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December 11th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Outfit of the Week: Holiday Collection for Boys

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Last week we took a look at some festive holiday outfits for girls, so this week we’re offering some great holiday options for boys. It’s all about the layered graphic tees! Pair any of these great tops with our courduroy pants for a fun holiday look. Your little guys will love the edgy graphics and cute sayings, and the thermal material will keep them warm and toasty. At just $5.48 each, how can you choose just one?

You can get ALL of the styles you see here on Walmart.com!

Reindeer Holiday Graphic Tee 

“Who Needs Mistletoe” Holiday Graphic Tee 

Dinosaur Holiday Graphic Tee

“Cool Like Dad” Snowmen Holiday Graphic Tee

“Mommy’s Tough Cookie” Gingerbread Man Holiday Graphic Tee

“Christmas Rocks” Skull Holiday Graphic Tee

 

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December 10th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Christmas Gifts With A Latino Twist

5220663566_ffce30a320Christmas is right around the corner and if you want to give out some unique gifts this holiday season, I have some ideas with a Latino twist. Some of these would be great for bilingual kids, but even if you don’t have children like that on your list, these gifts are so different that they’re sure to be a hit no matter what!

Latin music — The CD Coloreando: Traditional Songs for Children in Spanish was released recently by Global Language Project, an amazing organization that provides language training in Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic to disadvantaged elementary school students. Performed by Colombian singer Marta Gomez, these traditional children’s songs in Spanish are catchy and will have kids signing in no time even if they’re only able to repeat a few words.

Latino fashion — From onesies to adult T-shirts, Dos Borreguitas is an online store with lots of unique, Latino-themed clothing items for the entire family. One of my favorite ones is a tee that says I Speak Spanglish because I do and I’m proud of it!

Latin roots — I like these customizable maps created by Children Inspire Design so much that I feel like getting all of them. Truth is that this is a great gift for all kids because you can customized the map to reflect their roots regardless of where their family is from.

Latino literature — There are a lot of options to choose from, but I highly recommend anything written by Alma Flor Ada or by Pat Mora. Both of these are well-known, prolific Latina authors whose children’s books would make absolutely wonderful gifts.

Photo credit: metaphoricalplatypus.com

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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December 9th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Your Inner Grinch

DSC05123As a mom I have a “grinch” moment at least once during the holiday season. Bah Humbug! comes out of my mouth and I am ready for the holiday to be over. Yes, its magical and the premise is uplifting, but with it comes all the other stuff.

the gifts…

the christmas cards…

the baking…

the wrapping…

the family drama…

the cleaning…

the over scheduling…

the excited kids that become naughty…

the mess…

the money stress…

It’s overwhelming sometimes.

My first grinch moment always comes when we are decorating our tree. It used to be about the lights, but now I do it about the garland. It just never goes on the way I want and stresses me out.  I have a moment and actually think about canceling the holidays. Do you ever feel this way? Want to cancel it all and go back to normalcy.

When I have a moment like this I need to walk away, take a step back, and change things. I simplify, cancel some things, or make things easier for everyone. Maybe the gifts don’t all have amazing bows, we don’t need a feast of several courses, and we don’t need to make 15 different kinds of cookies. Pick out the favorite things your family does and stick to those. Think about what you like to do and make sure to take some time for you. The holidays are not meant to stress us all out….but we have to make a conscious effort to not let that happen. I’ve only had one Grinch moment this season, how about you?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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December 5th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Our Favorite “Elf on the Shelf” Ideas

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Elf on the Shelf has become a hilarious and fun tradition for families during Christmastime. You can really get creative with the mischief the elf gets into. Here’s a collection of some standout ideas for your little elf that will entertain your kids throughout the season.

 

 Elf is taken hostage by Legos from Picklehead Soup

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Elf does some wrapping from Over The Big Moon

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Elf makes a “flour angel” from Mommy Savers

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Elf watches a movie from One Orange Giraffe

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Elf has a delicious “accident” from Mommy Shorts

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Elf writes a letter to Santa from Lil Blue Boo

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Elf has some fun with stamps (washable of course) from Mommy Upgrade

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Elf steals some candy from Operation $40K

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Elf plays dress up with Barbie from iVillage

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What Elf on the Shelf ideas are YOU doing this year? Share them with us on Facebook!

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December 4th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Outfit of the Week: Holiday Collection for Girls

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” We’ve got a special holiday collection that’s festive and fun. This week we’re taking a look at these great 3-piece sets we have for infant/toddler girls. Each set includes a skirt, long-sleeved graphic tee and leggings. The leggings are sparkled or printed with bows, and the tees have holiday graphics such as an elf girl, a present, and Christmas-related wording. Your little girls will love wearing these outfits to celebrate the  season! Stay tuned for next week’s Outfit of the Week post for the infant/toddler boys holiday collection!

You can find all of these sets on Walmart.com!

“Mommy’s Li’l Present” Holiday Set

Little Elf Girl Holiday Set

“Dear Santa” Christmas List Holiday Set

“Always On Daddy’s Nice List” Holiday Set

 ”Santa Loves Me” Holiday Set 

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November 29th, 2013 at 5:00 am

25 Fun Holiday Traditions for Kids

Image-1-1Traditions are a great way for young children to create memories of holidays. During this time of year traditions come easy. Check out some of my favorite traditions to make the holidays more fun!

  1. Decorate your house the same time every year.
  2. Get matching pajamas for the kids or even the whole family to wear.
  3. Read a book each night before Christmas.
  4. Watch Christmas movies and shows.
  5. Go on a holiday light tour complete with candy canes and hot chocolate. You could even wear your pajamas on the ride.
  6. Have a cookie exchange or cookie baking party.
  7. Make a gingerbread house.
  8. Purchase gifts for a family in need or give toys to a local organization.
  9. Create a way to count down the days.
  10. Read The Night Before Christmas.
  11. Record local holiday events on your calendar to visit.
  12. Visit Santa and get your photo taken.
  13. Collect cans for a local good drive.
  14. Deliver baked goods to neighbors and local organization like the fire and police department to thank them.
  15. See a local christmas show every year – a madrigal dinner, a holiday concert, or a local production of “The Nutcracker” or “A Christmas Carol.”
  16. Cut down your own Christmas Tree.
  17. Create a holiday music playlist.
  18. Purchase a yearly holiday ornament for each child.
  19. Write a letter to Santa.
  20. Send out Christmas cards along with a holiday letter.
  21. Complete some Random Acts of Kindness or volunteer your time for an organization.
  22. Track Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve on NORAD.
  23. Participate in a winter activity of sledding, ice skating or even a good old snowball fight!
  24. Sleep in fromt of your Christmas Tree one night. Leave the tree lights on, snack on holiday treats and play holiday music or watch a holiday movie.
  25. Leave Santa milk and cookies.

Children look forward to these traditional activities that make lasting family memories. What would you add to this list?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

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December 21st, 2012 at 7:04 am

Take Time to Enjoy the Holidays

As this weekend starts the holiday celebrations, think about taking time to enjoy the time. You can get lost in the preparations and craziness and it can all pass you by without a moment of enjoyment. Trust me, this has happened to me in the past, but I am determined to enjoy the time this year. As my boys get older I never know when Christmas will become gift cards and less magical, so I need to make sure to savor the moments.

My first step was getting as much done ahead of time. That means not saving wrapping till the last minute, making food preparation easier, and having laundry done and clothes for the holiday gatherings picked out. A little preparation goes a long way, right?

The next part is to not getting worked up. That means remembering to not stress about simple things like misbehaving kids or family drama. This is obviously easier said that done. This means remembering that everyone has only the best intentions, although they may not be the same as yours. Also, the other thing is don’t set yourself up with unrealistic exceptions. This rule works with both children and family.

A little bit of preparation and limited stress will only help you to be able to enjoy the holidays.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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December 14th, 2012 at 11:12 am

The Lies We Tell…

It is so easy when your kids are little. They don’t notice the difference between the Santa in the parade, at the mall, and on television. They just accept everything you tell them as fact.

Then they get a little bigger and they start asking why there are different Santa’s, is there really a Rudolph, and do the elves really make all the toys or do they shop at Target?  We start to tell little white lies to end the questions. This year I find that the lies are more and more. I even started a note on my iPhone to start recording them.

I just don’t want the magic end… so whatever I need to do right now is worth it. I feel like the end of Santa is the end of childhood. They grow up so fast. I think I have managed to make the Christmas magic last one more year. But, I did happen to ask my husband if Santa can make Disney World happen next Christmas?

Do you feel desperate to have your children still believe?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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December 13th, 2012 at 11:06 am

Kid-Friendly Holiday Recipes

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Making holiday treats is a popular and enjoyable activity during this time of the year.  This year, get the kids involved with making tasty refreshments for everyone!  Each of these recipes include lots of steps for your little one to do, like mixing or decorating – just make sure you are the only to handle the bigger tasks, like operating the oven or the stove!

Hip, Hop & Pop Popcorn Mix

Potato Latkes

Holiday Wreaths

Popcorn Snowmen

Do you have any favorite recipes that you make with your children?  Let us know in the comments!

Photo credit: spoonful.com courtesy of Disney

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December 12th, 2012 at 5:00 am

What to do with those holiday cards!

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It’s always nice to receive snail mail, especially in this age of technology when email and social media are preferred to the more traditional means. Holiday cards are a nice way of reminding people you’re thinking of them…but what do you DO with all of them?? There’s only so much table space available in a home! Here are a few creative ways to display your holiday cards:

Card Wall Decor

This is a great way to display your cards on a wall with open space. Grab a few and create a wreath, Christmas tree, Hannukah Star, you name it! The cards instantly become beautiful holiday décor!

Card Centerpiece

Collect some thing twigs and branches from the ground outside and create a card tree centerpiece! Use your imagination…you can spray paint them white or silver and add holiday baubles like craft ornaments, berries, bows, etc. Attach ribbons to each card and hang them like ornaments. It makes a beautiful display for a hall kitchen table!

Card Book

The easiest way to display your many cards is to create a book. Simply punch a hole in the same corner of each card and put a ribbon or metal ring through it. You can dress it up as much as you like by adding a nice cover and back cover, sparkles, embellishments, etc.

Scrapbook Materials

If you’re a scrapbooker, holiday cards make the perfect materials for a holiday scrapbook! Include pictures of your family, friends, etc. and use the pretty graphics and paper as accents.

What do YOU do with your holiday cards?

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