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Free Tooth Fairy Printables

My son has been coming home lately telling me about the kids in his class who are losing teeth while at school. My son has yet to lose any of his baby teeth, but this got me thinking. It’s a big milestone in a kid’s life, so what kind of fun can I incorporate with his first lost tooth (and those afterward) – a Tooth Fairy Door Hanger and Receipt for his tooth!

Free Tooth Fairy Printable | #ToothFairy #lostatooth #babyteeth

Free Tooth Fairy Printable | #ToothFairy #lostatooth #babyteeth

You can incorporate the same fun by simply printing these out (click each image for a printable PDF file)! Once printed, cut out the door hanger and have your child place it on their bedroom door. It’s just a cute reminder for the Tooth Fairy to stop by.

Have your child place their tooth just under their pillow and when the Tooth Fairy arrives, fill out the Tooth Fairy Receipt and leave it in place of the tooth, along with payment for the pearly white. Be sure to indicate the quality of the tooth and brushing. If your child isn’t that great about brushing, make sure the Tooth Fairy makes it known. It might entice some better dental hygiene.

These printables add a little extra excitement to losing those baby teeth, other than the goofy smiles they leave behind. The new smiles are super funny, but a personalized receipt from the Tooth Fairy is pretty darn cool.

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Photo a Day: Weeks 33 & 34

Photo a Day: Weeks 33 & 34 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

I’m finding it harder and harder to keep up with my Photo a Day posts. Time is just flying by and weeks have passed before I realize it. I think I’m going to have to set reminders for myself so I can stay on track. This series will be over before I know it!

Week 33

Photo a Day: Weeks 33 & 34 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was our first real snow of the season, so there was staring out the window at the sight all week and a day of digging ourselves out of the house. Before the snow fell I did a grocery store run and did some couponing, which I haven’t done in awhile. It felt good to save so much money and I can’t wait for my next coupon trip! Other than that, it looks like the kids stole my phone for some goofy pics and I discovered one was eating in my bed, which explains where all the crumbs came from that I was sleeping in. Oh, and daddy made into the picture roll at some point too.

Week 34

Photo a Day: Weeks 33 & 34 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was back to school. It was too cold to walk so I drove my son to school and there was a snow pile blocking an entire lane of traffic, and it was higher than my SUV (the pic was taken from my driver side window). Exciting during the week was my son’s 6th birthday, a new potty because it’s potty training time, and some yummy homemade chocolate peanut clusters. Funny this week was my daughter grabbing a whole chicken thigh and going to town, and her falling asleep in the middle of the kids room when they were supposed to be cleaning it.

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Weekly Meal Planning in Under 1 Minute

I have always wanted to try meal planning, but it just seems way too time consuming. With that being said, I decide each day what I’m going to cook for dinner and sometimes that means going to the grocery store multiple times per week because I don’t have everything I need. Well, that’s just as time consuming.

Do you do this too? What if I told you I’ve discovered an amazing tool that will send you a 5 day meal plan WITH a grocery shopping list, right to your email inbox every week? That is exactly what The Dinner Daily does!

Weekly Meal Planning in Under 1 Minute | #TheDinnerDaily #mealplanning

~I received a complimentary subscription to The Dinner Daily to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

So, weekly meal planning in under one minute? Yes, it’s completely possible with The Dinner Daily. The Dinner Daily is a subscription website where you sign up, designate your food preferences, family size, and even your favorite store. From there The Dinner Daily does the rest.

Each week The Dinner Daily will create five recipes based on your preferences and your store’s weekly sales promotions, and in your inbox you’ll receive the recipes plus a shopping list. How’s that for a time saver?! And money saver!

 

When I first tried The Dinner Daily, I started small. Of the five recipes I’d get emailed to me, I only did two of them. I wanted to get a feel for how it would work for me and my family. Since that first time, I’ve upped it to three or four meals each week, not only because it’s easy, but because it introduces us to new recipes too. Dinner can get pretty boring when you get in a routine and cook the same meals over and over.

Weekly Meal Planning in Under 1 Minute | #TheDinnerDaily #mealplanning

When you get your weekly meal plan, you have the option to delete recipes that you’re not interested in or just don’t want to try that week. Or if you’re not happy with the side dishes, you can swap those out as well. There are different side options to choose from and when you change up your menu, the ingredients are automatically adjusted on the shopping list too. If there’s something you want to add to your shopping list, you can do that before printing it.

For example, staples like seasonings and oils aren’t usually on the shopping list because a lot of people already have those at home. But if you’re running low or need whatever it is, just add it to the list before printing. Even if you just need to purchase a loaf of bread or a pack of diapers, you can add that so your list is all-inclusive when you head to the store.

Weekly Meal Planning in Under 1 Minute | #TheDinnerDaily #mealplanningWeekly Meal Planning in Under 1 Minute | #TheDinnerDaily #mealplanning

The shopping list has been my biggest time saver with The Dinner Daily. I can spend an hour creating a list of everything I need, but The Dinner Daily sends my list to me, ready to go. That means just one trip to the grocery store each week, not multiple. So it’s saving me time not only in the planning phase, but also in the actual grocery shopping phase.

From the time I open my weekly meal plan from The Dinner Daily, review the menu, make any quick changes I want, and print my shopping list, it only takes a minute of my day. It’s weekly meal planning in less than a minute!

Want in on this easy meal planning tool? You can try The Dinner Daily for 2 weeks, risk free! After that you can get weekly meal plans for as little as $1.00 per week. What’s not to love? Save time, save money, and eat good food!

Do you do weekly meal planning?

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Photo a Day: Weeks 30, 31, 32

Photo a Day: Weeks 30, 31, 32 | #photoadayforayear #photoaday

Well, the holidays definitely got in the way of updating my Photo a Day, so this time around you get three weeks worth. At least enjoying the holidays is a good excuse to be late! Who’s ready for New Year’s?!

Week 30

Photo a Day: Weeks 30, 31, 32 | #photoadayforayear #photoaday
While trying to endure the cold weather (that has only gotten colder), the kids got new winter coats. We tried to stay indoors as much as possible, but had to venture out to BJ’s where my daughter admired the holiday inflatables, and I also had a dentist’s appointment. My daughter was “working” on her LeapFrog tablet while we waited.

Week 31

Photo a Day: Weeks 30, 31, 32 | #photoadayforayear #photoaday
The week before Christmas was still all about Christmas. My son had a festive week at school where he got to dress out of his uniform each day (PJ day was his fav), and we made his class Christmas cards and goody bags. We also got to see Santa and the kids got an early present from their uncle (that racetrack is loud by the way). All of the fun Christmas activities wore the kids out, so some relaxing was had too.

Week 32

Photo a Day: Weeks 30, 31, 32 | #photoadayforayear #photoaday
Christmas week! Just look at that face of surprise and excitement on Christmas morning. We made Santa cookies to leave under the tree and after Christmas was over, it was back to good ol’ PB&J sandwiches. I had to go back to the doctor for my third attempt at an anatomy ultrasound because our little guy didn’t want to show his left hand. The ultrasound tech had to toggle between 2D and 3D ultrasound, so I lucked out and got a 3D pic of him. Then it was back to normal shenanigans, like my daughter stealing my spot in bed.

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Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017

One of my fondest childhood memories around the holidays was visiting a drive through Christmas lights display. It was something I looked forward to every year, but after moving out of state there wasn’t anything like it around our new home. Now having a family of my own, it’s a tradition I thought would be great to share with my kids.

You may know that we moved to New Jersey just over a year ago and last year I was browsing online and discovered Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show. The stadium is over an hour away from our home, so we decided not to go last year. But this year, we got the opportunity to check it out. It may not be the same Christmas lights display I experienced as a child, but it is the perfect way to start this fun tradition with my kids, hour drive or not.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

~I received complimentary entrance to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Every year Skylands Stadium, located in Augusta, NJ, puts on a Christmas Lights Show. It’s a 1 mile winding drive through light display, currently showcasing over 2 million lights. Simply drive up to the entrance of the light show, pay the admission ($20 per vehicle Fri.-Sun., $17 Mon.-Thurs.), and you get to drive through the entire lights display with your family.

Most evenings the Christmas Lights Show starts at 4:30pm (about the time the sun sets) and is open until 10 or 11 pm. We arrived at about 6 pm this past Sunday and there was a line to gain admission, but it didn’t take too long to get to the front of the line. As soon as we took care of admission, the lights show started right at the entrance.

The mile long light display is filled with holiday themed characters and trinkets, and fun light animations – Santa Claus, reindeer, snowmen, candy canes, the nativity scene, wreaths, Christmas trees, gifts, and more. My family’s favorite parts were the displays that we could actually drive under and if I had to choose their most favorite, it was the light tunnel at the end of the show. We were literally encapsulated with lights all around.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

After finishing the Christmas Lights Show, we parked our car and wandered into the Christmas Village, which was filled with various vendors, holiday activities, and goodies. Before actually reaching the Christmas Village we got to walk through Bright Baum Light Forest and Advance Auto Parts Light Tunnel. Bright Baum Light Forest was stunning and lined with white trees lit with white lights. It was very beautiful and makes a great place for a photo opp.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

Speaking of photo opps, there are plenty of them in the Christmas Village. Not only can you get your photo taken with Santa (fee required), but there other fun set ups to take photos – with a nutcracker, in a large nativity scene, with animated reindeer and a sleigh, or an 8 foot polar bear right outside the Christmas Village.

As if this wasn’t enough fun and excitement, right outside the Christmas Village you’ll also find an outdoor grill and fire pit for roasting s’mores, as well as the 20′ x 40′ Pompton Sport Center Skating Rink. I have never tried ice skating before and I’m not even a great roller skater, so when my son asked to ice skate I was skeptical. But we gave in and I’m glad we did because he had a blast.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show 2017 | #SkylandsStadium #ChristmasLights

At first he stayed around the outer skirt of the rink so he could hold onto the fence, but after gaining some confidence he found his way to the middle, enjoying every minute of it. Besides the lights show, I think ice skating is what he’ll remember most about our visit.

There’s still time this holiday season to check out the Skylands Stadium Christmas Lights Show. It’s open every night through December 30th, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Christmas Village is only open through December 23rd.

Skylands Stadium Frozen in Ice

If you can’t make it to the Christmas Lights Show, the Frozen in Ice Wild West Ice Sculpture Extravaganza starts January 27th. It will be filled with over 100 tons of ice used for ice sculptures and more. Take a ride down the ice slide or try to find your way through life-sized ice maze. It’s sure to be more family-filled fun!

What is a childhood holiday tradition you share with your kids?

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*I received complimentary entrance to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Photo a Day: Weeks 28 & 29

Photo a Day: Weeks 28 & 29 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

After a much needed week long break from the blog, my new Photo a Day is here. The past two weeks have been filled with family and holiday fun. Enjoy!

Week 28

Photo a Day: Weeks 28 & 29 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week there were lots of naps. My daughter likes to climb up on the side of my chair and fall asleep on my shoulder, and my son fell asleep right in the middle of the kitchen floor one afternoon, midway through his homework (must’ve been a rough day at school, haha). Aside from that the kids attended a holiday party, we did some holiday shopping where my daughter thought she was leaving with a new rocking horse (it’s too close to Santa coming for that to happen), and I snagged a pic of her looking out the school door window waiting for her brother’s bus to arrive.

Week 29

Photo a Day: Weeks 28 & 29 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week we started our holiday baking (yum, cookies!) and had some snowmen ice creams. It was snowing outside, so it was only fitting we’d eat snowmen. Our Christmas tree has been reduced to nothing but lights at this point (thanks to the littles for demolishing all the ornaments). My daughter applied crayon to her lips like lipstick, my son has become addicted to Wheel of Fortune so he had some kind of set up with his letters pretending to play it, and he’s getting better at spelling and sounding out words (hence the photo of his sentence notebook). And for you, the best part of the week is the new holiday giveaway I’m hosting on Facebook. Head over to the Making Time facebook page (@ImMakingTime) and enter to win a Fingerling + other fun stocking stuffers!

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5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Family Car

Who’s in the market for a new car? This has been on our radar for a couple of years, but now with baby number 3 on the way, we’re looking more than ever at buying a new vehicle. Don’t know where to start? I’ve got some tips to help you find your perfect family car. 5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Family Car | #CarsCom #ad

~This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cars.com. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Know What You Need

The first thing you need to consider is what your needs are in a new vehicle. For us, we need LOTS of backseat space since we’ll have 3 kids in car seats. We’ll also need lots of trunk space. It’s ridiculous how much space a stroller can take up. Add groceries to that and the trunk could be at it’s max.

And it’s not just logical needs you should think about, but all of the fun features you want too, like Bluetooth capabilities, back up cameras, navigation, sun roof, etc. Know ahead of time everything you need and want.

Have a Budget

Having a set budget is always a good idea when you step foot on a car lot. You know what you can afford, not the car salesman. If a car salesman really wants to sell you a vehicle, he/she will make it work for you. And if he/she can’t, you need to know it’s okay to walk away. There are plenty of car lots and dealerships to shop at.

Research

Now that you know what your new vehicle needs are and what your budget is, it’s time to research. Cars.com makes it super easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. Start with the bodystyle and Cars.com will show you everything you need to know about different vehicles – price range, mileage, seating capacity, safety ratings, various pros and cons, and even where the vehicle is in stock in your area.

5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Family Car | #CarsCom #ad

On top of that Cars.com offers expert and consumer reviews, as well as recall information and what the estimated yearly service and repair costs are. Cars.com also has the ability to give side-by-side vehicle comparisons and if you’re not sure the vehicle you want will fit your budget, you can find out for sure using the payment calculator.

Test Drive

Test drive, test drive, test drive. After doing your research, you may have a few different vehicle models that you like and that fit your needs and budget. Test drive them all! Get a feel for the ride, play with all the features, imagine the kids in the back doing what they do. Heck, since backseat space is a big must for us, I’d even go so far as to ask if I can put all 3 of our car seats in the backseat to see just how much space there is. Test driving is your one chance to see what it would really be like if the vehicle were yours.

Don’t Settle or Rush

Car buying is an exciting time and when you’ve been driving the same car for a long time (my car has been in the family for 14 years), it’s hard not rush into a decision. But rushing or settling is not the way to go. Vehicles are an investment and one you’ll likely be paying off for 5+ years and driving for much longer than that. If you rush into a decision, you may end up spending those years investing and driving a vehicle you really don’t like, or ends up not being what you need.

No matter what, do not make this mistake. It’s not very easy, or may not be financially feasible,  to get out of the investment. And don’t get discouraged if it takes you months to find the perfect family car. I can assure you, it will be worth the wait.

What are some of your family car needs and wants?

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Photo a Day: Weeks 26 & 27

Photo a Day: Weeks 26 & 27 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Admittedly, I almost forgot the new Photo a Day post. The holidays have been a bit hectic, but luckily, I remembered before getting too far into a new week. And can you believe it? I’ve made it halfway through the year already! Boy, has it flown by and I’m sure the other half will fly by just as fast. Enjoy!

Week 26

Photo a Day: Weeks 26 & 27 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week was busy, but we made time for some naps in between it all. My son disguised his turkey as Batman so it wouldn’t get eaten for Thanksgiving this year. My daughter (it’s pretty obvious we spend a lot of time together) was fairly well-behaved at my doctor’s appointment and the rest of the week she played around with Olaf, fell asleep with Snoopy on the way to pick up her brother from school, and had a little play time while laying on daddy’s legs.

Week 27

Photo a Day: Weeks 26 & 27 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Thanksgiving week was full of turkey crafts at school, cooking at home, and putting up Christmas decorations and admiring them. Santa also learned that my son wants everything Batman for Christmas (and probably why he disguised his turkey as Batman last week). And if you need a good laugh, the very middle picture shows my daughter trying to block the TV so my son couldn’t see it. She wasn’t very effective, but it was funny all the same.

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Photo a Day: Weeks 24 & 25

Photo a Day: Weeks 24 & 25 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Week 24

Photo a Day: Weeks 24 & 25 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
Halloween week! For Halloween we dressed up as a scarecrow, Robin (Batman’s sidekick), and Jesse from Toy Story. We also had a fun fall day at the park, did a little rocking out and passing out, walked brother home from school a few times, and Sadee was so happy about something (maybe her cheese doodles) that she was just running in circles.

Week 25

Photo a Day: Weeks 24 & 25 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
My favorite part of this week was announcing that we’re expecting kiddo #3 (boy). On top of that, there was some lemon tasting (oh, the faces but she kept going back for more), listening to music on daddy’s phone, 2 broken spatulas (I broke 2 in 2 days and have no idea how), a little family movie (Nemo), lots of blanket time because man it’s getting cold outside (pretty sure fall was only like a week and then, BAM!, winter), and I have a feeling Sadee thinks she’s a bull with her head butting games.

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Photo a Day: Weeks 22 & 23

Photo a Day: Weeks 22 & 23 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear

Week 22

Photo a Day: Weeks 22 & 23 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week we watched the Peanuts gang in preparation for Halloween, had some late night popcorn, played with mommy’s mirror, and me and Sadee even snuck in a lunch date without the boys!

Week 23

Photo a Day: Weeks 22 & 23 | #photoaday #photoadayforayear
This week Sadee debuted her cute pink boots, the kids had some coloring fun after their baths and did their usual playful antics throughout the week (singing, video games, and block building in the kitchen floor), and I went to the movies for mom’s night out!

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