Family, friends, holiday traditions…memories that will last a lifetime! Special family traditions are a great way to celebrate the holidays, spend time together, and link across generations. Every family has different traditions, unique in their own way. We’re here to discuss some holiday traditions that your family may or may not celebrate. Maybe you’ll pick up some new ideas to start this holiday season!
There is no better way to capture the holidays! Taking family photos are a wonderful way to get the family together and document those special moments. And you can print out the pictures and put them up in your home to enjoy all year long! It’s wonderful to look back and see how each person has changed over the years.
Gingerbread House Contest
You can buy fairly inexpensive gingerbread house kits. Pair up your family members and friends and build away! The family gets to spend good, quality time together – laughs and a bit of a mess are almost guaranteed, but it’s all part of the fun!
Everyone makes a few dozen cookies and then you get together to share them with your friends! Each person gets a taste of each cookie. It’s a delicious way to spend time with friends. And, don’t fret – you can find super easy-to-follow and easy-to-make recipes online!
Elf on a Shelf
This one is a BIG one! Kids just love the idea behind Elf on a Shelf, and parents do, too. Santa’s elf spends the month in your home, watching the children to make sure they behave and that Santa can put them on the ‘Nice List’ so they get lots of awesome presents. After, all the Elf reports right back to Santa!
Holiday Movies Marathon
Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and Home Alone (1 and 2!) are just a few of the movies to put on your must-see list! Plop down on the couch with pillows, blankets, and popcorn and let your errands and chores wait. It’s all about relaxation and togetherness with this tradition!
Tell us: What are your family traditions during the holiday season? Happy Holidays!
Hello December. We’re so happy to see you as we are SO ready to welcome the holiday season!
The holidays are about a lot of things….family, friends, traditions, memories, presents, and delicious food, just to name a few! We will touch on a handful of these topics in later blog posts this month but today we’re talking desserts. We’re sharing some scrumptious sweets that will be perfect for your family and friends. We’ll even throw in a few options that you can prepare for Santa and his reindeer!
We hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. We send good holiday cheer to our entire camping family!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re excited to move on to the most wonderful time of the year! We hope you’re in the holiday spirit because we’ll be touching on some fun, festive topics over the next month or so.
Today, we’ve compiled some awesome gift guides to help you start your holiday shopping. We’re sharing dozens of must-have gift items for everyone on your list this season! Let us know what you think of these ideas.
A gift from the heart or a token of your appreciation can be worth more to someone than any present that you can buy. Show your family and friends how much you care about them with a handmade card or gift or a meaningful photo.
We hope this post gives you some great gift ideas for everyone on your list. We wish you all a happy, productive start to the holiday season. Remember, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Happy Shopping!
We spend a lot of time here on our blog talking about light & fun topics like holiday decor, sweet treats, and camping tips! Today, we’re taking a bit of a detour because we think this issue is too important to ignore. Many of us take our ability to read for granted. It’s like being able to breathe or speak – it just happens. Unfortunately, illiteracy is a very serious issue in our country.
Statistics show that over 30 million adults in America are considered to be illiterate – that’s over 1/8 of the entire adult population that cannot read.
So, since November is National Family Literacy Month, we are shedding some light on this issue, why it is so important, and what you can do to help, or get help!
What is family literacy?
Family literacy programs use a family-focused approach to education, increasing the skills of both the parents and the children; it’s the wonderful idea of parents and their children engaged in learning together! It encourages parents to prioritize their own education so they can be more involved in in their children’s learning and literacy.
There are three basic components to a family literacy program: adult education (such as reading, writing, GED and ESL programs), parenting education (which helps families participate in their children’s education), and early childhood education (for preschoolers).
How can you help or get help?
You can donate to ProLiteracy here to support awareness and advocacy programs.
“The National Center for Families Learning’s mission is to address our nation’s literacy challenges by engaging all family members in learning, with a primary focus on parents and children living in poverty.”
To help you celebrate National Family Literacy Month, click here to view the National Center for Families Learning’s most-popular educational tools and resources designed to help families, educators, community leaders, and librarians facilitate two-generation learning.
By now, your Halloween decorations are already down. It’s on to the next chapter of the holiday season: Thanksgiving! It’s hard to believe that there are only a couple of months left until 2018. Either way, we’re knee deep in the holiday spirit – and ready to put up some new festive autumn decorations! There are plenty of easy, inexpensive ways that you can decorate your home this month. Who doesn’t love a little DIY project, or two? We’re here to share some of our favorites!
You can do these on a lazy Sunday afternoon, with the kids, with items you may have around the house or that you can grab from any craft store. It may take more effort than just buying the decorations, but they mean more because you took the time to craft them yourself!
LEAF GARLAND: This garland can be placed on your mantle, in your kitchen, or on your front porch! Fabric scraps, scissors, and string are all you really need to create this decor! Click here for step-by-step directions.
TIN PUNCHED VOTIVE CANDLES: This is a fun one, looks very expensive, and can be completely customized! These votives are the perfect centerpiece for your dining table or decor on your mantle! Click here for the step-by-step directions.
CANDY CORN ART: If you still have Halloween on the brain (we do!), this piece of art is for you! Orange, yellow, and white buttons – along with a few other items – are used to create a gigantic (non-edible) version of one of our favorite Halloween treats! Click here for the step-by-step directions.
PUMPKIN SPICE CANDLES: Pumpkin spice is a MAJOR reason for the season! Fill your home with this delicious fragrance with these scented candles. Use amber-tinted glass jars to get the full fall effect. Click here for the step-by-step directions.
Decorating for the holiday season is a foolproof way to get everyone in the spirit! Tell us your favorite fall decor or let us in on which DIY project you plan to try!
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess
World Vegan Day was on the 1st, but we’re celebrating World Vegan Month all November long! Veganism is becoming more and more popular across generations, but what exactly IS a vegan? What do they eat? Are they constantly hungry because they ‘can’t’ eat much? We’re here to debunk the myths and set the facts straight on this popular diet plan!
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE VEGAN?
A vegetarian doesn’t eat meat or fish, but may allow eggs and dairy in their diet. A vegan takes this practice a step further, cutting out EVERY food that originated from an animal including meat, dairy, eggs, honey, etc. Some vegans extend their practice to exclude products and items that originated from an animal, as well, making it more of an overall lifestyle transformation. This would include leather, wool, fur, cosmetics, toiletries, and more.
WHY BECOME A VEGAN?
Animal welfare and environmental concerns are two big reasons to follow a vegan-based diet. A vegan diet can also reduce the risk of certain diseases, including hypertension, heart disease, and certain cancers.
WHAT CAN A VEGAN EAT?
Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and grains are all on the OK list. There are also various types of almond-based or soy-based products, such as cheese, meat, and milk, that are vegan-approved. There are tons of foods that vegans can now enjoy!
“It’s basically no dairy, no meat, everything is just plant based and just from the ground. I love that I’m eating more greens. It makes you feel so much better.” – Jennifer Lopez, Singer/Actress
According to GLAMOUR Magazine UK, other famous vegans include Brad Pitt, Beyonce, and Ellen DeGeneres. The list goes on and on.
For more info on the the vegan lifestyle, click here to see PETA’s very helpful infographic!
We’ll end with this note: People have different interpretations of being a vegetarian or a vegan. Everyone is entitled to follow the diet/lifestyle plan that they are comfortable with. We are just here to give some commonly found information on this specific diet plan.
Tell us: Are you a vegan? Is this diet plan right for you?
Halloween is so close, we can almost touch it. If we haven’t told you already, we just LOVE Halloween. There are so many ways to enjoy this fun, festive, spooky (or not-so-spooky) day! We’ve covered Halloween decor, party treats, costumes, and party beverages in our recent blog posts. These posts are packed full of ideas to help you have the most successful, exciting Halloween adventure!
Today, we’re wrapping up our series with the final piece of the Halloween puzzle: CANDY! Which candies are the most popular? What are the healthiest options? We’ve got all the answers.
MOST POPULAR OPTIONS:
According to POPSUGAR, kids ranked their favorite candy and the top 8 results were pretty surprising (ie: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups did NOT make the list!). Sweet treats like Smarties, Starbursts, Skittles, and Nerds made the cut, as did some chocolate favorites like M&Ms and Twix. To see the full list, click here.
Not all candy is created equal – in terms of heart health and calorie count! There ARE better choices that you can make. You’ll be happy to hear that tons of delicious & popular options made the Greatist list of 20 healthier Halloween candy. Dark chocolate, Twizzlers, even Reese’s made it on the list – click here to see the healthiest Halloween candy choices!
THE “LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT” CANDIES:
We have 2 words: candy corn. We could debate all night about it but if you love it, you love it, and if you don’t, there is no changing your mind – and there’s no in-between! Same seems to be true for some nostalgic Halloween treats: candy buttons and circus peanuts.
Candy isn’t the only option; there are plenty of other things that you can hand out to trick-or-treaters. Play-doh, temporary tattoos, stickers, and bubbles, just to name a few, are great ideas. Consider joining the Teal Pumpkin Project movement, which raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. Make your home a safe spot for all kids!
We hope you have a very Happy Halloween! Tell us: what is your FAVORITE Halloween candy?
Ready to party? We are (almost) ready! We’ve published some recent blog posts with great tips and inspiration for your Halloween decor, treats, and costumes. Which got us thinking…you’ll need something to wash down all of those delicious recipes we shared, right? So, we’re following up with some spooky – and not-so-spooky – Halloween-themed drink ideas for your upcoming soiree!
21 or over only:
Are you thirsty yet? Tell us: What are you planning to serve/drink at your upcoming Halloween party?
With less than three weeks until October 31st, we are officially in the Halloween spirit! We hope you’ve enjoyed our last couple of blog posts where we talked about Halloween decor and DIY treats. But, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about your costume! Here are some tips to help you outfit the entire family with the coolest costumes of 2017!
COSTUMES FOR THE KIDS
We want to know: what are you and your family dressing up as for Halloween this year?
We’re just getting our feet wet with our ‘All Things Halloween’ series on the blog. Last week, we touched on decor with some great tips and options to decorate your home. Today, we’re coming in with delicious do-it-yourself treats that will satisfy every ghost, ghoul, and goblin that RSVPs to your Halloween party!
We found some delicious, easy-to-make recipes that you and your guests can indulge in before you head out to trick-or-treat on October 31st!
Tell us which treats you plan to make to celebrate Halloween this year!