Our Christmas menu (with recipe links)

We're doing early Christmas with my husband's family this weekend, so I'm in full-on Christmas dinner prep mode today. I thought I'd share the recipes that we're using this year; many are tried and true but there are a few new ones that I'm sneaking in. As far as we're concerned, the only way to do a turkey is using my Aunt Jina's brine recipe. We did a different turkey last year (I think it was a recipe from Gordon Ramsay) and while it was good, it was a lot more work with no additional payoff, Read more [...]

Pirate Costumes put the ARRR in Merry Christmas

Are my kids the only ones who like to throw a random "arrr" into their words when they pretend to sail the seven seas as pirates? I particularly enjoy "happy barrrrrrthday" and "Marrrrry Christmas"! I was a kid with a big imagination and it makes me so happy to watch my girls follow in my footsteps with their imaginative play, so a costume from Anytime Costumes is a perfect present for both of them! After much deliberation, I decided to go with the Young Pirate Costume. This costume fits Read more [...]

Give the gift of an amazing experience with Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!

The irony of writing a post about giving the gift of an experience instead of toys, when I've just spent over a month writing about all sort of (mostly toy) present ideas, isn't lost on me. While I am certainly not against giving or receiving toys, movies or books as presents, there is something so special about giving a gift that combines your time and a fun, shared experience and Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! is the perfect idea for any child (or adult Disney fan) on your Read more [...]

Keep baby’s toes warm with Gaia Mama Goods slippers (#Etsy #giveaway)

At this time of year, I think most of us can be forgiven with being preoccupied with the holidays and all that goes with them, but the face remains that life is still happening as usual while we trim the tree, bake goodies and buy presents. A very dear friend of mine is due to have her third baby any day now and another good friend had her first baby on Halloween, which led me to wonder: what do you get a newborn for Christmas? Odds are good that there has been a recent baby shower (for the Read more [...]

DreamWorks Holiday Collection (#giveaway)

My family is loving the trend of special short features starring the characters of our favourite movies. I find it particularly nice because my 4.5 year old is very nervous about watching new movies and frequently decides that she doesn't like them before they even get started. Knowing the characters that she's going to watch, and hearing our usual refrain of "it's all ok in the end", helps her to give new movies a real shot, and usually leads to new favourites! Both girls were very excited Read more [...]

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