Advent Grab Bag: A new twist on a cult classic

Toy Grab Bag

Last year I realized very quickly that our traditional advent calendar was not going to work with three kids in the house for two weeks. When I saw these Advent Grab Bags from Maggie Mason and the Secret Cake Society, I knew this was going to be a huge hit for everyone in the house. And I’m not just talking about the kids. The bag is the perfect twist on a traditional advent calendar.

Advent Toy Grab Bag

The Advent Grab Bag is a tiny Santa bag filled with all your favorite childhood memories. At least if you’re a kid from the 70’s. There are twenty-four little toys or games to grab from the bag each night before Christmas. The bag even comes with a blindfold for the kids to be surprised. The recommended age is 4 and up. Each bag is $35 and I can tell you, you’ll get your monies worths. Our girls played with these long past Christmas. In fact, the wishing fish is still holding strong.

Grab Bags

Since we bought the Advent Grab Bags last year, this year we are grabbing the Stocking Stuffer Bags ($56). These are a little higher priced, but more substantial as well. I just ordered one for the big kid, one for the little one in our house. I’m sure the girls are going to love these too. And secretly, I can’t wait to get them. Do you use a traditional advent calendar? Does each kid have their own? That was our issue, we just couldn’t fit everything into the one I made for the girls.

If you need a cool Advent Toys, Stocking Stuffers, or small treats for Hanukkah, this is your new go-to bag of tricks. You can grab yours from the SecretCakeSociety.com. And when you do,  20% of proceeds go to IntraHealth.

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Easy Chicken and Rice Soup: For when your family has the plague

It finally happened. The week before Thanksgiving our house gets hit by the plague. Or cold season, depending on how you look at it. Anytime my children have to take sick days from school, it feels more like the plague than a cold. Last night I made an easy chicken and rice soup, just in time for the plague cold season.

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Oprah’s Favorite Things: My personal favorites

First off, Oprah has a lot of favorite things. Each year I eagerly await Oprah’s Favorite Things list because I am certain I will like almost all the things. Can I afford all the things? Not even close, this is why I take Oprah’s list with a grain of salt. However, we all trust Oprah, right? Certainly, if she says I need a pizza oven, I must need a pizza oven.

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Rally the troops, get your new Team Jaime shirts!

In February of 2014, I sat next to my friend Jaime at a conference. We laughed and got caught up with each other’s lives. It was just a month later that Jaime told us she had breast cancer. Jaime is the brightest light. She fought cancer several times now and here she is again. This time is a bit different. This time, the fight is harder. And we need to rally again, even bigger than before.

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Why I love being a Girl Scout leader

Five years. Five years are how long I have been a Girl Scout troop leader for my oldest daughter. And now, my youngest just started her Girl Scout journey and is a new Daisy Scout. For those of you who know me, you know I have a love-hate relationship with this commitment. It is a commitment. And a huge commitment if you want to do it right and make a difference in the lives of these girls who show up.

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Women who travel: Italy or bust…

Last month I started writing for a travel blog contributing on a monthly basis about places I’ve been and want to share. She’s On The Go is a travel blog written by your best girlfriends that you didn’t know you had. They’re there to talk about everything you need to know about travel – where to go, what to see, what to wear, and even who to take with you on your next adventure. I’ll be contributing to their site from the perspective of a woman vs. traveling as a family. I have plenty of those stories to share here, but every once in a while you can see things differently when you travel alone… which I rarely if ever do.

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Book your next trip on the Disney Wonder

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Disney Cruise Line, Disney Wonder. Living very close to the San Diego harbor, we’ve watched the Disney Wonder sail in and out several times a year. So I was thrilled to attend their media day and get an exclusive tour of the Disney Wonder. You guys, I’m not going to lie… as the day went on, I kept texting my husband to tell him what an amazing experience I was having. And I never left the dock!

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Summer is gone, how did we get here?

You know when you wake up and try to remember the day and think, how did we get here? The summer months just flew by and now we are scrambling around in disbelief. School begins in just a couple days and like every year, it snuck up on us.

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Disney Social Media Moms: On The Road at Disneyland

Disney Social Media Moms: On The Road

Disney Social Media Moms

One of the best conferences I have ever been to is the Disney Social Media Moms event. This invite-only event is one of a kind and an amazing experience. I have been very fortunate to attend the main conference twice, and On The Road events several times now. As a huge Disney family and influencer, I have never taken these opportunities for granted and am thrilled to share with you the latest happenings with the Disney Parks, Cruise lines, and movies. continued

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Every year, we get so excited for Halloween time at the Disneyland resort. This year things are going to be even spookier, and we can’t wait. Tickets go on sale today for Mickey’s Halloween Party. Pass holders, DVC members, and Disney Visa Card holders can get their tickets starting today. Then they go on sale next week for the general public. You’ll want to act fast with all the new features Disneyland has added to make Halloween spectacular in true Disney form. Halloween time at Disney will sell out. So don’t wait to get your tickets. We’ve been going for years, it’s a really great event.

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