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Great Heart Attack Decor for Valentine's Day! (featured)
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  Great Heart Attack Decor for Valentine's Day!  The easiest decoration you will put up all year (and cheapest, too, probably) are these Valentine hearts. Tell your kids you've been heart attacked :) The hearts are found at your local party supply store if you want to go the easy route and have them pre-cut.  I have also cut...
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nicolette time capsule featured image
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  {2004} Ten years ago, I left my small Idaho town to enter the much larger fish bowl of university life.  I was starting fresh, in a new state, with nothing but big dreams in my pocket.  My $6 an hour dream job at the movie theatre gave me free popcorn, soda, and movies.  How could life possibly get better?  My most frustrating...
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6 new christmas eve traditions for a magical holiday (featured)
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Each family has traditions- some are keepers for eternity (like acting out the nativity and caroling) but sometimes a few of them need a kick in the pants.  This list of new traditions will give you ideas to infuse your Christmas Eve with new life- and will certainly bring smiles to you and yours like it has to ours for...
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Ideas to Simplify Christmas – It’s Never Too Late (featured)
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Ideas to Simplify Christmas - It's Never Too Late Ideas to Simplify Christmas Sometimes Christmas season feels like a runaway train. You’re on it. It’s going somewhere. Maybe you love trains. But this out-of-control ride can leave you exhausted and feeling like there is no escape. You have to make the chocolates, the hand-made Christmas...
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Get Your Memories Back! How To Digitize Your Old Home Movies (featured)
by  |  posted under Family, Family Time, Gift Giving, Organization, Organizing, Parenting, Shop, Traditions, Uncategorized, Video
  Get your memories back! Out of that old box and from the corners of the garage. Last year for Christmas, all my mom wanted was her huge brown box full of old home videos archived safely. "Oh ok, no big deal mom, I'll get right on that... "  I counted- the box had 26 old VHS tapes and another 16 small hi-8 tapes from our old...
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Nicolette 21 Ways You Can Help Others featured image
by  |  posted under Christmas, Family, Family Time, Holiday, Traditions, Uncategorized
I'd like to think I am a good person.  I donate canned food when possible and I always put money into the Salvation Army bucket when I hear that bell echoing through the frigid cold.   But it wasn't until a few days ago that I realized I had my priorities all wrong. It was Black Friday and I was frantically in pursuit of the hottest...
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by  |  posted under Anti Boredom Busters, Christmas, Family, Gift Giving, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Traditions
 Here is one from the archives that we know you'll love this holiday season! Holiday Preparations Made Perfect - 5 tips to help! This month we have been collecting and sharing our favorite ways to take our holiday preparations from PANIC to PERFECT! After all, aren't the holidays meant to be enjoyed by everyone -  host included? If you are...
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by  |  posted under Crafting, Decorating, Family Time, Fun With Kids, Thanksgiving, Traditions
I love creating kid friendly spaces, especially around the holidays, and I've found that the best way to do this is to involve the kids. It's about this time of year that my daughter starts asking if we can work on Thanksgiving table place cards. She's been in charge the last three years and she takes her role very seriously. Here are four place...
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25 Days of Christ featured
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25 Days of Christ 25 Days of Christ Our Favorite Christmas Tradition Yet! For a while my kids were enamored with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. There was a particular episode they loved in which Donald Duck went completely nuts trying to make sure he got his list to Santa. The 'List' was a detailed accounting of all the stuff he wanted and my kids...
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Quest for the Best Rockin Your Next Vacation (featured)
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  I recently got back from a big family trip to the Oregon Coast that included my parents, all of my siblings, their spouses, and seven grandchildren.  We caravanned in four car-loads with 24+ hours of total driving ahead of us.  Armed with travel snacks, DVDs, coloring books, and barf bags...we were ready to go. But not before a...
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