Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Letter from the Big Guy

I love this free printable letterhead from Santa himself.  This is the first year that Ava actually understands who Santa is and is very excited about meeting him and of course the goodies he will bring.  She is even going to write him a letter as one of her first assignments left buy our elves (more about our elves here).  This will be the perfect way for Santa to write back.  This year our lovely little elves are bringing activities for our family to do such as write a letter to Santa, drive around and see Christmas lights, make hot chocolate and watch a Christmas movie.  The elves are also going to bring the occasional gift as well such as books, ornaments, etc.   It should be a nice change for out elves.


 Found this via Pinterest.  Did I mention that I'm slightly addicted :)

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Monday, November 21, 2011


Our amazing photographer is 
Ashley from 
::::::LeLe Photography::::::

If there is one thing I've realized in life, it's just how precious life truly is.  I know too many people who have lost loved ones too soon.  I know of *several* little ones fighting life threatening illnesses and even an unborn baby girl fighting for her life before she's made her entrance into this world.  I don't understand it nor will I ever understand it.  All I know is that it makes me want to kiss my little ones every chance I get.  I want to snuggle with them a little longer.  I take the moments to laugh with them and let the laundry wait for a while.  The laundry will always be there...  

With the holidays approaching, I hope you take the time out to just be with your family and enjoy spending time together.  I know that's what I'll be doing.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gifts for 3-4 Year Olds

Hoot Owl Hoot
Hoot Owl Hoot
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Small World Living Toys Peel 'N' Play

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Mudpuppy Princess 42 Piece Puzzle

Mudpuppy Princess 42 Piece Puzzle

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Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light, Lady Bug

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Spot It
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Melissa & Doug Ice Cream Scoop Set

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I do about 90% of my Christmas shopping online these days, and I love it!  Most of which comes from Amazon.  Free shipping for orders over $25, no tax and 2 day shipping if you are a member of Amazon Mom.  I also love being able to read reviews of what other parents think of an item.  What could be better?  

I'm always on the lookout for games, puzzles and pretend play items for the wee ones.  I go to specialty toy stores and bookstores to scout out unique and fun items and then do my research when I get home to find out who has it the cheapest (usually Amazon).  We are blessed to have very generous family and friends who spoil our kids rotten so when Santa comes to our house he usually leaves smaller toys that mommy can store away easily :)  These are a few items for Miss Ava this year.  I think Santa has done a good job so far...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


"What?  I'm just sitting here reading a book with my owl hat on.  
Doesn't everyone do that?"

This kiddo gives me so many reasons to smile each and every day.  His lastest version of smiling consists of him not opening his mouth at all.  Just this little smirk, if you will.

Lack of blogging lately is do to the craziness that was kicked off by Halloween.  We've had play dates, sleepovers with Cousin Lex, outings with friends, Usborne home shows, etc. etc.  I do have a few new yummy recipes to share in the upcoming weeks.  If I can ever get around to taking pics of the finished product before we gobble it all up!  Hope life is treating you well.  Happy Wednesday all!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Printable Card


This printable card is from Ginger & George.  So colorful, so simple and so sweet.  

Happy Friday :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wipe Clean Winner

Congrats to The Knapps!  I've sent you an email as well.  

I hope to do an Usborne Book Give-Away about once a month.  Check back for more fun give-aways :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Inspirational Quote, BE THE CHANGE (Ghandi), 8x10 print

Sometimes it is so easy to just complain about things you don't like or even people you don't care for.  Be the change is something that I need to remind myself of all to often.