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There was once a time when most families in America gathered together each night to eat dinner together. There was no distractions from TV, cell phones, or anything else. It was an hour or so when the family could sit down together and talk about the day and get to know each other better.  Today, everyone seems to have such busy lives. I’ve met many people who claim to never eat together as a family, or if they do, it’s over an expensive meal at a restaurant. Regular family dinners are becoming a thing of the past. Many...

Traci here adding a note! I also use a blog to journal, and just want to suggest a few tips on what to write on your blog. First, you will NOT be able to remember EVERYTHING, and that is okay! Just write down things you remember here and there. It’s not so much that you remember everything that happened in your life, as much as the things that are important, a few things here and there. Try to remember the best of things, and if you feel like adding a trial or hardship, do so! Make it your own, help your family later on remember...

Did you guys happen to read my other posts about family yearbooks? You can still check them out if you haven’t! Introduction to Family Yearbooks {Traci Style} Why I use Blurb Okay! Now that we got that out of the way! My final thoughts, collages! Have I ever mentioned that I am probably THE MOST indecisive person in the world? I am pretty sure I am {see, I am even indecisive on whether or not I am the most!} So, when I take pictures I take a ton, and then when I put them on the computer I love them all so much I can’t choose...

I wanted to share something with you that we have implemented in our family to make sure that our kiddos get more one on one time. When we had our first child, we felt like we got a LOT of time with our son, and didn’t ever feel like we didn’t get one on one time with him. Then we had little sister, and we felt a little bit like we weren’t getting much one on one time with our oldest. {babies are needy, yah know!?} So we started doing dates with our son on his birthday day of every month. SO toward the middle of the...

A family that plays together, stays together, right? (or maybe it’s a family that prays together… either way!) Some of my favorite memories from my childhood are times when my family would play games together. I wanted to share three easy games that are great to play as a family.  Sardines This is a variation of the classic version of hide and seek. I like this version much better. The way this game works is one person is “it.” That person goes and hides somewhere, while everyone else waits for a designated...

Hey there! Thanks for joining us on this 31 days to a closer family series. Each day during the month of October, we will be sharing some kind of tip or advice or activity to help make your family closer. You can check out this post to see the other ideas we have for you.  Today, I’m going to talk a little about YOU. There is a well known saying that if Mama aint happy, ain’t nobody happy. As the mother of the family, you are the one that sets the tone in the family. If you are in a good mood and in a good place emotionally,...

My husband is a VERY busy man. And I bet a lot of you guys can relate, yeah? He has an incredible job that does allow for a lot of family time, however, he also has to travel daily across the state.  I am so grateful for the hard worker that my husband is, and know that if he could, he would rather be home playing with us all day, but am grateful he takes such good care of us. But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss him 🙂 I realized as my husband continued to get busier and busier, that I need to make sure that we make...

This month, we’re sharing 30 different ways to grow closer as a family. You can see the other ideas we’ve shared here.  Family counsel is something that I’d never really heard of before I married my husband. It is a weekly ritual in his family. It is a tool they used each week to keep the family on the same page. It is different from Family Home Evening, although it could be combined into the same night if needed.  Basically, family counsel is a time for the whole family to get together and plan the week, talk...

During the month of October, Traci and I are publishing a post everyday that has something to do with families. Since today is Sunday, I wanted to focus a little on my religious beliefs and what they have to do with families. Please feel free to ask me any questions you have about the church. If you would like to receive a Book of Mormon, free of charge, please  fill out the contact form at the bottom of this post and I’ll get it sent out to you right away.  I have made no secret that I am a member of the Church of Jesus...

Hey Hey! Welcome to the 31 days to a closer family series. We’re having so much fun sharing all of our ideas and watching our own families get closer as we plan all these activities and recipes out.  Today’s post is a little game that would be fun for family home evening or any other time that you want to bring your family a little closer together. You could do this in a number of different ways. It could be a weekly occurrence until each person has gotten to know every other person just a little bit better.  I know...

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