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Friday, December 2, 2011

The Nutcracker- Which One is a Part of Your Holiday Traditions?

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker
That one?
or
This one?
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If the latter is already a part of your family’s tradition like mine, and you’d like to bring on the other, as well.  You can start this year! Here are the details:

The Louisville Ballet will be performing the Brown-Forman Nutcracker in Whiney Hall, at the Kentucky Center, December 10-23, 2011.  You may purchase tickets online here.

Let us know which one you is a part of your holidays!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Say “Yes” to the Mess!

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I am always telling my 3 ½ and 5 ½ year old, "No."  "No," they can't help me in the Queen of Treats kitchen.  "No," they can't eat what we're baking.  "No," we're not having a party, and this cake isn't for them!  What a bummer!

So, during the holidays, I like to spend some time in our kitchen at home getting messy, creating masterpieces and enjoying the laughter!

This year, we're making "Ornament Krispies"!!  Not difficult, but definitely fun!  Just use round puff cereal in your Rice Krispie recipe!  I like Capn' Crunch OOPS! All Berries, and Trix bright colors and Kix work well for decorating!

Shape the cereal krispies into balls; placing them in a muffin tin helps them hold their shape.  Once cooled, the kids can decorate with M & M's, Skittles, or whatever you have around!  Just use a little candy melt or icing as glue to hold the candies.  For ornament hangers, break the hook off of a mini-candy cane and use candy melt to attach... or attach a Rolo upside down. Tie a ribbon around to finish it off! You can also place these in decorative cupcake liners or wrap in cling wrap to give to friends!

"Yes," you're going to get sticky!  "Yes," you're going to have fun!  And, "Yes," it will be a tradition you will want to continue!  As busy as we are during the holidays, I've found it's always important to stop and say, "YES!"  I hope your family enjoys this idea as much as we have!

Happy Holidays!

Contributed by Erin Haynes Reed of Queen of Treats.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pretty Little Diva Giveaway

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It doesn’t get any more girly than that!  After spa treatments from Pretty Little Diva Mobile Glamour Party, your little girls will be ready to paint the town pink, and today’s giveaway is a party package from Pretty Little Diva.  You can contact them in Louisville by email at info@prettylittlediva.com, phone 502.230.1753, or here on facebook.

There are two ways you can enter (just leave a separate comment here for each):
1. Follow Today’s Family Every Day (one entry)
2. Like Pretty Little Diva on facebook (one entry)

*This giveaway ends at midnight on 12/6/11.

See Official Rules for details.

Update: Our winner is christines (comment #24).  Congratulations!  Please email us soon to claim your prize.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Oh, Christmas Tree… Oh, Christmas Tree.

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For many of us, once the turkey is fully digested, it is time for the Christmas tree to go up. But which tree tradition do you choose?

Being lifetime Louisvillians, my husband, Dean, and I are allergic to everything in nature--mold, mildew, dust, grass and tree pollen--which makes the prospect of having a live Christmas tree a recipe for disaster followed closely by a prescription for antibiotics. For the sake of our sinuses, we stick with a fake one.

With our three children and two cats, we also find it enough of a challenge to keep all of them fed and watered on a daily basis. During the busy holiday season of shopping, visiting family, and participating in Christmas events throughout the city, we think our heads might explode if we had to be responsible for one more living thing.

I have heard about the mess of live tree needles littering the floors, but we have the same issue with our artificial tree. Of course, much of this mess in our home comes from the cats who gnaw on the ends of the branches. The holiday brings with it a new kind of hairball mess for me to clean up almost every morning.

Sometimes I envision the memories we’d make with a yearly outing for a new tree at a cut-your-own farm, but when I remember that this would mean my husband would wield an ax (and probably do a lot of cursing), I decide that we are meant to be a fake tree family.
 
Contributed by Carrie Vittitoe, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tree-Trimming Party?

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Here’s the breakdown:
-1 naked tree
-900 colorful lights
-2 HUGE boxes filled with ornaments (number unknown)
-3 kids, ages 6 and under
-and a partridge in a pear tree (just kidding!)
Now, I love to look at the ornaments my little family has collected over the years.  They are truly special to me, and I love having them hanging on my tree to enjoy throughout the holiday season, but getting them up there… now that’s a different story.  I dread the hours it takes to decorate a Christmas tree.  If only I could wiggle the tip of my nose, and it would all be done.  Unfortunately, that never happens.  Trust me, I’ve tried it.

So, my husband and I devised a plan a few years back and have turned it into a tradition.  We call it a “Tree-Trimming Party”.  Using the aforementioned pseudonym and the promise festive food and drink, we lure our family members to our home, and voila, the decorating begins. Our bare tree transforms into a beautiful Christmas tree  right before our very eyes.  With the extra hands, the tedious task, if you will, of decorating our tree becomes a festive evening filled with cheer.   The highlight of our home during the holidays is put together by the hands of each of our family members. 

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As it turns out, our once-devious tactic has turned into a holiday tradition we all look forward to every year! 

Do you have a tree-trimming strategy or tradition like ours?

Contributed by Miranda G. Popp, Editor of Today’s Family Every Day
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