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How to Plan a Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party

The way you celebrate New Year’s Eve typically changes once you have kids. Your options get cut down quite a bit unless you’re planning on hiring a sitter for the night. Our oldest turned 5 this year, so you’d think we would have figured out some kid-friendly NYE traditions and activities by now, but sadly […]

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The Last Christmas

When I started writing for Jacksonville Moms Blog, my little people were 4 and 2 years old. Or, as I like to call it, “Prime Christmas Age.” PCA is the absolute perfect age where everything is magical this time of year. The smallest things — like the decorations on light poles in the parking lot […]

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All I Want for Christmas Is LESS

When I think about the reason for the season, Christmas always brings about happy feelings. I not only cherish my own childhood memories, but also current family experiences of sipping hot chocolate among the Christmas tree lights while listening to holiday music, our tradition of making an annual gingerbread house, and creating a mini snow […]

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Why I Celebrate Kwanzaa

I have fond memories of celebrating Kwanzaa as a child. We celebrated Kwanzaa because my mother thought the principles were important building blocks for promoting good stewardship while also emphasizing others and promoting character building immediately following the focus of  commercialization of the Christmas holiday. (Let’s be honest, the true meaning of Christmas is sometimes […]

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When Your Kid Starts to Doubt the Magic of Santa

I knew this day would come — the day my son would start questioning Santa’s authenticity. He’s 7 years old and in second grade. Someone in his class (who has older siblings) told him Santa was not real and that parents wrap and hide presents under the tree, not Santa. WHY would another child deliberately […]

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My Kids are Ruining the Holidays

Okay, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but haven’t we all been there at some point? You’ve searched Pinterest for the ultimate Christmas bucket list with activities that the entire season depends on. You’ve Googled the best gingerbread recipe and cute ways to decorate goodies for your kid’s classroom. Maybe you’ve even thought about making a […]

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Holiday-Themed Lunch Box Ideas

The holidays are all about traditions, and our family has lots of them! My absolute favorite is the “holiday lunch box surprises.” Throughout December, I add little holiday-themed treats to my son’s lunch box. I love hearing what his classmates say when he finds them. I work full time and also have a toddler, so […]

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4th Annual Kindness Calendar for Kids

Since 2015, we have created a printable download for the month of December that we call our Kindness Calendar for Kids. We are pleased to bring you an updated calendar for 2018, complete with more resources on how to give. Each day, there is a suggestion for a random act of kindness that even your […]

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Easy Holiday Appetizers for the Busy Mom

‘Tis the season for preparing great food and maybe hosting a holiday gathering or party with family and friends. Being busy moms, we definitely need a game plan on how to tackle such events without becoming overwhelmed — one that allows us to enjoy the festivities, too. Sometimes I get tired of the same old, […]

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True Life: My Husband Is a Grinch

When it comes to the holidays, my husband and I are basically a mix of Buddy the Elf and the Grinch. I start getting excited about Christmas pretty much as soon as the Halloween madness ends. I love the decorations, the music, the holiday spirit, and all of the festivities that come along with Thanksgiving […]

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