I’m Still Here!

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Okay, so for any of you who follow me, it has been really obvious that I have been a little MIA….like for about four months!  A lot of you have been emailing and messaging me asking why I haven’t been blogging, and here is the answer…I don’t really know!  Well, that isn’t entirely true.  I can list a lot of different reasons that, in and of themselves, would not keep a person from writing.  However, when piled together, all of these little reasons became one giant mountain that I just couldn’t seem to scale.

It started off small.  Life just got really busy with the holidays for my family, and although I am Not Quite Mom of the Year, I really do want to be the best mom that I can be. Plus, I went through a personal family issue that, again, by itself should not have kept me from writing.  But when added to the craziness of the holidays, I just plain became overwhelmed. And once I got out of the swing of things, it has been extremely difficult to get back in the groove…thus the giant mountain. Continue reading »


Celebrating Advent: Writing Letters to Santa

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If I have heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times the past few weeks…”What do the kids want for Christmas?”  My answer?  I don’t know!  Oh, there are plenty of things that they see on TV and say “I want that!”  But they want everything they see, so we have to figure out what they really want (otherwise Christmas gifting could really get out of hand!)  One way that we do this is by having a family evening where we write our Letters to Santa.

One way we keep gift giving under control is to set a limit on how many gifts they can receive.  In our house, you only get three presents from Mommy and Daddy (oh, that includes from Santa as well).  We have always tried to teach our children that since Jesus only received three presents, we shouldn’t expect anything more.  (Now, before you start attacking me in the comments section, they still receive presents from each other and from the grandparents and aunts and uncles, but they only get three “big” presents.  Trust me, they have plenty of gifts to open come Christmas morning!)  This philosophy of three is reflected in the printables I created for advent this year.  You can have all of those printables, including this “My Letter to Santa” by subscribing to my newsletter.  Once the girls have decided on their three gifts, all other “I want”s get added to a list for siblings and grandparents to peruse.  Continue reading »


Celebrating Advent: Day One

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It’s finally here!  Advent!  I love Christmas and the first day of Advent is a special one for my family.  It is the day that we travel to
Frankenmuth, Michigan and Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the largest Christmas store in the world!  We go every year to see the lights and to purchase our yearly family ornament.  This year was a little different, though.  We went during the day (because my older kids had choir practice and my eight year-old had Bible quizzing this evening) so the lights weren’t on.  Also, we didn’t buy an ornament.  Instead, this year we bought a new star for on top of our tree.  Isn’t it beautiful? Continue reading »


Celebrating Advent: 25 Days of Family Christmas Celebrations

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I remember when our fourth child was three.  It was mid-October and she was grocery shopping with me, when all of a sudden she blurted out, “Look Mama! Santa!”

I looked up and saw that, in fact, she had spotted the jolly ol’ bearded man.  Well, at least a likeness of him.  A store employee was unpacking the first of the holiday ornaments and, of course, there was one with Santa Claus.  But here’s the kicker…I don’t have a clue how she knew who in the world Santa was?  Her three older siblings were well past the Santa phase and we hadn’t had a Christmas with Santa since she was born.  Yet, she knew that the tiny ornament that teenage kid was holding was Santa.  However, she couldn’t pick Baby Jesus out of a police line-up.  I was failing as a parent. Continue reading »


THE Pin It Party #32 Pinterest Linkup Co-hosting!

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Welcome to the 32nd week of THE Pin It Party Pinterest Link Up!

NOTE: THE Pin It Party will take a break next week (11/28) in honor of Thanksgiving! But to say thanks for linking up with us, you will be able to add TWICE as many posts when we return on December 5th! That means up to SIX posts! Happy (early) Thanksgiving, Pin It Party-ers! XO

Are you interested in co-hosting THE Pin It Party Link Up? Did you know when you co-host you get to link up THREE of your posts before the party even starts? First dibs! It is also a WHOLE lot of fun and a great way to grow your Pinterest following. Go here to get more information and to reserve your spot now!

Do you host your own link-up party? We want to know about it! Please go to the Creative Geekery’s Networking and Other Linkups page and add your party there! We love finding out about new parties!

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IMG_7271.2Hey!  Jenifer from Not Quite Mom of the Year here!  Here are my top three picks of the week!

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 by I Think We Could Be Friends

As a former teacher, Beth at I Think We Could Be Friends is spot on in this post!  Read this before you shop for your child’s teacher this year!

 

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Green Sour Cream Taco Sauce by This Silly Girl’s Life

Love me some Mexican food…and this Sour Cream sauce sounds so yummy, I’m making nachos this weekend just so I can try it!

 

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5-minute Dark Hot Chocolate by New Mama Diaries

Tis the season…FOR HOT CHOCOLATE!  I love dark chocolate, and Tenns from New Mama Diaries has shown me how easy it is to make it homemade!

Thanks to everyone for linking up!  Now on to this week’s party…

 

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1. Please follow the host and co-hosts on Pinterest.

2. Send out a tweet about the party! Just click here:

3. “Like” THE Pin It Party on Facebook by clicking on the LIKE button below.

4. Grab the party button above and add it to your blog’s sidebar or link up party list.

5. Post 1-3 links to your blog’s most “pin-able” posts from the last few weeks. (Please, no links to other parties, giveaways or shops please. Links to other parties are welcome here.)

6. PIN! For every post that you link up, please pin at least 1 or 2 of another blogger’s pins! This way everyone will get more repins. Total win-win. Spread the bloggy love!

hosts

Host:
Ellie from Creative Geekery

Co-Hosts:
Kristin from One Organic Mama

Jenifer from Not Quite Mom of the Year

Karen from Karen’s Soiree

Kim from Kid Pep

Before next week’s party, we will each choose our three favorite posts from the party and pin them to this party’s collaborative Pinterest board:

Follow THE Pin It Party – The Best of the Best by ellie @ creative geekery on Pinterest

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Why We Decorate Our Tree BEFORE Thanksgiving

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Recently, when my husband posted pictures of our family decorating our tree last week, his post received a lot of feedback…some positive and some, well, let’s just say Ebenezer Scrooge would have been proud of some of the comments.  I decided to do an informal poll of my Facebook followers (you too can become a Facebook fan here) to determine how others felt about putting up the tree before Thanksgiving and found similar results.  Responses ranged from “Do what makes you happy” to “Noooooooo.”  So, in order to enlighted everyone…and convince you all that I am right (as usual) I decided to share why our family decorates our tree so early.  Warning: I’m pretty convincing, so you may want to read this when you have a couple of free hours, because you may just want to jump up and start decking the halls!  So, without further ado, the reasons we decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving… Continue reading »


Say 8! Say 8!

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I woke up this morning feeling pretty good.  I know that sounds like a simple thing to write, but I haven’t been able to write that for a week.  So, trust me when I say that it was a pleasant realization this morning.

About a week ago, I started feeling kind of yucky.  Kind of yucky escalated into what I first thought was the flu.  The flu escalated into severe abdominal pain.  Now, if it had been up to me, I would have ignored it for at least a couple more days.  But it wasn’t completely up to me, since I have this husband that thinks it is important for me not to suffer in pain to the point of nearly dying.  That may sound a bit dramatic to you, but that is exactly what I did two years ago. Continue reading »


THE Pin It Party #31 Pinterest Linkup Co-hosting!

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Last week, to celebrate THE party’s big 3-0 I gave THE Pin It Party a whole new look and a new ground rule to help everyone get more pins and repins! Hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think! XO, ellie from Creative Geekery

Are you interested in co-hosting THE Pin It Party Link Up? Did you know when you co-host you get to link up THREE of your posts before the party even starts? First dibs! It is also a WHOLE lot of fun and a great way to grow your Pinterest following. Go here to get more information and to reserve your spot now!

Speaking of co-hosting, I’m Jenifer from Not Quite Mom of the Year and I am one of this week’s co-hosts.  I have really enjoyed co-hosting THE Pin It Party Pinterest Link Up.  Each week, the co-hosts choose three of their favorites from the week before to pin to the party’s board, THE Pin It Party – The Best of the Best.  Below are my picks from last week…

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 Moon Cake from Easy Life Meal and Party Planning

I just love vintage recipes, and this Moon Cake with lemon frosting looks divine!  I can’t wait to try it!

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 Wholesome Spiced Carrot Muffins by Jellibean Journals

I have been wanting to wean my family off of sugary breakfast cereals, and these carrot muffins look to be a delicious alternative that even my picky family would enjoy!

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Santa Claus Place Card Holders by Candace Creates
I am in the Christmas spirit (anyone else start decorating yet?) and these place card holders are a great idea for this year’s table!  I think they are absolutely adorable!

 Do you host your own link-up party? We want to know about it! Please go to the Creative Geekery’s Networking and other Linkups page and add your party there! We love finding out about new parties!

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1. Please follow the host and co-hosts on Pinterest.

2. Send out a tweet about the party! Just click here:

3. “Like” THE Pin It Party on Facebook by clicking on the LIKE button below.

4. Grab the party button above and add it to your blog’s sidebar or link up party list.

5. Post 1-3 links to your blog’s most “pin-able” posts from the last few weeks. (Please, no links to other parties, giveaways or shops please. Links to other parties are welcome here.)

6. PIN! For every post that you link up, please pin at least 1 or 2 of another blogger’s pins! This way everyone will get more repins. Total win-win. Spread the bloggy love!

hosts

Host:
Ellie from Creative Geekery

Co-Hosts:
Kristin from One Organic Mama

Jenifer from Not Quite Mom of the Year

Karen from Karen’s Soiree

Kim from Kid Pep

Before next week’s party, we will each choose our three favorite posts from the party and pin them to this party’s collaborative Pinterest board:

Follow THE Pin It Party – The Best of the Best by ellie @ creative geekery on Pinterest

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It’s Christmas Card Time!

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 $1.49 Holiday Cards + Free Stamp When You Select Mail to the Recipient at Cardstore! I know what you are thinking…Christmas cards?  It isn’t even Thanksgiving yet!  Maybe that’s true, but we are one week closer to Thanksgiving (mmm…pumpkin pie), which means one week closer to Christmas and New Year’s. And I don’t know about you, but I am not the greatest Christmas card giver.  To be honest, it has been years since I have actually sent a card out.  I always intend to, but those great intentions are often lost among the chaos known as “my life.”  There has even been years that I have designed the card, purchased the cards and then never mailed them!  Isn’t that the most ridiculous thing you have ever heard?

Well, not this year.  This year I am using Cardstore!  This site is great.  They have a huge selection of really cute Christmas cards.  My favorite is the one above.  I love the chalkboard look as well as the number of pictures you can add.  I mean, with a family as big as ours it is nice to have a card design where Continue reading »


3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Our friends’ daughter just got engaged.  Our MUCH OLDER friends.  We used to be the same age, but somewhere along the way they aged much faster than my husband and myself. I mean, seriously, I am in no way old enough to have friends old enough to have a child old enough to be engaged!  Funny how time works in my fantasy world.

Earlier this summer we got to meet Shawna’s fiancé at her parent’s anniversary party, and I have to tell you … he’s a great guy!  Not only did he tolerate my husband and me calling him Kevin all afternoon (his real name is Jake, but we felt he looked more like a Kevin) he also baked dozens of cookies for the party.  A good sport and a good cook?  Ya got yourself a good one Shawna!

I was so impressed with the peanut butter cookies that I asked for the recipe.  Continue reading »