Christmas Morning Emergency Kit

santa claus tool kit for tackling christmas emergencies

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We’ve all been there. The last-minute dash to wrap gifts, stuff stockings, and assemble alll the things. Inevitably, we find we’re one critical thingamajig away from ripping through the brick fortress of toy packaging. One set of batteries away from creating Christmas magic. One gift away from checking everyone off your list.

Since our family often travels around the holidays, we’ve learned to become efficient over the years. Traveling means we have to be ready in advance for any potential Christmas-day gift crisis. Not because we’ve got it all together. But, because we’ve learned the hard way.

Today, I’m going to share my list for creating a Christmas emergency kit. Plus, to build your own, you can click  batteries to receive a $5 Walmart eGift card with your $15 Energizer® battery or lights purchase .*

Christmas Morning Emergency Kit | Five Marigolds

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Holiday Survival Guide for Moms

4 Favorite FINDS FOR FEELING FESTIVE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

This post, Holiday Survival Guide for Moms,  is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com. All opinions are my own.

Hey Moms, are you still with me? How are you holding up? Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but this home stretch of the season is always HARD.

Amid all the wonderful tasks on our lists, baking, shopping, wrapping, packing….it’s easy to feel completely burnt out by the time Christmas arrives.

Today, I invite you take a small break from your ever-growing task list. I’m sharing a few things on my own little holiday survival guide.

Holiday Survival Guide for Moms

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Creative Circle Link Party #185

Thank you for linking up all things DIY, design or decor.

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party – a place to share and find decor and DIY inspiration for your home!

This week I’m loving this tutorial for decorating with fresh Cedar. Here is her before that so many of us can relate to! Keep scrolling to read all about it.

Fresh Cedar wreaths and bunting for your front porch

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My Daily Routine as a Work From Home Mom

A big thank you to Chicken of the Sea for partnering with me on  this post about my daily routine as a work from home mom. All opinions are my own.

Earlier this year I posted about all the ways I make a full-time income from home, and ever since then I’ve gotten  a lot of questions about how I make it all work. As it turns out, there are many of you who feel the same way I do about wanting to do it all – work from home while being more present for family.

I’ll be honest – it’s been a nutty year of trying lots of new things and trying to balance it all, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. (…Unless being independently  wealthy was on the table…then I’d totally take that.)

Today I’m sharing my daily routine as a work from home mom – which, as you’ll read, changes every single day.

What does my daily routine look like?

4:00 a.m.: Alarm goes off. Nope – not a typo!

I get dressed, make myself look (somewhat) presentable, grab a quick cup of coffee and head to my office to prepare for the first appointment of the day.

4:30 a.m.: Begin my morning side hustle: teaching ESL classes online. I love this work because it it’s fun and stress-free, and gives me the consistency I don’t always have with freelancing and blogging.

7:30 a.m.: Help my kids with the last of their morning routines, like brushing hair, signing forms, and packing lunches. My Daily Routine as a Work From Home Mom

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Creative Circle Link Party #183

Thank you for linking up all things DIY, design or decor.

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party – a place to share and find decor and DIY inspiration for your home!

This week, the “impromptu porch renovation” by The Painted Hive totally made my jaw drop. I couldn’t believe the huge transformation she made on a dated entry, with a teeny budget. Keep scrolling to read all about it.

Front porch makeover on a small budget

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How to Look Your Best (even with a thyroid disorder)

living your best life with thyroid disease

Coping with Grave's Disease and Thyroid Disorder

I have Grave’s Disease.

Whew. I’m glad I got that out of the way.

It can be hard to get up close and personal here on the blog, but I’ve become more and more convicted that I should share this part of my life. After all, thyroid disorder is increasingly common in America, and yet is still largely misdiagnosed and misunderstood.

I’ve struggled with the affects of this disease for years, and I’m sharing about it today in the hopes that it can help someone else.

Here’s my story.

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CREATIVE CIRCLE LINK PARTY #180

Thank you for linking up all things DIY, design or decor.

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party – a place to share and find decor and DIY inspiration for your home!

Every year I love to come up with easy, inexpensive Halloween costumes for my readers, and it’s always some of my most popular October content!

Today, I’m thrilled to share yet another great idea for today’s Link Up! Keep reading for the full details on this costume…

Ash Ketchum DIY Pokemon Halloween Costume

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DIY Writing Skills Workbook

custom Writing Skills Workbook for less than $1

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

Create a custom writing skills workbook in minutes

When I was a young kid, I was blown away one day when my dad brought home a little toy doctor kit, little candies (aka pills – it was the 80’s, okay?) and flashcards for me.

Not an earth shattering story, right?

Except, my parents NEVER just brought home gifts for no reason, so it’s a memory that firmly planted itself in my mind.

Only recently, (many, many years later)I learned the rest of the story.DIY Writing Skills Workbook Kindergarten Back To School

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Lazy Mom’s Guide to Halloween Dinner

This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc.  but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Can you feel that? The chill in the air is already creeping in, and so are the Halloween decorations in every store I visit. As you’re well aware, I’m not a big fan of fall, but the holidays of the fall and winter seasons sure make the nip in the air a whole lot more tolerable.

While I do love delighting my kids with a fun themed meal every Halloween season, I don’t always have the same zest for pulling off the details.

Today I’m sharing my lazy mom’s guide to Halloween Dinner. I’m including three, super-simple ideas for pulling off that cute themed dinner, without the prep.

That’s right: if you’re decidedly *not* a Pinterest mom, this post is for you.Lazy Mom's Guide to Spooky Halloween Theme DInner | Five Marigolds

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15 Genius Way to Upcycle Vintage Books

Inspirational Ideas for Upcycling old books

Are you a lover of vintage books? Or, do you simply own old literature that you hate to store, but don’t want to toss?

Me, too.

I often find myself perusing the bookshelves at vintage shops and thrift stores, searching for treasures. I’ve used them to decorate my son’s room, and also as the occasional book prop.

However, with no bookshelves to speak of, our vintage book collection has max capacity. So, what does any crafty DIY mom do? Scours the internet for ways to upcycle the books she loves.

These 15 ideas are not only clever, but totally functional. These ideas take the functionality and the beauty of hardcover books and turns them into truly remarkable, functional items.

Which one is your favorite??15 Genius Way to Upcycle Vintage Books

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