Buying a live Christmas tree in NYC


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After having an artificial Christmas tree for five years we decided to buy a live one. Nothing say Christmas like the scent of a fresh-cut tree throughout our apartment. In New York City, Pop-up sidewalk shops start selling trees on almost every other corner during the holiday season, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Once you pick out the perfect tree, you’ll have to walk it home, so make sure its not too big or request a delivery. The kids wanted a great big Christmas tree, but we settled on a smaller one, about the height of my son.

Urban Tree FarmMini Christmas TreeMy Strange Christmas TreeOur ornament collection and string of lights did not cover the whole tree, but we are loving the new holiday addition in our living room. Most of the trees we saw started at $50 and included a stand. Oh the joys of city living.

Visiting Santa at ABC Home in NYC


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Santa is back at ABC Carpet and Home in New York City. We love going every year to take our annual Santa photo the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year it was a bit busier than normal, but we were in and out in less than 20 min. ABC Home does not provide a photographer so make sure to bring your own camera to snap that perfect holiday picture. This year Santa was handing out finger puppets to all the kids that believe, my son received a snail and lilStrange a butterfly.

ABC Home SantaOrnaments at ABC Home

Do your kids have their lists ready?
Here are the hours for the ABC Home Santa for 2015.

Friday, November 27, 10-3pm
Saturday, Nov 28, Dec 5, 12 & 19, 10am-3pm
Sunday, Nov 29, Dec 6, 13, & 20, 11am-3pm

After visiting Santa we always let the kids pick out their yearly Christmas tree ornament. This year H picked out a bronze beaded reindeer, and lilStrange picked out a sweet ladybug.

Christmas OrnamentsSeeing Santa is a perfect start to a sweet holiday season.

Holiday cards, a thoughtful tradition from Minted


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Receiving and giving an actual holiday card is a thoughtful tradition that I always look forward to. In this digital age, opening all the cards and reading the sweet messages from family and friends is such a treat. Christmas is less than a month away, and I started working on our holiday cards from Minted this past weekend. I love how Minted makes it so easy to design a perfect holiday card. Just pick how many photos you want on the front (or none), select the photo orientation, your budget and format. With hundreds of original holiday designs to choose from, your cards from Minted will stand out from the rest.

The Minted signature paper is very high quality, and gives our holiday card the perfect feel every year. My favorite feature is recipient addressing, this option is a major time saver during this busy time of the year, plus the addresses are saved, so you only have to type them in once and Minted has them saved for your next project.

Now the hardest part is choosing which card to send out this year!

Option one Bombolone

Happy Holidays

Option two Season of Love
Season of LOVE Option three Festive JoyOh JoyThank you Minted and Savvy Scouts for the opportunity to make amazing holiday cards this year, I am in total love of the final results. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Gingerbread turkey kit


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Why wait until December to get your gingerbread fix? Trader Joe’s now has a do-it-yourself gingerbread turkey kit! The kit includes: 7 gingerbread pieces to build one turkey, icing sugar, chocolate buttons, sprinkles, fruit gummies and a pastry bag. It does require 1 egg white and lemon juice to complete (for the icing). The kids had so much fun decoration their own gingerbread turkey on Thanksgiving morning, and they had even more fun eating the sweet gingerbread turkey treat.

Gingerbread Turkey KitLicking the bowlMy Strange Thanksgiving

Nova Flatiron kaleidoscope


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23 Days of Flatiron Cheer,” which runs from December 1st to the 23rd, features free, holiday-themed events showcasing the intersection of shopping, dining, and culture in the neighborhood. The centerpiece of the festivities is a dynamic, interactive installation, Nova. The crystalline Nova uses a mix of materials and colors to create a human size kaleidoscope, that looks different from all sides. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be inside a kaleidoscope, standing inside this installation will make you feel just like that.

Nova by SOFTlab, was selected through the annual Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition in partnership with Van Alen Institute and NYC DOT Art, in which designers and architects proposed concepts for the holiday season. Situated at the intersection of 23rd Street, Broadway and Fifth Avenue, the Nova compels passersby to enter the structure and gaze onto surrounding landmarks, framed by apertures in the installation’s exterior.

Nova kaleidoscope lilStrange Nova Flatiron Flatiron building Nova inside a kaleidoscope kaleidoscope nova

5th Annual Momtrends Holiday Soiree


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You know the holidays are around the corner once the Momtrends Holiday Soiree takes place. This year was their 5th holiday event, the 5th that I have attended and it did not disappoint. Yes it is not even Thanksgiving yet, but if you are not on top of the shopping trends of this season, you might be scrabbling when it is time to make your lists and check them twice. As the attendees sipped deliciously festive POM cocktails we mingled with friends and meet with many great brands. A few included this year that stood out were I SEE ME, Epson, American Girl, Net Nanny, Hasbro, LEGO, Mudpuppy & Galison, Teleflora and Tieks. For a full list of brands see the image below.

Momtrends Holiday SoireeThe spread of gift ideas is amazing, and any one of these items under the Christmas tree would be magical.Happy Holidays Momtrends All the classic games I grew up playing are still around and I am excited to introduce them to my kids. Playing a game as a family on Christmas day is a great way to keep the family together.Hasbro Games Igloo, another classic brand that has stuck around all of these years because of their great quality, but now they are also fashionable and a perfect gift for anyone who likes opening time outside.Igloo Holiday Snow and rain are what comes along with winter, so having a special stash of crafts tucked away for those stir crazy days, will make you one awesome mom. These kits from Mudpuppy are not only affordable but keep the creative juices flowing Mudpuppy and Galison Epson new wireless printer, prints high quality photos. Plus it delivers convenience and value, with ultra low-cost replacement ink bottles and innovative refillable ink tanks. Perfect for when you don’t have time to run to the store.Epson printer We order flowers for the grandmothers every year and I love how the Teleflora web page is easy to use, they use local florists and the quality is at their expected standard. This year Teleflora has a fun Peanuts Send Cheer collection of floral designs for all the fans of the classic cartoon or new movie fans.TelefloraI always have a great time at the Momtrends events, and I love that so many great brands come together in one place for one huge holiday celebration.

What are you most excited to buy this holiday season?