Do your traditions include matching Family Christmas PJs ?

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It’s fun to hear about my friends’ family traditions when it comes to Christmas. Many of them have a specific dish or dessert they look forward to. Some, like our family, enjoy opening gifts at the same time every year. Others plan outings and events, such as cookie baking or caroling, to welcome Christmas. One friend told me that she always buys her kids a special set of pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve, so that their Santa-present pictures look good in the morning. Pretty smart! While I’m not usually organized enough to keep track of things like that in advance, I have to admit that having matching family Christmas pjs sounds super cute.

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Parragon books make December fun

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Part of our Christmas decor always includes holiday-themed books.  I love the winter scenes and bundled-up characters of children’s books.  Keeping these on shelves and tables around the house seems to motivate my kids to pick up and read their favorites. This year, we’ll have some new ones to add to the rotation.  Check them out!  [Read more…]

Help Rudolph light the way with new books

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He’s an iconic figurehead for Christmas — Santa’s right hand deer, Rudolph.  If you’re a misfit looking for your island, check out this set of 3 Rudolph titles!  [Read more…]

Sensory Gift Ideas for The Kids – Holiday Gift Guide

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Each year, I face the challenge of finding unique items for the kids in my life.  From my personal children, to nieces and nephews, to the students at my school who need a little extra Christmas cheer, there are so many kiddos to buy for.  If you need a little inspiration, check out some of these fun sensory items!  [Read more…]

Gift Ideas for the Collector — Splashlings, Funko, LittleMissMatched, Aquarium #ad

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Encouraging a collection can have its advantages.  It gives you a ready-made gift idea for each occasion.  It’s also fun to see how those collections become sentimental over the years.  As long as my kids played with their collectibles, I didn’t mind purchasing a few items for holidays and birthdays.  I saw it as a way to keep that childhood love alive.  Here are some fun collectible items that deserve a place under your tree this year.  [Read more…]

Disney holiday books from Parragon – Coco and Frozen Olaf

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The best Christmas gifts are those that keep the kids interested for longer than a few minutes.  You know what I mean! My son still remembers the Christmas 2 years ago when his mini-drone helicopter stayed in the air for about 6 seconds, then crashed to the ground. We could never figure out how to keep the tiny propeller blades in, so he never played with it again. By contrast, my children always enjoyed artistic toys.  A pack of stickers and a new notepad could entertain them for hours!  They still love getting new coloring materials, sketch books, and how-to draw books. Parragon has a great assortment of activity books, and even books that appeal to the new Disney Pixar Coco fans!  [Read more…]

Sonic Christmas Blast DVD makes a great stocking stuffer

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My son keeps asking for random animals to join our pet army.  His latest request — a hedgehog. While I admit they are super cute, the answer is no.  The Sonic Christmas Blast DVD is about as close as my little guy’s going to get! [Read more…]