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–>

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–>

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–>

15 of the greatest audio books for families

This is a great alternative to video games on a road trip. I love this list of audio books for families!

There has been a lot of buzz about audio books for families- especially families heading on a road trip!  I am really looking forward to trying this out on our road trip this year. The kids are usually either fighting, involved in some sort of scream, or begging for snacks when we are on a road trip.  I am not complaining because for the most part, they are pretty well-behaved in the car (most of … read on–>

Outrageous & Fun Inflatable Pool Toys

These are the most outrageous and fun pool toys. Everyone in the family will have a blast with these!

Summertime is my favorite!  I love the temperatures, the colors, the picnics, grilling outside, and POOL TIME!  These are the most outrageous and fun inflatable pool floats I could find! The kids would go crazy for any of these- and some of the grown ups too!  (I have visions of one day being able to relax leisurely in a pool on a float. That isn’t exactly my pool reality right now.  Some day though!)  In the … read on–>

20+ perfect Christmas picture props

I am especially excited to be sharing this post with you.  Christmas is my favorite time of year, and there is no shortage of cute props that anyone can add to their families pictures.  Of course, I am all for you handing the responsibility over to a professional photographer to capture your family’s moments.  Whether or not you’re a fan of having your picture taken, your family will appreciate seeing you in them too!  Whether … read on–>

5 ways to beat the morning madness

if you have trouble getting out of the house on time in the mornings with your kids, you're not alone! here are some tips!

It’s no secret that I am chronically late.  It’s also no secret that I am pretty much a hot mess 99 percent of the time.  The word overwhelmed is a regular part of my vocabulary.  Actually, as I was typing out the post, I remembered I completely forgot to send one of my kids in with lunch money.  Wouldn’t be a big deal if I hadn’t forgotten several times already.  I hope they don’t force … read on–>

5 reasons I still love to color

5 reasons I still love to color   **there may be affiliate links throughout this post.  by using these links,  your pricing stays the same, but i may earn a small commission    Adult coloring books. I’m just going to be totally honest and let you know, I loved coloring before adult coloring books became the rage.  It’s one thing my kids don’t have to ask twice for me to do with them.  Now that … read on–>