20+ hot cocoa bar toppings

Hot Cocoa Bar toppings are so much fun! This is a great list that is sure to make your hot cocoa bar a huge hit!

You guys!  I was so excited about today’s topic.  I’ve always wanted to do a hot cocoa bar, and just haven’t had the right “event”.  Things have been a little crazy around here lately, and I am ashamed to admit that I’m more than a little cranky.  So, the fact that this post gave me the chance to do something fun with them was fantastic!  We kept our little hot cocoa bar pretty low key, … read on–>

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–>

How to choose the perfect, affordable gift exchange gift

  Sponsored post: Thank you to Tile, Inc. for sponsoring today’s post, and inspiring me to keep track of everything that matters. This time of year, we bounce from one holiday party to the next with gift exchange gifts galore!  Often, we don’t know who, in particular, we are purchasing for because we pull numbers, and choose gifts at random.  Figuring out how to choose the perfect, affordable gift exchange gift isn’t always easy peasy. … 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–>

Easy DIY pine cone elf ornament

This easy DIY pine cone elf ornament is the perfect way for your kids to make something to hang on the tree. It was really simple, and so cute!

Christmas is just around the corner, and this year, I’m participating in something super fun!  More about what it is in a few.  Today, I’m so excited to share these adorable DIY pine cone elf ornaments.  You guys, I totally planned on making this a grown up project, and having them look a little more sophisticated.  Then the kids caught wind of what was going on, and completely took the project over. Which means..  this … read on–>

finding nina with Tile and the Tile App

Tile and the Tile app make it possible to keep track of your children's beloved possessions, and take the worry out of what would happen if they were lost

  Sponsored Post: Thank you to Tile, Inc, for sponsoring today’s post, and inspiring me to keep track of everything that matters. Raise your hand if your kid’s got a toy they can’t live without.  Now, raise your hand if you haven’t wished you could install a chip in that toy the way we do to locate your pets.  I bet most of you that had your hands up, put them down.  Okay, that is … read on–>

15 plus of the best gift ideas for kids who love legos

Looking for the best gift ideas for kids who love legos? This is the perfect list for those lego lovers in your life! You can't go wrong with these ideas.

Legos have become a favorite toy for kid #3.  He loves a building set.  The bigger the challenge the better!  Since I can’t always afford to buy new sets, I have been on the look out for the best gift ideas for kids who love legos (that aren’t necessarily lego sets).  I am loving this list of all things lego! The Best Gift ideas for kids who love Legos *for your convenience, there may be … read on–>

20+ fantastic camp gift ideas for kids

These are really great camp gift ideas for kids. Any family who loves to camp will love these ideas when it comes times to give a gift!

Since our family started camping a few years ago, I have spent a lot of time coming up with the best camp gift ideas for kids.  Having suggestions to offer family members when they ask what the kids would like for their birthdays, Christmas, and other occasions is a must!  When I can turn those suggestions into something I know the kids will get a ton of use out of, and will not land in … 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–>

best board games for families

Board games are a great way to spend time as a family. These are the best board games for families with kids of all ages.

Board games are one thing everyone in this family enjoys.  Playing board games is a great way to spend time together as a family.  We love planning a family game night last minute.  These are some of the best board games for families, and sure to create some pretty amazing memories! Best Board Games for families *for your convenience, there may be affiliate links throughout this post, so you can easily find the things i … read on–>

spending one on one time with kids

  Spending one on one time with my kids does not come without a bit of work.  Sure, I spend time with each of them alone.  And, please don’t mistake this post for giving myself a guilt trip because I have to spread myself thin.  I’m realistic enough to be able to tell myself the kids get plenty of attention.  Spending one on one time with kids when you’re already struggling to do everything else … read on–>

Gifts for kids who love dolls

Whether you're shopping for a girl or a boy, you're going to love these gifts for kids who love dolls. Find everything from baby dolls to doll houses!

Playing with dolls was my absolute favorite thing to do when I was young.  I have to admit, I probably played with them longer than I should have.  Our first three weren’t fans of dolls, but since T was born, I finally have a reason to search for gifts for kids who love dolls!! I won’t even try to pretend I am not thrilled she loves her dolls as much as I did.  But the … read on–>

4 skin care products even busy moms can use

These skin care products for busy moms are perfect for those of us who need a way to fit taking care of ourselves when we are busy taking care of others.

Becoming a mom has taught me so much about love, life, and..  what it means to have close to no time for myself.  I’m kidding, kind of. Finding skin care products for busy moms isn’t always easy, but I managed to find them! I mean, let’s face it, right now, the kids come first.  We make their meals, we shuttle them to and from school, and 609 activities, and drop them off at their friends’ … read on–>

big brother and sister shirts

These big brother and sister shirts are the perfect way to announce a new baby in the family, or a sweet gift for big bro and sis when the baby arrives!

Promoting your little guy or girl to big brother/ sister is super exciting for everyone.  And, it’s super fun to announce your news to everyone using big brother and sister shirts or even a sweet gift to give them when they baby arrives. I wish they would have had some of these adorable shirts when we were promoting our kids!  These are adorable and so creative! Before I get into all of this cuteness, if … read on–>