There’s something about the holidays—that warm glow from the fire, the fact that you actually get to spend time with your kids (or your friends’ and family’s kids)—that makes it the perfect time to curl up with the little ones in your life and read them a storybook. Reading a totally new, beautiful, amazing book with a child is a treasured holiday experience. And if you choose the right book, every time the child reads it alone in the future will bring back the memory of that time you shared.
If you’re a little tired of the standard children’s book selections in your local brick and mortar store, Blurb has a really incredible assortment of self-published children’s books that you won’t find anywhere else this holiday season. Try a few of these future classics and create some new holiday memories this year.
Title: Ollie + Loo
Author: Joni Cooper www.blurb.com/b/4554150-ollie-+-loo
Joni Cooper brings incredibly original characters to life with brilliant illustrations in a book that will have parents and kids laughing along together.
This Christmas tree craft is a fun and memorable way to add special decorations to your home. This can be done by your child with or without help, depending on their age. My 8 year old was able to help my 6 and 4 year old and complete this project with only verbal instructions from me. Using children’s hand-prints is such a fun way to capture memories of how preciously little they used to be. Follow the directions HERE along with the corresponding pictures and enjoy!
Ziggy is our Elf on the Shelf. Our kids definitely now understand his purpose. They know he reports back to Santa every night and returns in a different place each morning. They know that sometimes he can cause trouble. Most of all, they know that he is always watching and it is a constant reminder to have them think about the choices they make and the things they say. I don’t think they will ever forget the night two years ago when he painted all of their noses red! Ha ha!
They even know that sometimes Ziggy has some “favorite places” he likes to hide. (The result of Mommy and Daddy forgetting to move him) Yes….it happens more than I’d like to admit.
Like last year, I am going to chronicle the places we find Ziggy this year.
Our Ziggy returned today hiding in our gumball machine. The look on my kids’ faces when they were trying to tell me that he was INSIDE the machine was priceless. My oldest was literally jumping up and down while telling me (she was clearing a good foot off the ground…lol). He came with a note for them all explaining why he came back and to encourage and remind them that they are wonderful children.
Check back each day to see what Ziggy will get himself into. Most of all, I hope you enjoy the pictures. Please feel free to comment if you have any other ideas for our elf or to tell me what trouble your elf has gotten into.
People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles. Each costs around $40 USD or less.
Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images.
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Just imagine the look of wonder and surprise on the faces of little ones when they see proof that Santa is real! Have fun with it! We used the picture above last year and my kids carried the picture around with them for months! They were totally amazed!
iCaughtSanta and Rudolph in this unique photo opp at http://iCaughtSanta.com using the free code #SantaShare and you can too! But use the code quickly because it expires December 10, 2013.
While there, I entered one amazing giveaway for a new iPad Air and Visa, Starbucks and Amazon gift cards.
But just like Santa it’s only around for a limited time!
iCaughtSanta.com 2013 Customer Appreciation Contest via Rafflecopter (iPad Air + Amazon, Visa or Starbucks Giftcards)
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