The Makings of a Wonderful Wedding Party

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dinnertableTwo of our very close friends/family members were recently married. They were married in Mexico with just their immediate family, so we knew we wanted to do something special to celebrate this wonderful couple when they got back home. My parents, as their gift to the couple, decided to throw a  wedding dinner party (where the guest list was chosen by the new bride and groom). It was so much fun – I honestly haven’t laughed that much, and that continuously, in a long time! It was a wonderful group of people, and my parents did an incredible job. The party was a four course meal interspersed with party games. I helped my Mom with the planning and prep work for the games, and the rest was all thanks to my amazing parents. The party was a hit! Here are some of the games and activities we included, in case you have a party of your own coming up:

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9 Reasons to Build Your Own Wooden Dollhouse


If you’re thinking of making a big homemade gift for your child, such as a wooden dollhouse … I would urge you to go for it. It may seem daunting, but I can assure you that the benefits far outweigh the challenges. Last Christmas, my Dad and I made Baby E a homemade wooden kitchen. It was amazing, and she still plays with it almost every day. This year, I wanted to tackle another DIY gift: a dollhouse! With a lot of help from both my Dad and Mom, we did it.

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Family-friendly NYE Ideas


I announced recently that I have signed on as a writer for a new local blog called Victoria Moms Blog. I’m excited to say that my second post was just published: 2016 Family-Friendly Victoria NYE Guide: Around Town and At Home. I’ve collected information about a number of local family-friendly New Years Eve events, as well as ideas for throwing your own family NYE party at home. Check it out on the VMB blog, and let me know about any other events or ideas you and your family have planned for New Years!

 

Elfie 2016: Week 1

I know that not everyone loves Elf on the Shelf. Some think he/she is a bit creepy, and some just don’t have the time to be posing an elf every night before bed. Both concerns are incredibly valid, and have definitely crossed my mind! We have not taught our daughter any of the backstory about Elf on the Shelf – we just told her that Elfie has magic, and she often comes out to play while we are sleeping!

Every morning Baby E gets up and searches for Elfie. I hear her squeal when she finds Elfie, and she usually has a conversation with Elfie (for example, answering “Thank you Elfie!” to a note Elfie left telling her to have fun at The Nutcracker!) Despite the time it takes each night … I just cannot stop a tradition that brings such genuine happiness and amazement to my daughter’s life!

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Toddler-Friendly Christmas Crafts

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I love everything about Christmas. The lights, the music, the parades and festivities … and the holiday crafts. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better than staying inside on a cold day, turning up the Christmas music, and working on a craft! I’ve been pinning ideas for a while now, and have gathered some of my favorites here. I’ve tried to collect ideas that are toddler-friendly, relatively inexpensive, and don’t require a lot of supplies. I will definitely be trying these with Baby E over the next month. I have actually incorporated many of these crafts into the Advent Calendar that I create for Baby E – some days are an activity such as going to the parade, some days a little gift … and other days the gift is all of the supplies to do a craft together! Continue reading