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3 Tips to Calm the Holiday Chaos this Year

This post is sponsored by Red Baron but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Boy Eating Pizza near Christmas Tree

Calm the Holiday Chaos

The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone but they are especially busy for us moms who have to prepare our homes for family and guests, shop for presents, and maintain traditions, on top of our everyday busy schedules.  Luckily throughout the years, I have picked up a few tips to save time while keeping everyone happy.

3 Tips for Keeping the Holiday Stress-Free

Make the Lists and Check Them Twice

The quickest way to get overwhelmed and stressed out this holiday season is to go in it without a plan and unorganized.  Take several hours now that the kids are back in school and make all your lists.  A gift list, a Christmas card list, a grocery list if you are hosting a holiday party or dinner, and so on depending on what your holiday plans look like.  I make all the lists!  I even have a list of cleaning to be done over the next month, fun things to do, etc. having everything out of my head and able to be crossed off instantly makes my brainless stressed.

Supreme pizza

Give Yourself a Break with Family Pizza Night!

Find time to relax and take in the beauty of the holiday season.  The one way I find time during the holidays is to streamline our weeknight meals.  I like easy and delicious options that I can count on and Red Barron pizza is my go-to!

Boy eating Pizza for Pizza Night

Pizza Party with Red baron Pizza

At the end of a busy workday, the kids come home from school hungry with backpacks full of homework.  Then there are letters to be mailed to Santa, shopping to do, and of course the holiday fun.  So having easy dinner options on hand that my family loves is imperative!  I always keep a Red Baron Classic Crust Cheese Pizza and a Classic Crust Supreme Pizza in the freezer to helps me calm the mealtime chaos and keep everyone’s belly happy.

Red Baron Pizza

Create Fun and Easy Traditions

Some people enjoy making entire gingerbread houses from scratch, that’s not me.  So I go for the boxed version and enjoy sneaking candy from my kid’s dishes as they decorate.  This is a tradition for us, but it entails little cleanup and no stress on my part.  

Movie nights are another stress-free tradition that we adore.  There is nothing better than cuddling up with the kids and some hot chocolate to watch a holiday movie with the Christmas tree lit up in the background.  

Baking my grandmothers cookie recipe is a tradition I look forward every holiday season, granted it creates quite a mess to clean up but it is still something I absolutely love.  

Choose the traditions you love and get rid of the ones that overwhelm you and stress you out!

Tree with Candy Canes for Stress Free Holiday

How do you calm the crazy and stay festive during the holidays?



Holiday Gift Guide – Top Gift Ideas for Teen Boys

Blast! product for this post has been provided by AtGames and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Gift Ideas for Teen Boys

Do you have a teen boy on your holiday shopping list this year?  I have several, both my son and my Godson are at the top of my gift list and they have officially hit the teenage years.  Gone are the days of strolling the toy aisle for superheroes and toy cars, now I’m hitting the electronics section and their favorite clothing stores to bring that special smile on Christmas morning.  Teenage boys can be difficult to buy for, but with these gift ideas for teen boys, you’re sure to bring the gift opening excitement!

Top Gifts for Teen Boys

Blast! Video Game: Give the gift of classic arcade games this holiday season the Blast!.  The Blast! product family is a low-cost, high-performance, curated game playing experience everyone can enjoy. featuring the best classic games, It offers big fun from a small HDMI dongle. Blast! allows its player to save, load and rewind games at their leisure to resume gameplay with ease.

AtGames Blast Video Game

Fitbit: Track all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes;Find moments of calm throughout your day with personalized guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate, Like all heart rate tracking technologies, accuracy is affected by physiology, location of device, and different movements.

Coding Robot: A pocket-sized, basic bot for building early STEAM skills (Beginner coding)

Bluetooth Beanie: A Wireless Bluetooth Knit Hat with Stereo Speakers & Microphone!

Drone: Holy Stone Drone with 720P HD Camera for live video 120° Wide-Angle WiFi Quadcopter with Altitude Hold Headless Mode 3D Flips.

GoPro: With its stunning 4K video, one-button simplicity and voice control, HERO5 Session may be the ultimate combination of performance and small size. Liquid-smooth image stabilization, waterproof design, and go-anywhere durability help capture life as you live it.

3D Drawing Pen: MIIW 3D Pen Printing Drawing Doodler Pen for Mess-Free Fun and Creativity. Non-Toxic with PCL Filament!

Nike Fleece Sweatshirt: Keep your teen stylish with this NIKE sweatshirt in his favorite color!

Bluetooth Earbuds: These headphones are perfect on the go or while working out. They are snug and secure so the headphones stay put while running, biking or at the gym.

Mini Flying Drone Helicopter: This Suspension Flying Ball is motion-sensitive when it detects the object underneath or nearby and will move away intelligently.

Nike Sneakers: The holidays are the perfect time to freshen up his style with some new sneakers.  These NIKE shoes are a favorite of the teens in my family.

LEGO Car Building Kit: LEGO Brick sets are fun for all ages!  This set lets you build a fast car with a powerful pull-back motor and an engine that pops out on impact.

Wallet iPhone Case: Take pictures, make calls & charge your iPhone while it’s still protected and this case holds ID and Cards without the bulkiness.

LEGO NYC Architecture Set: Have a master builder on your list? This LEGO set is perfect. Build a detailed model of the New York City Skyline, including the Statue of Liberty!

“I Paused My Game to Be Here” T-Shirt: This is the perfect shirt for all the teens I know!  Give this to any gamer as a no-fail holiday gift!

Spikeball Ball Game: This game was on SharkTank! Spikeball is a fun, active, and competitive 2 on 2 game played with rules kind of like volleyball.

Jack Black Skincare Kit: Keep his skin looking fresh and smooth with this awesome skincare kit!  This is a full skincare regimen in TSA-approved sizes to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and protect.

Gifts for teen boys

Easy Christmas Craft Idea Santa’s Binoculars

Santa Binoculars Christmas Craft

Santa Binoculars Easy Christmas Craft

This Santa Binoculars craft is perfect for the upcoming Christmas holiday! Your little one will love using them to “spy” Santa!

We all know that Santa sees you when you’re sleeping, so this fun craft is only fair so that your little one can now try and see him! Think how much fun your child will have creating these Santa binoculars from start to finish and then using them to look up at the sky! Will they spy Santa and his reindeer? I don’t know, but it’s sure a cute sight to see.

Not only is this craft really fun, but it’s also crazy simple too. All it takes is a few items, and you and your child are well on your way creating this fun craft.

Add this fun craft to any holiday event! It’s especially fun if you can invite over some of their friends and let them all create together. Throw in a few cookies to decorate and you’ve got yourself a real holiday party!

Make certain that you help your child out with this craft as there are some parts that need a bit of parental assistance!

Boy using Santa Binoculars Christmas Craft

Start the spirit of Christmas early with this adorable craft!

What’s Needed to Make Santa’s Binoculars

2 Empty TP Holders
Red Felt
Gold Scrapbook Paper
White Faux Fur
Black Tape (I used Gorilla)
Ribbon or String
Hot Glue Gun

Santa Binoculars Christmas Craft Supplies

Directions to Make Santa’s Binoculars Christmas Craft

Cut 2 rectangles the width of your tp rolls and make sure the length covers the entire roll as well. Wrap each piece around the holders then glue.

Santa Binoculars Christmas Craft Step 1

Place both toilet paper holders together and wrap the end with the black tape. This will hold the binoculars in place.

Santa Binoculars Christmas Craft Step 2Cut a small square out of the gold paper and glue on to the middle of the black tape.

Santa Binoculars Christmas Craft Step 3

Wrap the faux fur around the end of the binoculars and cut to size, then glue on.

Santa Binoculars Christmas Craft Step 4

Cut the ribbon/string to the desired length needed. Glue each end to the inside of the toilet paper holders or between the felt and tp holder.

Take outside and look for Santa!! Have Fun!

Easy Christmas Craft Binoculars


Grinch Crinkle Christmas Cookies Recipe

Crinkle Christmas Cookies

Grinch Themed Christmas Cookies Recipe

If you are a fan of everything Christmas and the Grinch, these Grinch Crinkle Christmas Cookies need to be on your radar. No one can be cranky when these cookies are around!

We may not quite be in the Christmas holiday time just yet…but we’re close enough and in my mind, it’s time. I love being able to create festive cookies that showcase fun characters from the various holidays. One of my favorite cranky creatures just happens to be the Grinch. These Grinch Crinkle Cookies are the perfect way to turn any frown upside down.

Once you say the name of these cookies, it brings a smile to everyone’s face. No one…and I mean no one, can deny how adorable the Grinch truly is. Steal Christmas? Please. If you’ve ever seen the movie or read the book you know that his bark is way worse than his bite! 

Start of the Christmas season right with this fun and festive Grinch cookies. The recipe is simple to make and the good news is that it makes more than enough to share with those friends and family members that you love. Doesn’t everyone want a piping hot Grinch Crinkle Cookie straight from the oven? I know I do! 

Crinkle Grinch Colored Christmas Cookies

Ingredients for Crinkle Christmas Cookies

1 box of White cake mix
1/3 C vegetable oil
2 large eggs
Red, and leaf green gel food coloring
1 container of white sanding sugar

Instructions to Make Crinkle Christmas Cookies

Preheat oven at 350º F.

Using a standing mixer, combine cake mix, vegetable oil, and 2 eggs until combined.

Divide the batter into two separate bowls.

Mix red food coloring into one bowl

Mix green food coloring into the second bowl

Christmas Cookie Dough

Take about 2 tbsp of the red color of dough and 1 tbsp of the green dough and form into small sized balls.

Christmas Cookie Dough Ball

Pour the sanding sugar into a bowl

Roll cookie dough into the sanding sugar

Crinkle Christmas Cookie Dough for baking

Place cookie dough balls about 2 inches apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Lightly push each cookie dough ball down so that it becomes a thick but flat disk.

Bake for 7 to 8 minutes.

Allow cookies to completely cool before Enjoying!

Grinch Crinkle Christmas Cookie

Witches Broom Pretzels Recipe – Halloween Treat

Witches Broom Pretzels

Witches Broom Pretzels

These simple and easy Witches Broom Pretzels are the perfect way to get in the spooky Halloween spirit! Kick off the Halloween season with these fun treats today!

I love easy recipes. I just do. They’re great to have on hand when you want to make something creative but you just don’t have the time to devote to an hour long (or more!) project.

I also love when I can find a recipe that my kids can help with. There’s just something about being together in the kitchen that allows for the creativity to flow. It’s a time when we can bond together, work together and create together and as a busy mom, I cherish those moments.

This is why I love this Witch Broom recipe so much. With just a few simple ingredients and mere moments of time, these adorable treats are done and ready to be enjoyed.

They are perfect for a fun after-school snack or even for a school party as well. All I know is that when I make them, I fall in love with the ease and taste of them over and over again.

Give yourself a break this Halloween season and give this simple Witch Broom recipe a try!

Witches Broom Pretzels Ideas

Ingredients to Make Witches Broom Pretzels:

3/4 C Mini pretzel sticks
½ C chocolate chips

Witches Broom Pretzels Ingredients

How to Make These Halloween Snacks:

Line a baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper.

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 20-second increments, mixing after each, until smooth.

Add to a piping bag with a writing tip or simply use a plastic sandwich bag and snip a small edge off.

To make sure chocolate will stick to the brooms, add a small dot of chocolate to the paper then add the end of the pretzel stick on top to secure.

Halloween Witches Broom Pretzels

Start squeezing the bag in a back-and-forth motion at the end of the pretzel stick, forming the straw/bristles of the broom.  Then decorate your bristles with your favorite Halloween colored sprinkles.

Witches Broom Pretzels Halloween Snack

Place in freezer for 5 minutes or refrigerator for 15, or until firm.

Serve to your favorite goblins.

Halloween Witches Broom Pretzels Recipe Idea

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