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Have a Family Night In This Season – Tips from DIY Network Host

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Have a Family Night In This Season - Tips from DIY Network Host

It gets so busy over the holidays. We are in all directions and the kids are out of school for a few weeks so we may have to adjust our schedule or find nannies and daycares so they can be watched during the day. It is just as hectic for the kids as it us. It is important to find a few nights over the Holidays to keep yours and the kids schedule empty. Have a night in as a family.

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DIY Network host and Pine Mountain spokesperson Jason Cameron, has put together a go-to checklist for all of us!

  • Make a festive snack – Everyone loves making sugar cookies and gingerbread, but the best part is eating your creations! While snacking on cookies, wash it down with some hot chocolate or warm apple cider.

 

 

  • Watch a holiday movie – From Frosty the Snowman to Elf, we all have a favorite holiday movie. These movies provide a sense of nostalgia for adults, and offer hours of entertainment for kids.

 

  • Decorate your home – Setting up holiday decorations in your home is a tradition that many families across the country have. Play some light music in the background and chat about your favorite holiday memories to make the activity more festive.

As mentioned above, there is a seasonal scented Balsam Fir Firelog by Yankee Candle from American home that leaves a pleasant scent that is easy to light and burns clean. Pick one up for your night in this season.

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The Giving Manger – Doing Good Things This Season

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The Giving Manger - Doing Good Things This Season

When you think back to Holiday memories as a child it is events and service we tend to remember over what was in our stocking or pile of gifts on Christmas morning. When you make giving back and serving others an event your kids are likely to carry that memory with them for years, even decades and to their own children. The event and new home tradition? The Giving Manger.

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It’s so simple yet the impact is great. It is a box and in that box is a book, a wood manger, some strands of straw and a baby Jesus. The idea is to build the manger using the straw so baby Jesus can lie peacefully. However, you cannot put straw into the manger until your child completes a service. For each good deed or chore they do to help you and others they get to lay down a piece of straw.

Once they have built a manger Jesus can be placed. The book really ties it all together as it helps the kids understand the real meaning of the Holidays and why we should serve others.

Let this year be the year we start a new tradition of giving back. Need ideas of service you can do with your family? Print a list here. Purchase on their website or on Amazon.

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Popular Holiday Gifts at CVS #HolidayGiftGuide

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This season is going to be more exciting because we finally have CVS stores nearby. They slowly started creeping into the state last year and one of the latest grand openings is just 20 minutes down the road. I love browsing the holiday and gifts sections. Almost always, I can find those fun gifts I have seen and can’t seem to locate anymore or easily in other local stores. I have a few gift ideas I am rounding up for you so you can check your local CVS for availability and fulfill your shopping list at great prices.

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My son is 8 and asked if he could have his own decorating area this year. I always give him my village table to have at as I decorate and this year he will also have his own tree. He has the Peanuts Charlie Brown Tree that has just enough branches to hang his school or art creations from this season. He is so excited to start decorating soon. I have some nieces and work gals I shop for. One of my favorite brands to gift and use is the eOS lotions and lip gloss. Now they come in gift sets so this is exciting for my teen nieces.

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This is our newest holiday decor addition that my son will take over. How cute for him to take all his art from school this season and hang them on his own tree.

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We all know that emojis have taken over. They are on our phones, devices and now they have earned a spot as a chia pet. These will be a hit this season for sure. Fun gift idea for co-workers and teenagers.

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Bath sets that are aromatic make great gifts also. This Natural Aromatic Bath Gift Set is a great set that also doubles as a zipper case for storage.

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You can find these and even more from toys, holiday decor and technology gifts at your local CVS so keep an eye out on those ad and specials. This years CVS Black Friday deals will last 3 days- November 24-26.

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Visit the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the master gift list-it is updated daily.

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A Schleich Gift for the Dinosaur Fan #HolidayGiftGuide

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Holiday Gift Guide Feature: Schleich Dinosaur Puzzle Set

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Since 1935, Schleich has brought children playable figures. What began as action figures has now turned into dinosaurs and horses as well as familiar characters like the Peanuts and Snoopy. The design of the products and the creation of the required tools are done in house. This way they can control the initial vital steps of creating a new product.

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For the dinosaur fan, there are some fun figures and sets from Schleich that are sure to make them roar on their holiday morning. There are individual dinosaur figures of all species and these figure and puzzle pad sets. I have the new Mini Dinosaur with Lava Field Puzzle. The puzzle is a simple platform to help creativity flow as they play with their figures. Pair the puzzle sets with their dinosaur and cave play set for full action.

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You can find these sets at many retailers as you shop for the Holidays. Most likely you owned Schleich play sets yourself as a child and you can now pass on the fun with your own child.

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Visit Schleich to see all of the available play sets and figures.

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A Holiday Event at Snowflake Lane in Bellevue, Wa

Living in the Pacific Northwest brings a lot of fun year round events full of music, traditions and fun for the entire family. The winters up here bring snow to the numerous mountains making the Cascades a beautiful backdrop to many towns all season. From Santa Trains in Mt Rainier to Snowflake Lane in Bellevue, these are traditions many families repeat each year. This year we started a new tradition and with my parents, brother, sisters and nephews we all spent an evening in Bellevue Square so the kids can experience the Snowflake Lane show.

 

At 7pm during the Holidays, the road is closed for an hour in Bellevue Square and the streets fill with crowds as far as you can see each direction and in the skywalk over head with families ready for an entertaining and interactive show.
Characters are up and down the crowds interacting with people, bands play up and down the sidewalk, street and through the skywalk. In the street there are multiple performances from bands, dancers and other entertainers as you enjoy the music of the holidays. About halfway into the show, cue snow! These ‘suds’ or snow fall up and down the lane and the kids go nuts!

Snowflake Lane is a well known family event worth the drive to the Eastside in the Seattle area. Typically you want to get there in plenty of time to find parking and grab some dinner. We all met at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner, wandered through shops and near the start of the show, found a spot to stand along the lane. You are outside of the mall so there is plenty of shopping you can do and make a day of it.
The boys were so thrilled the entire show and we will have to make this a yearly event. I am just sad I waited so long to experience Snowflake Lane with my son. http://snowflakelane.com/

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