Since this is our 1st year in a house I really want to go all out with the decorating. I mean we finally have a space bigger then an apartment corner, I have a whole house to decorate. OMG, I have a WHOLE HOUSE to decorate. Ahhh, what am I going to do?
Thankfully the team at Teleflora helped me out with some ideas and suggestions.
3 places to decorate that makes your home seem really festive
- The front door (the initial welcome is warmer and the goodbye is sweeter!)
- The mantel
- The dining table
It’s amazing how fast our house transformed into a festive holiday mood.
One of the things I really love about Teleflora is they work directly with local florists so you get your flowers hand deliver, and from the second you see them standing at the door holding a beautiful arrangement or wreath it adds a smile to your face.
The smell also doesn’t hurt. The arrangements immediately made my house smell like Christmas, in a good way, not overpowering at all. It was nice to sit at the dining table with this wonderful arrangement and get a whiff of the roses or the pine.
Teleflora Holiday Flair Centerpiece
I also love the unique containers. Once my flowers are gone I’ll be able to reuse these for a candy dish or maybe wrapped silverware for a party in the ornament or some festive ornaments in the red bowl (a good Valentine’s day decoration too!) I just love that.
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Our annual visit with Santa Colin (Father Christmas) happened over the weekend while we were visiting family in Delaware.
Santa Colin is a family friend who we’ve been visiting since Eleanor was born. Our 1st visit was in his living room and Eleanor was mesmerized by the bells on his shoes.
2010 with Santa Colin
He’s now got a “Lodge” built on where you can set up a private appointment to visit him. What I really love is he’s so kind and gives the kids a chance to warm up to him, if they need it. Eleanor was jumping and clapping the second he walked in the door, but Camden needed a little more time to get used to him.
They have so many fun details throughout the room that it’s easy to get caught up in the magic!
Here it is folks the “cheese” shot with Santa Colin
It’s just amazing to be able to take the time and chat with him and get the perfect photo. Oh and did I mention he’s from London so the accent make it feel even more authentic!
We also love that we get the Mrs as well.
If you live in or near Delaware book an appointment today, the cost is less then going to the mall and it’s quality time with the big man himself.
If you don’t live in the area I strongly suggest looking to see if there is someone who does this type of special experience.
If you want more information about Santa Colin contact me and I’ll connect you.
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With the holidays here it’s time to think about all the things you want to do, unless you’re like me and have been planning for months.
This year we have a new NJ list, but I wanted to share our NYC Christmas in the City Bucket list.
If you’re planning to visit the city there are so many different holiday activities to see or do. I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 favorites.
1. Visit Rockefeller Center
2. Walk 6th Ave and look at the over sized decorations
3. Window Displays
4. Walk through Macy’s and ride the wooden escalators and visit Santaland
5. Holiday Markets
6. Ice Skate
7. Gingerbread Extravaganza at Le Parker Meridien
8. Ride the vintage Subway cars or buses
9. Take in a show
10. New Year’s Ball
1. Visit Rockefeller Center.
There’s so much to do in Rockefeller Center, but seeing the tree really brings the holidays alive. It’s also beautiful to look at the angels lining the way and all the people skating. If you’re really lucky maybe you’ll get to see someone get proposed to. I did last year and even though I didn’t know the people it was very magical.
2. Walk 6th Ave and look at the over sized decorations.
If you’re already at Rockefeller Center just walk out to 6th Ave and look at the over sized decorations. I love the red ornaments in the fountain or the Christmas lights taller then me.
3. See the Window displays
I love seeing these every year and watching the light show Saks. The falling snowflakes just make me smile. Tip: If you can go late in the evening it’s not as crowded.
4. Walk through Macy’s and ride the wooden escalators to the 8th floor. Macy’s Santaland awaits.
Tip: Go first thing in the morning on a weekday and the line in non-existent. Also, they let you use your own camera so don’t forget to bring it.
5. Holiday Markets
NYC has some amazing holiday markets. My favorite is the Union Square one, but there’s also Bryant Park, Columbus Circle and some smaller ones throughout the city. These are not just street vendors, so take the time to walk around be amazed, and support an artist.
6. Ice Skate
It seems like more and more rinks are opening up, but the classic Rockefeller Center, Central Park or Bryant Park are the most know. There are some news ones this year S. Street Seaport just opened one and there’s one in Williamsburg now too.
7. Gingerbread Extravaganza at Le Parker Meridien
This is a quick stop, but so worth it to see the beautiful gingerbread houses decorated by the local bakers. Every year they do a theme and you can donate a $1 to vote for your favorite. It only takes about 5 mins but you can always grab a burger at the Burger Joint after.
8. Ride the vintage Subway cars or buses.
The MTA allows vintage subway cars on the tracks every Sunday between Thanksgiving and New Years on the M line. You just have to time it out.
9. Take in a show.
It could be Broadway or a holiday one, but there are so many options there’s no excuse. Between 11 different Nutcrackers, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and holiday musicals it’s tough to choose.
10. Check out the New Years Ball
You’ll see it in Times Square ready to celebrate the new year. You can also see the 100th anniversary Waterford ball in the Times Square Museum and leave a wish on a piece of the confetti they will throw.
There are so many things to see and I know I’m missing a ton.
So tell me what are some of your favorite NYC holiday sights, events and activities?
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I have a confession to make…
I LOVE the HOLIDAYS!
I know to some of you this isn’t anything new but to others this is my time of year.
Right after Halloween I start to get excited and the planning begins, oh who am I kidding I start planning in September. If Mike would let me I would start playing holiday music in early September, but he has a firm day after Thanksgiving policy, which I respect, when we’re in the car!
I look forward to putting my kids in adorable holiday themed outfits and hats.
I plot our perfect Christmas card photo and draft the letter to adorn it on Dec 1st.
I eagerly await the announcement of ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas schedule. I watch Hallmark, Lifetime and any channel that has a movie with Christmas or Santa in the title. I anticipate the classic commercial of the Hershey kisses playing We wish you a merry Christmas, and cry at the sentimental commercials by Kay Jewelers or the newest one is the Kohl’s “Surprise.”
I know some people feel that Christmas is jumping the shark but to me I love the excitement and anticipation. This way when December rolls around I’m not all stressed out about what to do or thinking of gifts for people, but enjoying time with family and the activities that have been planned.
We wait till after Thanksgiving to decorate and our Elf “Fezzi-plum” rings our doorbell on Dec 1st when he arrives from the North Pole.
I will admit that while I do love Christmas if you asked me my favorite holiday I would say it’s Thanksgiving. There’s something about everyone coming together over a wonderful meal and saying what they are thankful for that puts that holiday on the top of my list!
What’s your favorite holiday?
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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to attend the Mom Trends Festive Holiday event in NYC.
This was my 1st Mom Trends event and I have to admit I was a little nervous, but from the second I walked in the door I was greeted with warm friendly smiles and some amazing bloggers and sponsors.
The event was hosted at the Roberta Roller Rabbit by Roberta Freymann store in Tribeca. If you’re unfamiliar with her I strongly suggest you check out this store, there are some amazing items. I fell in love with the hand painted ornaments, and when I learned about her 7ft long beach towel in adorable prints and that they are oh so soft, I immediately added it to my wish list. It may be November, but this beach girl likes to plan ahead! Plus look at Nicole Feliciano, from Mom Trends, modeling that dress, earrings and adorable bag. She pointed out it would make a great teachers gift. Genius!!
While there I got a beautiful fishtail braid from Glamsquad.
They are an on demand service that will come to your home and get you ready, whether a blowout or a stylish braid, their belief is women should spend less time en route and that getting ready should be relaxing, not taxing.
I really enjoyed looking at all the beautiful arrangements Teleflora brought. They also had some great tips for holiday decorating and where to focus.
I also loved seeing all the adorable containers. I mean a snowman cookie jar that will arrive holding flowers. Too cute and you now have a cookie jar for future years. It’s like the 2 for 1 gift!
- The front door
- The mantle
- The table
I’m so excited to decorate our house for the holidays!
Welchs' was also represented and I loved learning about some of their products. The one that really caught my eye was the 100% juice fruit freezer pops. I know my kids will gobble these up in a second, and they also pointed out that adding their juice to their frozen fruit with some yogurt makes delicious smoothies.
As I walked around mingling and sipping on Anna Sparking, Spain’s leading bubble, I enjoyed wonderful conversations and got some great tips and ideas for the holidays. What a great way to gift wine as a gift!
My favorite thing was the Fruit of the Loom Santa! He was decked out in head to toe and I had to share with them my photo of Camden’s Halloween costume, it was a cut up Fruit of the Loom sweatshirt to look like Captain Hook. Here I am with Santa, Baxtron Life and MommieDe!
This was a great event and I walked away with some great holiday ideas and a little more knowledge of what and who are in this great city. Thanks so much Mom Trends, for a fabulous and informal event.
Have you started your holiday shopping yet? What’s on your wishlist?
*I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive a gift bag!
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There are certain things we really want our kids to know about us and to teach them in life. One of the things we really want them to understand is giving to others.
What is giving? It could be making a monetary donation to a cause or organization, donating toys, coats or food for a drive or giving your time to something that needs your help.
Since we moved to the burbs we’ve wanted to find something to commit our time and energy to. There are so many causes that we decided to go with something that means a lot to us, the arts.
There’s a great theater in Millburn, NJ call The Paper Mill Playhouse. They put on 5-6 shows a year some transfer to Broadway, Newsies started there, and some are Broadway hopefuls, Honeymoon in Vegas with Tony Danza just closed and hopes to move to the great white way.
The way that we are volunteering is by ushering shows, helping out with their social media, or working their special events.
It doesn’t take a lot of time, but we like going to the theater and volunteering. It feels good to help out this organization and meet other people who also have a love for the arts.
What I really like is when we started doing this we were explaining volunteering to Eleanor. She is starting to understand it and I love that we’re teaching her that donating time to something is important and it makes us happy.
While we still make monetary donations, and buy food, toys and coats for drives their something about being involved year round that really makes you feel good and like you’re really helping out.
I seriously suggest you look in your community and see what you can get involved with. There are so many organizations that would love your help, whether it’s 1 hour a week or a few hours a month , I promise you’ll feel good about knowing you’re time is greatly appreciated and that your volunteering for something your passionate about or believe in.
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There’s something special about this time of year. There’s a crispness in the air, you can throw on a comfy sweater and jeans and head to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard or just look outside and see the beautiful leaves change colors.
It’s pretty spectacular to see the progression of the leaves and I didn’t realize how much I missed seeing it till we started to watch our own tree change. Plus we get to jump in leaf piles!!!
We’ve also discovered a new favorite treat, Apple Cider Floats!
These are the bomb. It’s just vanilla ice cream and apple cider, but it’s a great treat for the kids and I don’t mind indulging in it myself. Seriously try it you won’t regret it!
We’ve also been working very hard to check off our Fall Bucket List. Not only does it give us something to look forward to, but it’s also teaching Eleanor to write the letter X!
With Thanksgiving upon us I feel the season it turning to a new direction we talking turkey and pumpkins, with some special events coming up!
Do you have anything you look forward to in the fall?
I realized that I’ve not told you guys what’s been going on with Mike recently. After he was let go back in August we went back and forth about our plan for life. After much debate he decided that he would go back to school to finish his Bachelor’s degree and be a full time stay at home dad (SAHD).
This is a huge change for us in many ways. He’s been a SAHD since October 1st and he’s doing a great job. He’s utilizing all the things our community has to offer, parks, libraries, free classes. We joined the Y and he manages to wrangle 2 while gluing down feathers and sequins.
He’s teaching them lessons, songs, writing, ABCs and making new friends along the way.
This is a hard job for anyone, but I give him a lot of extra credit as he’s usually the only dad at the playground in the morning or at creative movement class.
It’s put a new spin on our family, but it’s working right now. We’ve found some great resources via Pinterest and there so are many craft and lesson plan ideas we have to remember that we don’t need to do it all.
With Thanksgiving this month I want to say how thankful I am that I have a husband who is embracing this new job and giving it his all. He could plop the kids in front of TV and let them learn that way, but he’s getting them out there and excited about life and I love him for that.