My Gift to You: Santa Grinch Thank You Cards

Santa Grinch Thank You Card_SampleFrontThe Christmas tree and stockings are packed away, but I still have up most of my decorations because the majority of my stuff are snowmen or snowflakes. It is just now getting cold here in Texas, so I like to leave them up until the end of January.

I realized my 5 yr old needs to practice her writing, so I came up with these cute cards that match the food & drink label cards in my Etsy shop. As soon as I get a few printed, she can get to work thanking everyone for all the generous gifts she received this Christmas!

Today, I have a little gift for you! Click here to download your own set of Santa Grinch Thank Cards. I recommend printing them on a 8.5 x 11 inch sheets of cardstock paper. There are 2 per page and they are approximately 5 x 7 inches once you print and cut them out. The back side of the card is just the diagonal red and white stripes.

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Gift Guide: 10 Terrific Finds for Toddler Girls

10 Toddler Girl Gifts

I’m back today with ideas for toddler girls. Most of these gifts will work for ages 18 months – 3, maybe even 4 yr olds. Some of these items we have had for years and both our girls have gotten great use of them, and then there is one we hope is a hit!

Starting from the top left!

Hooded Towel

I love hooded towels for my girls, so as they outgrow their baby towels these are a great option. Of course you can find all different characters and animals, so choose something your kiddo is interested in. Here are some options from Amazon.

Hairbows

If your little girl is just now getting into wearing bows or is ready for bigger, blinged out bows, check out this set. Also, I am thinking about getting another set to split up for gifts for cousins and friends.

Dress Up Clothes

I would say 2 is the earliest they would want to start dressing up and I recommend buying dresses by size or there are trunk sets that have tops, skirts, and accessories. If they don’t have any dress up clothes then probably any princess would do, but in our house big sister likes to be Elsa, so little bit gets Anna!

Hello Highlights Magazine Subscription

Highlights Magazine publishes little magazine books for ages 0-2. My little one loves getting her new book in the mail every month, plus she likes the baby pictures on the back of the little ones waving by! The subscription is $39.96 per year which includes 12 issues on their site.  It is usually easy to find $5 off coupons online, so search around before ordering.

Balance Bike

Last year, Santa brought our little bit the Bunzi 2-in-1 Balance Bike. We have actually kept it in our house for her to ride around. Soon we will be converting it, so she will have to work a little harder to balance.  The price varies by color, but at Walmart it generally runs from $46-56 and Amazon from $56-75.

Museum Membership

For 3 years now, we get a Fort Worth Science & History Museum Family (5) Membership. It allows us to take 5 people and you get free passes to the Fort Worth Stock Show, which almost pays for the membership right off the bat. I really liked taking my older daughter when I was pregnant because it was air conditioned and I didn’t have to worry about the weather like the zoo.

Leap Pal Violet

Check this one out quick because it is on SALE for $11.99 and last week I saw it for $14.99 on Amazon. You can program the puppy so that it knows your child’s name, favorite food, favorite color, and a few other things. Little bit got this for her 2nd birthday and goes through spurt of playing with it. It is a little big, but I like it better than the Fisher Price Learn & Love Puppy (our’s would start randomly talking in the middle of the night).

Shopping Cart

This particular model has held up so well for us! I like the spot for a baby doll in the front, things don’t fall out the sides because they are solid, and there is shelf at the bottom. It isn’t very pretty, but it also doesn’t beat up the walls when the kids run into things. I highly recommend the Little Helpers Shopping Cart by Step 2!

Climbing Toy

The Toy Monster Monkey Bar Tower is the big ticket item ($130-150) for our little bit this Christmas, but big sis (age 5) can enjoy it with her. Since our 2nd child loves to climb, we knew we needed something, so she would stop  not climb on furniture, cabinets, and us as much! I can’t wait to try this out in a couple of weeks. The other nice thing is if we move or want to move it, you can disassemble it and put it back together much easier than a swing set.

BOOKS!!!

Each of our kids gets a book from Santa every year. I know it is hard to know what books someone else’s kids already have, but my favorite books for gifts are Goodnight books. My MIL started buying the girls books on her trips, which tell a little bit about the place she was visiting. I think this is a great idea instead of t-shirts, magnets, cups, hats, etc. for souvenirs. Shown above is the book for our hometown, Goodnight Cowtown, but here is a link to another favorite, Goodnight NOLA.

If you have questions about any of these items, leave a comment below. Also, feel free to post suggestions for other gifts!

Happy Shopping :)

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Gift Guide: 5 Favs for 5 Yr Old Girls

Gift Ideas for Girls around the age of 5 years old
With two girls in our house we are starting to feel like we have it ALL! However, our 5 yr old still wants new things, so I thought I’d share what she put on her Christmas Wish List.

Starting from the Top!

Dollie & Me Clothes

Our little girl has an Itty Bitty Baby Doll and an American Girl Doll, so instead of buying more dolls, she gets new outfits. My 5 yr old enjoys having matching clothes, so these little sets are great. I tried to make an outfit once for her dolls, but my forte is not in tiny items, as I quickly found out. You can snag these at Amazon* or Kohl’s (when they are on sale and/or with a coupon).

Fashion Plate Deluxe Kit

We haven’t tried this out yet, but one of our friends recommended it as fun for both Mommy & Daughter! It is hit or miss with the price on these during the holidays, but I wouldn’t pay more than $20-25 at Amazon*.

Elsa Spring Fever Dress

My little girl is still stuck on Frozen, so she wanted to update her dress up collection with the Spring Fever dress this year. I haven’t been able to find these in stores and they seem to be more expensive than what her Elsa Snow Queen Dress from Halloween cost. I went with Amazon* again on this item.

Barbie Glam Convertible

Again we have multiple Barbie Dolls, and changing their clothes is a pain, so I steered my daughter towards a car! I did debate on if the Jeep would be better, since it seats 4, but ultimately decided a convertible top is easier since you don’t have to shove them in. Hopefully it will hold up, but even if it doesn’t last long it is only $14 at Target.

KidKraft Dollhouse

Here is a big ticket item! This dollhouse comes highly recommended by close friends of ours. My daughter has played with the Majestic Mansion* and I love that full size Barbie dolls fit inside, it comes furnished, and there is room for multiple kids to play at once. WARNING: It is quite big; in fact, my in laws have it at their house and had to use a dolly to move the box…not really sure how wrapping is going to go :) Another great option is the Annabelle Dollhouse* also made by KidKraft.

We are trying to cut back on the amount of stuff in our house, so I am trying to stay away from buying a bunch of little stuff just to have more to open.

Still need ideas for younger girls, maybe Toddlers??? Check out this Gift Guide: 10 Terrific Finds for Toddler Girls here!

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