10 Whole30 Holiday Recipes

Delicious Whole30 Thanksgiving and Christmas Recipes.

As the holidays approach, you’re probably already thinking about what to serve for dinner. Maybe you’re not hosting, but you’ve been asked to contribute a dish. Good food is a huge part of celebrating the holidays for me, but I also know that I feel so much better when I avoid certain foods. So this year I’m trying to find a balance of traditional and Whole30 holiday recipes for the holidays.

There are so many delicious Whole30 recipes to choose from. If you’re not familiar with the Whole30, you can read more about my experience here and here. Keep in mind that many of these recipes also fit Paleo guidelines, either as is or with some minor substitutions. read more

Printable Kids Valentines

Valentine’s day is one of those holidays that sneaks up on me every year. All of a sudden we’re frantically trying to scrape together the kids’ valentines for their classmates, and it’s anything but fun. If you’re looking for free, printable Valentine’s Day cards, I’ve got you covered! One of my kiddos can’t bring any edible treats this year and the other can only bring non-candy so I stuck with mostly non-food options.

A round-up of free, printable kids valentines.

Non-food valentines

Abby from Just a Girl & Her Blog shared five days of her own printable valentines, and these lego-themed cards are adorable. They would be cute enough on their own, but attaching the mini block set is an extra treat. She also shared a cute idea for a teacher gift and other cute printable card options. read more

10 Days of Advent: Day Seven

The kids have been out of school for all of four days so let’s take a survey. How many of you have kids who have already said “I’m bored” at least once?? In spite of all the excitement of Christmas coming, the reality is that there are a lot more hours in the day to fill when school’s out. My kids are in a stage of life where they’re having a hard time getting along. I can only play referee for so long before I’m a frazzled mess so craft time is a great way to keep everyone busy and happy. read more

Three Ways the Elf on the Shelf Can Teach the True Meaning of Christmas

All you have to do is type “elf on the shelf” into the Pinterest search bar and you’ll find thousands of clever, crafty and hilarious ideas for this notorious holiday mischief-maker. We first introduced the Elf on the Shelf in our home when our daughter was 3. While the kids look forward to the return of our elf with great anticipation, my opinion has changed a bit over the years.

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I first thought of the Elf as a fun Christmas tradition with the side benefit of encouraging good behavior. As the years have passed, I’ve started to worry that the Elf might be a hindrance to the message we really want our kids to hear during the Christmas season. While it’s natural for little ones to focus on presents and the magic of Santa Claus, we also want them to remember the real reason that we celebrate Christmas… the birth of Jesus. read more

Favorite Christmas Movies

In our family, Thanksgiving is the official kickoff of the Christmas season. We don’t listen to Christmas music, watch Christmas movies, or decorate the house until after Thanksgiving. Watching my favorite movies throughout the holiday season is one of the things I enjoy most. It’s not like I’m going to watch Elf in April, so it’s a treat reserved for this special time of year. In no particular order, here are my top ten, tried and true favorite Christmas movies.

Are you ready for the holiday season? These 10 movies are sure to get you ready to celebrate.

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