5 Fantastic Elf on the Shelf Alternatives You’ll Wanna Start This Year

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I LOVE these Elf on the Shelf Alternative Ideas for counting down to Christmas! I don't know which unique advent activity idea is my favorite for my family!

If Elf on the Shelf isn't for you, here are five Elf on the Shelf alternatives for your family. Start a great new family Christmas tradition that you can totally get behind this year. Just before Christmas last year, my kids were 3½ and 1½ and I was 37 weeks pregnant.  And I turned into a crazy person.  I had this super intense need to make the looming holiday mean something “more”.  I scoured Pinterest, and I harassed my family and friends about their traditions.   I needed to find a way to connect my kids to the meaning of the holiday and not to the fluff. And then I gave birth to our third minion two days before Christmas.  ...

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13+ Fun and Meaningful Family Easter Traditions

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Great ideas on how to celebrate Easter as a family! Love these family Easter tradition ideas that are about DOING and memories.

The great thing about holidays is that they allow for some great family traditions, and Easter is full of great traditions. As a young family we are still developing and fine tuning and experimenting with different family Easter traditions both religious and secular. As a child, I greatly enjoyed Easter! Our family had only one, giant Easter basket, as opposed to one for each family member. The large basket was filled with fake grass and with candies, jelly beans, and large chocolate bunnies. You better believe we fought for the best candies and who would get the large bunnies as a large family. For years I didn't even ...

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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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The Heroes You are Forgetting to Thank on Veteran’s Day

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Today is Veteran's Day and I am blessed to share with you words from someone who has inspired me greatly - my brother Tyler. Tyler is an officer in the United States Air Force and author of a new book “Leadership Yourself!”  Tyler is the middle child in our large family and despite being a dorky kid who loved playing video games and drawing comics and illustrations, he has become someone worth emulating in so many ways. The only one of my siblings to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the first to complete a Bachelor's degree, he has worked hard in life to serve God, family, and country. I love ...

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How to Master Grocery Shopping with Kids like a Pro

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In case I ever need to know how to wrangle four kids at the grocery store as a mom. Good parenting tips too.

"I'd rather go grocery shopping after my husband is home and my kids are in bed than risk taking all of my children shopping with me!": a familiar sentiment shared by mothers of even one child. Navigating the aisles, hearing the complaints, whines and cries of your child while trying to not miss anything on your list, bargain shop, and use all the coupons you spent far too much time collecting and organizing is just a tad too much for moms to bear, or at least too much for her to want to bear in public.Yet, moms can't always wait until 8pm to do their shopping. Sometimes you really need that gallon of milk or a few fresh ...

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8 Benefits of Going Camping with Your Kids that Make It Totally Worth It

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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!

The benefits of camping with kids are numerous and plentiful. Read on to discover what they are. 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 ...

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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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Baby Gender Reveal with Siblings – 8 Fun Ideas that Involve the Kids

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Baby Gender Reveal with Siblings - Ideas for involving the kids in the announcement!

Now that we've officially announced our new pregnancy, we're excited to do the next big announcement - the baby gender reveal! Next week I am having my 20-week ultrasound and we will be finding out the gender of our baby!  We don't really have any strong opinions on whether baby #4 will be a boy or a girl. Even after looking over this infographic featuring some old wives tales about gender predictions, we're still pretty evenly split!  And there are seriously pros and cons to have either gender. If we have another boy, it will even things out with two boys and two girls, and perhaps give Michael a better playmate. If it's ...

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