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Give the kids some creative license to decorate their very own felt Christmas tree! Super easy to make and a perfect project for craft parties.

Felt Christmas Tree for Kids

One of the best parts about decorating for Christmas is pulling out the ornaments and remembering the special people and circumstances that brought them into our collection. This little Felt Christmas Tree is just one of those items: My mother-in-law and I spent an evening together, crafting and creating it for my son a few […]

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Add a touch of sparkle to your holiday decorations by turning an ordinary shadow box into a fun and festive Jingle Bells Shadow Box.

How To: Jingle Bells Shadow Box

Please don’t hate me. I am posting a holiday project before we’ve even begun to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s really not my style, but if I waited until after Thanksgiving to introduce this goodie, you might miss the chance to re-create and enjoy it in your home this holiday season. That said, check out this super […]

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SONIC & TAILS // My son really digs Sega's speedy, spiky hedgehog. Check out all the fun details of his Super Sonic Sixth Birthday Party.

Super Sonic Birthday Party

With each passing year comes new interests. My son has been pretty consistent with his love of sharks and dinosaurs, but this year he added Sonic the Hedgehog to the list. He really digs Sega’s speedy, spiky hedgehog, which has translated into labels for his school supplies to this year’s Halloween costume (his little sister was Tails) and his […]

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Our Thankful Tree // With November being the month of thankfulness, here are a few things we do to teach our kids about gratitude.

Teaching Kids About Gratitude

With November being the month of thankfulness, I can think of no better time for teaching kids about gratitude. Studies have shown that focusing on the good in our lives can have a huge impact on the happiness we feel, the resiliency we display, and the compassion we bestow. For that and for so many […]

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Check out this frightfully fun birthday party inspired by Tim Burton's movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

A Nightmare Before Christmas Birthday

Boys and girls of every age. Wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see. This, our town of Halloween! My son is a big fan of Jack Skellington. He developed a love for Tim Burton’s movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, a few years ago and spread that love to […]

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Take a look at this entryway with its simple decorative touches of autumn.

Adding Autumn to the Entryway

Today I want to share a few photos of our entryway with its simple fall touches. I am still so satisfied with the improvements we made to it last summer. Thanks to our friends at Lowe’s, we turned a stock kitchen cabinet into a bench and it has been excellent for containing the clutter. The white […]

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The last part of the Dealing with Deployment series is the day we've all been waiting for... the day our loved one comes home!

Dealing with Deployment // Homecoming

The last part of the Dealing with Deployment series is the day we’ve all been waiting for… the day our loved one comes home! Homecoming is such a special day. It’s a day long awaited for everyone involved and is met with a deserving dose of excitement, anticipation and patriotic pomp and circumstance. The U.S. Navy’s […]

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Deployment Wall // For other military families dealing with deployment, here are a few interactive activities we used in an effort to lessen our kids' separation anxiety and lift their spirits.

Dealing with Deployment // Kids Activities

Until this deployment, our kids have been relatively unaware of the Chief’s absences at home due to his military commitment. Now, at three and five years old, they are keenly aware of the separation even if they don’t fully grasp the gravity of deployment. They know their dad works aboard a Navy ship and sometimes […]

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Boost morale, save time and avoid hassles with these tips for sending military care packages.

Dealing with Deployment // Care Packages

Mail call is a big deal for military members of all branches who are serving our nation far from home. It is also quite an operation — just check out this video from my husband’s ship, the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77).   Filling a box with familiar comforts and sweet notes is a […]

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