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If You Don’t Like Peeps, We Can’t Be Friends

Peeps. Everyone has an opinion on Peeps. There has never been a more controversial topic around the family Easter table that has resulted in so much thrown ham. They are either a perennial Easter favorite or a much maligned “last treat in the basket” candy. Some adults have fond memories of these sugar coated marshmallows …

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The Best Fruit Salad You Will Ever Eat

I love this fruit salad recipe. Of all the things that I remember and enjoyed throughout the holidays, I love the fruit salad my mom makes every year.     I can’t wait to share this holiday tradition with my kids. Mostly, I love this fruit salad because it’s more than yummy-it’s fantastic. It makes …

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Today Is Pi Day, And It Might Be My Favorite Day Of The Year

What do the numbers 3, 1, and 4 have in common? You may immediately think of today’s date, 3/14. But, if you’re a nerd like me, you’re first thought is Pi. That’s right, the funny little symbol π. First The Technical Stuff Pi is the mathematical equivalent of infinity (∞). It is approximately the number …

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Keeping The Earth Alive And Your Yard Undead: Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Any true craftsman will say, “Measure twice, cut once.” But if you’re like me it’s more like, “Close your eyes and hope you don’t lose a thumb.” It’s Halloween, and if you’re an environmentally friendly hippy with time on your hands between protests or if you’re a broke guy with an underwhelming job, this post …

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The Myth Of The Full-Size Snickers…And Other Halloween Things That Never Happened

Halloween is all about tall tales and scary stories. From the headless horseman to chainsaw wielding baddies to apples laced with arsenic, there are a lot of Halloween stories that never, ever happened. But that’s fine. It’s the one day of the year where we can believe in the paranormal. Believe in ghosts and zombies, …

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You Need To Start Halloween Shopping Before You Miss Your Chance!

It’s the end of Summer now. Time to wake up early, shove those kiddos into their brand new clothes and hand them their backpacks full of glue sticks and yellow plastic folders. You wave a tearful goodbye as they board the school bus. As you close the door, you weep. Not because your baby has …

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21 Funny Tweets In Honor of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and while many on Twitter are bragging about their romantic plans or lamenting the lack of a date, these fine men and women know what we really want — to be entertained.  I’ve compiled 21 thoroughly wacky tweets about love, dating, and massive exasperation guaranteed to make you laugh. 21 Funny Tweets In …

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The History Of Krampus’s Gal-Pal, Frau Perchta: The Belly-Slitter

In the last few years Santa Claus’ darker half, Krampus, has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. The delightful half goat, half demon punishes where Santa Claus rewards. But he’s not the only other Christmas time folklore figure that kids can look forward to a visit from this holiday season. The History Of Krampus’s Gal-Pal, Frau …

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Last Minute Gift Ideas: DIY T-Shirt Shadowbox

If you’re like me, you’ve probably forgotten to get someone a gift. It can be hard to be thoughtful when you’re scrambling at the last minute to put together a present so someone doesn’t feel forgotten. I’ve come up with a solution that is one part unique gift, one part cleaning out your closet: The …

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Remembering Christmases Past And Missing My Family…

When I was a little kid, my Christmases were fairly predictable. My brother and I would fall asleep on Christmas Eve somewhere after 1 AM (we were, of course, in bed by 9 PM but Christmas morning excitement is a hell of a drug). As soon as it was light enough to see, we’d bolt …

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White Elephant Gift Exchanges And Why We Suck At Them

We all have groups of friends, co-workers, or other random people who want to give us presents at Christmas. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, ‘tis the season for White Elephant gift exchanges. White Elephant Gift Exchanges And Why We Suck At Them Everyone’s family has slightly different rules, but the general idea is that you …

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What To Do When You’re Sick Of Santa (And Christmas In General)…

When my dad was a kid, he and his brother got these barber-pole sized peppermint candy canes in their Christmas stockings. Being boys, and being presented with more candy than they probably saw all year—because it was the olden days, when he had to walk to school in a snowstorm, uphill both ways—they each ate …

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What To Get For The Hoarder Who Has Everything

My family has a tendency to over-do Christmas. My Mom especially liked to give everyone lots of presents. It’s how she showed her love and it’s how I tend to show mine. Since she passed a few years ago, Christmas has taken on even more meaning since it was so much her holiday. The days …

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Why I Love Jesus And Worship The Devil

Halloween is almost here. Kids are anticipating the coming sugar binge. Devil worshiping teenagers are stocking up on black cats. The inflatable décor industry, or Big Tacky, is getting a huge economic boost. Scary movies are on TV. And Christians have something else for a month to complain about. You may ask, “But Nik, you …

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6 Tips For Halloween Humbug Homeowners

Kids suck. I get it. If you’re lucky you might only have to yell at them to get off your lawn once or twice a year. But when October 31st rolls around all the neighborhood ragamuffins have been given carte blanche to roam as they please, trodding across your carefully cultivated fescue. The worst part …

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Essential Oil Diffuser Ornaments

Isn’t it funny how the holidays have a certain smell? You know — gingerbread cooking, evergreen trees, cinnamon flavored candies — all my favorite things. Now you can get all the scents of the holiday season in a bottle with Christmas Spirit Essential Oil from Young Living. This is my favorite oil EVER! We made …

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How To Tell Your Kids The Truth About Santa

My daughter is in the fifth grade, so she’s known the truth about the whole SANTA thing for a while. But, when it came up I was completely unprepared. We were getting our nails done right before Easter, and she leaned over to me across her pedicure chair. “Mom, tell it to me straight– there’s …

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Kris Kringle Screwdriver

Have you ever wondered how good ol’ St. Nick unwinds after a long night of flying all over the world, risking life and limb stuffing himself down chimneys and braving the winter elements with nothing but a fur-trimmed suit, a wooden sleigh, and a bunch of rowdy reindeer? Well, this Kris Kringle Screwdriver might have something …

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Red Snow Drift Cocktail

As the weather turns colder, visits become longer and this Red Snow Drift Cocktail is a great way to surprise those visitors with a wonderful winter drink that they won’t soon forget. Fruity, warm, spicy, and delicious, this drink will relax those winter blues, usher in welcome conversations, and warm tummies before anyone has to …

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8 Times Christmas is Actually the Worst

The holiday season is a time of joyous celebration, of giving, and of time spent with family. It reminds us all what it means to put others before ourselves. There is nothing more rewarding than to see the look on a child’s face on Christmas morning as the wrapping paper flies across the room, or the smiles …

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DIY Turkey Juice Boxes

Thanksgiving is all about turkey, stuffing and giving thanks for all that we are thankful for.  While I’m busy cleaning the house, mashing potatoes and stuffing the turkey I like to have a little something to keep the kids busy (and from undoing whatever cleaning I’ve done!)  These sweet little turkey juice boxes are fun, inexpensive …

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Aggression Cookies An Allergy Friendly Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Sometimes you get mad, and that’s totally okay. Sometimes kids get mad, and that’s okay, too. The problem comes when kids can’t figure out how to channel their anger, but this cookie recipe can fix that. So, if you have mad kids, make aggression cookies! I don’t talk about this very often, because we don’t make …

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30 Things You Can Do With Conversation Hearts

Sure some people like chocolates, and other like flowers, but I would argue that conversation hearts are the very best part of Valentine’s Day. The best part is you don’t just have to eat them. Here are 30 super cute things you can do with conversation hearts. 30 Things You Can Do With Conversation Hearts …

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25 Un-Christmas Grinch Treats

Too many Christmas Parties? Too much F-U-N this holiday season? Well, have no fear, friends. These 25 Un-Christmas Grinch Treats will be sure to keep your Christmas spirit simmering on low! (Just kidding-I can’t help myself!) There’s no way I get through the holiday season without watching the Grinch. Every time I do, I think …

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How to be a Thanksgiving Hero {and a HoneyBaked Ham Giveaway}

No doubt, you’ve heard how much I love cooking around the holidays. I like to make Thanksgiving dinner awesome and have my guests leaving thinking: “She sure is a Thanksgiving Hero!” That feeling of having made them all very happy is a big part of why I enjoy the cooking. There’s no doubt in my mind …

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