A (Green) Toy Review

This past Christmas was the first Christmas I ordered everything off of Amazon and didn't step foot into a brick and mortar store.  


I loved it. 


We gift our children three gifts each and we only buy them things that we would want to keep in our home for a long time. With just $300 and one hour, we got Christmas shopping done for our five little ones.  

Here are two of my favorite purchases from our Amazon Christmas:


Our two year old absolutely loves this toy just as much as her big sister.  

Our two year old absolutely loves this toy just as much as her big sister.  

We bought this make your own garden set for our three year old daughter who absolutely  adores picking flowers.  

Even my six year old son enjoys this toy. He made this creation.  

Even my six year old son enjoys this toy. He made this creation.  

It's a "green" product which is awesome and all of the pieces can be configured to make almost endless arrangements of flowers. We just love this toy. 


Our favorite purchase has got to be this wooden marble run we got for our six year old son. We have had so many fun hours of play and it's a "go-to" toy on an almost daily basis. How many toys can you say your children still actively play with 7 weeks after Christmas? Not many, right?


The marble run my son made without instructions.  

The marble run my son made without instructions.  

I would highly encourage parents to check these toys out and just revel in what your child comes up with. I love open-ended toys because they're classic, they typically last through multiple children, and, most importantly, they encourage critical thinking and engineering skills.  

And honestly, who needs another loud, light-up or techie toy in their home?! Not me. No, thank you.  


Dear Jesus, It's almost your birthday...

...and everyone down here is busy preparing. Two days until the season officially begins and we have so much to do!!!! Store ads have gone out to each and every home and many are planning their routes of attack. Some stores are even opening on Thanksgiving this year, Jesus, just so we can get an extra few hours in of shopping [for ourselves] for your big day. Never mind that the employees that are forced to work on this family centered holiday won't see their families this day. It's okay, right, Jesus? It's all for your birthday.:) It's almost your birthday, Jesus and the kids are getting excited! They marked up the entire toy store magazine and haven't even considered what they can give to others. But it's okay Jesus because it's always like this on your birthday and kids should he expected to be self-centered and greedy during Christmas. I know you understand. All those flashy new fresh toys wrapped up so neat underneath each decked out tree. Thank goodness Santa is around to make all those gifts appear under the tree. Thank you Jesus for making Santa. Since he's an actual real life in the flesh/on earth person, it's really awesome to be able to focus on how he makes this season happen. I mean if it wasn't for Santa, your birthday wouldn't be very fun. I'm just being honest. ;)

Oh! And Jesus, the best part of your birthday is making it all about us. It's so awesome to be able to receive all of these gifts on your behalf. Thank you, Jesus! You're so awesome to not expect too much out of us during this time...I've never seen anyone be so selfless on His birthday.

Jesus, it's almost your birthday, and there's a lot of people out there that I hear will be cold, homeless, and unloved. Please send lots of nice people that have the extra money, the extra time, and the extra heart to spend your birthday helping these people. I'm glad there are people out there like this so I actually don't have to spend your birthday helping people that can't help themselves. I mean, I'm so busy, and have already spent more money than was in my bank account, so Jesus, there's nothing left for you...or these poor people.

Jesus, it's almost your birthday, and I'm really if you'll excuse me, cyber Monday is in 6 days and that's not a lot of time to find all of the free shipping coupon codes that I need.

Love, Alicia

Ps. Oh! And happy birthday, Jesus! Love you!