The Elf on the Shelf is real – the ultimate elf idea

the elf on the shelf is real feature

The magical Elf on the Shelf is a tradition in so many homes. Children look forward to their elf returning each year. Parents enthusiastically search the internet hoping to find the ultimate elf idea for each morning display. Parents also get ultra creative when they accidentally forget to move the elf before their child notices. We have many great elf success stories including the time our "Elfy Snow White" took a vacation instead of returning to the North Pole. Naturally that meant he didn't Read More... {Read More...}

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort in Carlsbad, CA discount

Carlsbad California Grand Pacific Palisades Beach

Given the opportunity, we will always say yes to travel in Southern California. The weather is beautiful, the ocean breeze is refreshing, and most of our very favorite family memories have been made there. Carlsbad holds a very special significance to our family because it's the first destination my husband and I road tripped to while dating. Our six year old daughter calls it her favorite beach while I will always deem it my favorite lunch spot because of Fidel's flautas. My husband loves the Read More... {Read More...}

Fall Tree Kids Craft

fall tree kids craft feature

This project was originally shared 2/26/12. Although we live in Arizona and don't get much of a fall season, it's my favorite time of year because kids can finally comfortably play outside and personally drinking warm coffee in a seasonal cup doesn't feel so silly. Fall to me says cute boots, cinnamon pinecones, and plenty of kids crafts. Sure, we could also be sipping cold lemonade while wearing flip flops because our warm temperatures don't quite drop low enough to actually warrant wearing Read More... {Read More...}

Maleficent Flittle blue fairy costume


When I think of the original Sleeping Beauty, fairies definitely come to mind. But the plump colorful fairies we remember from the original are not the ones making an appearance in Maleficent. Instead, the movie features three pixies with eclectic costumes. With my six year old daughter dressed as Maleficent, the baby in a baby Aurora costume, and my husband wearing his Maleficent crow costume, it only seemed fitting I make myself a Flittle costume. Because we all know the pixies as iconic Read More... {Read More...}

Easy DIY Octopus Costume


I have to give all the credit to my daughter on this costume. As the SeaWorld guest kid blogger, she always plans a fun costume idea for our visit to the Halloween Spooktacular. This year she was really excited to make her own octopus costume. The easy DIY octopus costume was all her idea. She was able to make the entire costume with just my supervision. Easy DIY Octopus Costume tutorial Supplies: long sleeve shirt three pairs of leggings, one pair must fit for actual leggings Read More... {Read More...}

Maleficent Baby Aurora Costume Tutorial


Our family always has fun themed Disney costumes for when we attend Mickey’s Halloween Party. This year my six year old daughter decided she was dressing up as Maleficent and I couldn't be more happy because her baby sister made the cutest baby Aurora! Knowing we wouldn't be able to purchase anything similar to the beautiful dress and bonnet worn in the movie, we decided to make our own. I can sew but had no idea how I would create that magical baby costume. A few days later my mom was Read More... {Read More...}