One Crucial Way to Take Christmas to the Next Level

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Christmas Traditions for Family - How this one things will lead to a better Christmas Holiday - Real Christmas Tree

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. My husband and I celebrated eight years of marriage at the end of November. Over those eight years we created memories, children, and traditions. It's been super fun having our own simple everyday family traditions, as well as holiday traditions. Christmas is my husband's favorite holiday and he wants to go big every year. Because of his attitude toward Christmas and the joy it brings myself and my growing family, it has quickly become my favorite holiday as well, even more than Thanksgiving, my old favorite holiday. But, for eight years my ...

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The Flour Game – The Perfectly Hilarious and Fun Idea for Family Night

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Funny Fun Family Game Idea perfect for indoors or outdoors. - The Flour Game

When it is family night, a fun and hilarious game like The Flour Game, is the perfect idea for creating hilarious and fun memories for years to come. The Flour Game is a game requiring skill, strategy, and a sprinkle of luck where the stakes are high should you lose. It is challenging, gross, yet extremely funny. Its playing encapsulates all the characteristics of a fantastic family game night. Growing up my family had quite a few favorite games to play, some of which were passed down through the generations, many of which we adapted our own house rules to, and even a few games I'm pretty sure we just made up ourselves. I ...

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14 Amazing Family Traditions that Are Happening Everyday

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Everyday Family Traditions are so important! My family loves snuggling in bed first thing in the morning.

There have been different studies done that show that having traditions are a good thing for your family. Most of the time when we think about traditions, we associate them with special events like holidays, birthdays, or vacations. But, I think more than these big traditions, simple, more everyday family traditions create lasting memories and feelings of belonging and love within the family. And that is why I think they are so gosh darn important to have! Everyday Family Traditions So what exactly then is an everyday tradition? While certainly there are the daily tasks and chores that get accomplished each and every day ...

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8 Reasons You Should Go Camping With Kids

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This is a great reminder of the benefits of camping with kids! I know that camping as a family can be difficult, but it sure is fun!

As parents in the 21st century, we want to introduce our children to a wide variety of experiences so they can learn and grow and explore, get ahead, be smart and well-rounded. And one of the best ways to do this is by taking your child camping. I really think taking kids camping is one of the best things you can do with your kids, even, and especially, while they are very young. My husband and I are not frequent campers. We went camping together once before we had kids, once when our twins were five months old, the third time summer 2014, when we had three children ages 4,4,1, and the last time we went as a family was a few ...

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How Sunshine Benefits Everyone in the Family

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Do you know the benefits of being outdoors are? What about the benefits of quality family time? I love knowing how to combine the two for some epic summer family fun!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As the weather warms up, so does our desire to play outside! We've already ventured to the river, taken family walks, gone camping, and the start of summer isn't even officially here yet! Getting outside, especially with our families, is beneficial to our health and happiness. In fact, sunshine and being outdoors will improve your family life, especially as you take full advantage of summer family fun and keep playing! Benefits of Being Outdoors Getting outdoors, especially in the summer time is so great for you! The natural ...

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The Art of Family Storytelling and Why It’s Important

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Family Storytelling - Both sharing family history stories and telling fun bedtime stories - are SO great for your kids! Love all of these ideas and research as to why and how to do it.

Lately there has been something pressing on my mind, something that I feel I need to do for my children. I feel this way because I am understanding more and more the importance of family storytelling, both good bedtime storytelling and the telling of family history stories. There is power is in stories, especially true stories, and magic in their telling. The thing about stories are that they are memorable. You can read a textbook all day, but won't remember much of the facts, because they aren't particularly remarkable or engaging. Just as doing something physically, hands-on, is more memorable than reading about or seeing ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays – Holiday Edition 2013

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Christmas Nativity Acting

We're back! We took a break and vacation over the holidays, but are now back, and ready to blog, to write, to play, and to start instilling New Year Resolutions in our lives. Stay tuned over the next several weeks to find out what some of our resolutions and goals are! Now, our weekly family update (for the last two weeks): *Affiliate links are used below* 1. We celebrated Christmas with my in-laws the Saturday before Christmas. They gave the girls some new art supplies, books, and swim lessons!  Michael got some new baby toys and some new clothes. After our yummy homemade breakfast, thanks to the gift they gave Josh and I, a 5 ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays – December 2013

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I skipped last weeks What's up Fagans? Fridays post due to our anniversary, so the following will try to cover the last two weeks. *Disclosure: My affiliate links are used below.* 1. We've been sick around here. Michael had pneumonia and pink eye, and then passed the pink eye to me, then Lisa, and finally Alison. We're over that, mostly, but Michael now just has a respiratory cold. That poor baby.  What this has all meant is cancelled plans and way too much time spent at home!! We cancel preschool this week (I was supposed to teach), didn't go to play group, didn't go to story time at the library, didn't have any friends over, ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays September 2013

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before and after short hair cut

1. This week marked the start of some new, good habits around here, like me getting up before my kids, and trying to be in bed by 11pm, getting ready by 10:30pm.  I haven't met those goals every day, but I'm trying to be better, and it's part of my on-going journey to have the perfect balance for things in my life.  More on this to come, I promise. 2. Josh and a few other guys from church went for a 20 mile bike ride on Saturday morning.  The weather has certainly been cooling off, especially in the morning, making for cool bike rides and runs!  I ran 3 miles this week in under 30 minutes!  I was so proud of myself! 3. Monday ...

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