Holiday Style: Dress Shirts

The Holiday’s are already taking over most of our daily thoughts, at least it cannot only be me. I have been thinking about family photos, ideas for presents, what the kids need, versus what they want. I feel as if it has already taken over my mind. I know that we want to do family photos. So I have already been looking for items that will look good in photos. Thankfully, The Boy’s Store always has some excellent items available, and many at a very reasonable price!

Boys’ Plaid Dress Shirt by Hartstrings: This blue plaid shirt is perfect for family photos. It looks great with the colors blue, black, white, blue jeans, or khaki. So you can dress up your family photos or dress them down with jeans and coordinating colors!

Boys’ Plaid Button Up Shirt by Sovereign Code: This red, black and grey shirt features elbow patches in plaid. It has a warm and cozy style to it with just a dash of modern sophistication with the grey sleeves and plaid elbow patches. It would make an excellent choice for a cozy or sophisticated themed family photo.

Boys Plaid Shirt with Tie by Noruk: this adorable shirt comes with the black tie and just screams Christmas. The red, black, and white plaid are reminiscent of  classic Christmas style. It will look great in a staged family Christmas pose of the whole family.

Simple Meals to Please: Taco Ranch Bites

We have a major tournament coming up at our house. Which means that we will leave early on Friday morning and come home late Sunday afternoon. Of course everyone will have school and work early the next day. I love attending these big tournaments for my kids. I take great pride in watching them compete in a sport they love and excel at. We even make it a fun little getaway by finding fun family activities while we are out and we enjoy meals out. That being said, when we come home I try to get us right back in to the normal routine of work and school. That isn’t always easy. One trick I have learned is to have everything prepped for Sunday when we come home. That means everyone has laid out clothes for the next day, book bags are packed, and meals are prepped.

In order to accomplish all of this I plan a meal ahead of time. Sometimes I even have it fully prepped so I can just come home and stick it in to cook. This time I found this fun little recipe that allows for me to freeze the pre-made Taco Ranch Bites and then simply pip them in the oven to warm them. While I do that Sunday the kids can make their school lunches and take their showers and baths. It really makes like easier when you can slide back in to a normal routine after being away. Using the recipe from Plain Chicken will be the perfect way to help me get everyone back on track after a busy weekend away. What are some tips your family uses to get back in to a normal routine after a trip?

Thank you so much Plain Chicken for such a fun and simple recipe that is truly saving my whole weekend! Be sure to check out the other great recipes while you are there getting the full Taco Ranch Bites recipe!

Best Books: Peppa Gives Thanks

In our house Peppa Pig is a HUGE favorite. All of my kids love the pig family. Peppa and George are the absolute favorites, but everyone is enjoyable in this sweet pig family. We love the adventures that the books and show take us on as a family. But this year I was incredibly impressed to see that there was a new book for the holiday season.

While the book does not explicitly mention Thanksgiving, which is of course an American holiday while Peppa Pig and her creator are from the UK, the book discusses the idea of being thankful and even culminates with a dinner at the end.

The idea of Thanksgiving in a universal idea; to be thankful and open to sharing our love, gratitude, and compassion with others. Although American’s associate Thanksgiving with the sharing of a meal and a special cooperation between the Puritans and the Native American’s, it is really about the American Ideal: the ability to coexist with other backgrounds and cultures while not losing anything from one’s own background.

Peppa Gives Thanks allows children and parents to make a connection between being thankful and sharing all year long. It shares a meal and an idea to remind others what we are thankful for and to continue that behavior all year long. Parents and kids can even use the card at the end of the book to write down what they are thankful and grateful for. What will you write about?