Nothing puts you in the Christmas spirit like Christmas Music. So how do we get the kids involved with this holiday tradition? A Laurie Berkner Christmas is the perfect way to introduce them to holiday favorites (and some new ones too!)
The album features traditional holiday and seasonal songs as well as three original tracks: “Santa’s Coming To My House Tonight,” “Candy Cane Jane” and “Christmas Lights.”
2. Santa's Coming To My House Tonight
3. The Little Drummer Boy
4. I Saw Three Ships
5. Candy Cane Jane
6. Do You Hear What I Hear?
7. Children Go Where I Send Thee
8. Silent Night
9. Christmas Lights
10. Christmas Is Coming
11. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
12. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
13. Frosty The Snowman
14. White Christmas
15. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
I love Laurie! This cd is one of my favorites and I've only listened to it a few times. My three year old came up to me while I was listening and said is that "Jingle Bells" - he recognized it and started singing along. I know once he hears this cd a few times we will hear Christmas music from him all day long. This cd has just the right mix of original and traditional songs! It is truly a delightful addition to our holiday season!
We always send out photo cards during the holiday season and in an earlier post I had mentioned that this year we were trying CardStore for our Christmas Cards. I know a lot of times it can be taking a big risk using a company that you haven't had any experience with, but what's life without a little risks, right?
First off we were super pleased with the selection that the CardStore had to offer and loved the ease of designing our card. I chose to have the CardStore ship our Christmas cards out to our list this year and was very surprised that the cards started arriving at homes two days after our order was placed. The print quality is outstanding and with that being said I know without a doubt that this will be a company that we use time and time again.
Carstore being an innovative online resource really helped take some of the hassle out of our holiday cards. I am terrible at putting off when it comes to creating the cards and then usually once they arrive at our home, I tend to put off mailing them to our list of family and friends. With being able to make my custom card with personalized pictures, messages and even signatures, and then Cardstore printing, stamping and mailing them for me this has been the earliest my cards have ever went out!
The last day to order our cards from CardStore with a holiday delivery is December 16 so if you haven't mailed out Christmas cards, now is your chance!! Right now you can save 50% off Holiday cards and invitations through December 12!
Also, in case you weren't aware, Mom Central and Cardstore are currently running an awesome giveaway on the Mom Central Facebook page. There will be (10) $50 Amex Gift Cards and (1) Grand Price of a $300 Amex Gift Card! This giveaway is going on through December 13 and can be entered by visiting HERE
I was so excited to be picked as part of the team reviewing Hello Fresh. The website looks phenomenal! I really thought it would be too good too be true but I'm so happy I was wrong! What is Hello Fresh? It is an online delivery meal service.
Hello Fresh is a weekly meal service where you sign up and have fresh ingredients sent right to your door. You can choose between a classic box or vegetarian. Everything you need to make three meals is included in the box. They come in two sizes as well to accommodate either 2 or 4 people. (you do have to provide salt, pepper and olive oil on occasion)
Classic box - $69 (for 2 people/3meals) and $129 (for 4 people/3 meals)
Vegetarian box - $59 (for 2 people/3 meals) and $109 (for 4 people/ 3 meals)
I was so impressed with the way this box came packaged. Everything was separated according to the recipes. There are detailed recipe cards included with each meal that include pictures. You are the chef, you get to chop and saute all of the food and in the end you have a beautiful gourmet meal!
I love that you can choose 3 out of 5 choices because we do not eat fish and our week there was a fish meal so I passed on that and choose another meal.
Here are the recipes I received:
- Stuffed Squash with Cherry Balsamic Reduction
- Apricot Glazed Turkey
- Zucchini Parmigiana
I cooked all three meals - it was actually a lot of fun. I felt a bit like I was on a cooking show with all the chopping, sauces and different ingredients. Out of the three only one wasn't something I would make again (the turkey) it was fine but not my favorite. That said the other two I would LOVE to have again!
- I loved trying new recipes.
- I loved having interesting ingredients that I've never worked with (acorn squash, beets).
- I loved how easy the recipes were to prepare.
- I loved how easy it was to have all the ingredients all planned out for you in a recipe.
- I loved the recipe were printed on nice heavy paper and will be something I can treasure and use again to recreate the meals.
- I would have liked a welcome package that explained a little about cooking. Maybe a suggestion on some terms like fine chop and Julianne.
- Times were a little off - everything took double what it said so it was about 45mins - an hour to really pull off that many steps.
I think this is a great idea and it is well executed! I would totally order this again. It is just so convenient (especially as a homeschooling mom and someone who hates grocery shopping!) to have everything dropped on your doorstep. I think for a new wife (or newlyweds!) this would be an awesome thing try for the first year of marriage. It would help you try many different ingredients and recipes! Wouldn't it be fun! I also don't think the price is outrageous considering your getting all the ingredients delivered to your door!
I had the chance to review 'Twas the Late Night of Christmas by Ann Whitford Paul. This is a clever twist on an old classic. This book takes place on Christmas Night after all of the excitement of presents, family, food and fun had died down.
In her delightful retelling of the classic poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, beloved children's author, Ann Whitford Paul, gives Mrs. Saint Nick a starring role and the recognition that she deserves. With the colorful illustrations by Nancy Hayashi, it's the perfect holiday gift for children and hassled parents, too!
I love how the book opens with a accurate description of Christmas night. When the toys have been open, played with and broken. Kids are over tired, surgared up and need to go to bed. Mom and Dad need rest too but there is so much work left. Wouldn't it be nice if we had someone to swoop in and save the day? My kids got a kick out of this book too but I honestly think Mom and Dad will love it best! A cute read that would be perfect as a reminder of all that happens on that special night. Who knows maybe it will inspire the kid's!
Visit MrsSaintNick.wordpress.com tips and fun! You can buy 'Twas the Late Night of Christmas on Amazon.
PlusMotif Adds Style to Your iPad and tablets!!
Whether you’re feeling whimsical, wild, vibrant or fresh this school year, PlusMotif has a combination for you. With cases starting at $34.99 and interchangeable motif designs as little as $4.99, PlusMotif is guilt free accessorizing for your iPad, iPad Mini, Kindle, or Android Tablet. In addition to personal design and protection for your tablets, PlusMotif interchangeable covers come with a dual stylus pen. You can jot down notes on the included traditional notepad, or on the touch screen of your tablet – it’s the best of both worlds. The stylus will work on any touch screen device. What’s more, the case is foldable and enables you to interchange the position of the device and the notepad. It also transforms into a stand, in several configurations, so you can find the perfect angle to prop up your tablet while following new recipes in the kitchen or reading by the pool.
I have a 7 inch Kindle Fire and this cover fits it perfectly! I love having the notepad on the side to jot down any notes. What really makes this case special is the ability to customize to your own style! There are so many colors and designs to choose from too! The magnetic case closes perfectly too. It really is a fun solution to your tablet needs!
Begin Again Dinosaur A to Z Puzzle is a beautiful wooden puzzle that will make any child shout with glee!
I love this puzzle! There are so many educational uses and as a homeschool mom I loved that! First we built the puzzle (it helps to build it on the tray provided.) One side has capitol letters and the other side lower case - at 3 we only know capital so we kept that easy. Then I asked where each letter was, then to point out certain colors. You could also ask what color is "a". Really a great educational puzzle! Oh and it is a bit challenging so it will grow with a three year old. He was able to figure it out a with a little help from Mom.
Visit Begin Again to see all their amazing products! I love how they break them down into categories like Artist and Writer... very cool!
When I showed my big kids this review they went crazy! It is just that cute! Soothing Company really has captured cute and function in these adorable bean bag chairs. We received Ellie the Elephant for this review.
Elliot the Elephant Bean Bagimal Features:
- Bean Bagimal collection
- Filled with loftier polystyrene beads
- Double stitched and double-locking zippers for safety
- Plush fabric exterior
- Elephant design
- Gray color
- Spot clean
- Made in the USA
Elliot the Elephant Bean Bagimal
Our Elliot the Elephant Bean Bagimal is sure to be a huge hit with your whole family. He's gray, made of plush fabric, and filled with loftier polystyrene beads. Unlike a full-size elephant, Elliott is easy to take care of. Portable and lightweight, Elliott can travel with your child anywhere he or she wants to go for instant seating options.
This is truly an adorable bean bag chair. It is as cute as the picture! My three year old is going to get this for Christmas so I let my big kids check it out for the review. Instant fights broke out! They both wanted it! I know it is going to be a big hit all around come Christmas Morning! Soothing Company has several designs including traditional designs and other bagimals (like a cute owl!)
Went as a family last week to see Disney's new movie Frozen. You have to keep in mind I have 3 boys and this was the first time I took my three year old to see a 3D movie! He did not like having the glasses on one bit! That was interesting since the movie must have been blurry for him the whole time.
The big kids loved the movie. They thought the snowman was amazing. I have to agree - he MADE the storyline part of the movie. I didn't love the storyline at all but I was BLOWN away by the soundtrack! In fact it is on MY Christmas list! I'm still singing the songs over a week later. If you've seen it or will see it be sure to leave a comment telling me what you thought!
Here is a preview of one of the funnier scenes: