Christmas morning scavenger hunt clues for tweens and teens

Christmas morning scavenger hunt clues for tweens and teens

Scavenger hunts are a wonderful way to make gift opening last a little longer when your kids get older and ask Santa for more expensive gifts. There’s no need to start from scratch when creating your clues because there are several places to find scavenger hunt clues for tweens and teens online! Of course, your clues might need to be tweaked a little depending on your hiding spots, but these are great starters! Here are some of our own holiday scavenger hunt clues and rules,…

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Nobody warned me. Thoughts from the mom of older kids.

Nobody Warned Me (Thoughts from a mom of older kids)

When the boys were younger, I volunteered in their classroom. I made dinner and gave them baths and did everything else a “normal” mom would do, dreaming of the days that they would be self-sufficient. I longed for the day they wouldn’t cry at the drop of a hat. The day when they would stop asking for help every time they had to tie their shoes (perfectly, with three knots and symmetrical bunny ears). I even looked forward to the day I…

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2014 Teen Gift Ideas

2014 Teen Gift Ideas

As the boys get older, their wish lists seem to get smaller and more expensive. No more asking for Matchbox cars–we’re on to iPads, iPhones, and Bluetooth headphones. I’m sharing what’s on Michael’s wish list this year, and adding in a few products of my own. I’d love to know what you’re getting for your teens! Please leave your comments below. iPhone and iPad Cases Amzer CRUSTA Rugged Case ($45.00) Michael isn’t easy on his phone, so we require that…

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25 Beautiful Holiday Desserts > Perfect for entertaining!

25 Beautiful Holiday Desserts

The holidays are perfect for family gatherings, and family gatherings are perfect for desserts, right? That’s when I make them most–when I have people to share them with. Here are 25 of the most beautiful holiday desserts to impress your family and friends! Pretzel Toffee Heirloom Coconut and Cinnamon Cake No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Gluten and Dairy Free Dark Fudge Brownies Grinch Crinkle Cookies Easy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Rudolph Reindeer Truffles Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies Chocolate Covered Cookie Truffles…

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Decorating Tips from Sabrina Soto and The Great Halloween Fright Fight on ABC

The Great Halloween Fright Fight Plus Halloween Decorating Tips

From the producers of last year’s holiday hit “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” a one-hour special “The Great Halloween Fright Fight” premieres Tuesday, October 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. The new special will feature six families competing for the greatest haunted Halloween display and a $50,000 prize. Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto are judges for the over-the-top Halloween competition, and I had the opportunity to speak with her about the show and ask her for a few Halloween decorating tips….

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Clean Eating Pot Roast Recipe

Clean Eating Pot Roast Recipe

I don’t remember much of my Grandma on my Dad’s side – she passed away when I was very young. From what I hear, she was a great cook. Growing up, my Mom made her pot roast often and it was always yummy. After changing our eating habits to include eating clean, and since we don’t eat much wheat anymore, I had to modify Grandma’s recipe a bit. Today I’m sharing my healthier version of my Grandma’s classic: Clean Eating Pot…

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Video game rules for tweens: How we tackle the never-ending battle for screen time

Video Game Rules for Tweens

“Mom, can I play a game?” It means something completely different now than it did when I was little. It used to mean Chutes & Ladders. Now, it means PS3. Or Wii. Or XBox. How do you do it in your house? Does your son or daughter have free reign over video games? Are they allowed to play whenever they want, or do they have to ask before touching anything electronic? My tween used to ask us to play video games…

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5 Things to Know Before You Zip Line: Our experience with Skyline Eco-Adventures

Our Maui Zipline Adventure with Skyline Eco-Adventures

While we aren’t vacationing with little kids anymore, traveling with older kids brings struggles of its own. How do we keep them entertained for 10 days away from their friends? Will they want to hang out with us? What will we all do? After talking with the boys about what they envisioned doing on their vacation (because we realized that our ideas of vacation are very different), we decided that zip lining was something our family had to do! After searching…

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Work More Efficiently with these 5 Apps for Bloggers

Work More Efficiently with these 5 Apps for Bloggers

I love sharing my favorite apps with you. Here are my current favorites to help me stay on top of work!  As bloggers, we sometimes work (and live) in chunks. 70 minutes to write a post. Add products to gift guide spreadsheet. Write note to remind me to answer that email. 20 minutes to respond to comments. Document payment received for ads that ran three months ago. 15 minutes to send invoices. 25 minute drive to Target to purchase supplies. Log payment in…

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Back to school tips for parents of teens

Back to School Tips for Parents: Help Your Teen Succeed

Getting ready for school at any age is trying, but the teen years seem to be especially difficult for many parents. Kids want freedom, but they need guidance. They want to monitor their own school work, but are they ready to yet? Here are some tips to help your teen succeed in school: Get organized with technology Whether your teen is at a “no textbook school” like mine is or not, kids love technology. Get them organized with cool apps…

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3 Things to do in Maui with Teens

Three Things to do in Maui with Teens

We’re heading to Maui soon and there are three thing on our family’s “must-do” list. If you’re planning a trip to Maui with teens, you’ll want to save this for later! 1. Discover Molokini Snorkeling Tour  We are beyond excited about our Molokini Snorkeling tour! Breakfast and lunch are served and we’ll spend the day on a 50-60 person catamaran exploring the ocean off the coast of Maui. The boys are most excited about seeing the volcanic crater up close and…

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How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Party

How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Party

There are affiliate links in this post.  Here in Arizona, we are spoiled with sunshine and clear skies about 340 days every year. We decided to take advantage of that, as well as our big backyard, to start hosting outdoor movie parties. With just a little planning and a few supplies, you can have an outdoor movie night of your own! You’ll need: Movie projector We bought this Epson PowerLite Home Cinema LCD projector last year and love it. You can also…

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DIY Outdoor Curtains for less than $300!

DIY Outdoor Curtains: A Tutorial

We recently made outdoor curtains for our back patio, and they have made such a difference in the amount of heat that comes into our west-facing home. Closing these right before the sun begins to set can keep our home cool and allow us to be out on the patio during that time (without roasting!). These DIY outdoor curtains were easier than I had thought, and I wanted to share with you how we did it!   Supply List: Garden…

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How to shred chicken in your stand mixer

Life Hack: How To Shred Chicken in Your Mixer

As I was preparing chicken tacos the other night, a friend asked me what I was doing when I put the cooked chicken into my Kitchenaid stand mixer bowl. When I told her I was just shredding it quickly, she was amazed. You can shred chicken in your mixer? Yes! It takes just a few seconds, and is so much easier than pulling it apart with two forks.   I know this is a simple post–basic. But I just learned about this trick…

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BIG HERO 6

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Pictures is at it again with a fun new animated movie coming to theaters this fall.   With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the…

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ANO-June-Group-Giveaway

$100 Target Gift Card #Giveaway!

  Welcome to the A Night Owl June Group Giveaway! Hi friends! Today the friends of A Night Owl are joining up to bring you an amazing $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway! And we all KNOW you love Target, so what are you waiting for? Enter today via the Rafflecopter form below! Open in the USA and Canada. Ends at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014. a Rafflecopter giveaway TERMS & CONDITIONS: this giveaway is open to US and…

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