Tag Archives: Holidays

Valentine’s Day Pancakes

We love to get excited about holidays in this house. It may seem a little excessive, but if you can’t get excited about the little things then what can you get excited about? We all have work and school on Valentine’s day but I still like to do something special for everyone that helps us get a good and sweet start to our day. I found this fun little recipe for Valentine’s Day pancakes and it is simple to put together even on fast-paced school mornings.

Since we love pancakes so much I tend to make large batches over the weekend and freeze them so that we can just heat them up on weekdays and eat them. This is a great way to ensure your kids eat on school mornings when it can be difficult to get things ready. I like to make pancakes with a protein mix (and sometimes I even sneak in a little bit of blended spinach in and no one even notices!)

For this fun holiday breakfast I just use my previously frozen pancakes and leave out the fun fixings for the holiday theme. For the full tutorial check out Aunt Jemima’s site for the rundown. As I said, you can use their pancake mix or your own, whichever you prefer. Enjoy!

Stocking Stuffers: Socks and Underwear

In my family growing up we always got a set of socks and a set of underwear for Christmas. Growing up with four brothers and myself my parents used holidays as a restock time of year as well as a fun surprise. So we always got a few items we desperately needed, and any parent will tell you when raising kids you always need extra socks and extra underwear. 

The Boy’s Store has some incredibly cute socks and underwear available, because after all, just because we need them doesn’t mean they can’t be fun. 

Boys Boxer Briefs by Trimfit: These fun and comfortable boxer briefs come in package of four. These just scream comfort, they are tagless, they are contoured to fit, and they are 100% combed cotton. They come in a colorful and assorted set with stripes, bold solids, and football helmets. 

Boys’ Cowboys Socks by MP: These cowboy themed socks will rope any young buck’s heart. Available in gray and navy they are perfect for that little western lover. 

Boys Spaceman Leg Warmers by Huggalugs: These legwarmers are perfect for that little crawling babe that isn’t ready to walk but needs to be stylish and protect his knees. He will rocket to the moon without ever leaving the family room!

Holiday Crafts: Christmas Light Fingerprints!!

It is my favorite time of year. The holiday time can be really busy and hectic, and I find that with little kids under the age of four to entertain while I get everything done it is best to have some sort of art or busy activity to keep them happy. I love to give them activities that will turn in ot keepsakes for me later on. Bonus if they are something that I can use as a decoration. 

This fun craft is perfect for holiday time, it is festive, uses fingerprints so it reminds you how tiny your little ones were every time you see it, and it can be put out every year as a Christmas decoration. It can be messy, so if you do not have children that can handle that alone they will need help. I have a designated art space in our kitchen area that is easy to clean so I allowed my toddler to do this craft alone. 

I found this fabulous craft at Camp Slop, a fabulous blog that has incredible activity ideas perfect for camp, pre-school, home-school, or at home play. You can get the full details on how to create the craft at their blog. They even have other fun handprint/fingerprint holiday crafts. 

As I said earlier I allowed my little man to do this craft on his own, it was the perfect distraction while I wrapped presents. I simply made the line for the christmas lights ahead of time. I even made this as a christmas gift for the Great Grandmothers in the family. So I simply made the canvases with the “string” line pre-made and let my toddler go nuts with the finger paint. I always leave a picture of the sample so my son can see what it will look like, but gives him the chance to make it his own as toddlers will do.

Now I just have to wait for them to dry and I can package them up as gifts for the holiday season, but do not worry, I always keep one for myself!