Mom Talk Mondays: Making Bonding Time Fun

Spending time with the kids is an important goal because it does more than create close family relationships. Bonding contributes to building the character of your children and providing them with essential life values. Set aside time for talks about how to handle the ups and downs of life! Make learning fun while strengthening your ties with your kids with these ideas.

Bond with Music

Music has a way of bringing people closer together. Go to a music store and listen to different tunes, finding out which kind of music you and your kids both enjoy. At home, play upbeat music and learn the latest dance craze together. In the car, play your favorite CD and sing away! Maybe you’ll discover your kids’ special talents.

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Top Christmas Trends of 2012

Christmas traditions are one of the most anticipated activities of the holiday season, but sometimes we all need to switch it up a little, start new traditions and have a little more creative fun when it comes to making our homes more festive. Keeping up with holiday trends is a great way to be inspired to start new projects that involve the whole family. Not to mention: a unique Christmas tree is sure to have all of your guests buzzing about your decor. To have your home ready by the time the first snow falls, check out these top Christmas trends of 2012.

Grand Fir Christmas Tree

Upside Down Trees

The classic triangle shape of a Christmas tree takes a whole new form with the trend of upside down Christmas trees, which actually began much sooner than its revival today. Upside down Christmas trees were actually a Catholic tradition that began in the Middle Ages, designed to indicate that the tree was not merely a floral decoration, but a symbol of Christianity. Continue reading “Top Christmas Trends of 2012”

A Timeless Favorite: Classic Fraser Fir

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree…

The opening lines of Joyce Kilmer’s classic poem, ‘Trees,’ perhaps best captures the marvelous beauty of nature. Truly, a tree evokes many wondrous feelings, making it such a fitting symbol of the season of life and love. A traditional holiday centerpiece, it also plays host to many merry holiday practices that have been with us far longer than anyone can remember.

Families look forward to recreating this magical setting in their home each year. Fortunately, there are artificial Christmas trees that are so realistic you would be enticed to give it a closer second or third look just to make sure. The Classic Fraser Fir from Tree Classics is just that.

Fraser Fir
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Homemade Gifts for Thanksgiving Guests

Fall is a most anticipated season with its beautiful colors and crisp air, beckoning us to go outdoors and relish nature’s beauty. The cozy ambiance of the season also heralds Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends. Welcome your Thanksgiving guests with much love with these homemade gift ideas:

Heartwarming Wreath

Kennedy Fir Harvest Wreath

A wreath is a lovely decorative piece that symbolizes life and love. A homemade wreath gives a sense of uniqueness and warmth, making it a meaningful gift for loved ones that they can display on their porch. An autumn wreath is simple to make, as well as versatile. Starting from the basic grapevine wreath, choose other materials based on your preferred theme. Berry sprigs, flowers, ribbons, dried wheat, and even dried corn cobs all bring a touch of autumn to the front porch. The possibilities are endless with flowers coming in bright colors or more neutral hues. Dark red, bright yellow and pale orange hues work well with a few white elements. You can work with a few small bouquets of hydrangea arranged on one side or a few large flowers grouped together at the bottom part of the wreath. Add berry and tiny flower sprigs or a bow to complement the design. For a more countryside appeal, use dried grass or corn cobs accentuated by a few flowers.

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Charming Space Saver: Arctic White Pine

There’s nothing more magical than snow falling and transforming the outdoors into a shimmering, enchanting scene. Kids and adults alike can’t help but press their noses on the window pane to take a closer look at this winter wonderland.

It is only fitting that winter also heralds the coming of a magical holiday. Winter creates the best setting for the Christmas season, which is all about warmth – from the steaming hot chocolate and pot roast to the cozy gatherings brimming with love. With the beautiful landscape and the chilly weather, you can’t help but find joy in everything around you and want to give everyone a hug. No wonder many of us want to recreate this captivating ambiance in our homes. For families who do, Tree Classics offers the perfect tree: the Arctic White Pine. Continue reading “Charming Space Saver: Arctic White Pine”