How to Give Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience Gifts to Your Loved Ones

Give Your Loved One a Once In a Lifetime Experience Gift with Cloud9 Living

Holiday shopping can be stressful as you search high and low to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. This year consider thinking outside the box by giving experience gifts to your loved ones. Would your dad love to be a fighter pilot for a day or play a round of golf at PGA National? Would your sister love to learn to fly or have a private wine tasting with a master sommelier? Would your husband love to race a Ferrari or learn to sail? All of those experiences sound incredible, right? Cloud 9 Living makes it simple to give any of these or a multitude of other options.

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Double Chocolate OREO Cookie Ball Christmas Ornaments {Perfect for Gifts!}

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Double Chocolate OREO Cookie Ball Christmas Ornaments with a Free Printable Gift Tag #OREOCookieBall #ad

Holiday treats are one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season, and I love to make them for our family and to share and give to friends. Today I’m sharing an easy recipe for Double Chocolate OREO Cookie Balls made to look like little Christmas ornaments with candy cane hooks. These adorable treats are perfect for teacher, neighbor, and hostess gifts, or for your own holiday party. Find lots more fun ideas for making festive OREO Cookie Balls. I’ve long been intimidated by cookie balls and was shocked to find out how easy they really are to make. Read on to find out how to make your own.

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Advent with Kids – Reading Song of the Stars & Playing with the Nativity

Advent with Kids Reading Song of the Stars and Playing with the Nativity

The Advent season is one of my favorite times of the year, as we celebrate the awaited arrival of Jesus. My goal this year is to involve the whole family in our Advent traditions to make the joy of Christmas real and full for our kids. We will be using a Jesse Tree and the Jesus Storybook Bible each day starting November 30th, along with a fun activity each day. I’ve joined with a group of other Kid Blogger Network bloggers to bring you a special Storybook Advent series to help you incorporate books and kid activities in to your holiday celebration, as well as a Christmas Read and Play series all about our favorite holiday books. I’m sharing a quick and fun way to bring the Christmas story to life with your kids using The Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story along with a children’s nativity set and a few extra friends.

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5 Must Have Beauty Gifts + My REVERSE Regimen Review Follow Up

Taking better care of myself has been a goal of mine this year, one that I’m still working on. My weight and fitness level are not where I want them yet, but one part of self care where I’ve greatly improved is my skin care routine. I shared with y’all a few months ago about starting the REVERSE Regimen from Rodan and Fields. Today I’m sharing an update after using the regimen for a few months as well as 5 must have beauty gifts to think about when shopping for a loved one (or yourself). Please promise to ignore my greasy hair in the photos below…
5 Must Have Beauty Gifts

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20+ Ideas for Preschool and Toddler Christmas Fun

20+ Ideas for Preschool and Toddler Christmas Fun

The most wonderful time of the year is here and we are so ready to create special Christmas memories with our family. With a toddler and a preschooler in our house, the wonder and magic of the season is in full effect. I’ve spend time gathering the best ideas for preschool and toddler Christmas fun to share with you and your wee ones. Pick a few ideas and spread holiday cheer in your home. Don’t forget to enter to win one of 4 $500 CASH prizes we’re giving away at the bottom of this post to make your holiday extra special. If you’re looking for gift ideas for your favorite toddler, you’ll find our gift guide for 1-3 year olds here.

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Ten Fun & Festive Family Christmas Traditions

Ten Fun and Festive Family Christmas Traditions to start with your family.

Holiday traditions can be full of joy and meaning, and are different for every family. You may bring in traditions from your own childhood as well as from your spouse’s family of origin, and combine them to make new ones for your own children. As I shared in this post about Ways to Simplify the Holiday Season, we make a list of all the things we want to experience during the holidays at the beginning so we make sure to prioritize and not get caught up in the busyness. Today I’m sharing ten of our favorite Christmas traditions with you, and I’d love to hear about your own in the comments section. Don’t forget to check out the links at the bottom of this post to find more Festive Family Fun ideas from the Festive Family bloggers. Our MASSIVE Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway ends tonight (11/17) at midnight, so be sure to enter at the bottom of this post. (more…)

Ten DIY Holiday Keepsake Ornaments

10 DIY Holiday Keepsake Ornaments

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is creating DIY holiday keepsake ornaments each year to remember important events, stages in life, and vacations. The next year as we decorate the tree as a family we are reminded of those precious memories by the ornaments we hang. I’ve compiled a list of 10 easy DIY holiday keepsake ornaments you can make yourself. They are simple and frugal options and I hope they will become family favorites at your house as you create them. At the bottom of this post you’ll find links to other DIY holiday posts from the Festive Family bloggers as well as the entry form for our HUGE Festive Family Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway with over $1800 in prizes that ends November 17th.

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Gifts for Toddlers ~ Educational, Active, & Fun Ideas

The Best Gifts for Toddlers Educational Active Fun Ideas

Toddlers are fun all year round, but especially during the holidays. They can be a handful, but fill my heart with joy as well. Their eyes aglow with wonder at the lights on the tree, singing carols with the words all wrong, throwing a fit during that visit with Santa, caring more about the gift wrap than the present itself… all of it makes for a special holiday season. If you are looking to be strategic with your toddler gift giving this year by choosing gifts that will grow with your child and benefit them throughout the year, I’ve got the list for the best gifts for toddlers with options for every budget. With an 18 month old and 3 year old in our house, we are not looking to pile a bunch of stuff under the tree, but want to give our kids meaningful, useful gifts they’ll love. At this age you get to choose the gifts you want them to have rather than the latest toy they’re obsessed with, because they don’t really know any better. Read on to find our ideas and share your own in the comments section.

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Festive Activities for Kids: Create Time Capsule Christmas Ornaments {Free Printable}

Create Time Capsule Christmas Ornaments with Kids

Looking for a sweet keepsake ornament to make with your kids that captures a bit of who they are right now but requires zero craft skills? You’ve come to the right place. My DIY Time Capsule Christmas Ornaments are super easy, get the kids involved, cost almost nothing, and will be a precious memento for years to come. Read on to find out how to make your own. You’ll find festive kid activities from the Festive Family bloggers at the bottom of this post as well as the entry form for our MASSIVE Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway with over $1800 in prizes. Don’t forget to enter!

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