Family Time – Importance of Slowing down

It feels like we are always on the go. Constantly going from one activity to the next. Whether it’s the kids sports practices, games, or a family event, we rarely have a moment of downtime. While I love that my kids play sports and I enjoy watching them play (well…except for when it’s freezing or raining…I don’t really like those days), I do sometimes wonder what life would be like if they didn’t play sports and we had more time to do other things. However, those are just little passing thoughts, the reality is, our kids are very involved in travel sports and that’s OK! With that said, when we have those days (or weekends…weekends are glorious) when we have nothing scheduled, but family time, I get very excited!

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Why Family Time is Important

In this day and age, where everyone is always on the run, it is so important to remember to take whatever time we have to slow down and enjoy family time. What you do with that time is solely up to you. In our house, when we have a free moment, we like to do the following:

  • Play board games and card games

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  • Watch movies
  • Watch HGTV (my daughter is literally obsessed with this channel…she’s 11!)
  • Play outside

This Weekend’s Family Time

This weekend was one of those rare weekends when we didn’t have much of anything going on. It was truly lovely! Sunday afternoon, we all piled up on the couches and watched Woody Woodpecker. Remember that show?!? I watched the cartoon all the time when I was a kid! The fun thing about this new Woody Woodpeckerfamily time movie is that it seamlessly blends live action and CGI animation.

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About Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker is back with his signature laugh, wacky antics and wisecracks in his first ever live-action/animated film. Woody must protect his forest home from Lance Walters (Omundson), who starts building his dream mansion in the forest with his son Tommy (Verchere), and fiancée, Vanessa (Ayala). To make matters worse, Woody must avoid the clutches of two grizzly poachers. With a series of crazy hijinks to sabotage their plans, Woody proves he’ll stop at nothing to defend his turf. Get ready for laughs in this hilarious comedy about everyone’s favorite woodpecker!

My kids, especially my daughter, really enjoyed this movie. She found it rather funny that I used to watch Woody Woodpecker when I was a kid. Interestingly enough, the legendary icon was created in 1940 and appeared in theaters until it debuted on television in 1957!


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Netflix – Best Shows to Watch

On January 5th of this year, I had gallbladder surgery. While I am feeling much better without my gallbladder, I am not bouncing back as easily. The level of exhaustion I am feeling is insane. My surgeon told me that while I had laparoscopic surgery, I have to remember that I still had major surgery. At any rate, while I work to rest and hopefully get back to normal, I have been watching a lot of Netflix!

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Why Binge Netflix?

I have been binge watching shows for YEARS! It first started when I was in high school. I was (and still am) addicted to Days of Our Lives. Back then, I would use the VCR in my parents room to record every episode while I was at school. Over the weekend, I would watch all five episodes, fast forward through the commercials (and the boring parts) and set the VCR for the following week. So I’ve been binge watching shows before Netflix was even a thing!

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Seriously though, we binge watch because we like to have it all now. When I am looking for a show to watch, I look to see how many seasons are out. The more the better. I just finished a show and am very frustrated that I have to wait a few months to be able to watch the fourth season. So I do what any other binger does…I find a new show to watch!

My Favorite Shows on Netflix

Below are my favorite shows I’ve watched on Netflix and would recommend to anyone looking for a new show to watch.

  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Scandal
  • Mindhunter
  • Stranger Things
  • Parenthood
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Bates Motel
  • Switched at Birth
  • Hart of Dixie
  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • Friends from College

Out of the list above, the top five shows I think you HAVE to watch now are Hart of Dixie, Parenthood, Bates Motel, How to Get Away with Murder and Grey’s Anatomy. Each one of those shows, I could watch again and again and never get sick of them. I won’t tell you how many times I’ve seen each episode of Grey’s Anatomy!

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Recommended Shows

I keep a list of shows on my phone that people recommend to me. Some I will watch eventually, others I am waiting until my husband is home on the weekends to start watching with him. Those recommended Netflix shows are:

  • Persons of Interest
  • Riverdale
  • The End of the Fxxxing World
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Bloodline
  • Narcos
  • Shameless
  • Black Mirror
  • Glitch

Have you seen any of those shows? My husband and I watched the first 15 minutes of Persons of Interest (we thought we were watching a preview…long story) and we were hooked! We want to finish Stranger Things before we start another show.


Unique Prints with Photowall

Finding the right piece of art to hang on your wall can be frustrating. Especially if you are indecisive like me. When we redid our family room, I knew what I wanted the wall over the couch to look like, but finding the right pieces and then making the decision to buy those pieces, took some time. For some people (me included, in some regards), they may be looking for unique prints or a way to print their own images on a canvas or even as a wall mural! I have a picture that I took when I was in Northern Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes that would be gorgeous printed as a canvas! No matter what you are looking to do when it comes to the wall art for your home, Photowall has you covered!

*I received a canvas of my choosing for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own*

When I was approached by Photowall to receive a canvas print or wall mural of my choice, I got really excited! We had just finished our family room remodel, but had one small wall that needed something. After searching store after store, I couldn’t find that piece that screamed out to me that it just had to be on my wall. Being indecisive, it was a bit overwhelming to look through the Photowall site and choose just one image. I knew I was looking for unique prints; something I couldn’t find at the store, but what exactly, I wasn’t sure. Then I started thinking about the things that I liked. The style that we were going for in our home. As we remodel different area’s of our home, we are taking on a more rustic, farmhouse look with our home. My husband really likes pictures of barns. So I did a search for barns on the Photowall site and found the perfect picture for our family room!

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The picture is absolutely stunning! As you can see in the next  picture, it looks amazing next to the wood wall we did in our family room. As much as I hate to say it, my husband was right about the barn photo being the picture we needed for that wall!

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About Photowall and their Unique Prints

Photowall is a Swedish company that has a passion for both design and quality. Each of their prints are environmentally friendly, fire retardant (in accordance with Swedish standards), and they do not fade in sunlight. All of their prints carry a 100% guarantee. They offer worldwide shipping with free delivery in EU and free 2-3 day shipping in the U.S. I ordered my print a couple days before Christmas. I fully expected to receive my print after Christmas. However, I received in three days later…before Christmas!

If you are ordering a canvas, you have the ability to choose whether you want it to include the DIY frame or just the canvas. I chose the DIY frame. With assembly videos that Photowall provides on their website and the directions included in the shipment, it was very easy to get this canvas put together and up on the wall.

Take a look at the Photowall website. There are definitely prints there for everyone and every room in your house! If you are a U.S. customer, then you will need to order from this site. Enjoy!

Family Friendly New Year’s Eve

Before we had kids, my husband and I would go out to dinner for New Year’s Eve and then head home, put pjs on and play Trivial Pursuitfamily friendly. We were (and still are) super competitive with each other. Since having kids, our New Year’s Eve traditions have changed quite a bit. Neither one of us really care about huge parties or going out to a bar for the night. So having a family friendly celebration is what we have been doing for the last 13 years (minus a few years when the kids had sleepovers with their grandparents)!

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Planning a Family Friendly New Year’s Eve

When you think of New Year’s Eve parties, what do you think of? I think of food, bubbly drinks and the ball dropping. Guess what, you can have all of that in your family friendly celebration! With little ones, you may not want to keep them up until midnight. That’s totally understandable. When mine were little, it didn’t matter how late they stayed up, they still woke up at 7 am! So, with the help of YouTube, I would pull up the previous years ball dropping and have the kids watch that. They totally thought they got to stay up until the ball dropped, when in reality, they went to bed at their bedtime! Total mom win!

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It’s tradition, in our family, to do fun little poppers at Thanksgiving. I don’t know when or where it started, but my kids look forward to it every single year. Your kids will have fun with these super easy DIY poppers! Fill them with confetti (buy your confettifamily friendly here for a really good price) and a little piece of candy! Don’t have time to make your poppers, buy them!

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I promise you, your kids will love these poppers, no matter their age!

Family Friendly Food Options

The best food to have for your family friendly New Year’s Eve party is finger foods. Think chicken fingers like these Catalina Crunch Chicken Fingers Recipe. They are super kid friendly and delicious! My kids devour them! Other favorites:

 

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Another fun option, and one your kids will surely remember, is making chocolate fondue! Pick up some fruit, marshmallows, donuts (cut them in bite size pieces), etc and have at it! They will love it! If you don’t have a fondue set, then check this one out! This fondue setfamily friendly is on a super sale right now!

Whatever you decide to do for your New Year’s Eve, have fun with it. Your kids will remember these fun traditions for years to come!

What do you do on New Year’s Eve?

Christmas Gifts for Last Minute Shoppers

Christmas is right around the corner. I am pretty much done with Christmas gifts for my kids, but my husband…I have just one thing for him. A Travel Squatty Potty. Not even joking! He hasn’t given me any ideas, so…Travel Squatty Potty it is! While I am done with my kids, I still have more shopping to do. Now that the weather has gotten colder, I don’t want to go outside so I will be getting the rest of my last minute shopping done online. Gotta love Amazon Prime!

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Christmas Gifts for Husbands and Dads

Since I still have my husband to shop for, I am scouring Amazon for different ideas for him. He’s very difficult to shop for. He never wants much, and the things he does want, he usually just picks up for himself. Which is rather annoying this time of year! Since he has an Apple Watch, I was thinking a new band or two would be great.

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Another great gift idea, and one that would get used a lot, is a bathrobe. My husband is tall, so finding a bathrobe, in the store, that fits his arm length is difficult. But not on Amazon…simply search “men’s tall bathrobe” and you get lots of options!

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Christmas Gifts for Kids

I don’t about your kids, but mine love playing board games. We love when Santa brings board games for the kids and gives it to them as a joint gift! Here are some of our favorites (and almost all of them are on a super sale right now so be sure to pick them up while they are so cheap)!

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Christmas Gifts for Wives and Moms

Being a stay at home mom, I am always like gifts that help me relax or make my life easier. Some of my favorite gift ideas are:

 

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Shopping for the holidays doesn’t need to be stressful. I think we put so much pressure on ourselves to get the perfect gift. So long as the gift is well thought out and comes from the heart, then it is the perfect gift. For more gift ideas, be sure to check out the gift section on Diaries of a Domestic Goddess. I have gift ideas for all ages!

What is your favorite gift you are giving this year?