If you purchase Halloween costumes based on how they will look under or over a winter coat and gloves, you might live in the Midwest!
We love living where the seasons change, but we don’t love trick-or-treating in snow. That’s why I’m always looking for opportunities to enjoy holiday fun indoors, and why I was so excited to learn that Chuck E Cheese has all sorts of affordable Halloween festivities happening through October for their Halloween Boo-tacular™.
tips for throwing a simple but special NYE at home
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When I was a freshman in college (a looong time ago!), I had to have a minor ankle surgery over winter break. While the procedure was minor, it meant I would be laid up for New Year’s Eve.
My bestie took mercy on me and stayed in with me. We dressed up cute, grabbed some snacks and decor, and threw ourselves a totally memorable low-key party. Much to my surprise, what should have been a total downer of a night turned into the best New Year’s Eve I’d ever had.
That was the year I discovered that, for me, low-key was the best way to ring in the year.
This especially holds true today as a mom of three. After the craziness of the Christmas holiday and lots of travel to visit family, the whole family is ready for a relaxed night in.
But, it has to be special.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to throw a good party. The good news is, it doesn’t take much to make your gathering low-key fancy. Especially when you can get everything you need from your local Whole Foods Market.
Nighttime Nature Scavenger Hunt – Great Camping Party Activity!
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Spring has officially sprung here in the Midwest, which means warmer temps, longer days and more time living outdoors. It also means kids who are bursting with energy until the minute their heads hit hit their pillows. Today I’m excited to share our latest outdoor adventure – a flashlight scavenger hunt.
I wanted to create a fun activity that my kids, ages 5-10 would all enjoy together. I came up with this flashlight scavenger hunt that would get their bodies moving, their brains working, and encourage them to explore the world around them.
This activity is all of those things, plus it is free!
If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you know that I love all things vintage. Lately, I’ve been especially fond of vintage sheets, afghans and quilts. I’m always brimming with ideas for repurposing these treasures, and I even sell my finds in my small Etsy Shop. Last year I shared an article with genius ways to repurpose vintage sheets, and I fell in love with the idea of sewing pajama pants from vintage sheets.
What could be better? The soft feel of summer sheets paired with gorgeous vintage patterns.
Bunny Bar and Minute to Win it Games for garden party
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A few weeks ago, I shared about how our family has a weekly tradition of Family Movie Night. It’s something we look forward to every week, whether it’s an old throwback movie from my childhood, or we treat ourselves to a new movie.
Most times, it’s an excuse to veg out. Sometimes, we have fun taking our movie night to the next level.
Mother Daughter Date Ideas to Capture the True Meaning of Christmas
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It’s true – it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But, like so many families, we find ourselves struggling to keep up with the endless activities, traditions and all-around excess that can come with the season.
It’s why I’m so glad we started the tradition of performing Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities as a family in the days leading up to Christmas.
My husband I both grew up spending a lot of time on the water. He lived in a lake town; I went camping at the lake with my family most weekends in the summer. As adults, the water is still our happy place, and we’re thrilled to pass these family memories on to our kids.
We’ve only had a boat for a few years, but I’ve learned a thing or two about how to prep for a long day on the lake with the whole crew. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite hacks.
Feed a crowd – It can get expensive feeding the family for a full day away from home, and we try not to resort to expensive convenience foods. One of my favorite ways to feed the crowd is to purchase a package of Hawaiian rolls and slice the whole slab of rolls in half before adding sliced meat, cheese, lettuce and other toppings.
the importance of PRINTING PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
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If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile or you follow me on Instagram, you’re well aware of how much I value natural, candid photography of my family. I’ve talked a great deal about this in the past, so if you’re interested in why it’s so important to me, check out my thoughts, here. Today I’m going to take that conversation to the next level, encouraging moms to take the Printed Photo Challenge.
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Years ago, a very young Mr. Marigold and I moved out of our home state for our careers . We miss our families and our home state very much, and we try to get back to visit our families when we can. This means we are very, very experienced in road tripping, and since having kids, we’ve learned a thing or two about traveling with young ones.
Today, I’m going to share my road trip hacks for traveling with kids.
Earlier this week, I shared some of my favorite Advent Calendars from across the interwebs. Today, I’m going to share a meaningful activity that will inspire the whole family to focus on the spirit of the season.
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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.
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!
Put on your best holiday wardrobe and go for a classic card.
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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.
Sharing the love on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a huge investment. This year we started a new family tradition: love notes to each other. Every day leading up to Valentine’s Day, one family member wakes up to balloons in his or her room. Each balloon has a sweet note from another family member.
It’s that time of year again – when bathing suit season looms a little closer and we start resolving to treat our bodies a little better. I like to have lots and lots of recipes in our rotation because we I get bored easily, so I’m always on the hunt for new, healthy recipes our whole family will enjoy. In that spirit, I’m sharing a round-up of some of our family favorites. Enjoy!