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12 Tips for Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Kids

Joe and I like to celebrate New Year’s Eve with our kids. In fact, we haven’t celebrated like single people since we were actually single people. I was pregnant and puking daily during our first New Year’s Eve as a married couple, so I am absolutely certain that we just went to bed early that year. Every year since that (except maybe not the year we had a 3-day old baby), we’ve watched movies, played games, and enjoyed a family party in the living room. Here are my top 10 tips for throwing your own family New Year’s Eve bash: First … Read more

My Word of the Year for 2015

I spent two days with God earlier in December, and I sought His guidance for this blog, my business, and my life. It was a time of prayer and thanksgiving for all He’s done and all He will do in the coming year. One word came up for me over and over and over. As I took notes, it quickly became the theme of my mini-retreat. My big takeaway was that I need to DECLUTTER. I need to DECLUTTER my priorities to concentrate on what’s really important to me – God, my family, my health, my closest friends, homeschooling, and … Read more

Kids Noisemaker Craft for New Year’s Eve

On Monday, I shared a really fun activity that guided our New Year’s Eve last year. In short, I wrote a bunch of activities on slips of paper, rolled them up, and stuffed them into balloons that the kids popped as the hours ticked by. One of the projects was to make noisemakers for midnight (which, incidentally, rolled around at 9pm). These noisemakers were quick and easy to make, and they used materials that we already had at home (mostly due to a lack of planning on my part). They cost pennies to make, too. New Year’s Eve Noisemaker Craft … Read more

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Your Kids

For years, we have celebrated New Years Eve at home with our kids. Kids have to go to bed well in advance of midnight, or they turn into pumpkins. Plus it’s always cold outside. And maybe we don’t have that many friends. ahem. I digress. I have found lots of ways to make New Years Eve fun over the years, but my favorite is what we did last year. I wrote fun activities on slips of paper, stuffed them into balloons, and hung them across the china cabinet for the kids to pop all day. There were so many super … Read more

How to Make Marizpan Piggies for Good Luck

I created an elaborate New Year’s Eve experience for my kids, and they loved it. I had planned to do one fun thing every hour, and at midnight (which was really 9pm), we’d do some more special things. We didn’t get through the last third of the fun things because I didn’t want to speed them through the fun things. I wanted them to relax, have fun, and savor the things. One of the things I wanted to do (that we didn’t get to) was to make marzipan pigs, as they are a symbol of good luck in Germany. (Read all about … Read more

The State of the Blog – 2013

We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

2013 wasn’t a stellar year for me personally, but my blog has continued to grow, and for that, I sincerely thank you. I found a really cool “2013 Year in Review” report on the back of my blog, and I wanted to share some of the information I found there (because I’m a numbers person and totally find it fascinating). The Big Picture Feels Like Home was viewed 872,946 times during 2013, including over 100,000 times in November, and readers came from nearly every country of the world – over 200 of them! But not a single one from Greenland, … Read more