christmas with a toddler

Gift giving To Little Ones

I can’t believe Christmas is next week! It always manages to sneak up on you, no matter how prepared you are or how early you start the festivities. It is often here before you know it. I have discovered something new this year when it comes to holiday shopping. Once your child is walking, they are no longer a good shopping partner. Christmas shopping is impossible. As if the malls were not overwhelming enough this time of year, throw in an energetic toddler who desperately wants out of her stroller and is vocally going to let the whole place know it, and we have one flustered and fed up momma. I have put the remaining shopping list on hold until this weekend when I can escape to shop alone and Hallie can stay home and play with daddy. It’s just better for everyone that way. With all of this talk about shopping brings me to some of my toddler favourites that I want to share with you, just in case you are still scrambling to come up with the perfect gift idea. There are so many perfect gifts for kiddies! It really is quite hard to narrow it down. Hallie is only 14 months as well so she would prefer to play with the box the gift came in rather than the gift itself. In future years we aim to limit the gift giving too. I am a big believer of the following motto: Something you want, something you need, something you wear, something you read. Plus a gift from Santa of course. So though I have many favourites, I am not splurging on everything that catches my eye! Lets have a little self-control ladies, I know it’s hard. Whether you are looking for big or small, here are some excellent choices for the little ones in your life. (Apologies if these are more girl oriented. I don’t yet have a baby boy and am obviously obsessed with things for little girls. I promise to broaden my horizon soon!)


Toy Kitchen / Land Of Nod Blocks / Play TeePee / Land Of Nod Rocking Piggy / Velvet Elephant Purse / Tartan Pinafore / Winter Parka / Confetti Tamborine

We purchased the TeePee from Bed Bath & Beyond. It is wonderful though it is not the exact one I have pictured above. There are so many out there to choose from and most I have researched look durable and a good investment. Make sure you check dimensions as they do vary.
As for the toy kitchen, I hummed on this gift idea forever and am now slightly regretting not getting it. I as going to wait for Hallie’s next birthday but I may not be able to wait that long. It is ADORABLE and we have seen a few at different playgroups that we have attended. Hallie gravitates to it instantly and will stand there frying up eggs for ages. Plus it’s white and will not look like another giant and hideous kid toy taking over my adult space. Win, win.


Getting Ready For Christmas

I am starting off this post with a full disclosure statement. I have been lazy. For like two weeks. Well lazy and sick. With what felt like the worst flu ever, I managed to fight my way through each day, doing the bare minimum when it came to ‘wifing’ and ‘mothering’. It’s not like anyone suffered (but sickly me) but there certainly weren’t any extra trips to the park or gloriously cooked meals. Sometimes you are just not on your game right? Since I am being totally honest, I should tell you that it was almost two weeks of being sick and lazy, the rest being in a sad mommy funk. Have you heard of this? I had never encountered the sad mommy funk before. Must be living in a new city, knowing very few people, and it being such a merry time of year. Funny how the holidays are so happy yet they can make you a little melancholic at the same time. So. What do we do when we have a problem? We google. Or in my case, visit Pinterest. Here is a great read on the ‘mommy funk’ with some excellent suggestions on how to break free. I was delighted to discover this fellow mommy blogger’s post and intend to check back in to her site again soon. That is the best part of looking up your problems. The discovery of new resources! Also, just for kicks when you are so sleep deprived that coffee can’t even help you,┬áthis post is full of good laughs. Another excellent discovery. Not that I am tired but I sure was a couple months ago! (Actually, I am taking that back – I am always tired. Pretty sure all parents are) Now that I have admitted to my sad mood, one that I am sure will pass with the start of another busy week showing it’s face tomorrow morning, onto more merrier thoughts.

We are in full swing for Christmas here. Santa parade, check. Hunting in the woods for the perfect tree, Griswold Style, check. Failure to find perfect tree so we went to the tree farm instead, check. Found perfect tree, check. I even got my act together and wrote Christmas cards this morning. Though writing is not my problem, actually posting them is. VOW: I will post all of the cards tomorrow. . . .

Miraculously, most of my Christmas shopping is done too! I chock that one up to my shopping problem (that I internally refuse to acknowledge) and fully admit that I have purchased at least seven presents for myself- from Santa of course. Wonder if I can actually get away with opening them on Christmas Day and have the Hubs not catch on…. It’s possible! This weeks Christmas goals include some holiday baking, a DIY craft/gift of different butter spreads (can’t wait to share it with you!) and some Christmas present wrapping. I discovered this morning that you cannot wrap a present with a toddler nearby. It’s impossible and I am pretty sure she ingested half of the said paper. Oh sh!t, and post the Christmas cards. I think that is a big enough to-do list for now, don’t you? Best not to get overwhelmed this time of year.


David’s Tea Time …. Holiday Advent Tea Calendar


It’s Not Going In our Yard Russ #lottasap