Dec 192014
 

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Bubbles hasn’t been feeling very well the past few days.  She feels a little bit like she’s missing out on all the Christmas festivities so I decided to put together a couple of fun activities that she could do while sitting.  In fact, she really doesn’t even have to get off the couch unless she feels like it.  The games I created are easy to play sitting, standing, or on the go.

Having fun with Disney Planes toys and Disney Planes-themed Christmas games (like a printable Christmas Word Search, and a matching game) #PlanesToTheRescue

I chose these two activities for another reason, too.  First, Bubbles has been very interested in learning how to spell and read lately so I thought a Christmas word search would be good practice.  And second, she loves to match and sort (everything in the house) and chocolate kisses are her favorite treat; I thought it would be fun to combine the two. Continue reading »

Dec 082014
 

The year I was born I became part of a very special family tradition.  That year my Grandmother gave me my first Hallmark Keepsake Ornament.  Each year after that I received a new one; some years she selected one for me, some years I was able to share a little input on my favorites.

Our family Christmas tree decorated with Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments

Fast forward 36 years and those ornaments – including that Baby’s First Christmas one – grace my tree.  And in addition to capturing special moments and interests from each year, that was the goal.  That by the time I (and later my brothers and cousins) grew up and moved out on our own we wouldn’t have a bare Christmas tree. Continue reading »

Dec 042014
 

When I was younger a meet & greet with Santa was always an exciting day.  Outside of that, though, there wasn’t much chance to have interaction with the Big Guy.  As I got a little older, letters from him started showing up in the mail during the month of December which definitely helped build the anticipation.

Create a personalized Santa Claus video with Portable North Pole

For kids today, though, there are even more magical options.  Recently I was introduced to Portable North Pole and their awe-inspiring personalized Santa videos.  So when they offered to provide me a pass to the site and partner on a post so I could share my experience with you, I was excited to see exactly how the process worked. Continue reading »

Nov 262014
 

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Having holiday traditions has always been really important to me.  One of the first traditions I can remember from when I was very young was how we celebrated Christmas Eve.  My Mom’s side of the family would gather at my Great Grandmother’s house; it was the one time of year they all made a point to get together.

4 Holiday Traditions to start with your family this year #ChosenByKids

Now that Bubbles is getting older and is able to anticipate and appreciate much of the season, we’re working on building her traditions.  Here are some that we’re participating in this year that you might like to start with your own kiddos. Continue reading »

Nov 102014
 

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Last year when we went to Maine to visit my family I also was excited to see my friend Em.  Em was one of my best friends in high school and even though we don’t get to talk every day, it’s still the kind of friendship where we text each other when our favorite movie is on TV.  And when we do have the chance to get together, it’s still an easy conversation.

Baking Across the Miles with Hallmark Northpole Gifts

 

Em has a sweet (and super-smart) daughter named Cam. Cam is 10 and when her mom came to visit at the house where I was staying, Cam came along.  It was actually great because Cam and Bubbles played together while we got caught up on each other’s lives.  (By the way, if you happen to be the aforementioned Em – stop reading here, please). Continue reading »