Our 2015 Christmas Card & A Gluten Free Gingerbread Tree!

First things first – I present to you all, our 2015 Christmas card!

Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Christmas Card

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We wanted to try to do our annual family photo by the tree or wearing Christmas sweaters, but time got away from us. So instead I opted to toss a Santa hat onto one of the photos from our recent photo session and have a little fun with it :)

Now, being gluten free around the holidays is tough. Especially when you’re five and can easily arrive at the decision of “that’s not fair” at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately, life isn’t always fair and we have had to watch Lilly tear up at the grocery store several times because she can’t make a gingerbread house like all of her friends.

Luckily, there is an incredible bakery in Barrie, Ontario, who was able to add a little extra Christmas magic into our household with their gluten free Christmas tree. Having heard my tale of woe, Warwick Hughes Food Market offered to make one of their trees and leave it in the plain pieces for Lilly to decorate on her own.

She was thrilled!

Gluten Free Gingerbread Tree

Deliciously decorating each piece. I think she ate more candy than she added…

 

Gluten Free Gingerbread Tree Decorating

Our Christmas Masterpiece :)

A very big Merry Christmas from the Wiltshire crew. May your holidays be ever idealistically cheery and bright.

Personal Messages from Santa! PNP Promo Code!

Disclaimer: I was gifted my Gold Pass and a PNP Promo Code to share with all my wonderful readers as compensation for this post. The views and opinions are my own. Honestly, this is one of my favourite services to review each year anyways. My love for PNP is real, guys. Very, very real :)

Personalized messages from Santa with Portable North Pole

Take a personal tour of Santa’s workshop!

I created my first Portable North Pole video back in 2009! I was pregnant with Lilly and excited about all the future Christmas’ I would experience as a Mama. However, since I didn’t have a little one to watch the video yet, I created a personalized message from Santa to a good friend’s little guy and sent it to her via email. Like me, she loves this time of year, so I knew she would appreciate it. Sure enough, she messaged me later that night to say thank you and that watching her little guy get so excited for the message brought tears to her eyes.

Watching the elves and Santa deliver her personalized message.

Lilly, watching the elves and Santa deliver her 2014 personalized message. I can’t wait to see her face light up during this year’s video!

When 2010 rolled around, we created our first video for our little Lilly! She was 4 months old and it was certainly more for us than her, but the magic had officially begun in our household. We have never missed a year since and can honestly say it has always brought tears to our eyes as well. Magic truly is the word to describe the look on her face and the permanent smile lingering after.

This year will be the first year our son Cole is old enough to understand some of the Christmas magic. Santa will start with his signature, “Well hello there Colton!” I am so excited to show Cole his video because I know he will stare wide-eyed and mumble a toddler style “hiii” and wave back. I can’t wait to see the look on his face when Santa shows him the workshop and the reindeer.

About the Portable North Pole

If you’re not familiar with the Portable North Pole (PNP), they create the world’s most engaging, personalized Santa video messages. It gives you the ability to bring Santa Claus directly into your home via video message, complete with details and photos of your kids. It brings them such an in depth personalized video that truly comes across in a realistic way. I was blown away the first time I saw it and equally impressed with the way they have grown it since.

There are plenty of ways to share in the magic for free and the “elves” have been busy working to make PNP easier to use and extra personalized. There’s a new mobile version (compatible with Apple and Android devices) so you can carry the magic of Santa in your pocket, creating personalized video messages and calls on the go. PNP is also available now in English, French and Spanish!

The PNP website has plenty of Christmas stories to share with the kids you love …or funny video options for the adults you want to embarrass in your life. We may or may not have stuck the boss on the naughty list this year at my office and sent the video via email to the whole team….

PNP Supporting Children’s Hospitals

Children's Hospital Program from the Portable North Pole.

Learn more about the PNP Children’s Hospital Program.

In the true spirit of giving, the PNP team has pledged to donate 5% of all web sales to kids hospitals in the purchaser’s area. Each year, they donate to a total of 40 hospitals all over Canada, United States, France, UK, Australia and Ireland and have raised more than $150,000 so far!

This year, PNP will also be donating passes to the staff at each hospital, so they can create personalized videos for each of the children in their care. Such a loving and beautiful idea.

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PNP offers one FREE personalized video message, but there are a wide range of additional storylines, Christmas eve video, phone calls from Santa, and more to choose from. To access some of the additional goodies, there are a few different packages to choose from. All are reasonably priced. My personal pick is the Gold Pass, which gets you unlimited premium videos, unlimited phone calls, archived videos and HD downloads.

If you are thinking of any of these options, I can offer a little something off the top. Simply enter promo code BLG20PNP when you are at the checkout process.

Visit the Portable North Pole now and start a wonderful, family tradition.

Ideally speaking, your little ones will love their videos as much as mine did and the PNP can bring even more Christmas magic into your home too!

The Return of Disney Junior Channel & Sofia The First!

Disclaimer: Disney Junior provided me compensation in exchange for my true and honest opinion on the products and Disney Junior channel. The thoughts below are completely my own.

Sofia The First from Disney Junior

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As parents, we have never had to question whether or not our little girl has a great sense of imagination. There’s nothing she loves more than dressing up and transporting herself to some sort of fantasy world, with a storyline that is all her own creation. So when Disney Junior said they wanted to send her a gift of a Sofia The First costume, I knew it would go over very well in our house.

I considered shooting an unboxing video, but then pictured in my mind how that might play out with my 5 year old and thought the better of it :) Maybe next time.

Disney Junior's Sofia The First Costume

A box full of purple princess goodies.

Sofia the First costume from Disney Junior

Her first “unboxing” photo series. Excuse the blurry photos…they are a testament to her excitement ;)

As expected, Lily dove right into that box as if there was an actual princess in there. Clearly there was.

Disney Jr Sofia ThenFirstnCostume

My little princess.

Lily has never quite been the typical girly girl. Sure, she loves princesses, but very much on her own terms. For instance, a couple years ago for Halloween, when she asked me to dress up as a princess because she wanted to be the fearsome dragon who captured me.

She has always marched to the beat of her own drum and played in a way that is uniquely her.

That fact is one of the reasons that I have always loved Disney Junior’s Sofia The First. It is such a great story in the sense that it encourages every little girl to dream big. It’s relatable because it tells the story of an average little girl becoming a princess. Lilly loves it for all the same reasons. Plus Sofia wears purple, her absolutely favourite colour.

Disney Junior Channel Returns to Canada!

Did you know that the Disney Junior Channel returned as of December 1? Believe me, we very much new in my house. Lilly starting seeing the commercials announcing the return a few months ago and has not let us forget it.There are a number of shows and characters she adores in the Disney Junior family.

…and I will admit that the 90s kid in me is more than a little excited for the new Lion King based series, The Lion Guard!

The Lion King new series, The Lion Guard

Simba has a second cub!

For the month of December, Disney Junior is presenting “Magical Holidays” featuring festive premieres and new episodes of Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Miles from Tomorrowland, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, Sofia the First and more. To find your local channel, visit www.disneyjunior.ca

For great updates on shows, games and giveaways, also be sure to check out Disney Junior Channel on Facebook and YouTube:

 

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