Category: Christmas

Amazing Alternative Advent Calendars that You Didn’t Know Existed

The Best Advent Calendars for Kids and Adults

If you love Christmas like I do, then get ready for these amazing alternative Advent calendars because they are one of the best ways to extend the season, get your family into the Christmas spirit, and ultimately just add more Christmas to your life.   

Gone are the days of opening up a single piece of funky-tasting chocolate.  Now you get a Thomas mini train, a scented candle….or a shot of whiskey.

And, of course, those don’t include the most popular new option: DIY advent calendars (THIS is what we do…more on that soon).

So get ready, because Christmas is about to get a whole juicier.

Here are your best options for alternative Advent calendars this season:

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The Best Stocking Stuffers for 2-Year Old Girls

The Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 2-Year Old Girls

Christmas is almost here!  Time for holiday cheer, family get togethers, and lots and lots of shopping!  To make your life a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of the best stocking stuffers for 2-year old girls…because who doesn’t love filling those stockings up with goodies?

I can’t get enough of Christmas, so I actually really enjoy all of the shopping involved.  I’ve tried to put a lot of thought into this list so that you can’t go wrong!

My daughter is just on the cusp of 2, so she has personally tested each of these items and decided that they are, in fact, the best of the best when it comes to amazing stocking stuffers for 2-year olds.

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The Best Advent Calendar Fillers for 5-Year Old Boys

The Best Advent Calendar Filler Ideas for Preschool Boys

Last year, we started using a DIY Advent Calendar that my mom made for us and it was the cutest thing ever!  It required that we find our own Advent Calendar fillers, which is a challenge, but also one of the best aspects of doing one of these Christmas activities.

Advent Calendar fillers for 5-year old boys are so much fun to shop for and if you think outside of the box (or calendar), there are so many fun ideas you can incorporate!

No matter what you choose, Advent calendars are one of the best ways to really experience Christmas the whole month of December and nothing is more exciting than doing that with 5-year old boys!

So if you can get all of your Advent calendar fillers ahead of time, you’ll be the happiest family on the block and you’ll get to see that Christmas excitement every single morning.

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The Best Advent Calendar Fillers for Toddlers

Toddler Advent Calendar Filler Ideas

I’ve been at it for weeks, but I’ve finally found the best Advent calendar fillers for toddlers and I am so excited to get the Christmas season started!  

Nothing is better than celebrating Christmas with a toddler and an Advent calendar only makes the season more exciting.

There are so many fun options out there for DIY Advent calendars, so coming up with your own fillers is becoming more and more popular. Not only are there tons of cute little gifts you can use, but there are also lots of fun activities that are free, easy, and will help get everyone in the Christmas spirit!

Time to get your Christmas shopping started!  Here are the best Advent calendar fillers for toddlers:

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How to Make a DIY Train Ornament with Your Kids

Easy Train Ornaments to Make with Your Kids

Last year was the first time that my son was really, really into Christmas.  He was so excited for Santa, Christmas music, snow, setting up our Christmas tree, and of course all of the gifts associated with the holiday.  And if you know us at all, then you probably know that also means incorporating trains into EVERYTHING.  The polar express, train cookies, trains as gifts, and the most fun of all – DIY train ornaments!

I will admit, I initially went searching to find an easy train ornament tutorial somewhere, but to my surprise I found nothing.  So I had to come up with this on my own and luckily it turned out great!  It was simple, my son was able to take part in every single step, and we were able to make enough for the whole family to receive at least one.

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The Best Stocking Stuffers for 4-Year Old Boys

The Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 4-Year Old Boys

‘Tis the season for stocking stuffers!  Sometimes these are the easiest gifts, and sometimes they’re the hardest.  Luckily stocking stuffers for 4-year old boys are abundant, you just have to narrow down the best options…which I’ve done for you!

I love Christmas shopping (I love everything Christmas-related), so I spent a lot of time last year trying to come up with the best stocking stuffer ideas for my 4-year old son.  And they were all a hit!

So if you’re stuck on stocking stuffer ideas for your 4-year old boy, check out this list and maybe you can get your shopping done early:

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How to Turn Old Christmas Cards into Forever Keepsakes

How to Turn Old Christmas Cards into Keepsake Magnets

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is opening up Christmas cards from family and friends…especially the photo ones!

So each and every year I am twisted apart trying to figure out what to do with them when the holiday season ends.  Throwing them away seems awful, saving them seems pointless.

So I end up making a choice – some stay on the fridge permanently, some sadly head to the trash.

Until this year.

Finally, I came up with a way to not only save them, but actually give them a practical purpose!

Ready for it???

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