The holidays are such a special time of year. Since Sam is an only child, it's always been important to me to make the most of each season and to capture those memories. During the holidays, this is especially true. I covet our time together as a family and adore instilling traditions into Sam. Now that he's five, he can participate even more -- making it that much more fun for all of us!
Boys love games—from birthday party games to boisterous outdoor games to rainy day indoor games. I’ve found some great ideas for DIY board games that the guys will enjoy building just as much as playing. You’ve got to try out the DIY Lego Chess Game Board and Pieces, Lego Game…directions and a free printable Game Board, Don’t Wake the Shark - Matching Pairs, Snakes and Ladders, DIY Number Learning Game, Memory Game, and Dinosaur Memory Game. There is even a variety of Tic-Tac-Toe boards: LEGO Tic-Tac-Toe, Frozen-Inspired Tic-Tac-Snow, and Despicable Me Tic- Tac-Toe. The next time your guys are looking for something to do, pull up this list and get them going!
The holidays are here and we are in week 22 of the Party Time Linky. The weather is getting much cooler and I am looking forward to seeing more of all the fabulous festive fall and holiday parties, food, crafts, and DIY projects. Last week's party linky was filled with so many great ideas like the No Bake Coconut Bars, Sweet Potato Casserole Cupcakes, Free Printable Christmas Tags, Thanksgiving Tag Free Printable, and Cookies and Cocoa Party. They were just some of the great ideas linked up last week. Are you ready to get this week's party started?!
Welcoming a new little peanut into your lives and homes calls for a grand celebration! This gorgeous little peanut baby shower dessert table from Flavia, of Sugarplum Sweets, features a combination of absolutely beautiful-meets-rustic inspired decorations, a mouthwatering menu of stunning desserts and clever party favors. The photos, also by Flavia, capture the exciting occasion perfectly.
It's snowing here today and it reminded me of one thing: Christmas is coming! These cute Christmas party food ideas kids will love will make a family table holiday festive and they’re special enough for a party dessert table, too. The ideas include Peanut Butter Chocolate Reindeer Cookies, Santa Nutter Butters, Chocolate Covered Candy Cane Reindeer, Rudolf Pancakes, Candy Cane Hearts Pops, Frosty Snowman Pretzels, Nutter Butter Snowman, Reindeer Cupcakes, Christmas Present Pretzels, Krispie Treat Christmas Trees, White Chocolate Popcorn, Snowman Mason Jar Treat, Santa Suit Candy Cups, String Cheese Snowman, and Marshmallow Snowman treats. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
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I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is already right around the corner -- this week in fact! While I love entertaining and all the memories that come with it, preparing for guests can be tiring. I want to enjoy my time with friends and family during the holidays -- not dread them because of prep. Having a few easy prep meals during the holiday allows for a bit of relaxing down time. That can make a big difference in how much I enjoy the week.
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My days usually feel like something of a marathon -- they are long, intense and involve me running from activity to activity. After starting our day at home, there is Sam's school drop off, then work for me. After school pick up, Sam has several activities each week including sports, speech therapy and other lessons. Of course, this means I'm playing chauffeur and then spending time standing and waiting. Evenings home involve dinner, bath time and bed time. After Sam's in bed, I finally am able to put my feet up. Relief! Little things like a pedicure go a long way in providing me relaxation and stress relief.
It's that time of year where every commercial on TV is telling kids what toys they would love to have! But, how do you know which ones are really worth buying? Here is a great list of 23 Top Toys for Boys, Hand-picked by Moms, which will give you great ideas for kid approved toys. They are not only fun but will for sure give your boys hours and hours of playtime. With educational toys like Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel, The Learning Journey Techno Gears Marble Mania Vortex 2.0 Construction Set, ALEX Toys - Artist Studio, and Crayola Doodle Magic Lap Desk, to classic toys every boy will love, like K'nex 70 Model Building Set, Hot Wheels Basic Car 50-Pack, Lionel Trains Coca-Cola Holiday G-Gauge Train Set, and 38" Black Acoustic Guitar Starter Package, there is something for boys of every age!
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!
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!?