10 DIY Christmas Ornaments You Can Make with Your Kids

Do you smell that? Mmmm...that's the smell of fresh baked sugar cookies and gingerbread men coming out of the oven. Do you see that? Wow! I can see twinkling lights and stockings hung by the fire. I'm daydreaming, of course, but it's Christmastime!! It's time to pull out the totes of Christmas decorations. It's time to dig through our favorite cookbooks and find those yummy recipes we make year after year. It's time to make memories with our kids and make some new Christmas ornaments for the tree. Today I've got ten DIY ornaments you can make with your kids. They're easy enough for all ages. So, pick your favorites, make a list, head out to the craft store and pick up the supplies needed to have an afternoon of ornament making. {You may already have the supplies in your craft closet if … [Read more...]

Why I Still Send Holiday Cards by Snail Mail – And You Should Too!

(Affiliate) Blissfully Domestic uses affiliate links in some of our content including this post. Holiday Cards: It’s that time of year again! Right after Thanksgiving, my kids and I feel the excitement of opening up our mailbox again! Who will we get a card from? How much have their kids grown? Who looks different? What exciting news will we hear?  Wow, one card more original than the other! We appreciate all of them so much that we even put them on display and look at them all the time. At the end of the season, we have a hard time bringing them down! With so much technology, this is the one tradition that I will not give up! My computer and phone are flooded with emails, texts and more all day long. The old-fashioned mailbox is often filled with junk mail and bills. But in … [Read more...]

Sparkling Wine Types for Holiday Entertaining

The holidays are here and it's time to break open the sparkling wine!  Celebrating this time of year with family and friend's is one of life's joys.  But what exactly should you serve your guests when you are entertaining at home?  Walking into a wine store and trying to figure out which bottle of sparkling wine to choose can be overwhelming. Luckily, hosts have many options when it comes to what to pour for their guests. Champagne? Prosecco? Cava? Sparkling wine? Maybe Moscato d'Asti?  Here I am going to give you a brief lesson in Sparkling Wine 101 and some of the fabulous choices: Champagne Only sparkling wine made in Champagne, France, using the Traditional Method, is allowed to be called Champagne. These wines undergo a second fermentation, in the bottle, which is called … [Read more...]

5 Things you can do to make this your most Organized Holiday ever!

This is a follow up to our popular Organized Thanksgiving Post. Preparing ahead of time allows you to slow down & enjoy the busy holiday season. Let us help you navigate through the next few hectic weeks… Update the family calendar for the next two months. Add all dates to your family calendar necessary over the next two months: Class Parties School Concerts Church Services / Pageants Family Gatherings Birthdays Anniversaries Holiday Parties Office Gatherings This is absolutely crucial to maintaining any sense of order at all during the holidays. Be sure sit down to dinner with your family soon so that you can go over these dates and double-check that you haven’t forgotten about anyone’s particular event. It’s also crucial to maintain only ONE … [Read more...]

Good Manners for the Holidays in Four Easy Steps (Prep your kids with games that ACTUALLY work)

‘Tis the season for giving, being grateful and holiday gatherings. Are your kids ready? Does your child know how to accept a gift gracefully? How to be a great host or guest? Write a kind thank-you note? Or do you sometimes feel as if you go to a family gathering with your fingers crossed – “Please let my child behave today”? We all have those moments when our children embarrass us by not behaving properly. The possibilities of what can happen at a holiday gathering are endless! The best way to try to relax and enjoy the festivities is to offer your kids a pre-holiday refresher 101 course on being a good host and guest. Don’t fear. Help is here! Prep your kids with these four game-changing rules to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Play these simple games to equip your kids … [Read more...]

8 Great Gifts for the Photographer!

Last month we featured some Great Digital Gifts & given its popularity we thought it would be fun to feature some specific gifts for your favorite photographer. I’ve chosen 5 new gifts for this post that are unique as well as practical and would definitely be a welcome gift for an upcoming birthday, holiday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any other special day coming up, enjoy!   This cute Camera Tumbler would be a great gift for your favorite photographer! It holds 12 ounces of their favorite hot or cold beverage & it looks like a real DSLR Lens. There is a sliding open/close feature on top & it has a stainless steel interior, super fun!   Last Christmas my Father purchased a Drone & we had a blast playing with it up at our Family Farm in Michigan. There are … [Read more...]