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It is 2 months till Christmas Eve TODAY!

I am going to be bringing you some posts over the next few weeks about some great ideas I saw for Christmas presents this year.  Because if you’re anything like me (and not like one person I know) you don’t have everything you need yet, haha.  These are online stores and items that I use and can heartily recommend.  I hope that you will encourage some of these Christian businessmen and women this year by buying from someone you can trust.

You all have heard me talk about Deborah and Co. before.  It is definitely one of my favourite online stores (one of the few that I have actually bought from).  I love that she is completely changing the store from hand-sewn clothing to good quality manufactured pieces.  Some of the items she has brought in recently are gorgeous!  I wish I had pictures to share with you.  Here is the Rainbow Denim skirt (which has almost sold out!).  It comes in both regular and maternity sizes (how cool is that?)   Its a gorgeous skirt and I would love to have one!

The store also stocks half tees and fleece-lined leggings (definitely investing in another pair this year) besides skirts and shirts.

There are numerous things for children as well.

Christmas Shopping:  Deborah and Co.Dress up princess gowns, paper dolls, cross stitch samplers, magazines, books…there is something for every little girl.  Some of these items will work for boys as well (such as the ABC dvd pictured above).

Caroline and her husband have also brought out a new item:

DIY building block people for children! Six adorable girls and boys to mix and match.

If you have never seen Stackapals before you will love these!    This is a pdf download that you cut out, glue to blocks, and give to your children.  The people come in three sections and can be mixed and matched for loads of fun.  There is a girl set and a boy set.  I have seen these before online and just never got around to buying them.   I received a review copy of these sets and I can’t wait to get them attached to the blocks for the Littles for Christmas.   These aren’t huge blocks…the pattern calls for 1.5 to 2″ sizes.  A good size for little hands but small enough for easy storage

And, although not a Christmas gift idea, I have to bring in the Character Badges program again.

Character BadgesWe recently started using Little Character Badges (for ages 3-5) with Little Man and I am so impressed with this system.  We did tweak it a bit for his personality but overall the program is working for him.  We have struggled so much in the last year with his behaviour but these charts have helped him work on improving it himself.   The Little Character Badges comes with 2 charts one for good behaviour and one for bad behaviour.  On the Obedience Chart, children work to gain badges for good behaviour.  Every 3 check marks results in a badge, with 9 check marks the child reaches #1.  You can offer incentives as extra to the badges as well.  We found we had to drop the Disobedience Chart for now.  Little Man was focusing on what he did wrong (and it was easier to fill up that chart).   =(   Once we took that chart down he did so much better in focusing on good behaviour.  I am very thankful for these and if you are struggling with helping your children learn good behaviour then you will want to get this program.  It makes teaching them stress-free.  Seriously.

I hope you will take some time and check out Deborah and Co and The Modest Mom Blog for Christmas gift ideas.

Happy Shopping!

 

Amanda Cunningham

Amanda worked as a full-time school teacher for two years before getting married and having two wonderful kids.She blogs about faith, family, food, and fun.While crafting takes up a lot of her extra time, Amanda also strives to help others through ministry in her church and in the community.Amanda, also known as Mae, works as the church music director and is hoping to start tutoring and teaching music again in the days to come.

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