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Holiday Traditions: Creating Magic At Home

Holiday traditions can be a tricky thing for new families to tackle. Each person coming into a marriage with their own sentimental attachments to everything they did as a child during the holiday season. Thankfully, my husband and I grew up with pretty similar traditions, so it was never a big issue. And…

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Added by Rachel Braun on December 5, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

The annual gift buying extravaganza

My son struggled with his Christmas wish list to Santa this year. My husband had a theory that this was because our son has too much stuff and didn't know what to ask for. While I do not disagree with the viewpoint that our son has too much stuff, I think there was another reason that he struggled with the list:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 5, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments

Christmas in Cabo, Plus a Giveaway!!!!

I love this time of year - lights, decorations, holiday tunes, and even...get ready for it...the MALLS!!!! It's just so festive and fun. This year, I decided to inundate myself with Christmas cheer and channel it into a short story just in time for the holidays. I watched the Hallmark channel incessantly for inspiration, and I hope you love the end result. If you're looking for a sexy, short read with all the feels, check out Christmas in Cabo, FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED!!!!…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on November 29, 2016 at 11:27am — No Comments

All those vacation days...gone

I am fortunate enough to have an amazing group of people who report into me at work. But I am on their case right now: I want them to take some time off. I'm asking them to look at their calendars from now until the end of the year and plug in the days they want off. I am not worried about being understaffed over the holidays or about them taking days all at once - I am worried that they will not use their vacation days at…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 26, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments

Vacationing at home

My son wants to know when we are going on vacation again. It is a subject he is highly interested in as of late. It may be because we've had some really memorable ones as a family and he wants to recreate the adventure, but my guess is that he just wants a break from school.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 11, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments

Stressing out right after your vacation

I think by now, most Americans realize they don't take enough vacation. There are plenty of stories out there telling us we don't use all our vacation time, and polls measuring how many people are going to take a vacation this year and even reminders that vacations actually boost…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 22, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments

When your child doesn't believe anymore

We have a thing in my family called the Valentine's Monster. This is what he looks like:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 15, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments

My Fuzzy Love Valentine Heart Craft

You can lose track of time with these 3 EASY Valentine Heart Crafts! :)

Celebrate the Valentine's Day holiday with your little ones by making this adorable craft. Hang the finish project in your home or give it away to a friend to share the love. Nothing really beats a gift made with love. :)

My Fuzzy Love Valentine Heart Craft

materials needed:

  • Blank White Canvas
  • Hot Glue…
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Added by Jazelle on February 10, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Creating Memories With Your Kids

I’ve always wanted to decorate my house for every holiday, complete with themed wreath on the door and decor on the fireplace mantel. Why can’t I still do that?? Mostly because life happens. Money isn’t always there to spend on decor for every holiday. I know, I know. I can always…

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Added by Samantha Roberts on February 9, 2016 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Top 5 Unforgettable Giving Moments Of A Special Person

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Added by Elizabeth on December 22, 2015 at 8:39am — No Comments

8 Commandments for Christmas Custody Survival

Christmas trees. Christmas presents. Christmas custody?

When a couple with children are no longer together, the couple has to decide who will have the children during the holidays. There are some who may celebrate the holidays together in hopes of creating a peaceful holiday for the children. There are others, like me, who are not in a true co-parenting relationship. …

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Added by Tiffany Benyacko on December 16, 2015 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Family Tradition: Comcast Holiday Light Show

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Part of our Christmas Holiday traditions includes attending the light shows offered all over the city, both commercial and neighborhood run. There are few things more spectacular during the holiday season than elaborately decorated displays with beautifully strung lights, rich deep reds and greens, and the smell of pine emanating from fresh cut Christmas trees. And in addition to the highly publicized, world famous Wanamaker Light Show (now Macy's), which I will be discussing…

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Added by Karla Gibbs on December 15, 2015 at 2:06pm — No Comments

quick & easy burbon pumpkin pie

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It was Thanksgiving Day and all of my homemade pumpkin soup and pumpkin puree I had so tirelessly prepped during the week and froze cracked, broke, and poured into my tiny freezer. I was preparing dinner entirely by myself for the first time since Terry was volunteering at the homeless shelter, so fter a few choice words on my list of horrible experiences involving pretty much all of my recent experiences with Ball quart jars, I was forced to resort to the quick and easy…

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Added by Karla Gibbs on December 8, 2015 at 9:24am — No Comments

5 Experience Gift Ideas for Kids

Originally posted at Just Playing House.

As I look around my kids rooms, I am constantly reminded that we need to do a major clean out! I mean MAJOR! This is especially true for my daughter Melia (age 4). We are lucky to have a clear path to walk to her bed. Night wakings have become hazardous to our health!

For my own safety and sanity, I love experience gifts for kids! Let’s be honest, our kids don’t…

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Added by Emily Graham on December 2, 2015 at 11:13pm — 2 Comments

Happy December! Some of our Favorite Christmas Movies!

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Added by Dea Lenihan on December 1, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Top Ten Reasons Why Cookie Exchanges are THE WORST!!

Now, as most of y’all know I am often called a Pollyanna thanks to my glass is half full positive outlook on life. However there is one thing in this world that quickly turns this Pollyanna into a Negative Nelly and that is a good old-fashioned cookie exchange!  Shocking, but true! I have participated in my fair share and even organized a few and let me tell you, now I understand what they mean by a labor of love. Except for in this case, unlike actual labor where you totally forget…

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Added by Kat Tom on November 18, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

5 Tips for Caravanning with Young Kids

Having a successful caravan trip with young kids comes down to planning, every, single, time. Your planning and the kids involvement should begin well before you set off on the road. While planning your itinerary get the kids involved. Ask them what kinds of things they’d like to see and do and plan in accordance. Of course, you might have something even better in mind, but it will help your kids get excited about the trip and ease any anxiety they may be dealing with at the thought of…

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Added by Kirsten Tanner on August 16, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

That time I got burnt by a sparkler

As the Fourth of July arrives, I am filled with childhood memories of summer: going to camp and catching fireflies, of riding bikes and when Dad fired up the grill because it was too hot for Mom to use the oven every night. I can even remember the one summer there was a lunar eclipse and I was allowed to stay up and watch it.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 3, 2015 at 6:43am — 2 Comments

100th Post! Top 5 Easy D.I.Y. Beauty Gift Ideas.

 

Christmas is almost here, two days and all of our hard work and sleepless nights will be rewarded with happy, smiling family members.



Ahhh we can finally breathe a sigh of relief and rest a bit. But that is not for two more days and if you are anything…

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Added by Hope Brissette on December 23, 2014 at 7:12pm — 2 Comments

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