Decluttering Your Child’s Room


This post is sponsored by BISSELL, all opinions are mine   I literally just cannot keep up anymore. I barely can handle our living situation. Keeping it orderly is all consuming--forget about the kids rooms. I can organize with the best of them. I could have found a place for it all and straightened and staged it and bam! (old pictures as proof)   But the second he touched or played with anything, it would be a disaster again. At the end of the day we, as a family are drowning in stuff. I'm officially on a mission to rid ourselves of at least ...

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Why We Spent More For Less This Christmas


I have three kids (6, 3, 20 months) and the amount of stuff we have acquired is embarrassing. In fact, when I was tucking in Quinn tonight he said that he cannot even find the stuff he loves to play with anymore. We wanted to celebrate Christmas. I don't think there is much that beats the butterflies and excitement on Christmas eve for a child. I remember those feelings fondly. While I feel the pressure to live up to those expectations, the last thing we wanted to do was fill our house with more stuff just for the sake of stuff. Eleanor seemed oblivious that she should even want ...

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Tis The Season for Bowl Games

Football Party with lots of printables: Chalkboard playbook printable, varsity letter pennant printable, cupcake topper printables. Simple tips for entertaining like paper bag serving bowls, customized water bottles, and DIY tassel bunting.

Tomorrow our Badger's play. You probably aren't all badger fans, but you can easily make these football entertaining ideas work for whatever team you are cheering for. I've written about game day entertaining before, which you can find here and here. I thought it would be fun to round up some quick, cheap and easy ideas with some big game days coming up. We have a fun football printable collection, which you can find here. Aside from these adorable little cupcake topper football pennants, there is an football play printable and printable letter pennants for making a ...

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Happy Family Holidays


This post brought to you by Happy Family Products . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Balancing Home. One of the best part about having children are the holidays. I have always loved the holidays, but as our family has grown--my love for the holidays has grown too! Holidays and the traditions that surround them are the things childhood memories are made of! Look at each of my babies on their first Christmas! As exciting as celebrating your first holiday with your child is, it can also be stressful. Holidays mean lots of people, places to go and crazy ...

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My Coffee Story


This is a sponsored post. I remember my first "coffee". I was in college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!). I tried a french vanilla cappuccino. I was tired, it was cold and it smelled so good. Totally commercialized, sugar/chemical laden dessert that bares very little resemblance to coffee, I know! But that is where it started. One day I picked one up and was waiting until I got to class to enjoy it. As I was crossing the street, my foot caught on one of the supportive legs of a construction sign and I fell. My cappuccino spilled all over me and everywhere and I had ...

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Holiday Porch


Because our porch looked like this for nearly seven years... It was hard to ever believe we could have a beautiful holiday porch. This Spring we finally gave the porch a makeover and I finally had more then an eye sore to decorate for the holidays. This holiday porch is brought to you by Balsam Hill. The garland, topiaries and wreath are all from Balsam Hill and the quality is amazing, you can check them out here. I live in Wisconsin so I needed something hardy to hold up to a crazy winter. The topiaries are in a cement-like pot. I dropped them right into my flower pots ...

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Elf On The Shelf Stationary


When we started this tradition years ago, we found ourselves wondering two nights before Christmas-- How exactly do we end this? Our little goodbye letter was whipped up quickly and over the years we have improved it. We created a fun pre-written letter on official Elf on the Shelf letterhead (designed by my husband). The letter was for our family so it said children, because we have children. Lots of folks have written to me asking if there could be an option for one child. Go down to the bottom of this post and grab the pre-written letter for one child. Click on over here for ...

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Having a Bedtime Is Hard


This is by far the hardest of the 3o day challenges I have done yet! Lights out by 10:30 felt a lot like mission impossible. Whole30 and blogging for 30 days straight was definitely easier. As I embark on changing my life, 30 days at a time--I realize I will not be perfect. I was perfect for the first 20 days, but was definitely more lax--missing my bedtime a few days at the end. What I learned from attempting to climb into bed at 10 and lights (and phone) out by 10:30 is that a lot of the things that keep me up can wait or are literally nothing more then a diversion. I learned that the ...

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Thanksgiving Journals & Christmas Shelves


Well we made it through our first week post-Thanksgiving break. We really enjoyed our break. With Quinn in school full-time (kindergarten), having him for a whole week made it feel like the good old days! To top it off, Ross was off of work Tuesday-Sunday. The kiddos fit in two sleepovers and we had two days of Thanksgiving. We also took a trip to Chicago. We were able to spend the day at the Museum of Science and Industry and then grab dinner and dessert in the city before shooting up 94 floors to top of the John Hancock building. The view was gorgeous! Over break, we saw Big Hero 6, ...

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10 Reasons I Love My Cricut & Black Friday Deal


One of the hottest gifts for anyone who loves to create is the Cricut Explore™. I absolutely love mine, and here are 10 reasons you will too! The best part is, I've partnered with Cricut to offer you a fabulous Black Friday bundle! 1. Saves time and I don't have a permanent claw for a hand. I once spent my entire night cutting out Elmo pieces to create this adorable Elmo garland. With my Cricut Explore™, I'm now able to have adorable party decor on the budget I'm used to without sacrificing my entire night. 2. A more affordable option than it first appears. I once ...

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