Christmas Eve Eve!!

With Christmas Eve tomorrow we have been doing some fun crafting and Christmas related fun! This is my FAVE time of year, I love everything about it and all of December is solely Christmas around here! We of course did the annual drive around to check out Christmas lights and Harper just thinks all the pretty lights are SO COOL! Especially the blow up Mickey, Minnie and Olaf that are in the neighborhood! We had to wear our matching Christmas shirts too which made this outing that much better!

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We never get family pics because we rarely have anyone to take one of the three of us so this year I was gonna make it happen…with every intention of getting Chrismas cards made…go figure I didn’t get around to doing that (I’M SO BAD!!) But anyway I love the way they ALL turned out and am gonna get a bunch framed so at least I have that ๐Ÿ˜‰ We just went down to the lake in town on day that wasn’t freezing and I had a friend take some, here are a few of my faves.

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I skipped taking the Harpster to see Santa last year because I knew she either could care less or would be scared, plus we were super busy with wedding prep so this was the year. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wasn’t sure how she’d do, literally had no idea but didn’t think it would go well, she’s quite the mama and daddy’s girl right now. She loves Mickey’s Twice upon a Christmas right now and says Santa when he comes on so that was my tad bit of hope! The Santa here was awesome to say the least and his helper Elf was just as amazing! The lady grabbed her and was talking to her, let her play with her light up necklace & she was all smiles already! Handed off to Santa went just as smooth! She was a little iffy but we got some good smiles and all was good!

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Lucky girl even left with a candy cane, cookie and reindeer horns!! She was so proud walking out of the mall ๐Ÿ˜‰

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One of my friends got us a Gingerbread house kit for an early Christmas gift and again, I had an idea of how this was gonna go with an almost two year old but it was entertaining and fun to watch her help me decorate! I put the house together and made sure it was good and dry before letting her help, she thought it was the best thing ever, having candy in dishes right in front of her and definitely ate more pieces than she put on the house or cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ (as I had expected) hehe!

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Next on to a Christmas craft, I looked on Pinterest and found this cute idea of a Rudolph with her handprints. She thought it was the funniest thing in the world I was painting her hand and giggled the whole time we were doing this. How cute is this little chubby brown hand?!

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So you just put a handprint on the paper, then flip it and do one more, then I had her put white fingerprint snow in the sky, covered with glitter, (because everything is better with glitter), 4 black fingerprints for the hoofs and glue on a red nose, eye, and a jingle bell! I used a rhinestone for the eye and a button for the nose but you can really use anything you can find or even paint them on too! Of course with a toddler this couldn’t go perfectly smooth with no mess & after I put the glitter on she picked up the bottle and dumped the whole thing in one second but hey, I guess the kid just loves glitter as much as her mama? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Here’s how our finished product turned out! I’m in love and for sure gonna stick this in a frame to bring out on display every Christmas!

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I’ll leave you with a couple pics of us in the matching shirts I told you about in my Christmas gift post! Happy Christmas Eve Eve! I hope you all have the best holiday yet!

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Christmas Ideas for Girls (and boys too)!

Since Nic gave you guys some GREAT ideas for boys, wanted to give you some ideas for girls and what is on Harper’s “wish list” this year! Although a LOT of these items are unisex! EVEN BETTER! Anyone who knows me knows I’m already done with my shopping…and I have been for awhile ๐Ÿ˜‰ So here it is!

I’m all about having one big present under the tree on Christmas morn & Harper just happens to be a bit obsessed with chairs right now (wonder who’s daughter she is) ๐Ÿ˜‰ PERFECT idea for a big gift. So I had been searching FOREVER for one that

1-would fit in our tiny living room

2-wasn’t outrageously priced but was still good quality

3- would semi go with our decor. A friend of mine told me to check out the Amazon warehouse deals, they have daily deals as well as items that have a broken box and such that they can’t sell for the original price! (I’m an Amazon fanatic… how did I not know about this???) SO I checked it out and scored this little number that I myself want to live in!! It had a broken box that was all taped up so I got it for $40 mini ottoman included!!

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I’m trying to stay away from clothes this year for gifts for Christmas but am dying over these new santa shirts I ordered us from a little shop I’ve supported for a long time called SaSea, I think Harp has every holiday shirt she has ever made.. I was going to buy them last year but didn’t so knew when they came back out I was gonna order them. This pre-order also came with a matching santa tote ๐Ÿ™‚ How COOL right?!! They are the softest shirts ever and I love the baseball sleeve style! I love doing mama and mini and can’t wait to get some pics in these…WILL be wearing these Christmas morn for SURE!

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Harpster is really getting into puzzles and her brain is taking everything in right now so what better gift then this set of awesome wooden puzzles! I love Melissa & Doug brand everything and these are adorable, durable and affordable, colors, numbers and letters?!! Sign us up!

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Get them here!

I also think now is the perfect time to work on fun learning games like these cubes! At almost two “Fun” learning is the best right? Again Melissa & Doug found here!

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So I’m all about trying to save money, around the holidays especially, who isn’t right? ALWAYS looking to find a deal, not pay shipping, never pay full price. We have a local “Mama’s Marketplace” page on Facebook here, check these out people! I’m SURE locally you have something of this sort! I pretty much refuse to buy new baby and toddler toys that will most likely get played with for approximately an hour then thrown at the dog never to be touched again.. I think I must get it from my mom, a Goodwill regular who has found our entire family some insanely amazing “preloved”ย things!! I’ve picked up SO much for Harper in the past few months and already pretty much have her birthday done as well! I’ve scored a whole giant set of Mr. Potato head & fam, a Little Tikes baby crib, an outdoor play gym, as well as SO many other things! These dolls from the Disney Store are among the awesomeness I’ve purchased, all three for $10! She is SO into dolls right now she’s gonna LOVE them I just know it!

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So for your littles check into used things!! They are not going to know the difference I promise! Your husband will thank you in the end ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope these ideas help anyone who is in a Christmas shopping rut! Happy Holidays!

Christmas Shopping

Hey friends, I am jumping on my Christmas list this year. As organized as I usually am, my Christmas list gets away from me every year. Shopping well into December, never really allowing myself to Enjoy the Holidays.ย So this year since Hudson is as such a fun age to start family traditions I have vowed to have my shopping list DONE by December 1st. I know I can do it, I just have to stay focused and on budget. I have compiled a list of Toddler Boy ideas for you and your little ones. This is based on Hudson’s interests and his friends. I hope it helps you get a jump on your lists.

So Christmas eve I plan on letting Hudson open one gift, containing new Christmas jammies, a fun new book, a snack and hot cocoa, which he has been quite fond of lately. I tend to buy Hudson’s jammies at Carters, Gap or Old Navy. The price point is perfect and most often I have a coupon code to save a little extra. Here are some of my favorites from Gap, how cute would your little one look coming down to open gifts in these jemsย or these adorable duds. Plus, a pair of cute slippers, I can already see the adorable photos of Christmas morning.

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Gift Ideas Boys (and Girls)

It may only be Hudson, but anything on wheels has become the best toy ever. I have to carry at minimum two trucks in the diaper bag at all times. This year will will probably stay on that theme. I found these cute toys on a trip to Portland, they are Green Toys, all are made from recycled material and minimal packaging. Hudson has a couple of their trucks and they can hold up to a rough and tumbler toddler. I usually use Amazon because we have free shipping. The trucks are sold on greentoys.com too, which has more selection. The tractor with trailer would be a hit as well as the dump truck, so Hudson could collect random items for them to carry. I am a HUGE fan of wooden toys, Hudson has a few and has barely been able to put a dent in them.

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Hudson loves trucks but he also enjoys playing with my pots and pans, under my feet in the kitchen. Usually while I am trying to make dinner, it makes for an entertaining dance. I am hoping that if he has his own kitchen with pots and pans we will leave mine alone……Fingers Crossed! I have found a couple online but none in stores not to thrilled about the cost of shipping but it just might be worth it. The one below would be a definite win for Hudson I just have to get the Husby on board! The work bench might be an easier sell. Also, this one from Pottery Barn would be great!

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Happy Shopping Friends! Stay tuned for more gift guides.