Cooking With Kids: Holiday Tradition

Does your family have a favorite Christmas Tradition?  One of my favorite "family time" traditions includes holiday baking.  Each year we make cut out sugar cookies for Santa.  My boys are now 15 and 9 and still enjoy making these cookies with me.  It can be a very messy adventure but truly worth every drop of sugar or icing that smears across our clothing, the table or on the floor!  My mother passed away from cancer when I was 17, and one of … [Read more...]

The Tradition of Luminarias

One of my favorite last-minute holiday decorations are the Christmas Eve lanterns known as luminarias, a Spanish word roughly translating to “lights” in English.  If you haven’t heard of luminarias don’t worry, the tradition is usually only found in the southwest of the United States, however it has some deep roots. By any name, luminarias or farolitos as they’re sometimes called in New Mexico, the tradition of using lanterns, small bonfires, … [Read more...]

Unique Holiday Traditions

There are some holiday traditions shared by millions of families: turkey on Thanksgiving, cookies for Santa, passive aggressive cookie baking and many more. However having a tradition unique to your family can be a memorable way to make the holidays extra special!  As seen above, our family loves the drive thru Christmas Light Parks. Here are some unique traditions that would be fun to start up with your family: I know many families that … [Read more...]

How to Stay Organized During the Holidays

It’s hard enough to stay organized the eleven other months out of the year, but add some crazy relatives visiting, three other dogs, a Christmas party, and a big ol’ dose of holiday cheer and pretty soon your house looks like a tornado came through.  However, there are some things you can do to retain at least some of your sanity. When the holiday season first starts, even though it’s hard to resist, try to go easy on the decorations.  Taking … [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...]

Magic Reindeer Food – Easy to Make!

My son is currently in second grade.  His class made Magic Reindeer Food at their holiday class party before they were released for Christmas Break.  The parents were asked to send in various items for the Christmas party and all of the His classmates had a ball putting the Magic Reindeer Food together.  One little girl filled her baggie all the way to the top, shook it up and the bag exploded all over the classroom.  You know the teacher had to … [Read more...] Offers Sales Thru 12/1

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Holiday Clean Up Tips

Gift giving is now over and time for the dreaded holiday clean up that follows Christmas festivities.  Now is the perfect time to clean out your cabinets, closets, etc. to make room for your new items.  As you make space for your new items, keep others in mind.  It may be easier to pitch your old belongings in the trash, but it is always best to donate items that could be put to further use by someone else. This Christmas I received a new … [Read more...]

Holiday Organization Tips

Holiday Organization Tips – Be Organized This Year Are your presents beginning to pile up?  Do you have a special hiding spot for them?  Do you have enough boxes?  Are you prepared to make your favorite holiday recipes? Wrap Presents Quickly Each year I wait until the last minute to wrap my presents and just want to kick myself for waiting so long.  This year I am wrapping the presents as I get them, but I still have my secret hiding … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A Christmas Memory

I wanted to share the following story with you. I found it on my email, written from Merry Wise, from Texas. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! A Christmas Memory By Merry Wise I was born on June 1, 1943. And believe it or not, I remember a  small memory from my very first Christmas, the first conscious memory of my life! My Mother was rocking me in the old rocking chair my daughter now has, and she was singing Silent … [Read more...]

Check Out For Gift Ideas

David, from, is on the mom blog to offer ideas on Christmas Gifts this season.  Meet David: Buying Christmas gifts always requires care and consideration but, as the festive season begins, it's time to make some difficult decisions. In less than certain economic times, silver, gold, and natural gemstones have traditionally been sought as hard investment alternatives to cash which seems to be in a process of devaluation in … [Read more...]

Personalized Letters From Santa Only $5.99

Look what I got from Birthday In A Box!  It is a personalized letter to me from Santa! This would be so much fun to receive in the mail.  It came in a HUGE red envelope, over 12 inches in length.  When I opened it, I found a personalized letter AND a personalized coloring book with my name on every page but one! There are three different designs and my boys received the Santa and Traditional Christmas letter/ coloring book … [Read more...]

Gift Giving Peanut Butter Fudge

Things are busy with Christmas just around the corner.   Today the kids and I made fudge for the neighbors.  It works great poured in any pan, but a holiday shaped tin just adds to the fun! There are only four ingredients needed for this Peanut Butter Fudge and odd are, you've already got them all at the house! Quick Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup water 1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy) 1 teaspoon … [Read more...]

Christmas Break Activities

Now that Christmas Break is here, keep your kids busy with activities in order to alleviate boredom which can turn into sibling fighting or aggravating.  Michael's Craft Store has many ornament painting kits on sale as well as other holiday craft kits.  There are also many one or two day sports camps offered in many areas.  This is a very busy time of year and you can't afford to spend your time as a referee. My kids love crafts, so I have … [Read more...]

Christmas Plates Are A Must For A Family With Small Children

Both my kids enjoy eating from the decorative Christmas  plates / bowls, but my youngest son LOVES them.  I try to serve his snacks on paper plates for easy clean up and he is reminding me to use the Christmas plates instead! I have plastic ones that I bought from Walgreens.  They were inexpensive and won’t break as easy as the glass ones.  I didn’t realize how much he loved these plates until this year. If you don’t have any of these dishes, … [Read more...]

Get Your Christmas Shopping Done

If you are trying to get your  shopping done before the kids get out of school, you better hurry!  Christmas break will be here before you know it. Right now, you can still do your online shopping without the fear of it arriving too late.  I do most of my online shopping off and Walmart Site to Store., with site to store pickup allows you to send a prepaid gift straight to the pickup department (old layaway dept. in our … [Read more...]