12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 8 Cookies for Santa #12JollyDays

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The tradition of leaving cookies for Santa is one of our favorites. Every year, we pick a day close to Christmas Eve (usually 1-2 days before) and bake a few different types of cookies and treats. We don’t worry about whether the cookies are perfect or misshapen. It’s just about having fun and being together. I like to choose easy recipes that Lucas can mostly do himself.

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Fun and cute like the treats below!

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On Christmas Eve, we head to my parents for their annual party and when we get home Lucas puts out a plate of cookies and glass of milk for Santa…

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He also likes to leave Santa a note.

“I love you. Your the best. Merry Christmas.” – Lucas

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and, carrots for the reindeer of course!

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From baking and decorating the cookies to leaving the cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve, this is such a fun activity to do as a family.

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Dear Santa Message Plate by Personal Creations. Start a new Christmas Eve ritual by leaving Santa a special message on the cookie plate. He can even write back! Includes soapstone chalk.

Sous Chef Apron by Personal Creations. Adult and child sizes available. 

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12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 7 Family Movie Night & Treats #12JollyDays

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One of our families favorite things to do is watch movies. Each year we look forward to watching Christmas movies, so as soon as November hits, we start pulling out our holiday collection. Each week we pick a night (and sometimes more than one) to watch a favorite movie from our collection, or a maybe a new one we haven’t seen yet. When the night rolls around we cuddle up on the couch with a couple of warm blankets, a few yummy treats, a roaring fire, and we settle in for the show.

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It’s such a simple but fun activity to enjoy together during the holidays (or anytime).

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We like to keep treats simple…popcorn is always a must, of course! And an ice cold beverage. Nothing much beats popcorn and a soda.

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Let me share with you some of our favorite family-friendly holiday movies that we have in our collection.

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  • Jingle All the Way
  • The Santa Clause
  • The Polar Express
  • Elf
  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • A Christmas Story
  • A Christmas Carol
  • A Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Home Alone
  • Yes, Virginia

 

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Holly Berry Wreath Throw Pillows by Personal Creations. Add a dramatic burst of color to your holiday home with this inviting accent pillow. It features an embroidered wreath of brilliant red holly berries. I love bringing in festive pillows, blankets and accessories to really tie the holiday theme together.

Popcorn Bucket by Personal Creations. This popcorn bucket is huge and perfect for party snacks, movie nights, and more.

Naughty or Nice Mason Jars by Personal Creations. It doesn’t matter who’s been naughty or nice–everything looks and tastes more festive in these holiday Mason jars.

Family Movie Night Popcorn Tin by Personal Creations. Give a tasty treat to the family that loves watching movies together! It stars a trio of scrumptious popcorn flavors. Includes butter, cheddar cheese and caramel popcorn.

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12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 5 Ornament Exchange #12JollyDays

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Our Christmas tree is filled with ornaments that represent us. Our family. Our memories. Throughout the year, we collect new ornaments to add to the tree. We buy an ornament at every travel destination. We have ornaments from our trips to Ocean City, Disney World, Disney Land, Chattanooga, and more. Our tree has an ornament marking each year that Mike and I have been married. There’s an ornament for each child’s first Christmas. We have ornaments from when we were kids. Ornaments made by us as a family or by Lucas at school. It’s a beautiful sight to see and it always brings up memories while we trim the tree. We talk about the places we’ve been or remember Lucas’ first Christmas or share stories of our own childhood.

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Each Christmas, we like to give each other special ornaments that mark a milestone or hobby. This year, we have several new ornaments. For Lucas – the gamer and baseball ornaments. Two of his obsessions.

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For Amelia – the sock monkey and Elmo ornaments. She is obsessed with Elmo lately!

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For Mike – the beer and griller ornament. Mike loves to brew his own craft beers and he can regularly be found at the grill or smoker making a tasty dinner for us.

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For Aries (our dog) – a beautiful chocolate lab ornament.

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For Family – a new “The Jollys” ornament marking each member of the family.

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For Me – the photographer and smartphone ornaments. These couldn’t be more perfect, right?!

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Exchanging ornaments is a special tradition that every family can do during the holiday season and will create lasting memories. You could host an ornament exchange party with friends or family, make homemade ornaments with the kids, or if you have an “elf” friend he or she can surprise everyone with a new ornament (our Elf Sherman does this every year, actually).

Personal Creations Ornaments

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12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 4 Indoor Snowball Fight #12JollyDays

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Here in HOTlanta, we don’t get a lot of snow. MAYBE one time per year. If we’re lucky. But there’s no reason that we shouldn’t be able to join in on all of the fun snowball fights to be had, right? That’s why we like to have our own INDOOR snowball fights. We surprised the kids with these indoor snowball buckets and declared a snowball fight war.

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Let’s just say it was fun.

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A lot of fun.

Honestly, my friends up north could also benefit from an indoor snowball fight. You get all the fun without the bitter cold and mess. It’s a win, win!

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Warm and Cozy Adult Pajamas by Personal Creations. Add holiday style to your sleepwear with these comfortable 2-piece pajama set.

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Warm and Cozy Nightgown  by Personal Creations. Classically styled holiday plaid nightgown has a dainty bow at the chest and feminine ruffles at the sleeves and bottom hem. 

Snowball Fight in a Bucket by Personal Creations. Bring the battle inside while keeping hands warm and dry. This super-cool set features 6 soft and smiley “snowballs” inside a bright red metal bucket.

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12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 3 New PJs for the Family #12JollyDays

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Can I just open one present, mommy? These are words heard around the world in the days leading up to Christmas. I know that I begged my parents. My brothers (all four of them) begged our parents. My husband begged his parents. My kiddos plead with us now. The solution? Give them one gift to unwrap before Christmas morning.

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The gift? New Christmas pajamas for the whole family. I know that a lot of families do this one, but there’s a good reason why. It’s a fun and simple tradition that everyone looks forward to every year.

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We like them to match or coordinate, of course! That way we are ready for pictures on Christmas morning.

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Personalization is always such a special touch. Everyone loves to have their name on their pjs!

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Christmas Pajamas Tradition Ideas

1. As the kids get older, draw names to determine who each person will buy pajamas for. The goal? Buy the silliest pajamas you can find!

2. Open your new pajamas and hop in the car and drive around town to look at Christmas light displays.

3. Open your new pajamas and read a book. We usually cuddle up in bed and read the classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

4. Give pajamas and a family board game. Spend Christmas Eve in your new jammies playing a board game.

5. Give pajamas and a family movie. Spend Christmas Eve in your new jammies watching a family movie.

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Warm and Cozy Adult Pajamas by Personal Creations. Add holiday style to your sleepwear with these comfortable 2-piece pajama set.

Warm and Cozy Kids Pajamas by Personal Creations. Darling for both boys and girls, these cozy 2-piece pajama set will warm up frosty cold winter nights.

Warm and Cozy Nightgown  by Personal Creations. Classically styled holiday plaid nightgown has a dainty bow at the chest and feminine ruffles at the sleeves and bottom hem. 

Make sure to visit PersonalCreations.com for lots of great Christmas and holiday decor and gift ideas! Save 20% off your entire order when you enter PCSM20 at checkout!

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Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

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Halloween is only a couple of weeks away and it’s time to start planning the evening’s festivities. If you are going trick-or-treating then it is also important to have a safety plan in place. Halloween is a fun holiday, but it is also a prime opportunity for bad things to happen. Today, I thought I’d share some safety tips so that you and your kids can have a fun and SAFE Halloween this year!

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Lucas with his new Rayovac Glow in the Dark Flashlight

 

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

  • Make sure that your child can be seen! Plan costumes that are bright and reflective and make sure that treat bags and accessories also have reflectors.
  • Make sure that your child can see in the dark! Have your child carry a flashlight like the Rayovac Glow in the Dark Flashlight, which allows kids to use as a light when turned on and also offers a constant glow so child is visible to others. 
  • Only visit homes and neighborhoods that are well-lit
  • Never, ever enter a home or a car to get candy
  • Small children should always be accompanied by an adult
  • Develop a trick-or-treating route for older kids to use and set a time for them to check-in with you and to return home.
  • Make sure children know who to call and what to do if they have an emergency or become lost. 
  • Tell kids to wait until candy has been inspected by an adult before eating
  • Review rules and safety plan with kids before trick-or-treating
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Rayovac Glow in the Dark Flashlight

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(VIDEO) @Rayovac Portable Mobile Battery Power Pack

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One thing that I can’t live without? A Rayovac Portable Mobile Battery Power Pack to charge my phone while I’m on the go. I can’t tell you how many times per week I use this thing. It is a lifesaver (and quite literally could be). The last thing I want is to not have a phone when I’m out – whether it’s out running errands, at the pediatricians office, at the park, picking Lucas up from school, anywhere – my phone is my lifeline. If something were to happen, I need to be able to call Mike or a friend or family member. I always keep one in my diaper bag or purse so that if my iPhone ever runs out of battery – I have a way to charge up no matter what.

 

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The Rayovac Portable Mobile Battery Power Pack has so many awesome features – I’ll let Mike tell you about it in the video below!

Features and Benefits

• 800mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable mobile device charger
• Charger holds enough power to recharge your mobile phone for 150 minutes of talk time
• Recharge the Phone Boost power pack 500+ times by using a USB charger
• Holds charge up to 6 months
• Integrated USB and Apple Lightning device connectors with protective caps
• Compatible with Apple Lightning devices
• MFi certified – Made for iPhone & iPod
• 4 LED battery gauge indicators show charge and discharge status
• Keychain attached for convenience and portability
• Instant power once your device is plugged in
• Push button switch turns charger on – if inactive for 30 seconds, charger will automatically turn off to save battery power
• Limited product warranty

Personalized Summer Beach & Pool Gear for the Whole Family

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Lucas has been out of school for about a month now and we have been living it up at the pool! We also have a beach vacation coming up that we are very excited about! So today, I wanted to share with you a few of our new favorite pool and beach gear from Personal Creations. They are all personalized, which makes them so unique and fun!

Amelia is looking super cute in her personalized Fun in the Sun Sunhat! This is an adorable hat and it also protects her delicate skin from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s also super soft and flexible which makes it very comfy for her to wear.

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Kids Beach Tote with Toys is just perfect for Amelia. It is a small enough bag for a child to carry, but big enough to fit more toys or beach necessities like a sun hat or sunblock. You can choose from shark, butterfly, fish or crab.

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Amelia got the butterfly and it is so pretty!

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Lucas got the Kids Beach Bucket & Sunglasses which actually fits into the beach tote above. Lucas loves that it’s personalized!

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We can’t wait to take both to the beach this summer!

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We have already put our new Pool Fun Microfiber Beach Towels to good use this summer! They come with us to the pool all the time. The towel itself is so soft and ultra absorbent – LOVE.

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And, last but not least – you have to have a tote bag for the beach and pool, right? I love the Polka Dot Tote Bag to haul around all of our stuff. It fits a ton of stuff too. I can fit four towels, sunblock, a couple of books, and magazines into mine.

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A Personalized Easter Celebration

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One of our favorite holidays is Easter. We have been hosting our annual Jolly Family Easter Egg Hunt and dinner for family and friends for several years now and it is so much fun! I was very excited when I discovered all of the cute and personalized Easter products that Personal Creations offers.

My favorite find is the personalized Egg Hunt Banner – it is perfection! It is large and it is scratch, tear, wrinkle and water/weather resistant. It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. At only, $16.99 it is also a steal! We can’t wait to set it up for our Egg Hunt this year!

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The personalized Happy Easter Flag is the perfect way to greet guests!

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Another thing that I love about Easter is putting together a fun basket for Lucas. You can’t go wrong with the personalized Easter baskets at Personal Creations! They have so many cute styles! We went with the All-In-One Boy’s Easter Basket, which come in three different sizes and several basket liner options (we got the sports).

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It also comes filled with lots of Easter goodies such as a chocolate bunny, bunny plush, Peeps and more. You can customize these in many

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I was kind of stumped about Amelia’s basket though. She will be 1 year old by the time Easter rolls around so she is too young for candy and the typical basket fillers. We got her a couple of books, but didn’t know what else to do until we found the Baby’s 1st Easter Basket. It comes with a super cute bear that’s dressed as a bunny and personalized bib that all fits nicely into a personalized wooden caddy that can be reused later. LOVE!

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I also fell in love with the personalized Hoppy Easter Bunny – (also available as a boy) this is also going in Amelia’s basket. It has a very vintage shabby chic look to it that I love. Isn’t it adorable?!

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Personal Creations has a wide variety of Easter products – baskets, gifts, decor, and more! Visit PersonalCreations.com to see for yourself and make sure to use coupon code JollyMom at checkout to get 20% off your entire order.

Get Your Family’s Sports Equipment Organized with Rawlings! #Giveaway

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So as you guys know, Lucas is sports-obsessed. Baseball. Basketball. Soccer. Football. Tennis. Karate. Yeah – Lucas is into ALL of those sports. As you can imagine, we have tons of balls and bats and helmets and athletic gear. Keeping all of that gear organized? Not so easy! That’s why I was very excited to try out the new line of Rawlings Flexible Sports Organizers.

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This organizer is designed to hold most sports equipment. It has pockets for balls (think baseballs, tennis balls, whiffle balls, etc). It also has extra large pockets and bungee straps to hold bats, hockey sticks, etc. There are also a couple heavy duty hooks that allow you to hang helmets and tennis rackets (this is what we use them for). It’s made out of a durable vinyl and mesh so it can withstand the weight of the equipment (up to 25 pounds, actually). What’s really nice is that it hangs on the wall so it will only take up vertical space in your home. We actually keep it in the garage and it’s freed up some much-needed space on Lucas’ outdoor toy shelf. Love it!

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