Friday, 27 November 2015

My Favorite Black Friday Deals

Today is Black Friday which means it's the craziest shopping day of the year. I personally can't bring myself to attend one of those door buster sales, but thanks to a little online shopping I have been able to snag a few great deals. Half price Hanna Andersson pajamas? Yes, please! $15 Tea Collection dresses? Time to stock up. 30% off Swedish Hasbeens clogs? My feet NEED those now!

I've been sharing a few of my favorite sales on my Facebook page but I figured it would be more helpful if I compiled them all here on Little Hiccups. So without further ado, here are my favorite Black Friday sales this year. Just click the store name to be taken through to their website.

Please note: Some sales are for today only while others last the weekend. Restrictions may apply. Please make sure to check all conditions of sale on each website before purchasing. 

Hanna Andersson
The best ever kids pajamas are on sale!
All kids' organic long johns and sleepers only $20
* Extra 15% off everything
* Prices as marked

Quality British designs for the whole family
* 30% off everything plus free delivery with the code 7J4Z

Tea Collection 
The best play dresses ever - plus lots of other great styles
* Tons of Tea styles for just $12, $15 and $17
* Select items only
* Prices as marked

My go to store for basics and every day wear
* 50% off EVERYTHING with the code BLKFRIDAY

Whistle and Flute
Super cute kawaii t-shirts, sweaters and accessories for kids and adults
* 25% off everything with the code BLACKANDWHITEFRIDAY

Ginger Caftan
Super comfortable and stylish modern caftans made in California
* 30% off everything with the code PLAIDFRIDAY2015

Covetable Swedish clogs and boots
* 30% off all styles
* Prices as marked

Mama and Little
Stylish silicone teething jewellery
40% off storewide
* Prices as marked

So Young
Cute backpacks and lunch boxes for little ones
Up to 60% off overstock, discontinued items and seconds

Land of Nod
Gorgeous furniture, decor and toys for kids and babies
20% off plus free shipping.
* Restrictions apply
* Prices as marked

Bright Lab Lights
Super stylish ball lights. I want to hang these everywhere!
* Save 20% on everything with the code color20

Oh Happy Day 
The best party supplies around
* 25% off everything with the code HOLIDAY25

* The coolest temporary tattoos around
35% off with the code THANKS35

Tubby Todd
The loveliest smelling bath products for little ones
* 15% off everything with the code TUBBYBLACKFRIDAY

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

30+ Simple Elf on the Shelf Ideas

It's almost that time of year again when Elfie Pokie Nokie, our Elf on the Shelf, makes his appearance in our home.

Every year I try to come up with fun situations for the girls to find Elfie Pokie Nokie in each morning. They've found him making coffee, tangled in Christmas lights, pilfering candy from a Halloween bucket, playing board games with other toys, dancing ballet, stealing a kiss from Barbie under the mistletoe, hanging out in the fridge, and many other crazy situations. The girls are always excited to find what Elfie Pokie Nokie has been up to over night while they sleep.

I know it can be a little tricky to come up with ideas for the Elf on the Shelf sometimes, especially when you wake up early before the kids and realize that you forgot to move him the night before. Trust me, I've been there plenty of times! I've put together more than thirty of my favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas from the last few years to help inspire you and your own elf. Enjoy!

Some days the girls find Elfie Pokie Nokie just relaxing. He might be reading a newspaper while eating breakfast, enjoying a cupcake in Lola's mini Sprinkles store, making himself a coffee, watching the rain outside the window, chilling in the fridge, playing guitar, reading a book with a friend, or even taking a bath!

1. Breakfast & a newspaper

2. Enjoying a cupcake

3. Making coffee

4. Watching the rain

5. Chilling in the fridge

6. Playing guitar

7. Reading a book

8. Taking a bath

Other days Elfie Pokie Nokie was found playing with the other toys. A card game here, a board game there, a little ballet, fun with a puzzle and building with Lego. Elfie Pokie Nokie knows how to have fun.

9. Playing a card game

10. Playing a board game

11. Practicing ballet

12. Fun with puzzles

13. Building with Lego

Some days we found Elfie Pokie Nokie working on a holiday activity, usually the same one that would appear in our advent calendar that day. Our cheeky elf obviously sneaks a peak in the advent calendar! We've found him ready to bake honey biscuits, hanging ornaments, wrapping gifts, cutting paper snowflakes, preparing to build a gingerbread house, and playing with a dreidel for Hanukkah.

14. Ready to bake cookies

15. Hanging ornaments

16. Wrapping gifts

17. Cutting paper snowflakes

18. Making plans for a gingerbread house

19. Playing with a dreidel

That elf of ours can be pretty cheeky, so it's common that we find him getting into trouble or doing something silly. Lola is always worried that she's going to find Elfie Pokie Nokie going through her Halloween candy again - he always does it! We've also found him tangled in Christmas lights, wearing googly eyes, trying to sneak off to school in Ava's backpack, trying to catch a fish in our aquarium, hiding in a stack of toilet paper, trying to sneak a bite of Ava and Lola's gingerbread men, hiding on the coat rack, stowing away in our luggage, and caught in a passionate embrace with Barbie under the mistletoe! 

20. Stealing Halloween candy

21. Tangled in Christmas lights

22. Wearing googly eyes

23. Sneaking off to school with Ava

24. Trying to catch a fish

25. Hiding in toilet paper

26. Stealing a bite of a gingerbread cookie

27. Hiding on the coat rack

28. Stowing away in a suitcase

29. Kissing Barbie under the mistletoe

For all of Elfie Pokie Nokie's cheekiness he does have a good side. On Christmas Day he appears in our home one last time with letters for the girls from Santa. Then at the end of the day he returns to the North Pole for another year, taking with him thank you letters that the girls have written to Santa.

30. Delivering letters from Santa

31. Taking thank you letters to Santa

Elfie Pokie Nokie will arrive in our home on the first day of December. He always makes his appearance in our advent calendar, which is also his last stop on Christmas Day. The girls can't wait to see Elfie Pokie Nokie again and they're looking forward to what he gets up to this year. As always, I'll be posting a week by week update of Elfie Pokie Nokie's antics. I'm sure he's going to be getting himself into some silly situations again!

Does your family have an Elf on the Shelf? If so, does he get into silly situations like ours? I'd love to hear what he/she does in your home.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Grand View Park

A few days ago I shared a post about our visit to the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps (you can see it here). After we climbed to the top of that beautiful staircase we found ourselves in front of yet another staircase. This particular stair case wasn't pretty, but I knew that when we reached the top the view would be spectacular.

And it was!

Grand View Park sits atop a hill in San Francisco's Sunset district and affords 360 degree views over the city. There was a fair amount of fog the day that we climbed to the top, but the views were still amazing. Plus the fog adds to the atmosphere - literally. Ha!

Grand View Park is relatively small and there are no amenities (apart from one bench) but the views are what you make the trek up the hill for. The girls enjoyed looking out over the city trying to spot places they recognize. They also had fun pointing out pink houses!

One of the things I really liked about the view from the top was how it put into perspective just how big Golden Gate Park is. That park is huge!

San Francisco is a city of micro climates with the weather varying greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood. The 360 degree views from Grand View Park made this very clear to us. In one direction we had bright blue skies and sunshine. In another direction the city was being swallowed by fog. These photos look like they could have been taken on two different days in very different weather conditions.

Grand View Park is a fantastic spot to visit for views over San Francisco yet it's not crowded with tourists. The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps may have been busy with tourists making their way up and down while we were there, but relatively few people went the little extra distance to take in the views from the top of the hill. They have no idea what they were missing! It really only takes an extra 5 minutes from the top of the tiled steps and you're at the very top of the hill with sweeping views over the city.

From now on I'll be making sure to add a visit to the tiled staircases and Grand View Park to all itineraries for when we have visitors from home. So if you're planning to come visit, start warming up those knees. I have a lots of steps for you to climb! But trust me, it's totally worth it.