Don’t Touch the Tree!

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Written by Ashley as part of the We’re Moms Too series.

For the past six years, my husband and I have spent the Sunday after Thanksgiving going to a tree farm to cut down our Christmas tree. Having come from an artificial tree family, this has been one of the highlights of my adult Christmases.

We’ve had many tree adventures over the past six years. The most memorable was when the tree fell off the roof on the highway. I still remember the feeling of snow falling on our noses and the wind gusting, from both the sky and the 65+ MPH cars flying past, as we attempted to prop that baby back up on the roof. The rope had broken and the only thing we had was a tarp, so we rolled it like a breadstick, threw it over the top of the car, secured it in the side doors and drove 15 MPH in the berm until the next exit. Good times.

Now that we have a family of our own, the traditions, and memorable moments, continue – like the four times that the tree toppled over last year. This year, for the first time, we had two kiddos in tow to cut down the tree. My 3 month old son was wrapped all snuggly in his carrier, while my husband and daughter meandered through the forest in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

Tree-farm

It’s crazy what a difference a year makes. Last year, my daughter couldn’t even walk. This year, she was running around the trees proudly proclaiming “Tree! Home!” In toddler language, this means “We’re taking a tree home!” This led to “Tree! Car!” when we strapped it to the roof, this year securely.

After naps and the football game (I’d like to personally thank the NFL for game time starts at 1pm for us parents of toddlers), it was time to put up the tree. Of course we ran into a snag – the tree was closer to 11 feet tall than the 9 feet we had estimated. After more chopping and slicing, it fit in its designated corner, ready to decorate. My husband brought out the step ladder for my daughter to climb to help hang ornaments. She pointed to her preferred destination for each, clustering about 20 ornaments on four branches. After she hung a few herself, all she wanted to do was touch and explore. I tried explaining to her that she could place the ornaments, but not touch them. That went over well – telling a toddler not to touch something always results in listening – right!?

Trimming Tree

At the end of a long day, everything fell into place (luckily, not the tree). It was exciting to be able to share the memories of the past 13 years (before becoming mom and dad) that hung on our tree with our daughter, from “our first Christmas” in 2001 when we were Juniors in high school to the key chains we turned into ornaments in 2008 when we were recent college grads living on powdered potatoes; and this year, we’ll be adding “baby’s 1st Christmas.” Nothing is better than seeing years of memories aglow right there in our home.

WM2_AshleyAbout Ashley
Ashley is a self-proclaimed fashionista, social media maven, and proud mama of two. She is the Digital Communications Manager at Step2 and you may have recently communicated with her if you’ve chatted with Step2 on Facebook or Twitter.

Step2 Play Money + Cyber Week

Cyber Week

The biggest day of the year to shop online is finally here! The holidays are a busy time for all of us, so instead of Cyber Monday lasting just one day, we have extended it to Cyber Week.

Step2 Play Money

PLUS, when you make a purchase of $249 or more between now and December 7, you’ll receive $25 in Play Money! Make sure to enter your email address during checkout in order to receive this offer (not valid for orders using guest checkout).  Play Money will be emailed to the email address provided during checkout on December 10 in the form of a coupon code. The $25 Play Money is for one-time use only and valid on purchases of $25 or more to use on Step2.com between December 10 – 31. To receive the Play Money, your order total must be $249 or more after all coupon codes have been applied and before tax and shipping fees. $25 Play Money coupon code will not be valid on baby items, replacement parts, previous purchases or future exchanges and cannot be combined with any other coupon codes.

Take advantage of these amazing offers now through December 7 at 11:59PM ET or while supplies last:

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Besides these wonderful Cyber Week offers, our Black Friday deals continue and our Holiday Toy List offers have been extended through Sunday, December 7.

To stay up to date on our holiday specials, make sure you sign up to receive our emails!

*Cyber Week, Black Friday and Holiday Toy List pricing runs through Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET or while supplies last. Cyber Monday, Black Friday and Holiday Must Have Deal codes cannot be combined with any other coupon codes. Not valid on baby items, replacement parts previous purchases or future exchanges.

 

Winter Arts & Crafts: Holiday Magnets

Holiday Magnets

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to start decorating for the holidays! This month, we’ve created a craft that allows your youngsters to help with decorations. Making adorable holiday magnets will help spread the joy and anticipation for the celebrations ahead. Plus, it’s the perfect way for you and your little ones to show off your artistic creations!

Here what you’ll need:

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Steps:

  1. Cut foam snowflakes into a circle.
  2. Place adhesive magnetic strips on the back of each circle.
  3. Use some of the circles to create the faces for the snowmen. Glue googly eyes and cut of pieces of the foam sheets to create a nose and mouth. You can also use the foam sheets to make a scarf for your snowmen!
  4. With the green foam sheet, you and your little ones can design a Christmas tree and add lights with the other colors from the sheets. You can also create a star to place on top! Add a magnetic strip to the back of the tree and the star.
  5. Place the magnets on the magnetic side of your art easel or fridge and begin “building” snowmen and playing with the Christmas tree!

*Optional step: With the leftover foam snowflakes, you can place magnetic strips on the back of them and add those to your fridge or kid’s easel.

holidaymagnettutorial

Will you and your little artists create these magnets for the holidays?

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Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the product featured in this blog post. Adult supervision is required.