Give the Gift of an Experience

Too often our kids are given items that get thrown to the side after a few minutes of play. Christmas gifts are the ultimate victims of this act. Your child can receive thirty new toys for Christmas, what is a child to do with so many new items? Throw them in a pile and move […]

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Santa Appearances & Holiday Events in Columbus, GA

Regular Santa Appearances The Landings: 12/1, 12/7, 12/8, 12/14, 12/15, 12/30 5PM-8PM Country Christmas Nights at The Rock Ranch December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 Callaway Gardens/Fantasy in Lights: Every evening Hollywood Connection: Thursdays 3PM-6PM Fridays 3PM-6PM Saturdays 12PM-6PM Sundays 3PM-6PM Peachtree Mall: Regular Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12PM-8PM Sunday: 12PM […]

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Holiday Shopping Tips

Checking newspapers, flyers and emails for holiday savings can turn into a chore. When shopping this holiday season, don’t let the deals and steals overwhelm you. Use these tips to save while keeping a level head:   Get a head start on planning.  Websites such as BFads.net post-Black Friday flyers way before Thanksgiving. They also offer […]

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Do I want an Elf in My House?

Elves are appearing in homes all over America. Your child wakes up, rubs their tired eyes and is greeted by a mischievous elf who toilet papered their bedroom! Hilarious, right? Last holiday season I toiled with the idea of Scout the Elf for my then 2-year-old, but decided he wasn’t old enough. This year, he’s all […]

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Do I want a real Christmas tree?

It’s that time of the year again!  Christmas tree extravaganza! What kind of tree will you choose this year?  Real or artificial?  Real trees come with upkeep but have a certain nostalgia to them.  Will it be a Blue Spruce or Fir this Christmas?  Artificial trees have no maintenance and can be set up within minutes.  Artistry can […]

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No Bake Thanksgiving Desserts

Banana Cream Pie with Vanilla Wafer Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups Nilla Wafer Crumbs (grind the cookies in a blender) 1/3 Cup Sugar 4 Tablespoons of Butter, melted 1 3.4 ounce of Banana Cream Instant Pudding 1 Cup of Milk 4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened 1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 1/2 Cups Fresh Whipped Cream* […]

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Hoo’s Picks for Halloween Dinners

Yummy Mummy Calzone Ingredients:  2 loaves (1 pound each) frozen bread dough, thawed 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup pizza sauce 50 slices pepperoni 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 pitted ripe olive, sliced and cut in half Directions:  Roll out each piece of dough into a rounded […]

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10 Things That Make Me Cringe around Halloween

Since becoming a Mom, Halloween has taken on a completely new role for me. Now, instead of “pinning” the most gruesome makeup I can find for a Hallows Eve out, I plan for months the tricks and treats to make my kiddos’ Halloween memorable.  I wouldn’t change it for the world, but each Halloween, these […]

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Mini Mummy Pinata

Supplies toilet paper tube googly eyes white crepe paper streamer double-sided tape scrapbook paper baker’s twine small toys and candy Directions Apply a strip of double-sided tape to the edge of tube and use to secure a piece of the streamer in place. Gather a few small toys & candy pieces to fit in the […]

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Hoo’s Picks for Fall Crafts

Yard Monsters  Supplies: FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam: Discs White and black knit fabric Hot Glue Gun Scissors Directions: I used all different sizes of foam discs…they have big to small! Just lay out in the fabric and cut around. Then hot glue the edges around. Knit works the best because you can pull and […]

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