I’ll never forget that first Christmas after I lost our first baby. I kept quite busy Christmas Eve baking, and decorating gingerbread houses, and watching Christmas movies with my hubby…much like every Christmas before and since. But, that year was different.
Just the other day I was perusing Instagram when I saw the most adorable gingerbread house. It was Starbucks themed, covered in candy, and dripping with icing and crystal sprinkes. I had to have it.
Little did I know, that Starbucks had released their very own Gingerbread House Kit, called the Gingerbread Cafe! Where have I been?! Good grief! I’m a self-proclaimed Starbucks addict, and didn’t even realize this existed.
After I composed myself…cause I was about to pee my pants in excitement (just kidding…I don’t normally wet myself thankfully 😬)….I proclaimed to Adam that we must go to Starbucks in search of my dream gingerbread house. Luckily I have a husband that goes along and supports my nuttiness. So, we were off to search for the Gingerbread Cafe!
This is my last Christmas Date Night post for 2016. I can’t wait for next Christmas, so I can share even more Christmas Date ideas with you. But, this last Christmas Date of 2016 didn’t disappoint. We began at The Old Detroit Burger Bar, and ended up at Santa’s Flight Academy at Great Lakes Crossing. With a trip to the aquarium, decorating gingerbread houses, making melted Crayon ornaments, and watching Christmas movies strewn in there too!
If you are looking for a last minute Santa visit that is over the top adorable, cute, and unique…or, if you’re just looking for a neat new spot to chow down on a big juicy burger…then you’ve come to the right place!
Whenever I watch Polar Express I think of hot chocolate & my niece, Brianna. She loved Polar Express so much when she was little that she wanted to watch the movie all year long (which about drove my sister crazy! 😂).
One Christmas we took her to Huckelberry Railroad to ride the steam train, and visit Santa. She was around 4 at the time. She got her golden ticket, and the conductor stamped it, just like in the movie. It was magical!
My hubby and I made these melted crayon Ornaments a couple years ago, thanks to some Pinterest inspiration. They were really fun to make, and beautiful on the tree. Plus, these Ornaments make a great DIY (& inexpensive 😉) Christmas gift, and they make it easy to use up all those extra broken crayons your kids have laying around. Double Bonus!
One of our favorite Date Nights to do at Christmas time involves millions of lights, the crunch of snow beneath our boots, and the zoo long after the animals have gone to bed.
Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo combines some of our favorite things..animals, hot chocolate, Santa, and every color of Christmas lights possibly imaginable.
Just the other day, I about reached my breaking point. I sped in and out of the aisles at Target like I was racing for an Olympic medal, totally neglecting to notice the world around me. I ignored the Christmas decorations, the strands of lights, and the holiday carols that played overhead. I was in too much of a hurry to be bothered with it.
It was a few years ago at the Hallmark store that I was introduced to the Elf on the Shelf tradition. I, being the Pinterest inspired craft loving human that I am, loved this fun tradition. My husband, on the other hand, thought it was creepy and unnecessary. We are a house divided. I’m sure when we have little ones, I will win this battle, and we will get pretty creative with this tradition.
I know many families, who like us, are divided on the Elf. Some love it and get really into it. They have their Elf’s shenanigans planned out meticulously and invest in outfits and pets for their Elf. Then there’s other parents who’s loathe the idea of a magical Elf watching their kids and reporting back to Santa about their good, bad, and sometimes ugly behavior.
Well, regardless of which side of the fence you’re on…the mommy who’s got the Elf’s tricks planned out for months in advance….or the mommy who wakes up in a panic at 4 a.m. cause you forgot to move the “stupid Elf”….this post is for you.
50+ nifty and creative ideas to surprise your kids and be the coolest Elf house on the block. From beginner to advanced, there’s a ton of ideas here for all you families who are in the magical “Elf Years”. Hope this catalog of ideas will inspire you! Good luck & enjoy!
As I was announcing my Very Rosy Christmas Giveaway LIVE on Facebook a few nights ago, I couldn’t help but share with you all some of the details of this amazing Date Night! This Christmas Date Night in Rochester, Michigan had everything!
There were over a million Christmas light; there was Santa; there was an old fashioned Kris Kringle Market in the street; there was amazing food including a bread Pudding made from Donuts from our favorite local cider mill; there was delicious coffee; there were horses with glittered hooves pulling white carriages; and there was a completely edible life sized train made out of gingerbread!
I always envision decorating the Christmas tree in a glorious, unstresful way. I picture a crackling fire, hot cocoa in mugs overflowing with marshmallows, Christmas music playing in the background, and us joyfully reminscing about life and memories as we delicately place each ornament on the beautifully lit tree. And, at the conclusion of this fantasy, I picture a Christmas tree that belongs in a Pottery Barn magazine or something.
Every year, I picture this heavenly decorating day as our kick off to Christmas, and plan for it, and it never quite turns out how I’d hoped.
In this post, I’ll explain what I’ve learned over the last few years caring for and decorating a pre-lit tree. Follow these Step By step instructions to have a Christmas tree that doesn’t become a pain the neck, & somewhat resembles a designer tree at the end of the day.