Elf On The Shelf Gets A Jersey

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This is our Elf on the Shelf, his name is Zachary.  He has been with us for two years now.  Each December he surprises us every morning when we find his new hang out for the day.  Check him out, he loves to hang upside down.  We figure this is because our boys are so competitive in sports.  Zachary is just trying to fit in with the rest of the guys in our home. This morning  we woke to a huge surprise!  Zachary was wearing a sports jersey! … [Read more...]

Are You Ready For Christmas?


Are you ready for Christmas?  Are all your Christmas decorations displayed throughout your home?  Here's the biggest question:  Is all your shopping done?  All our our Christmas decorations are up and all those boxes and tubs are shoved back up into the attic.  We're ready to cook up some of our favorite holiday desserts next week when the kids get out of school, but of course, shopping is not done.  Each year this happens, I try to be prepared, … [Read more...]

Maintain Weight Over The Holidays


Maintaining weight over the holidays is the trending discussion among most at this time of year when the holidays are in full swing.  I’m talking about the season when cookies, jelly doughnuts, chocolates and all sort of foods loaded with refined sugars tend to add extra pounds to your weight by the New Year.  How do we avoid a tremendous holiday weight gain? For me, I choose not to avoid my favorite holiday dishes, but to cut down on the … [Read more...]

Be Prepared: Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

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Do you remember when you were younger and you put on your Halloween costume and all their Halloween makeup about 5 hours prior to leaving the house to go knock on neighbors’ doors and collect your candy?  We’ve all been there, and now our children want to do the same thing!  While we want trick-or-treating to be a fun experience for them, we also want it to be a safe experience. I have heard tons of horror stories, ranging from poisoned candy … [Read more...]

Prepare: Halloween Makeup Safety Tips


Painting your face for Halloween is so much fun!  It lets your creative juices flow, and it’s cheaper than buying a Halloween mask!  However, there can be some uncomfortable side effects of using Halloween face paint and makeup.  You need to make sure that you apply it exactly as the directions say to.  Do not add any decorative items to your face that are not made for skin contact.  This can leave a rash or irritation that can be very … [Read more...]

Time For Halloween Decorations


Last weekend my husband and the boys got all the Halloween decorations placed in the yard.  We've had the wooden pumpkin signs for many years now.  We found those at a nearby craft show when my youngest was still in a stroller.  Now he is eight and loves to decorate our yard and the inside of our house for Halloween. Here is his blow up cat.  He picked that out last year and couldn't wait to get it up this year.  The cat's eyes blink … [Read more...]

Start Your Christmas Shopping List


Start making your Christmas lists now.  I write my Christmas shopping list on the notepad in my cell phone.  This ensures that the list is always with me and I don't have to worry about someone accidentally finding my list.  It is horrible to wait so long to start shopping that you feel as if you are buying gifts just so you will have presents for your family to open.  Gifts are so much better when they are planned out. I have been making a … [Read more...]

DIY Family Friendly HALLOWEEN Crafts


It’s time to get yourself ready for Do It Yourself (DIY) Halloween crafts that will make your home sweet and scary.  Halloween is one time of the year where your home and yard can be full of scary decorations and display items.   What Halloween decoration ideas do you have in mind for this year?  You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money to make your home look the best this year. Here are a few of my favorite family friendly Halloween … [Read more...]

Start Looking For Halloween Candy Sales

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Halloween will be here before we know it.  I have been thinking about what I will be handing out to the Trick-or-Treaters.  In the past, I have handed out sealed microwave popcorn bags and also full size candy bars.  Each were a hit, but all the kids look forward to stopping by at the homes that are known for passing out the full size candy bars.  Yesterday I was at the grocery and several types of full size candy bars on sale for .50 each.  I … [Read more...]

9 Unique Ways to Decorate for Halloween

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The fall holiday season is approaching and now is the time to begin planning your indoor and outdoor decorations.  Whether you're the sort who goes gaga over Halloween or just likes to add a little punch of autumn color to your décor, it's easy to make a festive statement with these nine simple Halloween decorating ideas. Halloween Wreaths Wreaths don't need to be saved for Christmas.  Add autumn leaves, plastic spiders, and other Halloween … [Read more...]

Texas Easter Morning Festivities

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Easter morning started off with early morning Easter Baskets which the Easter Bunny had dropped off at our house the night before.  The boys dug into their baskets, and we all had some morning Easter Chocolates.  Then on to the giant Easter Egg hunt in the woods. Each year I hide over 100 plastic eggs for the boys in the greenbelt.  We used to hide eggs in the front yard, but now that Travis is 13, that could be a little embarrassing, so as long … [Read more...]

Hold A Fun and Fair Easter Egg Hunt


Be prepared, Easter will be here VERY soon.  Things have been so hectic that I failed to get my Easter decorations out earlier this month, so now I must focus on Easter Dinner prep and get ready for the Easter Bunny and Easter day festivities.  Every year the Easter Bunny leaves me over 100 filled eggs to hide for the boys.  We used to hold this hunt indoors, but now that the boys are older, they know all the indoor hiding spots.  So as long as … [Read more...]

Reducing Holiday Stress At Easter


Easter is one of the most family-friendly holidays and offers a great chance to either spend time with your church or just relax with your relatives.  Maybe you have a big Easter lunch at your parent’s house or perhaps your family has a quieter, more religious-centered holiday.  Regardless of how you decide to celebrate Easter, holiday stress can easily sneak up even on the most prepared moms.  It’s important to take the time to work on stress … [Read more...]

Perfect “Healthy, Low Fat” Gift For Females

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Think about it, most occasions bring food to mind:  Valentine's Day - chocolates, Easter - Easter basket candy, Halloween - candy, Christmas - holiday deserts, Thanksgiving - huge meal and holiday deserts, etc.  I like to give gifts and often times, the recipients are trying to stay in control of their eating and would rather not have the temptation of a box of chocolates.  Same goes with me, I love treats, but it is best that I get the low fat … [Read more...]

DIY: Conversation Heart Mailbox


Valentine’s Day is almost here, which means children will be getting Valentine's Day cards and candy from their classmates!  They will need something to put the cards and candy in while they are in the classroom, and we have the perfect craft for that!  A conversation heart mailbox is fun and easy to make! What you'll need Cereal box Construction paper: Any colors the child prefers Glitter glue: Again, any colors the child … [Read more...]

Crazy Cake Recipe Perfect For Parties

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New Year's Eve festivities are right around the corner.  Will you be staying home, hosting a get together or needing to take a special dish or great dessert to someone's home?  Here's a great recipe for Crazy Cake that just came in from Linda from Kentucky.  She says that this a very quick and delicious cake which makes a great dessert in just minutes. . Crazy Cake Recipe Ingredients:  . 1 1/2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 3 Tbsp. … [Read more...]