Aug
   03

 

The traditional way to decorate for Christmas is with a full, thick tree. However, when space is limited, getting a huge tree is not always feasible. Don’t worry! Even if your space is small, you can still have beautiful holiday displays in the form of slim Christmas trees.

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The Ticonderoga Pencil Tree


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  Jul
   30

 

Summer Road Trip with the Kids (3)

Road tripping with my husband and four kiddos is the story of my summer. Driving allows us to travel the US without incurring the expensive of air travel. At the moment, we’re on the first part of a road trip that’s taking us from our home in Hillsdale, MI to Billings, MT. Our first stop was the beach in Holland, MI.

A summer road trip with the kids is a great opportunity to see the sights and spend quality time with the family, but being on the road for long periods of time can test everybody’s patience, especially the kids’. Let the driving be a part of the experience, and not just something you endure! Here are some tips on how to have an enjoyable summer road trip with the kids and keep it memorable — in the best way!

Listen to audio books

Audio books are your new best friends in keeping the kids entertained in a fun, educational way. Arm yourself with a handful of children’s audio books that are appropriate for all ages. Some of our favorites include The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, A. A. Milne’s Pooh Classics, and anything narrated by Jim Weiss, such as King Arthur and His Knights. Also, this post from Dinner: a Love Story has awesome selections perfect for kids and parents alike!
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  Jul
   21

 

Potted trees offer convenient ways to raise your curbside appeal, although displaying them can be a bit tricky if you’re not quite sure what to do. Luckily, basic design principles can help you make your potted trees work in your favor. From adding foliage to changing out your planters, your potted trees can make your garden or entryway look warmer and more welcoming. Here’s a how-to on effectively displaying your potted trees without overdoing it.
 
Keep it symmetrical
 


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  Jul
   15

 

It’s mid-summer and if your kids are anything like mine, they’re starting to complain that they’re bored. My first response is, SERIOUSLY, you were just complaining that you were sick of school and couldn’t wait for summer break! But, necessity is the mother of invention, so enlisting the help of Pinterest, here are a few ways to kick-start their imaginations, get them outside, and off of screens! From setting up water balloon piñatas to going on a scavenger hunt, these entertaining and inexpensive DIY activities are great projects you can do with your kids, and will help keep them busy the entire summer.

Read on for a bonus section on putting together a daily schedule for your kids to keep summer fun and manageable!

Backyard Jenga

Backyard Jenga
Photo from Holli Long

Kids and adults alike will have a blast with these Jenga blocks! When the older kids are done, the little ones can practice their stacking skills with the oversized Jenga pieces. Minimize the noise made by clattering blocks by setting it up in the yard!
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  Jul
   06

 

 

Artificial Christmas Tree - Columbia Valley Fir

 
Customers choose their trees according to their tastes. While others like the full-shaped, traditional look, some prefer narrow trees that suit their space. For our Trees in Review today, we’re featuring the Columbia Valley Fir, one of Christmas Tree Market’s best-selling artificial fir trees.
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