Tuesday, November 29, 2016

7 Things We Must Do During The Holidays

The holidays are here and I'm thrilled. I love the lights that come with it. The food. The fun. Every year there are things my family MUST do.

1. We always make sugar cookies and buttercream frosting. Natalie usually dumps at least an entire thing of sprinkles on like two cookies, but it's why she has her own batch.

2. We decorate the tree together. Yes, it might mean the kids put like three ornaments on one branch, but it's okay, I can fix it when they go to bed.

3. We see Santa Claus. Although my kids are getting bigger, so we might not always do this. But maybe we will. I mean, it's SANTA.

4. We play in the snow. Well. At least we DID. We're in Texas now. Snow doesn't come here very often. But we can remember how we used to play in the snow.

5. We're also always thankful when my husband is able to be home for the holidays. Since he's in the military, he's not always with us. So when he's home, we thank the Air Force for allowing him to be home.

6. We go see fantastic movies together. Last year it was the new Star Wars. This year it'll be SING©, a hilarious movie about various animals who participate in a talent contest. It comes out on December 21st. 

7. We eat delicious food together. Cookies. Brownies. Cakes. Cereal like Honey Bunches of Oats®.

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What are some of your holiday traditions? Will you be seeing SING©?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple!

Hey, It's Okay....

--To be ALMOST done with the new Gilmore Girls. I wish there were more episodes. I only have one left. But then I'll know what the 4 words are.

--To not be surprised that Kanye West was hospitalized. I hope he gets the help he needs.

--To have seen Moana over the weekend. It was a sweet movie. My husband was pleased that there weren't songs every "damned ten minutes" like in Frozen.

--To hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving had a good one! I did. I celebrated on Thursday and again on Saturday. I pigged out and didn't even care about calories.

--To have dragged out the Christmas decorations. Most of them are out now.

--To plan on giving Natalie's teacher a $25 gift card to Starbucks. I am amazed at all teachers do on such little pay. She's also getting a Harry Potter themed gift since she loves Harry Potter. Thank goodness for Etsy.

--To have driven through some Christmas lights! Then there was an area where you can walk through them. This was one of our favorites:

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Holiday Gift Guide For Tween Girls

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Sometimes shopping for tweens can be difficult. They seem to be on that cusp of wanting toys and outgrowing them. You don't want to get anything that they deem "babyish" but at the same time you'll burst into tears if you hand over lip plumping stuff from Kylie. I have several affordable selections that I am actually getting my daughter.


My daughter loves crafts, so I knew she'd enjoy the Pom Pom Wow. You can create colorful poms. If your daughter likes the starter set, there are other fun sets to continue the fun. You can purchase the Pom Pom Wow here.


I've written about her love of Shopkins before. She's a fan of any Shopkins set. This is one of the new ones. You can purchase it here.


Again, since she loves crafting, I figured she'd enjoy designing the Barbie dresses. I have a feeling her Barbies are going to be very...uh...colorful. You can buy Barbie Be A Fashion Designer here.


I'm hoping she learns to sew so she can fix our ripped clothes. This looks like it will be a blast for kids. You can buy the Sew Cool Machine here.


Traysaurus and the Enchanted Crystal book. If your kids watch YouTube, they probably watch Dan TDM. Well, he's written a book. I wrote more about that book here. Natalie loves it! You can buy it here.


Toys from Justice. Clothes from Justice. There is so much you can purchase at Justice. This tiny dog is from Justice. Natalie has several of them.


I wrote how to score a Hatchimals. But really, as I said before, your kid won't be lost if they don't get one. I promise.

Do you have a tween in your life? What are you getting them for Christmas?

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