The Sweet Smell of Christmas: A Preschool Activity

This simple Christmas preschool activity with The Sweet Smell of Christmas is a fun way to get kids thinking about the signs and symbols of Christmas while building vocabulary, practicing matching skills, and engaging their senses. 
This simple Christmas preschool activity with The Sweet Smell of Christmas is a fun way to get kids thinking about the signs and symbols of Christmas while building vocabulary, practicing matching skills, and engaging their senses.

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I was driving to the store last weekend with my boys (to buy more lights for our half-lit tree), and I couldn’t help but smile at their excited chatter about Christmas. “Mom, he said ‘baby Jesus’ on dere!” exclaimed Little Brother pointing to the car radio, which was playing Christmas music. Continue reading

My Favorite Simple Christmas Tradition

If you want to add some extra laughs (and funny pictures) to your holiday this year, try a wrapping paper jump. This simple Christmas tradition is a fun, no-effort way to celebrate after all the presents have been opened.If you want to add some extra laughs (and funny pictures) to your holiday this year, try a wrapping paper jump. This simple Christmas tradition is a fun, no-effort way to celebrate after all the presents have been opened.

Christmas morning is magical. Little footie-pajama clad kiddos stand wide-eyed looking at colorful, wrapped packages. Giggles and squeals of glee accompany the sound of ripping of paper. The piles of paper grow bigger, and bigger until…it’s all over.

What do you do with the wrapping once all the presents have been opened?

If you’re looking at your screen quizzically right now thinking “…uh, throw it away?” then you’re missing out! Continue reading

Five-minute easy fudge recipe

Need a quick treat to take to a Christmas party, or a last-minute gift for a neighbor? Make this easy fudge recipe in five minutes. You can dress it up by adding mix-ins, or keep it simple with only two ingredients. No one will know how easy it was to make!

Need a quick treat to take to a Christmas party, or a last-minute gift for a neighbor? Make this easy fudge recipe in five minutes. You can dress it up by adding mix-ins, or keep it simple with only two ingredients. No one will know how easy it was to make!

Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas carols are on. It’s officially Christmas around here!

Okay, it actually doesn’t really feel like Christmas to me right now because I’m writing this from a condo in Hawaii listening to the waves lapping against the shore (I know, I’m super spoiled). Still, I know that when I go home to snowy Utah in 3 days, I’m going to get into full celebrate-the-season mode.

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The Best Kitchen Tools Under $20

Every chef (or busy mom who throws food on the table on a semi-regular basis) needs the right kitchen tools for the job. Take a peek at this gift guide of my favorite cooking essentials; they will save you time and energy, and will make cooking more fun.Every chef (or busy mom who throws food on the table on a semi-regular basis) needs the right kitchen tools for the job. Take a peek at this gift guide of my favorite cooking essentials; they will save you time and energy, and will make cooking more fun.Disclaimer: This post is completely unsponsored. I’m just sharing things that I love. However, I have included affiliate links to the products mentioned. As always, feel free to shop around for the best deals. See my full disclosure here.

I love to cook. As I’ve mentioned before, I come from a family that regularly texts each other pictures of the family recipes we are making for holidays. I usually get things like spatulas and garlic presses in my Easter basket, and kneading bread is one of my favorite ways to get out any agression.

What can I say? I love to eat good food, and I love the process of bringing it into being. I’ve collected a pretty good arsenal of cooking tools over the years, and today I thought I’d share with you some of my favorites.

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How to get your toddler to do…ANYTHING

Getting a toddler to do anything can be hard. If you’re struggling with a terrible two-year-old or a threenager, try these seven practical parenting tips to encourage your toddler to obey without a fight.

Getting a toddler to do anything can be hard. If you're struggling with a terrible two-year-old or a threenager, try these seven practical parenting tips to encourage your toddler to obey without a fight.

I have a two-year-old teenager. Last week he didn’t want to wake up from his nap (but I didn’t dare let him sleep longer for fear that he wouldn’t sleep that night), and he just rolled over to face away from me and said, “I’m not ready yet.”  Lately, his favorite phrases when he’s upset with me are, “I not happy with you right now!” and “Just leave me alone!” (cue door slam.)

Oh, help. I can’t wait to see what it will be like when he’s fifteen. Continue reading

Potato Rolls (AKA – The only roll recipe you’ll ever need)

These perfectly soft potato rolls are the stuff of legends. With a convenient make-ahead option, they’re perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just your every-day meal. These perfectly soft potato rolls are the stuff of legends. With a convenient make-ahead option, they're perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just your every-day meal.

It’s been awhile since I shared a recipe with you all, but this one cannot be contained. You need these rolls in your life. They are my family’s go-to recipe for dinner rolls. We make them every year for Thanksgiving, usually for Christmas as well, and whenever else we feel like it the rest of the year.

My parents, siblings, and I don’t often get to gather all together around a table together for holidays (we’re spread across the country from California to New Hampshire), we still find ways–sometimes a little unique–to celebrate together. Like last Thanksgiving, when we had a running group text of us all making our own batches of these potato rolls. Continue reading

Gratitude Tree: A Thanksgiving Tradition

Got gratitude? This simple Thanksgiving tradition is a great way to bring your family together and get everyone thinking about what they’re grateful for this holiday season.

Got gratitude? This simple Thanksgiving tradition is a great way to bring your family together and get everyone thinking about what they're grateful for this holiday season.Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links to the products mentioned. As always, feel free to shop around for the best deal! See my disclosure for more info.

I love Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays, actually. I mean, can it get much better than eating really good food and spending time with the people you love? Oh, and you don’t have to buy presents or any of the other commercial hoopla that often creeps into many of the other more popular holidays. Now, that’s a holiday.

I also love that Thanksgiving reminds us all to be grateful for the blessings we have in life. Did you know that grateful people have been scientifically shown Continue reading

Random Acts of Kindness Bingo

Want to make the holidays meaningful for your family? This free printable Random Acts of Kindness Bingo game is a great way to get everyone involved in giving thanks and spreading love…any time of year!Want to make the holidays meaningful for your family? This free printable Random Acts of Kindness Bingo game is a great way to get everyone involved in giving thanks and spreading love...any time of year!It’s November! Despite the fact that the days are growing shorter and colder, November is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s my birthday month (wahoo!), and I’m a serious fan of Thanksgiving.

Poor Thanksgiving. Smushed between the much flashier holidays of Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving often gets overlooked. But, really, Thanksgiving has so much going for it. Continue reading

The Many Little Joys of October

Happy Halloween, my friends!

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Little Man is thrilled that he has preschool on Halloween so he gets to wear his costume and go trick-or-treating at school. We also get to go trick-or-treating at Daddy’s work (my boys think it’s the coolest thing ever to visit Dad’s office), and then more trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. By the end of the day, I’m sure we’ll have far more candy than we know what to do with.

What are your plans for the holiday? Or have you been so busy celebrating all month long that you’re ready to be done? Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Play Dough Recipe

Want to add a little spice to preschool play time? Try making this super easy pumpkin spice play dough recipe with your kids. It’s a perfect fall activity and will leave your hands smelling wonderful!

Want to add a little spice to preschool play time? Try making this super easy pumpkin spice play dough recipe with your kids. It's a perfect fall activity and will leave your hands smelling wonderful!

We’ve been busy around here working our way through our fall family bucket list. Last night we carved pumpkins and made homemade root beer. The boys loved it, and I was cracking up at Little Man’s cackles as he watched the bubbling pot of root beer as the dry ice did its work. We may have ended up with a little spit in our soda from the boys taking turns blowing the “smoke” away, but it was worth it.

Before we got to actually carving pumpkins, though, we did some practice with play dough. I had seen Continue reading