Our family tradition, the Gingerbread house!

Okay moms, it is officially December.  If you follow Vanessa and I, then you know we are both OBSESSED with all things Christmas.  Our elves arrived first thing on December 1st, and yes, our tree was already up and decorated in November!

When the month of festivities arrives, we have a tradition to map out all the things we want to do! Like watch Elf & Home Alone, go see Santa, drive through the festival of lights, and of course, make our family Gingerbread house!

Remember, when you're creating anything with little ones, it's all about the process not the outcome. So expect taste testing, and sampling when you create any type of gingerbread house. 

We just loved the Gingerbread house kit we tried from Sobeys, for many reasons. Firstly, this was the easiest one we have put together to date.  The instructions were simple, with pictures so the littles could follow along, and 'tell mommy what to do". 

The icing held the house together perfectly (no slipping) and it even fixed the crack! 

Want to see all our fun? Check out the video!!

The littles loved the unique cartoon characters that were included (Santa and a snowman) along with a wreath for the front door!

The best part of our Christmas gingerbread home was... eating it of course! Plus the cookies and goodies were fresh and yummy for sampling.   I think they were both surprised when I let them chow down on Santa and Frosty (after we got a few snaps first).

If you are looking for a fun, stressless activity to do with your kiddies over the holidays, this is for sure one that I recommend! Not only can you purchase these kits at a Sobeys near you, Sobeys has thought of it all- the are hosting gingerbread house building workshops through December for only $6.99!  That includes the house, icing and unlimited (let me repeat that.. UNLIMITED) candy to decorate with in-store and take home.  Hello mama, can you say leave the mess to someone else, score!

So get out your own December list of "Fun Things To Do", and add this to it for sure! If you make one from Sobeys like we did, make sure to share your pictures on social media with Sobeys and use the hashtag #MADEBYME

 

5 Fun Finds

If you're anything like us, we're always looking for fun, functional and affordable things that make our lives easier. 

So stay tuned, as we start regularly sharing our fun finds, that we know you'll just love! This week's finds are convenient, fun, and include a great activity to introduce your kids to gardening, by creating their very own vegetable garden.

1. Travel Perfume Bottle

Last month we travelled to L.A. and we all know that traveling with liquids is now a thing of the past (unless its frozen breast milk LOL).  Our favourite drug store has lots of options for little containers to bring shampoos, conditioners and creams, but what about perfume?  We got you covered. Check out this fab little new product, that you can actually transfer your favourite scent into.  No waste, or overbearing smells. Through its unique pumping system, it pumps the perfume directly into your carrying container! This is a must have for any travel moms! We used it, and just loved how easy it was!

2. Thermacell Lantern: Get LOST MosquitoEs!

Vanessa and I both love to entertain outdoors in the summer months, but right around 7 or 8pm those pesky mosquitoes arrive. Let's be honest, mosquitoes are a pain and can end a party. Introducing.. the Thermacell Lantern. Not only does it deter mosquitoes, black flies, and other little pests, they look great!  The lantern uses butane to heat a repellent pad to evenly and effectively vaporize a repellent in the air that biting bugs really HATE!  It does not kill insects, just repels them, and the lanterns are EPA approved!

 http://www.thermacell.com/products/mosquito-repellents/mosquito-repeller-lanterns

http://www.thermacell.com/products/mosquito-repellents/mosquito-repeller-lanterns

3. Kid friendly GPS System

We're not trying to scare you with this one, we promise. But we have to admit, we were intrigued when we heard about it. We're talking about a GPS tracking system for your littles. Personally, this is not something that we would use everyday, but there are times we certainly would. Have you ever been to a packed amusement park with a bunch of crazy kids? Even crowded malls, or a school field trip. Not Your Child, is a new GPS tracking system that your little one can wear on their belt or on a lanyard under their shirt. You can even place it discreetly in their knapsack. This system will immediately notify you if your child is going over a certain speed (ex. in a car they should not be in) or is trackable to their exact location if they get lost (can you say Disney?!)  We recommend this for mama's doing solo travels, day trips, or even camping!

4. Get Ready For Sleepovers with Camp Nana Papa

Summer is the best time for camp outs and sleep overs, but for some little ones a night away from mom and dad can be more scary than fun! That's why we LOVE the Camp Nana Papa book, that includes a firefly stuffy (that has a night light in it!) The story focuses on sibling love, and their special relationship with Nana and Papa. A beautiful read for kids of all ages, and prepares your babes for a night away from mommy and daddy. You might even get a date night with this one! www.campnanapapa.com

5. Self Watering Planter

Okay, so admittedly neither of us have a green thumb. However, we value the importance of teaching our children about food sources. Kids love learning about the earth and where all our food comes from. We just love the self-watering planter we discovered from Lee Valley. In addition to having fun, creating and growing their very own veggie garden, this is excellent way to support healthy eating. Not only is it the perfect way to get kids started in the garden, but the planter can actually can be left for up to three days, cause we know how busy life gets. But don't forget to teach the kids about watering.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/page.aspx?p=74022&cat=2,51603

YOU CAN SEE HOW THE SELF WATERING PLANTER FROM CEDARCRAFT WORKS IN OUR SEGMENT WITH HGTV HOST CARSON ARTHUR

We hope you like this week's finds.

xo

Vanessa + Melissa

4 GREAT arts and craft ideas for winter time!

If your anything like us, we LOVE craft time.  But thinking up new and creative ideas can often be difficult.  Here are some winter specific crafts you can try with your littles this week!  Share with us on Facebook and Instagram how yours turned out

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1,  Winter Snowman Craft from Christian Parent

Snow man craft


2. Hand paint polar bear by Love To Sew Studio

3. Snow Man slam by Growing a Jeweled Rose

SNow man slam



5. Snowman potato painting by Growing a Jeweled Rose

 Have fun!  xo  Vanessa & Melissa

Have fun!

xo

Vanessa & Melissa