Family-friendly NYE Ideas


I announced recently that I have signed on as a writer for a new local blog called Victoria Moms Blog. I’m excited to say that my second post was just published: 2016 Family-Friendly Victoria NYE Guide: Around Town and At Home. I’ve collected information about a number of local family-friendly New Years Eve events, as well as ideas for throwing your own family NYE party at home. Check it out on the VMB blog, and let me know about any other events or ideas you and your family have planned for New Years!

 

Elfie 2016: Week 1

I know that not everyone loves Elf on the Shelf. Some think he/she is a bit creepy, and some just don’t have the time to be posing an elf every night before bed. Both concerns are incredibly valid, and have definitely crossed my mind! We have not taught our daughter any of the backstory about Elf on the Shelf – we just told her that Elfie has magic, and she often comes out to play while we are sleeping!

Every morning Baby E gets up and searches for Elfie. I hear her squeal when she finds Elfie, and she usually has a conversation with Elfie (for example, answering “Thank you Elfie!” to a note Elfie left telling her to have fun at The Nutcracker!) Despite the time it takes each night … I just cannot stop a tradition that brings such genuine happiness and amazement to my daughter’s life!

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Toddler-Friendly Christmas Crafts

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I love everything about Christmas. The lights, the music, the parades and festivities … and the holiday crafts. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better than staying inside on a cold day, turning up the Christmas music, and working on a craft! I’ve been pinning ideas for a while now, and have gathered some of my favorites here. I’ve tried to collect ideas that are toddler-friendly, relatively inexpensive, and don’t require a lot of supplies. I will definitely be trying these with Baby E over the next month. I have actually incorporated many of these crafts into the Advent Calendar that I create for Baby E – some days are an activity such as going to the parade, some days a little gift … and other days the gift is all of the supplies to do a craft together! Continue reading

2016 Victoria Holiday Events Guide: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

I am happy to announce that I have recently signed on as one of the blog contributors for a new local blog called Victoria Moms Blog.

“Victoria Moms Blog is a community based parenting resource and blog for women raising kids of all ages in the Victoria and surrounding area. We are passionate about bringing moms together and cultivating friendships – both online and off – in a supportive community and encouraging you in your parenting journey.” – Victoria Moms Blog, About page.

I’m excited to be a part of this team of amazing women, and to be helping to provide a truly useful resource for local Moms and families. And today … I’d like to share my first blog post on Victoria Moms Blog: “2016 Victoria Holiday Events Guide: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Check out my round up of favorite holiday events around town – then take a look at some of the other awesome posts on Victoria Moms Blog!

 

Kids really do say the darndest things 

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It’s true, kids really do say the darndest (and cutest!) things. Baby E is 3 1/2 years old now, and she is a little chatterbox! To capture some of the hilarious things she says, we’ve started a Memory Jar. I cut up a bunch of slips of paper, and made a little pocket on the outside of a jar. My husband and I try to record as many of Baby E’s sweet or funny comments as we can. On New Years Eve we open the jar and read the comments together. Best night of the year! I then glue all of the slips of paper into an album so we can look back on the years. It’s a tradition we started a few years ago, and it’s been wonderful.

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