Kick Off the Year in Style with a School Year’s Eve Party

There’s no avoiding it.  The long, lazy days of summer are winding down.   Soon my kids will be heading back to school and saying goodbye to late bedtimes and hanging out in their pj’s til noon.  It’s a rough transition for the whole family so we like to kick things off with one last night of family fun before the school year begins.  I call it our School Year’s Eve...
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Help Kids Conquer Fears with a Fear Factor Challenge

Are your kids scared to do this? How about riding down a huge water slide in this? Does the idea of popping one of these into their mouth make their nose wrinkle in disgust? If so, I can relate.  My kids were scared of all of those things and more.  So last summer we began a new tradition – our annual Fear Factor Challenge.  It was inspired by a clever ‘try new foods’...
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4 Ideas for Easier Easter Egg Dyeing

To me, coloring Easter eggs is like crafting with glitter – the end result is lovely but the process is a big mess.  Since cutting out this colorful tradition isn’t really an option (my kids love it too much), I came up with a few simple strategies to make the egg dyeing process a little easier and the clean-up a lot quicker. 1.  Cover Your Bases Newspaper and paper towels can only...
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Lovin’ These Links – Monday’s Facebook Recap

Well, it looks like we’re finally past the nasty colds at our house.  My little guy’s RSV has subsided and we seem to be back on track.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we won’t run into any other illnesses for a while.  Thanks for all the well wishes, everyone. It’s Monday again.  Time for a recap of a few fabulous ideas from around the web.  All of these sites...
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Warm Up Your Neighborhood with a Christmas Pass-along Plate Tradition

Several years ago I came across a plastic Christmas plate that encouraged a sweet tradition.  Much like the ‘Boo Ghost’  idea you may have seen around Halloween, this plate was designed to be filled with goodies and then passed around the neighborhood in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The original plate is long gone but the idea has stuck with me over the years.  Now that...
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