rosemary Wrapped Chicken with the Duchess Potatoes. Stock the dessert table with taste treats like the Champagne Jello Shots, Cherries Dipped in White Chocolate, and Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Orange Slices. You’ll have a whole lotta happy going on!

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32 Most Popular Fiction Books for Boys ages 9 to 12

| By Toni Thomason | Boyish Charm Comments

My boys love reading all kinds of books. With Christmas shopping fully underway, we have added a few new books to our wish lists this year, especially the New Captain Underpants Collection. If your son loves to read, be sure to check out this great list full of 32 of the most popular fiction books for boys. With some classic favorites like Holes, How to Eat Fried Worms, A Wrinkle in Time, and the Harry Potty Series as well as new favorites like The Book Thief, the Magic Treehouse Collection, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians, there is something every boy will love.

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Small Actions for Big Change #WindPower

| By Layne Quintanilla | Boyish Charm Comments

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Xcel Energy. The opinions and text are all mine.

In our home, we take for granted that we will readily have power available for any task we need. I am thankful that we live in a time and community where power is available at the flip of a switch. For me, part of being a responsible member of society, as well as an effective parent, is teaching my kids the importance of being good stewards. We all need to do our part to take care of our environment so that it's healthy for future generations. This means utilizing things like wind power, renewable energy, green technology and alternative energy.

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21 Magazine Subscriptions under $10

| By Toni Thomason | Boyish Charm Comments

Are you in need of a last minute Christmas gift idea? If you're not sure what to give that hard-to-buy for family member or you need something to fill the stockings, look no further! We have gathered a list of 21 magazine subscriptions under $10.00 that is perfect for everyone. These all-access subscriptions include digital access as well as print subscriptions. Bonus: some even include a free gift! Magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, Food Network, AllRecipes, and HGTV Magazine, are just a few of the great publications you'll find on this terrific list perfect for parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and more!

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10 Christmas Party Food Ideas

| By Maria Healey | Party Food Comments

Whether you’re planning a Christmas party or just looking for some fun winter snacks, I’ve found some super cute ideas for Christmas food. The boys will be happy to help you out in the kitchen when they see what fun you’ve got in store! The DIY Snowman Cake is the perfect centerpiece for your dessert table, while the Cheese Reindeer, Santa’s Boots, and 25 Creative Christmas Appetizers will be crowd-pleasers at your Christmas party. The boys will love making (and eating!) the Ice Cream Cone Christmas Trees, Snowman Hot Chocolate, DIY Marshmallow Snowman Cupcakes, Santa Hat Brownies, Santa’s Belly Cookies, and Nutter Butter Reindeer.

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18 Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas

| By Layne Quintanilla | Party Food Comments

Do you eat Christmas breakfast before or after opening presents? I usually make scones the night before so we can have a quick something on our way to opening our surprises. After the excitement of exchanging gifts we eat something more substantial. I see several potentials in this roundup of Christmas breakfast ideas and some can be readied the night before: Apple Raisin French Toast Strata, Stollen, Cinnamon Rolls, Pecan Pancakes with Caramel Apple Topping, Monkey Bread, Peppermint Scones, Mojito Fruit Salad, and Gingerbread Pancakes with Warm Lemon Sauce. Pancakes in holiday shapes would be especially fun for the kids; see ideas for snowmen, elves, Santa, Rudolph, Sven and candy canes. There are little works of art made of doughnuts, too. Breakfast doesn’t have to be served only at breakfast time—clever recipe ideas make a great showing on a party buffet table, too!

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14 Cute Reindeer Craft and Food Ideas Kids will Love

| By Maria Healey | Party Crafts and DIY Comments

I’ve found some really Cute Reindeer Craft and Food Ideas Kids Will Love! The Christmas Reindeer Handprint and Handprint Reindeer Antlers are fun crafts your boys can do while getting “dirty” with your permission…which should make them happy as little pigs in a mud hole! The Rudolph Wrapped Bottles make festive holiday decor for around the house. The Reindeer Nose Favors, Hot Cocoa, Reindeer Mason Jar, Quick Treats, Lollipops, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cookies would be welcome Christmas party favors. Even your food buffet and dessert table will be party worthy with Reindeer Treats, Cute Cupcakes, Reindeer Chow Muddy Buddies, and Reindeer Sandwiches. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Party Time Linky: Week 25

| By Stephanie Keeping | Party Crafts and DIY Comments

I cannot believe there is just over week left until Christmas. It's time to start planning those last minute holiday parties, baking those Christmas cookies, and getting ready for the big day. Last weeks party time linky was packed full of not only great food, party and craft ideas perfect for Christmas but with lots of great ideas for any time, like the Blue & Red Christmas Cookies & Coco Party, Ultimate Christmas Cookie, Merry Everything... Watermelon Wallpaper, Raw-Tastically Delicious Candy Buffet, and Free Printable Rudolph Banner. These were just a few of the fabulous holiday, and everyday, inspirations linked up last week. Are you ready to get this week's party started?!

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