Holiday Cookie Busy Kit

Holiday Cookie Busy Kit

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Holiday break is approaching and for some it doesn’t make much of a difference, but no matter what your circumstances are, I am here to share a fun craft for your little ones!

Busy kits have been a hit in our home and I love how versatile they can be. Colors and themes are interchangeable and can be made based on what your child likes.

This holiday cookie busy kit is perfect since I am sure your little ones want to be included with your holiday baking.

I included my hot chocolate play dough so the aroma could really make this holiday cookie experience seem real. It adds more to your child’s sensory exploration.

The play dough and rolling pin is always a hit, but the fun part in this kit is the sprinkles!

Check out my girlfriends winter kids crafts by heading to their blog below!

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Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe

Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe

With Franco being home some days I have to keep him busy while I work.

I am pretty excited to find some festive ways to keep him busy during the holiday season while we are home.

First way- have Christmas movies play on repeat all day. We don’t have to sit and watch them but just having them play in the background to keep to spirit alive.

Second way- have Christmas music blasting in another room. Same reason why you have movies playing as well.

Third way- do a fun and messy holiday themed activity.

Basically, everywhere you turn in your house your going to get hit with Christmas cheer for all to hear. Is this a bad thing in 2020?

No.

Will this drive your spouse a little crazy?

Yes.

Does it matter?

No.

I am sharing this fun Hot Chocolate Playdough recipe. It’s easy to make with your little one and it smells amazing!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tbs cream of tarter
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tbs oil (olive, vegetable, coconut)

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients in pot on medium heat.
  • Stir until it clumps together and slightly sticky.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool.
  • Knead dough for 3-5 minutes.
  • Use sprinkles or marshmallows for additional texture.
  • Store in an air tight container or ziplock bag for 1 week.

This is a great way to get your little involved with ‘cooking’ and also great sensory play. Not to mention, this smells amazing! I wouldn’t recommend to taste or eat, but definitely enjoy to aroma.

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Holiday Gift Guide For Kids

Holiday Gift Guide For Kids

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This year gift guide for kids is thinking out of the box. Things have been weird this year with being stuck home so these gifts keep your little ones busy and not in front of the TV.

Bedtime is about to get exciting with these color your own pjs! Your little ones now may have a reason to want to go to bed! (maybe).

This karaoke microphone is so fun you may play with it more than the kids.

Another reason for your little ones to get excited for bed. Finally a fun way to draw in their own bed. It is also great to bring while traveling or camping.

My little one always wants to color the tattoos on my arm so this toy is perfect to put markers in! If your little one loves tattoos this is a fun way to get creative while drawing and coloring.

Make breakfast fun with this awesome interactive mug which is also used as a bowl. Cereal just got more exciting.

I am a huge fan of Ryan’s World Toys (not the show, don’t get it twisted) I love that there are so many surprises so my little on won’t forget about it so easily and never play with it again.

Just to add a little technology to the mix of gifts, this kids smartwatch is perfect. It has games, camera and customization of wallpaper. Kids can also listen to music and watch videos.

A giant comfy pillow to put your little ones right to sleep. This body pillow lets your little one snuggle up and calm day from the busy day they’ve had.

Want to make a little true crime addict in the making? JK, but this puzzle book will get your little ones thinking. It also has great illustrations and it is educational!

Busy kits are my new favorite toys for my little one. The possibilities are endless and so much sensory fun.

Christmas morning is going to be so fun with this mini claw machine- for the whole family!

How could I not add this to the list? If you are going to be teaching your little ones from home this year, you might as well make it fun!

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Gift Guide for her

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

This years gift guide for her is all about self care. These gifts are great for your friends, sisters, moms and other ladies in your life- including yourself!

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5 Ways to Get Your Child Excited For The Holidays!

5 Ways to Get Your Child Excited For The Holidays!

This year we need happiness and excitement more than ever. I also think this year it is never to early to start getting ready for the holidays. Check out my five ways to get your child excited for the holidays. These are fun and affordable ways for the whole family to enjoy.

1. Write a Letter To Santa

This kit is fun for kids to write a letter to Santa and to let him know what they want for Christmas!

2. Have Santa Send a Letter Back

Santa Letters

With Santa Lettes, not only does your child get a personalized letter from Santa, but they can also get a Nice Certificate, directions from the North Pole and so much more! These letters are official, printed on fine linen paper and Santa’s official seal embossed. The best part is these letters are postmarked from the North Pole! These fun surprises are guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas if ordered by December 15th. Santa Letters is also donating 10% of their proceeds to Toys For Tots.

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3. Make a Christmas Eve Box

On Christmas Eve, your little one will open a box of fun! A pair of new Christmas Pajamas, hot cocoa mix, popcorn, Christmas book and a fun game to play. This is a great tradition to have from years to come!

4. Decorate Your Own Christmas Cookies

If baking is too messy for you, order a premade cookie decorating kit! These cookie from Sweet T’s are the perfect treat during the holiday season and a fun family night. You can also order pre made cookies that are almost too pretty to eat. Shipping only available within New York.

5. Holiday Binoculars Craft

This binoculars craft I shared a few months ago is perfect for the holiday season! Use them for driving around looking for Christmas lights, searching for reindeer and grazing the sky on Christmas Eve looking for Santa! Follow the steps on how to make the binoculars and use holiday themed stickers and designs to fancy it up.

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Winter Wardrobe Essentials Guide

Winter Wardrobe Essentials Guide

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This winter I am all about basic. Basic colors, basic fit, basic style.

Being comfortable is key, so there is a mix of comfy footwear, cozy tops and stretchy pants.

Check out what I will be wearing this winter and join me on the basic train!

1. Fur Sleeve Knit Cardigan

It’s warm and cozy with just enough fur to wear with a casual shirt and jeans.

2. Snap Front Rib-knit Bodysuit

These are a must have in both black and white. They fit well and go great with a vest or cardigan.

3. Petite Curvy High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Hayes Wash

Any jeans by Madewell are my favorite. They fit amazing and do not lose shape. They go great with boots or a pair a sneakers.

4. Vans Old Skool Woven Sneaker

These color sneakers go with any outfit, black brown or blue.

5. Women’s Crewneck Sweatshirt

These sweatshirt are my absolute favorite. I have them in about three colors and have them on rotate. They are soft and you cannot beat the price!

6. Black Boots

These style boots are my favorite, they are so comfortable and go with any outfit.

7. Mini Square Backpack

This backpack is perfect for day trips and adventures with your little ones.

8. Mock Neck Tunic Sweater

These basic cozy sweaters from Time and Tru are so affordable, you cannot pass them up! Available in black and gray.

9. Black Label Watch Hat

This is a great comfy and warm hat that goes with any outfit, causal or leisure.

10. Striped Tee

This tee goes great with a cardigan or blazer and a pair of jeans.

11. Zip Up Drawstring Waist Hooded Parka Coat

I just got this coat for the winter weather and it is so warm and comfy. I love the fluffy hood and the waist drawstring is always a plus for me.

12. Zodiac Necklace

I love any piece of jewelry by Made By Mary. I have a few pieces from them and the quality is amazing and so is the price.

13. Open-Front Sweater-Blazer

I love my Sophie blazers from J. Crew. I suggest to have this as a staple in your wardrobe!

14. Foldover Transport Tote 

The color of this bag is gorgeous and comfortable to use as a cross body for on the go use.

15. Yoga Pant Full-Length Legging

An essential pair of leggings come right from Amazon! Choose your size and length and they will guarantee to fit you like glove.

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