How to Host the Ultimate Thanksgathering

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Be the Hostess with the Mostess this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just days away, and with it comes the anticipation and joy of the holiday season, and the task of hosting the family gathering.

I think a lot of families, mine included, are a lot like fudge – sweet, with a lot of nuts! It certainly makes for some interesting holidays, but that’s no reason to stress about your upcoming hostess gig.

Prep like a pro with these simple, yet impactful tips for being the hostess with the mostess at your upcoming Thanksgathering celebration.How to host the ultimate Thanksgiving with free printable favor tags | Five Marigolds

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Christmas Chic Girl’s Bedroom

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Bedroom Suite

This year I’ve started getting into the Christmas spirit early. In the past I’ve been a traditionalist – no decorating until after Thanksgiving! However, I have a little girl who loves the decorations even more than I do. So, after years of her asking, I decided this year I’d decorate her bedroom for the first time. And hey – it’s on the second floor so *technically* I’m still in the clear, right?Christmas Chic Girl's Bedroom | Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy Bedroom Suite theme, with pastels, sparkles and sweets.

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Pesto, Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Torta

This fancy pants appetizer is a snap to make!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LeakProofStorage #CollectiveBias

It’s the time of year for gatherings galore – which means growing your repertoire of potluck dishes to  impress your hostesses and guests. I’m going to show you a dish that looks all fancy-pants, but is super easy to make: Pesto, Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Torta Appetizer.

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10 Christmas Card Ideas You Should Steal + Free Template!

Awesome Christmas Cards + bonus free template!

I know, I know! Halloween is barely over and I’m already talking Christmas. But it’s already time to start getting plans locked in for Christmas cards!  It happens every year: photographers pack their schedules for the holiday rush as families procrastinate and, inevitably, miss the card ordering window. Keep reading for 10 inspiring Christmas card ideas you should totally steal,  AND a free Christmas Card template to get you started!

  1. Put on your best holiday wardrobe and go for a classic card.
    Free Christmas Card Template + 10 Inspiring Ideas for Christmas Card Photos

    Photo credit: Emily Plunk Photography

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Celebrating Time Together + JORD Giveaway

A big thanks to the team at JORD Wood Watches for the wrist upgrade, and for sponsoring this post.

Halloween has come and gone,and the holiday season is officially here – according to retailers and advertisers. As a prequel to the holiday prep that is soon to come here on the blog and elsewhere, today I’m taking a moment to talk about the best gift we can give to each other, all year long: the gift of time.

You see, sometimes I get so focused on task lists, places to go,  and whatever Google calendar says I need to get done, that I forget to slow down and savor the moments. Yes, even my #366 project, designed to help me stay in the moment, turns into a chore at times.

Case in point: A few weeks ago, my husband and I took the family to our favorite pumpkin patch. The weather was miserable, the ground was super muddy, and the place was crowded. I found myself rushing the kids through our traditions: running through the maze, picking out the perfect pumpkin, and of course, the requisite photos. When we got back to the car with our finds, I felt guilty. In my selfish effort to get past my own discomforts and cross the task off my checklist, I’d rushed everyone through the motions. I declared a do-over.

This year is our 12 year wedding anniversary. In those 12 years we’ve lived in two homes, had three kids and shared hundreds of laughs, tears and memories. The Gift of Time + Jord watch giveaway #JordWatch #giveaway #ad

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Frozen Pumpkin Mini Pies

3 Ingredient recipe to a lighter Holiday favorite

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Does the thought of waiting until Thanksgiving for pumpkin desserts make you weak in the knees? Wait no more. Today I’m sharing a super simple, 3-ingredient recipe to your favorite frozen pumpkin dessert, lightened up!

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Lazy Mom’s Guide to Year in Review Photo Books

Holding memories close to our hearts (and hands!)

If you follow me on Instagram, it probably comes as no surprise that I create custom, year in review photo books for my kids each year. I’ve documented my passion for capturing everyday moments, but what good are they on my computer where nobody gets to enjoy them?

Today, I’m sharing the lazy mom’s way to make year in review books.Lazy Gal's Guide to Year In Review Digital Photo Books

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Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Hash

ONE RECIPE; A WEEK OF breakfast bowls

Here in the Midwest, temperatures are starting to dip, and we’re starting to pull out sweaters, swap our iced brew for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and reaching for more cold weather comfort foods.

Lately I’ve really been craving a hot, savory breakfast in the mornings, but it’s just not realistic to cook a proper breakfast while wrangling three kids for school. This week I decided to solve that problem by prepping one of my favorite breakfast recipes for the week: Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Hash.

This recipe is perfect for the season, with fall flavors like butternut squash and sweet potatoes.I need to do this - make ahead breakfast meal prep. Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Hash

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Halloween Emoji Nail Art

Nailed It! Free printable nail art

I’m back with a new Halloween-themed tutorial combining two things I’ve been a little obsessed with lately: emojis + nail decals. Really, who doesn’t love emojis? They’re cute AND a stand-alone language. Keep reading to download your own free emoji nail art printable and learn just how easy this is!What a neat idea! Use tattoo paper to make nail art. Halloween Emoji nails.

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Quick & Easy Game Day Decor

SCORE POINTS WITH VARSITY LETTER TABLEWARE

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Football season is here, and with it, countless Sundays spent gathering with friends for viewing parties. I’ll admit, I’m in this sport for the socializing and snacks, but not the work of prepping treats.

Today, I’m going to show you ridiculously easy ideas for showing up with the most team spirit at your next viewing party. These game day decor ideas are so simple, even the least skilled crafter can pull them off like a pro!

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Ultimate Apple Themed Round-Up

The best of apple Recipes, Crafts, Activities & More!

It’s finally time for me to admit that fall is here. The cold snap of the season started this week, and while I’m mourning the short-lived Midwest summer, I am looking forward to the tastes and activities of the season.

Last week I shared my Salted Caramel Dip recipe. This week, we are excited to share with you this collection of amazing Apple themed posts from the talented and creative Social Fabric community.

You’re going to want to Pin or bookmark this post for later, so you don’t miss out on these amazing apple recipes, crafts and activities for fall!

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Moms, Let’s Keep it Real…

#momreality giveaway! + combatting the social photoshopping of life

Hi Everyone! I’m Jen from Jen Snyder Photo, and I’m excited to be guest posting here today sharing something I’m very passionate about: #momreality.

We have all heard time and time again how the overuse of Photoshop is ruining our definition of beauty– warping it to something unattainable. Just like the way Photoshop skews our perception of beauty, I believe social media is skewing our perception of motherhood. We are all led to believe that our houses should be spotless, gourmet meals cooking, while making intricate crafts with our children. All the time.

This is supported by countless photos on social media of freshly baked bread, clean kitchens with happy kids making crafts in them, and other life-is-perfect images.

But what we see is not always what is real. We aren’t seeing what went into making the photo. We don’t see the mess that is just out of frame. After all, it’s what is just out of the frame where reality rests.

For example… I took a few photos with my iPhone. The photo I would have posted to social media, and the reality behind it.Join the #momreality movement, keeping it real with other moms and going beyond the carefully photoshopped version of our lives.

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School Night Hustle

Mom Hacks for a Stress- and Clutter-free After School Routine

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Things around here have been a little insane. With the kids back at school and more activities than ever, we were legit struggling there for awhile. Between homework, extracurricular activities and informational school meetings, we had to get organized, and fast.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite mom hacks for school nights. These tips help keep my family on track so we have more time to do the things we love.

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Lunchbox Jokes Printable

Back to School Lunchbox Jokes Printable

My free lunchbox printables are always super popular this time of year – the one time we moms *actually* feel organized enough to do things like print cutesy lunchbox notes! In the spirit of mom unity, I’ve added another lunchbox jokes printable to my offering so we can all score an A+ in “Pinterest Mom: 101.”

Thanks to my girlfriends who tirelessly pumped their kids for their best jokes to help create this fun collection. Happy back to school season, fellow moms! We can do this!

Free lunchbox jokes printable, just in time for back to school season! | Five Marigolds

Download your free Lunchbox Jokes printable here. (Psst..Don’t forget to share this free resource on your favorite social channel to help me continue to offer these fun freebies!)

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