Category: family_holiday

how to: ingredients for making reindeer food.

One of the most important Christmas traditions at our house for is making reindeer food. We leave cookies and milk every year for Santa, so why would we forget the reindeer? We make up a batch for the reindeer that will come to our house, then mix up a bit extra to give to the kids’ friends. You can vary the recipe however you want but don’t forget the glitter, that’s the most important part. If you don’t add that…
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5th day of christmas giveaway #1!

How about some toys for the kids today? I promised to double up on the giveaways today so here we go! I had never heard of Jishaku, and am totally intrigued by it, to say the least. It’s “a portable strategy game like chess or checkers that can be played anywhere – the kitchen or the beach. But unlike chess, there is an element of surprise when the magnets jump out of position, without warning. Surprise, then laughs, follow as…
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Pajama Party

I really have a thing for pajamas, perhaps stemming from a favorite tradition from my childhood: new PJ’s for Christmas, which we were permitted to open on Christmas Eve. I love them for myself, and I love to see my little guy all cozy in cute PJs. If you have the talents of Miss Alison here at Petit Elefant, you are probably custom making some very darling pajamas for your little ones this year. For the rest of us, I’ve…
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great books to read to your kids at Christmas.

Last year I did a post here about a little tradition we’ve started in our home. We are building a collection of 23 holiday-themed children’s books so that each night of December, up to Christmas Eve, we choose a different story to enjoy together. Then on Christmas Eve we read the Biblical account of the first Christmas.  Some of the books are religious, some are playful, and some involve different cultures and celebrations like Hanukkah. We especially like those with…
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neighbor gifts.

It’s December 1st and I have Christmas and baby on the brain. With a baby due shortly after the holiday season (that could potentially come right smack in the middle of the holiday season!) it’s hard to concentrate completely on holiday planning. I don’t even feel that I can really plan for the holidays, because a lot just depends on when this boy comes! So I’m trying to keep things simple this year. One thing that I’d like to do…
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vintage halloween photos.

Happy Halloween Folks! Thanks so much for having me here to chat about parties this week. I love Allison and her space- isn’t it wonderful here?! I wanted to leave you with some amazing and cool photographs of vintage Halloween days! I also wanted to give a shout out to PJ’s Talking & Paige for the great tips they gave us in the back to basics post! There is so much on the web to swoon and drool over and…
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holiday gift ideas for the whole family.

The holidays are here folks, is your goody box stocked? I know we all try and get to our major shopping lists and think about who we are going to buy for, but one thing that can be quite stressful is the small hostess gifts and trinkets that we like to have on hand. My mother had a large drawer full of hostess gifts and pressies growing up. She loved to be able to pull out a quick gift for…
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halloween kitchen supplies from williams sonoma.

Might be the season, might be the pregnancy, but I can’t stop thinking about food! Williams Sonoma has some fun items for your fall festivities in the kitchen–sure to delight little ones and grown ups alike! We’re way past sugar cookies here, for Halloween and beyond. Make-A-Face Halloween Pancake Molds, $19.95 The Great Pumpkin Cake Pan, $32 Pumpkin Silicon Cupcake Molds, set of 8, $14.95 Acorn Cakelet Pan, $36 (I think my favorite of the bunch!)

halloween costumes for kids.

pumpkin perfection in a pillowcase, from Martha Stewart Halloween will be upon us. For your little ones, this is a big deal. Which means for mommies, finding or creating a stellar costume is a big deal. Making costumes this year? Better get crackin’! Here’s a roundup of some really adorable/super-cool costume tricks sure to result in plenty of treats. (I couldn’t resist). sweetest spider, from Martha Stewart (this could probably be adapted for a boy) a just-right witch from Family…
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