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The Best Advent Calendars in Canada
When I was growing up, the only advent calendar I knew of were those little chocolate ones that were a bargain from the grocery store or dollar store. But those were still magical and fun!
These days, advent calendars have evolved to include everything from beauty products to toys to crafts! Advent calendars in 2021 take things to a whole new level! Imagine the excitement on your kids’ faces when they open up mini LEGO sets or Polly Pocket figures. Imagine your own excitement when you open up something you love each morning!
For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to round up the best advent calendars in Canada for 2021! You’re sure to find something for everyone! They range in price from frugal to not so frugal, but I made sure to only list the well rated advent calendars and legit retailers!
The count down is on for Christmas! Every year, I’m on the hunt for cute matching Christmas pajamas for my daughters. But this year, finding the best family Christmas pajamas is going to be on the agenda!
This year just feels like it needs to be extra festive in our home. With the events of this past year, an extra dose of Christmas cheer will not disappoint! If you are feeling similarly and think a pair of matching Christmas pajamas for every family member is a must, then you will love this list today.
Below, I have found 5 Canadian, budget-friendly places to get family Christmas pajamas with so many adorable options. Enjoy!
The best family Christmas pajamas
Urban Planet has a great selection of “Fammy Jammies” that are currently priced at $9 – $23. The selection includes onesies, 2 piece pajamas, robes and pajama dresses. Here are a few cute ones to look at:
Old Navy Canada has a big selection of holiday pajamas! Lots of plaid designs and fun Christmas themes too! There are flannel pajama sets, pants, tees, onesies and even fuzzy Christmas socks! Prices are regularly $14.40 – $54.99, but Old Navy always has some sort of coupon code. Here’s a glimpse at the selection:
Carter Osh Kosh is where I normally end up finding matching pajamas for my daughters. So they have great kids pajamas, but they also have adult sizes! (Not many right now, but I have a feeling they will add more!) They have classic plaid, snowmen, candy cane and more. They are currently on sale for 25% off, but I want to say they go on sale even more, if my memory serves me well. Here’s a sample of their selection:
It’s time to start thinking about Easter baskets and all the goodies you can fill them up with. Nothing is quite as exciting as watching children open their Easter baskets, but, what if you are on a limited budget this year? The good news is you can still fill those Easter baskets with tons of fun without going overboard on your budget. Look at 30 fun and frugal Easter basket ideas so you can fill those Easter baskets without breaking the bank! You will find lots of ideas perfect for making your Easter baskets sweet and special.
The ideas here are all things that I will or would love to gift my kids. Over the years as a mom, I have become increasingly annoyed by all the itty bitty “disposable” toys. So with that in mind, I have rounded up what I believe, to be thoughtful “long term” activity ideas. I hope you enjoy and find something perfect!
1. Lip balm or lip gloss.
Lip balm is perfect for both boys and girls. Little ones will love their own lip gloss.
2. Sunglasses or sun hats
Now that spring is here, hats or sunglasses will no doubt get some use.
3. Candy, gum, sweets
You can’t have an Easter basket without some candy and edible treats, right? I was recently told by my dentist that gum with xylitol is great for fighting cavities.
4. Fruit snacks, nuts, dried fruit
For a healthier option, try fruit snacks, nuts, or even dried fruit for a snack.
5. Playing cards or trading cards
Kids love trading cards and playing cards! A set of Uno cards is always a good idea as well!
6. Toothbrush, kid’s toothpaste
I know my kids love getting new toothbrushes. You can always feel good with gifting that! Pair them with kid friendly toothpaste.
I find gel pens, or any type of pen is a hit with my kids! Especially fun coloured ones.
17. Kid Fanny Pack
Fanny packs of our youth are coming back in style! Pick up a kid friendly one for all your spring adventures!
Puzzles are perfect for keeping kids busy on a rainy spring day.
19. Children’s books
Find some fun children’s books perfect for cuddling up with each night. This is a cute one for babies.
20. Coloring books and activity books
Keep kids busy with an assortment of coloring and activity books and crayons. These Paint by Sticker booksare so much fun.
21. Crayons, markers, colored pencils
Let the little artist out of your child with an assortment of crayons and other coloring supplies.
22. Stickers, sticker pads, sticker books
Kids never get tired of stickers. Give them a fun spring selection to get creative with.
23. Journals, notebooks, scratch pads
These are perfect for kids of any age to sketch their thoughts and doodles on. These Scratch & Sketch books look really fun!
24. Pick Up Sticks
A fun classic game of Pick Up Sticksis always a good idea and will last a long time!
25. Playdough, cookie cutters, dough roller
Encourage fine motor skills with an assortment of dough and accessories.
26. Craft kits, mini painting kits, craft supplies
For the budding artist, craft supplies are always fun.
27. Writing Tablet
LCD writing tablets have been a favorite in our house for several years now! Ours actually live in the car and get pulled out and played with every time we go somewhere!
28. Sidewalk chalk
Sidewalk chalk is perfect for staying busy on a spring day!
29. Beach toys, beach buckets, sand castle tools
Summer is just around the corner and kids will no doubt love having beach toys on hand.
30. Push Pop Bubble
These Push Pop Bubbles are so fun! A great quiet sensory toy to bring along anywhere you go! Adults even have fun with these 😉
As you can see, these Easter Basket options are fun, affordable and long lasting. Head to your local dollar store or Amazonand see these treats and more, perfect for filling up your Easter baskets this year!
I’d love to know, what do you put in your kids’ Easter baskets each year? Let me know in the comments below.
Can you believe we’re one week away from Christmas day? Wow! Time sure flies when you’re having fun! (or being busy?) Since we’re one week away from Christmas, this also means we’ve reached the last week of the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series! I sure hope you enjoyed it. I also hope it helped you to have a more simple and manageable holiday season!
Christmas usually involves company and no one likes to show their guests a good time in a messy home. So, today, I’ve got a free printable Get Your House Holiday Ready Checklist! It includes suggestions of cleaning tasks to do each day leading up to Christmas day. There’s even plenty of room for you to add your own tasks. I kept it fairly simple, because really, who has time for crazy cleaning this time of year?
Remember, these are suggestions only! Click on the image below or hereto print your holiday cleaning list.
What tasks are on your holiday cleaning list? Are you ready for Christmas?
Here are the rest of the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series:
Can you believe there are only two posts left in this series before Christmas day?? Crazy!
This week, we’re going to focus on tying up loose ends! (Or in other words, finish the things we skipped over 😉 )
That means we’ll:
finish shopping for gifts
send out those remaining Christmas cards
bake delicious cookies
buy as many groceries as possible for Christmas day
finish decking the halls
do those holiday activities that you want to do
What do you still have to finish? I’ll admit, I have to get our Christmas cards sent out still! I’m also waiting for some gifts to arrive in the mail so I haven’t started wrapping yet. But, I like to do that all in one sitting while I watch a Christmas movie! 🙂
For fun, I’m leaving you with a link to Christmas music playlists and a list of Christmas movies to watch!
If you’re looking for some Christmas music, check out Spotifyfor some fabulous playlists that you can listen to 24 hours a day.
Here are some Christmas movies I think you might enjoy:
The Bishop’s Wife
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Christmas Carol
Christmas in Connecticut
A Christmas Story
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The Polar Express
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Frosty the Snowman
Home Alone 2
It’s a Wonderful Life
Jingle All the Way
The Santa Clause
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Miracle on 34th Street
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Do you have any other Christmas movies on your ‘must watch’ list? How are you coming along in your Christmas preparations?
Here are the posts in the 8 Weeks to a Simpler Christmas series so far:
What will be on your holiday menu? Leave it in the comments! Any food traditions you have to uphold? How do you keep on budget?
Sign up for the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas newsletter to receive a FREE Christmas Dinner Checklist! This checklist is quite detailed and will help you remember all the details needed for a memory filled dinner with family and friends. You’ll also receive a weekly email with each week’s “task”.
Here are the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series so far: