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Christmas shopping usually starts around October for me, I definitely approach it with the intent to take my time and gather items and ideas slowly, ensuring that they are thoughtful, quality gifts and something that the person wants and will use is important I feel. This year I feel like I have done a lot of my shopping online from Amazon, like A-LOT (this is not a sponsored post, you an rest assured that non of mine are at this point!). I think it's because of my whole shift in mindset about what Amazon has to offer in general. I used to think of it as a cheaper, low quality seller of not-so great items, but , this is so not the case.

Many times I have come across something on Amazon that I had already purchased elsewhere, but usually it's offered at a lower cost and with free shipping-win, win. Now, I'm not saying that one should buy completely online, I am a huge believer that we still need to support our brick and mortar business, and make a concerted effort to especially buy locally from those smaller boutique style stores (my favourite). But...sometimes at the end of the day shopping online for the items you can only get vie Ecommerce for a great price is a major plus, and this is definitely the case for the items below.

Today I'm sharing my top picks for classic children's gifts from Amazon, some of which I have purchased already for our littles and some of which are on wish lists or just great items I have discovered (you can also likey get them all on for my fellow Canadian friends). I have put together this list with the hopes that maybe it'll give some others ideas for gifts as well. Whether it be Christmas this year or next or just a gift for that special someone for any occasion, sometimes you just don't know where to start (been there) so make it easier on yourself with hopefully checking off a few gifts all from one location-happy shopping!

Little Girl | Classic Gift Ideas

baking set | teaset picnic basket | kids nantucket bike basket | doll highchair | play kitchen | dollhouse | horse stable | dollhouse furniture | angelina ballerina book | parisan teaset | bunny roo I love you book | mice skating book | maileg bunny | claris in paris book | guitar |

Little Boy | Classic Gift Ideas

barn | play doctor kit | tool set | maileg mouse | ride-on vintage truck | guitar | train | harmonica | wooden cars | town play mat set | hobby horse stick | play castle | paddington book | wooden floating sail boat | blocks set |

Gingerbread is a classic Christmas tradition and one we cherish in our home, from houses to treats and decorations it's something we always associate with this marvellous time of year. This homemade gingerbread man garland is one of my very favourite Christmas decorations in our home. It took a little time to make (maybe a morning?) but it was completely worth it. I'm guessing this is about the 4th or so year it will be strung on display in our home-and incredibly it still smells as amazing as the first year I made it! I'm literally going to give you the instructions below via verbatim from the site I used to make it. It's been so long that I wouldn't be able to add in many of my side notes or commentary even if I tried! I did set aside a couple of the gingerbread men and turned them into singular ornaments as well that we put on our Christmas tree or hang off of pictures frames/easels.


3 Tablespoons Shortening 1/2 Cup Sugar 3/4 Cup water 1 tsp of Baking soda 1/2 Cup Molasses 1 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp ginger 1 tsp cloves 3 1/2 Cups of flour

"In a medium large bowl, beat shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy, stir in molasses. Combine dry ingredients and sift then add to shortening mixture alternating with water. Dough should be stiff. Cover dough and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease baking sheets.

Cut dough into 3 piece sections and knead to warm on a lightly floured surface. Cut out using cookie cutters and place on cookie sheets. Decorate with peppercorns and rusty bells. Bake for 20 minutes, then shut off oven and let cool inside. Remove ornaments from sheet and place on rack and allow to dry for 3 days. Then preserve with 3 coats of clear varnish. Ornaments are not edible and will last for years." Instructions and photo sourced from

*Side note, I did not do the varnish step, I just let them dry and they have held up beautifully! I also poked two holes into each gingerbread man (see photo) before baking using a straw so that I could string them onto a velvet ribbon afterwards. For the ones that I was going to use as ornaments I only poked one hole at the top of the gingerbread man's head to be able to place a ribbon through afterwards.

To store them I wrap the garland gently in tissue paper and then place inside a Ziploc bag and remove the air. And how pretty is the photo from Just says Christmas!

What if I told you this was the road in front of our home....because it will be!!!! I'm so excited to be able to share the news that we’re moving to the country and building our dream house friends!! I can’t tell you how very happy this makes us-it’s been something that we have been dreaming of for years while searching for the right property and now it’s a reality!

Some of you may have already read the tiny note I wrote in one of my blog posts a while ago that mentioned this but now I’m officially sharing with all of you. I hope you follow along with us as we go on this new adventure!! We’re about three quarters of the way into the design process and I’m super excited to share more details as we go, creating our little dream home nestled in the countryside. My mind is a whir with ideas for our home and land planning all the big and little projects we have dreamt of and are itching to start....Here are some photos of our little slice of heaven-a blank canvas currently and yet my heart just sings every time we go there, without a doubt it’s home and we can’t wait to raise our kids there.

For us it means the unfolding of the dream of spending quiet moments with my love watching sunsets and sunrises, kids laughing and running in the field-with a dog following, growing overflowing gardens, wellies as staple footwear, dinning outdoors every chance we get, spending full days puttering with dirt on our hands, long country walks and hosting family and friends,....making a lifetime of memories as a family there-we are so very blessed to have this chapter in our life and I look forward to sharing it and our story with you!!

The view directly to the land as you enter it. We plan to build a barn in the back left hand corner eventually, it will house gardening tools, a gardening work area and will also serve as a spot to entertain or just hangout in a small enclosed (but open to the outdoors if desired) space. In a separate closed off area within it may also be the home for the ride-on tractor/mower-hubby is super excited about having one:)

A little bit more of the view to the east-both of the neighbouring properties have horses, we are all (especially the kids) looking forward to this and watching them everyday.

And the view to the west-on a clear day you can see the rocky mountains off in the distance peaking through the tree tops. I love this view, we plan to take full advantage of it with the barn location.

This is the view of the property across the road from us, I actually really adore the charm of this place, some may see old out buildings, I only see history and beauty (I have a soft spot for barns) and the charm from the dated structures including the little windmill make for character and story surrounding us, I just love it and wouldn't wish to change a thing. There is also another larger windmill that stands far off in the distance of the large field to the north-west of our property You can spot this one if you look really hard at the first photo (across the road). And also down this road to the east (about a 5 minute walk if that) is the town's Farmers' Market that occurs every Friday afternoon during the summer months, I mean how amazing is this? This place was just meant to be ours, I'm sure of it!


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