Away from home stockings

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When friends come to visit during the holidays, we want them to feel like they are home. The boys and I thought of the idea of creating a special treat for the visiting kids their away from home stockings.

A fun shopping trip to Target, our stocking for friends, and a cute personalizable card to hang on it, so that it feels extra special to them.  That is all that we needed to make the perfect stocking for our friends.

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Here is what we put in them:

Lip Balm- When the weather changes, kids tend to get very dry lips, especially if they are coming from a different environment so we grabbed some fun colored lip balms to put in the stocking.

Portable bandages- Nothing worse than to be in a new place and get hurt without being prepared. So we made sure to put our favorites in the stockings! BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages holiday collection which has about 20 different holiday-themed designs that will be ready and handy for our guests to use when they need them! BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages heals hurts faster so they are perfect for feeling better quickly and going back to enjoying the vacation! We are all about making memories. You can find these and other fun designs like Paw Patrol and even Star Wars BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages here.

How cute are these? You can also hover over this photo and one click will lead you to the site so that you can grab your BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages holiday collection.

Candy- I mean, do I need to elaborate here? kids = candy. We wanted to be sure to include some fun sweet treats also so we went with some festive chocolate and a fun peppermint lollipop.

Cookie cutter- Everyone knows that if they visit us during the holidays, we will be making some cookies. It’s a staple in our home and we love sharing the moments with others so the cookie cutter was a must.

Special ornament- As you already know, we are all about treasuring memories. Gifting a special ornament is a way to be present at our friends home each Christmas when they put it up on the tree and remember the fun vacation spent at our home.

Game- We love games and they help to keep the kids busy for an hour or so when all the parents just need a little time to sit and breathe to prepare for the next activity or shopping trip.

Coloring pencils- Another great way to let the kids have some quiet time! Especially if they don’t take naps anymore, is to have them spend some time coloring. They are always very excited to use brand new supplies so that is perfect to have.

That’s it! Once we have all supplies, the boys and I stuff them into the stocking and tie the card on the side of it so our friends know that we thought especially of them when putting it together. Then the stocking goes on the mantel to wait for our guest.home away from home stockings home for the holidays mom blog dad blog traveling family travel wellness band aid stpcking stuffing a stocking 20172018 Virginia Christmas early learning homeschooling mommy blogger zen living happy holidays South America Europe Asia mom life mom of boys boy mom

What traditions do you have to make your home more welcoming for friends and family? I would love to hear about them and maybe try some of them!Home away from home stockings what to put in a stocking stocking stuffers Christmas mom blog

Healthy Teeth, Happy Kids

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of the American Dental Association, but all of the
opinions and ideas are my own and this is a subject that is very dear to me, as we have a
little dance party every six months when we get a no cavities report from our dear dentist.

When it comes to these little dragons’ teeth, we take things very seriously. We try to get the
kids very involved and motivated to care about their oral health because we know that this
will be something they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. So if there is one
important gift that I can give to you this holiday season, is to encourage you to keep those
tiny pearly whites healthy and share a few of the ways we do it, in hopes that it will help you
too!

Keeping teeth healthy, dragon style

Get informed- Many people don’t know, but the American Dental Association is a great
resource for parents to learn proper teeth care for children. They even have a fun website
dedicated to fun kid games and activities, MouthHealhtyKids.org, that can be great for
keeping kids interested in their oral health. To learn more about all that ADA has for you,
visit this site now!

Make it fun- My boys love music and dancing so I have a small playlist of fun songs that they
get to choose from so that they know to keep brushing until the song is over. This takes care
of one of ADA’s tips, which is to brush for 2 minutes.healthy teeth for kids oral health for kids mom blog dad blog wellness teeth brushing chart free printable homeschooling 2017 2018 travel blog traveling with kids Virginia dentist

Cover all fronts- Brushing alone is not enough! So make sure you are brushing twice a day
with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between your teeth daily. You might even want to
brush your tongue or swish with some mouth rinse to feel fresh. (Ask your dentist which
rinse is right for you!) And use products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.healthy teeth for kids oral health for kids mom blog dad blog wellness teeth brushing chart free printable homeschooling 2017 2018 travel blog traveling with kids Virginia dentisthealthy teeth for kids oral health for kids mom blog dad blog wellness teeth brushing chart free printable homeschooling 2017 2018 travel blog traveling with kids Virginia dentisthealthy teeth for kids oral health for kids mom blog dad blog wellness teeth brushing chart free printable homeschooling 2017 2018 travel blog traveling with kids Virginia dentist

Visit your dentist regularly- We lucked out! Our dentist is fun and patient, so the boys
always look forward to visiting. It is important that the kids are there for check-ups, for a
cleaning and to keep an eye on any potential problems that might come. Take your time to
find the perfect dentist for your kids! Trust me, it makes a world of difference.healthy teeth for kids oral health for kids mom blog dad blog wellness teeth brushing chart free printable homeschooling 2017 2018 travel blog traveling with kids Virginia dentist

Motivate- Here is where you can get the kids involved the most! Let them keep track of their
daily teeth brushing, at the end of each week, our kids get rewarded with one dollar-store
goodie. I know it doesn’t sound too exciting to you, but believe me when I tell you that my
kids live for Sunday night’s treasures. To help make this easier for you, I am sharing our
chart! Click on it for a free PDF download that you can print every week! Post it in their
bathroom and watch the magic happen. Another part of this motivation is that we all get to
go out for a treat every time that we get a no cavities report for everyone at the dentist!healthy teeth for kids oral health for kids mom blog dad blog wellness teeth brushing chart free printable homeschooling 2017 2018 travel blog traveling with kids Virginia dentist

And that is how we do it, friends! Do you have any other tips? make sure to add them to the
comments for everyone to know.

This was a sponsored post written by me and about our own personal experiences, on
behalf of American Dental Association. Thank you so much for reading up! Until next time.

Deck The Halls With Goldfish Crackers

Our family just loves Christmas! We have a few traditions that we love and one of them is to have one family crafting night every week if possible. This week, our challenge was to deck the halls with Goldfish crackers. I thought it would be super fun to make a craft that you can also snack on along the way.mom blog dad blog travel blog deck the halls Goldfish crackers traveling with kids holiday decorations crafts with kids holiday crafts Christmas crafts 2017 2018 Virginia Christmas lights wellness healthy mom travel to Virginia

Goldfish crackers are always baked with real cheese that means no artificial flavors or preservatives and the fun colored crackers use plant-based colors which I love. Goldfish crackers are a snack that I feel good serving my boys! To learn more about Goldfish crackers and everything they offer to make snacks fun visit this site here.

Before we started with our project, we made a delicious snack mix with our crackers, our favorite nuts, and our favorite holiday candy to add a little sweetness to our night.mom blog dad blog travel blog deck the halls Goldfish crackers traveling with kids holiday decorations crafts with kids holiday crafts Christmas crafts 2017 2018 Virginia Christmas lights wellness healthy mom travel to Virginia homeschool

Deck the halls!

It’s time to start our project. First, we gathered our supplies: Goldfish crackers, clear lightbulb ornaments (or any clear plastic ornament), and holiday ribbon. You can make a few strings with different sizes to create a fuller look or stay simple like we did. The colors of the crackers bring the project to life and it makes a boring white wall look festive and beautiful.mom blog dad blog travel blog deck the halls Goldfish crackers traveling with kids holiday decorations crafts with kids holiday crafts Christmas crafts 2017 2018 Virginia Christmas lights wellness healthy mom travel to Virginia homeschool

The boys then sorted the crackers by color to make things easier and after that started filling the ornaments with a single color for each ornament. I helped them put the top back on, to keep the crackers in place and to be able to hang them on the wall once we were finished.mom blog dad blog travel blog deck the halls Goldfish crackers traveling with kids holiday decorations crafts with kids holiday crafts Christmas crafts 2017 2018 Virginia Christmas lights wellness healthy mom travel to Virginia homeschoolmom blog dad blog travel blog deck the halls Goldfish crackers traveling with kids holiday decorations crafts with kids holiday crafts Christmas crafts 2017 2018 Virginia Christmas lights wellness healthy mom travel to Virginia homeschool

Once all the ornaments were filled they strung them on a ribbon. We decided to tie a knot on each ornament to keep them apart but you can also just let them hang loosely for a different look.mom blog dad blog travel blog deck the halls Goldfish crackers traveling with kids holiday decorations crafts with kids holiday crafts Christmas crafts 2017 2018 Virginia Christmas lights wellness healthy mom travel to Virginia homeschool

And that is all! Super simple but super fun and delicious. Depending on how much wall you want to cover, you can repeat the process over and over again and maybe make their playroom or really any room, super colorful and festive. We alternated our ornaments with warm Christmas lights because we love the look of them.

Thanks to our yummy Goldfish crackers, the boys were able to be an active part of the “deck the halls” operation here at home! They talk about it and feel very accomplished.mom blog dad blog travel blog deck the halls Goldfish crackers traveling with kids holiday decorations crafts with kids holiday crafts Christmas crafts 2017 2018 Virginia Christmas lights wellness healthy mom travel to Virginia homeschool

You can visit this amazing Pinterest board  to find so many other ideas for fun activities and crafts  to do with your Goldfish crackers

Here is a fun video recap of our craft night. Hope you enjoy it!

Coding For Kids The Fun Way. With Osmo

Our world is turning more digital every day. We always try to slow our boys down and have them play with mud and sticks like we did when we were kids, but we also know that they need to be ready to face any challenge that may come their way! That’s why they are also learning technology as much as they are learning love for nature and adventures. Coding is a skill that they will soon need in the world. Coding for kids is made into a fun indoor game by our friends at OSMO and of course, the boys are loving it!coding for kids homeschooling mom blog dad blog early learning classical learning world schooling digitize coding with kids OSMO team work travel wellness classroom Montessori Virginia dad blogger mommmy blogger mom blogger family blog healthy mom healthy kids lifestyle blog indoor fun

kids learn better when they get to experience and use their hands to create a memory, my boys had the biggest smiles the moment that they figured out how to complete a code to make an action happen, it was magical, they get a sense of accomplishment and independence that is priceless.coding for kids homeschooling mom blog dad blog early learning classical learning world schooling digitize coding with kids OSMO team work travel wellness classroom Montessori Virginia dad blogger mommmy blogger mom blogger family blog healthy mom healthy kids lifestyle blog indoor fun

How coding for kids with OSMO works-

Kids start with fundamental concepts such as sequencing, conditionals, loops, and building commands. Easy to learn for the littles, but basic enough that it doesn’t change as they advance and grow. They start playing and the learning comes naturally. It’s not a chore but a part of a magical adventure.coding for kids homeschooling mom blog dad blog early learning classical learning world schooling digitize coding with kids OSMO team work travel wellness classroom Montessori Virginia dad blogger mommmy blogger mom blogger family blog healthy mom healthy kids lifestyle blog indoor fun

We can use our Osmo Coding games on our iPad or iPhone with a special base that helps the device to read the Osmo blocks on the table. Each of the colorful blocks is very durable and magnetic so that it’s easy for little hands to put together and create a special command to make things happen on the screen and achieve the goal of the game. The full command is created by putting mini-programs together, represented by each individual block. Once the command is created, they press the play button and watch the magic happen.coding for kids homeschooling mom blog dad blog early learning classical learning world schooling digitize coding with kids OSMO team work travel wellness classroom Montessori Virginia dad blogger mommmy blogger mom blogger family blog healthy mom healthy kids lifestyle blog indoor fun

Besides your Osmo kit, you only need the various Osmo apps, which are all free and easy to download onto your devices.coding for kids homeschooling mom blog dad blog early learning classical learning world schooling digitize coding with kids OSMO team work travel wellness classroom Montessori Virginia dad blogger mommmy blogger mom blogger family blog healthy mom healthy kids lifestyle blog indoor fun

This is a game that I am excited to see my kids grab when they have screen time!! I love to see them learning a basic and very important skill that will prepare them for their future. I love that they are using their hands and brains and that they team up to play together and helping one another towards a common goal, which is also an incredible principle and skill to have for any human.coding for kids homeschooling mom blog dad blog early learning classical learning world schooling digitize coding with kids OSMO team work travel wellness classroom Montessori Virginia dad blogger mommmy blogger mom blogger family blog healthy mom healthy kids lifestyle blog indoor fun

The boys love their Osmo so much, that they colored their own versions of Aubie, the friendly monster inside one of the coding games.coding for kids homeschooling mom blog dad blog early learning classical learning world schooling digitize coding with kids OSMO team work travel wellness classroom Montessori Virginia dad blogger mommmy blogger mom blogger family blog healthy mom healthy kids lifestyle blog indoor fun

Disclosure: We received this product for free to review, this did not affect my opinions, they are all my own and our love for it is forever!

The perfect gift for our tech-savvy guy

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Recently my husband was selected for an awesome promotion at work! We are so proud of him so we decided to get him an early Christmas/congratulations gift! Now there are many things he loves but when we were shopping at Kohl’s we came across a perfect combination of two of them! Technology and Oral care! Don’t you judge 🙂 there are weirder things to like.  When it comes to oral health, my husband is the pioneer! He introduced the boys to the flossing and tongue scraping and every day they already know what to do! One of them proposed that we get him a new toothbrush, so off we went to look for the perfect one! We saw the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush and we all knew that it was the one! It’s the perfect gift for our tech-savvy guy!mom blog mom blogger dad blog sonicare oral care oral health gifts for dad perfect gift tech savvy gifts for men traveling with kids daddy blogger wellness homeschooling world school classical conversations christmas 2017 2018 gifts for dad gifts for him zen living yoga family blog lifestyle natural healthy family

I will tell you why really soon! But first, we needed more things to make the gift grander! After all, he has worked so hard for this promotion. With the promotion also comes training, and traveling, so I decided that he should have a nice travel bag with all his favorite personal necessities. Even if the Sonicare toothbrush was the star of the gift, I know he will use all of it!

Whenever we want to give him a gift, we like to focus on one thing we know he loves and get creative with things that complement that, it makes shopping easier and takes the stress of trying to come up with so many things, away.

Here is a photo of the gift before we wrapped it. You can hover over it to be able to order your own Sonicare toothbrush! trust me when I say that you will want to.

The perfect gift for our tech-savvy guy

  • Coffee cup- because he works so hard and needs his daily caffeine to keep going on!
  • Shaving balm and razor- so that he can look sharp every day and be able to make a great impression on his new peers and bosses.
  • Mouthwash- so he can be confident and speak up when necessary, without fear of bad breath.
  • His favorite lip balm- because a lot of his training will be done outside, in the dead of winter so I know he will need it every day.
  • Lint Remover- to keep his uniform and suits always looking clean and sharp.
  • Sonicare DiamondClean Smart toothbrush- because it’s the Number 1 dental professional recommended brand. It has 4 high-performance brush heads and smart sensor technology for personalized feedback and 100% confidence in his oral care. Every time. The combination of Oral health and technology is just perfect for him.
  • Travel bag for all the goodies- so that he can easily carry everything with him on his trips and be able to keep taking over the world!

We put all of the items into a nice gift box and wrapped up with colorful wrapping paper. Then we surprised him with it when he came home from work.

Now for the fun part! Of course, he absolutely loved his gift! The toothbrush is equipped with Bluetooth and it has an app that you can download and use in combination with it. Our tech-savvy guy was over the moon and immediately decided that he needed to brush his teeth.mom blog mom blogger dad blog sonicare oral care oral health perfect gift gifts for dad tech savvy gifts for men traveling with kids daddy blogger wellness homeschooling world school classical conversations christmas 2017 2018 gifts for dad gifts for him zen living yoga family blog lifestyle natural healthy family

We discovered that we had gotten the best ever toothbrush! The app helps take care of every single tooth in your mouth and its sensor will let you know if you missed a spot. How cool is that? It’s like a personalized teeth brushing coach with Smart Sensor technology that will ensure that your teeth, gums, and tongue are taken care of.

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My husband now calls us into the bathroom constantly to show us how cool it is, so we would know. We all are so excited to have made him happy with this perfect gift! He deserves every smile.mom blog mom blogger dad blog sonicare oral care oral health gifts for dad tech savvy gifts for men traveling with kids daddy blogger wellness homeschooling world school classical conversations christmas 2017 2018 gifts for dad gifts for him zen living yoga family blog lifestyle natural healthy family

To learn more about this amazing brush, visit this site here. You will be amazed at all the cool features! This is definitely the perfect gift for a tech-savvy guy.

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What other gifts should we be on the lookout for? have ideas? share them in the comments!

Our Perfect Roasted Turkey

When I was young I loved to take over the kitchen and making big meals for my family. We would all go to the fresh market and pick out our groceries for the week, my parents let me bring my “recipe book” and I would get ingredients to make my big meals for everyone. One Christmas, I decided that I needed to make the perfect roasted turkey and so I made us go all around the market to get the perfect ingredients.

This started a tradition, every year we would all be excited about my perfect roasted turkey and I loved making it every time. My dad loved it and he would always tell me that it was the best meal I ever made, but that was only until the next meal when he would say the same.

After I got married and moved away I haven’t made my recipe many times. For this Thanksgiving, I thought this is the only thing I want to make. As many of you know, I lost my daddy only a few months ago, so I want to be thankful for the memories and the good years of love that we shared with him. I want to talk about him and the way he would always celebrate with food, and how he would always find a perfect reason why my boys needed just one more serving of ice cream.

Here is the perfect roasted turkey-

I was about 15 when I started this recipe, so it is pretty simple, I believe that changes probably were made through the years but honestly, I don’t remember when.

Before even starting to make preparations, I put the turkey inside a big pot or container with salt water overnight. When it’s time to cook I get all my ingredients and get the party started.

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First I made a sauce with apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, brandy, apple cider, cinnamon, and some chopped dried sage.  It’s important that you do this first so that it has time to cool down.

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It’s important to take the turkey out of the water and dry it, inside and out.

After that, I prepare a mixture of quartered apples, onions, rosemary, fresh sage, and cinnamon. When it’s all mixed up, that goes inside the cavity of the turkey.

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Then came a process that I’ve tried in many different orders but I believe this is the best: soften the butter, paint it or rub it all over the bird, make sure your apple cider sauce has cooled down and poured it all over also. I have to make sure that the sauce goes all over, so sometimes I use the baster to make sure. the last step before the oven is to put salt and pepper all over the top of the turkey, it should stick to the butter.

When all of that was done,  I put the turkey in the oven at 325 and set an alarm to baste it every 30 minutes. Once the color is perfect, I put a piece of foil over the top of it to avoid burning the skin.

Before You Carve-

Another important thing to do is to let the turkey rest for 20 minutes, covered with foil on your serving tray. After that carve it and enjoy!

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If you try this recipe please share that with me? I would love to hear all about it! You can also pin it and share it with all of your friends!

 

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The Thanksgiving Blogluck

Some of my favorite blogger friends and I decided to get all of our recipes together to make one amazing Thanksgiving meal for you! Check these awesome recipes out!


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