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Kid Friendly Elf on the Shelf Ideas

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We've been participating in the Elf on the Shelf for a few years now! Our elf started visiting our home in 2013 and my girls remind me every year about our elf coming for a visit in December! I have to say, it's actually a lot of fun. I enjoy finding new ways to display our elf and it does take a bit of creativity! I wanted to compile a few of our favorite kid friendly Elf on the Shelf ideas for you, from 2013 to 2016. Come back each year for … [Read more...]



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5 After School Snack Ideas

5 After-School Snack Ideas

5 After School Snack Ideas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Schreiber Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. I work from home most of the day and keep two of my children home with me. I guess you can call me a WAHM (work-at-home mom). My 4 year old daughter and my 4 month old baby boy require a lot of attention during the day. I take several breaks from my work to pay attention to their needs. There are many days where I choose to work at … [Read more...]



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5 Tips to Maintain Your Car in the Winter (+ Giveaway)

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Your car is an investment. It's a way for you to transport your family to and from school, extra-curricular activities, the grocery store, vacations, and more. Because your car is an investment, it's a great idea to take good care of your vehicle so that it can continue to run properly for years to come. Winter is approaching and there are several ways to winterize your car to keep it running well. Ice, rain, snow and freezing temperatures can … [Read more...]



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How to Keep in Touch With Family During the Holidays

6 Ways to Keep in Touch With Family this Holiday Season

How to Keep in Touch With Family During the Holidays

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #TreatYourFamily #CollectiveBias My husband's career has taken us pretty far from our family. I would have to say that the hardest part about having a career so far away is not being able to see family more often. We rely on mostly technology to keep everyone connected these days. We do our best to call home, text, … [Read more...]



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8 Diaper Bag Essentials (+ $25 AmEx Gift Card & Diapers Giveaway)

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Disclosure: This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine. Keeping a well stocked diaper bag is important for any mom on the go with a baby or toddler! After child number 3, I'm a pro at diaper bag essentials. I keep my diaper bag stocked with plenty of useful items to have on hand in a moments notice. You never know when you'll decide to head … [Read more...]



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How to Create a We are Thankful Board

How to Create a “We are Thankful” Board

How to Create a We are Thankful Board

So often, we have to remind our children to be thankful for the many blessings we are given on a daily basis. Especially during this time of year, it’s easy for children, in their innocence, to get caught up in thinking about what they want for Christmas. To humble my own children and to teach them the value in giving thanks, we created this sweet little thankful board. This fun-family project can be designed in so many ways to fit your family’s … [Read more...]



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Thanksgiving Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

If you are looking for fun activities for Thanksgiving to work on with the kids, enjoy these free Thanksgiving Coloring Pages and Activity Sheets at Crayola.com! There's a lot of cute coloring pages to choose from. You'll also find activities such as Thanksgiving Bingo, Corn Place Setting, Thanksgiving Frame, Turkey Card, and a Turkey Craft! Thanksgiving Craft Thanksgiving Bingo … [Read more...]



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Disguise a Turkey – Fancy Nancy!

Disguise a Turkey Fancy Nancy

Disguising a turkey is a fun project to complete this year with the family! Schedule a time during the day to sit down with the family and get creative! There are several different ways to disguise your turkey! Basically you just take a printout of a turkey as seen below, decorate it however you wish and display the turkey during Thanksgiving! You can create superheros, favorite characters from a book, animals, and lots more! You can even write … [Read more...]



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Edible Apple Turkey Craft for Kids

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Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful for our blessings! I have two little blessings at home that call me, "Mom," and we have a lot of fun working on crafts and activities during the holidays. This Thanksgiving, take a few moments to create a few fun crafts to make with your little ones. There are many different ways to make these apple shaped turkeys by using different edible snacks. You can get creative and use anything from your pantry or … [Read more...]



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Halloween Craft: Milk Jug Pumpkins

Halloween Craft Milk Jug Pumpkins

Last week, I posted about making these adorable and easy Milk Jug Ghosts. This week, I wanted to tell you about the Milk Jug Pumpkins we made! When I made the ghosts, I purchased flameless tea lights thinking they were white. When I got home and tried them out, my Milk Jug Ghosts were orange. I didn't like that and thought that the light would look better in pumpkin milk jugs. We saved more empty water jugs (you can use clean milk jugs, too) as … [Read more...]



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Halloween Ghost Eggs

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I was cleaning out our refrigerator recently and noticed that I had some eggs in there that were past the expiration date by a few days. Being the paranoid mom that I am, I decided that it was best to toss these eggs to be on the safe side. Before throwing them out, I had an idea to boil them and let my daughters color them like we do every Easter. This would make me feel much better and I would feel that I wasn't exactly wasting the eggs … [Read more...]



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Milk Jug Ghosts Halloween Craft

Milk Jug Ghosts Halloween Craft

Milk Jug Ghosts Halloween Craft

My girls are at the age where they love to work on arts and crafts with me. Recently, I found that we were throwing away so many useful items that could be turned into fun crafts -- things like jars, toilet paper and paper towel rolls, containers, and more. Instead of being wasteful, we started turning our trash into creative treasures. We go through milk often and milk jugs are a common household item that tend to make it into the recycle … [Read more...]



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How to Write a Letter to Your Child

How to Write a Letter to Your Child

How to Write a Letter to Your Child

When my daughter was born, I started a journal for her. In this journal, I write letters to my daughter on a regular basis. In my letters, I almost always write about how proud I am of my daughter and how much I love her. She doesn't know I have this journal, and I think it's time that I share it with her now that she's old enough to read and understand what it's saying. My daughter now has her own little journal that she writes in. It's … [Read more...]



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How to Make Green Slime

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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #CatchMoreData #Ghostbusters #CollectiveBias My girls look forward to movie nights at our house. Movie nights around here are very fun for all of us and that's probably why they always ask to have more! We go all out for movie nights and make each movie night fun and unique. Before our family movie … [Read more...]



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5 Ways to Save Money for Your Family

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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FamilySavings #CollectiveBias Two years ago, my husband and I started what I call a "lifestyle makeover." We were living very busy lives and our home was cluttered with items that no longer served a purpose or brought us joy. Through this chaos, we learned that we were wasting money on things instead of saving for our … [Read more...]



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DIY Spider Craft

Spooky Spider Decor + DIY Spider Craft

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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TrickOrSweet #CollectiveBias Halloween is just around the corner! I love the month of October. There's always several family friendly activities to take advantage of during the month of October including fall festivals, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hay rides, trunk-or-treating, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and more. My … [Read more...]



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Six Easy Ways to Get Organized This School Year

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Back-to-school season is very exciting, but it can be quite hectic and messy too. There are books to keep track of, lunches to make and 100 different dates and activities to keep track of. This year, make life easier on yourself with these six easy ways to get organized this school year. 1. Organize Your Time: Create a Routine Do your kids dilly dally when it is time to get ready for school in the morning or fight you when it is time to do … [Read more...]



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Ways to Help Your Child Succeed At School When You’re Pressed for Time

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For busy moms, prioritizing and paring back is key. One thing you never want to have to cut back on, though, is helping your children with their homework. Thankfully, helping your children succeed in school doesn't have to require you to sit down at the table together for hours every night. Here are four great ways you can help your children succeed in school even when you're strapped for time. 1. Quiz Your Children in the Car Between … [Read more...]



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30+ Books for Back to School

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The back to school season is here! I'm in a bit of denial that school will be starting soon. Didn't school just end? The summer is flying by and a new school year is approaching. Back-to-School can be an exciting time for many students returning to school. Some kids may dread another year, while others can't wait to see their friends again! New students just starting school may be a bit nervous and shy. Starting preschool or Kindergarten can … [Read more...]



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How to Create a Peaceful Routine for Back-to-School

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jimmy Dean®, State Fair®, and TapInfluence. All opinions are my own. #fuelforschool My girls have been in school for almost two weeks now. We are finishing week two and it's been a successful start so far. The reason for our success comes from careful planning and organization. I'm way more organized this school year than I was last, and I've learned some lessons from last … [Read more...]



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