15 Fun Things to Do With the Kids in December

December 1, 2015

Coming up with new ways to keep your little ones entertained can seem an impossible task at times, so each month I will offer up a few fun ideas that you and your children might enjoy. Have fun!

1. Make a bucket list for 2016.

2. Take them to see Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip, out December 23.

3. Let them invite friends over to decorate cookies or help build a gingerbread house.

4. Get some paint, brushes, and some plain wrapping paper and have them make custom gift wrap.

5. Buy toys to donate to Toys for Tots.

6. Send them a video message from Santa Claus. Go here for more details. 

7. Take some holiday treats to share to a children's hospital or senior center. Call in advance to find out what's acceptable to take.

8. Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, Elf, The Polar Express, and all the other wonderful holiday movies over and over.

9. Make holiday ornaments to give to teachers, neighbors, friends, etc.

10. Take a break from all the holiday cookies and bake up a batch of brownies for National Brownie Day on December 8. Here's my favorite go-to brownie recipe. 

11. Put together a book of photos and written memories from 2015. Be sure to include moments that made them especially grateful and have them write down why they were grateful.

12. Celebrate the winter solstice with a trip to the snow (or an ice skating rink if there's no snow within driving distance).

13. Tune the car radio to some holiday music and drive around looking at lights.

14. Make homemade Butterfinger bars for National Chocolate Candy Day on the 28th.

15. Go to the dollar store or Big Lots and buy little gifts to give to strangers on the street, in restaurants, and anywhere else you go. National Giving Day is on the 1st, but any day is a good day to give!

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November 30, 2015

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Friday Favorites

November 27, 2015

You know those commercials that depict a big, loud family sitting around laughing, and everyone seems to be talking at the same time? That's kind of how my family works; there are a ton of cousins and aunts and uncles, and we're all laughing and telling stories and looking at old pictures and just loving being together. Thanksgiving always seems to bring out our loudest, lovingest selves, and yesterday was no exception. I had an awesome holiday, and I hope you did too. I also hope that your long weekend is an extension of the holiday, and that you are filled with love and gratitude for many days to come. God bless!

A cheap and chic DIY dessert stand that even the most uncrafty person can put together in no time. 

Buffalo plaid, leopard, and a pop of red. 

Cheddar-cranberry sauce cornmeal biscuits, and other ways to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers. 

A beautifully lit tablescape for an al fresco dinner party.

Pastel roses that look a bit like French macarons.

9 Outrageous Hot Chocolate Recipes to Try This Holiday Season

November 25, 2015

Coffee has always been my hot beverage of choice, but, this time of year especially, I love to indulge in a steamy mug of hot chocolate with my little girls. I've got a go-to hot cocoa recipe that always yields the perfect cup, but lately I've been in the mood for cocoa with a twist. Here's a roundup of a few of the hot chocolate recipes I've been looking to try.

1. S'mores Hot Chocolate
One of my favorite desserts in a drinkable, but no doubt just as messy, form. 

2. Lavender Hot Chocolate
A French Provenรงal twist on a creamy classic.

3. Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
Like a candy bar in a mug.

4. Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha
A kick of cayenne and warm cinnamon combined with two of my favorite things--coffee and chocolate.

5. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
A classic flavor with a Christmasy color. 

6. Almond Joy Hot Chocolate
Because I'm never opposed to anything that involves chocolate and coconut. 

7. Kahlua Hot Chocolate
A grown up version to drink with my husband as we wrap gifts when the girls fall asleep.

8. Ciccolata Calda (Italian Hot Chocolate)
A rich, elegant drink made with bittersweet chocolate.

9. Bacon, Bourbon and Hazelnut Hot Chocolate
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Wordsmith Wednesday: Lassitude

November 25, 2015

Here's where I share my favorite words with you. Because savvy girls have impressive vocabularies.

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