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Sunday, 19 January 2020

Valentine's Style for Kids

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One holiday down, time to move onto the next one. That's right, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. It sneaks up on me every year - probably because I'm still talking Christmas in mid-January!

This year I'm going to be prepared though, and I want you guys to be prepared too, so today I'm sharing some of my favorite Valentine's Day style finds for kiddos. Cute heart and love themed clothing and accessories.

Aww... look at those two Valentine's Day cuties!

First up, here are some of my favorite love inspired clothes for kids. Valentine's Day threads tend to be pretty pink and red, and let's face it, kinda girly, so I've made sure to keep things pretty gender neutral here. As always, clink the links below to shop.

❤️️ Hanna Andersson Sueded Jersey Baseball Tee
❤️️ Molo Love is Real Tee
❤️️ Rock Your Baby Love Is Pullover
❤️️ Hanna Andersson Sueded Jersey Baseball Tee
❤️️ Hanna Andersson Love Sweatshirt
❤️️ Primary Heart Leggings
❤️️ Crewcuts by J.Crew Heart Tee
❤️️ Primary Heart Pajama Pants
❤️️ Primary Heart Pajama Top

Not feeling like decking your kids out completely in a Valentine's inspired outfit? No problem, I've got accessories for you too! Add a little extra love on the big day with temporary tattoos, hair clips, shoes, a beanie, jewelry or a Valentines colored bag to bring home all those goodies from school (these are the best shopping bags ever - I have so many of them!). Don't forget some sweet hair and body wash to send your little love off to school smelling as sweet as they are.     

❤️️ Whistle & Flute J'Taime Beanie
❤️️ Freshly Picked Sweet Thing Moccasins
❤️️ Stance Kids Sucker Socks
❤️️ Tubby Todd Sweet Valentine Hair & Body Wash
❤️️ Tattly Temporary Tattoos 
❤️️ Hello Shiso Triple Hearts Clips
❤️️ Hello Shiso Origami Heart Clip
❤️️ Freshly Picked I Heart Mom Mini Soles
❤️️ Baggu Standard 
❤️️ Yellow Owl Workshop J'Taime Pendant
❤️️ Baggu Mini
❤️️ Vans Rainbow Hearts Sneakers
❤️️ Vans Slip Ons

Looking for the tees that Lola and Mathilde are wearing above? You can find similar Danefae tees here.

Do you deck your kids out for specific holidays? I must admit that I'm a bit of a sucker for it!

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Our First Christmas in Colorado

I know, I know... Christmas was a couple of weeks ago now, but I have one last Christmas themed post to share and then that's it - until December!

This time I'm sharing a round up of all the holiday fun as there were quite a few smaller events that I didn't share dedicated posts about. Oh, and our Christmas card, which I never shared on here before - although you may have received one in the mail. There are majestic mountains behind the kids in this pic, but they're hidden behind thick clouds. Clouds that later that very same day brought the heavy snowfall that we experienced over Thanksgiving break. You can see just how much snow we got here

Let's go back to November when the holiday fun started - before Thanksgiving, for some reason!)

Friday, 10 January 2020

National Western Stock Show Kick-Off Parade

Let's take a break from all things Christmassy and Wintry and take a look at an annual even that happens every January right in the heart of Denver. I'm talking about the National Western Stock Show and it's kick-off parade.

Every January Denver celebrates Colorado's cowboy culture with 16 days of stock shows, rodeos, horse riding events, bull riding, and animal shows, and it all kicks off with a parade through Downtown Denver.

Denver's Mile High Tree

Just when you thought I couldn't possibly have any more holiday fun to share with you, I'm back with more! And this isn't the last of it!

Remember I mentioned that the holiday magic continues for quite some time in Colorado? Well, one of the most spectacular - and free - holiday events continues all the way through to the end of January. I'm talking about the Mile High Tree, Denver's newest holiday installation.

Standing at 110 foot tall and 39 feet in diameter, the Mile High Tree is a sight to behold. As you can probably tell from the pictures above, the Mile High Tree is not really a tree. Rather, it's a conical structure covered in thousands of twinkling lights that resembles a Christmas tree. The lights twinkle and change color in amazing patterns choreographed to music (holiday music during the the holiday season and local Colorado music throughout January).

Friday, 3 January 2020

ICE! at Gaylord Rockies

It's January, but it's still looking an awful lot like Christmas around here!

Christmas may have been and gone, but the holiday fun continues a little longer here in Colorado with many Christmas themed displays and events on until next week, or in some cases, even longer. One such Christmas event that is still on for a few more days is the ICE! exhibition at Gaylord Rockies. We visited yesterday and it was such a fun experience.

Gaylord Rockies is a huge hotel and convention center located close to Denver International Airport. It's a popular spot with families, both visitors and locals alike, due to their large range of on site activities. There's a water park there that the kids are keen to check out, but that will have to wait until Summer! For now, the attractions that got our attention were more on the frosty side of things.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Ice Castles

Happy new year! Can you believe that it's 2020 already? Doesn't that sound like some sort of distant future date? You know, when we'll all have flying cars, or something like that!

Well, we don't have flying cars but we do have plenty of pretty amazing things that go beyond imagination, and we spent the last day of the last decade checking one of them out. No, nothing computerized, electronic or robotic, but something that does require science to build - along with a healthy dose of imagination and creativity. I'm talking about Ice Castles! 

Not sure what Ice Castles are? Read on... you're in for a treat! 

Every year since 2011 the team behind Ice Castles have been making magical creations one ice crystal at a time. Well, more than one a time, more like 5,000 to 12,000 icicles harvested by hand and sculpted individually into formations. These icicles grow and grow taking shapes formed by the wind, water volume, temperature and a little human assistance until they become the 25 million pound structures the public gets to see and explore. Isn't that amazing? To make these structures even more magical, there are thousands of twinkling lights inserted into the ice that glow in a range of colors and sparkle to music when the sun goes down. 

There are six Ice Castles locations around the US and Canada including Midway (Utah), North Woodstock (New Hampshire),  New Brighton (Minnesota), Lake Geneva (Wisconsin), Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) and, luckily for us, Dillon, right here in Colorado. Just like snowflakes, no two Ice Castles are the same.   

We took a trip to Dillon on New Year's Eve to experience the Ice Castles for ourselves again (we also visited last year when we visited Colorado during Winter break - you can read about that here). It was just as magical as our previous visit. Last year we visited late in the day so that we could experience both the stunning blue and white colors of the ice as it sparkled in the sun and also the colorful lights when the sun went down. Our California bodies weren't accustomed to the cold and while we had a blast, we all left feeling rather chilly. This time around we decided to just visit during the day and I made sure to choose the warmest and sunniest day in the forecast. Our bodies have also become somewhat accustomed to Colorado Winters so we didn't leave with feet feeling like blocks of ice like last year!

Okay, enough of me blabbing on, you want to see pictures, right? Prepare yourself, because I took a ton - no surprises there! Here's a look at our visit to Ice Castles...

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Elf on the Shelf: Week 4

Christmas has been and gone, but I still have quite a few Christmas themed posts to share - you know, as inspiration for next year. Not at all because I'm behind!

As you know, I like to share what our Elf on the Shelf, Elfie Pokie Nokie gets up to each week throughout December. I'm yet to share his last week with us, even though it was only 4 days, so here it is: Our last few days with Elfie Pokie Nokie this year...

Day 22
On day 22 we found Elfie hanging upside down from the Mexican tissue paper banners that I had hung in our entry way. He spent the entire day hanging upside down from one leg, but he didn't seem to mind too much.

Day 23
On day 23 the kids couldn't find Elfie anywhere in our house, and it wasn't until we stepped outside that they discovered him. The day before we had set up new Christmas lights in our front yard including a light up corgi - although Mathilde is convinced it's a shiba inu with no tail! Elfie must have taken a liking to the corgi as we found him tucked under the corgi's scarf. I guess it kept him snuggly warm over night!

Day 24
Christmas Eve found Elfie back inside the house, and in an especially cold spot.  I opened the fridge door to get milk for my morning latte and there he was squeezed into the door shelf next to the juice.  It must have been pretty chilly hanging out in the fridge all day, but I guess he is probably used to it, living in the North Pole, and all.

Day 25
The big day! The kids were so excited to see what Santa had brought for them that they didn't notice Elfie hanging from the mantle along with their stocking for quite some time. Even though he was hiding in clear view he does blend in rather well with the red and white stockings.

After Christmas Elfie traveled back to the North Pole. We look forward to seeing him back in our home again next December.

Does the Elf on the Shelf visit your home?

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