Tart Cherry Sleep Challenge Part 2 – The Results! (Plus a Giveaway!)

Tart chrryJuice pt2

Well 2 weeks zoomed by, and I’m back to report on the Tart Cherry Sleep Challenge. To recap, I committed to a 14-day sleep challenge.  Tart cherries have been shown to provide a natural source of melatonin. In a world where sleep issues are so prevalent and getting a good night’s rest has never been more important, a natural sleep aid sounds like a good choice to make. Turns out not only do tart cherries benefit sleep but there are several studies that show other benefits as well.  Read about them on choosecherries. For this challenge, I drank a glass of tart cherry juice twice a day, in the morning and before bed.  Both juice and a concentrate were available choices.  I started drinking the juice but within days, switched to using the concentrate. Why? The juice is much … [Read more...]

5 Tricks to Get Happy this Holiday Season

tips for happiness in the holidays

 Written by Alexis Sclamberg from Elevate Gen Y. How many times have you caught yourself saying “I’ll be happy when...”? Happiness can often feel like part of some distant dream life. But here’s the truth: science shows us that we can actually raise our happiness levels right now with small, simple tweaks in our daily routine. You don’t have to wait to have the perfect relationship, body, or job to get happy. Try the following 5 tricks, and you are guaranteed to feel happier -- immediately: 1. Give yourself a gift. The holidays are all about giving gifts to our families and friends, but how often do we give ourselves gifts? The key to giving yourself a gift is first considering what gives – or will give -- you joy. Is it baking cookies? Getting a massage? Going to the movies? The … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Kids Crafts

Thanksgiving Kids Crafts

What are you thankful for? Your friends, family and home, sure. How about some crafts to keep the little ones busy during this Thanksgiving holiday? You can certainly be thankful for that! Your little Indians and Pilgrims can create these kid's crafts just in time for Turkey Day! /1/ Handmade Turkey Leg Place Cards - Make sure everyone knows where their seat is on Thanksgiving with these quirky, paper turkey legs. /2/ Turkey Yourself - Add your precious little one's face to a handmade turkey. He'll get a kick out of seeing himself with feathers! /3/ Thanksgiving Place Mat - Does your house have a "kid's table"? While the grown-ups are adding the finishing touches to all of the dishes, keep the little ones busy with a place mat they can color and play games on. /4/ Extra … [Read more...]

Our 8 Favorite DIY Advent Calendars

advent calendars

Halloween is behind us and soon it will be time to start an official countdown to Christmas. Advent calendars are a tradition in our house. I love all the different ways you can create your own calendar. Would you like to make something you can re-use each year (unlike the cardboard ones you find at the store)?  I loved the ideas below and hope they will fill you with great ideas and inspiration. Check all these wonderful ways to celebrate the days of December and start your own family advent tradition!  She Knows - so easy to customize this calendar. Easy to follow tutorial. The Thinking Closet - Take a peek at this creative way to use your photos on the flip side of the numbers in this Advent calendar.  Love it! The Snowdrop and Company - I actually think you can find a way … [Read more...]

How to Make an Orange Pomander

orange pomander tutorial for kids

Remember when you were a kid and your teacher brought in the supplies for you and your classmates to make a beautiful Orange Pomander? The craft was simple but, FUN! And, do you remember the smell? Mmmm... Today I'll show you the simple basics on how to make your own orange {or any citrus, really} pomander to fill your home with the spicy clean aroma of Fall! You'll need: Oranges {or any citrus} Whole Cloves a Toothpick Ribbon {optional} Step one: Using a toothpick, poke holes where you would like to put your cloves. Trust me when I say, your fingertips will thank you. Step two: Continue poking holes and adding cloves. Step three: Just keep adding cloves until you feel you've achieved your ultimate design. You can fill the orange up with cloves, make a swirly design, add a … [Read more...]

13 Halloween Candy Alternatives

not candy treats for kids on halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and my kids are so excited! They see the decorations in the stores and around our neighborhood and keep asking if its time yet. I love taking them out trick or treating! It's also such a good time and they come back with bags loaded full of goodies. Its fun to get candy, but I always appreciate the person who puts the practical treat in the kid's bags. While I take the kids out door to door, my husband stays home and hands out our goodies, that aren't candy! Here are our top Halloween candy alternatives! The kids may not appreciate a toothbrush in their treat bags but, a gentle subliminal message won't hurt. And they get a fun pair of fangs, too! Bouncy Balls Whistles Raisins With a roll of white electrical tape and some sticky googly … [Read more...]