Christmas Book Post

This time of year gets me so excited for Christmas! Once Halloween and Remembrance Day are over we dive straight into all things Christmas. We’ve been collecting books to add to our Christmas Book collection since September and can’t wait to pull them out and display them! Several of them we purchased last year but we have a few new additions here already and a few on their way! (Thank you Amazon Prime!)

  1. The Night Before Christmas This Christmas story is a classic and is a must have book in any Christmas collection.

2. Why I Love Christmas Part of the large “Why I Love” series, provides descriptions about why we love Christmas in the words of children.

3. Bear Stays Up for Christmas A super sweet story about a group of friends who help their friend Bear stay awake so he gets to experience Christmas. This story is about friendship, love and the magic of Christmas.

4. The Polar Express On Christmas Eve, a boy hops on the Polar Express to take him on a magical adventure to visit the North Pole. A story about bravery and the spirit of Christmas.

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas Celebrate Christmas with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in this long-time favourite! Christmas is almost here, which means ice-skating, Christmas carols, and sparkly lights everywhere—even on Snoopy’s doghouse! We have two of these books because their covers were different and it’s oh, so beautiful!

6. How to Catch Santa How to Babysit a Grandma and How to Babysit a Grandpa are two of Sullivan’s favourite books so when we saw this one we had to get it! A fun story with tips on catching Santa!

7. Last Stop on the Reindeer Express “Christmas is coming but Mia has no time to send the card she made to Grandpa, who lives far away. But when she stumbles across a magical mailbox, Mia finds herself inside the Reindeer Express and is whisked away on an exciting voyage over many exotic lands, reaching Grandpa just in time. Young readers will love opening doors that lead into the next page, peeking through holes into the next scene, and opening the card that Mia made for Grandpa. It’s an interactive holiday story that will be especially appreciated by families that can’t all be together for Christmas.”(Amazon Description)

8. Winter in the Forest This is a fun lift-the-flap book following two raccoons as they explore Winter. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous!

9. Wolf in the Snow This book is an illustration only book, there are no words! Sullivan likes looking at the pictures but it might be better suited for older children who use their words and imagination to tell their own story while looking through the pages!

10. Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise teaches that Christmas isn’t all about the things you get, but the friends that you share it with. We love Corduroy!

11. Tractor Mac Saves Christmas This book is new and on the way so I’ll just share amazon’s description of the story, “Every year, the whole town looks forward to the Christmas tree lighting, but this year, a blizzard has struck. The snow starts to fall more and more heavily, and soon, Tractor Mac and his pals are snowed in at the barn. Farmer Bill and Sibley the horse are supposed to be on their way to the center of town with the tree, but when they get stuck in the blizzard and it looks like the ceremony will have to be called off, Tractor Mac saves them and the whole holiday celebration.” (Amazon description)

12. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas If your little one already loves Little Blue Truck then this one is a must-have. It gently teaches counting skills with the signature Little Blue Truck illustration style.

Thanks for reading!



Sullivan’s Nursery Tour

When I designed Sullivan’s first nursery at our old house it was all white and I loved it being we didn’t know if he was a boy or a girl. Once we moved to our new house when he was 9 months old, I wanted to fill his room with blue and all things boy. I found this wallpaper and I was obsessed, but didn’t feel like we needed to spend over seven hundred dollars to do one accent wall! This was our inspiration; not bad, eh? I am SO happy with how it turned out and at a fraction of the cost! (Under 70 dollars)

I painted the three walls Bright and Early (baby blue) and painted the accent wall Snow White by Benjamin Moore as a base.

I was very reluctant to get started on the stripes because I wasn’t sure if it was going to turn into a disastrous DIY project. One morning I decided I would just get it over with so I had Travis use our blue chalk line and snap several lines equal distance apart all the way up the wall. I had purchased a quart of Chantilly Lace and a Quart of Kensington Blue and began mixing a different colours of blue. I would pour a few drops of blue into a small bowl of white paint, then add bit more blue into the next bowl and so on but didn’t really stir each bowl until I had several bowls of paint with different shades of blue. I think not stirring each bowl and adding a few drops of water helped achieve the watercolour effect.

Travis left for work and Sullivan and I got to work! I used several two-inch sponge brushes and worked one line at a time. I wanted the lines to be a bit bigger than they were in the wallpaper and the brushes I chose worked perfectly. The entire process of painting the lines only took 1.5 hours! I was so pleasantly surprised.

Sullivan’s adorable “Sullivan” pillow and blanket are from our favourite small shop Tiny Bear Designs . The owner, Pam, is truly one of the sweetest people I have ever met and she has exceeded our expectations each and every time we have received something from her in the mail! She makes personalized items such as blankets, crib sheets, clothing, hats, pillows, aprons and so much more for your littles. The quality is amazing, attention to detail, general communication with her is fantastic and her turnaround time is great. There’s something so great about supporting a fellow Mama from Ontario! Love!

The bookshelf, end table, lamp and light fixture are all from Homesense. The picture frames are from Ikea and have the cutest detail on them. Linked here. The animal pictures are from Etsy and we have 8 of them. Linked here

The grow ruler sign is from a local small shop that we received as a shower gift. The chair is from Wayfair.

If you have any questions other please let me know!