The Chirping Moms

November 26, 2014

This Week's Giveaway: Kissy Kissy Holiday Clothes!


Ho. Ho. Ho!  The holidays are upon us & while we have not officially pulled out all of our Christmas decor & goodies, we are welcoming the holiday season with some one of kids'  favorite things of the season, new Christmas pajamas.  My kids look forward to a fun new pair of Christmas pajamas each year & we are excited to partner with Kissy Kissy to feature some of their fun pajama finds for little boys and girls this holiday season.


We featured Kissy Kissy earlier this year & are excited to partner together with this brand that creates high quality and adorable looks for babies.  Kissy Kissy creates classic & timeless pieces for little ones. Their clothes are made from Peruvian Pima cotton which makes it super soft and comfortable for your little one.
  

The Kissy Kissy's holiday collection also carries several holiday items that you can use for those special holiday moments:  pictures with Santa, Christmas Eve services, & pictures by the Christmas tree.  Some of our favorite finds include:


We are excited to announce that one lucky reader will win an outfit of choice (based on size & availability) from Kissy Kissy.  For a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter below & good luck!

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November 25, 2014

Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts

For more holiday inspiration,  please follow our Pinterest boards for our latest pins, including all our favorite holiday ideas!


We are getting into the holiday spirit & today we are sharing some fun holiday craft ideas for kids.  All these holiday craft ideas are created from your child's handprint, footprint, or fingerprints!  Handprint & footprint crafts are one of our favorite crafts to do with kids because they are just so cute.  So have fun, get a little messy, & enjoy these fun holiday handprint and footprint crafts!
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms

Handprint & Footprint Angel
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Make footprints at the bottom of the page with white paint.  Make handprints for the wings with white paint and let dry.  Glue on a piece of construction paper for the angel.  Add a face & a halo with a gold pipe cleaner.

Reindeer Footprints
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Directions can be found here.


Happy Sweet Holiday Card with Candy Cane Thumbprint
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
 On a piece of green construction paper, make a candy cane with a finger dipped in red & white paints. Let dry and cut out.  Glue to white construction paper and make card.


Christmas Tree & Rudolph
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Directions can be found here.


 Handprint & Footprint Reindeer
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
 Make a reindeer head with footprints.  My son did three footprints in the shape of a triangle.  On a separate piece of white paper, make two more handprints for antlers.  Let dry.  Cut out and glue onto another piece of construction paper.  Add wiggle eyes and red pom pom for nose.


Reindeer Frame
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Directions can be found here.


Handprint Christmas Tree
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Make handprints in shape of tree with green paint.  Let dry.  Add foam stickers for ornaments.  Add a brown piece of construction paper for trunk.  Make a star shape and add glitter for the star!

Handprint Angel
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Directions can be found here.


Polar Bears Pals Footprints
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Make one black footprint & one white footprint on a piece of paper.  Let dry.  Cut out a piece of white paper for the penguin's belly.  Add little flippers with a black marker onto penguin.  Add a beak out of construction paper the penguin.  Add a nose and mouth to the polar bear.  Add wiggle eyes.  Add pipe cleaner scarfs.  Make earmuffs with pipe cleaners and pom poms. 


Fingerprint Snowman
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Directions can be found here.


Handprint Santa
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Have child make a bunch of white paint handprints on red paper.  Let dry & cut out.  Make a Santa face using construction paper, wiggle eyes, and foam sticker for nose.  Add the handprints for the beard.  Make a Santa hat out of red paper and add handprint to the end of the hat.

Mitten Handprints
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Cut a mitten shape out of red or green construction paper.  Do a white paint handprint & let dry.  Add pom poms.


Fingerprint Snowman
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Directions can be found here.


Handprint Antler Reindeer
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Make a cute reindeer out of construction paper.  Add antlers with brown handprints.


Kissing Reindeer
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Directions can be found here.


Santa Sleigh & Rudolph
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Make a green footprint for the sleigh.  Make a brown handprint for Rudolph.  Add drawings to picture. Add a red pom-pom for Rudolph's nose.  Add red pom-pons for Santa.

Christmas Tree Handprint
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Make an upside down green handprint.  Let dry.  Add a gold pom pom at the top for the star.  Use markers to add Christmas lights.  Decorate paper.


Reindeer Ornament
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Directions can be found here.


Handprint Reindeer
Holiday Handprint & Footprint Crafts : The Chirping Moms
Directions can be found here.

We teamed up with a great group of bloggers to share the Ultimate Christmas Ideas Guide for Kids.  Check out all the fun posts that are featured below:




AND now, for the fun part, you can enter to win one of FOUR $500 cash prizes directly in your paypal account! This giveaway is open internationally. You must be 18+ years old to enter. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Please see detailed terms and conditions below the giveaway for more info. Good luck!

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November 23, 2014

Hosting Holiday Gatherings & Holiday Traditions With Hickory Farms

One of my favorite things about moving back to New Jersey, has been hosting holiday gatherings. The main reason reason, of course, is that I can welcome so many of my family members into my home and entertain. Another reason, is that being able to celebrate holidays in our own home, has been great with little kids. I spent about 10 years "traveling home" for holidays. It always included the stress of the cheapest/most convenient was to travel, packing up gifts, etc. Now that we celebrate many holidays right in our own home, we've started some special family traditions. Our house is not very big, but we try to make it a warm, cozy place to celebrate with family. 
This year, we're hosting Thanksgiving, a family Christmas party in December, Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day. This might seem a little crazy, since our 3rd baby just arrived 3 weeks ago, but I've gotten pretty good at asking family members for help with the hosting. Our house is a central location for many of the family members, and I honestly think it's easier to stay home and host with 3 little ones, than packing up all the gear and going anywhere. Another way to simplify the job of hosting is to get some easy, delicious and festive food that "arrives" ready to help you entertain. Hickory Farms is perfect for this. There are so many great options from sweets to wine and cheese. I love that I can order items that will come ready to look festive and presentable when my guests arrive. Then I can even add some items to the order to use as gifts. A new tradition in my crazy house of 3 kids under 5: make holidays as simple and enjoyable as possible! 
In addition to making hosting easier, Hickory Farms items make wonderful gifts. For more than 60 years, Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition. Many Americans have a distinct memory of Hickory Farms at their holiday gatherings. As soon as I mentioned Hickory Farms to Julie, she said she remembers her mom sending Hickory Farms baskets as gifts since she was young. Hickory Farms prides themselves on not only passing down traditions through generations of families, but also creating new traditions and sharing them with loved ones. 
You can now find Hickory Farms items in nearly 600 Holiday Market stores and kiosks across North America, as well as in select retailers. Another way to easily shop for Hickory Farms is by ordering online: www.hickoryfarms.com 
I'm truly looking forward to welcoming family and friends into our home over the next few weeks. There's so much to celebrate and to be thankful for. Enjoy the holidays with your family! 
Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms. 
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November 21, 2014

Yellow Friday is Here : Shop 20 Awesome Deals All Weekend Long

Yellow Friday Weekend is Here!
ALL SHOPS ARE USING COUPON CODE: chirpholiday 
unless otherwise noted

Why wait for Black Friday when you can shop all of these wonderful small businesses now? This is a chance to sit back, relax & get your holiday shopping done from the comfort of your own home.  These deals kick off today and will run through Sunday at midnight so you have all weekend long to take advantage of these great deals.  Below you will find each company / Etsy shop participating, an idea of what they sell & what their Yellow Friday deal is.  Just click on the store name & it will take you right over to their site to shop.  ALL of the stores are using coupon code : chirpholiday (unless a different code is noted).  You also will find that several shops are participating in the Ultimate Yellow Friday Prize Package in a giant giveaway.  To enter, scroll down below the deals and you will find more details on this fun giveaway.  
Here's to happy shopping during Yellow Friday 2014!

Yellow Friday Weekend Deals
ALL SHOPS ARE USING COUPON CODE: chirpholiday 
unless otherwise noted
1.  Pop Pop's Children's Furniture Company : Unique wooden's children furniture
All stools are 25% off and have free shipping (domestic only) with code chirpholiday2014

2.  Zoe & Piper:  Jewelry with a conscience
25% off with code TCM25.  Free shipping for orders over $25.

3.  Designed to Shine:  Custom Jewelry And Accessories
25% off with code chirpholiday2014.  Last day for holiday orders is December 1st.

4.  I See Me:  Personalized Books & Gifts for Children
20% off

5.  Sila Boutique:  Online Shopping Boutique Catering to Moms & Children
15% off.

6.  Tickled Peach Studio:  Personalized Kids' Gifts, Invitations, & Stationary
20% off and Free shipping for orders over $50.

7.  Brown Eyed Boutique:  Hairbows & Headbands
25% off

8.  Words to Live By:  Decorative Wood Signs
25% off

9.  Festive Home Decor:  Decorative Throw Pillow Covers
20% off

10.  Project Cottage Ink:  Personalized Prints, Canvas, Invitations, & Wall Art
25% off

11.  Project Cottage Textile Co.:  Pillows, Poufs, Duvet Covers, & More
25% off

12.  Our Sweet Home Alabama:  Handcrafted Treasures with a Southern Touch
20% off orders over $15.

13.  Simply Made Greetings: Custom & Personalized Mugs
20% off

14.  Paper Etiquette:  Fine Paper Goods
20% off

15.  E Ogden Ave : Picture Words Images.
25% off any picture words.


16.  Babychelle : Online shop for children's shoes.
15% off with coupon code YELLOWCHIRPS

17.  Ooh Baby Infinity : Infinity Scarves, Tote Bags, & Table Runners
10% off

18.  Opposite of Far : Unique & High Quality Felt Masks and Tails
Buy 2 Masks & Get A Surprise Mask for Free AND Free Shipping with coupon code SURPRISEME

19.  Bloomz : Felt Flower Headbands & Clips
15% off purchase $15 or more.
Anyone who shops Bloomz during Yellow Friday with coupon code chirpholiday and "likes" Bloomz on Facebook is automatically entered to win a $50 shop credit from Bloomz.  Shop owner will contact a winner. 

20.  Style Smaller : Online Children's Boutique Shop
15% off


We are also excited to announce the Ultimate Yellow Friday Giveaway!  
One winner takes all of the following prizes.  
All you have to do is enter in the Rafflecopter below and good luck!

Yellow Friday Prize Package
I See Me : A Christmas Bear for Me Gift Set & Choice of Personalized Ornament
Designed to Shine : Custom Handwriting Charm Bracelet
Sila Boutique : For the Birds Swaddle Blanket, 2 Pack
Simply Made Greetings : Choice of Mug from Shop
Words to Live By Signs : Santa Claus is Coming to Town Sign
Tickled Peach Studio : Christmas Nativity Puzzle for Kids
Project Cottage Textile : Choice of Pouf from Shop
Project Cottage Ink : We Love You More Than All Canvas Print
Paper Etiquette : Free $15.00 Holiday Invite or Christmas Card PDF/JPEG
Opposite of Far : Rudolf Mask

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