Christmas party games for adults and kids

We recently spent Thanksgiving week in Tennessee with family.  It was a blast, and we all played so many games.  Most of those were board games, and card games, but we had so much fun, I kept thinking we should do this more often!  This is a great list of Christmas party games for adults and kids that will have everyone laughing and carrying on. Christmas party games for adults and kids *there may be … read on–>

Dollar Store Pom Pom Tree

This is the cutest dollar store pom pom tree.  It's super fun, and quick to make. It's a perfect craft to make with kids or on your own.

The Dollar Store is one of my favorites.  I am always amazed by what you can actually find in there.  I love it so much, I dedicated a whole post to things you should never spend more than $1 on.  Today, I’m so excited to share the cutest dollar store pom pom tree.  I love it so much, and it was really fun, and quick to make.  It’s going right into T’s room. Dollar Store … read on–>

Peppermint cheesecake dip

This time of year, we are all hopping from one holiday party to another.  If you’re looking for something quick, and delicious to make, this peppermint cheesecake dip is the perfect solution.  Our family can’t get enough of it.  Serve it with pretzels, wafers, graham crackers, or even fruit.  It’s so so yummy! Peppermint Cheesecake Dip Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! Stop by every day from December first through … read on–>

DIY snowman family sign

This sweet DIY snowman family sign is so cute, and would make a great gift for anyone! It was fun to make, and so simple.

I’m back again with day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.  Today, I’m sharing this sweet DIY snowman family sign.  I absolutely adored how it turned out.  The fact that it was so simple to do was icing on the cake.  You know me, and not doing anything that takes too long– I’ll never finish it! DIY snowman family sign *for your convenience, there may be affiliate links throughout this post, so … read on–>

frosty the snowman activity- snowman bagels

One of my all-time favorite Christmas movies is this version of Frosty the Snowman.  Of course there are many others I love just as much or even more, but this one is one of my very favorite to watch with the kids.  The classics are the best, aren’t they!!?? I’m also a fan of any activity the kids need little help with, can be done on a whim, and I give bonus points if the … read on–>

6 Tips for Christmas decorating with small children

  Sponsored post: This post is sponsored by the Goldfish brand but the content, and opinions expressed, are mine. Christmas decorating with small children can be a challenge, especially if you’re anything like me, and you like things a certain way.  I’ve managed to figure out how to make it a bit easier over the years.  These tips will definitely make holiday decorating less stressful, and more fun, which is the point, right?? 6 Tips … read on–>

family friendly football party -on a budget

Hosting a family friendly football party is one thing, hosting a family friendly football party on a budget is quite another. You can't go wrong with this!

Today, I am so excited to announce we’ve got a special guest here on embrace the perfect mess!  Kristen from Kandy Apple Mama is sharing all of the fun details of this family friendly football party- on a  budget! family friendly football party- on a budget Gathering friends and family to watch a football game is a daunting task – made even more complicated when fans attend from opposing teams! You have to prepare family-friendly … read on–>

things to do with pumpkins other than carve them

If you have small children, you may be looking for things to do with pumpkins other than carve them, this fall. This is a great list!

October means most of us are all over fall activities, choosing our outfits for fall pictures, leaf crafts, taking pictures of Halloween costumes, and pumpkin carving!  We love carving pumpkins, but it’s definitely a procedure with small children.  Especially since everyone needs their own pumpkin in this house.  You can’t imagine how long it takes to “prep” 4 pumpkins for carving while 4 kids sit impatiently waiting for their turn.  Of course, it does get easier … read on–>

easy nerf gun party

This was such an easy party to plan, and the kids had a blast!

Once upon a time, we only had one or two kids.  They were young and weren’t involved in sports, and our time was plentiful.  Then we had a couple more kids, and they all kept growing, and became more involved in extra curricular activities, and they started having homework.  Once all of this went down, I started dropping the ball with birthday parties.  We just don’t have the time or money to do anything extravagant. … read on–>

creative easter basket ideas

I can't believe how many cool ideas there are here. I love putting stuff in my kids' Easter baskets that aren't candy!

Stuffing Easter baskets is one of my favorite things to do.  It’s so much fun finding little creative things to fill them with.  Candy is definitely one filler we use, but we don’t tend to go crazy with it.  I would rather find things that the kids could enjoy for more than a couple of days.  It’s also a good time for me to replenish outdoor, and summer toys!  Plus, you don’t even have to … read on–>

New Year’s Resolutions for my kids

I've got a few suggestions for New Year's resolutions for my kids.

I’m all for a good self-improvement resolution.  I may not always stick to them, but I love having goals for myself.  This year, as I sit with my bored children over Christmas break, I have a few suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions them.  I’m not saying they have to do every one of them, but I would be more than a little happy if they would each pick one or two. 20+ New Year’s Resolutions … read on–>

New Year’s Eve Photo booth

adding a photo booth to the new year's eve party sounds like so much fun!!

Can you believe 2016 is almost over??  I can’t.  I mean, I seriously cannot. This year for NYE I am sure we will be in bed long before midnight, watching the ball drop underneath the warm covers.  We don’t even try to pretend we aren’t lame.  But we may have a little bit of fun before that happens- which will probably include a hockey game, and some nachos.  We are pulling out all the stops … read on–>

Reasons cutting down a Christmas tree is the way to go

We always get a real Christmas tree because we love them, and it is a great family tradition.

If you haven’t noticed yet, we are all about traditions around here, and one of our favorites is cutting down a Christmas tree.  Most of our traditions include spending time together.  Here’s the deal, B and I both work- a lot.  It’s the life of a business owner.  It’s not like you get to shut down at 5pm, or on the weekends.  No matter how much I try to clock out at a certain time, … read on–>

gingerbread houses + toddlers= fun?

gingerbread houses can be super fun to make with kids--and frustrating. if you're thinking about making one, you're definitely going to want to read this!

Years ago, before the birth of wild thing #3, I found a haunted gingerbread house.  It was insanely easy, and we had a blast with it.  Two years ago, I thought it would be fun to make another one. This is what it looked like (by the way, if you don’t follow me on instagram, you should!  😉 ).. Needless to say, we skipped making one last year. This year, wild thing #4 was given … read on–>

How to take pictures of the Christmas tree with your iphone

This time of year, everyone is taking pictures of their Christmas tree.  Some of us are using a DSLR.  Others are using their smartphones.  You may think it’s not possible to get a really great picture of your tree with your iphone, but I am here to tell you- you CAN!!  There are some things you can do to turn those phone pictures into something you are super proud of, and might even choose to … read on–>