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Cookie Decorating and Egg Hunt Party

In Mommyhood

*This post was sponsored by Party City and the majority of the products that you see were supplied for use in planning this party. I love celebrating holidays.  Not necessarily in huge ways but I do enjoy heart shaped items for Valentine’s day, green colored things for St. Patrick’s day, pumpkins, and fireworks…you get the idea.  That’s why I started my cookie tradition with Gav.  I was able to take those little pieces that I love and turn them into a tradition.  There are a few holidays, however, that I enjoy more than others.  Christmas is pretty obvious, but I also really enjoy the Easter season.  

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The Elves Have Arrived!

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It was late afternoon on Black Friday.  We had had a wonderful holiday the night before filled with family, playing, and even a little “slapping whip cream in the facing”.  As we came back in from an errand, there they were!  Santa’s scout elves had arrived!  But there was something different this year. First of all, there were two elves instead of just one and each came with his very own scarf.  One with a G and one with an R so we can tell them apart.  Gav immediately knew which on was his.  And they also had a note, tell the boys who they were and why they were here.  The note read as such: All story telling aside, I’m so excited about doing kindness elves this year!  I’m really working on getting Gav into the spirit of giving rather than getting this year.  He’s almost five (insert big crocodile mama tears) and he understands a lot more now.  It’s a super hard lesson to teach as a parent, heck, it’s difficult as an adult sometimes but the reward to so amazing.  I want my boys to experience that, the joy you get from seeing the joy in others….

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We Always Make Cookies

We Always Make Cookies

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Last year, during a small group, we talked about traditions.  As I thought about it, I couldn’t think of anything that was specific to our family and that made me a little sad.  It also made me determined to start at least one!  We were then directed to think about them less as “traditions” and more of “we always…” statements.  Then I got to thinking about what I could do that would be very specific to me and my boys.  What will they remember years from now, tell their kids about, and possibly carry on. So what I came up with was cookies.  For every holiday, we make cookies in fun shapes, decorate them, and enjoy!  It’s pretty ironic too since my mother never fails to recall this one story of when I was younger and I told her that I was going to be a “real mom” and make cookies for my kids.  *facepalm* I mean, come on…I promise I wasn’t always that awful! I finally found a recipe that I didn’t have to completely make from scratch and works so well.  The first time I tried it, my ghosts turned out a little portly and my pumpkins looked…

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