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Every year I fill up my children’s stockings with little gifts that are all individually wrapped.¬†It can get expensive buying items to fill them, though, especially if you’re purchasing stocking stuffers at stores like Target and Walmart that are over $2.00 each for the majority of items. I’m often go into sticker shock over the prices. So I usually hit the $1.00 section in Target just inside the doors, as well as Dollar Tree for cheap stocking stuffers. I typically spend no more than $30 total, usually closer...

I mentioned in a previous post about our family’s Elf on the Shelf named Patrick. A friend of mine commented and wanted to know what kinds of things we make Patrick do. So I went up to my mom’s and emailed myself a bunch of photos of Patrick doing what he does best…watching the kids each and every Christmas. Enjoy! In this photo Patrick is staring out the window, looking towards my house from my mom’s. The kids aren’t going to get away with ANYTHING. Here Patrick is chillin’ on the branches of...

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we have a house guest to entertain. His name is Patrick, and he’s an Elf on the Shelf. Three years ago my mom purchased an Elf on the Shelf after I heard about them on Q97.9 while driving home after dropping my daughter off at school one day. I thought it was an extremely cute idea, as did my mom, so she purchased one on Amazon that very day. To say it was one of the best purchases she’s ever made would be understatement. My daughter LOVES her elf. She’s believed he was real since...

Thanksgiving is just a couple days away, which means I need to start prepping for it. I was going to make a bacon-wrapped turkey, but I just don’t have the time, space or money this year to cook the meal I wanted. So I modified my Thanksgiving dinner menu a little bit. I’m making: A small spiral ham A Butterball Savory Herb Turkey Roast Maine potatoes Cranberry sauce Green bean casserole Butternut squash Stuffing Homemade gravy Rolls made from Take 2 Dough Production‘s dough Blueberry pie Pumpkin pie filling (My...