10 Holiday Traditions

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This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Holiday traditions are so fun.  I love hearing about other peoples holiday traditions and seeing what I want to implement into ours, so I thought- why not share some of our favorite traditions that we do over at the Moehle home.  Now some of these are ones that we took from when we were kids and some of them are ones that I have heard others doing and thought- that is so magical we are doing that now.

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  1. Gingerbread houses
    This was one of my favorite things to do as a kid.  My family has a major sweet tooth so maybe it was the fact that we were creating crafts with candy but this is my favorite thing to do.  We use to make houses out of graham crackers and icing but the last few years I have cheated and bought those gingerbread kits- best inventions ever.  I do like to still buy a few candies that I am use to always using from childhood but those will save you a lot of money actually and a lot of time.
  2. Wrapping books under the tree
    My mom loves to buy books- I never thought I would think you could have too many books but we are at that point.  This year I wrapped 42 christmas books underneath our tree.  You guys this is just books that are about christmas that we only pull out during this time.  Anyways the tradition with this is to have 25 christmas books that you wrap and have under your tree, each night your child(ren) get to pick a present, open it, and read it together that night.  We already read books to Olivia each night so this is a fun tradition for us.  Not only does our tree look so cute the entire month having presents under the tree, but the girls get to unwrap presents all month long.  Who wouldn’t love to do that.  I also think this helps to reduce how much we feel like we need to give on christmas day because she has already unwrapped a lot of gifts all month.  My mom actually asked me if I thought she would get sick of unwrapping a present- she hasn’t yet but in all honestly I hope she does a little bit so she doesn’t expect a ton on christmas day.
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  3. Hot Chocolate & Christmas lights
    I love lights and all the colors.  It is so fun to me to go drive around and look at all the christmas lights.  So many places have where you can drive through a park now and look at lights or neighborhoods have themes.  We also have the Salt Lake Temple where they decorate Temple Square.  It is gorgeous.  So we choose a place to go, drive around or walk around and look at the lights, and than we come home and warm up with hot chocolate.  Again my sweet teeth is calling me here but who doesn’t love to get some hot chocolate, some fresh baked cookies, grab a blanket, turn on christmas music, turn off the lights, turn on the christmas tree lights and snuggle up together while drinking hot cocoa.  It seriously warms your soul.
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  4. Santa Photos
    We are lucky that we have a location here that allows parents to dress up like santa claus and take children’s photos that way.  The first place I ever took Olivia I thought that was what we were doing- instead an employee dressed up and Olivia screamed the entire time and tried crawling away- I ended up loving the photos anyways but love the idea of my kid looking happy towards santa.  The last 2 years I went to a place called FotoFly (Utah Locals) that if your child doesn’t warm up to the santa they have than you wear the costume.  I have loved how these turned out- you should check out their site and look how adorable they are.  We took ours today and Olivia thought it was so funny that I had big belly and a beard- she told me santa wouldn’t be too happy that I was wearing his stuff.
  5. Pancakes with Strawberries and Whipped Cream
    This is a tradition that is from my family- again with the sweet tooth.  Every major holiday this seems to be the breakfast we have and honestly I love it.  My pancake might be more whipped cream than strawberries but thats ok.  We have done this a couple of times at our home but my daughter wasn’t a fan of the whipped cream when she was younger plus I was the parent that it was ok for me to eat junk food but not her.  Now that she is getting a little older this tradition will be brought back into our home.
  6. Each Person takes turns opening gifts
    In our house we were all allowed to open the stockings whenever and together if we liked but the presents we had to take turns.  My mom loves to write down what everyone got and from who so it was easier for her to do this when we took turns.  In all honestly I loved it as a kid.  I had the role of finding gifts for everyone in the family and passing them out.  I loved seeing what everyone got and loved seeing the joy on their faces.  As we have gotten older and had our own families this tradition has gotten a little lost.  I remember one year all the grandkids just dug in- not only did it go by so much quicker, but I felt like the kids had a greedier heart.  I hope that makes sense but I don’t feel like the appreciated what they truly got when they were just ripping open every gift like crazy.  When you take turns the presents take up more time of the day and it slows down the child to truly notice what they got and appreciate it.
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  7. Christmas Movies
    I need to create a list of some of my favorite christmas movies as well- there are just so many but there is one that I watch every christmas eve.  My brother and I started this tradition probably later in life because I don’t remember my other siblings joining in as much.  Family of 5 over here and I am the baby.  I remember the year as well- my brother and I were watching the grinch who stole christmas- the old cartoon one and my sister pulled out Christmas Vacation and told us we would enjoy it.  We were obviously in our teenage years because my toddler isn’t going to enjoy this movie.  I remember thinking it was the funniest movie I had ever seen and now I watch it every year.  My first year at my in-laws they even bought it for me so that I could watch it.  I don’t think my husband enjoys it as much as I do so I can’t wait for my kids to be older and join in with me.
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  8. Homemade Carmels
    Neighborhood gifts at our house were always homemade carmels.  I love the smell of these carmels and often would join in baking these with my mom.  We would make so many batches of these that I could start telling when they were ready not from the temperature but from the color of the carmels.  Everyone loves my moms carmels and I will be honest they are amazing.  I have only ever found 1 other place that can make them like my mom.
  9. Present from the North Pole
    I went to this adorable Pinners class about making christmas more magical for children and one of the ideas was to have a gift come to the front door from Mrs. Claus.  It would usually be items to bake a treat together and have it in a cute wrapped gift that is cold.  She would wrap everything up and than place the present in the freezer so that it felt like it really came from the North Pole.  I think that is the cutest idea ever and since my daughter loves to help bake I am going to start doing this.
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  10. Good Acts of Kindness for Baby Jesus
    When we were younger we had this wooden manger with a baby jesus swaddled.  There was no hay in the manger and the goal was to give baby jesus a nice bed by the time Christmas came.  Each week we would draw names in the family and that week we had to do little acts of kindness for that person.  Each time we did this we could place a piece of straw in the manger.  I loved doing this as a kid- I apparently was always a child that was concerned about others feelings.  My aunt told me that as a young child I was always in tune with others emotions and was concerned if someone was down.  So this activity hit my personality type right in the little heart and let me go wild.  I would leave little notes under pillows with a treat saying how much I loved them.  I would clean peoples room, anything I could think of.  I wanted to make sure that baby had the best bed ever.  A few years ago I saw a shop start promoting this idea again and I was thrilled they were bringing it back.  Isn’t that what Christmas is about- is spreading good cheer.

Olivia has loved doing a lot of these things and we will continue to do others throughout the month.  A lot of these activities require a child to be warm but also move around and be comfortable.  That is one reason why I love OshKosh and their holiday line.  We were able to buy so much clothes for such a great price.  Olivia has been wearing them all month and we haven’t worn everything yet.  I also love that so many of items look great together.  I highly encourage you to head over and check them out.  They have been having amazing sales since before black friday, so you are able to get ever more for a great price.  You can get 20% off your order of $40 or more using code: In-store: 037264 and Online: OKBG3418 so head on over to find a store near you here and online here.

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Immaculate Baking

Quick Apple Cinnamon Rolls

 

Quick Apple Cinnamon Rolls

It’s fall, the perfect time of year to start craving everything apples.  Apple pie, caramel apple, apple rolls.  You know when its late at night and all you want is a snack that is quick to whip up but has that yummy home-made taste, I can’t be the only one that gets these cravings often.  Well I devoured pinterest and came across a few recipes and started looking into my cupboards and fridge to see what I had available and created my own- altered/combined recipe of an Apple Cinnamon Rolls.  You can save  $1.00 using this coupon on the cinnamon Rolls

What you will need

Organic Cinnamon Rolls by Immaculate Baking

2-3 apples peeled & diced

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp of cinnamon

2 TBSP of butter

 

Icing Glaze

2 TBSP cream cheese

2 TBSP of unsalted butter

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4  tsp of vanilla extract

pinch of salt

 

Apple Cinnamon Recipe

Peel & Dice 2-3 apples

mix 1 TBSP & 1/4 cup brown sugar with apple dices

Medium heat- melt 2 TBSP butter and add apple mixture. Stir constantly for 3 minutes- until softened to liking

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Let apple mix cool and unroll Immaculate Organic Cinnamon Rolls

Immaculate Baking

unravel cinnamon rolls just a tiny bit so there is spacing between each spiral

Organic Baking

add apple mixture on top and push some apples in between spaces to fill up the cinnamon roll

Organic Recipes

bake at 325 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown

Cinnamon Rolls with Apples Alternate Cinnamon Rolls

Pour the packaged icing on top while still warm to melt into the cinnamon roll

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

after has cooled about 5-10 minutes spread on more icing to your liking (icing recipe below)

Yummy Apple Cinnamon Rolls

ICING

mix 2 tbsp cream cheese (softened)

2 tbsp unsalted butter (softened)

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of salt

mix until smooth

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Toddler Approved Coconut Water

 

I’m not ready to let go of summer quite yet.  I enjoy winter but ever since becoming a parent each changing of the seasons makes me sad- realizing how quickly time is flying with my babies.  So having this Welchs box arrive the other day was the perfect pick me up that we needed.  I laid out a fun picnic blanket on the floor and let Olivia open the box up- one of her favorite things to do lately.  I was as excited as her.  I mean look how cute these pineapple cups are.

Toddler Approved Pineapple Cup juice

Welchs New Coconut Water Juices

Now I am not a fan of coconut water- I have tried to give it a chance several times.  I felt left out since everyone was talking about how much they loved it and how beneficial it was for you.  I just couldn’t get over the taste.  I was a little nervous to try Welchs new Coconut Water drinks but I thought if I was going to like anything with coconut water this would be it.  Honestly I love it.  I am not the only one either- Olivia is asking for her fun drink all the time.

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Being a dental hygienist I usually don’t give my daughter a lot of drinks other than milk and water.  I even try to limit the milk but I don’t feel guilty about giving into her with this.  It has 30% LESS sugar and only 100 calories per serving.  With every 8 oz drink you are getting 2 servings of fruit.  As a busy mom this is helping me feel less guilty when I give her a juice knowing that it has benefits to it.

Coconut Water Healthy Juice

Healthy Juice

Go to their website and you can search what retailers have this new product available.  We were able to find them at our local Target Store- which come on-every mom loves going to Target so tell your husband to watch the kids because you need to go pick up a healthy juice with coconut water.

If you have tried this which one is your favorite the White Grape Mango or the Tropical Berry Grape??  I can’t decide which one I prefer- I think it depends on my mood.

Coconut Water Juice Welchs Toddler Approved Coconut Water

Best Cold Remedy Drink

Forte elements amino acids

 

Best cold remedy

When I was little and would have a cold or sore throat my dad would always make me a hot tea with lemon juice, honey, and some sugar to help soothe the symptoms.  It is the best cold remedy ever for myself and I still use it all winter if I feel anything coming on.  Now I have added something to this to give it that extra boost for my immune system.  Have you ever heard of Forté Elements? They have all sorts of different supplement that benefit certain things, for example prenatal vitamins, postnatal vitamins, and the one that I am taking which is Amino Acids.

Amino Acids are important to help support your muscles to recover faster after working out and assist with cardiovascular, muscle and central nervous system functioning.  It helps to increase energy, everyday health and here is what is important to me – helps reduce risk of infection.

The Amino Acid is a lemon-lime flavor so instead of putting lemon juice in my hot drink I place this in instead.

 

Sick season tea Forte elements amino acids

 

Best Cold Remedy

8 oz hot water

1 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon of sugar

1 packet of Forté Elements Amino Acid

 

What are some things that you do to help your immune system during the flu season? Any cold remedies that you swear by?

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Aches & Bruises Remedy After a Remodel Project

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This weekend we or I decided to redo Olivia’s entire bedroom.  I picked out some paint colors and painted the whole room 2 coats and ended up hating the color.  After a whole ordeal with that- trying to do house projects with a toddler and infant while having to pump is not ideal.  While pumping Olivia got into the paint and painted her entire arms and legs as well as painted handprints all over the walls and the rug.  Anyways- after hating the color and dealing with that whole mess I painted the room another color- 2 coats.  Our house was built in 1939 so the hardwood floors needed some love as well and after Olivia getting into the paint they really needed some help.  So I informed my husband that we were sanding and staining the floors this weekend.  Now if you know me you know that I randomly take on projects out of the blue and I always want to be hands on as well.  So yes I was in there using those huge sanders that you rent from Home Depot.  Now this could be a whole other post but what I am getting to is all the aches and pains as well as the bruises that I acquired this weekend.

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Perfect timing for some new products that PROcure sent me to try out.  They sent me an Epsom Salt rub and a Bruise Remedy gel to try out.  PROcure is family friendly using safe ingredients.  These products work proven by science but are safe using products from nature.  Brands in first aid aren’t required to clarify all their ingredients so its nice knowing that they show everything thats in their products and its all from nature.

The bruise remedy gel helps fade away the bruise as well as spider veins using an organic sulfur MSM that reduces inflammation and detoxifies.  It is also enriched with Arnica Montana which is a yellow flower that has been used for centuries to relieve and soothe bruising.

Now who doesn’t love a good Epsom salt bath- but as a mom of 2 -who always has time for that.  That is what I love about the Epsom Salt Gel Rub– its the bath in a rub.  Epsom Salt is a mineral known to reduce aches and pain but this gel also has Aloe Vera which soothes skin as well.

PROcure Epsom Salt

I bruise easily in general but I often have the battle wounds of being a parent and a parent of a toddler which we all know means we are a human jungle gym.  I should start documenting some of these wounds-for example when I was Olivia’s airplane and hit the coffee table.  These products work great for anyone.  If you are concerned about products that you are putting on your body I highly recommend you checking our PROcure products.