Category: Christmas

DIY Three Kings Ornaments

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Epiphany is in 5 days, and we are so excited!  Of course, our Christmas tree is still up and we’re making Three Kings Ornaments.

This year I really wanted to make these ornaments,  and it’s really hard, and nearly impossible to find king shaped cookie cutters.  So I made my own, and so can you. You just need a little bit of creativity. Read More…

Categories: Christmas, Three Kings Day

Stress-Free Holiday Shopping

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I have a confession to make. I really hate going out to stores to shop especially around the holiday season. I cringe at the thought of long lines, crowded stores, and trying to figure out what Christmas Gifts to buy for my loved ones. 

With that being said, I for one, love to shop online! That for me is a deal breaker! Shopping online is actually a stress reliever for me. ? Ha! 
You can enjoy a stress-free holiday season by simply following these three steps: 1) set aside a budget, 2) make a list of whom you want to gift, and 3) shop online! 
As a busy mama, that takes care of her family, and works full-time I want to relax during this season, and shop for gifts that I can feel good about for my loved ones and friends. 
UncommonGoods has a large selection of products that are sustainable, and green. Their mission is to make socially and environmentally friendly products while making a positive impact in the workplace, and the world. . As an Eco-friendly company they realize that by producing catalogs they are using the earth’s resources they are shifting to more business online. 
For instance, gifts for Mom! Getting gifts that are handmade, recycled and organic for both my Mom and Mother-in-Law that I’m sure they’ll love is one of my priorities. You’ve got to impress the two most important ladies of your life, right? {Smile!} 
With my list and budget in hand I’m ready to shop at UncommonGoods website to see the great selection of Christmas gifts that they have. 
This Christmas, I want to get hubby a unique, different and special gift for men. Believe me when I tell you that sometimes it’s hard to find a special gift for him. 

Second on the list are my sisters, friends, and colleagues. I found some beautiful and great Christmas gift ideas for women at UncommonGoods.
Then of course, there’s little man! Can’t forget the kids.  You can find a fun selection of gifts for kids at UncommonGoods from books, to do-it-yourself kits, and this adorable ice cream truck, too!

This holiday season, sit back, relax, and enjoy all the Christmas cheer stress-free.

Merry Christmas! 

¡Feliz Navidad!

Images source: Used with permission from UncommonGoods 
Categories: Christmas

Verde Navidad {Green Christmas} Children’s Book

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Finding children’s book about the lovely tradition of El Día de Reyes, and holiday celebrations in Puerto Rico has been difficult. 
However, I was so lucky to find this children’s book Verde Navidad / Green Christmas by authors Mrinali Alvarez Astacio and Juan Alvarez-O’Neill.  
This is a story of Juanito, Victoria, Adelita and Abuela who comes to visit from “el campo” (in Puerto Rico it is referred to be living out in the country) who are excited to celebrate Three Kings Day! Traditionally on the eve of Epiphany children leave grass for the camels (or in this case the horses) and the kings leave treat behind. However, living in the city this has become quite a challenge until their father tells them to get creative.
This book is great for parents wanting to instill the tradition of the Three Kings in their children even if they are not living in “el campo.” Or for parents raising bicultural children as in my case. I want my child to feel just as excited for the Three Kings as he does with Santa; even if we don’t have green grass because of the cold winters all we have to do is get creative. 🙂

Are you looking for ideas on how to celebrate Three Kings Day (Día de Reyes) with your kids? 
Be sure to check my Three Kings Day Pinterest Board! 

Follow Frances @ DTWTMSE’s board Three Kings Day {Día de Reyes} on Pinterest.

10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Acorn & Pine Needle Ornament Inspired by The Little Acorn Grows Up


Welcome to the 2nd annual 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas series hosted by Mama Miss featuring over 70+ bloggers with ornaments inspired by children’s books. 

Disclosure:  This post also contains affiliate links, if you make a purchase through this link I will receive a small monetary compensation. Thank you! 

This year little one and I were inspired with the children’s book Little Acorn Grows Up. It’s the story of an acorn and how he tells each animal how he will take care of them when he grows up. 
For our Little Acorn Grows Up inspired ornament we used the following: 
Assemble the pine needle on the foam craft, and hot glue then the acorns.  Then put dabs of white glue on each acorn, and sprinkle glitter over it. Once dry, shake the excess glitter off, and hot glue a ribbon to hang. Voila! Simple as that! 
Little one had so much fun making this super-easy kid ornament! He got to go on a nature hung! Looking for acorns, and pine needles.  Initially we thought of making a small wreath, but the way he assembled the pine needles, it ended up looking like a tree!  
Looking for more ideas on ornaments? Check out these wonderful bloggers posting their ornaments today, and link-up your own kid-made ornament!  

Need more inspiration? Check out the ornaments we made last year:

Celebrate Christmas Around the World Packet Review

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When Multicultural Kids Blog announced their Celebrate Christmas Around the World Packet I couldn’t help to feel overjoyed!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it.  I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own. Thank you! 

As a homeschool mamá that also babysits 2 little girls ages 4 and 5 I was excited to get my hands on this packet! This packet is geared for grade levels ranging from PreK, Kindergarten, 1st grade, up to 2nd grade. Hence, a resource I can use will all three children.
With Christmas literally right around the corner, this packet could not have come at a better time! As I looked over the packet I was excited to see of course, Puerto Rico (si, si, I am bit biased in that regards hahaha!), Brazil, France, Mexico, the Philippines, and Sweden are included as well.
Through my mind I thought of the endless possibilities for extension activities to use with this packet. However, for purposes of this review I’m going to focus on the packet itself. It’s full of activities, recipes, games, and more! You really don’t need anything else besides the packet to teach your children or students on how Christmas is celebrated around the world. In the packet you can give them a glimpse to the longest Christmas in the Philippines, to learning about Le Réveillon in France, or Las Posadas in Mexico.
For each country  you will find interesting country facts, coloring pages, and a Christmas activity and recipe. The activities, and recipes are easy for the children to follow with some help from an adult. This packet is not only informational,  it’s also a cultural resource for six different countries!
Celebrate Christmas Around the World Printable Pack from Multicultural Kid Blogs
On the packet I couldn’t find information on the duration. But,  upon reviewing it, and  with so much information, and hands-on activities I estimate that it will take 2 weeks if you were using the packet daily. Nevertheless, I’m planning on working on two countries per week to be completed before Christmas on December 25th.  Most likely I will be sharing Instagram pictures of our activities. So make sure you’re following me Instagram.
If you’re searching for a complete cultural resource to teach your children/students on how Christmas is celebrated around the world I highly recommend this packet! You can get it here.
Categories: Christmas

Cookie and Ornament Exchange Party

Cookies, ornaments, good friends, and creating memories is what this post is about. I’m pretty sure I have said this tons of times. I am blessed to have a great group of mommy friends, and their children are friends with our son.  We’ve gotten together again this time to celebrate our first cookie and ornament exchange party. We also had a white elephant gift exchange for the mommies. For the party each mom brought 2 dozen cookies, and one ornament per child. 

I love keeping the kids busy with a craft! This time around they decorated their cookie bags with stickers. Then it was cookie time! They were free to choose whatever cookies they wanted. We also had mini-sandwiches, and cupcakes. Warm cocoa was served as well. 
With a cup of warm cocoa, the kids sat down with their cookie bags to nibble on their sweets; and enjoy a Disney Christmas movie. But that didn’t last long I guess they were so wired up with the sugar in the cookies that they were playing instead of watching the movie. 🙂 
While they watched the movie or played we on the other hand had our white elephant gift exchange. It was fun, and filled with lots of laughs. 
With the craziness of the night, I forgot to take a picture of the children’s ornaments! However, I did take a picture of them with their ornaments by the Christmas tree. This is by far my favorite picture! 
It was a special, and fun night that I hope my friends and their children will cherish. A special thank  you to Alleyah, my sweet friend for allowing me to host the party at her house. 
Have you ever hosted or been to a cookie or ornament exchange party? If so, please let me know. Comment, like, share or pin! 
Merry Christmas! 
Categories: Christmas

Candy Cane Ornament

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This is a short and sweet post!  My 5 yr. old’s school is having a Christmas tree ornament contest with the theme: “A Sweet Christmas”
The requirement is to make the ornament entirely of candy, and nothing else!   So after brainstorming little one’s ideas with candy canes, I thought of using only the candy canes; and this is what we came up with!
Just hot glue six candy canes together. Then add a colorful ribbon! Simple as that!   Of course, the twinkle effect was created on Google+!
Please comment, like, pin or share! 
Categories: Christmas