Dividing Your Time with Both of Your Families During the Holidays and All Year Long

“How do you divide your time between the two of your families for the holidays?” It's one of the questions I get asked the most this time of year and one of the things that I think married couples worry about the most. Deciding how to spend your time for the holidays, which family traditions to participate, and making sure that you get quality time with each of your families while leaving room in the schedule for quiet nights at home and your own traditions can be a challenge.

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How to Build Your Own Quick and Easy 72 Hour Kit

I know just how overwhelming it can be to find a list that includes everything you really need in your 72 hour kit and then find all of those things and purchase them at a decent price. There's a reason that it took me almost seven years to get this project completed. I have felt completely confident in what I put together and am glad that I chose to invest in the items that I did. This kit took me just an hour or so to pull together and I know that we are prepared to grab our things and go, if we never needed to.

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The Breakfast Food That Makes Me a "Fun Mom"

Belgian Waffles with fruit, ice cream and Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce are more of a dessert, but because they're waffles, I justify eating them for dinner and even breakfast. This is one of my favorite foods from childhood and one that I always looked forward to introducing my future family to. This is a meal that can turn an ordinary day into a special occasion! I'd like to think that meals like this make me a "fun mom" in the eyes of my kids.

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PJ's, Pizza and Popcorn Picnic - A New Family Tradition

In my three years as a parent, I've found the saying, "Everything is more fun with kids" to be true. Holidays are more fun and every time our kids experience something new for the first time, I feel like it's more exciting for us than it is for them. Recently we've started sharing our favorite songs, books and movies from when we were growing up with the kids and it's been a lot of fun! For years I've had this idea for a family tradition, and now that our kids are old enough to enjoy movies and sit through them, we're ready to make it a monthly thing.

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25 Ideas for Simple Family Fun

Sitting on the riding mower display for a few minutes and going nowhere was the highlight of Bensen's weekend. It was a simple thing but it left a big impression. He's been carrying his own John Deere toys with him everywhere, they're his current most prized possessions. It made me realize that for every big outing or fun adventure I plan for our family, I can plan a dozen simple ones, because my kids and my husband will love them just as much.

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Five Tips for Successful Family Date Nights

Earlier this year I put together a list of fun family activities that I hoped to use for family date night at least once a month. We haven't gone through many of our ideas yet, mostly because it's been cold and we've been trying to keep Emmy healthy and warm. Now that the weather is better and we're able to get out more, we've been doing something fun as a family at least once a week. I take the kids on an outing by myself at least once a week as well. No matter what we choose to do for family fun, going out with two young kids is always an adventure.

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Creating New Saturday Traditions + Recipe for Congo Bars

I had so many plans to get things done last Saturday but the perfect weather and my cute family made it hard to want to be a productive human being. I've been wanting to make these cookie bars for weeks but always convinced myself that I was too busy to take the time. I finally decided that Saturday would be the perfect time and that I could include Bensen in my fun. 

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How We're Working Together to Balance Life at Home with Life in the NICU

For me, the hardest part of having a preemie hasn't been the fact that she is in the NICU. The hardest thing for me those first few days was trying to find a good balance between life at home with Bensen, life in the hospital with Emmy, time with Joe and time spent taking care of myself. There were many tears shed and a lot of guilt while I tried to find that perfect schedule that would allow me to take care of each of the most important people in my life. It still takes a lot of planning and intentionality on a day to day basis to make things work, but for now, we've settled into a really good routine that works for everyone based on our current situation.

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Bucket List Date Night - Hike and a Picnic

At the beginning of this summer, I was really excited for this date night activity but as this pregnancy started to take more of a toll on my body, I was afraid that we weren't going to be able to complete it this year. I knew that hiking in the mountains was not going to be at all enjoyable for me, so I started researching easy, flat terrain hikes in my area. There are plenty of trails and paths to walk on, including a nature path near our home, but I was looking for something that felt like we were hiking in the mountains without being quite so strenuous on my pregnant self.

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