Blue Moon Party

Blue Moon Party

Host your own blue moon party to celebrate this lunar event! Easy treats, decorations, and activities will make this a celebration to remember!

Host your own blue moon party to celebrate this lunar event! Easy treats, decorations, and activities will make this a celebration to remember! 

First, what’s a blue moon? The second full moon in a calendar month.

Blue moon party treats!

Whether you choose to add craters or not, blue cupcakes are always fun.

Host your own blue moon party to celebrate this lunar event! Easy treats, decorations, and activities will make this a celebration to remember! 

If you’re looking for more blue snacks, try Blue Raspberry Pop Rocks, blue gummy bears, Colorsplash Lollipops, or grab this awesome blue candy buffet kit!

Blue activities

Silly string or a ball game (your choice – just keep it blue) are fun ways to celebrate.

Host your own blue moon party to celebrate this lunar event! Easy treats, decorations, and activities will make this a celebration to remember! 

You could also try blue painting, make silly blue hats, crater toss (like a beanbag toss but call them craters), make your own Twister using different shades of blue, or use your imagination to create your own activities.

Start a new tradition – plant some seeds

Some gardeners believe that planting on a blue moon will helps to grow stronger plants.

Host your own blue moon party to celebrate this lunar event! Easy treats, decorations, and activities will make this a celebration to remember! 

Grab some pots, paint them blue, then plant your seeds as part of your blue moon party! You can even continue the theme into the seeds you plant – try blue flowers!

Blue moon party decor

Get some blue paper lanterns, paper pompoms, garlands, or whatever fits the space you’re holding your party.

Host your own blue moon party to celebrate this lunar event! Easy treats, decorations, and activities will make this a celebration to remember! 

What ideas do you have for a blue moon party? Please share below!

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Host your own blue moon party to celebrate this lunar event! Easy treats, decorations, and activities will make this a celebration to remember! 

10 Things to Consider when Shopping for a Vehicle

10 Things to Consider when Shopping for a Vehicle

When shopping for a vehicle, you want to be sure you end up with something you’ll be happy with, whether it’s a car, a truck, or an SUV. Here are some things to think about when starting your search.

When shopping for a vehicle, you want to be sure you end up with something you’ll be happy with, whether it's a car, a truck, or an SUV. Here are 10 things to think about when starting your search.

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Shopping for a vehicle

How many people will you be driving around?
Sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s something worth thinking about. Do you have a growing family? Is this a vehicle that will only drive around one or two people?

Internal space and leg room
You definitely want to be comfortable, but consider your passengers too. Maybe you’ll be driving your work carpool or you have kids with growing legs.

Cargo
What will you take along most days? Whether it’s soccer gear or musical instruments, you want to be sure you have an appropriate cargo area to get it there.

Climate
Will you be driving this vehicle where it’s really hot? Might want air conditioning. Really cold? Might need to verify the vehicle can be equipped with appropriate warmers and plug-ins.

Safety
No matter who you’re driving around, you definitely want to check out a vehicle’s safety ratings. Cars.com is a great resource for finding and comparing safety and comfort information.

When shopping for a vehicle, you want to be sure you end up with something you’ll be happy with, whether it's a car, a truck, or an SUV. Here are 10 things to think about when starting your search.

Technology compatible
What personal devices are you planning to take along? See if everything will work together to avoid unexpected expenses.

Gas mileage
Depending on what you’re choosing your new vehicle for, this could have a pretty big range. If you’re looking at a commuter vehicle, you’ll probably want something that gets great mileage. If you’re looking for a vehicle to tow a trailer, this may or may not be as high on your list.

Terrain
Will you be driving off road or on perfectly paved streets? For how long? Consider the suspension, seat comfort, and even the size of the gas tank.

Back seat comfort
There are a few things to consider in the back seat besides space as listed above. In some vehicles, the middle back seat is raised, which some people find really uncomfortable. Also, a raised seat can make some child car seats bounce around.

Are there vents in the backseat? Sounds silly but if you’re prone to getting carsick, air flow can be a really big deal.

Getting in and out
Yes, getting in and out of your vehicle matters. If you’ve ever tried to get in a vehicle that just feels really awkward to you, it wouldn’t hurt to think twice. Sometimes we just need to get used to something new, but other times it might be good to look for a vehicle that’s a better ergonomic fit for you. Consider how high or low the seat is, whether there’s a bar to grab on to, or a step bar for taller vehicles. This can be especially important if you or someone you’ll be driving around is older or has physical limitations that will make it harder for them.

Think about what kind of clothes you wear a lot. It might not matter a lot, but if you’re a woman who loves pencil skirts, it could make a difference.

Will you be the only one driving the vehicle? Consider whether driver seat position memory might be for you.

When shopping for a vehicle, you want to be sure you end up with something you’ll be happy with, whether it's a car, a truck, or an SUV. Here are 10 things to think about when starting your search.

Hold out for what you really want!
Do some research ahead of time so you know which things are most important to you. Buying a new car is such an exciting time and you definitely want to be thrilled with your purchase.

What do you consider when shopping for a vehicle?


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Free 2017 Kids Journal Pages

Free 2017 Kids Journal Pages

Remember your favorite moments of 2017 with free 2017 kids journal pages! It’s so easy with these fill-in-the-blank pages. Kids grow so fast- it’s fun to look back, see the changes, and relish the memories.

Remember your favorite moments of 2017 with free 2017 kids journal pages! It's so easy with these fill-in-the-blank pages.

Remember your favorite moments of 2017 with free 2017 kids journal pages! It's so easy with these fill-in-the-blank pages.
Remember your favorite moments of 2017 with free 2017 kids journal pages! It's so easy with these fill-in-the-blank pages.
Remember your favorite moments of 2017 with free 2017 kids journal pages! It's so easy with these fill-in-the-blank pages.

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We started this tradition a few years back and our house and it’s been SO fun to look back and see how things have changed!

Remember your favorite moments of 2017 with free 2017 kids journal pages! It's so easy with these fill-in-the-blank pages.

Create a book and add to it each year.

1. Get your journal pages below.

2. Print, color, and fill out.
I like to have my kids use these colored pencils for the coloring because they create a consistent color and don’t have those little hard spots that can damage paper like some of the kid brands.

3. Grab a binder and sheet protectors (I like THESE heavy duty ones).

4. Add your pages each year and enjoy!

If you love your pages as much as I do, scan the finished pages then save and email to yourself in case anything happens to the originals!

Get your journal pages

Remember your favorite moments of 2017 with free 2017 kids journal pages! It's so easy with these fill-in-the-blank pages.

Remember your favorite moments of 2017 with free 2017 kids journal pages! It's so easy with these fill-in-the-blank pages.

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40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful

40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful

Holiday traditions can bring a family even closer together. Here are 40 Christmas traditions that will cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.

40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.

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40 Christmas Traditions

40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.
40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.
40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.
40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.
40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.
40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.
40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.
  1. Attend a holiday event
  2. Go on a holiday lights tour
    40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.
  3. Show gratitude
    Start a specific tradition or rotate through various ways of remembering that you’re grateful for
  4. Find someone to serve
  5. Do an advent calendar
  6. Fill a Manger with the straw by doing good deeds
    Starting December 1st, put an empty manger in your home. Each week, write down each family member’s name on strips of paper and put them in a bowl. Have each person draw out a name and do good deeds for that person throughout the week. For each good deed, they can put one piece of straw in the manger. On Christmas Eve, add Baby Jesus to the manger.
  7. Go Christmas Caroling
  8. Write a thank you letter to Santa and others who’ve given gifts
  9. Choose a child to do a secret Santa for and let your kids help
  10. Do the 12 days of Christmas for someone
  11. Visit a care center
  12. Write letters to Santa
    40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.
  13. Clean out toy boxes before the holidays and find toys to donate to those less fortunate
  14. Take time to remember Christmases of the past
  15. Christmas Eve, read ’Twas the Night Before Christmas or the Christmas story from the Bible
  16. Take gifts to nearby homeless shelters or other places for people in need.
  17. Have a Polar Express Party
  18. On a night leading up to Christmas, have a family slumber party by the Christmas tree
  19. Make or buy an ornament for each person relating to something significant that happened during the year
    For example, a graduation ornament, basketball ornament, or dance ornament.
  20. Christmas Eve Pajamas
    40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.
    Each child gets to open one present Christmas Eve- pajamas! Everyone can sleep in their new pj’s to building excitement for the morning.
  21. Pickle ornament
    There are various versions of how and where this tradition started (the US or Germany), but a pickle ornament is placed on the tree late Christmas Eve. The first person to spot the pickle Christmas morning gets an extra present! Need a pickle ornament? Check these out!
  22. Christmas book countdown
    Gather 24 Christmas books (they don’t have to be new ones). Put them in a basket, even wrap them for more fun. Each day, choose a book and read it together as a family.
  23. Make an old fashioned paper chain
  24. Get a living pine tree to use as a Christmas tree in your house. After the holidays, take it outside and plant it.
  25. Spiderweb Ornament
    Follow the Ukraine tradition of putting a spiderweb on your tree. This is based on a legend of a poor widow who didn’t have decorations for her tree. She wanted it to be beautiful for her children but didn’t have any resources to make it happen. Spiders saw her sorrow and worked all night to spin webs to decorate the tree for her. People now put spiderweb ornaments on the tree to remind them to be grateful for the things they have. You can find spiderweb ornaments here.
  26. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  27. Throw a Grinch party. NO gifts, no singing, watch Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (or not), no holiday food, no tree lights.
  28. Have a Christmas cookie baking day
    40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.
  29. Plan a Christmas movie night
  30. Gingerbread houses
    It doesn’t have to be houses. One year we had a gingerbread fire truck!
    Homemade gingerbread is always nice but if you’re pressed for time, you can find a kit here, or even a gingerbread ninja kit here.
  31. Build a fort where the kids can stay together Christmas Eve night
  32. Sticky buns for Christmas morning breakfast
    I love this tradition because the sticky buns are started Christmas Eve night, then left to rise overnight. In the morning, the only thing to do is bake them and you’ll have a nice, sit-down Christmas breakfast with minimal effort.
  33. Read the book Santa Mouse, by Michael Brown and Elfrieda De Witt
    Santa Mouse is out of print but copies are available here. Read the book before Christmas, then hide a little present in the branches of the tree on Christmas Eve. Don’t forget the yellow ribbon!
  34. Christmas tablecloth
    Each year, bring out the craft paint and markers and let each person draw something on the tablecloth. Add more each year and share the memories from the past.
  35. Make a holiday memory book
    Each year, add another page or two with your favorite Christmas memories from that year. This cute kit could get you started!
  36. Set a Christmas goal for next year
    Write down something you want to do better at and put it in your stocking. Pack it up with decorations for the year, then pull it out a year later to see how you did.
  37. Go on a Christmas scavenger hunt
  38. Make a time capsule and seal it up
    Plan to open in a certain number of years.
  39. Write letters to family members telling them how much they mean to you.
  40. Put up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving.
    It could be a different day, but make it a tradition to decorate a certain day. Everyone can look forward to it!

What would you add to these 40 Christmas traditions?

Please share in the comments!

40 Christmas traditions to make the holidays more meaningful. They’ll cost you very little or nothing at all, but will help make the holidays special with memories that will last a lifetime.

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Under the sea at SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium

Under the sea at SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium in Layton, Utah. It was a unique and fabulous experience- I can’t wait to go back!

SeaQuest has generously offered my readers a 25% discount code for daily admission tickets if you purchase online. Learn how to redeem below!

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I’ve been to a few big aquariums and thoroughly enjoyed them, but my experience at SeaQuest was one that really stands out.

When I first heard SeaQuest is an interactive aquarium, I wasn’t sure what that would actually mean. I was surprised to learn that people are encouraged to interact with a variety of animals. Feed the birds and fish, touch a starfish, swim with the manta rays- it’s such a unique and fun environment!

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Each room at SeaQuest has a different theme, creating an exotic adventure with stops in the Amazon Rainforest, Shark Lagoon, Pirate Ship, and more. The design and layout of the aquarium are fabulous! I was really impressed by the details and atmosphere of the entire facility. There are photo spots everywhere you look.

Highlights of my visit to SeaQuest

Feeding the Stingrays

I was really surprised to find out we could actually feed the stingrays! How amazing to have these animals eat right out of my fingers!

Ultraviolet Fish

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This is one of my favorite spots! It was so fun to see the reactions of kids in this area- it’s truly magical! So many glowing fish!

Fish Pedicures

I was so excited to try this! There were still a few nerves because I’ve never let fish have a go at my feet before, but it turns out I didn’t need to be worried at all.

The fish in the tanks are doctor fish, toothless feeders that suck the dead skin cells off your feet. It was a really different feeling- maybe a cross between soaking your feet in soda or, as they described it, pop rocks on your feet.

I loved that Dianne took the time to teach us about the fish and answer our questions about them. It was so interesting and a great final touch to the whole experience.

I would love to do this again!

Details I love

Benches!

There are numerous places to sit down, which isn’t often the case in places like this. A spot to rest or watch the fish is such a practical and friendly feature.

Charging Station

A wonderful spot to sit and rest- and charge! When your batteries are low from all those awesome photos, you can take a break while you charge up for more.

Gift Shop

I love the SeaQuest Gift Shop! It’s wonderful! It’s full of fun gifts, toys, and fun! The best part was the price.

I love the SeaQuest Gift Shop! It’s wonderful! It’s full of unique gifts, toys, and fun! The best part was the price. (Yes, you read that right!) Most gift shops are crazy expensive but the prices at SeaQuest are pleasantly affordable.

Washing Stations

Since this is an interactive aquarium and there are animals to handle, there are also washing stations in EVERY room.

Awesome Staff

I was really impressed by the staff at SeaQuest! They’re all so friendly, knowledgeable, and went out of their way to help the patrons. They turned a fabulous facility into a very memorable experience.

Even more!

Visit a mermaid

Events

SeaQuest would be such a fun place to host an event! There’s an Event Room which would be really fun for a hosting birthday party, corporate event, reunion, and more.

SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium, Event Room

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Snorkel with the Stingrays

I definitely want to experience this! I watched others snorkeling and it looked amazing!

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There are so many things to experience, I can’t fit them all in one post. I loved my visit to SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium and I’ll be going back soon! Follow me to be sure you don’t miss upcoming posts and learn about more features of this destination!

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11 Ways YOU Can Cause Chaos and Stress

11 Ways YOU Can Cause Chaos and Stress

If your family seems a little too happy and peaceful, turn things around fast by trying these ideas for adding stress and chaos to your day!

1.  Yell and nag at your family when you’re running late.  Think they should be moving faster?  Holler at them.  This will cause extra stress (especially when your daughter proceeds to lock herself in the bathroom to cry) and slow everything down, cascading in extra chaos all around the house.

2.  Say, “I told you so!”  Obviously the person already knows this and they likely feel bad and/or dumb about it.  Try rubbing it in to add some stress to both of your days.

3.  Tell your kids you’re making a phone call and need them to be quiet, then pick up the phone.  Your children’s evil twins will emerge and drive things to the brink of insanity in no time.

4.  Criticize someone in front of others.  Help that special person know they did something wrong by shaming them in front of your in-laws, neighbors or kids.  Stress levels are guaranteed to rise!

5.  Having an argument?  Bring up all the past mistakes the other person has made.  Take things from bad to ten times worse.

6.  Refuse to apologize.  After all, if you hadn’t been pushed so unreasonably, you never would’ve snapped in the first place.

7.  Say YES when anyone asks you to do anything and everything.  After all, you don’t need sleep.

8.  Hide the toilet paper.

9.  Interrupt people when they’re talking.  They really should be listening to you in the first place.

10.  Insist everyone recognize that your way is The Right Way.  You already know this, of course, but shouldn’t the world acknowledge such an accomplishment.

11.  Get upset when people don’t read your mind correctly.  You DID put the vibes out there!

There.  Wasn’t that easy?

Extra stress not your thing?

Don’t follow the list!  Be nice, apologize, and help everyone get along!   Be a positive force in your homes and lives to bring out the best in everyone!