5 Easy & Cheap Holiday Celebrations For Kids

5 Easy & Cheap Holiday Celebrations For Kids

Those that are on my Facebook know that my kids and I celebrate everything. If it’s a wacky holiday, we celebrate it! Life is too serious, doing this mom thing is exhausting, being a kid is stressful so this helps lighten the week and gives them something to look forward to! Most of these things don’t cost much money or can be done with things you already have! With the holiday season fully underway, I wanted to share some ideas with you!

  1. Grinch Party: This is one of the kids favorite things we do! We make grinch floats (Green sherbet and 7 up) and pop in the Grinch movie! You could add other green foods to make it a snack and float night so you get out of cooking supper! Winner!
  2. Christmas Light Adventure: Surprise the kids with a ticket (can make on a word document) to be turned in as they enter the vehicle. Have them wear pajamas, slippers and bring their blanket. You could make or stop for hot chocolate to share, pop on some Christmas music and head out to find the best Christmas light displays! When the kids were younger, I had a scavenger hunt we used one year, could also do a make-shift bingo for them to cross off if they see a Santa, reindeer, etc. Pop in a Crockpot meal that morning and supper can be ready when you get back!
  3. Baking Party! Grab all the ingredients for your holiday baking and put them to work! This doesn’t seem much like a party, but adding party to it sounds more appealing to them and the kids are more excited to help out! Turn on the Christmas music station, have the kids decorate boxes to put their goodies in- this will become one of your favorite memories! Fun Fact: December 18 is National Bake Cookies Day.
  4. December 9 is National Christmas Card day! As much as we all want to send out the perfect Christmas Card, have the kids decorate the card or the envelope! Grab the Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon and use that to get some cute things for the kids to decorate cards with. Check with nursing homes or hospitals to see if your kids could send some to the residents there. Getting nice snail mail is becoming a lost art, this will be a great teaching moment! I love this idea from Octavia & Vicky on easy kid Christmas Cards.
  5. Advent: Jesus is the reason for the season! There are so many wonderful ideas on Pinterest for Advent ideas. This kid-friendly Advent idea from Jen at “Being Confident Of This” is the one we did last year! It was a lot of fun!

 

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This season is all about making memories. Each year that my oldest gets closer to graduation the more I realize that these beautiful memories will someday be replaced with kids coming home from college, future son/daughter in laws and grandbabies. I want to grab as many memories as I can with my kids while they are still little.

If you have fun traditions that you do each year, comment below or head over to my Facebook page   here   to share with me! I’d love to hear them!

Planning ahead for a busy week!

Planning ahead for a busy week!

We always think that once school begins, life will result to some sort of “normal”. Then school activities begin, Fall has arrived, and before you know it the holidays will be here!

Now that all of my children are in school, I’ve been finding my new “normal”. I have taken on more work as well as installed actual business hours. It’s nice! Sunday nights have always been my planning night where I plan the week, let my family know what’s going on, make some quick snacks for the week and menu plan. Now that I am spending 4 of my days as office hours, I’ve began planning on Sunday AND Wednesday. Wednesday is my day off, so I can get the cleaning, laundry, etc done. To break up the week, I now also use Wednesday as the day where I make quick snacks for the rest of the week.

This past Wednesday, I knew that Thursday we would have picture day. I’m not sure how picture day goes in your house but with 2 girls and now a little boy it can get chaotic quick! Last minute outfit decisions, hairspray, curling iron/ flat irons on the counters, and there’s always someone who’s not too excited about the whole ordeal! Wednesday I decided I better make something quick for the next morning so that making breakfast was the last thing I had to worry about. I decided to whip up a batch of the easiest (and healthiest- WW +2PP) muffins I could make! These are so fluffy, moist and everyone in my family loves them! Here’s the recipe:

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Next is another super simple recipe but it’s so delicious! Homemade Applesauce! After taking a trip to the local apple orchard this past weekend, apples are plentiful around here. This recipe is just a bunch of ingredients thrown into the crock pot and then you let it do its magic! So easy! We ate some while it was still warm, also added some whip cream to the top. It’s amazing… have I said that yet? hehe

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Do you have any quick go-to meals for when life gets busy? Share below! I’d love to hear from you!