Today I’m sharing my top Christmas gift ideas for kids. In our house I love toys that encourage imagination and learning so most of these gifts do just that! Plus a pair of Christmas pajamas because what’s Christmas morning without matching jammies for the whole family?
Here is my Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Kids:
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You “find them scruffy and make them fluffy.” These toys come as a matted ball of fur but after washing and brushing, reveal a furry dog, cat or bunny.
This kitchen set lets kids cook and clean, inspiring their imagination and encourages teamwork when playing with others. Plus it’s got granite countertops and a sleek design to fit into anyone’s home decor.
We bought this for our little guy for his birthday and he plays with it for hours. It provides up to 20 experiments that encourages STEM concepts.
Kids can play Tic Tac Toe, Solitaire, Checkers and Nine Men’s Morris. And the set includes all the game pieces needed.
Great for kids ages 5-12. Includes 5 interactive games that encourages problem solving. Compatible with most Ipads.
Kids can access audiobooks, music, learning apps and games where parents can set the security settings and a timer for use. It also comes with a kids-proof case and a 2 year warranty that will cover pretty much anything.
My parents are getting this for dude man this year. It plays music, tells jokes and has over 1,000 audible stories and when he gets older he can control the lights in his own room. You can also set parental controls, and it’s compatible with other Alexa devices in the house.
A great way to encourage your littles to learn their ABC’s and 123’s and how to draw them.
Encourages kids to sort their colors, and help learn counting.
We’ve started the tradition where every Christmas Eve we get matching Christmas pajamas to wear Christmas morning. I love these buffalo plaid union suits for the whole family.
If you missed my Christmas Gift Guide for Her you can check it out here and stay tuned for my guide for Him coming next!
Christmas is around the corner and you’re probably thinking, “what should I give to the ladies in my life?” Ask any woman and she will probably tell you she wants a housekeeper, private chef and a little private getaway just for one. If gifting them an all expenses paid solo trip to a winter spa resort isn’t in the budget, here are some things to make them feel spoiled and pampered. This one’s for all the mamas, grandmas, sisters, basically any lady in your life.
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Here is my Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Her:
Improves blood flow and skin tone, increases lymphatic drainage, relieves sinus congestion, reduces puffiness and helps improve overall appearance of your skin.
This caddy will hold her tablet, cellphone, book, AND her wine so she can truly wind down.
The most luxurious robe to make her feel like she’s at the spa.
For the woman who leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.
I don’t mean exercise attire. These comfy knit joggers are perfect for lounging in style.
She can order takeout, check the weather, stream music, adjust the thermostats, lock the doors and hook it up to her Roomba.
She can sync it with Alexa and have it clean while she’s at work so it feels like you got her a housekeeper.
And if all else fails, she won’t fault you for an Amazon or Target gift card. Trust me.
Be sure to check out my Gift Guide for Him and my Gift Guide for Kids!
This past weekend we set out on a new project around the house. This time it was whitewashing our brick fireplace. I shared some of the pics in my instagram stories (if you don’t follow me on instagram follow me here) and most people said they would love a tutorial. So here it is, my whitewashed brick fireplace update.
When we first looked at our current house, my husband fell in love with the downstairs and was determined to make it his man cave. But I wasn’t too fond of the warm knotty pine and the orangey brick. So we made a compromise – he could keep his knotty pine and we would whitewash the fireplace to make it a little brighter and update the space a bit. It was super easy to do and really gives the room a new look.
Here’s my step by step tutorial:
1.) First start off by wiping off the brick with a cloth to get rid of any dust. We also covered our mantle as we did not want to paint that and wanted to leave it as is.
2.) Mix up your paint in a 50-50 paint, water mixture. We used Sherwin Williams Emerald Satin paint in Extra White. The consistency should be pretty watery.
3.) Using a paint brush, paint each brick. The paint will dry lighter and depending on how much of the original brick you want to show through underneath, you can apply a second coat.
4.) The door surrounding the hearth (I think that’s what it’s called) was the traditional gold. To give it more of a farmhouse look we took the door off and sanded it then painted it with a high heat flat black spray paint.
5.) Let the door dry completely before putting back on.
This was definitely an easy, reasonably priced update. And I love the way it came out!
So are you team whitewash or team original brick?
If you want to see some of my other DIY projects check out this DIY Distressed Bedroom Furniture tutorial.
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This homemade Irish cream is a favorite among family and friends! It tastes really yummy, makes you feel all warm and toasty inside and makes great homemade gifts.
I make this homemade Irish cream every year. It’s something I look forward to every holiday season and my family and friends do too! In just under 5 minutes you can have your own homemade Irish cream to drink on its own or add a splash to your coffee. Plus, add a cute ribbon and you have your own homemade hostess gift
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups of whiskey
- 14 oz of sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional – you can also use coconut extract instead, either way both are delish!)
- Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
- Using an immersion blender, mix together all ingredients for about 30 seconds. (You can also blend together in a blender). Just be careful not to overmix so as not to whip the cream.
- Pour into a glass bottle or mason jar. Keep refrigerated.