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Staycations with Young Kids Is No Vacation


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Staycations are all the rage. With less money, it makes even more sense to stay home and enjoy the holiday break with your family from the comfort of your own home. Right? Wrong!

As Thanksgiving was coming ’round the corner, I was looking forward to hanging out with my boys, getting Christmas underway and not cooking because my brother-in-law was hosting the big feast. I sit here feeling like a stuffed turkey as the Christmas lights lay wrapped around our front entrance waiting to be turned on. However, the reality of having the boys home for a full week is settling in and it ain’t pretty. Continue reading

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6 Thanksgiving Crafts for Your Busy Turkeys

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And as any parent, I need crafts to keep these kids busy during the holiday season! So what to do with your little turkeys? Here are some great ideas to have some fun and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

Turkey Clothespin Placecard

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Family Fun at Thanksgiving – Add Your Crafts + Ideas!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And as any parent, we’re looking for terrific Thanksgiving crafts and ideas for the kiddos. Add a link to your craft idea on your blog.

This list is now closed. But here are the entrants!


1. Kid-Friendly



2. high note



3. Fall Leaf Craft



4. ribbon turkey



5. Turkey Hands



6. StickyNote Hldr



7. Chalkboard Pain



8. BottleCap Turky



9. Pinecone Turkey



10. Gratitude Tree



11. Turkey Hunt



12. Pumpkin Dough



13. We Have It All



14. Edible Craft



15. Turkey Headband



16. Turkey Races



17. Turkey Feet?



18. Thanks Game



19. Rainbow Pumpkin



20. Bird Feeder



21. Fall Harvest Pa



22. Leaf Crafts



23. Fall Fun



24. Thankful Turkey

This linky list is now closed.


40 Fabulous Family-Friendly Children Halloween Picture Books

Looking for a family-friendly Halloween story that won’t scare the absolutely bejesus out of your kid? Here are 40 delightful stories sure to tickle and entrance your elementary-school children.

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Halloween Is the Only Time It’s Okay For a Mother To Dress Like a Slut

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … when mothers dress like vampire sluts and try to show they still have the body of a 20-year-old.

When we were all 20, it was annoying enough to watch all the girls one up themselves against the skank next door. But now, as we head off to “grown-up” holiday parties, you  have to compete with your neighbor on who still looks the hottest. It’s enough to make one sling on a potato sack and just give up. And so, I offer my personal favorite sexy costumes: aka “you look like a ho”  costumes. Got the balls to wear one of these and be the slut of the party? Go for it! Continue reading


40 Awesome Homemade Kid Halloween Costumes You Can Actually Make

Finding costume ideas that are easy enough for us regular folk to make can be tough. Time to wrap up your trick-or-treating goblin into these adorable Halloween costume ideas!

40 Awesome Homemade Kid Halloween Costumes You Can Actually Make!

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