All Blog Posts Tagged 'christmas' (150)

UNICEF Halloween Trick or Treat Boxes and Beyond

We have all heard about UNICEF, an acronym for the United Nations Children’s Fund (the I for International and the E for Emergency were dropped in 1953).UNICEF has been around since the 1940′s and was initially created to provide for children in countries that had been devastated by WWII. Today, UNICEF operates in more than 150 countries and provide humanitarian relief to focus on saving children’s…


Added by Audreyvp on October 28, 2011 at 6:59pm — No Comments

The Hanging Carrot

Packing up, leaving the house in a cluttered disarray of wrapping paper and toy pieces, and hurrying off to the airport at 8 a.m. just before the holidays, I felt nothing but dread as I looked ahead to our day of travel.

First a two-hour car ride to Orlando where we would drop the car off and wait for a shuttle to the airport.  Once there, we would have to check the bags in, go through security, and wait around to board the plane while trying to keep two toddlers amused and calm.  The… Continue

Added by Darlena Cunha on January 3, 2011 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Holiday Intensity

Christmas is for the memories.  Christmas is for the anticipation.  Christmas, at least when you're the parent of two year olds, is not for the day, itself.

On Christmas Eve, I excitedly brought down my horribly wrapped presents and placed them carefully under the tree in the most eye-pleasing manner I could manage.  I stepped back to view my work, envisioning the happy day that was surely awaiting us.…


Added by Darlena Cunha on December 29, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments

The Santa Concept

Christmas has been so hectic.  Dragging babies across the country, presents, presents, different foods, different people, presents, a massive snow storm, and, well, presents.

It's amazing how quickly the girls took to the idea of Santa.  We hadn't prepared them for it throughout the season.  We mentioned Christmas.  We told them about presents.  But we…


Added by Darlena Cunha on December 28, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

Happy End of Holidays

Tonight The Bear and I went out to do some last minute shopping for some friends. MISTAKE! Big mistake. It was raining and crowded and absolutely ridiculous. Baby Bear was awful, which is pretty typical this

month. Probably because her nap schedule, that I worked so hard to

enforce the first 15 months of her life, has been totally up in the air

while we run errands and I give into her fits of clingy not wanting to

nap-ness. So, let me say, I cannot wait for Christmas to…


Added by Melissa LaVange on December 23, 2010 at 1:50am — No Comments

Is Santa Real? Don't Ask, Don't Tell

When it comes to the…

Added by Momniscient on December 22, 2010 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Christmas Confession

Most people have holiday rituals that they do every year (omg, is she blogging about sacrificing goats again?). For some, it's Black Friday, for others it's a certain movie that they watch every year, complete with a cup of hot chocolate and some Christmas cookies. I, too, have a ritual that I do every holiday season, several times during this time of year, that I never thought was bizarre... until this year. Now that my kids are older, and with the introduction of Z this year, I seem…


Added by Morgan M on December 17, 2010 at 11:43am — No Comments

Gift Guide for the Impossible to Buy For

Where do you start with these folks? They already have everything, they don’t want anything, they’re difficult and picky… We have some in our family too. What to do? Ignoring them is not a sensible option, whether the “impossible” person in question is the mother-in-law or the boss. So, then, we thought that these types should probably be receiving virtual gifts. No, not a virtual Facebook cupcake, but rather something that…

Added by Audreyvp on December 16, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Where the Heck is the Tape?

I am the worst wrapper in the history of present wrapping. I always start out with such good intentions. I'm going to cut my lines straight and even. I'm going to line the corners up and crease my folds. I'm going to use very little tape so that you can't even see it. I'm going to put ribbons and bows on every present. They are going to be beautiful.

These ideals last only until I lose the scissors the first time, which is to say, the first time I put them down. They're scissors.…


Added by Darlena Cunha on December 15, 2010 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Christmas Ideas To Stay Stress Free

Christmas can be the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, but it can also be the Most Stressful Time of the Year. All that shopping, planning, decorating, baking and traveling can turn a lovely holiday season into an anxiety-filled nightmare.

I'm as guilty as the next perfectionist. I want everything to look, smell, and feel just as it did when I was growing up. And when it doesn't, it means I am a failure. I have failed to "do" Christmas well.

I can't tell you how many times I…


Added by Momniscient on December 14, 2010 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Gift Guide for Pets

As animal lovers we must, bien sûr, propose a gift guide for (wo)man’s best friends. For all the unconditional love and comfort that they provide us, we think they deserve their holiday treats too.

Here then are some great finds that Fido and Fluffy are going to love (well, the owners will…


Added by Audreyvp on December 14, 2010 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Gift Guide for Women

Are women hard to buy for? We certainly don’t think so.

Gentlemen, listen up! Know that we always love a little – relative term – bling (check out our compelling Jewelry Gift Guide! ), and should you need further inspiration, here are some other great gift ideas that any woman would love to receive. We could almost offer a…


Added by Audreyvp on December 13, 2010 at 2:59pm — No Comments

DIY Christmas Tree Photo Ornaments

Christmas is absolutely the most magical time of year, however in Australia, rather than sitting by a warm fire as the snow falls outside, waiting for Santa and his reindeer to arrive, we Aussies are at the beach, in our togs, eating pineapple and throwing another shrimp on the BBQ.

Oh, and…


Added by Trudi Webster on December 13, 2010 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Christmas Greed Pot: I'm The Kettle!

I just read a post suggesting that $300 was a suitable amount per child to spend on Christmas gifts, and after closing my mouth in disgust, have to question how the true meaning of Christmas has been replaced by a superficial need to transform our children into spoilt rotten Veruca Salt's!

And, while it's absolutely… Continue

Added by Trudi Webster on December 13, 2010 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Christmas Ornament Wreath (TUTORIAL)

I have wanted one of these for a while now but either could not find the right colors like this one…


Added by Tiffany on December 13, 2010 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Free Personalized Messages from Santa - Keep the Magic Alive :)

If you’re anything like me, you’re pushing the “Santa’s watching!!” line pretty hard these days. I know it’s not right to market Father Christmas as an Eye-In-The-Sky Tattler who punishes by withholding My Little Ponies and Cars, but the kids do seem to care about what he thinks, and it’s mighty hard to not exploit that…


Added by Valerie Korock on December 13, 2010 at 1:55am — No Comments

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