Free Printable ELF on the Shelf - notes from the north pole. Never want to move that silly Elf again? I've gotcha covered!

This Elf On The Shelf Idea Will Change Your Feelings About Christmas

Elf on the Shelf is the Christmas tradition that we parents love to hate. Many parents have been really vocal about their annoyances with the little Red Elf and his mischevious ways. I must admit that this year I really dropped the ball when it came to our Elf, Frosty. I forgot to move the Elf for two whole

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How to use just one suitcase and pack everything a family of 5 needs for a weekend trip

How to Pack A Suitcase for a Family of Five

Packing is one of the most stressful things about traveling with my family so I have perfected the art of traveling with just one suitcase. For a family of five!  First, you start with the littlest kid and fold him gently… totally kidding. It took me a long time to come up with a title for this post that

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talking with your kids about sex, puberty, bullying and relationships

Having The Talks With Your Kids – Bullying, Sex, Puberty & Relationships

Having “The Talk” with your kids can be awkward.  Sex, puberty, bullying, masturbation, relationships – these are sensitive topics that most kids and parents squirm away from. There are ways to make it simpler for parents to tackle the challenges presented when having The Talks.    Not Just One Talk, A Lifetime Of Talks.   My kids are young,

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Transitioning your toddler to a big bed - nectar mattress

Transitioning Your Toddler into a Big Bed

*This post is sponsored by NECTAR – all opinions and content are my own* Lately, we have been asking about the right time to begin transitioning your toddler to a big bed. Both the youngest kiddos were occupying cribs converted into toddler beds until there was a wild, Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed incident and we had no

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Hottest smart home technology gift guide

Hottest Home Tech Gifts for 2017

Do you have a tech-lover on your Christmas list? Technology this year is amazing, everything is so user-friendly and compatible that you no longer need to be super tech-savvy to enjoy the latest home technology and gadgets on the market.   Once our family brought home a Smart TV the way we interacted with technology changed completely. Now

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Simple Holiday Traditions to create with your family

Simple Holiday Traditions You Should Start Doing With Your Family

  It’s November and I am the one who begins holiday traditions right now.  The first thing I do is pluck all the tombstones out of my yard on November 1st and replace them with all the holiday cheer!  Yes, I go from zero to Elf in the time it takes for me to eat all the Halloween candy – so,

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Best Things to Do in Las Cruces New Mexico

Best Things to do in Las Cruces, New Mexico

So you may have noticed I have been on a bit of a hiatus. I have been dealing with some constant personal legal crap that has, until this point, prevented me from sitting down and writing. You can expect a post on how to avoid being scammed by your tenants as soon as all our court dates have ended.

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How to save $1800 for family vacation

How To Save Money For Summer Vacation

  This year, as you know, has been an adventurous one for us and a major concern is always, saving for summer vacation. We have already had several “vacations” this year, from Missouri to Las Vegas and Las Cruces with many more planned. As the kids get older and more independent our vacations start to actually feel like

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