I am SO glad our friends at the Elf on the Shelf launched this darling Letters to Santa activity because I am officially making it a family tradition and am sad I wasn’t able to start sooner! Now that I got my love for this out of the way, let me tell you about it!We had our cousins in on the fun and made it little party! We gifted them with their own box which comes with everything you need to get your letters ready and a sweet little book to explain it. Your kids may wonder how to get their letter to Santa AND if he actually reads it, I know mine do at least. First, you write your letter to Santa. Then our Elf Max P. (named “Maximum Presents” – my son is SO seven years old right now) needs to get it to the big guy but it’s a little large for his tiny elf hands. Next you need to shrink your letter so your Scout Elf can deliver it! Put it in Mrs. Claus’ magic press and voila! It will be perfectly shrunken down so Max P. can deliver it.Then the big day was here – Max P. arrived! So we threw him a little welcome to the family party (this fun kit is filled with games, party favors, decor and more!) and that night donned him with the official Christmas Lists! Sure enough the next day Santa sent it back with him so you KNOW he read it and then you can keep it as a keepsake ornament! I will be doing this every year and can’t wait to see the ornaments all together over the years and how my boys’ interests change as they grow. I really love this idea, way to go Elf on the Shelf!
There is a nasty viral cold going around that poor Cal caught earlier this week. This is the first time he’s been sick since he was little and he’s moaning and crying and asking when he’s going to feel better and breaking my heart! His buddy from school heard he was sick and brough the sweetest little care package. It lifted his spirits so much and mine, too! So I wanted to recreate it today with Maty’s – which is an organic cough and cold line – that makes this amazing chest rub among other awesome things!Their Chest Rub caught my eye especially and I’ll tell you why. If you grab the leading vapor rub in stores (before I read up on this I had some too, no judgment here!) you will find a few key ingredients. Petroleum – a chemical that suffocates the skin and Hydrogenated Castor Oil – which is a chemically altered oil only one molecule away from plastic. Yikes! Maty’s never uses petroleum or hydrogenated oils This works just as good if not better, and is a lot better for these little bodies needing all their energy to fight off a virus!
So here’s what I put it this care package today. It would make such a great gift for a fellow sickie and I am keeping a few things on hand for cold and flu season this year!
Container – I love this acrylic holder because I know it can be reused which I love. Anything that doubles as a gift for mama is a plus since we all know how hard sick kids can be on a parent, too! (Container found here.)
Maty’s Chest Rub and Baby Ointment. Chest Rub to help soothe coughs and congestion and the Ointment is great for chapped skin around the nose and lips. (This stuff is also incredible for diaper rash!)
Fresh juice. Getting loads of vitamin C in is vital and fresh squeezed juice is packed with it! (Milk bottles found here.)
Soup. Bone broth soup is a nice touch since it helps boost the immune system (and loads of other pluses!)
Hot Water Bottle. This one is so cute and retro but if they get chilled (huggable with that cute sweater!) or feverish (put it on their feet!) it will come in handy!
Tissues. Lots of them. I love this little house dispenser too.
A new movie or book. Or you could throw in a rental credit for their favorite streaming service!
We’re giving away goodies for your own care package for several winners on Instagram @smallfryblog so if you want to try it out head over to enter!! Check out a few more awesome products in their line-up. You can read the comparisons to other leading brands (for instance their cough syrup has double the immune boosters of other natural baby cough syrups.)
If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby you’ve seen their crazy cheap boxwood wreaths this time of year. They’re so classic and always festive – so if you want to rethink a classic try this easy installation out! I used 3M strips and 7 wreaths (or less!) in a few different ways. Let’s check them out:
Giant Wreath. In my dreams I had a 12 inch wide red ribbon tied in a huge bow in the corner. Why does no one make 12 inch wide ribbon where I live? Envision it with me.
Next, giant Christmas Tree of wreaths. I am digging this for small spaces. It’s impactful, you can decorate it the very same way, put presents underneath, and in some cases, cheaper!Grid of wreaths. Triangle of wreaths, heart. Peace sign. Endless possibilities!Any that I missed? Thanks to Emu Australia for sending these darling reindeer boots!