As we head into the final countdown towards Christmas and the kiddos are on winter break, here are some fun ideas you can have with everyone's favorite drink: hot cocoa! 1. Dress up your drink! The latest trend is decadent milkshakes...
We are a proud family of an Elf on the Shelf, and this year will be our third year having fun with him. My son affectionately named him “Mr. Elf” his first year, and the name has stuck ever...
If you opened this post, there’s a good chance you’re in the same boat we find ourselves in year after year. There are gift guides galore for the fellow women in our lives, but when it comes to the...
It’s Christmas. The Season of Giving. But I’m struggling. Struggling because I want. I’ve spent the last week driving around new subdivisions. Dreaming. Houses with granite countertops and more than one kitchen drawer. Houses with more than 1000 square feet....
  Dear Momma Trying to Make Christmas Perfect, Please stop. I know your stress. It’s deep. It’s binding—the chaining of emotions to unattainable perfection. I used to be you. My young married years were spent attempting to be Martha Stewart. I’d spend endless hours...
I love Christmas! As soon as the Thanksgiving dinner plates have been cleared from the table, I can be found rummaging through the Christmas bins! A few years ago, a fellow Christmas-loving friend showed me her list of activities for...

Holiday Gifts From Baby

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This year is our little one's first Christmas and I wanted to give holiday gifts from the baby to all the relatives. This could get quite expensive if store-bought so I began researching ideas of simple, inexpensive (and easy!)...
Why didn’t anyone tell me that the toiletries for toddlers should be included as a line item in our family budget!!!?!?!? Yes, we really need more toilet paper already. And while I’m at it, we need bubble gum-flavored children’s...
Telling Your Kids the Truth About Santa...while keeping the magic of Christmas Alive When it's time, you just know. We had the Santa talk with our son last night. You know how they say "you just know" when it's love? Well, it's...

That Darn Elf

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Which category do you fall into? LOVE OR HATE? There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love the Elf on the Shelf, and those who HATE it with the passion of a thousand suns. LOVE Do you love...
Returning this holiday season, The Florida Mall is dazzling families and visitors with their Santa set and cheerful, illuminated holiday décor featured throughout the mall. Inspired by a nostalgic stroll through snowfall on a winter night, the theme for...

Practical Homemade Gift Ideas

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The Simplicity of Homemade Gifts: 3 Practical Homemade Gift Ideas There's something about getting a homemade gift that really puts an extra sparkle into Christmas. Mainly because you know that the giver put thought, time, and care into creating a special...
  Two years ago we eked through our last year believing in Santa. Our girls were in 5th grade and had turned 11 that November, and while they doubted Santa’s existence, they weren’t sure. I overheard them talking to each other Christmas week, “Let’s...

The Three-Gift Christmas

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It became apparent on Christmas morning last year that something needed to change. We were definitely overdoing it. The packages were beautiful, the tree was overflowing with gifts, and wrapping flew in all directions. Here's the thing, though: my kids...
Not sure what to get your newborn for Christmas, or need ideas for family members who want to include your little one this year? Here are 8 baby gift ideas that you (and your little one) can appreciate. This is...

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Family Friendly Restaurants: Central Florida

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In my house, eating is kind of a big deal. We frequent some favorite family-friendly restaurants around Central Florida and I reached out to...