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6 Easy and Fun Activities for Holiday Gatherings

  Updated from December 2013. Want to spice up that next family gathering or Christmas party? Try a game or activity to get everyone involved. Here are some of our favorites to do together over the holidays with your kids, with friends or at extended family gatherings. Enjoy! Pin It

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Family Christmas Celebration

Santa or No Santa?

Last weekend I had a girls weekend with my college besties. As we’ve talked about before here and here, getting away with girlfriends is refreshing for the soul. We had a blast (and almost got snowed in!!) The weekend was full of laughs, good food and great conversations. One conversation that kept coming up was …Read More

Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Halloween Party Games

Updated and reposted from October 2013. I love thinking of and running games for kids…really people of any age. (Some favs on our blog are Homemade Apples to Apples, The Question Game, and Rate Your Mate.) So, when I saw Katie’s awesome post at Kitchen Stewardship about Easy School Halloween Party Ideas, I put my …Read More

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Thoughtful Father’s Day Gift Idea

I wanted to share about a DIY Father’s Day gift I put together for my dad a few years ago. It took a little preliminary work but the thoughtfulness and time put into it was totally worth it. Weeks before Father’s Day, I asked my two siblings to send me 5-10 things that they have …Read More

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valentine's day scavenger hunt for kids

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids

A couple I work with have been doing a Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt for their kids as long as I’ve known them. It began when their kids were very young, but, now that all of them are teenagers, it still continues. The mom told me that her kids used to get candy at the end, but …Read More

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10 Holiday Activities at Family Gatherings

6 Easy and Fun Holiday Activities at Family Gatherings

The Christmas spirit doesn’t have to stop after December 25! Here are a few easy ideas to do with family throughout the Christmas break, especially at gatherings. 1. Make a birthday cake for Jesus at Christmas. Here is our go-to Homemade Chocolate Cake recipe from Ina Garten. We make it every Christmas. We call this …Read More

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 3): The Wise Men

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 3): The Wise Men

Here are Part 1 and Part 2 of this four-part series. Children learn, grow and are shaped more in the first five years of life than any other time! What a wonderful opportunity we have as parents to hide the amazing, life-changing Christmas story in their little hearts this time of year. Although, I’ve listed …Read More

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Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 2): The Shepherds

Here are Part 1: The Story of Mary and Joseph, Part 3: The Wise Men, and Part 4: Jesus’ Birthday Party in this four-part series. Today I’ll share Part 2 of our four-part series that I hope will help you begin to shape your toddler’s or preschooler’s view of what the Bible tells us happened …Read More

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Game Night: Make Your Own “Apples to Apples”

It’s no secret. I LOVE games. Especially ones that make a group laugh and make memories together, like the Rate Your Mate Game or The Question Game. Today, I’ve got another DIY oldie but goodie that my family has played time and again. Remember that popular board game Apples to Apples? Well, my sister came …Read More

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The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

Here’s a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family (ages 2-60) just a moment to reflect on why we had gathered. It focused our thoughts, even if for a …Read More

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Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Halloween Game Ideas: Perfect for School Parties!

Reposted from October 2012 I love thinking of and running games for kids…really people of any age. So, when I saw Katie’s awesome post at Kitchen Stewardship about Easy School Halloween Party Ideas, I put my own thinking cap on. Over the years I’ve worked with kids in various settings–camp counselor, babysitter, teacher, children’s ministry …Read More

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Fourth of July Craft Ideas

It’s June! It’s summer! I’m already seeing some Fourth of July crafts floating around the blogland so I thought I’d throw a few of mine in the mix. Pin it if you like it! Here is a Fourth of July Onesie I made this little festive outfit for my daughter last year. It only takes …Read More

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Sneaky Valentine’s Day Treat: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Sneaky Valentine’s Day Treat: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Reposted from February 2012 I know there are times that a healthy treat isn’t warranted…especially on holidays. But, the deal with these Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Truffles is that they are decadent, delicious and healthy. So, why not make them today for your family as a special (and sneaky healthy way) to say “I love you!”? …Read More

Make your own heart garland

DIY Valentine Garland

Ah yes, Valentine’s Day. The only time of the year that men will tolerate their homes to be decorated in pinks, reds, and hearts. Due to our lack of storage space, I keep the holiday decorating to a minium. However, I was feeling the itch to make a little Valentine’s decoration for our mantle. Here’s …Read More

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