Christmas in the Bunbury home was nothing short of fantastic. My favorite part was watching the kids' excitement as the day progressed. It's true: Christmas is way more fun with kids! I hope you had an exceptional holiday.
Monday, December 26, 2011
There's a lesson that I'm still trying to learn when it comes to little kids: they do not need a lot of expensive toys for Christmas. How many of us have emptied out Toys R Us thinking that the kids will love all that stuff? Then when all of the presents are opened, they just want to play in the empty boxes, not with the toys! This morning, Gavin raided my drawers and played with some shampoo bottles that I got from a hotel. After all the toys he received yesterday, he wanted to play with those? I'm confused.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The countdown to Christmas is on and it's got me singing:
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
12 deadlines for free shipping
11 things to re-gift
10 overbaked cookies
9 unmailed Christmas cards
8 yards of scotch tape
7 secret santas
6 dessert potlucks
5 ugly Christmas sweaters
4 tangled light strings
3 loooooooooooooong wish lists
2 kids with the sniffles
And a pedicure for me!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
This year, I've decided to bake Christmas gifts for friends and family. Giving baked goods is very personal, cost effective, and provides so many options. This Martha Stewart recipe is the newest addition to my recipe collection. If you love lemon, you will enjoy this recipe. However, if you're not so keen on lemons, you can modify the cookies to be lime or orange flavored.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Christmas is here and it's time to go shopping. If you're looking for inexpensive stocking stuffers, I've got a couple ideas...
- If you have an iPhone or iPad, tell your child that they can pick an app that they want. Cost $2-$3.
- I'm not a connoisseur, but the best play dough comes from Dollar Tree.Cost $1 (of course)
- The front section at Target has a bunch of cute stuff for a dollar. They carry hats, gloves, pencil sets, slinkys, etc.
- Stock up on their favorite snacks. I got a small box of Pepperidge farm goldfish and an 8-pack of Reese's cups for $1 each.
- An 8-pack of crayons is less than a dollar and oh so fun. I would take them out of the box and bound them with ribbon or raffia to make them look more special. It's all about the packaging.
- If you're giving crayons, then you have to give a notepad to draw in. Those two items go together like peanut butter and jelly.
- A box of snaps is great for boys. They're the little things that you throw on the ground and they make a popping sound. Each box contains 50 snaps and loads of fun. Cost $1