Now that Christmas is over, I’m sharing some of my New Years ideas for the kids. Gone are the days of getting all dressed up and going out for New Years. We’re all for staying home in our jammies and hanging out with the kids, trying to stay up until the ball drops. But let’s be honest, I’ll probably be in bed by 10pm.
Here are some fun ideas on how to ring in New Years with your kids.
(Plus download my free printable interview for your little ones)
Make some noisemakers
We recently made these little noisemakers and they were so easy to do together.
You will need :
– A plastic bulb ornament. ( I got mine from the Dollar Store).
– Glitter (got these on Amazon)
– Beads (I had found these on Amazon to make bracelets)
– Super glue
– Take the top part off of the ornament.
– Fill with beads and glitter.
– Cover the top with tape and put the top back on, super gluing (is that a word?) the rim.
– Tie a ribbon at the top and shake!
I saw this idea floating around on Pinterest to do every year on your children’s birthday but I think it could be done on New Years Eve too! I created this fun little interview to do with your kiddos. It would be fun to look back over the years and see some of the highlights.
Click the link below to download my printable version.
New Years Eve we usually just do a bunch of snacky foods so we can pick throughout the night.
We love to make fun charcuterie boards especially for the kids.
I also love this idea for a milk and cookies toast at midnight with your little ones! So fun and they will feel like grown ups too!
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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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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
- 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)
- 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.
- Next make a cup of coffee, chill and then pour over ice.
- Add some of your Irish Cream to your coffee, as much as you want.
- 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.
- Top your coffee with the cream foam and a dusting of cocoa powder.
To make my boozy adults only edition:
- Make a batch of my Homemade Irish Cream. (Recipe here)
- Pour into your iced coffee
- Sip and get happy 🙂
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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.
Baby swing – I have been wanting one of these for Mav. I love the neutral colors and beads.
Yay Mats Tummy Time Mat – A soft, foam mat that is stylish and nontoxic.
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.
Teething bibs – the teething corner makes these ideal!
Skip Hop teepee – this was a favorite for both babies. A cute playmat and activity gym that is easy to fold up and store.
See Touch Feel book – A good first book that engages the senses.
Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon – A great classic walker and your little can put some of their toys inside.
Baby’s First Patagonia – How cute is this fleece jacket?
Patagonia Furry Fleece Hat – This super cute fleece hat to keep their little noggin warm.
Melissa & Doug First Play Pound & Roll – encourages fine motor play and problem solving.
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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