Baby it’s Cold Inside!

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I am talking about ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort! IMG_6794It is a chilling 9 degree’s of ICY Christmas Magic.  Two million pounds of ice have been hand carved and are on display in this majestic Winter Wonderland (just a few miles from Walt Disney World.)  Step right into the middle of some of your favorite scenes from the holiday classic A Christmas Story.  Don’t forget to check out the ice slide and tubing area for some added fun.  Other activities also include:  photos with Santa, Elf on the Shelf Character Breakfast, Build A Bear Workshop, and the Christmas Tree Trail.

IMG_6751Make sure to dress warm…jeans, gloves, a sweater, and closed toe shoes.  Parka is provided with ticket.  This will allow you to enjoy your icy adventure  to the fullest.

And PLEASE remember to be courteous to the ice by keeping your hands to yourself.  If you are visiting ICE! with youngin’s keep in mind there is a height requirement for the slide. (see photo to the left) Safety is a top priority in the village.  Ice! runs through January 6th.

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Celebrate Christmas at Walt Disney World

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Happy HOLLYdays!!!!  Christmas is here!  I just love all things Christmas and I truly cannot get enough of all the beautiful lights, smells, and sounds of CHRISTMAS that flood the streets of Disney World.  Christmas is the best time of the year!!!  I am so excited that I can’t stop saying Christmas!

Here are just a few of my favorite Disney Christmas Traditions that you must experience this season.  Make sure to bring your family to share all the Christmas magic with!

EPCOT:

Candlelight Processional:

“A spectacular and wondrous pageantry that unites people from around the globe.

Spellbound audiences will experience pure holiday magic as special guest stars recount the biblical tale of Christmas interwoven with rich orchestral music and song that’s nothing short of heaven sent. An American Sign Language interpreter will translate on stage so hearing-impaired.” (Disney, 2016)

Candlelight Processional, November 26, 2016; Narrated by Steven Curtis Chapman

Holidays Around the World:

“Discover a festival like no other, featuring the joyous holiday traditions of our 11 World Showcase nations. Holidays Around the World surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season as celebrated by cultures near and far.” (Disney, 2016)

 

Disney’s Grand Floridian:

Gingerbread House:

The most delectable house is viewable in the lobby of the Grand Floridian.  It takes about 2 months to build and it smells so sweet!

 

Magic Kingdom:

Jingle Cruise:

Ride the world famous Jingle Cruise with new jokes that will make your yuletide gay!

 

The fun doesn’t stop there!  Check out Jingle Bell Jingle Bam at Hollywood Studios and Cinderella’s Castle all decked out in lights!  There is so much Christmas fun to make your season bright!

Wishing your and your family a Blessed Christmas season!

Leap into Gaming with LeapTV

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It is here!!!!  This is the hottest toy item for Christmas this year!  LeapTV is a game console similar to the Wii but for lil people!  Full of educational gaming.  Your child will be excited to play and learn.  Get your kiddos off the couch and moving around with LeapTV.  My children and I were chosen to test out the new gaming system for ages 4-7 absolutely free, all that was required is an honest review.

Setting up LeapTV took minutes.  It is that easy!  Simply plug it in and go!  You will need to set up the players with name and birthday and that is it!  We were given two games to enjoy.

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And look how much they enjoyed the games!

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The LeapTV controller is perfect for lil hands and super easy to use!

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We had some difficulty with sound when we first set up the console.  It sounded fuzzy, but we shut down the console and restarted and the sound was perfectly fine.

The kids really enjoyed the games.  It was nice to see the children interacting together and moving around.  The Sports game was the most popular among our group.  It is very interactive and will cause your child to get a serious workout while challenging math skills.  Children are encouraged to add and subtract.  Other skills tested include number recognition, shapes, and counting.  My 12 year old nephew described the soccer game as “Intense.”  My 5 year old son said, “this game was challenging.”  My 14 year old niece and 10 year old daughter enjoyed the movement, music, and dancing.

This is a great gaming console for all ages and really brings the family together.

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The Legend of St. Nicholas

Here is another cute Christmas story to share with your children.  In the Legend of St. Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall we are taken back to the 60’s or 70’s when a young boy named Nick was shopping with his father.  He has money to spend on Christmas gifts, but can only think of things he would like for himself.  All of a sudden he hears a store Santa telling another child the Legend of St. Nicholas.  St. Nicholas traveled with his parents to the Holy Land and shortly after he is blessed unexpectedly with a lot of money.  He shares his splendor with his friends secretly gifting them things that they were in need of on Christmas Day~Jesus’ Birthday!  His friends are grateful and thank God for blessing them with a friendship in Nicholas.  And so the Legend of St. Nicholas began. We learn that  Nicholas had a giving heart and he prayed to our Lord Jesus Christ for direction.  When the store Santa finishes telling his story we find the little boy eager to purchase gifts for his friends and family.  His heart changes and he has learned that time old lesson, “it is better to give to others, than to receive and be selfish.”  This is a great book with a big meaning.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from booklook bloggers and the review is of my own honest opinion.

Santa Touches

Ok so the kids have finally gone to bed and by now they have sugar plums dancing in their heads. Time for Santa to get to work! After Santa has all the presents gathered round the tree, he think’s of ways to prove he was there. Leaving behind half eaten cookies is a nice touch…but doesn’t the jolly ol guy come from the North pole where it is cold and snowy??? Perhaps he was to leave behind some snowy foot prints!!! The kids are so amazed when they wake up and see Santa’s snowy shoe prints near the tree. Add some white glitter to make the prints even more magical! Give the children something to talk about and a lil proof that Chris Kringle is real!

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Doll up with Mialisia and a fun Reindeer Tshirt Craft

Mialisia Jewelry makes accessorizing fun and easy!   Not just another home party company.  Mialisia offers beautiful jewelry that you can add to any outfit and look stunning!  The pieces that are offered are stylish, light weight, and simple.  I find all three qualities a must when accessorizing.  I have never been real good at matching up pieces to go together, so I usually choose either or…meaning I usually wear just earrings, or just a necklace but never together.  Mialisia made it so very simple to match up pieces.  I have never had more fun dressing up my every day outfits until Mialisia! 

I received an invitation to my son’s Christmas play at daycare.  The invitation explained that he was to wear a white shirt, jeans, and a Santa hat.  For some reason I was not very successful in finding a nice white polo or button down shirt in toddler sizes.  I was stuck purchasing the white Hanes shirts that come in a package of like 6.  To me these shirts are plain ol’ boring undershirts.  I decided to make his white shirt a lil more festive.  So…out came the shirt paint, googly eyes, pom, poms, and fabric glue.  After painting his sweet lil hands and one of his perfect lil feet, we ended up with this original Rudolph the Reindeer shirt.  It is safe to say he has the cutest white shirt for his play!

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It really is easy peasy to make.  A few tips…keep wipies near by to clean off the hands and foot after pressing on shirt.  Fabric glue is best when gluing down the pom pom and googly eyes.  Keep paint off momma’s hands so not to stain the shirt when pressing and removing your sweet lil one’s hands and foot from shirt.

Counting down…

Only 11 days til Christmas!!!  (please excuse the pic…it is missing a few cotton balls)  We have had a lot of fun counting down the days to Christmas with this Santa Beard Calendar.  Each day the kids add another piece of Santa’s beard.  The day of Christmas we add Santa’s nose.  This has been a great way to add fun and excitement while the anticpation builds up for the kids.  It is also a great way to teach number recognition and counting.  My son is 4 and loves to count the cotton pieces of Santa’s beard before he puts the new piece up.  He is so sweet and enjoying the Christmas fun!  You can find yours at Target in the Dollar Spot.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer”!

I love this time of year!  Even in the warm Florida winter.  It is most beautiful!  I enjoy the time I get to spend with my children and the fun crafts and activities that we do together.  I really enjoy making things for our friends and family.  As you have read my love language is gifts and so I tend to speak using my love language during this time of year.  I just love gift giving and seeing the joy on the recipients face.  Well this month my children and I are making lots of fun crafts to give on Christmas day to our family.  I will be sharing many of them with you over the next few days.

A few months ago Target had these red melamine solo cups in the dollar section. I wasn’t certain what I could do with them, but I couldn’t help myself from buying the remaining inventory.  So we came home with 25 melamine solo cups and they just sat there.  Then one day while I was watching Ant Farm with my daughter on Netflix it dawned on me that they would make the cutest Santa cups!  My daughter Allison is the artist in our family.  So I asked her what she thought of this awesome idea.  And she said “Cool!”  So here we have it our Santa Cups!  We filled them up with candy cane mints.  They are super uber cute!!!  Dont’cha think?!

 

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materials for adorable Santa cups:
Red Solo Cup
Black Acrylic Paint
White Acrylic Paint
E6000
Googly eyes
You can even make these with the plastic red solo cups.  We have a few left so we were thinking of painting a few with just Santa’s belt and gold buckle.  They are so fun to make and make a sweet handmade gift from the munchkins.

 

 

The first day of Christmas…

It is here!!!  It is finally here!!!  The first day of December, the first day of Christmas.  Such a beautiful time of year!  Everything is well decorated with lights and pretty decorations.  We are all in the gift buying and giving mood.   And yet I start to wonder if we have forgotten what makes this season so bright and special.  Such a beautiful season and yet we are forced on the job front to be “sensitive” to others and speak of Happy Holidays.  I like Happy Hollydays myself…lol(my name is Holly.)  But seriously…what is it that brought us to celebrate this beautiful season?  There is so much more to it than just the Santa, presents, and parties.  This is Christmas!  Did you see that?!  CHRIST*mas!  That is right the true meaning of this beautiful season is the beautiful gift that God gave us.  The promise that was born to Mary in a lil stable in Bethlehem, beneath a beautiful bright star.  Jesus Christ was born to bring us that special promise of love.  We are so loved by God that he sent his son to be born with the purpose of dying on the cross to save us from our sins and to give us life.  John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  We are loved by God our creator!  And we are reminded of that love during this season of MERRY CHRISTMAS not Happy Holidays.

Today My children and I enjoyed decorating our tree with our family ornaments.  Each ornament has a story, a memory, a connection.  One of our family traditions is to give each other an ornament that represents a memory of that year.  So as we were hanging our ornaments on our tree, we talked about our memories and we laughed together.  The children had such a wonderful time decorating the tree.  One of the last things we do is hang the star on the top of our tree and we talk about what the star represents.  The beautiful bright star that was placed high in the dark night sky that led the Wiseman, the Shepherds, and the Kings to Jesus.

After decorating our tree we made more of these cute Pine Cone Christmas trees…

This is a great activity to do with children of all ages.  All you need is: some pinecones and pom poms.  You could glue the pom poms to the pine cone.  We just stuffed them in between the pine needles.  And you can find the pom poms at the Dollar Tree.

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