Santa Babies : Meeting Santa for the first time

One tiny human meets Santa

Woah, guys… Do you know who this guy is???? I hear he’s kind of a big deal.

We’ve all seen the semi-hilarious first photos with Santa that have taken turn for the worse. As with any first, no one can reallllly gauge what’s going to happen. I mean, this is legitimately the first time your child has seen someone dressed this way. If we’re being honest, that much red and fur combined is a BOLD choice for even the most magical of us. Bottom line, you just never really know how it’s going to go the first time your baby sees Santa.

This year my sister Baileigh, and brother-in-law Aaron had the BRILLIANT idea of inviting Santa over for the babies first visit. Bella, our “One Tiny Human” and our nephew, Harrison had a very special first visit with the man in the red suit and his lady this weekend.

Santa Babies : Meeting Santa for the first time

One Tiny Human with Santa

These guys have snacks, smell like peppermints, and are super cuddly. I think I like them.

They were so sweet with the babies and spent plenty of time getting know them, not being rushed through the moment. It allowed us to capture a few special pictures like when they were reading to them. We were able to enjoy coffee,  warm cocoa and Christmas cookies while the kids chatted with the Claus couple. It was a huge difference from the traditional mall Santa experiences that we’ve done before.

One Tiny Human and Harrison read with Santa

“Twas the night before Christmas…” read by Santa and Mrs Claus. So precious!

And because no one can resist a picture with Santa we jumped in front of the camera for a quick snapshot too. I think I will always love the magic of Christmas. (I am also kind of in love with Randy’s Christmas pug sweater.)

Family Santa Pic

Time for a family picture. The magic of Christmas is real no matter how old you get.

Family Santa pic with one tiny human

I highly recommend this for a first Santa experience or a 100th Santa experience for that matter. as you can tell, meeting Santa in this way completely put the babies at ease and we all had a lovely time together. We were able to capture some of the sweetest pics that I’m sure we’ll treasure forever.

Have you ever had a Santa come to your house? What was it like when you took your child to meet Santa for the first time ?

Holiday Magic is Everywhere in Arlington Texas

Enchant Christmas Arlington Texas

Last Friday, I was invited to spend the day touring some of the things the city of Arlington, Texas has in store for us this holiday season. You already know Arlington offers so much to take part in all year-long but this season is especially fun! If you are looking for an entire day of Christmas fun you are going to want to read all the way through this post. I even found a few spots I’ll be back to visit all year-long! I’ll let you guess which ones.

Decorator’s Warehouse & Rose Garden Tea Room 3708 W Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington, TX 76013

Decorators Warehouse Arlington Texas

First stop on our tour was Decorator’s Warehouse. It has been recognized for years as the premiere Christmas store throughout Texas. Owners David and Kathy Hanson, who started the business in 1989, have pursued with great passion the design and creation of a Christmas store that would be unparalleled anywhere.

Reindeer Christmas decor Decorators Warehouse Arlington Texas

There are 20 different theme areas from snowmen, Santas and elves to rustic and woodland as well as beautiful elegant and classic themes, and so many more. Each theme area is an adventure in itself where you will see displays such as a full-size Santa’s workshop, a classic truck and life-size bears and Santas. They also feature the largest selection of Christmas trees in Texas as well as ornaments, wreaths, garlands, florals and everything else known to the imagination.

Bear photo op Decorators Warehouse

Vintage Truck Decorators Warehouse

Located in the back of Decorator’s Warehouse is the Rose Garden Tea Room. We enjoyed lunch here after shopping a bit. They have a signature Rose iced tea. I recommend making a reservation because it is a very popular destination but so perfect to enjoy a day of Christmas shopping and lunching with your lady friends.

Downtown Arlington

After shopping to our hearts content we headed downtown to visit some more local shops. You know I am a huge supporter of shopping our local small business.

Downtown Arlington Texas

Legal Draft 500 E Division St Arlington, TX 76011

Legal Draft is possibly one of my favorite new finds. It has a welcoming vibe and great selection. They have seasonal varieties that will keep you coming back and the location lends to additional shopping and eating locally too. This is a place I can see my husband really enjoying for date night or a night out with the guys.

Legal Draft Arlington Texas

Urban Alchmey Coffee

Welcome to your new living room. Urban Alchemy will be your cozy chair, your favorite meeting space and go-to place to celebrate. Arlington’s very first, locally-owned coffee and wine bar is coming to downtown in 2017. Give them a follow on Instagram to be in the know for announcements and local events.

Sleepy Cottage www.thesleepycottage.com 500 E. Front Street #150 Arlington, TX 76011

Sleepy Cottage has curated some of the most adorable merchandise I’ve seen in one place recently. I’m not really even going to elaborate. Check them out in person and online. TRUST ME.

The Sleepy Cottage Arlington Texas

Gift from the sleepy cottage Arlington Texas

Travel gift from The Sleepy Cottage Arlington Texas

Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery   

On top of being one of the best wedding cake bakery the metroplex offers, you can also stop in for an espresso, cupcake or sweet treat anytime you like.  I highly recommend the s’mores cupcake.

Sugar Bee sweets Arlington Texas

Six​ ​Flags Over Texas 201 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76010

Six Flags Over Texas truly outdid themselves with a special surprise for us. They day of our tour they opened the park early just for us! Have you ever had an entire theme park just for yourself? I certainly never have. It was magical. all of the grounds are decorated for the holidays and the music playing made me feel like a kids again. But it just kept getting better!

We were first in line to experience Frosty Snow Hill where you can bring your family to go sledding down a hill made of real snow. Our group had the best time. Afterwards, we stopped in to enjoy a custom-made hot chocolate. If you haven’t been out to Six Flags Over Texas now is the time!! You want to make this part of your holiday festivities!

Six Flags over Texas Arlington Texas

Bloggers Six Flags over Texas Arlington Texas

Sledding at Six Flags over Texas Arlington Texas

Enchant Christmas Globe Life Park Corner of AT&T Way and Copeland Road, Arlington TX

Enchant Christmas Arlington Texas

The annual Arlington Texas Christkindl Market, is now even grander as part of Enchant: The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market. Visit Texas Christkindl Market Lane in Enchant, November 24 thru December 31, 2017.

Ice Skating at Enchant Christmas Arlington Texas

Surrounded by millions of dazzling lights, the memories you make at Enchant will last well beyond the holiday season. Come enjoy the world’s largest light maze, gliding around the magical ice-skating pond, visiting Santa or sharing hot cocoa with your loved ones while listening to live entertainment, you’ll find enchantment around every corner. Enchant has over 100 food and market vendors, including the Texas Christkindl Market Lane. Unwrap new holiday traditions at the most scenic wonderland in Texas!

Enchant Christmas

I’m not sure I realized just how much there was to do in Arlington Texas for the holiday season but since my visit I’ve been telling everyone what a great time we had. I hope I was ably to share some new places and events that you can add to your holiday plans.

Have you visited Arlington, TX recently? Any of these you plan to go to? Leave me a comment below or on IG/FB!

 

 

This is the Gift Your Kids Will Use All Year Long : Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

One minute you’re packing away the Halloween costumes and in a blink of an eye, the holidays have arrived. Cruise through the merriest time of year by getting a jump start on your gift giving. Turn to Amazon and their all-new Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet. With a little something for everyone (think: exciting content for the kids and peace-of-mind parental controls for the grown-ups) this tablet is the perfect gift for everyone on your list. The best part? You can order with just a few clicks. Read on for four reasons Amazon’s Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet makes the perfect gift this season.
Perk: Amazon has a special stackable offer just for Red Tricycle readers! Save an additional $5 when using code REDTRI at checkout. Click here for details.

girl coloring with tablet

1. Two-Year Worry-Free Guarantee: It’s the Gift That Keeps on Giving
You want to give a gift that keeps on giving past the holidays and Amazon’s Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet fits the bill. Every tablet comes with a two-year worry-free guarantee warranty. In basic terms: if something happens, return it to Amazon for a replacement. No questions asked. Bonus: every tablet also comes equipped with a kid-proof case in blue, pink or yellow.

boy with tablet boredom buster

2. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited: Boredom Be Gone!
The delight and joy when your child opens his present is what gift giving is all about. After unwrapping Amazon’s Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet, he’ll be ecstatic. For starters, each tablet includes a one-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, an all-in-one app that provides unlimited access to over 15,000 kid-friendly books, videos, apps and games. And it’s good stuff, too. We’re talking content from PBS Kids, Disney, Simon & Schuster, Amazon Originals and more. Kids can also enjoy access to over 55,000 websites and YouTube videos in the FreeTime kid-safe web browser. This is one gift that’ll keep them entertained for hours on end.

Boys with tablet

3. Parental Controls: Mom & Dad Love It, Too
As much as you want to satisfy your kids, you also want to gift something that will make the grown-ups happy, too. We love how Amazon’s Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet meets the needs of both parent and child. Each tablet comes fully equipped with parental controls, which allow adults to manage and customize their kids’ experience, set bedtime curfews and employ tighter controls on screen time and content. With Learn First, you can block access to videos and games until educational targets such as reading goals are met. Your child can only access the tablet during specified times you designated for them.

mom and daughter with tablet
4. Parent Dashboard: A Gift You Both Can Enjoy
Sure, toys and games are great, but what you really want in a great gift is something both parents and kids can enjoy. Here’s where the tablet’s parent dashboard comes in. It features daily activity reports allowing you to review the books, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games your kids accessed and discussion cards, which provides you talking points and sample questions based on the content your kids discovered. This combination of reviewing what your kids see and discussion cards will help parents connect with their kids during the busy holiday season and keep tabs on what they’re enjoying.

Don’t forget to save an additional $5 by using code REDTRI at checkout! Remember: it’s stackable!

––photos courtesy of Red Tricycle

Celebrating the Magic of Santa with Santa.com + Giveaway

Can you believe in less than 24 hours it will be Dec 1st? We’ve put up the tree and started shopping for our loved ones. The magic of Christmas is just beginning. Cozy nights cuddled up by the fire, hot chocolate in hand and reading “The Night Before Christmas” as a family has always been a treasured tradition each holiday season. Now that we have One Tiny Human around we’ll be talking Santa and Christmas magic a lot more. I’m looking forward to making her Christmas experiences even more fun starting with Santa.com, the official site of Santa Claus, this year.

santa.com texting

Teaching true holiday spirit, Santa.com offers some of the most amazing Christmas services for your kids including:

E-mails from Santa (free!) – Santa.com has the most genuine email Santa Service. We are the only site in the World that Will send a detailed, thoughtful, reply using the email Santa@Santa.com.
Text Messages from Santa ($9.99)- Receive daily, personalized text messages filled with Christmas spirit, amusing facts, and positive values. It’s a great, no-stress Way to enjoy Some Christmas Spirit every day.
Handwritten Notes from Santa –in late November Santa.com offers a new service for sending handwritten notes from Santa. Stay tuned for further details.

Santa.com focuses on positive lessons not presents. Santa’s Nice List promotes politeness, good habits, and reading. It’s a fully immersive site that will even capture the attention of the grinchiest grownup.

Santa.com GIVEAWAY

Because this is the season of giving, we want to offer you a few treats for YOUR stockings from Santa.com. Enter Santa’s Giveaway below to win cool gifts! Seriously, please take them. The sleigh is dangerously overloaded.

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Santa.com Christmas Giveaway

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Making School Uniforms Uniquely Their Own

Bummed about school uniforms this year? In collaboration with JCPenney, Kaitlyn & Sebastian took a unique shopping trip to prove there are plenty of options to style original back-to-school uniform looks WITHOUT breaking any rules. Back to School Uniform looks JCPENNEY accessories

I was a little worried this year might be a challenging one. Not because we will officially have two tweens in middle school but because this is the year we are starting over. Starting completely from scratch in a new city, new campus, making all new friends, and new uniforms. We’re the kind of parents that have always allowed our children their own personal style and expression. While this wouldn’t be the first school for our children to have worn uniforms, it was the first time they would have flexibility in what styles of uniform they could wear. In an effort to make uniform shopping lighthearted and fun we took a Friday afternoon and headed over to JCPenney. We gave each child a budget and reviewed the parameters of their new school dress code carefully before letting them shop. They were actually excited to pick out school uniforms!!!

I have to tell you, we REALLY did have a lot of fun together and I was pretty impressed with the unique uniform choices they came up with. They also have a few tips for making a school uniform look your very own without breaking the rules. Their number one school tips for styling your school uniform is to accessorize! Backpacks, jackets, and shoes are all great ways to make a look your own. Switching it up from ballet flats to sneakers can completely change a look. Read on for a few more tips and examples of how Kaitlyn and Sebastian styled beyond the basic uniform and each developed unique looks they loved.

Back To School Uniform Looks For Girls at JCPenney

Kaitlyn discovered a black jumper paired with a white button up uniform shirt that she spun around in like it was a princess dress. She also picked out an IZOD khaki Skater Skirt and paired it with a perfectly fitting blazer. Going a little more casual, she choose a fitted red polo with a pair of casual slim fit khakis rolled the hem and for a little flair choose a pair of floral sneakers to personalize this look.

JCPenney Back To School Uniform trends

Girls Back to School Uniforms JCPenney

Girls Back To School Uniforms Prep JCPenney

Back To School Uniform Looks For Boys at JCPenney

Sebastian is always a wild card. He’s a pretty easy-going, athletic kid but his new school dress code doesn’t allow for athletic clothing to be worn during school hours. He chose to embrace it full on and his first look was dress shirt and tie. He even found a perfect belt. his second look was more comfortable and casual: Red polo and khakis. I noted he did find a pair of high-top Converse sneakers to give the look a little more of his own style.

Back to School looks Boys JCPenney

JCPeney Back to School Boys Casual

JCPenney has all the Shoes and Backpacks For Back To School

After we were done in the dressing room we headed over to the shoe department because new shoes are always one of the best parts of back to school shopping. Sebastian admired the bright white Adidas on display but was torn between these and a few others pair we had seen online. Asa professional boy mom, I know we’ll be going through several pairs this year so I assured him we’d be getting a few pairs to put into the school year rotation. Just don’t grow too fast, okay son?

JCPenney Back To School shoes

JCPenney Back to School Shoes Girls

Are you done with your back-to-school shopping yet? No? Just stop in at JCPenney to find all your children’s needs in one stop for boys and girls, from the latest trends to a classic uniforms. You can also check the great deals and see what everyone is wearing by following the #SoWorthIt in all the social spaces.

But wait there’s more!!! Did you know you can also check the Back to School haircut off your list while at JCPenney? From now through 9/9 kids K-6th can schedule an appointment at your JCPenney salon for just $10!

JCPenney Haircuts 2017

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