So my bestie and I decided we were going to do something special to count down to Christmas for our kiddos. This time we were ahead of the game for once (which didn’t last long, I’ll get to that in a minute). My oldest is such a bookworm we decided we would get 24 Christmas books to make the count down. Wow are kids books expensive, 24 new Christmas stories were going to be well over a hundred bucks and we couldn’t justify it. We found an awesome site called Books by the Foot. They sell a box of Christmas themed books for $29.99 plus shipping which for our location was $25.00. The site said they pack around 100 books per box so we decided we could split a box. So it cost $55.00 and we each got about 50 books from the deal, not too shabby! That is around .55 a book and since we split the cost was only $27.50 each. We wrapped up 24 books for under the tree and each night the kids get to pick one for their story before they go to sleep. They actually look forward to getting ready for bed, it’s awesome! And the even better part is we had enough books that we can do it again next year and it won’t cost us any more money since we already have the books.
A few things if you plan to do this:
The books are pre-owned. For the most part they were in good shape but there were a few that were well loved.
We actually got 2 shipments, the first box that came was not the Christmas box we ordered. They were just an assortment of children’s books which was fine the kids liked those too but when I contacted the company the were super helpful and sent the Christmas box right away, free of charge, and told us to keep the first box! Great customer service ❤ !! (Of course the second box didn’t show up until after Dec. 1st so that put our advent calendar behind a bit. So much for being ahead of the game for once but next year we will be ready 🙂 ).
You may get some duplicates. We didn’t mind since we just split them up anyway and ours were actually not the same book just the same story like 2 Rudolph the Reindeer books or 2 Christmas Carol books by different authors. Would work fine if you are sharing the box or planning to use the box to do a calendar for more than 1 year.
The age range is large. We had everything from board books to chapter books. That actually worked great for us since Brit’s older kids are well into chapter books and her and my youngest are still trying to eat their books. I wouldn’t recommend this box if your only kids are in their tweens or teens. However, the site has tons of other options for older readers if you don’t mind them just being books and not Christmas themed.
Overall it has been a great way to get the kids in the holiday spirit and us too! This is one tradition I will continue for the foreseeable future.
I am beyond excited for my bestie who is doing her final inspection on her new home today! I hope everything turns out great so they can move in right away because everyone wants to move when it is -30° with wind-chill! Yes, it came at a bad time of year to move but the upgrade is definitely welcomed and worth braving the cold. A bigger yard and more space for her beautiful family to grow is a great blessing. She on the other hand is not as excited as me because as anyone in her situation knows, moving is a lot of work! Don’t fret buddy, I will help you pack, move, paint or whatever you need. 🙂
Now to find the perfect housewarming gift to make your new house feel like home…
A new outdoor mat
Energy conserving socket because a bigger house means bigger electric bills!
Fold flat colander and grater because there is never enough kitchen space.
For mom’s office.
For dad’s man-cave.
For the kids.
Being interested in sociology, I am naturally intrigued by why our society so readily accepts women baring all on the beaches at spring break but as soon as a baby is brought into the picture and boobs are used they were intended to be it is all of a sudden revolting. I ran across this gem and thought I need to share: The Paradox of Women’s Sexuality In Breastfeeding Advocacy and Breast Cancer Campaignes
Not as sexy as this
If you read the article you come across a line that reads; Because of the “dirty looks” and clear discomfort by others, women reported not wanting to breastfeed in any situation that could be considered “public.” I think the best way to change this is to make nursing in public common, a new norm if you will. For all the brave mama’s out there already doing this, THANK YOU! You will make the difference. Brit and I have come up with a way to help say thanks. We are now offering Nursing in Public thank you cards in our Etsy shop and give them out on a regular basis to moms we see out and about feeding their littles the natural way.
One of my favorite gifts to bring newbie parents in the hospital is Champagne. When our first child was born we brought a bottle with us and had the nurses put it in the fridge. After her birth we celebrated with intimate family and friends. It truly was a special way to welcome our new addition and one of my favorite memories of her birthday.
This is one of the cutest bubblies I have found to bring the parents (especially if they have a girl). It is Barefoot brand and the little foot is just too precious. They also make mini bottles which are great if you don’t want to bring glasses to the hospital so everyone can have their own “baby” bottle.
Here is the gift tag I tie on the bottle. Enjoy 🙂
This is Dobri Dovrev, a 98 year old Vet that lost his hearing in WWII.
Everyday he walks 10kms from his home to Sofia where he spends
all day begging for money. He then donates every last penny he
collects toward the restoration of decaying Bulgarian Monasteries
and churches and the utility bills of orphanages. He has donated
over 40,000 Euros leaving him to live off his monthly state pension
of just 80 Euros! He is a hero through and through.
Have you helped a veteran today?
Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween! We had a nice time, despite it being cold and windy. Zakariah was Daryl Dixon, Dominic was Jack Skellington, Ryann was a cheerleader, and Kenley was Sally Stitches. Here are a few pics of the kiddos….