Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Enjoy Every Holiday Moment #LivePadFree

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Walmart and Poise Impressa. All opinions are my own. 

Christmas decorating begins NOW!

It's the most wonderful time of year.

It's the time of year to climb up into the attic and pull down all of the Christmas decorations. It's the time of year to climb up and down the ladder, to adorn your home with Christmas lights. Lots and lots of Christmas lights. It's the time of year to drink hot cocoa with your family.

Christmas decorating begins NOW!

It's the time of year to get all gussied up, to go to a different Christmas party every Saturday evening of the entire month of December. It's the time of year to laugh endless laughs with friends, old and new.

Know what could put a damper on said Christmas activities, that happen during the most wonderful time of year?? Bladder leaks. Yep, I said it. Bladder leaks.

Let's talk, ladies.

As a mom of five, there are a few things that this old body just can't always, 100% control. I mean, a good jump on the trampoline and...let's just say I gave up on my jumping days long ago. Oh my gosh, when I get together with a bunch of girlfriends, and we laugh until we cry? Yeah, you know. #tinkle So, needless to say, I'm pretty excited to be teaming up with Walmart and Poise Impressa®. No more bladder leaks, y'all!

Now, with Poise Impressa® I can climb up into the attic, go up and down the ladder, and enjoy cup after cup of hot cocoa. I can get all gussied up to attend numerous Christmas parties and laugh lots of laughs with my girlfriends. But, I won't be laughing "until I pee my pants!!"

Somebody find me a trampoline. This momma has a new confidence to JUMP!

I can even enjoy a day date with my hunky hubby, to do a little Christmas shopping. 

Day date with Hubs-2

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Watch this video, and see how women, just like you and me, are enjoying the Holidays leak-free. 

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

8 of the Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Depending on when your Elf returns from the North Pole, you still have a few weeks to spend with him.  I thought it would be nice to give you a few ideas of what you can do with, a few ideas of what shenanigans he may pull while he's in your home.

8 of the best elf on the shelf ideas

Last year, our elf, Snowflake, introduced himself though a Magic Door in our living room. My kids were skeptical at first but, they each grew to enjoy seeing where Snowflake would be the following morning. Truth be told, I had a lot of fun with it, too!

elf on the shelf magic door
{I got the door from Michael's, spray painted it white, sprinkled with LOTS of glitter and nailed to the wall. The little wreath is a mini wreath that I found a 6-pack of, also at Michael's. The string of lights is a necklace from Walgreens that really lights up! Finally, the door mat is a scrap of Christmas burlap that I sewed and then made fray a bit on the edges. }

Last year I had every intention in making Snowflake bendable. Because I never got around to it, he was limited in what he could pull off. This year I'm not holding back! I'm going to follow the directions in this tutorial and make it happen!

Wanna see what Snowflake may be up to this year? Here are a few great ideas I found!

Chocolate wasted elf
We'll call this one Chocolate Lover. Imagine the looks on your kid's faces when they come down to see their elf digging into the chocolate chips!

Elf on the Shelf Replace Stockings
This naughty elf replaced all of the stockings with the family's undies. {even a baby diaper!} Do elves get put on the naughty list??

holiday help
How many Charlie Brown's Christmas fans do we have? Set up this "the elf is in" booth for your kids to enjoy.

snowball fight
Have a little wintry fun indoors with your elf and one of his best pals. Create a couple Lego walls and have them "throw" marshmallows at one another for a good old fashioned snowball fight!

cookies, please
Elves get hungry, too. This elf was making it pretty clear to his family that he was in the mood for a sweet snack. He said please. I wonder if he ever got his cookies?? You'll have to click through to the original blogger to see. 

blame game
My kids have a horrible habit of blaming it {whatever "it" may be at the moment} on their brother or sister...whoever isn't in the room gets the blame. Every time. How funny will it be when the roles are reversed? This Blame Game WILL be played by our very own Snowflake!

Your turn. Leave me a link with your best elf shenanigans. I may put together another round-up of ideas and feature yours!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Thanksgiving is a time for family to GATHER. We GATHER in the kitchen to prepare a Thanksgiving feast. We GATHER around the table, to give thanks for the food, that is prepared before us. We GATHER around the living room to allow the tryptophan to kick in. We GATHER back in the kitchen to make leftover turkey sandwiches. We GATHER, amiright?! At the end of a long day of spending time with the friends and family that we love, why not end your day with one final GATHER?

I've gathered a handful of movies [see what I did there?], that are a perfect way to end the day. Whether you have toddlers, tweens, teens, or are a family of all adults, there's a movie listed that you can ALL enjoy. Grab a great big bowl of popcorn, a comfy throw blanket, your loved ones, and settle in for a quiet evening at home.

Miracle on 34th Street - This classic film will get you in the holiday spirit. Since the opening scene is at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, it is a great movie for Thanksgiving!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - This is a movie, admittedly, I've never seen. But, with Steven Martin and the late John Candy as the two main characters, it must be a good one. 

Grumpy Old Men - This movie reminds me of my grandpa; not because he was a grumpy old man, but because he loved this movie. It's important to remember family members that are no longer with us. Bonus: This movie will make you laugh, too. 

Curly Sue - There's nothing quite like a movie to pull on your heartstrings during the holidays. I had forgotten about this gem. Curly Sue will have you laughing and crying. It might even inspire you to help a family in need. Maybe. Hopefully. 

Know what I'd really love to do this Thanksgiving? I'd love to take my family to see Disney's new MOANA. [I won't go ON Thanksgiving, because I don't think anyone, other than emergency personnel, should be working on a family holiday. But, on Friday...GAME ON. Or, is it MOVIE ON?!] Have you seen Moana yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment telling me what you thought.

What movie did I forget? Is there a family favorite, that you'd be willing to share with me? Let me know, in the comments, which movie I should GATHER my family to watch this Thanksgiving!

Disclaimer: Each movie title contains an affiliate link to purchase said movie. What does that mean? It means, should you buy the movie mentioned, my family gets a small percentage of the sale, from Amazon Affiliates. That's all. It doesn't cost you anything extra. Promise. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Most Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

It's about this time each year that I begin to panic. THANKSGIVING IS NEXT WEEK! Have you bought your turkey yet? Do you also have ham on Thanksgiving? We have both ham and turkey. And, like I said, I tend to panic...and, in my panic, I forget things. 

This year, I am on it! I will not forget the whole cloves in my ham. [It's a sore subject for my ham loving husband, even one year later.] I will not buy pre-made pumpkin pie. I will make a double batch of green bean casserole, even if I am the only one who eats it. [The older I get, the more I appreciate leftovers.]

In an effort to help me prepare for Turkey Day, I scoured Pinterest for the yummiest side dishes for your Thanksgiving meal. Or, maybe you don't live near family, these yummy side dishes will be perfect for your Friendsgiving. 

Green Bean Casserole was yucky looking to me, when I was a kid. Now, I can't get enough. I double batch it, y'all! And eat leftovers for dayzzz.

My husband's Aunt Debby makes an amazing cream corn something every year. I've never asked for her recipe...maybe, because I'm too busy shoving it in my mouth. LOL In my search, I came across this recipe and it looks pretty similar.

This roll recipe had me at honey butter. Is there a combination more delicious? Well, there's green bean casserole, but I digress.

Mashed potatoes are quite possibly the easiest of all side dishes. But, if done improperly, they can also be the most boring. Will you look at all of that BUTTAH on top of these mashed potatoes?!?! I say, YES, PLEASE!

Here's yet another Thanksgiving side dish, that I turned my nose up to, as a kid. I certainly wonder what younger me was thinking...who the heck doesn't like marshmallow?!?! Now that I'm older and wiser *snicker*, I will gobble this up, and go back for seconds!

Since the day I married my husband and became a wife, I've been on the search for a creamy, cheesy, yummy macaroni and cheese. My sister-in-law makes a good mac 'n cheese, but she's tight-lipped on her recipe. So, to the Pinterest boards I went. And, I think I've found us a good one!

What is your most favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving? Tell me your favorite recipes in the comments, or share it with me on Pinterest.

If you're looking for a few Last Minute Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids, I got you! If you make one [or two] of them, tag me. I'm @jonahbonah on all social media. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

How to Make FLUBBER

So, what do you do when it's rainy out and there are antsy kiddos? You make FLUBBER!!

FLUBBER is super easy to make, it's super FUN to make, and watching the chemical reactions from the different ingredients is super interesting to watch. It's a science experiment, and the kids won't even realize it. That's a mama WIN right there!

Here's what you'll need to make hours of play for your littles.


First, create mixture one:
one large bowl
3/4 cups warm water
1 cup school glue {two 4 oz. bottles or one 8 oz. bottle}
food coloring, to have colored FLUBBER

Next, create mixture two:
a second large bowl
2 teaspoons borax {found in the laundry aisle or click here to buy it}
1/2 cup warm water



Stir mixture one together in one bowl, and mixture two in another bowl. Make sure both mixtures are mixed well.




Now, combine the two. Pour mixture two into mixture one. This is where the chemical reaction begins. There's no need to stir the two mixtures, just reach in and pull out a glob of FLUBBER!





Jonah and Jett absolutely LOVED making this! We will definitely make this again!

{store in an air tight container.}

Thank you, Nani and Aunt Kel for making FLUBBER with us.

recipe adapted from

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

4 Lessons Learned in Disney's Queen of Katwe

This post is sponsored by Disney Pictures. I was invited to a prescreening for Queen of Katwe, all opinions are my own. 


When I received the invitation to go see an early screening of Disney's newest film Queen of Katwe, I was thrilled. I had seen images and heard buzz floating around social media, and I wanted to see what this movie was all about. I took my 7-year-old daughter, McKinley, with me. I was worried that the movie would be too advanced for her, or that she would find it boring. Her thoughts were the exact opposite. Read on to learn why.

 Queen of Katwe
"Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong." - Robert Katende

Queen of Katwe, based on a true story, is breathtaking. From the moment the movie begins you'll be captivated by the sights and sounds of Uganda, the location filming took place in. Having never travelled outside of the United States, I found my mind wandering to what it must be like to live in a country stricken with such poverty. The homes were merely unstable structures with tin roofs, one house literally propping the next up. They didn't have floors or doors, like we know in our country. The windows were simply cut outs in the walls. As soon as the sun rose each day, the people of the village ventured out to sell their harvests or wares.

We have it SO good.  The way of life in Uganda, as shown in Queen of Katwe, hasn't left my mind since seeing the film. I think it's important for us, as parents, to show our children how other boys and girls live. We are a blessed country. Truth be told, our children are spoiled. I want all of my kids to see this film, so they can appreciate the game systems, toys, and clothing they have.

Family comes first.  I have a large family of five children. Watching how Harriet [played by Lupita Amondi Nyong'o], Phiona's mother, has unwavering strength and determination to see her children succeed, is inspiring. She faces loss, homelessness, tragedy, tough decisions, and so much more. Yet, she holds her head high and smiles.

Believe in yourself.  Phiona [played by Madina Nalwanga] questioned her ability to beat the boys who she competed against. She even nearly gave up. In the end...oh, you'll HAVE to see for yourself.

Not everyone can be a winner.  In today's society, everyone gets a participation trophy. I love, that in Queen of Katwe, not everyone wins. You must work hard to win.

Queen of Katwe is a BEAUTIFUL film. My 7-year-old is still talking about the beautiful girl who beats the boys in that game. "What's it called, mama?" Chess. "Yes, chess."

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Last Minute Craft Ideas for Thanksgiving

last minute craft ideas for thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only days away. DAYS! But, there's still plenty of time to make some Indians and Pilgrims or re-enact the Mayflower. Today, I have a bunch of great crafts that you can make with your kids just in time for Turkey Day!

family of indians craft for kids
/1/ Family of Indians - How much fun would it be to put your head on little Indian bodies? Ooh, you could use these as place cards at your Thanksgiving table! How cute would that be?

I am thankful pumpkin
/2/ Thankful Pumpkin - Cut strips of orange paper, ask the kids what they are most thankful for and create a pumpkin from the strips. During dinner you can talk about all of these things.

/3/ Thankful Tree - Have the kids color this Thankful Tree before your guests arrive. Leave a small basket filled with paper leaves and a marker on a table next to it and have each of your friends and family write what they are thankful for and pin it to the tree. 

/4/ Football Turkey - One thing I remember about Thanksgiving as a child was the TV being turned on after dinner. It was always football. These football turkeys are perfect if you're also a football loving family!

/5/ Bubble Wrap Turkey - If you can keep your kids from popping all of the bubbles in the bubble wrap then you'll have bubble wrap turkeys, too!

turkey hand print card
/6/ Turkey Hand Print Card - These Blessings cards would be a very nice way to tell someone that you're thankful for them. Keep snail mail alive!

/7/ Hand Print Native Americans - I just LOVE hand print crafts! They just might be my favorite craft ever! So, when I found these little Indians I had to share them with you!

mayflower pilgrims
/8/ Pilgrim Hand Prints - Teach your children a bit of World History as they create this hand print Mayflower craft. A teaching lesson AND a craft. Win-win!

/9/ Napkin Holder Placecards - You could either use construction paper or recycle paper towel tubes to re-create these Indian and Pilgrim napkin holders. 

chief headdress indian craft
/10/ Chief Headdress Indian Craft - I've always wanted to make my kids great big Chief Headdresses and build a tee-pee in the backyard for a photoshoot. I'm thinking this tutorial is exactly what I needed to make it happen!

/11/ Printable Coloring Placemat - Do you have a Kids' Table at your Thanksgiving Feast? I bet if these placemats would've been offered when I was a kid I would've been more okay with sitting at a separate table than everyone else.

Will you be making Thanksgiving Crafts with your kids? I'd love to see what you make. Share a link in the comments or tag me on Instagram!

For more Thanksgiving Crafts for kids go to Blissfully Domestic and see what else I've found for you!