Organizing Your Christmas Decor Saves Time

Christmas Organizing Decor

I love the Christmas decorations, but each year I dread putting everything back up in the attic.  It makes a huge mess and takes a long time.  This year I spent a little extra time organizing my Christmas decorations as I put them away so that next year I'll be more organized when it comes time to decorate our home for Christmas again. Hopefully you've had time to get your Christmas decorations put up for the year, but if you're household is … [Read more...]

It’s New Year’s Eve!

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New Year's Eve can be a very dangerous night to be out and about so our family always stays together at home to bring in the New Year.  We have a family party where everyone gets to pick out their favorite foods at the grocery for us to eat throughout the night.  We're headed to the grocery soon for items such as hot wings, chips, dip, ice cream, etc.  This does make a great deal of a mess, but it is lots of fun. Each year we always make … [Read more...]

Get Your Holiday Returns Together

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Now that we've had time to organize all the Christmas presents that came out from under the tree, it's time to get everything together that needs to be returned.  For everyone that received clothing, make sure that they try on their items before you place them in your laundry.  If they do not fit right, it's best that you return them before the tags are removed rather than find out later that they do not fit after the tags have been removed and … [Read more...]

What’s On Your Christmas Wish List?


Children like to make wish lists for Santa every year, but what do you do as an adult?  Have you made your wish list to yourself yet?  What are some wishes you have for yourself?  Do you wish you were a better cook?  Do you wish you spent more time with your family?  Do you wish you paid more attention to your needs as opposed to everyone else’s?  Whatever your wishes are, write them down! Material objects are great and they keep us … [Read more...]

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...]