Christmas Bucket List 2015- Blogmas Day 7

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CHRISTMAS BUCKET LIST

Go Caroling

Trim the Christmas tree

Listen to Christmas music

Go on a carriage ride

Make Christmas crafts

24 Nights of Christmas books

Look at the Christmas lights

Go sledding

Watch Hallmark Channel Christmas movies

Visit the Christmas Train

See Santa

Write Santa a letter

Send Christmas Cards

Build a gingerbread house

Buy a Toy for Tots gift

Drink hot cocoa

Build a snowman

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24 Nights of Christmas Books! -Blogmas Day 2

Seasons Greetings Lovelies!

I started this tradition with my daughter last year, when she was 3.  I bought (almost) 24 books and wrapped them up and put them under the tree. Every night leading up to Christmas she would pick a book, unwrap and read the book by the tree.  Such a special time shared with my little one.

Christmas Books

  1. The Polar Express
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  3. Eloise at Christmas Time
  4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  5. The Littlest Elf
  6. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  7. Snowmen at Christmas
  8. A Christmas Carol
  9. The Snowy Day
  10. The Nutcracker
  11. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  12. The Wild Christmas Reindeer
  13. Bear Stays Up For Christmas
  14. The Mitten
  15. The Christmas Baby

I bought less because some nights she stayed at her dad’s and so she wouldn’t be home to read the books anyways.
Just walking into your local Barnes and Noble, and looking at the prices of the books….you can see how having 24 Nights of Christmas Books could get pretty spendy!  But don’t you worry, I have some thoughts as to how to save you $$$.

Frugal Ideas!

  1. Don’t buy 24.  You can pick any number, 15! 10! 7! Whatever works best for you and your family.
  2. Start early.  I start this process during October usually, because the Christmas books are out and buying a little at a time helps my wallet.
  3. Don’t buy all new!!! Seriously.  I bought the majority of my daughter’s books from either Once Upon A Child (my favorite store for shopping for her), it’s a gently used second-hand store for kids and I have found some GREAT titles there with no wear.  I also suggest checking out your local Good Will or thrift shop for books.  You can buy these books for as little as a quarter there!  You may have to sift through books longer, but you can find some real hidden gems.  Hello, money-saving!
  4. If your child receives book orders from school, look into ordering from there.  The Scholastic Book orders usually have some decent books at affordable prices.
  5. Find some Christmas/Holiday books that you have in your collection, and just wrap them up.  No need to buy books all the time, children love the surprise and excitement of unwrapping a gift anyways.  So might as well and wrap some books you already own. 
  6. Amazon usually has great deals!  Look online!  And use ebates.
  7. This may not be the most frugal tip, but what I do is to not just limit myself to finding Christmas books.  I also buy Hanukkah books, books with a winter theme, and especially penguin books (Amarah and I love penguins and they remind me of Christmas so win win!)

 

Hope these are some good ideas for all of you!  Even though we are in the month of December it is never too late to start this tradition!  I know Amarah and I look forward to getting into our comfy pjs, warming up hot cocoa, and finding a book to read by the Christmas tree.

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An Apple A Day

My four year old daughter, Amarah (Ah-mar-uh) is the apple of my eye and sometimes I am lucky enough to spend time with her and her best friend, Ady.

We had a beautiful fall day to learn about apples. I planned a day that was both educational AND fun!  We did two activities and then finished the day by going to an area apple orchard.

Apple Stamping

Materials:

Apple(s)

Washable Paint-Red, Green, Yellow, and brown (optional)

Paper

Paint Brush

Paint Shirt (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut your apples in half
  2. Then, cut notches on the opposite side of the apple to make it easier for your little ones to hold onto the apples for stamping
  3. Have your child paint the tree trunk
  4. Use the apples to dip into paint and stamp away
  5. Have fun!

This activity to get your child to explore their creative side.  Don’t worry about the results, just about the process.  This can get messy so we did the project outside and wore paint shirts.  This project can take as long or as short as you would like.  Just depends on the child.

I definitely suggest cutting the notches into the apples because it made the process of stamping much easier.  They were able to grip the apples much easier.

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Apple Volcano

This science experiment was a big hit with the girls. I only made two “apple volcanoes”, one for each girl, but we could have made more!

Materials:

Dish soap- I used orange scent but apple scent would be more

hallowed out apples

vinegar

baking soda

food dye

mixing cups

Directions:

  1. Hallow out your apples
  2. Pour some baking soda into the apples
  3. Pour some soap, vinegar, and choice of food dye into a mixing cup. I had the girls do this themselves.
  4. Take the vinegar mixture and pour into your apple volcano.
  5. Watch the explosion
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Apple Orchard

We ended the day by going to the Apple Orchard.  The owner of the apple orchard taught the girls how to pick apples.  We then walked around the orchard picking apples.

The girls are learning how to pick an apple off of the tree by the Orchard's owner.

The girls are learning how to pick an apple off of the tree by the Orchard’s owner.

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Children have different learning styles!  I am a big advocate for learning through play, especially at a young age.

Hope these give you some fun ideas to do with your little ones!

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Fall Bucket List

Aww October! My most favorite month of the year (besides May…which is my birthday month) but let’s not get technical.

A couple of weeks ago, I sat down with my daughter to ask her what are some fun things she would want to do this fall.  We brainstormed and also looked on pinterest!  Because why not go to the experts?

Here’s a fun list of our Fall Bucket List.  We have been working on crossing everything off our list.  It is great to consult when she and I are having a day where we have NO clue what to do…and instead of just watching tv we do something fun together!

FALL BUCKET LIST

  • Visit the Apple Orchard
  • Visit Emma Krumbee’s- scarecrow festival
  • Collect and jump into leaves
  • Fall craft day
  • Go on a hayride
  • Make caramel apples
  • Watch Double Double Toil and Trouble
  • Make fall treats
  • Take fall family pictures
  • Visit a pumpkin patch
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Halloween party
  • DIY Thanksgiving crafts
  • Light fall candles
  • Take a fall hike
  • Fall treasure hunt
  • Trick-or-treating
  • Halloween movie night
  • Sever’s Corn Maze
  • Go to the zoo
  • Have a bonfire

I also linked the pdf file of this bucket list here: FALLBUCKETLIST

I love making precious memories with my girl.  We have already crossed off quite a bit!

What are you most excited to do in Fall?  Anything essential I should add to my bucket list with a 4 year old?

Thanks for reading 🙂  Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Our first hayride together!

Our first hayride together!

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