Christmas is just two days away, and we’re in major prep mode to get everything ready for family time, dinners, and of course the big reveal! It’s easy for us to tune out while driving, letting those to-do lists demand all our brainpower. So we created one final activity to keep us present through this last push. This one works as a year-round DIY — it’s a great blank canvas for all sorts of games and activities — and you can add specific elements for each season (in this case, the holidays!)
Start out by grabbing a few Matchbox cars. Then hot glue circular magnets to the bottoms. Now it’s time to create your magnetic board. We simply wrapped a cookie sheet with butcher paper, added color lanes separated by craft tape, and voila! Your magnetic cars should hold firmly to the board.
To customize the board for the holiday, we made it the road to the North Pole. Each child has their lane, and you can easily play the game based on behavior (Sitting quietly in the car? Move forward! Throwing things at your brother? Back you go!) But to help us fulfill our goal of being more present during trips, we based the progression of the game on questions stemming from our conversations. Here are some examples of questions for the road:
What is one nice thing you did for a friend at school today? What was something interesting you learned from your teacher today? And tailored follow-ups based on their responses: What was something you could say or do next time your friend doesn’t want to share?What is something we can do to include schoolmates who might need a friend?
The conversations that ensued were so priceless, sometimes all we need is a little incentive and focus. We had their rewards for getting to the North Pole (healthy snacks), but really, once we get our kids talking they don’t usually need a reason to keep going!
Do you have any tried and true tricks for quality car ride conversations? We’d love to hear!
This content was created in partnership with Ford to help make creativity a part of every drive this holiday season.
We have the awesome Canadian brand, luvmother for a Threads review today! They are new-to-us and we are totally smitten. All their pieces are sourced in earnest and you all know how we love our basics. We knew we had to try them out for the kids!
These pieces work so well together and pieced with other items in your kiddos’ wardrobe. They layer well, wash well, and of course breathe and play well, too! We haven’t seen any fabrics like these anywhere else, they are smooth and soft, silky, but warm. Certainly the most luxe we’ve seen! We hear their Merino, but truly, softer than any sweater we’ve ever owned!
Dash has on the Everywhere sweater, 100% Merino and so soft. We love the hidden pockets and contrast stitching! Hayes is layering up the Coral shirt under the Aha Hoody. You can see how seamlessly they pieces layer! This is a huge selling point for us, where we live the weather changes multiple times a day and layering is an absolute must!
We love how so many pieces are unisex, mix and match within collections, but still have so much interest and details that our kids love to latch onto. Like pockets, below:
Here are some of our favorite pieces. So great for mixing and matching, and in timeless color palettes and silhouettes.
We love luvmother’s transparency and openness about sourcing, materials, and manufacturing, we always have a soft spot for those brands who go the extra mile to be as ethical as possible, even if it means less profit. You can read all about their practices here! And check out their entire line here. Thanks to the luvmother team for sending us these beautiful pieces that have quickly become the boys’ favorites!
The Holiday greeting card exchange is one of our favorite parts of the season and we love sharing them with you here! This year we teamed up with Pinhole Press and after several years of designing our own cards – click here for 2012 and 2013 – we have to say, we really loved this super simple process! Jenna took a break this year as she prepares for her new arrival, but Nicole and Emily are sharing theirs after the jump if you’d like to see!
Pinhole Press makes it incredibly easy with minimal, well-designed templates to start. There are options for adding one photo or many, and they have a live chat option available so if you want to change fonts, colors, formats, they can basically do it for you on the spot. We were so pleased with the quality weighted papers used in both the cards and even down to the envelopes. Everything feels so high quality!
We are a little bit smitten with Ikea’s Holiday line this year. So many awesome graphic elements and as always they think of every detail. We likely went way overboard this year, and even though it’s a little late in the game, wanted to share how we’re using them in our decor! Using, or reusing, in this case. One giant nutcracker gift bag transformed into a giant nutcracker garland!
First you’ll need a few of the aforementioned bags. They’re double-sided so you can get two out of each bag.
Then cut the nutcrackers and attach them to the twine or string of your choice:
If you truly want to maximize your gift bag purchase, you can also cut out the little nutcrackers on the sides of the bag for a mini version.
If you need more inspiration to deck your halls for a party or the big day next week (ack!) check out our Holiday Pin board. So much talent from all over the web!
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:
Fill it with cozy necessities like a blanket, cocoa, popcorn, gold handled mugs, and gold baubles for their tree.
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.
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!
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!