Tag Archives: Presents

Gift Guide for Kids, Boy Edition 2013

I decided that instead of doing a children’s gift guide with both genders combined, I’d do gender specific ones. I’m starting off with the boys list, because it’s easier for me since I have a 7 year old boy. I’ve been hearing for months all the things that he wants.

Gift Guide for Boys
  • Every year in my family we give each other pajamas to sleep in Christmas Eve night. My favorites are the pajama’s from Disney and these with Olaf from Frozen on them are adorable.
  • Legos are kinda a classic gift, and my son has gotten some variation of them every year.
  • Last year he got the movie The Legends of the Guardians, which I totally recommend. I’ve just discovered that movie is based off a book series and I am really excited about it and will definitely be getting The Guardians Box Set and The Sandman books for my son. How perfect are these for Christmas?
  • Board games are perfect and I highly recommend Apples to Apples and Hedbanz. Perfect for some family time after presents on Christmas morning, or to keep a group of kids entertained after dinner on Christmas Eve.
  • The hit movies of the year are always good, Monsters University looks adorable and perfect for a little boy.
  • My son loves Skylanders, it’s his absolute favorite video game. Skylanders Swap Force is the newest version out and I know it will be on the top of his list.
  • Most little boys love dinosaurs. A few year ago I got my son a science kit and the only thing that he really liked and used out of it was the Dinosaur Dig kit. There are a bunch of different version but the Tyrannosaurus is classic.
  • For the little artist this My Comic Book Kit is perfect.
  • My son love Beyblades, and they were really popular with his friends. This Beyblade Samurai Cyclone set is perfect.
  • Someone gave my son a Dream Lite Dinosaur Pillow Pet for Christmas last year and he loves it. We’ve had to replace the batteries in it twice, he uses it every night.

I’m really excited about Christmas  this year, and I think my son definitely is too.  I don’t know a little boy that wouldn’t at least love one of the things on this list.

I know I’ve said that this gift guide is aimed a little boys, and I am doing a girls edition tomorrow. However, there are plenty of little girls who would also be thrilled with things off of this list.



Blogmas Day 23: It’s Christmas Eve Eve

You know you’ve reached Christmas overload when you’re family is fine with you blaring Call Me Maybe just because it’s not Christmas Music.

Personally I’m very excited for Christmas. We have 2 parties to go to, with a wardrobe change in between and then a relaxed Christmas Day at home. I’m not sure when tomorrow’s post will go up, but there will be one.

I finished my wrapping last night, and I only have a couple pies to make, so I’m going to spend the day being lazy and watching Christmas movies with my family.

Blogmas Day 11: Holly Jolly Holiday Tag

Blogmas Day 11 is going to be another Tag. My computer is still broken and I’m sick, but I did promise a post every day this week. I also had my parents answer this tag, so I’m going to put up my answers today and their answers tomorrow. Then I’ll do the same with version 2.

If everything works out I’m going to have a super cool post next week.

1. Favorite Christmas Movie
A. The original animate Grinch. Bonus favorite part is when they dance with Jing Tinglers tied to their heels

2. Naughty Or Nice List?
A. Nice, or at least I tried

3. Show an Embarrassing Christmas Photo.
A. I don’t have one. My family doesn’t really take photos like that, though there are lots of our feet.

4.Ever had a White Christmas?
A. Yes, almost all of my Christmases have been white

5. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
A. My family on Christmas Eve, my Husband’s Family on Christmas Day and home on early Christmas Morning

6. Play or sing your favorite Christmas Song
A.  Sleigh Ride, preferably Hillary Duff’s version

7. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
A. Both

8. Name all of Santa’s Reindeer.
A. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph

9. What Holiday Traditions are you most looking forward too?
A. Wrapping presents because it means Christmas is soon and that I’m done shopping

10. Is your tree Real or Fake?
A. Fake, they’re less likely to burn down

11. Hands Down Favorite Holiday Food or Treat?
A. Eggnog for Treat, Chili or Lasagna for Food

12. Be honest do you prefer giving or getting
A. Both, I love getting presents but considering how much I usually buy I love to give too

13.  What is your Tackiest Christmas Attire?
A. Do Christmas Socks count? I have a ton of those.

14. Dream Place for the Holidays?
A. England, a very snowy place in England

15. Special Holiday Recipe?
A. Nope, sorry I don’t have one

16. Are you a pro present wrapper?
A. Yes, I love wrapping presents

17. Memorable Holiday Moment?
A. The first Christmas my son was old enough to be excited about presents

18. Truth about Santa?
A. He gives you presents, what more truth is there?

19. Any New Years Eve Traditions?
A. No, I  never keep them so I stopped doing them

20. What makes the Holiday Special?
A. The way it feels, the cold and the snow and the lights and decorations and presents and being cozy with your family

A tea party for myself

Come this spring, April 21st to be exact I’m going to have a party, A rainy day tea party, with tea and cakes and presents. Just a no reason party in a pretty dress with wellies and a rain coat, maybe even all by myself, but most likely with my family and a present for everyone with no more reason than to make us happy. I know that I’m meant to be planning entirely for Christmas, but sometimes you have to look to the future. I also know that a party for myself may seem selfish, but sometimes when things get busy you’ve just got to take a bit of time to celebrate yourself.

This whole idea was inspired by Belle and Boo’s Etsy Store. The whole shop is absolutely adorable and reminded me of the feeling I had last spring, but when I saw her sticky tapes knew I wanted to receive a present wrapped in parcel paper with it wrapped around it. I can’t decide which I love more The Paris Umbrella Sticky Tape or the London Umbrella Sticky Tape. Then I saw Poppy’s Puddle Fine Art Print and knew I had to have it. I’m also pretty in love with Ava’s Tea Party Fine Art Print. It’s really all Louise also known as Sprinkle of Glitter’s fault. She showed some Chirstmas Sticky Tape from Belle and Boo in her latest video Christmas Prep, and I went looking for it, but instead found the Umbrella sticky tapes and new that come spring I had to have a party.

I’m so excited by this idea that I’m just bursting with ideas, I want paper bunting made out of floral paper to hang on dowels around the party and paper lanterns to light up the area. Oh I do hope it’s a grey day that day, is there a better day to have a no reason party? I love the  drizzly dreariness of spring coupled with new flowers coming up and the chill in the air that still requires tights with your dresses and the grey skies. I want a pretty tartan blanket to spread out in my backyard and a lovely pot of hot tea in my pretty FORLIFE Curve 24-Ounce Teapot with Infuser which I have in Turquoise, and my favorite Anthropologie mugs, I have the Kebaya Mug in Turquoise and the With a Twist Mug in Green. I really love Anthropologie’s mugs and I want to get the Cabin Teacup in either blue or green and the Ayaka Mug in any color and of course the Homegrown Monogram Mug in M and S. I have a pretty Cabinet in my home that has my spare candles, pictures I love, and my Tea Pot and Tea Cups in it. It’s probably my favorite thing in my house next to the pedestal sink in my bathroom, and the secret nook under the stairs in my basement. Maybe when I get more Tea Cups and paper line it like I want to I’ll take some pictures and show you guys.

I want to use little paper doilies instead of plates, and find a cupcake holder for the treats. I was thinking little finger sandwiches but instead of the usual cucumber and watercress, I was thinking hams and turkey with cheese, and for treats maybe little petite fours, cupcakes and candies. I haven’t decided what the no reason presents are going to be, but I figure I can decide that after christmas is over. I’d say I’m presented out, but I’m not, I’m just to busy focusing all my present energy on christmas right now.

Absolute favorite thing about Christmas

I have a lot of favorite things about Christmas time, the lights, the decorations, the colors, the food and drinks, the snow. And you will be hearing about all of them soon enough, but today’s post is going to be about my absolute favorite thing about Christmas Time. A sort of kick off to a series of posts if you will.

It’s about Gifts. I adore giving gifts. I love everything about it except how much money I spend doing it. I love the planning and shopping, and seeing people open them, but especially wrapping them. Oh I complain about it when the time comes because I have to stay up til 3 am a few days before Christmas to get them all wrapped, but really that’s all false. I have a little routine that involves me spreading out all over my living room floor after everyone’s gone to bed, and cocoa and christmas films non stop til I’ve finished.

The wrapping isle’s in stores get me very excited, I just want to buy everything. I love ribbons and paper and bows and stickers and tags, and tape and ink pens for name writing, glitter, twine, cards and boxes. It all just makes me so happy. I love a beautifully presented gift. As anyone who follows me on Pinterest can tell. I’ve been pinning pictures of gifts all morning. And planning how I’m going to wrap my presents this year. The past 3 years I’ve used wrapping paper with Dr. Suess’s The Grinch on. I adore that movie, but I’ll talk more about that in my favorite holiday movies post. But this year I think I want something more glittery. Or something simpler. I was thinking of doing parchment paper, and creating little swirls of glitter on it once wrapped and then tying with a glittery twine if such a thing exists and sparkly tags.

Now I will say I don’t like oddly shaped gifts that are hard to wrap. I really like to wrap boxes or books, things that are easy to wrap. I don’t put the oddly shaped things in to boxes, I just wrap them as they are, but I’m never happy with the turn out. I have found a new way that for smaller odd things I’m going to try this year, and if it works out I’ll let you know. I’m just so excited to get started wrapping things and putting them under my tree (that won’t go up until Thanksgiving).

 I said this post was sort of a kick off, well that’s because I plan on putting up some Christmas Gift Guides soon. For Him, For Her, and For Children. Since I love buying presents so much, I make these sort of lists for myself all the time. There will also be a What I Want for Christmas post coming up soon.