How to Limit Christmas Gifts to 3 or 4 Without Being a Scrooge

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This post is sponsored by Carter's; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  I can't imagine Christmas morning without gifts.  It's like having a birthday without a cake or people singing Happy Birthday to you at least once. It just would not be the same. At all. No matter how tight money was when I was a kid, my parents, eight siblings and I all managed to have at least a few gifts under the Christmas tree every year.  Even though my greed at Christmastime sometimes prevented me from appreciating the gifts I received, I still received gifts! Of course Christmas isn't really about gifts, and birthdays will ...

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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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33 of the Best Gifts to Get Kids Outdoors

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Awesome list of 33 outdoor play equipment and outdoor toys for kids. Great gift guide and ideas to get my kids outdoors.

A large majority of my best memories as a kid happened outdoors. And I grew up in the age of video games, TV, and computers. I'm only 27 years old. I did indeed play a gross amount of video and computer games growing up, in large part because I had six older brothers who were really into them as well. Our family bought a Windows 95 computer right as it came out, and we paid for our internet usage via a coin jar. Before that computer we had a green screen one that we also played games on. We had the original Nintendo and every Nintendo Gaming System (and a few others) through the years. We owned lots of VHS and eventually ...

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23 Gifts Bloggers Really Want

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Great gift ideas for bloggers, photographers, and website owners! These blogging tools and resources would really make a difference.

Like any professional business, especially of the entrepreneur variety, bloggers have a lot of things that they need to help grow their business. They need better equipment, better skills, better networking, and better tools to help them do what they do even better. But, most bloggers start small, build slowly and invest their money frugally and as wisely as possible. When you start a blog, it doesn't require a lot of money, but the more you grow the more tools you want and need to take advantage of. It can be hard to know what to gift the blogger in your life, so here are 29 suggestions. And it's totally cool to gift ...

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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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5 Countdown Family Christmas Traditions {And Giveaway!}

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Here are five family Christmas traditions you can do this year! #NorthPoleFun #shop #cbias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. #CollectiveBias and its advertiser #NorthPoleFun. All opinions are mine alone. It's early, I know, but I really have been thinking about the upcoming holidays, mostly because I am just so excited for Christmas! And my daughters are just as excited as I am! Between decorating the Christmas tree, our home, buying gifts, and this being our first Christmas in a warm place (and that my husband will have a month off of school), it just is so exciting! As a parent, I'm especially excited to start building real, regular family Christmas traditions. Because, I really believe ...

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Holiday Shopping Plan: What and How Much to Gift your Kids

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Awesome tips for finding the right toy and how to make everything more affordable during the Holidays. Great tips! #ChosenByKids

I know today may be the first day of October, but it's actually a great time to start thinking and prepping for the Christmas gift-giving season, especially if you have young kids. Christmas is a fun time of year with the lights, caroling, treats, presents, trees, decorations, smells, and love, but it can also be very stressful. I want to help you avoid the holiday hubbub, and share a holiday shopping guide for buying toys and gifts for your kids this year. I'll be sharing some tips on knowing what your kid will really love for a long time, how to set limits on the gift-giving and money-spending, and then some smart ways of making, ...

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What’s up Fagans? Friday | June 2014

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It's been a busy month since our last What's up Fagans? Friday post. 1. Josh has been working full-time as a test evaluator, and working extra hours every single day, and even once on a Saturday. Because my husband is amazing (duh!) he was officially promoted to a Team Lead only after 7 working days. In fact, they pegged him for a team lead on day one. As a Team Lead he makes check sets, keeps his team on task, and oversees a lot of "fun" details. He's grading less papers and earning an additional $1.25 an hour! It's a huge blessing that Josh has this job at this time, got the promotion, and is getting extra hours and overtime, ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays – Holiday Edition 2013

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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 – Dec 2013

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Friday is here again! Yippie! Here's what the Fagans have been up to! 1. Last week our Church Christmas party was cancelled due to some bad weather (it's been moved to tonight). So, we decided to invite some friends to come over, despite the weather. We ate pizza, talked, and enjoyed their friendship. 2. Saturday we went to the Indiana State Museum again, but this time checked out the whole museum, which we've never done before. We met up with a bunch of local Indiana bloggers (shout out to Katy of Indy with Kids for the tickets!), took a group picture, and checked out Celebration Crossing. We rode the train and the girls ...

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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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