Friday, October 18, 2019

Amazon Finds

Today's post includes some of my favorite fun Amazon finds for Thanksgiving tables. I've included some ideas for both the adults and the kids. Some little, festive touches that add some fall flare to your tables!

I love this brown plaid table runner from Hester & Cook,and have some fun ideas for using it. These runners come in other colors so there is basically something for every table.
I love Mud Pie products. They are simple enough for impromptu gatherings , yet special enough for holiday celebrations. When I found this, I had to get it.
Naturally,I fell in love with this platter as well.
Throughout the fall, I love to make dinners a little extra special. These fall placemats do just that. They are made of paper and come in the form of a pad. You just tear out as many as you need. I have them for a variety of different occasions.Definitely a favorite of mine.
If that one is too busy for you, here is another simpler pattern.

These are adorable for a children's table.

These banners are a fun way to decorate the kid's room for fall or even to hang from the edges of the kid's Thanksgiving table. So cute!
Activity placemats are a great way to entertain the little ones while the adults are preparing for the big meal. Here are a few of the ones I like. This one has puzzles and coloring..just add the crayons!
The young artists in your family will enjoy these.
Well, those are my  Amazon finds this week. Hopefully they will help you get a head start on your Thanksgiving plans! Have a great weekend!

** Here is the link for the turkey placemat at the top of this page. Turkey placemat
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Monday, October 14, 2019

Holiday Head Start #2

One of my favorite seasonal traditions is buying holiday pajamas for my kids.When they were little, we always bought them the same holiday pattern and left them on their beds Christmas Eve. Santa would leave them a note telling them to wear their new pjs that night and they'd get so excited. It was something I truly looked forward to each holiday season. After many years I've learned that it is wise to purchase them early because many families share this same tradition. Today, I am sharing some of the latest holiday pajamas for kids, and encourage you not to wait if this is something you are interested in. I remember a few years when I thought I'd go back and purchase them after Halloween and they were sold out of whatever size I needed.

   The first choice is an obvious one..Hanna Andersson. My boys spent many a Christmas in their famous striped long johns and I loved every minute of it! Here are a few of my favorites from their collection this year.



Christmas Trees

Eight Nights


Hanna Andersson also has an array of styles for the entire family. I've always loved their pajamas because they are well made, last forever and now come in a variety of organic options as well. I have absolutely no affiliation with them except for the fact that I am a big fan of their products. Right now, if you are a first time customer, they are offering 40% off everything and Halloween pajamas are on sale.

   I also am loving this set from The Company Store. They have  many nice offerings this season ,but this is my favorite. It is very "holiday."
This set  is adorable and is on sale(as of Monday evening) for $8 ! Only sizes left are girls' 3T and 4T.
Love these  ,also on sale for $8 in boy's sizes 2T, 4T and 5T.
Having a shark lover in my house naturally makes me want to buy these for some little guys!Also selling for $8 and change in sizes 2T,3T and 4T.

Here is a fun set for the dinosaur lovers in your family. Still available in sizes 2T-10.
For me, it isn't a holiday without Snoopy and the gang! This set comes in many sizes and is so cute!
Amazon also has some holiday offerings. Simple holiday stripes from Burt's Bees. Best part is they are organic! Find them here.
Here is a very basic set from Pajamagram for the entire family,including your pup! I love the colors and the plaid!!
I am loving this precious night gown from Carters. Goes all the way up to size 14 for girls. Reminds me of my childhood, and many a Christmas Eve filled with anticipation!
I know I already share a set of Peanuts pajamas, but what can I say? I love Snoopy. Find this set here.
While shopping at Old Navy this week, I noticed the holiday pajamas are starting to appear. I like this set for the girls, but they really have so many options in the store. Loads of flannel bottoms and coordinating shirts for the older kids who may not be interested in characters or whimsy any longer.
I hope I've given you some fun options and some incentive to shop for those holiday jams early! Right now, they are starting to fill the shelves, but in a few weeks,they'll be dwindling, trust me,I've missed out too many times to count.
   Stop by next week for Holiday Head Start #3 and some more ideas to help you get some holiday tasks finished early! Have a great day!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Holiday Head Start #1

If you are like me, you enjoy shopping early for the holidays. I usually start in July,purchasing things here and there ,putting them away and generally forget that I bought them,then  I find them after Christmas! Ha! This year I am promising myself  that  I won't forget anything.
    Every Tuesday, I am going to share some new, fun gift ideas with you so you can get a head start on your holiday shopping. Today I am starting with Legos. There are some great new sets out that your young builders will love. Many are available on Amazon or at Walmart, and some are only available through the Lego website. There are many fun options from the simple sets to the extremely complex. Today I am sharing mostly holiday sets, and a few new ones as well.
   The first one that caught my eye is the new gingerbread house set. I love it because I am all about gingerbread and festive things. It is a 1,477 piece set, so it is for the experienced builders.It comes with a tree, wrapped gifts, gingerbread people,a light up fire place and so much more. Super cute and makes for a fun family holiday project.

There is also a smaller gingerbread house option with 277 pieces. Adorned with candy pieces, a wreath and a smoking chimney. So sweet!

Disney will be releasing Frozen 2 this fall, so naturally, there will be a slew of toys along with the movie. Lego is currently offering a promotion,now until Oct. 20th, that includes a free Olaf Traveling Sleigh with any $50 purchase of Frozen 2 toys(valid when shopping at . The offerings range from little figures to a Castle Village. Here is a look at a few of the new items.

Elsa's Jewelry Box
   Arendelle Castle Village is a set for the 5 and up crowd, with 521 pieces. It includes Anna, Elsa and Kristoff. What Frozen fan  wouldn't want to wake up to find this on a holiday morning?

  Naturally, there are Lego Advent Calendars everywhere this season. The can be found on Amazon, the Lego website and I've also spotted them at Costco. These are a fun way to kick off the holiday season. Again, these calendars are for children 5+.
   Star Wars

Harry Potter

There are also a few new sets out for the Star Wars fans. This oneis for ages 10+ and has 1,771 pieces.

 Many sets available for the beginner Lego enthusiasts.
Christmas Town Square
Santa's Visit

Santa and Mrs. Claus

There are many sets and configurations for all the kids on your list. We've always had Legos in our house for the boys because they are a great way for them to develop team working skills, read and follow plans, they are fantastic manipulatives for little fingers,they foster creativity,encourage completion of a task and most importantly, give them a sense of accomplishment when they are finished with their project! Just be careful walking around barefoot at night!

I hope this post gives you a few ideas for your holiday shopping! Have a great day!

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Amazon Finds

Amazon is my go to for shopping throughout the year, but I find it to be especially convenient as we enter the holiday season. Beginning this week, I am going to start an "Amazon Finds" series of posts every Friday. It will include some of my recent purchases as well as gift ideas that you or someone on your gift list might enjoy. It's Friday, so here we go with my favorite items for this week!

  I bought this projector for one of my boys and am saving it for Christmas. He loves movies, video games, etc., and I thought it would be a perfect gift for him. It will also be fun to use  for some fun movie nights outside when the weather is warm , or inside on cold winter evenings.
 Another one of my boys wants to start a You Tube channel featuring our dog Gigi. He found this video camera  and asked for it for his birthday. It is compact,very easy to use and takes great videos.
  Both my husband and I have been in need of new wallets. I picked up this one for him and this one for myself. Nothing too fancy or pricey, but they both have the RDIF blocking and are fine for our basic everyday running around. The one I chose for myself comes in a few different colors.

While I was searching through the accessories, I found this scarf which looks like a fancy brand name, but is a lot less expensive and very nice. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality when I received it. Cannot wait for cooler weather so I can wear it!
  After picking up the scarf, I figured why not pick up a cardigan while I'm at it...haha, you can't stop this girl once I get started! Love this one, it fits true to size, is a great look and is very comfortable. Perfect gift idea!
Speaking of gift ideas, I ordered a lot of fun little things for Halloween. I always enjoy sending some goodies to my nieces and nephews. My boys are a bit older now, and I miss being able to give them all the fun fall things that I did when they were little. I still give them treats, but between you and I , I really enjoy buying things for the little ones!  Here are a few of my recent Halloween fun finds...

  I love activity books and coloring books for the kids. This set of three is perfect for the 5 and under crowd.
Books are always on my gift giving list for everyone and for every occasion. I will be doing a post on Halloween books next week , but wanted to share this one today. I picked up two copies of this book for my new niece and nephew. It's never too early to start reading to your children!
I've always been a fan of Step 2 products, so when I saw this,I couldn't resist. Similar to a Mr. Potato Head,but a pumpkin instead! It is the perfect way to incorporate Halloween fun and creativity for toddlers.
Puzzles are always a fun gift. I ordered this set of three, which contains one for Halloween,Christmas and Easter. They are all individually wrapped, so they can be given at different times or to different children.
   That's it for my Amazon finds this week. Have a wonderful weekend!!

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