Kids:Today, I purged my kids toys because it was just time. It was time to get rid of all those wonderful toddler and preschooler toys that have been traded in for legos and art supplies. I'm going to preface this portion of the post, by sharing that my boys are now 9 and almost 7 (as in, I should start designing his birthday invitation soon). These three things, aside from Legos, are what they are super excited about these days.
You can find it here at Target.
In all honesty, Legos are the main toy of choice for my kids, but we discovered K'nex this fall and they are are pretty awesome. Ethan is really in to making things work, this roller coaster has a car that goes along the track using a clock arm. In some ways it challenged him more than a basic Lego set does. You can find it here.
Color Alive Coloring Books
road trips or times when we are waiting. These are great because the illustrations that they color, they get to snap on our iphone or ipad and they come alive. They can make Captain America sit on our couch or walk in our front door. Technology is amazing! You can find these here.
We discovered these this summer, when I was looking for things to fill their travel backpacks and they were such a hit that we bought them more for their stockings this year (shh! It's a secret!). They basically are these colored plastic ++ (two plus' put together) and you build with them. The are a lot of fun because you can build things for them, like the box above is for robots, but they are also open ended, which are my favorite toys! I want to see where these boxes take my child's imagination and the things that they created while sitting at the airport or hanging out at our hotel before bed, was amazing.
Kitchen:These three kitchen things are my most used, favorite things ever. I've talked about them before, but they are seriously the best and if you are in need of a wonderful gift for someone who loves to get creative in the kitchen, here are some of my favorites.
Microwave popcorn maker
We just bought this, and it is super cool! These are great if you don't want to go to the store and buy microwave popcorn with all the yucky stuff or you don't want to pull out your Whirley Pop for amazing popcorn. It is simple and works wonders! Plus, it's dishwasher safe, so definitely a keeper! Here's the link.
You can find the link on amazon here.
Corkcicle Coffee Cup
This is a new find. . . like last weekend. I've always wanted to bring my coffee to Bible Study (because going to that much adds up. . . a lot), but my coffee is always cold before I drop off the kiddos at school. This basically is the best one I've tried. The lid is wonderful, too, because we all know that it really matters. They come in all sorts of pretty colors and manly colors. . . my husband is eyeing the charcoal black one. . . it's super sleek!
This stuff is pretty much amazing and a really fun gift for that baker in your life. It's kind of expensive, but it totally amps up a chocolate cake or you can make these muffins and amaze your co-workers with your culinary excellence. It's definitely a good gift for that baker friend who likes to try new recipes.
Crafty:I could only come up with one, partly because this is ending up being a long post and I am tired, and also because I haven't been buying things if I don't need them. You probably don't want to hear how much I love titanium needles for my sewing machine or stuff like that, so I will just leave this one here because it so wonderful!
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What was something you purchased or were gifted this year that made your year rock?
If you have any gift ideas you would like to share, please comment or message me. I am always looking for ideas for all the people in my life and would love to hear what things your are just swooning over these days. Feel free to leave a comment below. . . those comments really make my day (really, they do!).
I should also add that NOBODY paid me any money to write this post. I get nothing. It's just me sharing ideas with you. No biggie. Thanks for reading it!