It was Friday night and my teenage boy was staying up late. I kissed him good night and headed up to bed as the glow of Battlefront on the Xbox One filled the room. Somewhere in my deep slumber, I heard Jack running up the stairs. He showed me a text he had just received. An anonymous text. We [...]

If you looked in a thesaurus, you would expect to see the word failure as a synonym for resolution. The word seems to conjure up feelings of dread, weakness, and fear. But what if we looked at it in a different way? When we make a resolution we make a firm decision to do or [...]

You have the bulk of your Christmas shopping done but those empty stockings are hanging there looking so lonely. You need ideas. Ideas for stocking stuffers for teenagers! Wasting money just to fill those bad boys up is not an option. You’re looking for things your teenagers will actually use. Practical, fun, interesting stocking stuffers! [...]

Sometimes it seems as though hands are reaching out to you from every direction in hopes of cold hard cash being passed their way. Mail, Facebook, emails, phone calls, schools, those cute little girl scouts, and even the guy on the corner with a cardboard sign. Everyone has a passion and they want you to [...]

The White Elephant Gift Exchange is easy on the budget and a fun way to celebrate with family and friends! Use our White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules and Printables to make your Christmas party a smashing success! Why is it called White Elephant? White Elephant is defined as a possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one [...]

Yay for Birthday emails from all my favorite stores! The kids and I were on a mission to use every last one. We walked into a shoe store to use a $10 Birthday certificate and headed straight to the socks and wallets. As we looked at the choices, my daughter gasped and held up a wallet she [...]

There’s going to be a Dirty Santa party and you want to have the best gift. The gift your friends will fight for. The gift that’s useful AND fun! Can you pull it off? Dirty Santa gifts are typically something fun, new, unique, and in good taste. Unlike the White Elephant gift exchange, Dirty Santa [...]

Whether you are hosting A Teenage Christmas Party  or your teenager is planning to attend a Dirty Santa Party, you need a great gift! The gift they will all love but, more importantly, the gift that brings laughter and fun! We’ve hosted a few of those parties and I like to think I’m in tune with what my [...]

Hello, Blake here. Jayleen is my better half! I hope to be a regular contributor to this blog. For my first entry, I would like to address the over use of the word HERO. Particularly, military veterans being seen as heroes. I am a proud Army veteran! I served my country well, if I do [...]

Are you looking for gift ideas for 13 year old boys? Our in-house 13 year old has come to the rescue! He even blessed us with the reasons WHY he loves these gift ideas. This boy is always full of ideas and is actually easy to buy for. The hard part is narrowing it down a [...]

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