- O ‘Family’ Tree, O ‘Family’ Tree, How Lovely are Your Branches
Now that you have your beautiful ornaments, you need somewhere to hang them. Here are a few suggestions:
- Good Tidings We Bring to You and Your Kin
This quick and easy ornament is a beautiful way to capture everyone in your family. Whether your immediate family is big or small, everyone will enjoy the finished product. Did I forget to mention how easy this is? Trust me! You will have time to do this! It also makes a beautiful gift for those hard to buy for, like grandparents!
- Less Materialistic Holidays: Teaching the true meaning of the season
Teaching children generosity during the holidays is really not that hard. It does, however, have to begin with you, their strongest — and most influential — role model. Here are some helpful tips to get you started..
- Storytelling Props
On one of my recent holiday shopping sprees, I noticed a great child’s toy. It was simple in nature. In fact, it was something you and I could create on our own — a tiny pouch filled with 10 to 15 tiny trinkets. The instructions were for the child to select five trinkets out of the pouch and create a story around these items. So, if you have created an “I SPY” holiday wreath, either as a game or for your holiday card this year, consider having your children use the items from the wreath to create their own year-in-review story.
- “I SPY” Christmas!
My kids love playing “I SPY.” It never gets old in the doctor’s office or wherever we go. So, last year I thought it would be fun to turn our Christmas card into an “I SPY” game. At first glance it looks like a simple holiday wreath card, but look more closely and there is much to find!
- Gift Receiving Etiquette: How to put more ‘appreciate’ into appreciation – Part 2 of 2
Teaching children proper gift receiving etiquette and gratitude is really so incredibly important — especially in these days of self-entitlement, instant gratification, and impersonal communication. To help your own kids learn how to graciously receive and acknowledge a gift, here are a few tips to pass on to them.
- Family Cookbooks: A Way to Immortalize Your Best Recipes!
Putting together a family recipe cookbook is a great idea for many reasons. It preserves your time-honored recipes, perhaps passed down from generations past. It’s a way of recording memories of good meals — and good times — spent together. It’s a way to leave behind a legacy of sorts. And it makes an extremely meaningful gift that will really be appreciated.
- Father’s Day = All Special Men’s Day
Be sure to circle Sunday, June 19, on your calendars, dear readers. Because in case you didn’t already know, that’s Father’s Day! The idea of Father’s Day is actually attributed to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. She was only …
- A Mother’s Day Keepsake
#1 Mom. Supermom. Best Mom in the Whole World! It’s nearly Mother’s Day and I’m just thinking of all the sweet sentiments a child can give to a mom. (Ahem…most days I deserve the title). As my five year old …
- “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!”
Oh, the weather INSIDE looks frightful…! On my kids’ first snow day from school we brought the look of snow inside! Making paper snowflakes is a simple activity with one-of-a kind results. And, it takes only two supplies that you …