Practical Parenting Ideas: December 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Weekend Bites 67: New Year, New Flavors

Weekend Bites


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I love the variety of recipes shared on Weekend Bites. This week I thought it would be fun to feature new flavor combinations for the start of 2016! I hope you have fun celebrating with family and friends as you ring in the new year. If you need a few last-minute party ideas, check out New Year's Eve Kids Party Ideas. Thanks for joining us and have a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

10 Free Printable Calendars 2016


If you've been following our blog for any length of time you've probably noticed that we love to create round up posts of our favorite recipes, kids activities, and more. I like to use a few different calendars throughout the house to keep organized, and thought I'd compile some of our favorite free printable ones for 2016. Follow the links to each website to print your copies for personal use. #5 and 8 can also be used year after year.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Weekend Bites 66: Happy New Year!

Weekend Bites


If you're new to Weekend Bites, here's the run down
Visit my cohost Adelina at Home Maid Simple
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2. Browse the linky, visit some new blogs, and share if you feel so inclined. 
3. Please only link up 3 posts. This lets us visit as many of you as possible.
4. By linking up you give me permission to feature your photos on Practical Parenting (always linking back to you of course!)
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We've had fun as a family this month baking and creating activities from our 31+ Free Christmas Printables post. This last week we also made one for New Year's Eve Kids Party Ideas to give inspiration for ringing in the new year. We think these recipes look amazing for appetizers and dessert to serve New Year's Eve. Enjoy this week's features and time spent with family during the holidays!

Monday, December 21, 2015

New Year's Eve Kids Party Ideas


We love celebrating the holidays as a family with party games and activities like these for New Year's Eve! They're sure to get the kids excited to welcome the new year. Whether you plan to celebrate early in the day and put the kids to bed or party till the clock strikes 12, we think you'll find something fun here. The best part is they require little preparation so you can spend more time partying!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Weekend Bites no. 65: Christmas Treats

Weekend Bites


If you're new to Weekend Bites, here's the run down
Visit my cohost Adelina at Home Maid Simple
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3. Please only link up 3 posts. This lets us visit as many of you as possible.
4. By linking up you give me permission to feature your photos on Practical Parenting (always linking back to you of course!)
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Gingerdoodle Cookies



One of my favorite cookies at Christmastime is gingerbread so when I came across a recipe for these Gingerdoodle Cookies on Pinterest I just had to try them! And let me tell you, I was not disappointed in the least. They taste like your traditional snickerdoodle cookie with a gingerbread twist; crisp sugary shell and soft molasses center... just the perfect combination if you ask me! The kids ate them all up, too. Find the full recipe on Baked by Rachel.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Reindeer Pretzel Bites


The kids and I love making holiday goodies together, and chocolate pretzel bites are a tradition this time of year. They're super easy to make and fun to snack on. They also make a great addition to gifts for family and friends.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Kids Gift Idea: Redan Magazine Subscription


We recently subscribed to Redan Publishing Children's Magazines. The kids get so excited when their magazines come in the mail, and have had tons of fun reading and learning with familiar characters. Each issue contains stories, a craft project, collectible poster, and educational activities to promote early learning skills.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Weekend Bites #64: Cranberries

Weekend Bites


If you're new to Weekend Bites, here's the run down
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Welcome back! This week we're featuring these delectable cranberry recipes we thought looked perfect for holiday entertaining. Enjoy and join in the party below!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Weekend Bites no. 63

Weekend Bites


If you're new to Weekend Bites, here's the run down
Visit my cohost Adelina at Home Maid Simple
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3. Please only link up 3 posts. This lets us visit as many of you as possible.
4. By linking up you give me permission to feature your photos on Practical Parenting (always linking back to you of course!)
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31+ Free Christmas Printables


One of our favorite ways to celebrate the holidays is with easy-prep family activities, and there's nothing more simple than printing pages off! We've compiled our favorite Christmas countdown activities, holiday games, special gift tags, and more to help your family enjoy the holiday season! Print all pages free by following the links (to some pretty amazing blogs) below.