Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, especially for people who love to entertain! Opportunities abound for gatherings, parties, soirees, whatever suits your fancy! So, if you have an entertainer on your gift list, it’s the perfect time to give them a gift that makes entertaining easier and a little more fun. So, I’ve rounded up for you the top-ten must have items for entertaining. At price points ranging from $5-$100 you’re sure to find just the right thing to bring a smile to the hostess extraordinaire in your life. Or maybe you just need to pick up a couple of these things for yourself to get through the holiday season! So, without further ado, let’s check this out -…
In a country that has been recently rocked by several disasters, the news has been full of “neighbor helping neighbor” stories but, in reality, there was a lot more “stranger helping stranger” because Americans don’t know their neighbors anymore. What if a Turquoise Table could change that? Help you learn your neighbors names not just their faces. Would you be able to ask them about their day at work and greet their kids by name?
Kristin Schell had this idea. She longed for greater community in her Austin, TX neighborhood. She felt called by the Lord to serve him and make an impact for his kingdom but, with a household of busy kids, it seemed more like a pipe-dream than a calling from the Lord….
We’ve all been there! A birthday is coming up and the birthday boy or girl announces they want a (insert character here) party. The problem is sometimes that character isn’t overflowing the shelves at Target. So how do you plan a party for an obscure character. Here are my four easy tips that I used to plan a Marie from the Aristocats party for my daughter. Take the mystery out of planning a killer party!
With the Fourth of July looming, we’re taking a break from the camping series to provide you with all you ever needed to know about throwing the ultimate backyard party! There is nothing so fun as an outdoor party and you can really take your party to the next level by following a few simple steps….
Food while camping can really make or break a camping trip. It’s easy to forget components or end up spending way too much time on meals, taking away from the fun time! Here are some tips that have made all the difference for us!
Keep it simple!
My husband and I find great joy in food! Not just eating it, we love tackling tough recipes and making the “best” something. But camping isn’t the time for gourmet cooking or a giant smorgasbord. Keep it simple by sticking to dishes that are familiar and camping friendly. Consider how many dishes it will take to prepare the meal. The fewer the dishes the less time will be spent on clean up later….
Congratulations! You’ve done it! You’ve made the commitment to explore the great outdoors, toddlers in tow, on a camping trip! This is going to be a great experience for your family but there will be some challenges. One of the big challenges is keeping your kiddos entertained. Just like us, modern children are a little too used to TV at the push of a button. Even if you think you’re good about limiting screen time, you may be surprised how “lost” your kids might be in the wilderness. Just like you, they’ll need some time to hone their “unplugged” lifestyle. There are some good, old fashioned activities you can bring to help them be more successful. Remember, to have a nice balance between structured activities and unstructured time. Boredom is actually really good for kids. It forces them to self-entertain and get creative. I like to give these activities out one at a time to encourage the growth of their attention span and rewind from their normally overstimulated life….
Okay, I’m going to come out and say it. It’s the dirty truth you’ve all been thinking but didn’t want to mention for fear of rocking the boat. Mother’s Day has very little to do with celebrating you. Especially with young kids, Mother’s Day isn’t much different than any other Sunday. You’ll still scramble to get kids ready for church, you’ll argue with them about food. Your husband will try to help more but, let’s be honest, he’s kind of out of his league. There will be a few presents and maybe you’ll go out to eat but most of the work will still fall squarely on your shoulders….
All babies are miracles, but every so often, a baby enters this world that defies the odds and proves how miraculous babies truly are. These babies often spend some time in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). The NICU is one of the scariest places to ever find yourself as a parent. I speak from experience. My oldest son entered the world a full 16 weeks ahead of schedule at the cusp of “viability” as they call it. Motherhood began for me in a room surrounded by medical professionals who decided how I could interact with my one pound baby all while beeps and buzzer rang in my head. This isn’t the ideal way to start a life. As a parent, it’s easy to feel lost, overwhelmed and isolated even though you’re constantly surrounded by people….
I had an epiphany today. Mom life can be very monotonous.
Don’t get me wrong, every day brings something new but overall, the days kind of blend together. As much as I love staying home with my kiddos, I realize I need to be more intentional about breaking things up. I need to set up activities that I’m going to look forward to as much as my kids. As moms, we spend a lot of time prioritizing our kids, which is important, but there’s nothing wrong with creating an activity you’re going to enjoy as well….
Busyness seems to be an epidemic in our society. You ask people how they are doing and 90% of the time you’re going to get some response akin to “Life’s busy!” Not only is life busy but busyness seems to be a badge of honor for a lot of people. This isn’t how life is supposed to be!
We’ve all heard the age-old adage, “Idle hands are the devil’s play things!” but, what we fail to recognize is the opposite of idle isn’t busy, it’s occupied. Our lives should be occupied. Populated by activities that meet our needs, give us joy and help advance who we are as people. Not just activity after activity. Even the Lord rested on the seventh day – it’s Biblical people!…