This was a big weekend for my 2 year old, Annabelle. She attended her very first ballet and to make that even sweeter, it was a sugar plum fairy themed tea party as well. The cherry on top? Her cousin Coco, who she often refers to as her “best fwiend”, was one of the ballerinas. The ballet recital was held at a darling little dance studio in my hometown (Waxahachie, TX) and it was such a charming event that I just had to share the photos with you. [Read more…]
Thank you to HONEY MAID Graham Crackers for sponsoring this post.
I’m big on holiday traditions in our household. My childhood memories are packed full of them and I want my kids to grow up experiencing that same kind of fun. One such tradition that I love at Christmas time is the building, eating, and decorating of gingerbread houses. It simply wouldn’t seem like Christmas without this tradition!
My mother always said that I would eat a piece of candy and then decorate with one. Eat and repeat. She would go to Walmart and purchase a variety of my favorite candy for our gingerbread houses. It was like Christmas came early when I’d see those Walmart bags full of candy sitting atop our kitchen counter in mid December each year.
I enjoy passing down traditions like these to my daughter and she eats it up, literally. I also like to put my own spin on my favorite holiday traditions occasionally. We still shop at Walmart and Walmart.com for candy but instead of making houses of gingerbread, we use HONEY MAID Graham Crackers.
HONEY MAID Graham Crackers provides wholesome nutrition for my growing toddler and she adores the sweet, delicious taste of these graham crackers. It’s a win-win when it comes to a snack time solution and for simplicity in building candy houses!
I love how easy it is to build graham cracker houses, even for tiny fingers. We like to make several miniature houses so eventually we have a little village of them. We pretend like Sour Patch Kids, which just so happens to be my favorite candy of all time, are real kids and Teddy Grahams are their bear friends. Oh how my daughter loves to play “house” with these candies!
When it comes to decorating graham cracker houses, I like to use a miniature muffin pan to sort and display the candy. Not only does it look cute, but it keeps things organized so my little one can concentrate on her edible art. She’s a lot like me, she believes in the “eat and repeat” method too! A muffin pan allows for easy refills of disappearing candy.
Along with an assortment of candy, I also provide icing or melted chocolate which is the glue that sticks the candy to the graham cracker houses. My favorite melting chocolate is the Wilton brand which can be found at Walmart. My toddler and I like to pretend like we are putting shingles on the roof as we “glue” candy to the roofs of our graham cracker houses. It’s so much fun!
Aren’t holiday traditions the best? I hope you will makeHONEY MAID Graham Crackers houses with your family this holiday season! Unlike stale gingerbread, your kids will actually want to eat these after they’ve built and decorated them, and you will too. Tag me on instagram (@jenn_pilgrim) with your graham cracker house creations! I would love to feature them.
Visit HolidayHoneymaid.com to learn more about the different varieties of HONEY MAID Graham Crackers available at Walmart for your next baking project. Merry Christmas, y’all!
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Before kids, a trip to the salon for a conditioning treatment and a blowout a couple of times a month was an integral part of my beauty regimen. My hair care routine has changed these days and I no longer have time for frequent salon visits, but that doesn’t mean that I have to forgo fabulous hair. I can now achieve salon quality hair from the comfort of my own home! [Read more…]
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Picture this. Your plane lands in a foreign country (or a new city) with your toddler in tow, you get your luggage situated in a taxi van and head to your hotel. All seems right in the world. Then it hits you and your heart skips a beat. How in the world did you forget to pack any . . . DIAPERS! Say what?
Ode to the Bubble Bath
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And half go on the floor.
they giggle on my skin.
they dangle from my chin.
they pop and disappear.