Monday, December 15, 2014

Fun with Felt Balls

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Did you see my mantel on Studio 5 today?

Now through December 18 use the code studio5 to save 15% here on this blog or in my Etsy shop.

also be sure to enter my instagram giveaway.  

I am giving away 2 felt ball garlands of your choice!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday 20% Off

Head on over and use the code CYBERMONDAY to get 20% off your order at Corner House Shoppe on Etsy.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Practical Guide to Elf on the Shelf

Our Elf, Jingle Van Happy Pants, will arrive on Monday.  He always shows up on December first.

When it comes to the elf, sometimes he gets a few haters who think it is just one more time consuming thing to fit into the Christmas craziness and that he is teaching kids the wrong thing.

Well, I love our elf, but I also take a very low key approach to the elf.

There are a couple of rules I live by when it comes to having an elf visiting for the holidays.  First, our elf does NOT do bad things. He NEVER makes big messes, he NEVER camps out all day somewhere inconvenience (like taking up one of the seats on the sofa in the Family room, at the bottom of the stairs, or on the toilet... seriously! the toilet people.  I don't know about you, but decommissioning a toilet all day because an elf is pooping skittles does not seem like a good idea.... and what if he fell in?? Gross.)

So here is what our elf does do.

Every December 1st our elf arrives in our fireplace.  It just seems like a good place for someone from the North Pole to show up and he brings the kid's advent calendars.  The first time I turned off the pilot light, but it was a pain getting it back on so now we just risk it.

 Throughout the month our elf does bring a few presents, but they aren't anything that I wouldn't have given the kids anyway.  He will usually bring them new Christmas jammies the first Friday and Christmas coloring books the first day of Christmas break.

Most days our elf keeps it really simple.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Top 6 Toddler Toy Picks From a Mother of 5

With the holidays now in full swing, I seem to find myself once again trying to decide what to get the kids for Christmas.  Toddler toy are among my favorite because toddlers love to play.

Here are some of my top toddler toy picks this year, and lets be clear, although this post contains affiliate links, the toys selected are truly toys I would recommend or buy for my own toddler.  This is her second Christmas and I'm so excited!

1. Play Kitchens
I want this kitchen in a bad way.   My sweet baby Bonnie would love it for years to come and it is REALLY cute!  Kitchens are GREAT toys overall.  All of my kids (even my little boys) have enjoyed playing pretend an making meals in a play kitchen throughout their toddler and preschool years.

Any kitchen also needs food.  I really like the play food and accessories from Melissa and Doug.  They have really fun sets and wonderful quality.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Festive Yarn Wreath

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I love all the texture in this wreath and it is pretty easy to make.