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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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Quick and easy butter cookies

Butter Cookies

Over the weekend, I was feeling under the weather. In fact, I’m still not 100%, but I knew I had an event coming up that I had to bring a holiday cookie. Normally, I wouldn’t care too much and bring a pre-made something. However, this was Girl Scout leader meeting, so I might have felt a little bit of pressure to bring something homemade. continued

The Amazing Zhus

The holidays are almost here. I know this because I find myself saying to our daughters, “put it on your list” every time we leave the house. We have a pretty firm rule in our household for Christmas. The girls get two gifts each. One from “Santa” and one from Mom and Dad. But, that doesn’t stop the rest of the family from sending a gift or two.

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Recently we received The Amazing Zhus Magician Pets to add to our holiday gift guide. Our girls were eager to open their new pet, “The Great Kardini.” Kardini is one of four different Stunt Pet characters. Kardini is the stunt pet that can perform tricks and even vanish before your eyes. continued

Disneyland during the holidays #DisneyHolidays

Last year, I offered ten reasons to visit Disneyland during the holidays. This year is no different. Every year we go, there is something new and exciting to share with you. However, I still have my can’t-miss favorites too. Disneyland during the holidays is full of holiday cheer, you won’t be disappointed.

Here are even more reasons why you need to visit Disneyland during the holidays. If you have FROZEN fans in your house, you’re in for a real treat this year.

Buena Vista Street
Buena Vista Street is new to Disneyland California Adventure. There’s a 50-foot Christmas tree in the middle of Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street. The 1920s themed tree will be decorated with vintage-style ornaments, just as Walt envisioned. Santa will also be on Buena Vista Street. Children can visit him at Elias & Co., the main department store along this street.

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Baker’s Secret Colored Bakeware

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When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for Christmas morning. I would wake up at the crack of dawn, and run in to the front room where the Christmas tree was to see what Santa had brought. After the presents were long forgotten, I’d realize how hungry I was. Getting up at 4:00am does that to a kid. continued

When Disneyland reaches capacity

A couple years ago, we made a rookie move. We visited Disneyland during New Year’s weekend. It was cold and wet and very crowded. Not only was it crowded, but the park reached capacity each day rather quickly.

When we checked into the hotel, the front desk Cast Member informed us that the park would be full. Disneyland has a maximum amount of people it can let in each day. Even though we already had our park tickets in hand, we couldn’t get into the park.

Several things can happen once the park starts to reach its operating capacity. Early on, the park will stop selling tickets. If you are a season pass holder, you may still be able to get into the park. Sometimes, pass holders need to wait until after 4:00pm to get in, depending on the crowd level already inside. Regardless, on high-traffic days, you’ll want to get there early. Be at the park when it opens each day. And note that once you leave, if the park has been declared at capacity, you may not get back in.

If you’re there during busy days, make sure to use your time wisely. It’s going to be crowded and lines are going to be very long. Bring lots of patience with you and find things that are off the beaten path. Grab a show, take the boat to Tom Sawyer’s Island, or enjoy a sit-down meal and watch the crowds go by.

If you’re denied at the gate, spend some time in Downtown Disney, see a movie, tour the hotels, or try your bet at Disney’s California Adventure park.

You’ll still have a great time. You’ll just need to be creative in how you do it. I recommend following Disneyland Today on Twitter for the most up-to-date park information.

Holiday Traditions with Hickory Farms

One of my favorite holiday memories involves my grandfather. Every Christmas, we’d drive thirty minutes to a neighboring town to buy him a Hickory Farms gift pack for Christmas. His favorite was the Summer Sausage and strawberry hard candies. He kept a small knife in his pocket. He’d take it out, slice a piece off with that knife, and hand it to me with a salt cracker. He’d also sneak a candy to me when no one was looking. Such a simple memory, but priceless to me. continued

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