A Winter Wonderland of Colouring and Activities for the Family

It's wintertime, and that means it's time to bundle up and get cozy! But there are only so many things you can do before everyone starts getting bored. That’s why I created my NEWLY released colouring and activity book, My Winter Colouring and Activity Book! This book is designed to give moms and kids something fun to do together during those long winter days.

This Winter book is jam-packed with pages of activities that will keep your family busy all winter long. There are coloring pages featuring your favorite winter scenes, word searches to find hidden words about winter, mazes to help hone problem-solving skills, crossword puzzles that will teach your kids new vocabulary words, and more!

But what makes this book special is its focus on bringing families closer together. It provides an opportunity for moms and children to spend quality time together working on puzzles or talking about funny facts. With every page filled with laughter-inducing pastimes and creative activities that require collaboration between parent and child, this activity book promises to be a great bonding experience for all involved. And since it's light enough you can take it anywhere (even on a plane!), you'll never be without something fun to do while traveling...or just staying warm in the house.

If you’re looking for a fun way to keep your family entertained this winter season without breaking the bank or spending hours searching for activities online—look no further than My Winter Colouring & Activity Book—this book is sure to bring lots of smiles (and maybe even a few laughs) into your home this holiday season. So don’t wait any longer - pick up My Winter Colouring & Activity Book today!

The Importance of Toxic Free and Safe Products

I remember when I was a teenager, I would use whatever product was popular, regardless of whether it was safe or not. All the little bottles and pretty makeup colors caught my eyes and I wanted to try them all. I didn't think about the long-term effects of the chemicals I was putting on my skin or in my hair. Now years later, I realize how important it is to use toxic free and safe products, especially on and around my children...and they know it too.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, it absorbs everything that is put on it in just 22 seconds. So, when you use products that contain harmful chemicals, those chemicals go directly into your bloodstream. That's why it's so important to use toxic free and safe products, especially if you have young children. 

There are a lot of toxic chemicals in common household products, like cleaning supplies, personal care products, and even some children's toys. These chemicals can lead to serious health problems, like cancer, reproductive issues, and neurological disorders. So, it's important to be aware of the ingredients in the products you use and to choose toxic free and safe alternatives whenever possible.

How do you know what is bad and what is safe? These are David Sazuki's Dirty Dozen...we will look at a couple in depth below.EAD THE “DI DOZEN”BACKGROUNDER

Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number
Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)

One of the most common toxic chemicals found in household products is phthalates. Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften plastics and make them more pliable. They're found in everything from shampoo and soap to toys and food packaging. Studies have shown that exposure to phthalates can disrupt the endocrine system and cause developmental and reproductive problems.  

Another common toxic chemical is bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is used in hard plastics and the lining of canned foods. It's been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, as well as developmental problems in fetuses and young children.

Most fragrance is made from a mixture of chemicals that can cause a variety of health problems. These chemicals are easily absorbed into the body through the skin, and they can enter the bloodstream and travel to different organs. Some of the most common health problems caused by exposure to fragrance include headaches, dizziness, respiratory problems, and skin irritation. In addition, certain chemicals found in fragrance have been linked to cancer and hormone disruption. For these reasons, it is important to be aware of the potential risks before using any product that contains fragrance. Many people choose to avoid fragrance altogether, or opt for products that only contain natural fragrances.

These are just three examples of the many toxic chemicals that are found in everyday household products. When you use these products, you're exposing yourself and your family to these dangerous chemicals. That's why it's so important to switch to safe, toxic-free alternatives. 

Toxic free and safe products are important for everyone to use but especially for children. Their skin is more absorbent than adults so they are more susceptible to the harmful effects of chemicals. There are a lot of great companies that make toxic free and safe products so there is no excuse not to switch to them. Your skin will thank you!

How to Make Christmas Magical If Your Child is Unsure Santa is Real

Just because your child is getting a little older, doesn't mean the magic of Christmas has to disappear. 

Christmas is a time of wonder and joy for children, as they eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus. However, there comes a time when some children start to doubt the existence of Santa. As they grow older, they may begin to question how he can deliver presents to all the good girls and boys in just one night. Or your child may hear other kids saying that Santa isn't real at school. For some parents, this can be a difficult moment after all, part of the magic of Christmas is the sense of wonder and joy that comes from believing in Santa. 

So how can you keep the holiday special for older kids who might be doubting the existence of Santa Claus? Here are a few ideas to make this holiday season just as special as ever...and a few gifts that are sure to please the daughter in your life.

1. Focus on the spirit of giving that is at the heart of Christmas. Help them to see that even if Santa isn't real, the act of giving to others is its own special kind of magic. You can also encourage them to enjoy the traditions and festivities of the season, without getting hung up on whether or not Santa is real. In the end, Christmas is about family, friends, and making cherished memories. And that's something that everyone can believe in.

2. Get a personalized letter from Santa. There are plenty of websites that will allow you to input your child's information and then generate a letter from Santa that looks like it's straight from the North Pole. This will be sure to get your child excited about Christmas.

3. Track Santa on Christmas Eve. There are a few different websites and apps that allow you to track Santa's journey on Christmas Eve as he delivers presents to all the good boys and girls around the world. This is a fun way to get your child involved in following Santa's progress and see just how close he is to your house.

4. Leave out cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve. This is a tradition that many families do, but it's one that never gets old. Your child will love leaving out a snack for Santa (and his reindeer) on Christmas Eve and waking up to find that it's been eaten come morning. It's a small gesture that goes a long way in making Christmas feel special.

5. Spend some quality time together and check out Santa's Naughty or Nice list. Add in your child's name, your name, brother's or sister's and see where you can all improve and be on the nice list.

My youngest daughter, now 10 holds onto the joy and magic but also keeps many things to herself to not spoil the fun. So I think she is at the questioning stage big time. Next year will probably be way different so I am also holding onto the excitement of this last Christmas being Santa one final time. 

Here is her sweet letter to Santa...and a few gifts I will be adding under the tree from Santa.

Newest Cat Kid Club Book 

Lego Friends

Smart Watch

Necklace Stand 

By taking these small steps, you can help your child keep the belief alive that Santa is real and that Christmas is truly a magical time of year.
So enjoy this holiday season and make it one to remember!

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Unique Christmas Gifts for Teen Girls

Shopping for teens can be tough. Never fear, though! Here's a few ideas to get your shopping list all planned out and some gift suggestions for the girly teen in your life.

1.  Consider their interests
When it comes to finding the perfect Christmas gift for your teen, one of the best places to start is by considering their interests. What are they into? What do they like to do? If you can find a gift that relates to their interests, there's a good chance they'll love it.

2.  Think about their age
Another important factor to consider when choosing a Christmas gift for your child is their age. You'll want to make sure the gift is age-appropriate.

3.  Choose something unique
If you really want to impress your child with their Christmas gift, try to choose something unique - something they don't already have and that they're not likely to receive from anyone else. This can be tricky, but if you put some thought into it, you should be able to come up with something great.

4.  Ask them directly
If you are struggling to come up with ideas, why not ask your teen directly? They are the best experts on what they would like, so they are sure to be able to give you some great ideas. Just be sure not to ruin the surprise!

Ok, now onto the list. Here's few things that made my list for my (almost) 13 year old and 14 year old girls.

Books, books and more books

Decor and bedding for their bedroom 

Clean makeup cause their skin needs the good stuff

Lawless Eye Talc Free Pallette

Make me Blush Talc Free Blush

Birthday Collection Single Eye Shadow 

Save $10 on your first order with Lawless

Harry Potter Lego

Nintendo Switch Games 

And a few of these for some basement fun (deciding on which ones is challenging). Shared gifts for my two teens and their sister...who am I kidding the whole family (and friends) will be enjoying these!

So what do you think? Are you feeling a little more inspired and ready to take on the challenge of Christmas gift shopping for your teen now? It can be so much fun if you go in with a plan and some ideas of what your loved ones might like. Don't forget, sometimes the best gifts are the ones that come as surprises – so keep your eyes open for good deals from now till December and see what catches your eye. I hope this article has helped make your holiday gifting just a bit easier (and maybe even a little more fun). Merry Christmas!

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My Top 5 Gifts to Shop for the Hard to Shop For Husband in Your Life

Shopping for the people in your life should be a fun and exciting experience. But let's be honest, sometimes it's just hard to find the perfect gift, especially for those people who are impossible to shop for. You know the type—they either already have everything they could ever want or they're just so picky that nothing ever seems to be good enough...or they simply don't tell you and leave you guessing. If you're struggling to find a gift for the hard to shop for person in your life, never fear! We've got you covered with this list of the top 5 gifts for the pickiest people on your list...but this list is for your husband. 

1. A Gift Card to Their Favorite Store: Sometimes the best gift you can give is the gift of choice. If you know your hubby loves shopping at a particular store but you just can't seem to find anything they don't already have, a gift card is the perfect solution. They'll be able to buy whatever they want, and you won't have to spend hours trying to find that one elusive perfect present.

2. Another great option for the hard to shop for person in your life is something to keep them busy. 

I am getting my hubby a puzzle of his favorite F1 racer:

3. A favorite team: If your husband is always watching sports or attending sporting games gift him with sports merchandise to display in the house.

I will be getting this:

4. Ok, this one might be different but we are going with it. Give them what you would want but secretly he really wants it too and would never buy it for himself. Something that will make his day a little more simple and add more fun.

I'm getting this for my husband:

5. Something they use everyday and just cant live without: Sometimes the best gifts are those that are used everyday. Plain and simple...underwear, socks, clothes or a new pair of shoes (just know his size ahead of time). Maybe a little boring but save him a trip from going out and buying it himself. I know my husband appreciates it and really hates shopping himself. 

I got these:

I hope this list has given you some ideas of what gifts will bring a smile to your hard to shop for husbands face. And remember, sometimes it's not about finding the most expensive or flashy present; sometimes it's about giving something from the heart that shows how much you care. Merry Christmas and happy shopping! 

Stay tuned for my shopping list for a 10, almost 13 and 14 year old girls.

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