cheer package

We had so much fun this Holiday getting these gift-giving challenges! Today we teamed up with HomeGoods to create a gift package and here’s what we picked.

Start with a gorgeous gold wire basket:

Teacher Gift

Fill it with cozy necessities like a blanket, cocoa, popcorn, gold handled mugs, and gold baubles for their tree.

Cozy Christmas Cheer Package

We sent this package with Quinn to his teacher, but could have easily gifted this to any of our wonderful support systems. Friends, sisters, neighbors.

Teacher Gift

We love gifting in reusable storage like this basket, or a vase, or pottery. Even after all the goodies are gone, you still have an awesome piece for your house!

Teacher Gift

The best (or maybe worst, depending on your wallet) part is that we could’ve filled multiple baskets, HomeGoods has so many darling options! Check our Instagram and their #HomeGoodsHappy hash tag for some more ways we’ve been styling finds into our homes!

Quinn’s pajamas via Skylar Luna.

holiday gift guide: cozy blankets

The dreaded day is upon us, last call for online orders before Christmas! Here is our last gift guide, which fills in all the holes you might have — who doesn’t need an amazing cozy throw to snuggle up in? Between the three of us, we’ve tried hoards of them and here are our favorites!
holiday gift guide: cozy blankets

1. We’re not exactly sure, but we’re close to certain that this Aden + Anais Dream blanket feels like being draped in a thin layer of yogurt. It’s so lightweight and thin it seeps down covering every inch of you and the bamboo fabric is unlike anything we’ve felt. This is a must! // 2. Target always has an amazing selection of throws, this wool option is so warm, and pretty! // 3. This soft metallic throw glistens in your coziest fire’s reflection. // 4. This knit sequin stripe throw is perfect for the glam girl in your life. We all have that friend (or friends!) and she will love it! // 5. We love the look of the giant yarn knit throws, and this one is great for year-round cuddling, perfectly breathable even on a Summer night. // 6. The XL Saranoni throw is the perfect family blanket, the tallest husband, or the squirmiest kids all fit under it and it is so soft you’ll never want to leave its side! // 7. Fur throws are the perfect Winter decor accessory and this lined version is perfect! // 8. This Day Dream blanket is almost gauzy and gets softer with every wash. // 9. We already blew your minds with Little Giraffe’s line for adults, and this pretty Moroccan throw is no exception.

Do you have any favorite blankets or accessories for getting cozy? All we need is slippers, hot cocoa and a that crackling fire and we’re in Heaven!

 

P.O.P Friends and Family

We love Polarn O. Pyret year round for it’s classic prints, graphics, styles, and durable multi-sibling wear. We can’t help but love it a little bit extra during the holidays for their cold weather line and that classic red and white stripe! So festive! They’re offering 30% off right now, free shipping for purchases over $80 AND free gift wrap.

Polarn O. Pyret 30% Off + Gift Wrap

1. Red + white leggings for us! // 2. Sweet onesies for the littlest ones. // 3. Soft velour pull-on pants. // 4. Reversible leggings // 5. Insulated stroller muff // 6. Winter hats galore! // 7. Pile-lined (aka softest ever) jacket. // 8. Eco-striped top that goes with everything! // 9. Skateboard print leggings for sleep or play // 10. Bright oven mitts to perk up the kitchen. //  11. Classic rainboots that every kid should own! 12 // A print tunic that serves as a top or dress.

 Happy Saturday shopping!

christmas books!

Happy to have Janssen of Everyday Reading here today! She’s making it so easy for us today by sharing her favorite Holiday books based on topic!holiday books for kids

I love Christmas books of all kinds, whether they make my little girls giggle uproariously or they’re the kind of quiet nativity stories for reading around a cozy fire by the light of the Christmas tree. On some December days we want Christmas classics, and other days we want new releases about Santa.

No matter what kind of books you’re looking to add to your collection this year, one of these (and probably several of these!) will be just what you and your family will love.

Santa: 

  1. Little Santa by Jon Agee. Santa grew up in the North Pole, where he delights in the cold and snow, but his family isn’t so convinced. In fact, they want to move to Florida! This fun story about Santa’s childhood and how he ended up living at the North Pole with the elves and reindeer is a delight.
  2. My Pen Pal, Santa by Melissa Stanton and Jennifer A. Bell. Plenty of children write Christmas letters to Santa, but how many of them send off a letter in January? When Ava writes Santa to inquire about the cookies he left uneaten, it sparks a year’s worth of correspondence between the two.
  3. A Creature was Stirring by Clement Clarke Moore and Carter Goodrich. Spin-offs of the classic Christmas poem are a dime a dozen, but I’m inclined to think this is the best one. On one page, you get a stanza of the original poem, while on the opposite page, there is a stanza about a little boy who sneaks out of bed, hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa. This book was made to be read aloud by two voices!
  4. Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera. Every Christmas, Sophie’s holiday-loving Aunt disappears on a mysterious business trip when the big day arrives. After years of wondering, Sophie takes matters into her own hands and smuggles herself along in a box and discovers exactly what her aunt is up to.

Classics:

  1. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry. When Mr. Willowby’s grand Christmas tree arrives, it’s just a wee bit too tall. So the top gets lopped off. Surprisingly, it makes a perfect tree for the upstairs maid. But. . .it’s just a bit too tall for her too.
  2. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston and Barbara Cooney. In the spring, Ruthie accompanied her father to mark the perfect Christmas tree for the town’s celebration, but when the time comes to cut it down, her father has gone off to war and there’s no word of him. So Ruthie and her mother must do it themselves.
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. How could you talk bout Christmas books without including this one? Read the book first and then watch the movie as a family. Don’t forget the popcorn.
  4. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. In this gorgeous wordless story, a little boy builds a snowman during the day and then is delighted to discover that night that the snowman has come to life. He shows the snowman around his home, and then the snowman take him on adventure to see the world.

 

Nativity

  1. Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell and Jason Cockcroft. I love the beautiful, warm illustrations of this book and the sweet retelling of the nativity story, with Kind Ox in the stable making room for one animal seeking shelter after another, until finally Mary and Joseph appear, hoping there is just a little more room for them too.
  2. Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. A little mouse is on the hunt for a cozy new home and when he stumbles on the nativity scene near the Christmas tree, it seems like just the place for a tiny mouse to live. But when he overhears the Christmas story being retold, he realizes who belongs in the tiny manger.
  3. On This Special Night by Claire Freedman and Simon Mendez. A mother cat and her small kitten watch a parade of animals pass by, each following a bright star in the heavens, until eventually they decide to make the journey themselves to see where everyone is going.
  4. Listen to the Silent Night by Dandi Daley Mackall, Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson. Maybe Bethlehem wasn’t quite so silent on the night of Christ’s birth, with angels singing, animals bleeting, mooing and baaing, and the flap of sandals on the dirt streets.

 

 

Funny
  1. Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer. There aren’t many children who don’t love Olivia (or adults, for that matter!), and this one is just so perfectly Chrsistmas-y, from the frantic waiting for Santa’s arrival to the sweet quiet moments as a family.
  2. Dear Santasaurus by Stacy McAnulty and Jef Kaminsky. Ernest B. Spinosaurus has had something of a challenging year, behavior-wise. But he is desperate for a Jurassic X10 scooter, so he writes Santa a letter to explain how he really has been quite good. But one letter might not do the trick. Maybe seventeen will?
  3. Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda. The exchanges between Cat and the off-screen narrator in this story of hilarious. The narrator wants to know if anyone will really be fooled by Cat’s strategy to dress up as Santa and then give himself exactly the gifts he wants. Couldn’t Cat maybe get into the holiday spirit in a better way?
  4. The Money We’ll Save by Brock Cole. What could go wrong with a plan to bring home a small turkey, fatten it up with table scraps and then eat it for Christmas dinner? Well, when you live in a tiny 19th-century New York City tenement, the answer is “just about everything.”
And if you want even more ideas for great Christmas books, I’ve put together my annual Christmas Book Countdown list (a book for every day between Dec 1 and 24) with even more suggestions.
Need more ideas? Here are our favorite, favorite year round books that will be perfect additions to your collections, starting with our must-buy Oliver Jeffers’ new ABC book that will have you and your kids cracking up :
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nativity puppets

The Nativity is for sure the most loved (and touched) element to our holiday decor each year. We’ve found poor baby Jesus in some pretty precarious places. As much as we love having beautiful set, we always find ourselves needing something more durable that the kids can love on. Here’s this year’s, Popsicle Stick Puppets!
Nativity Puppets Start with tongue-depressor size popsicle sticks. You can get these at the grocery store — no need for an extra craft store trip! Our boys are on the younger side so we had them paint the majority of the stick and then we finished off the details: presents for the three wise men, a shepherd hook, a halo for the angel, a belt for Mary and a beard for Joseph. Nativity Puppets These details not only make them cuter, but it makes teaching the story — and asking questions — that much easier. Nativity Puppets

It has been such a loved set that it literally goes everywhere. We stuck a little washi tape manger up on the window (with a star too) to keep the story rolling.Nativity Puppets With multiple stick characters this is a great activity for siblings in the back seat. The conversations are entertaining to say the least!Nativity Puppets This quick little craft has proven to be a tender and sweet opportunity to teach more about the origins of Christmas. We’ve been watching this quick film (find it on our sidebar, too!) with them and the craft made it easy to remind our kids how loved they are, and that they can be good and important to the world, no matter their circumstances.

Here’s a few kid friendly nativity sets we found around the web if you’re looking!

kid friendly nativity

Left to Right: 1. These wood pyramid nativities are so gorgeous! Solid wood and they come in lots of different varieties. // 2. Melissa and Doug pulls through for a sturdy, detailed set.  // 3. This modern Alessi sculpture makes us smile. It’s so happy and bright! // 4. This peg doll set is so gorgeous in person. The round animals are so darling, too! // 5. This hand-drawn wood block set is perfect for young kids. // 6. A handmade felt set that are soft enough to sleep with, since we know someone’s going to ask. // 7. A giant bamboo set that the whole family can get a piece of.