Photography Projects to do with kids

Finding photography projects to do with kids will help foster their creativity. You will love completing these photography projects with your kids.

Children already see the world through their own unique and special perspective. That’s why exploring a love of life through the lens of photography is something that comes naturally to little ones and older children alike.  Finding photography projects to do with kids will help foster their creativity. Photography helps children to develop both creativity and confidence as well as helps them to discover and appreciate the world around them. Above all, it helps them … 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–>

6 easy hair ideas for busy moms

These easy hair ideas for busy moms are perfect for anyone that just doesn't have time to fix their hair. You can look put together in a couple of minutes.

Doing my hair in the morning is the last thing on my mind.  I don’t even have time to dry it, let alone straighten or curl it.  99.9% of the time my hair ends up in some sort of a ponytail.  I love having my hair longer, but I don’t often do much with it.   I am totally digging these easy hair ideas for busy moms!!  They are going to make it look like I … 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–>

caramelized onion galette

With the rich flavors of caramelized onions and parmesan cheese, this caramelized onion galette is the perfect easy appetizer for busy holiday celebrations!

With the rich flavors of caramelized onions and parmesan cheese, this caramelized onion galette is the perfect easy appetizer for busy holiday celebrations!With all the craziness that goes into preparing for a holiday dinner, you don’t want to have to worry about what to serve as appetizers. Sure, you could go with the standard cheese and crackers platter, but why not up the ante this year with a delicious…and surprisingly simple caramelized onion galette? Hello … 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–>

10 easy snack ideas for snack day

Finding easy snack ideas for snack day isn't always easy. These snacks will be easy to grab and take the worry out of how you will get everything done!

Snack day is one of the most exciting days for a preschooler or grade school kiddo.  Finding easy snack ideas for snack day isn’t always easy.  Sure, you can find about a thousand super cute, and time consuming snack ideas on Pinterest, but finding ideas for the last minute person like myself isn’t always as easy. Listen, I’m NOT saying anything against taking the time to make a super fun, and creative snack for your … 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–>

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–>

11 tips for hockey moms

Hockey moms have to have it together to keep up with this lifestyle. These tips for hockey moms will help to manage all of those early mornings at the rink.

  Hockey has become as much of a part of our lives as going to school, or taking a bath everyday.  For the last 10ish years, we have had at least one child involved in hockey.  In the last 5 years, it’s been 2+ kids involved in hockey.  We are no stranger to early morning practices, and weekends spent in hotels traveling from one rink to the next for tournaments.  Our two youngest have been … read on–>

10 kid crafts that use leaves

These kid crafts that use leaves are so fun, and simple.

Autumn leaves are the perfect craft supply!  The kids get to go outside and search for the best leaves, and they add so much color to their craft.  I just love using nature in crafts.  These kid crafts using leaves are so fun, and simple. 10 kid crafts using leaves *for your convenience, there may be affiliate links throughout this post, so you can easily find the things i am showing you.  by using these links, … read on–>

7 tips for managing a busy schedule

Managing a busy schedule isn't always easy. These 5 tips will help you to stay on top of things, and make family life less chaotic for everyone.

September marks the start of an extremely busy schedule in our house.  Hockey starts (or gets more consistent), school starts (which means homework, making lunches, returning paperwork), and my photography business moves to full speed, along with the rest of life that’s been happening all summer long.  Things in our house have spiraled out of control by the end of summer.  My anxiety is admittedly at an all-time high around this time of year.  Now … read on–>

5 ways to make school lunch more fun

Making school lunch can be super boring for the person making it, and the one eating it! I love these ways to make school lunch fun

  School is back in session for most of you.  Can I get an “AMEN!”?? I wasn’t as ready for school to start when it was scheduled to start, but a new school building, required a push back in the start of school.  I’m beyond ready now, and so are my kids!  But, school starting also means I am back to making school lunches which might be the MOST boring job EVER!  I’m talking 180 … 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–>