How to Prepare for the Holiday Season

How to Prepare for the Holiday Season

It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like the Holidays! The holiday season is right around the corner, and it’s such an exciting time of year. This time of year can tend to sneak up on us, especially when it seems to go so fast that it’s gone with a blink of an eye. Keep reading for some easy ways you and your family can get ready for the holidays as they’re quickly approaching!

Host an arts and crafts day

Jumpstart your goal to prepare for the holidays by having a day for arts and crafts with your kids and their friends. Invite schoolmates, neighbors, or other family members over to create festive art the children will have a blast with. You can set up Thanksgiving crafts like gratitude garland or a paper turkey or get a head start on Christmas crafts with a jingle bell ornament or pinecone Christmas trees. You will have so much fun creating holiday arts and crafts with your kids, and you can let them go around the house afterward to display their work!

Have a Christmas movie marathon

There is nothing better than cozying up on the couch on a chilly night and watching Christmas movies! Even with Christmas still a while away, it’s never too early to spend time together enjoying wholesome family movies. Gather up your warmest blankets, fire up your fireplace, and get settled in. Let every member of the family pick their movie option to keep it interesting for everyone. Make a hot chocolate bar so that everyone can create their own mug full to sip on during the movies. If everyone is on board, make your movie night something you do every week until Christmas!

Decorate the house

When you’re looking to get your spirits up, spend a weekend pulling out your holiday decorations and enlist your kids to help put everything around the house. Whether it’s your job to host the holidays this year or not, having your home look and feel festive is the perfect way to get prepared! Burn a festive candle and set up a Thanksgiving tablescape. If you’re going elsewhere for Thanksgiving, use your beautifully decorated table as the setup for an intimate turkey dinner with just your immediate family prior to the holiday. When you’re ready to start decorating for Christmas and you need some inspiration, use some of these Christmas decorating ideas to get started.

Spend the day baking

Why not take advantage of the excuse to spend a whole day baking delicious festive treats? Whether you want to simply enjoy the desserts yourself or you want to try out pie recipes to bring to Thanksgiving, your holiday spirit will skyrocket when you enjoy your yummy baked goods. Even if Christmas is far away, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Christmas baking ideas now. Candy Cane cheesecake and gingerbread fudge have my sweet tooth begging for

Christmas!

Listen to holiday tunes

A super simple way to get ready for the holidays and get excited is to turn on some of your favorite Christmas albums and dance around the house. Tune into a holiday playlist on spotify and sing along with the family to get in the mood for the upcoming months! You can even have the music playing in the background as you bake or decorate the house to set the perfect scene. You’ll instantly feel ready for the holidays after spending a few hours listening to your favorite songs!

 

Having a Safe Halloween This Year

Having a Safe Halloween This Year

Halloween is right around the corner, and there is a lot of fun to be had. While Halloween can be a blast for your family, you want to ensure you’re doing everything to keep your family safe around this mischievous holiday. Here are some tips to make sure you and your kids have the safest Halloween possible this year!

Trick or Treat in a group

Though some kids may be very mature and responsible, it is best to not let them go around the neighborhood trick or treating alone. If you feel your kids are old enough, make sure they have a group of responsible friends that they can travel the neighborhood with for the night. Or gather the adults to keep an eye on the children and go from house to house to gather candy with them. Parents can take the opportunity to socialize and all keep each other company while the kids have fun!

Protect your home

Halloween is a time for mischief, so you want to make sure you keep your home safe from any pranks or danger around the holiday. Whether you’re looking to keep your pumpkins from getting smashed or your house from getting hit with raw eggs, set up a home security system to watch out for any unwanted attention to your home. SimpliSafe is a great option to protect your home whenever you can’t be around to keep intruders out and to keep you and your family safe. And when Halloween night rolls around and you’re out trick or treating or at a costume party, you won’t have to worry!

Use reflective tape

By the time Halloween night rolls around, the sun sets sooner and it gets dark early on in the night. If your kids are dressed in an all black or dark colored costume, it will be hard for others to see them as they’re roaming throughout the neighborhood. Add some reflective tape to the front and back of their costume so that whenever light hits them, they’re visible to those around them and they stay safe throughout the night.

Watch out for cars

Although cars passing through neighborhoods should be on the lookout for trick or treaters (especially if they’re in their reflective clothing), that doesn’t mean every driver is going to be careful. Talk with your kids before they go out to make sure they know to be cautious as they cross the streets and go between houses while they’re out. It can be tempting for your children to run with excitement to the next house, but remind them to keep a lookout and go slow! The last thing anyone wants is for such a fun night to be ruined by an accident that could have been prevented by being a little more careful.

Dress for the weather

If the weather is getting cooler where you live, make sure your kids are dressed appropriately. While it might put a damper on their costume, have your child wear a coat and boots if needed, and even a hat and mittens if it’s really cold. There’s no sense in your child getting sick just for the sake of staying 100% true to the costume. If the forecast for Halloween night is looking a little bit chilly, plan ahead of time and try to gather items you can add to your child’s costume so they can stay warm. For example, if your daughter is dressing as a cat, attach her cat ears to a pair of earmuffs!

Check the candy

While you would hope no one out there is trying to hurt your child, it’s necessary to check every piece of candy before your child dives into their bucket of goodies! Throw out any homemade treats given by strangers, and only keep the prepackaged candies that are fully sealed. Make sure to check the ingredients on the packaging to avoid any treats with allergens your child is susceptible to. Read this article on what to watch out for when it comes to your kid’s Halloween candy to ensure their safety. To keep your candy raid from putting a damper on their fun, let them organize their candy by color or flavor while you take look at everything.

 

 

Start The Morning Right With Mighty Kong Muffins

**Disclaimer:  I received free product in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own and sincere.

I am not a morning person, at all.  I am also not great at establishing routines for myself or my family. That’s my mom fail.

Needless to say, breakfast – the most important meal of the day, is a huge challenge for me.  We wake up late, and are rushing off to our first activity.  I often feed the kids quickly as I multitask packing a swim bag, packing a lunch, or whatever it might be.  Most days, I forget to feed myself.

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When I was asked to try Mighty Kong Muffins , I was pretty excited.  Not only because I LOVE food and trying new treats, but because I might score a yummy healthy solution to my breakfast woes.  I was not disappointed.  I found an easy healthy solution to a quick on the go breakfast.  Mom WIN!!

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I placed my order online at http://www.gorillalicious.com/ and received a dozen muffins within 3 business days straight to my door.  I was happy to discover a sample pack of a variety of flavors when I opened the box.  The first flavor I reached for was the Persnickety bran muffin which has persimmon, walnuts, and raisins.

These were all the tasty flavors in the box:

Rumplepumpskin – Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Bran Muffin

Ape Dates – Date Walnut Bran Muffin

Orangatan – Orange Zest and Poppy Seed

Cocobanana- Cocoa Banana Bran Muffins

Mighty Luv – Cherry Chocolate Bran Muffins

Persnickety – Persimmon Walnut Raisin Bran Muffins

I tried the first muffin straight out of the package.  I must admit, I’ve never had a bran muffin.  Silly, right?  So I was surprised how easily it crumbled upon the first bite, but it makes complete sense as these muffins are all bran, containing wheat and oat bran.  I was also pleasantly surprised by how moist the muffin was.  I couldn’t quite taste the persimmon, but then again that fruit has a subtle taste.  The walnuts and raisins made it quite yummy.

The other muffins were just as delicious and moist, each provided the flavor it promised.  Below you can see the chunks of dates in the Ape Dates muffins.  Yummy, moist, sweetness.

The box came with instructions to immediately store the muffins in the refrigerator or freezer since these muffins don’t contain any fillers, artificial ingredients, or preservatives.  I froze half of them and put the other half in the refrigerator.  When I was ready to eat another muffin, I simply took it out of the refrigerator, wrapped a moist paper towel around it, and microwaved it for 20 seconds.  It was fresh as can be and crumbled upon the first bite just like the first muffin.  I saw the same results days after, the refrigeration didn’t dry the muffin out at all.

For a frozen muffin, all I had to do was defrost a muffin for 20-30 minutes and heat it the same way.  Deliciousness.  Best of all, it makes for a quick, healthy, filling, tasty low carb breakfast.  No better way to get your bran in and stay regular.  There, I said it!

 

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Note: these muffins contain eggs, milk, nuts, wheat.  Some muffins available without nuts.  Get your muffins today!  Visit Muffin Kong Muffins at http://www.gorillalicious.com/

Surviving A Cancer Scare

Surviving a Cancer Scare

We have abandoned you for a bit.  But we are still here and loving you more than ever.

Please come listen as we share a little bit of real life that has happened and set us off track.  But we’re tenacious so we aren’t going anywhere.

Surviving a cancer scare . . . yup, can’t get any more real than that.

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Favorite Ethnic Kitchen Tricks and Tips

Favorite Ethnic Kitchen Tricks and Tips

Unless you’re a professional chef, you could probably use a tip or two in the kitchen.  Listen in and see if you can pick up any tips and tricks to make your meal prep faster and/or easier.  Leave with some yummy ethnic recipes as well.

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