5 Ways to Believe In the Magic This Holiday Season

5 Ways to Believe In the Magic This Holiday Season

We are the type of family that celebrates the holiday magic all season long , but how do we make it last? Check out these 5 ways to believe in the magic this holiday season.

1. Talk to Santa

This app is my favorite way to communicate with Santa. He leaves great messages and includes any name you choose.

2. Leave cookies for Santa

Download this free printable bundle for o leave a special note to Santa plus more activities! Grab your printable bundle here!

3. Decorate your windows.

While your little one goes to sleep decorate your windows and blame a little elf did it! Watch their eyes light up!

4. Random gifts

Head to Dollar Tree to get some candy and individually wrap them in simple decorations. Walk around your neighborhood and leave on your neighbors stoop. You can also leave some behind at a cafe, library or in a shopping cart. There is nothing more magical then the gift of kindness.

5. Reindeer food

Make some reindeer food for when they come on Christmas! You can mix in some sprinkles with oats or dried fruit to make it more environmentally friendly. Store in an air tight container.

Check out some more fun holiday printables!

The Ultimate Holiday Wishlist for Any Adult

The Ultimate Holiday Wishlist for Any Adult

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This season is about being cozy and preparing to be cozy for the new year. I am sharing the ultimate holiday wishlist for adults that’s all for easy relaxing street free gifts.

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Light therapy lamp

Don’t let the winter blues get to you with this Light therapy lamp.

Steam cleaner

Easy clean ups for big messes. No need to worry anymore what your pets or kid leaves behind with this multiple purpose carpet and upholstery cleaner.

Wireless router

This mini portable WiFi router is perfect for traveling or to use any where that does not have WiFi.

Big blanket co

The Big Blanket Co has the largest blanket I have ever used and the whole family got to enjoy it! With the size of 10’x10’ no one was fighting over it, including the pups! Use code NICOLE25 for $25 off your purchase.

Air fryer

You have to make some snacks while to bundle up on the couch, so why don’t you just stay there and do it from your phone! We are entering 2022 and it is about time we have an air fryer that is WiFi enabled!

Massage gun

Sore muscles call for a deep tissue massage. This massage gun is perfect for any aches and pains.

Wireless headphones

Time for some peace and quiet and fall asleep to whatever you want- including true crime podcasts with these Bluetooth headphone sleep mask.

This cup cozy pillow will keep all your Sri king needs right by you while binging your favorite true crime doc right from the couch!

Coffee maker

Forgot to set the coffee timer before bed? No problem because with this Smart coffee maker, it is Alexa enabled so you can have her brew your coffee while you’re still in bed.

Fun and Festive Sweet Potato Pop-tarts

Fun and Festive Sweet Potato Pop-tarts

Either you’re a fan of Thanksgiving food or you’re not. In my case I am not. You will find me eating a few sides with a loaf of cranberry sauce (the canned kind).

I know I am not the only one and I know we all have some picky eaters. I am sharing a fun side dish that is kid and adult approved- Sweet potato pop-tarts.

It has all the ingredients of the classic recipe sweet mashed potatoes including cinnamon, nutmeg and creamy marshmallow.

These can be breakfast, side dish or dessert, there’s no wrong way to eat them!

Here is what you need-

Ingredients

  • 2 packages of refrigerated pie crusts
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 cup of marshmallow Fluff
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

  1. Mash sweet potatoes and mix in brown sugar and spices. Put aside.
  2. Roll out both packages of pie crusts and cut into rectangles.
  3. Scoop about 1 tbs of sweet potato filling in one side of the rectangles and 1 tbs of fluff on the other rectangle.
  4. Sandwich the two rectangles together and pinch all of the pastry with a fork.
  5. Pierce a few holes on top of the pastry. I used cookie stamps to make shapes with the extra dough I had and sealed them on top.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 F. Ovens may vary so check on them throughout baking.
  7. Once fully cooled decorate!

I added these fun sprinkles that were so perfect for these pop-tarts! I used Sprinkle Pop Campfire S’mores mix.

I also used Wilton Gold Color Mist to give them a shimmery look.

Hurry and gobble these up before the kids do!

Check out these other delicious recipes for Thanksgiving!

Cranberry fluff salad
Cranberry fluff salad with pineapple
Dairy free green bean casserole
Dairy free green bean casserole
Pumpkin pie
World’s best pumpkin pie
Sweet potato casserole
5 Gift Rule Holiday Guide with Free Printable

5 Gift Rule Holiday Guide with Free Printable

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Do the upcoming holidays have you feeling a little anxious? I get it if you are. All I have been hearing is how there is going to be a product shortage and honestly, I don’t want to stress about that.

To make things simpler while still giving my son a magical and memorable holiday, I am doing the 5 gift rule this year.

Over the years I’ve noticed that Franco played with only a quarter of the gifts he received. Although I shopped second hand, it still didn’t feel right to get so many things.

The 5 gift rule is a great way to spend less money, have less stress, and celebrate more with family and friends.

We still went through all of the holiday toy circulars and Franco got to pick some things he wanted.

The idea of the 5 gift rule is:

  • something they want
  • something they need
  • something to wear
  • something to read
  • something that is a surprise

There are different variations and adaptations of the rules but I like this one because it is practical and I still get to see the pure magical excitement on Franco’s face when he opens his surprise gift.

I am sharing some ideas below of what the 5 gift rule looks like for the holidays. I am also sharing free wish list and gift tags printable below.

Need

Want

Read

Wear

Surprise

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The ideas I am sharing are literally just that- ideas. Do what you can afford and remember, the holidays are more than just gifts. Family and health is most important and I have realized this more after the past two years.

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