Everyday Life, Two Legged Fun

Say Cheese! Capturing My Christmas Cuties

Last year I staged this shot of my two little darling’s reading a Christmas story in their matching jammies:
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I absolutely adore the photo and am so happy I took the time to buy and set out the props and capture a special shot of the two of them together.

This year I wanted something equally special.  I came across some adorable toddler sized Santa aprons at the Dollar Store and that solidified my initial idea of doing something that involved Christmas baking.  I was going to make sugar cookies, but last week I decided to attempt a Rice Krispie gingerbread house with my son and it ended up being the perfect opportunity to capture my Christmas photo for this year.

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With a little direction from myself, my 3 year old did an amazing job decorating our little house.  He was way more cooperative for the photos then I expected and I think he had a lot of fun with his special project.  I don’t think it hurt that there was plenty of candy for the kids to snack on throughout the process!

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I am not a professional photographer by any means, but I do enjoy playing around with my camera and capturing photos of my two favorite subjects.  I think this years shots turned out just as good as last years and I look forward to eventually having a whole collection of special Christmas photos with my two cuties.

Any great ideas for next year’s photo? I would love to hear them! I did buy an adorable snowman making kit recently so maybe we’ll have to take our photo’s outside next year.

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Toddlers

I love stockings!  My mom used to do an amazing job of stuffing ours right full and it was always great fun to unwrap all the small treasures Christmas morning.  Now that I have my own kids, I tend to go a little overboard buying small items here and there to fill the stockings.

My 3 year old son’s stocking this year will contain:

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And Santa will be leaving these treasures for my 19 month old daughter (minus a hand puppet and hair bows I forgot to include!):

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We are down to just one week until Christmas so I thought I would share a list of all my favorite toddler stocking stuffers for you last minute shoppers!

For Bathtime:

  • Rubber Duck (bonus if it is Christmas themed)
  • Bubble Bath
  • Body wash/shampoo
  • Bath crayons/paints
  • New toothbrush and toothpaste

Treats:

  • An orange for the toe of the stocking
  • Smarties
  • Skittles
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Candy Canes
  • Gerber puffs or Mum Mum’s for the really little ones

Fun and Games:

  • Card games (Go Fish, Old Maid)
  • Hand or finger puppets
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons or markers
  • DVD’s
  • Stacking cups
  • CD’s of children’s music
  • Magnetic letters for the fridge
  • Lacing beads
  • Fisher Price Little People characters
  • Playmobile figures
  • Lego minifigure packs
  • Small puzzles

For the girls:

  • Small hair clips or hair accessories
  • Disappearing milk  bottles for their doll’s
  • Small utensils for their play kitchen
  • Kid friendly lip gloss or nail polish

For the boys:

  • Hot wheels or other small cars
  • Thomas or other small trains
  • Action figures
  • Hockey or other trading cards

Christmas items:

  • A new ornament for the Christmas tree
  • Small Christmas books
  • Christmas socks

To wear:

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • A t-shirt with a favorite character
  • A fun toque
  • Mittens
  • Mitten Clips

Mealtime

  • Cutlery set
  • New sippy cup
  • Rolled up place mat

Electronics

  • DVD’s/Blu Ray disks
  • CD’s of children’s music
  • APPmates toys that work with the iPad (I have found a few at Dollarama)

Do you have any other unique suggestions?  Please feel free to comment below and I will add to my list!