I’m excited to share something with you today that is bringing these 4 year olds a lot of smiles along with a little more about what we’ve got going in December! This post is sponsored by Sago Mini and there is also a $200 Amazon gift card for one lucky reader today!!!
I know I’m skipping ahead a bit (we ARE really excited for Thanksgiving this year… Andrew’s favorite holiday and he is convinced he will be making it my favorite holiday too) but we don’t have either of these cute faces this year for Christmas. This will be my first ever Christmas apart from Brooke. One of the many hard things about the whole divorce situation is the holidays at times. We are happy that these two are on the same schedule though so we will all be together for Christmas in 2017.
Andrew and I decided that we are just going to make the absolute best of this situation. We are going to fit in as many traditions as possible while we have them. We are going to do a fun mini getaway with them in the beginning of December. We did get them a few things (focusing on quality instead of quantity over here) and we are giving them their gifts early on instead of reenacting Christmas morning when they come back to us. This is just what we decided… even though there are a million different options on how to handle kids being away for the holidays.
Sago Mini made their ‘holiday gift’ (they will get one more gift in December) dreams come true at our house:) Sago Mini is an award-winning company that is devoted to play for kids! They make apps and toys for kids 3 years and older. They strongly believe in creating toys that ‘seed imagination and grow wonder.’ Sago Mini toys help these little minds to think creatively and help them with their social skills.
We told them to close their eyes and I was pretty amazed that they didn’t peek before telling them to open ha!
Knox got Harvey’s Spaceship and Brooke got Jack’s Diner.
Their excited faces:
Both sets from Sago Mini are absolutely beautiful with all of their details.
The spaceship was perfect for Knox’s ‘science loving’ personality right now… all sorts of modules, a hatch and a hoverboard!
The drive-thu on the diner is pretty dang cute in my opinion. The little diner has everything you would find in a classic diner (loved the floors:)… even a jukebox! Both sets are gender neutral which makes Andrew and I happy because both kids play so well with them.
I thought it was really sweet how the Sago Mini toys included thank you notes for the kids to fill out and give. What an awesome thing to teach them early on to take time to express their gratitude for a gift! My mom will be proud… she made sure to teach this when we were growing up.
I love how easily the pieces store in the playset and how it easily folds back up. They just grab the handle and take the play set along with us or put them away in their rooms. If you’ve used Sago Mini apps then you will see how the play sets bring the characters to life!
The kids played with these two toys longer than any other toys they have received in a very long time. Usually they will play with something for a bit and then they lose interest and move onto the next thing but with these playsets they initially played with them for about 90 minutes and then took a dinner break with us. After dinner we were going to have a family movie night but about 10 minutes into the movie they asked if they could go back up to the playsets ha.
Both the diner and the spaceship have already offered hours of imaginative play… if you need a gift for a child in your life you will want to check these out.
Beretta keeping an eye over them while they play.
The gift part is now taken care of so for the traditions part leading up to Christmas, we have ten must-do holiday season traditions we want to make sure to do with the kids before they leave:
1. Sugar cookies that the kids help (… I don’t know if I would call it helping actually;) to make and decorate and then deliver to our friends and family.
2. Homemade cinnamon rolls! Usually I do this on Christmas but we will do it one of the Saturday’s in December instead.
3. Tubing with the kids. There is a place close by that has an awesome tubing hill with a lift that pulls you and your tube up to the top.
4. Go to a bookstore and pick out a Christmas book to read together that night (with donuts of course). This has been something Brooke and I have done every year.
5. We will make sure to visit Temple Square in Salt Lake City to see the lights. They are out of control amazing!
6. We love to pick out presents for Mer’s dogs, they love stuffed animals, and then deliver them!
7. Watch Elf. Isn’t that a must while eating peppermint ice cream?!
8. Christmas themed PJs on December 1st. I like to give them to the kids a bit before Christmas so they get to wear them a bunch before Christmas.
9. A trip to go see the reindeer at Thanksgiving Point. If you live in Utah, you have to go! We make sure to get the hot chocolate and mini donuts each time we go.
10. We pick a name or two from the Angel Tree each year and do the shopping and delivery for them!
We’ve got a lot of Thanksgiving foods to eat this week! We are celebrating with Andrew’s family this year. Then we will get to work on these traditions!!
Get your playset (Jinja’s House, Jack’s Diner and Harvey’s Spaceship) for any of the kids in your life. They are all available on Amazon.com in the US and Indigo.ca in Canada. Christmas is coming and I think Brooke and Knox can both write their own testimonial of how much they love these toys after so many hours of nonstop play:)
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What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
Favorite holiday movies (yes, a little early on this but I’ve got to prepare for Friday;)?
Any skiers or snowboarders reading (talking about tubing reminded me to ask)?! Favorite ski resort?
What is your run today?