The Elf On The Shelf

The Elf On The Shelf – A Christmas Tradition

Halloween has come and gone and Christmas is quickly approaching. A few years ago, The Elf On The Shelf became the big Christmas craze. If you are not familiar with The Elf On The Shelf, it is a book that was written in 2005 by Carol Aebersold and her daughter, Chanda Bell. The book tells a Christmas story about one of Santa’s scout elves visiting your home from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. The elf watches over your children during the day, and every night when your children go to sleep, he or she flies back to the North Pole to tell Santa if they have been naughty or nice. When your elf returns to your home, he hides in a new place, and when your children wake up, they have to find him. What a fun game of hide and seek for little ones! Read More

Build-A-Bear Binky Bear

The Binky Bear – How We Got Rid Of The Pacifier!

When the time comes for your little one to stop using their binky, whether on your terms or theirs, there are a number of ways to get rid of it. Some parents choose to take it away cold turkey, while their children are still young. They deal with a few rough nights and then they’re done with it. Others choose to let their children keep their binky until they’re ready to get rid of it on their own. With my boys, I fall into the second group. Read More

When and how to take away the binky

The Binky – When And How To Take It Away

So many parents struggle with deciding when they should take away their child’s pacifier, or as we call it in our house, “binky”. Before I had children, I would look at the 3 year old in the store with his binky in his mouth, and think “There is no way I am going to allow my kids to have a binky at that age!” Then my son, Caleb, came along… Read More

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin Picking With The Family

Just as much as I love apple picking, I also really love pumpkin picking. There’s something about spending the day outdoors with my family that I just can’t get enough of. I truly enjoy watching my children explore and search for their “perfect” pumpkins. Read More