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November 7th, 2014 at 9:14 am

Favorite Thanksgiving Books


My boys love to read books about holidays as they are approaching. Thanksgiving is a fun time to learn about tradition and the history of the holiday through sharing books. Here are some of my favorites:

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks

The Berenstein Bears Thanksgiving Blessings

The Night Before Thanksgiving

10 Fat Turkeys

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

Pinkalicious: Thanksgiving Helper

The Story of the Pilgrims

Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet

Biscuit is Thankful

The Best Thanksgiving Ever

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

The Story of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Thanks

This is the Turkey

Take some time this month to have some family reading time with Thanksgiving books, and discussions about the meaning of Thanksgiving and why it is a part of our history.

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December 5th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Our Favorite “Elf on the Shelf” Ideas


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


Elf does some wrapping from Over The Big Moon


Elf makes a “flour angel” from Mommy Savers


Elf watches a movie from One Orange Giraffe


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


Elf steals some candy from Operation $40K

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Elf plays dress up with Barbie from iVillage


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

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December 3rd, 2012 at 9:26 am

The Special Times

Do you ever plan elaborate events or gifts so your children will remember a special time? Our lives are so busy sometimes we go to extraordinary measures to make our children happy. I’ve done this. The year my son asked for a robot the week before Christmas I ran all over and bought a large robot dinosaur to make everything perfect. He saw a different gift under the tree Christmas morning and barely paid attention to the dinosaur.

As my children grow older, I find that it is the little things that they remember most. Recently I asked them what their favorite Christmas activity is. Now, our Christmas season is filled with concerts, exhibitions, and other special events. We barely have a night to ourselves. Both of them replied that their favorite event is when we drive around and look at christmas lights. This tradition costs only gas money. We always did it, but I never would have thought it is their favorite.

In the past, their favorite gift was a simple nutcracker that they receive every year. Not the bike, wagon, train set, or electronic item. They now receive one every year, and treasure them. This simple item that I added to the list one year will be part of their lives for years to come. It might be the special pajamas, the special elf that visits your house, or the time you spend decorating special Christmas cookies.

This year, we are trying to simplify the holiday, so there has been many more questions from me as to favorites- traditions, cookies to make, and presents you received. I have found through their answers that it doesn’t take a lot to make “Special” memories during your child’s life and especially during 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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November 28th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Making Memories as a Family

Thanksgiving has come and gone. We celebrated a month of Thanks, learned all about pilgrims, native americans and other long-standing traditions, and celebrated the big turkey dinner with our family. In my family the tradition isn’t to go shopping on Black Friday like Audrey, but the official start to the holiday season. We spend the weekend putting up the Christmas tree, decorating the house, turning the lights on outside and creating memories.

This weekend we attended a Polar Express Event. It was magical. We got to hear a reading of the story, drink Hot Chocolate delivered by dancers, ride the train and see Santa Claus. Truly an amazing memory of our family.

That is the most important part of the holiday season for us. It is about creating memories to highlight your families traditions. One of my favorite things is our “Tour of Lights.” My husband and I have done this since we were dating. One night during the month of December we all get in the car and drive around the city looking at the lights on houses. We have snacks and hot chocolate while we travel talking about our favorite houses along the way, while the radio blasts with Christmas songs. After years of doing this we learn the “good” neighborhoods and houses to visit and sometimes still even discover some new ones.

That’s the best part of the holidays – You don’t always have to spend a lot to create memories. Does your town have a parade?  Does Santa come to the mall and let you snap your own picture?  Do you bake cookies as a family one day or decorate a gingerbread house?  As my boys get older some of my traditions need to be “tweaked” but many of the simpler things are the ones we look forward to the most!

What memories will you be creating this holiday season?

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

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