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12 Days of Christmas

12 days of Christmas ideas

This year I’m starting a new tradition for the holiday season – The 12 Days of Christmas. I have so many awesome memories of how my parents made the holidays magical for us growing up and I want to do the same for my boys. So this year, the 12 days leading up to Christmas, we are going to do something fun and festive every day.

Below I’m sharing how we are implementing The 12 Days of Christmas. Now the goal is just to have fun and make memories with your little ones, not to add more stress to your already full plate. You can be as simple or as creative as you want.

How to plan your 12 days of Christmas

1.)  First, think of 12 fun activities that you want to do with your kids.

If you’re in need of ideas, check out our holiday bucket list below. 

Christmas bucket list

 

2.) Write those ideas down or type them up on 12 separate pieces of paper.

3.) Next I got 12 boxes in varying sizes from Michael’s and placed a piece of each paper with an idea in each box. Then I wrapped them like presents.

4.) I numbered 12 gift tags and put them on each corresponding gift box and placed them under the tree.

 

How it works:

Starting on December 13th, each day leading up to Christmas we will open one of the gifts and do the activity inside. That’s it! It’s all about having fun with your kids and giving them something they will remember in years to come.

 

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Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew

Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew

Starbucks recently released their new holiday beverage – the Irish Cream Cold Brew. Being a coffee junkie and lover of Irish Cream I obviously had to run out and try it. It is pure magic in a cup. Without the booze of course. However, at about $4.50 a cup, not so magical on the wallet. I’ve created my own Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew recipe so that you can make your own. And I’ve also included a boozy edition for when you want to be a little extra 😉

Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cold coffee (I usually just make a cup, refrigerate for a bit and then add some ice)
  • 2 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • cocoa powder (for dusting)

Directions:

  1. First you’ll need to make your Irish Cream. (I made this ahead of time in a larger quantity and stored in the fridge in a mason jar). Mix together 1 3/4 cups of heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp of almond extract. Stir together.
  2. Next make a cup of coffee, chill and then pour over ice.
  3. Add some of your Irish Cream to your coffee, as much as you want.
  4. In a bowl, add the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Whip or use an immersion blender until the mixture is frothy.
  5. Top your coffee with the cream foam and a dusting of cocoa powder.
  6. Enjoy!

Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew

To make my boozy adults only edition:

  1. Make a batch of my Homemade Irish Cream. (Recipe here)
  2. Pour into your iced coffee
  3. Sip and get happy 🙂

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Gift Guide for Babies

Gift Guide for Babies

If you have a little one to shop for, you have to check out some of these ideas on my Gift Guide for Babies. Many of these ideas are things that my own little guys have loved. Click the links to shop.

Activity Chair – This soft activity chair has a rattle, mirror, squeaky toy and colorful objects to keep baby occupied. We had this for Maxwell when he was younger and he loved it.

Soft activity chair for baby

Baby swing – I have been wanting one of these for Mav. I love the neutral colors and beads.

Baby Swing

Yay Mats Tummy Time Mat – A soft, foam mat that is stylish and nontoxic.

Tummy Time Mat

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube – This interactive toy lights up and plays a variety of musical notes to keep your little one engaged and expose them to different musical sounds.

Mozart Magic Cube

Teething bibs – the teething corner makes these ideal!

Nuby teething bibs

Skip Hop teepee – this was a favorite for both babies. A cute playmat and activity gym that is easy to fold up and store.

Skip Hip TeePee

See Touch Feel book – A good first book that engages the senses.

See Touch Feel Book

Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon – A great classic walker and your little can put some of their toys inside.

Radio Flyer Walker

Baby’s First Patagonia – How cute is this fleece jacket?

Baby's First Patagonia

Patagonia Furry Fleece Hat – This super cute fleece hat to keep their little noggin warm.

Patagonia Fleece Hat

Melissa & Doug First Play Pound & Roll – encourages fine motor play and problem solving.

Melissa and Doug baby toy

 

Check out my other 2019 Holiday Gift Guides Here

Toddler/Preschooler Gift Guide

Gift Guide for Her

Gift Guide for Him

Enneagram Gift Guide

 

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Gift Guide for Him

Holiday Gift Guide for Him 2019
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We all have that difficult person to shop for. In my case it’s my husband. And my dad. If you ask them, they say “I don’t want anything. I have everything I need.” Sweet but just tell me what you want. Here is my gift guide for him, and I hope to inspire you with some good ideas for those men that are hard to shop for.

(As always click the links to shop)

Patagonia zip up sweater – a classic knit sweater with fleece interior.

Patagonia zip up sweater

Personalized Catch All Tray – Ok so one thing Rick does that really grinds my gears – he comes home from work, empties his pockets and just leaves his stuff all over the dresser. So with this personalized catch all tray, he has a nice place to put all his “stuff”.

Personalized Catch All Tray

OXX Coffee Box – This is an amazing gift for the guy who loves the outdoors or for the guy who works in rough environments (contractors, construction, other tradesmen). Works with any single serve coffee pod.

Oxx Coffeeboxx

11 in 1 credit card tool – this would be a perfect stocking stuffer for him. Functions as a can opener, bottle opener, flat screwdiver, ruler, plus 6 other uses.

Guardman 11-in-1 credit card tool

Travel laptop backpack – lots of storage space, water resistant and also has a USB to charge his laptop or phone while on the go. I may be getting this for Rick.

Travel Laptop Backpack

X5 car charger – no more fighting over who’s going to charge their phone in the car. This baby has 5 USB ports.

Car Charger with 5 USB ports

Everlane cotton V neck tees – if your guy is anything like mine, there’s nothing he loves more than a good quality v neck tee. These are the softest!

Everlane v neck tee

Percussive Therapy Massager – This is a great gift for the athlete, fitness guru or the guy who has a physically demanding job. Helps increase blood flow to those tight or injured areas, helping relieve pain and increase mobility.

Percussive Therapy Muscle Massager

Bro Mask – A sheet mask for him!

Bro Mask

 

You can also check out my

Gift Guide for Her

Gift Guide for Toddlers/Preschoolers

 

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