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Posted on 12/09/2019

HGTV’s Santa HQ Takes the Stress out of Holiday Fun and Santa Visits

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This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Macerich/HGTV’s Santa HQ.

I remember standing in line with my niece for over an hour to see the mall Santa when she was 4. Kids and parents alike were acting restless! Over the years, lines didn’t get much better so I stopped going. Until this year. Now, I’m urging everyone to visit a very special mall Santa after my family’s first experience at HGTV’s Santa HQ.

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Posted on 11/26/2019

The Big Bundle of Holiday Gift Guides

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Why search through post upon post when you can find all our favorite holiday gift guides right here in one spot?! Keep reading for some fantastic ideas and great discount codes.

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Posted on 11/07/2019

Holiday Gifts for Babies Ages 6-12 Months

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It’s amazing how much babies change from birth to their first birthday, not just in the full year, but with each month! So what might be a great gift for a newborn or 2-month-old isn’t really the best fit for babies ages 6-12 months who are already crawling and possibly toddling around. At this age, the best gifts for babies foster security and development as they become their own little independent person.


Items mentioned in this post were sent & reviewed to ensure likability and accuracy. All opinions are honest and mine alone. May contain affiliate links (at no cost to you).

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Posted on 11/06/2019

The Adventurous Toddler Holiday Gift Guide

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If you’re a toddler parent, you already know this, but for those who aren’t: Not all toddlers like the same things. Mine is a jump in the mud puddles, play with trains, smile about animals, and kick up sand kind of toddler. He enjoys playing pretend with dolls and cars too, but it’s overall all about adventure and curiosity over here — exactly why his room fits this theme, too. So if you’re looking for holiday gifting ideas for a tot like mine, you’re reading the right post. Onward!

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Posted on 12/13/2018

Useful Gifts for Baby’s 1st Christmas

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This year, skip the “First Christmas” ornament and gift families a few things they’d really need for their little one instead. Our list of useful gifts for new families will take the guesswork out of what to gift for both December newborns and older babies about to experience Christmas for the first time. From gorgeous gift sets to travel essentials, these items are sure to be a hit for the parenting journey ahead. Read more

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Posted on 12/08/2018

Gifting Quality Time with Prime Book Box

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Thank you, Amazon, for sponsoring this post. Give the gift of reading this holiday season with Prime Book Box!

This time of year is always busy but since we’re expecting baby number three any day now, it feels especially hectic around here. With all the nesting projects, doctors appointments and overtime work to make up for baby leave, my husband and I wanted to really focus on family time with our kiddos and have that be the main theme for Christmas this year . . . so we’re giving the gift of quality time! Read more

Posted on 11/30/2017

How Amazon’s Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet Reduces Holiday Stress

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This post was sponsored by Amazon, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This time of year is stressful. If you’re not in a time crunch with different parts of your life all demanding something at the same time, it could be that this time of year stirs up sad feelings or that you get anxiety around large crowds and it seems like your town suddenly has twice as many people everywhere you go. Everyone has something different that pulls on them a little bit this time of year, so why let the holidays be even more stressful? Instead, keep reading for a few tips on how to cut down your family’s holiday stress so you can all actually enjoy the festivities together. Read more

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