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Great Gifts for Guys {Gift Guide 2014}

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Best Gifts for Hard-to-Gift GUYS!

My husband is a tough one to shop for when it comes to holiday gifts. Basically he loves anything emblazoned with his favorite team and most especially if it’s fleece, but just how many fleecy Notre Dame shirts can one own? (apparently, a lot)  Each year I start planning early for the hard-to-gift man, and here’s what’s on my shopping list for my husband this year! MONEY SAVING TIP: as always, don’t forget to go through Ebates if you’re doing any online shopping! You will EARN … [Read more...]

Tips for Amazing Holiday Photos

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Tips for Amazing Holiday Photos

At the risk of breaking into song, it's truly the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it? There are so many natural, candid moments for capturing photos of the ones you love, with plenty of posed photo opps sprinkled in where (most) kids will usually smile-- on Santa's lap, opening gifts, hanging that special ornament on the perfect lighted tree. However since the days are short and the nights are dark, plus there's different types of lighting EVERY.WHERE., holiday photography can get … [Read more...]

Free Printable: Advent Calendar Activities

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Free Printable Advent Calendar Activities: cut into strips and tuck into your advent calendar for some holiday fun!

A few years ago I posted a free printable for advent calendar activities-- it was one of the very first printables I ever tried to make, and therefore, not the best. When my BFF asked for that link, I didn't want to let her down so I recreated it in a slightly better format. :) It's much easier to download now too, bonus! I didn't make it too fancy because you'll just be cutting it up in to strips of paper. Also, I added more than 25 activities so it's more flexible for your family (for example, … [Read more...]

Great Gifts for Kids {Gift Guide 2014}

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Kid Tested, Mom Approved: BEST Toys and Gifts for Kids 2014!

Are you looking for the best of the best toys for kids this holiday season? The 'must haves' on every young child's wish list? We've undertaken the job of test-driving some of the hottest toys of the year for preschoolers and elementary aged kids (tough job, I know!) so that you can easily find the BEST toys of the year all in one spot. When it come to Christmas, I try to buy a few toys each year without overdoing it-- after all, Christmas is more than toys, right?  Therefore, I'm only … [Read more...]

How to Clean Hardwood Floors and Microfiber Furniture NATURALLY!

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How to Clean Hardwood Floors and Microfiber NATURALLY!

The holidays are coming, can you feel the excitement?! One of the things I try to do right before Thanksgiving is get my home 'holiday ready' before the influx of guests and trees and food and... well, you catch my drift. My husband knows that his job is to take the kids out for a few hours the weekend before Thanksgiving so I can get the house holiday ready and spiffed up. Thankfully Homeright sent me their Steam Machine Plus Steam Mop to tackle some of the tasks on my list, and I spent the … [Read more...]