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Top 5 Best Hostess Gifts Under $40

Cyber Monday is just a couple days away and I have the top five best hostess gifts under $40 just for you. One of the reasons I love the holidays so much is because of the festivities. I have always loved to entertain and have both given and received some of the best hostess gifts. My favorite party is my cookie exchange party. I spend a lot of time thinking about fun gifts to give and useful gifts I’ve received. Something to keep in mind when you buy someone a host gift… You don’t have to spend a ton of money, these gift suggestions are from $6-$38. Keep it simple and thoughtful; those are the best gifts.

2017 Best Hostess Gifts…

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Easy Chicken and Rice Soup: For when your family has the plague

It finally happened. The week before Thanksgiving our house gets hit by the plague. Or cold season, depending on how you look at it. Anytime my children have to take sick days from school, it feels more like the plague than a cold. Last night I made an easy chicken and rice soup, just in time for the plague cold season.

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Why I love being a Girl Scout leader

Five years. Five years are how long I have been a Girl Scout troop leader for my oldest daughter. And now, my youngest just started her Girl Scout journey and is a new Daisy Scout. For those of you who know me, you know I have a love-hate relationship with this commitment. It is a commitment. And a huge commitment if you want to do it right and make a difference in the lives of these girls who show up.

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Self care: Taking care of me first

I tend to be on the uptight side. I like things a certain way and I am rarely patient. If I ask for something, I like it immediately. Apparently not the entire universe works this way. Moving to Southern California has given me a pass to let things go and not worry so much. After almost two year, it’s finally working. I’m finally understanding self care and taking care of me first. continued

Do you own a gun?

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I recently came across a Facebook page about a child who was playing at a friends house after school one day. When the parents dropped their daughter off at school that morning, they never imagined it to be the last time they’d see their 13 year old daughter alive. You see, the daughter and her friend had found a loaded gun in a kitchen cupboard and it ended badly. Very badly.

When we moved last year, we knew we’d be starting over, and getting to know new friends and other parents. We agreed that we’d ask fellow parents if they had guns in their homes before we let our daughters go to any playdates at those homes.

Did we do that?

No.

Do we think about it?

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Getting alone time

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When my husband and I found out we were having a baby, it was a mutual decision that I would stay home. It’s been over six years now that I’ve been a stay-at-home mom. Now that we have two girls, I’ve found out so much about myself, my husband, and what it’s truly like to raise children. continued

Got Milk? Milk for a brighter future

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I have very picky eaters. They go through phases. One of my girls will eat everything in sight, then nothing the next day, or an entire week. I try not to worry; but as a parent, it’s hard. I’m always a little relieved when we start our bedtime routine. I know the girls will both get a full glass of milk during story time, and are getting some important vitamins and nutrients to make up for what they didn’t eat. continued

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is out in theaters today. Last night, I got an advanced screening of the flick with a couple teenagers I know. Kids can be brutal critics, so I wasn’t sure how this would go.

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The great news is all three of us loved this movie. I don’t want to give any spoilers about it, but some general reasons why we loved it so much… continued

5 steps to prepare your child for their first sleepover

Recently our daughter was invited to a sleepover birthday party. I know the parents very well, and didn’t hesitate at the invite. But I wasn’t sure if my daughter was actually ready for a night away from us. I didn’t know what the right age was for a first sleepover. Really, there is no right or wrong age. Only you know your child and how they handle themselves. Go with your gut to decide when the right time is for your child. After all, children are different. What is right for one 6 year old, may not be right for another 8 year old.

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When we got the invitation, I started talking to my daughter about the sleepover immediately. Leading up to the actual party, we talked about her anxiety and fears, along with the excitement she felt. continued

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