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Favorite Holiday Treat Recipes

When it comes to holiday baking, I like to keep things simple, yet make it seem like I slaved for hours in the kitchen. So I decided to share the recipes we break out year after year that always seem to be crowd pleasers. And even better, many only require a handful of ingredients and thus, perfect for busy families out there. Continue Reading

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Best Picture Books of 2017

From heartwarming to funny, I am sharing our favorite picture books that came out this past year. We definitely enjoyed reading these stories filled with wonderful lessons, sweet adventures and beautiful illustrations. I always feel books are a wonderful gift come the holiday season and this list will not disappoint.

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Holiday Photo Cards with Picaboo

As many of our beloved friends and family live across the United States and Canada, I definitely enjoy sending out a holiday photo card every December. Since the kids change so much year to year, it is great to document them and possibly even get a rare shot of both my husband and I in front of the camera. This year we did our Christmas family shoot at a local tree farm and I couldn’t love the photos more. Continue Reading

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Hosting a Holiday Movie Night

Doesn’t it seem like each year the holiday season passes by in a flash?!? Well this year, I decided to get started early on all the seasonal fun, in order to make sure we don’t miss anything on our Christmas bucketlist, so to speak. And one of the first things I wanted to do was a host a holiday movie night for my kids and their neighborhood friends. Continue Reading

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DIY Book Advent Calendar with Free Printable Tags

A couple of years ago, I came across the idea of doing a unique advent calendar using holiday stories instead of the typical chocolates or gifts. My son absolutely fell in love with this tradition of unwrapping a book to read each night before bed leading up to Christmas Day. Continue Reading

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Tree Farm Family Holiday Photos

For the last couple of years, I have dreamed of doing our family Christmas photos at a tree farm. While we put up an artificial tree year after year because of small space living, I had visions of wanting the kids to frolic amongst the evergreen trees to get into the holiday spirit.

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Winter Whites Christmas Decor

It is hard to believe we are just weeks away from Christmas. I have a confession to make. I am one of those people that decorate early, like days after Halloween early. I figure it takes a while to get all the decorations out of storage so why not enjoy them for as long as possible? And let me tell you, I don’t get any complaints from the family. Well, maybe my husband, who is still getting used to it.

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DIY Leaf Crowns

Like many, one of my favorite parts of the fall season are the bright colors. I love the yellows, oranges and reds on the trees and leaves that fall to the ground. Our neighborhood has several tree lined streets and on our walks we usually come home with quite the collection of leaves.

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DIY Family Circus Costume

As I have mentioned before, I love getting the entire family involved in a group costume come Halloween. While I know time is not on my side for this as the kids get older, I managed to have everyone on board with this year’s circus theme.

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“I’m Grateful For” Thanksgiving Print

With so much uncertainty in the world, this Thanksgiving, now more than ever, I wanted to have conversations with my kids about how lucky and blessed we are. We are healthy, happy and have our needs met daily and I know this is not the case for so many around the world.

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