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.
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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As a mama, I am all about learning through play. That is why I love LeapFrog toys, including their new LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant. Not only is it a toy, but it’s educational as well which I love. (Be sure to scroll down to the end of my post to see how you can be entered for a chance to win one for your little ones! )
The LeapFrog LeapBuilders Fruit Fun Elephant is a 21 piece animal themed set of blocks, geared towards children ages 2+. It promotes imagination as kids build with the blocks and stack them. The LeapBuilders Elephant features a smart cube in which kids can insert the blocks to hear educational songs as well as teach numbers, colors and fruits. In addition to encouraging vocabulary and phrases, it also promotes fine motor skills through building the blocks and pushing buttons. It’s compatible with other LeapBuilders sets so there’s also the option to purchase other learning blocks from other sets as your kids master the phrases to learn more content.
Maxwell loves to learn through his hands and with catchy music. He spent hours building with the blocks and dancing to the various songs. He saw it as play rather than learning. I love that this is a screen-free option to help expand his knowledge base. Plus any toy that promotes learning and keeps him entertained is a win in my book! It’s also really compact so easy to pick up and bring with you anywhere.
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Finally it’s here – Dude Man’s Big Boy Room Reveal! Designing a big boy room was a little more challenging than I thought it was going to be. I wanted something classic that would grow with him and would fit with the rest of the style of our home, yet reflect his individual style and personality. It’s quickly become my favorite room in the house. Even when Dude isn’t home, I find myself standing in there, because it reminds me of him.
(Throughout the post I’ve linked some of my favorite pieces from his room so you can shop too and re-create the look! Click the links throughout and the thumbnails underneath each picture.)
And be sure to scroll to the bottom for a 20% off discount code for Beddy’s Bedding!!!!
For a classic Big Boy Room I knew I wanted the color scheme to be cool grays and blues. We painted the walls Passive Gray by Sherwin Williams. I love this shade of gray because it has cool undertones to it and plays with the blue nicely. (A little back story about picking paint colors – I sometimes have a hard time deciding. When we were re-doing our previous home, I knew I wanted our living room/dining room to be gray and I ended up having hubby repaint several times until it was just the right shade. It was literally like 50 shades of gray. I recommend selecting a few options and painting little swatches on the wall of each color. Then once it’s dry, observe during daylight and night so you can see which you like best).
I used all of the furniture from dude’s nursery including the bed which we were able to transition to a full size. Beddy’s sent me his bedding in the Sketched Boy’s Room Print. If you haven’t heard of Beddy’s bedding before they have made making the bed and washing bedding literally so easy. Beddy’s is a one-piece bedding system that wraps around the bed like a fitted sheet and actually stays in place! It has a zipper so that you can totally unzip the top from the bottom to make for easy washing and to make the bed you just zip up!!!!
I had been looking for some wooden signs for each of the boy’s rooms with their names. I had this one made from Hickory Hollow Designs. It’s a husband and wife team out of Pennsylvania. They have their own Etsy shop where you can create and personalize your own sign. They were so incredibly easy to work with and they do such quality work.
Right now Dude Man is obsessed with all things Dinosaurs. I found these cute dinosaur print wall stick-ons and this sign from Hobby Lobby. I’ve linked some similar ones below.
On the other side of the room is this tall dresser which was his original nursery furniture. I love all of the shelving and the height that it provides. I styled the shelves with some ceramic dinosaurs I had found, and some other pieces that are personal to Dude in addition to his favorite books.
He also had a ton of little toy dinosaurs that were always all over the floor. I placed them on this cute wooden shelf we got from Target
My sisters got this wooden sign and had it displayed at my Baby Shower. And I found this cute little glob to add as an accent piece. It reminds me of Dude because he is my inquisitive one.
So there you have it. The perfect Big Boy Room for my dude. I love the way it came out and so does my little man so I’d say it was a success!
When life gives you snow you make ice cream right? It’s a nice way to treat yourself after breaking a sweat struggling to stuff your kids into their snowpants and jackets and arguing with them why they need a hat and gloves. All that work only for them to run outside and play for 5 minutes, you deserve something sweet. And I suppose the little ones like it too!
Using only 4 ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, this is the easiest recipe to make your own snow ice cream.
Fresh snow (I used about 6 cups)
1/3 cup Granulated sugar
1 cup Milk
dash of Salt
1 tsp Vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of your non-snow ingredients. Throw in the fridge while you go gather your snow.
Next, go outside and fill a large mixing bowl with snow. Your kids can help you with this part.
Bring your snow inside and immediately stir into your mixture you made earlier. Keep adding more snow until you get a scoopable ice cream consistency. I used about 6 cups. (You may need more snow depending on how light it is)
Scoop into dishes to serve or store in an air-tight container in your freezer for later. We prefer ours with sprinkles and in our PJs!