My 20 year old daughter is in
college. Though she is only about an hour away, we don’t see her a lot. When you are a 10, 7 and 6 year old at home you
think your big sister is a superhero; Because when you are that age, you are a
super hero to everyone younger than you.
Ashlyn is a big kid at heart. She loves video games, anime and
dressing up to act a fool. It’s perfect for little kids. So when she started
playing Minecraft, they fell in love with it. They learned what they could from
her and eventually were allowed to be on a server with her.
Then she came up with the idea of Glowstone. See, Glowstone
is an Elf on the Shelf, in pixel form. He has spent every day decorating,
building a house for them and counting down to Christmas. (And Issa’s birthday).
This is what amazing things the kids found on the first day..
Pretty amazing right? It’s only a few more days to go before
Glowstone goes away for the year, but I am certain next year they will look forward
to seeing what Glowstone has in store for them.
Do your kids play Minecraft? If you do, would you consider
doing an Elf on the Shelf in Pixel from?
One of my favorite phrases about parenting is, “We are
raising them to be productive members of society, because the world gets them
longer than we do. We have 18 years… at most.”
So, I work hard to make sure they can function in the world,
the world that they will be thrust into after college.
I forget that before I nudge them into the world with my
hip, before I let them go and fight back the tears at every upcoming event,
that I need to hold on.
My little girl crawled into bed with me this morning. She
got the beginning of a cold, stuffy nose, a slight cough and sore throat. She rolled
over on her side and slid her little hand into mine and it hit me… I am raising
little adults, but I HAVE to enjoy the little things.
Curling up on the couch watching a movie… put down my phone.
The laundry, dishes, floors can wait. I don’t have an entire lifetime to waste…
each day that passes is a new opportunity to remember.
As a co-parent with their father, I get even less time with
them, so the little things are what I need to hold on to.
Because one day I’ll be excited that they are coming home
for the Holidays from college …. I want to remember what their hands feel like
in the drowsy moments of the morning before I had to head off to work.
It’s the little things that make it all worthwhile.
Last night my kids wrote their letter to Santa. We printed off special paper and allowed them to decorate the envelopes and then I told them I would mail them off.
I found an amazing website that will allow me to write a letter using their templates, or making my own for my kids. This made my life easier this morning when I needed to write a letter to my kids from Santa. Check it out, personalize, print... and it's FREE!!!
Then follow these directions for your child to get a letter back from Santa. (There is a deadline, December 15)
NORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa — complete with a North Pole postmark!
Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole. Tell your child that you’ll place a stamp on the envelope and mail it to St. Nick for him or her. Later, when alone, open the envelope, read the letter and write Santa’s response on the back of the child’s letter. Have Santa write: “It’s important to be green and save paper. That’s why I’m writing on the back.” (*I used the other website so I can keep the letters for when they grow up*) When responding as Santa, reference your child’s accomplishments not included in his or her letter, i.e., Santa is so proud that you volunteered to help ____, or Santa is really impressed with the great job you’re doing in school — especially with math, etc. Sign it Santa Claus with a P.S. to get to bed early Christmas Eve. Place the letter into a new envelope addressed to the child at his or her home. Be sure to include: Santa Claus, North Pole, as the return address on the envelope. Don’t forget to apply a First-Class stamp — such as a recently issued Santa or Rudolph Forever stamp. Place the stamped envelope in a larger envelope (or Priority Mail envelope) with adequate postage addressed to:
NORTH POLE HOLIDAY POSTMARK POSTMASTER 4141 POSTMARK DR ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998
Letters from Santa must be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than Dec. 15, 2014. The Anchorage Postmaster will open the envelope, remove Santa’s letter addressed to your child, apply the North Pole postmark and mail it back home. When Santa’s letter arrives, have your camera ready when you ask your child to open the letter and read it to you. Share the photos on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #SantaLetters. Keep the letters and the photos in a scrapbook as a great family keepsake.
The Letters to Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is perfect for interesting youngsters in letter writing.
This is something I strive for and rarely meet. But I’m as prepared as I can be on a daily basis, when it comes to long term; I’m not always the least frazzled.
So when I heard about Walmart Grocery To Go I knew that it was going to help me while I was in Texas for Thanksgiving.
See, I had a calendar planned out, I was ready for the season, but finding time to go to the store, grab what I need (without a list because I always leave it on the counter), elbow through crowds only to find out the glitter and googly eyeballs are gone, was enough to make me cry.
Who has time for that?
I want to make these.
See why I need the googly eyeballs?
So… before I left for Thanksgiving I ordered my art supplies (plus extras- Yes, that is A LOT of construction paper, in a household like mine, it’s a necessity), my glitter, googly eyes and snacks, because crafting makes you hungry and set them up to be delivered by December 5th.
I came home on November 30th and all the packages were happily sitting on my kitchen counter awaiting my arrival.
You can imagine my excitement when I got to open everything and not have to shop during the week back from vacation. I now get to do crafts every night with my kids and have no stress about the next night’s activities.
Have you seen my calendar?
That is a lot of crafts and snacks that are needed to keep my three + kids occupied for the whole month of December.
Are you a busy mom? Working outside the home or not, we are all so busy we can't keep up sometimes, you need to free up some of your time so you can enjoy the season and NOT stress about shopping.
Try Walmart Grocery to go, it’s a time reliever and everyone needs that!
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Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event at
Barnes & Noble, the bookstore, one of my favorite places to go and wander
through. When was the last time you took the afternoon and just perused books,
looked at new recipes and saw what kind of games were new in the world of
family fun night?
It’s been a while huh? How about going this weekend?
Barnes and Noble is having a Discovery weekend for November
Friday, Nov 21;
7pm: Linkee Trivia Tournament: Linkee is a super-simple, shouty-out quiz game with a twist: you
don’t win by answering the questions, but by working out what the answers have
For example, if the answers were John, Paul, George and Ringo, the Linkee would
be, The Beatles. Easy, right? * Recommended for ages 14 and up but having a
cheering squad of younger kids would be great!
Saturday, Nov 22;
10am: Create with ArtFoldsThis ArtFolds book is more than just a book! Inside are simple
instructions that show readers how to fold pages to transform this book into a
beautiful, personal, and long-lasting work of art, as the pages evolve into a
colorful HEART sculpture.* Recommended for ages 13 and up (Please call your
Barnes and Noble in advance for space and availability, perhaps they will have
a sign up sheet)
11am: Learn to draw like Mo Willems Pigeon Books are only 10$ each on this day!
Ages 4 and up
1pm: Puppet Making & Holiday Sing-AlongMake a puppet and sing favorite songs Recommended
ages 4 and up (Please call your Barnes and Noble in advance for space and
availability, perhaps they will have a sign up sheet)
7pm: Holiday Fluxx game night Get introduced to this holiday card game with unexpected ever-changing
rules Recommended for ages 12 and up
Sunday, Nov 23;
1pm: Snowmen at Night Storytime, Crafts & Activities Discover and experience the secret life of snowmen
at night Recommended for ages 4 and up
Meet, Greet and Shop with Nick Jonas NOOK AppTM Sweepstakes During
Discovery Weekend, customers can visit the NOOK counter and use a Samsung
Galaxy Tab®4 NOOK® demonstration device to enter for a chance to win a
once-in-a-lifetime shopping trip. One lucky winner will receive a trip for two
to New York City, with a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card to meet, greet and
shop at Barnes & Noble with “Jealous” singer Nick Jonas in celebration of
his new self-titled solo album. For complete details and official rules, learn
more at www.bn.com/discoveryweekend.
Tour the Store for More
Customers are invited to discover the many exclusive and
featured products Barnes & Noble is carrying this holiday season.
Throughout the weekend and after each scheduled activity, booksellers will be
on hand to provide personalized “Barnes & Noble Discovery Tours” through
different areas of the store to help customers identify great gifts for
everyone on their shopping list.
The Barnes & Noble Café will be baking its latest
creation, delicious fresh baked S’mores Cookies, throughout the weekend and
serving them up for only $1.00 each during special promotional hours at 7:30
p.m. on Friday, November 21; 10:30 a.m., 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday,
November 22; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 23. (Valid while supplies last.)
Wear Outrageous Holiday Attire to Win
To start the holiday season, booksellers will be decked out
in festive attire and customers are encouraged to get into the spirit, wearing
their Most Outrageous Holiday Sweater to their local Barnes & Noble store.
Shoppers can snap a photo of their outfit and post it on Facebook, Twitter or
Instagram with the hashtag #BNSweaterContest for the chance to win a first
prize of Barnes & Noble’s Top 10 Inspired Gifts of the Season – everything
from a Crosley Executive USB Turntable to Craft Beer Kits, valued at nearly
$500. Second and third prize winners will be awarded with a $250 and $100
Barnes & Noble Gift Card, respectively. Learn more at
It is amazing the way music can change the energy in my
house. My husband started doing
breakfast dance parties with the kids while they eat breakfast to help them
wake up. I have music playing in my bedroom when I go to bed early to drown out
any noises. When we are cleaning or working around the house we usually have
dance music on to get the BPM to help our feet move!
So when I saw the Jawbone Mini Jambox I knew it was a
perfect speaker for my 13 year old daughter. She was moving into her own room
and needed something she could listen to music with, streaming straight from
her cell phone.
It was so easy to set up. Sync it up, Bluetooth activate and
you are ready to go. Small enough to fit in jeans pockets, yet designed to
deliver incredible sound quality and volume for its size, the mini Jambox is an
ideal companion for anyone that wants to transport their music with them.
Jawbone's Mini Jambox now comes with even bigger sound: The
new Multi Play mode allows a wireless connection between two mini Jambox for in
unison or separate stereo playback. The new Multi Play function
couples two Mini Jamboxes to double the volume and control, without
interrupting your audio.
Right now, before the holidays, the Mini Jambox can be
bought on ATT.com for 99$. It’s a perfect gift for the teen/adult child/music
lover in your life. Go check out the Mini Jambox and the bundle package