Toddler Christmas tree and shopping bust

Toddler Christmas tree and shopping bust

Holy cow it’s December 1st!

I’m so glad it’s here but not 100% prepared for all it entails.  Don’t get me wrong I love christmas but trying to coordinate with all our families can be a little bit stressful to say the least.  We usually celebrate at 5 different locations over the span of a few days to a week.  Luckily most everyone is pretty flexible but it is always a task trying to figure out when we’ll be where etc.  We will however, be waking up at our own house on Christmas day now that we have the Love Nugget.  I always remember traveling when I was younger and being so confused how Santa was going to find me.  So we’re going to try to hold on to that part of Christmas for as long as we can.

Along with trying to plan Christmas’ with family yesterday, the Love Nugget and I had a rainy, but fun day.  As I mentioned yesterday, the hubby and I decorated for Christmas while the Love Nugget was sleeping.  So we were really excited to see his reaction when he got up in the morning.  He was really cute when he came down stairs and ran over to his Christmas tree saying (in his little Love Nugget voice) “tismas tee, tismas tee!”


He then proceeded to run around the house looking at all the decorations we had put up saying, “wow!” and “ooh..”  So much fun seeing Christmas through his eyes and it’s barely begun!

Yesterday, was excited to find a package sitting on my doorstep when I woke up yesterday.  I ordered my second box of organic produce from Farm Fresh To You.  My first box came a few weeks ago and was a mixture of fruit and vegetables.  This week the fruit that was planned to be shipped was mandarins and apples which we had a ton of.  So I changed my order to be veggies only.  Man, there were a ton of veggies in this box!

Beets, kale, carrots, bok choy, red leaf lettuce, acorn squash, spinach, broccoli and this funky thing…

I forget what it was listed as and I accidentally threw away the information sheet.  Oops!  I think it’s something similar to cauliflower?  I bought some hummus today so I’m going to cut it up and give it a try.

We ate a yummy breakfast, scrambled eggs with ketchup, toast, and yogurt for him and this yummy scramble for me!

I used this yummy kale salad mix that was really good!  I found it at Costco and it’s similar to a cole slaw but way better for you with kale, Brussel sprouts (which I normally hate but they were raw and sliced thin), broccoli and cabbage.  It’s pretty good and the hubby even likes it!

Then we cleaned up and got ready to go to Skyzone with some friends.  Skyzone is an indoor trampoline place that has a large room made up of trampolines and padding.  On Friday’s they block off a set time for toddlers so we decided to go check it out.  The Love Nugget thought it was pretty cool!  He’s so funny because while he can be super clinging, he will also just run off and play by himself without worrying too much about where I am.
He loved the toddler friendly music they were playing and when his favorite Mickey Mouse tune came on he broke down into a little dance.  Too funny!

I had hoped to hop on the elliptical while he was napping but that didn’t happen.  For one he didn’t really want to nap and two I kept getting side tracked with crafts, cleaning and putting laundry away.

When he woke up we did  a little water-color painting.


He thought it was a lot of fun!


For me however, it was taking all my will power not to hold his hand while he dipped the brush into the water, then the paint.  He was mixing the colors and the control side of me was freaking out a little!  However, I just kept thinking, “the paint was $3.00.  I can buy another if it gets ruined.  What’s really important is he’s having fun!”


Besides painting, the Love Nugget spent a lot of time playing with his “tismis tee” (Christmas tree).  This was such a simple project and is so far a hit!

Felt Christmas Tree

1 yard of green felt

1 8×10 sheet of desired ornament colors (red, yellow, blue, white, brown)

* The thick, firm felt sticks better to the tree than the thinner sheets.

hot glue gun (if making light bulb ornaments with yellow tops)

Double sided tape to stick to the wall

1 tack to secure the tree in place

Fold the green felt in half “hot dog style”  (my second graders used to love that!)  Draw half of your Christmas tree to the desired size you would like it.

Cut out your tree then using your colored sheets cut out desired shapes of ornaments.  You can also add presents which I might do later.  Secure the tree by tacking the top to the wall then using double-sided tape to secure each branch.  You’re little one will love decorating their own tree!

This morning I got up early to get in a workout before heading out to run some errands.  I had been anticipating the Neiman Marcus Target partnership that was starting today!  In case you haven’t heard, Target partnered with Neiman Marcus and will be selling items from 30 major designers during the month of December.  I had been eying this dress for the hubby’s company Christmas party,

Robert Rodriguez Dress Source

and this purse because who wouldn’t want an Oscar de la Renta bag!?!

Oscar de la Renta Tote Source 

After what happened when Target brought in Missoni for a short time (chaos and almost everything was sold out immediately) I figured this line would be gone fast too.

So I got up early and checked online before my workout.  They had both these items so I ordered them but still made my way to the store to see them in person.  I SO wanted to love them…. but I didn’t 🙁  The purse was canvas which would get dirty quickly and the dress was a hot mess.  Well, let me explain.  I’m 5’10” and have a very small upper body frame (meaning, I have no boobs).  So the only size that would fit snug around my waist and rib cage was a size 2.  Well, unless I wanted everyone to get a nice showing of my behind, it wasn’t going to work.  Bummer!

I did manage to get the Love Nugget an advent calendar finally.

It’s pretty plain and the boxes are quite small but I bought a bunch of stickers to put in them and maybe I’ll add in a few of the graham crackers I made him.  I also went to Trader Joe’s to stock up on groceries.  Glad I got that out-of-the-way early this morning 🙂

We have a birthday party to go to at 2:00 then dinner at a friends.  So, off to get some chores done before it’s time to go!

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Ah, I wish you would’ve gotten a video of Love Nugget dancing to the music! I’m sure it was absolutely adorable. What a bummer about both the dress & purse. Are you going to at least be able to return them in the store once they come in?

  2. I love the felt tree idea! I might try that with Keenan! I have been anticipating the Neiman Marcus Target partnership too! I want to go this week (before everything is too picked over!).

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      You should! It was so easy and Ayden loves it! Plus, so far he hasn’t really tried to play with the ornaments on our real try yet. We just keep redirecting him to his tree to play with instead. I hope you have better luck at the sale than I did. They did have a really cute shirt I wanted to get but passed 🙁 Hope you’re feeling better!