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A Year in Review with Chatbooks

Chatbooks Gifts

With Christmas upon us, and New Years just around the corner, it seems another year has flown by. Time is a funny thing with kids– the pace increases, yet reflecting back so much has happened in a seemingly “short” time. What they say is true, the days are long but the years are short.

Each year I look back on all of our memories and milestones while creating an annual Chatbook for each of the girls. These books capture everything from the big moments–birthdays, celebrations, and events, to the the little ones– breakfasts, slow days at home, or time passed at the park– and everything in between.  Continue Reading

Yummy Christmas Tree Brownies

Christmas Tree Brownies

Festive baking is one of my favourite things to do! With two little ones, I always turn to recipes that are easy, tasty, and fun. These Christmas tree brownies are super simple, and will have people raving! I brought these to our preschool party last year and was asked for the recipe twice (confession… they aren’t homemade!). I especially love that the decorating is simple and straight forward!  Continue Reading

Little Library: Christmas Books Kids Love

There’s nothing quite as magical as Christmas with kids! One of our favourite ways to get in the Christmas spirit is with our Christmas book collection, which is quickly growing full of stories about magic and holiday traditions and fun. This list is perfect for school-aged children, these are all favourites of my five year old.

Home Alone  Kim Smith
Kids will love this fun story based on the favourite holiday movie! Vienna loves hearing about how Kevin takes on the bad guys, and its a bit less scary than the movie for a five year old. 😉

How to Catch Santa Jean Reagan
This story full of ideas about how to catch the big guy is perfect for kids interested in how Santa does it all! This book is part of the “how-to” series, filled with fun tips and tricks!

Pick a Pine Tree Patricia Toht
We love this pretty book all about the Christmas tradition of picking and decorating the tree. It’s sets the perfect opportunity to discuss your family’s holiday traditions together.

Tallulah’s Nutcracker  Marilyn Singer
This is the story of a little girl who plays a mouse and is determined to be the best mouse ever and the star of the show, until something terrible happens during the big performance! Tallulah learns what’s behind being a real ballerina and that mistakes are ok as long as you try your best. This book is perfect for my five year old daughter who loves ballet.

The Littlest Reindeer Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
A story about a little girl who befriends a lost reindeer on a magical night. We especially love the beautiful black and white illustrations of this book.

If you’re looking for more story suggestions check out our Christmas Stories and Baby’s First Christmas library posts!

Enjoy! xo

Shop Local Gift Guide with Scallywags Kelowna

Christmas is just around the corner and I’m excited to be teaming up with my favourite local children’s store, Scallywags, for the second year in a row to bring you some local gift ideas for the little ones (and Mamas too!). Scallywags is a proud supporter of other local businesses and carries many products from Kelowna, BC, and Canada. Shopping local makes a huge difference for local business owners. With a few weeks of holiday shopping left, this is the perfect time to pop into Scallywags and finish up your Christmas lists! They have an amazing selection of toys, clothing, bath and body products, and the best stocking stuffers around. Enjoy! xo

PS- Don’t forget to check out our giveaway at the end of this post! This post is sponsored by Scallywags Kelowna. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this space fun! Continue Reading

Toy Favourites: Holiday Gift Guide for the Littles

Can you believe that Christmas is just over a month away? We are so excited– the Christmas season is so much more fun every year older the girls get! I’m sharing a few of our most loved toys, great for ages 2-5. Of all the toys we have these are the most well played with over the years. I hope you find some fun ideas for the littles on your list! Continue Reading

Christmas Eve Boxes for the Littles

Christmas Eve is a big night at our house, my family has always celebrated Ukrainian Christmas Eve with 12 traditional dishes. (And, of course our own modern spin on some of those dishes!) Its a big, loud, fun night and the tradition I remember most from my childhood. After a night of family and festivities I love tucking the girls into bed and reading them a Christmas story. It is, absolutely, without doubt, my favourite part of Christmas.

I’ve put together a Christmas Eve Box Gift Guide for the Littles- these boxes are perfect for any age, and are especially great for those hard-to-buy-for, have-everything kids. And, who doesn’t love seeing their kids in matching holiday PJs by the tree on Christmas morning? I mean is there really anything better? I love the idea of gifting these to friends and family to end off the Christmas Eve celebrations. You can package them in something like these fun Christmas Eve boxes, or pick up some simple craft paper boxes and dress them up with bows! Continue Reading

Christmas in Kelowna: Family Holiday Events & Activities Guide

Christmas in Kelowna

We are a holiday-loving family and I’m excited to share a list of local Kelowna family Christmas events and activities to enjoy! From brunch with Santa, to visiting a Christmas tree farm, or checking out some live theatre, there is so much local holiday fun to take in! I’ve categorized this generally under “types” of activities, and will continue to add to the list as details become available, so keep checking back! I hope you enjoy this holiday fun as much as we do!

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