6 In Nesting


Nesting Christmas tree decor with ribbons, bead garland and white poinsettias. Coffee in front of tree.

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Nesting on this last Sunday in November.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and time with their family and friends.

We spent the past few days getting our Christmas shopping done and decorating for Christmas.

Do you do a themed tree or have a color scheme you like to stick to when decorating your tree? Or do you have a variety of sentimental ornaments you collect over the years?

This year I did a little upgrade when decorating our tree. Instead of using those hooks to hang your ornaments, I used ribbon. I chose a burgundy and navy blue color and tied ribbons on the ornaments to hang them instead. It looks so pretty and really elevates it a little bit.

Nesting - Christmas tree decor idea. Ornament hack. Use ribbon to hang ornaments on tree.

I’m showing you all the details here.

2023 Christmas tree with wooden bead garland, ribbons to tie ornaments with gold balls and white poinsettias.

Every year, when we decorate out front, I also do a little something to thank all the delivery drivers who work so hard to deliver our packages and groceries. I usually fill a little crate with some beverages and snacks for them to take when they drop off our packages and groceries. I made a cute little sign to add too.

Nesting - free printable thank you delivery drivers with basket of snacks and drinks for the holidays

Just a little way to spread some holiday cheer and make someone’s day.

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Here’s what’s been happening lately at Our Tiny Nest:

Did you see my recipe for this amazing gingerbread syrup? It’s super easy to make and great in coffees, lattes, over waffles or pancakes. I’m sharing the recipe here.

The best gingerbread latte. Glass mug full of coffee, whipped cream and topped with a gingerbread man cookie


The holiday season is the start of all of the fun gatherings, parties and events. I always like to bring a little something for the hostess and this is now the only gift I will be bringing from now on. This overnight breakfast strata will make their next morning a little easier. Click here for my recipe and printable tag.

The best hostess gift idea to give for the holidays - overnight breakfast strata. Aluminum baking tray with printable gift tag and ribbon

If the little elf comes to your house, sometimes you know it can be tricky to come up with creative and fun ideas. I shared this little earlier this week. I bought this elf fairy door kit on Amazon and it is the most adorable thing I can’t wait to see the kid’s faces! Click here for the details.

Elf on the shelf idea fairy door kit

If you love advent calendars, here are some fun ones to count down the days until Christmas. Click here to see all 25 of the best advent calendars.

25 Advent Calendars for Christmas - best advent calendars on Amazon from Squishamals, Friends, Elf, Taylor Swift, Book lovers and more


Some of the best sales and deals happening now!

This has been the top seller so far among you all!

Shark Vacuums, The Shark Blow Dryer, Air purifiers and more. I just got a shark vacuum and I love it better than my Dyson! And that Flex Style blow dryer/styler is on my list!

Amazon devices for kids like tablets, Echo Dot, Kindles, etc.

Literally the best sheets ever! These are always a top seller!

The only boots I buy my kids, so easy to slip on and off.

Shop some of my favorite Stocking Stuffers.

**And this great deal happening now at Kalahari Resorts is a great way to gift the family a fun experience.**

And now some of my favorite finds from around the web

This adorable marshmallow bar from The Crowned Goat.

Quick and Easy Holiday Marshmallow Bar-The Crowned Goat

This home where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women and you can tour during the holidays. Planning my visit.

This printable hot chocolate tag will add some magic to your Elf on the Shelf adventures.

elf on the shelf hot chocolate with printable

I stumbled upon this Nutcracker Martini recipe and now it’s all I can think about.

Nutcracker Martini for holiday season, festive cocktail


Hope you all enjoy your sweet Sunday!

1 In Lifestyle/ travel

Holiday experience for your family at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions biggest sale of the year and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Boys sitting in front of Christmas tree in Christmas pajamas.

This post is sponsored by Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

One of my absolute favorite Thanksgiving traditions is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I remember when I was little my mom would always make apple pie for Thanksgiving and she’d make an extra one and we’d all eat apple pie while watching the Thanksgiving Day parade together before going over to my grandmother’s for Thanksgiving dinner. That is still a tradition I love to carry on with my boys. We gather together Thanksgiving morning to watch the parade before going to my parent’s for dinner. It sets the anticipation for the holiday season and the kids always get so excited to see all their favorite characters, floats and balloons and of course Santa at the end.

This year, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions will have a float and be part of the 97th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  They were kind enough to send us some swag ahead of time.

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions biggest sale of the year and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Boys sitting in front of Christmas tree in Christmas pajamas.

If you are not familiar, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is home to America’s largest indoor waterparks with locations in Wisconsin Dells, WI, Sandusky, OH, Poconos Mountains, PA and Round Rock, TX. This resort offers something for everyone and is a great place for families to vacation. Whether you are looking to let loose and have some fun at the water park or entertainment center, or maybe relax at the spa, or enjoy some shopping, you can do it all and then enjoy a nice meal together as a family at one of their signature restaurants.

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions biggest sale of the year and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Man and woman in front of Christmas tree with coffee mugs.

Give your family the gift of Kalahari this year and an experience they won’t forget! What’s better than kicking back together as a family, escaping the cold and snow and enjoying some laughs at a premier waterpark? Their new Virtual Reality Water Slide looks amazing! You can enjoy a thrilling waterslide experience and slide through a jungle or float through space and experience a whole new level of excitement.

Kalahari’s best sale of the year is here! You can save up to 30% on your next getaway with promo code BLACKFRIDAY starting on Thanksgiving 11/23 through Cyber Monday 11/27.

Click here to see their site for more details!


This year, gift your family an experience they won’t forget! Give your family a trip to Kalahari Resorts and Waterparks.

2 In Amazon/ Christmas

25 advent calendars to count down to Christmas

25 Advent Calendars for Christmas - best advent calendars on Amazon from Squishamals, Friends, Elf, Taylor Swift, Book lovers and more

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Advent Calendars are such a fun way to count down to Christmas and keep the excitement building for the holidays. Growing up we used to get those chocolate advent calendars every year. I used to love opening each little window each night. Now, advent calendars have come a long way and there are so many fun ones from beauty and cosmetics, coffees/teas, toys, collectibles and so many more.

Whether advent calendars are a tradition your family looks forward to every year, or maybe you’re looking to start a new tradition, I’m sharing 25 fun advent calendars to count down to Christmas.

25 Advent Calendars to count down to Christmas.

Sugarfina – discover 24 sweet candies each day in this adorable candy shop.

Sugarfina Santa's Candy Shop Advent Calendar


24 Days of Body & Earth – have fun pampering yourself in the days leading up to Christmas with bath bombs, lotions and other body products.

Advent Calendar 2023-24 Days of Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar, BODY & EARTH Bath Sets for Women Gift Includes Hand Lotion, Shampoo Bar, Bath Bombs, Christmas Countdown Skincare Gifts for Women


L’OCCITANE – treat yourself to the finest skincare and get a glowing complexion in time for the holiday.

L’OCCITANE Holiday Classic Advent Calendar

Yankee Candle – this set includes 24 tealights in popular fragrances.

Yankee Candle 2023 Advent Calendar - 24 Holiday Tea Lights

Vahdam Teas – 120 teas in 24 different flavors.

VAHDAM Advent Calendar 2023 - Limited Edition Gift Box - 24 Flavors 5 Tea Bags Each - Christmas Advent Calendar 2023 Adult Women & Men - Tea Advent Calendar 2023

K Cup Pods – this one is perfect for the coffee lover.


Keurig Advent Calendar Variety Pack, Single Serve K-Cup Pods, 24 Count


Squishville – Squishmallows are all the rage and this calendar is perfect for kids ages 3 and up!


Squishville by The Original Squishmallows Holiday Calendar - 24 Exclusive 2” Festive Squishmallows - Seasonal Toys for Kids and Preschoolers - Ages 3+


Stem building blocks – this one is great for kids ages 6-12.

Advent Calendar 2023 Kids, 24 Days Building Blocks Toys Holiday Countdown Calendars, Christmas Stocking Stuffers for 6 7 8-12 Year Old Boys Girls Teen, Xmas Gifts Building Set STEM Toys Party Favors


Fidget Toys – this one is full of pop its, squishie toys, sticking things and more to keep those little hands busy.

Advent Calendar 2023-24 Days of Surprises Fidget Toys Bulk - Christmas Holiday Countdown Advent Calendars - Sensory Toy Gifts for Toddler Kids Teens Girls Age 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Year Old Classroom


Dino Dig – for the future paleontologist this one lets them learn about all the different dinosaurs.

Advent Calendar Dinosaur Egg Dig Kit 24 Days Christmas Countdown Break Open 24 Unique Dinosaur Eggs and Discover 24 Cute Dinosaurs Christmas Archaeology Science Gift


Gabby’s Dollhouse – 24 surprise collectible holiday figures and accessories to create a snow day adventure.

Gabby’s Dollhouse, Advent Calendar 2023, 24 Surprise Toys with Figures, Stickers & Dollhouse Accessories, Kids Toys for Girls & Boys Ages 3+

Hot Wheels – this calendar includes a playmat, 8 cars and fun winter accessories like a snowplow to encourage play and imagination.

Hot Wheels Toy Car Set, 2023 Advent Calendar with 8 Cars in 1:64 Scale, 16 Accessories & Playmat, Gift for Kids


Diamond painting ornament kit – Diamond painting is a fun, mess free craft. And this one lets them create a variety of different ornaments for their tree.

Diamond Painting Kit Advent Calendar 2023 Teens Girls Kids- 24pcs Double Sided 5D DIY Diamond Keychain Arts&Crafts Toys, Crafts Christmas Ornaments 24 Day Christmas Countdown Calendar Gifts for Girls


Taylor Swift calendar – for the Swiftie in your life. Comes with friendship bracelets, earrings, ornaments and fun key chains!

Taylors Advent Calendar 2023 Gift for Girls Women, 24 Days Countdown To Christmas Holiday Birthday Countdown Calendar with Bracelet Earring Keychain Pendants Ornament Sets Xmas Gifts for Kids Adults Fans


For the book lover – each day, a bookish gift.


Playmobil NHL – great for ages 5 and up for those who love hockey can experience the road to the Stanley Cup!

PLAYMOBIL NHL Advent Calendar - Road To The Cup


For the dog – spoil your favorite pooch

Himalayan Dog Chew 24 Joyful Days Dog Advent Calendar, 24 Tasty Dogs Treats for All Breeds, Himalayan Cheese Treats, Cookie Treats, Freeze Dried Whole Meat Treats


For the cat – these gifts will make any kitty purr.

MOVINPE Cat Toys Advent Calendar 2023 Christmas for Kitten, 24Pcs Interactive Kitten Toys Cat Collars Assortments Cat Feather Teaser Wand, Catnip Fish, Mice, Balls and Bells for Puppy, Kitty Fur Kids


Christmas tree – Each day, a new ornament to decorate the tree. Once the tree is up, it can be used year after year.

JOYIN Christmas 24 Days Countdown Advent Calendar with a Tabletop Wooden Christmas Tree and 28 Ornaments Snowman Santa Decorations for Boys, Girls and Kids Party Favors, Classroom Prizes, Xmas Gift


For the one who loves to garden – a variety of 24 seeds that will have you looking forward to spring.

Seeds Advent Calendar 2023-24 Packet Christmas Countdown Calendar-Planting Seeds Ornaments Gift for Boys Girls Adults


Family games – the holidays are a time for being together as a family and this advent calendar is perfect for the whole gang. Each day a new game to play together.

NEW 2023 Advent/Countdown Calendar FAMILY GAMES. 24 OF THE BEST EVER FAMILY GAMES IN ONE BOX – put the screen aside and enjoy hours of FUN. Comes with a step-by-step picture guide. For kids aged 6+. The perfect family bonding experience.


Christmas is coming advent book – contains crafts, recipes, activities and more for each day.

Christmas Is Coming! An Advent Book: Crafts, games, recipes, stories, and more! (Christmas Calendar, Advent Calendar for Families, Family Craft and Holiday Activity book)


EXIT game puzzle – A storm has hit the north pole and you must look for Santa to figure out how to escape the workshop and save Christmas! 24 days of puzzles to lead you through the escape room.

EXIT: The Game - Advent Calendar - The Silent Storm Family Game Cooperative Game Puzzle a Day Escape Room


FRIENDS – could this advent calendar BE anymore fun?

Friends: The Official Advent Calendar, Volume 1: The One With the Surprises (Friends TV Show)


Buddy The Elf – 25 days of being a cotton headed ninnymuggins. Collect all of the best Elf inspired keepsakes.

Elf: The Official Advent Calendar

For more Christmas ideas check out

My holiday gift guide

My 12 days of Christmas tradition

This viral Christmas tree dip

13 Christmas cookies


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0 In Gift Guides/ holidays

Best toys for boys ages 5 and up this Christmas

Gift guide for boys ages 5 and up Moose Toys. Boy sitting in front of Christmas tree with Treasure X, Doo Doo Kangaroo and other toys

The holidays are right around the corner, and I have partnered with Moose Toys to curate the ultimate Gift Guide selection for boys ages 5+.

With Christmas coming and so many toys on the market, it can be hard to find the perfect gift! As a mom to two boys, I’m always hearing about the latest toys and got my pulse on what all the boys want. Some of my son’s favorite toys are from Moose Toys.

Gift guide for boys ages 5 and up Moose Toys. Boy sitting in front of Christmas tree with Treasure X, Doo Doo Kangaroo and other toys

Moose Toys creates, manufactures, and markets toy brands across many categories. The action figure, arts, craft & activity, collectible, doll, games, plush, preschool and youth electronic toy aisles are where you’ll find “Wow” toy brands!

I’m sharing some of the best toys for Christmas for boys ages 5 and up.

Christmas gift guide toys for boys ages 5 and up Moose Toys Heroes of Goo Jit Su

  •  Akedo (core) The new series 5 Thematic Beast Strike comes with all new warriors and weapons.  Collect them all and let them battle it out!

Christmas gift guide toys for boys ages 5 and up Moose Toys Akedo

  •  Doo Doo KangarooThis will for sure become a family favorite game! They will have so much fun feeding the kangaroos strawberry donuts, flushing the toilet and watching the kangaroo do the Doo Doo.

Christmas gift guide toys for boys ages 5 and up Moose Toys Doo Doo Kangaroo

  • Flipslide – Moose GamesThis is the game cube that anyone can solve! It comes with 4 different competitive modes so that you can challenge yourself, family or friends.

Gift Guide for Boys ages 5 and up Moose Toys Flipside Game


I hope that this list is helpful and takes some of the guesswork out of the equation for you in finding the best toys for boys ages 5 and up on your list this holiday season. You can find all Moose Toys by clicking the link here.


And for more gift ideas, be sure to check out my ultimate Gift Guide for everyone on your list.