We run out of paint, marker, and paper supplies regularly. The boys are always working on a project they need supplies for some sort:A place to store the many art/marker/and pen supplies for our favorite office supply loving boy:
Combining the boys’ puzzle creating skills with their constant football night question “what state is that team from?”
Magnatiles. They are definitely an investment piece, but they are so worth it. J plays with these every day. An innovative and collaborative game that we can all play together:
This magazine is a win-win. It’s completely free, and has coloring, activity, and Lego building ideas. There is also a junior version and big kid version.
This flexible drum J stated was “SUPER COOL!” at the toy store:
Step by step animal drawing cards for J who works hard to re-create any of B’s drawings:
According to J no boys’ bedding set is complete without Star Wars sheets, friends:
And finally some some stocking stuffer ideas! Happy shopping!
(Most of these can be found on Amazon, except for the socks from Gap and the Tsum Tsums from The Disney Store)
This weekend we made a few ornaments:
And talked to Santa about what they wanted for Christmas:
A is asking for caution tape and a surprise. J was totally in shock from seeing Santa and stated that he wanted caution tape too.
A simple & fun gift for your office mates that won’t break the bank. Combine a notepad, with metallic sharpies, and a cute tag. Happy gifting!
Whether your person is your sister or your BFF (or your sister and your BFF, as is mine), they are endlessly fun to shop for at Christmastime. There is no list of must haves, they like the same things you do, and so it’s really like shopping for yourself and then gifting it (and then unapologetically either buying the same thing for yourself, or finding out they already bought you the same thing).
My favorites include: leg warmers for your matching boots, tights because you both hate being cold during winter, a fabulously scented candle, and sparkly earrings with a monogram trinket dish.
[Leg warmers][Earrings][Candle][Tights][Ring dish]
Or you could get…a starter kit to heal nails after a gel manicure, two rollerball sets of perfume because you are also indecisive, a new book for that movie that you said “hey I didn’t know that was a book first!”, a cute hair scarf, or tiara like tray for their nightstand:
[Naked manicure][Rollerball][Scarf][Crown mirror][Book]
In addition you could buy one or two of the items and then put the rest on a stocking stuffer list for your husband who likes you to provide a specific list ever since the year of the stocking filled with 2 lbs of candy and a random Sonic the Hedgehog mug that wasn’t dishwasher safe. That’s a total hypothetical of course.
Since it’s Thursday, here’s a throwback Thursday from my cousin’s wedding in 2012. Now we have an additional three kiddos in our mix. Our family does a group gift exchange each year among all the adults, which leads to us each texting each other throughout holiday shopping as we find items. Here are some of my current go to ideas.
A cute make brush holder and corresponding set of brushes.
A good part of our family is divided Dallas Cowboy fans vs. San Francisco 49ers, so hands high shirts would be fun:
A solar power charger for those that camp, or travel:
A fun matching hat and scarf:
A waterproof cellphone holder:
And finally a cute monogram option is always a good idea:
This guy. Is never too busy to get a check up from J, or play some Minecraft with A, or watch Project Runway and The Tonight Show with me. His main requests for Christmas are computer parts as he is attempting to build his own computer. However, I try to come up with a few surprises, so these are my ideas.
His favorite classic Nintendo character in amiibo form.
A kindle because he’s starting to complain about some of the thousand page books he’s reading.
Coffee from that little local shop he keeps talking about going to, but hasn’t been there yet.
Hilarious socks to wear on wacky sock Wednesday at his work (yes, he and his friends do that).
A renewal of the subscription to his favorite magazine, so he can tell me over breakfast the best dishwasher for our budget.
And finally, a scarf for when it snows in February and he’s working on a snow fort for the boys at midnight.
for a J and Buzz Lightyear Christmas announcement…
J and Buzz want to remind you to fill a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child (drop offs are this week! You can locate various locations around your area by going online).
We picked out items for a box for a boy and items for a box for a girl. My favorite part of picking the items with the boys was picking out Hello Kitty socks (“We’ve got to get those, you love Hello Kitty” A said) and also that the boys picked out a race car for both boxes (“What if they play together?” A asked…”won’t they both want to race a car?”). True story, A.