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How to Wear: cozy winter textures

Look cute, feel cozy!

Faux Fur

The coziest of textures! Try the friendlier (and cheaper!) version of the high-fashion staple in a variety of styles and colors. 

The black on black look is still going strong here!

More ways to wear faux fur!

More ways to wear faux fur!

If you're unsure about the full jacket, a furry scarf is a great way to dip your toes in the trend!

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Velvet

The lux fabric is huge this fall/winter. Stick with one piece in a simple silhouette to keep your look fresh.

We love the way Paulien uses velvet in the form of a basic tee to take her outfit up a notch!

Try it on your feet too!

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Oversize Knits

Knit fabrics are a winter staple obviously! This season, we're seeing sweaters with a loose, drapey cut. Stick to skinnies with your high-volume sweaters to balance out your shape.

Write a Letter to Santa and Receive a Letter from the North Pole!

Calling all Santa believers, it’s that time of the year again and if you’re similar to many families out there with little ones- you’re answering several questions a day about Santa and the North Pole.

“Am I on the good list or the naughty list?”

“Does Santa make toys all year long?”

“How does Santa deliver presents to all the kids in one night?”

“If I write Santa a letter, will he write me back?”

Some of these questions may have stumped you for a moment or two, but the last one you can answer confidently when responding, “Yes, Santa will write you back.”

After stumbling upon an article on Huffington Post that was written by Ed Mazza, titled “Here’s How to Get a Letter from Santa Claus with a North Pole Postmark”, it was exciting to know that the holiday spirit could be taken a step further.

Below are the simple steps that my daughter and I followed from Huffington Post’s Article to get a letter from Santa this year!

1.     Have your child write a letter to Santa and allow them to place it in an envelope addressed to “Santa Claus, The North Pole.”

2.     Then, secretly open the letter and write a response on the back of your child’s letter pretending to be Santa. This is a great opportunity to highlight what you are so proud of your child for!

3.     You will then place the letter in an envelope that is addressed to your child, with a return address of “Santa Clause, The North Pole.” Make sure to include postage. 

4.     Finally, you will place this letter in an envelope that is addressed to

North Pole Postmark

Postmaster

4141 Postmark Drive

Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

Make sure your letter arrives before December 15th so Santa’s helpers at the USPS has enough time to respond before Christmas.

Crafts

Easy Christmas gifts your kids can make!

Looking for some easy but awesome DIY gift ideas? We've got you covered with this round-up of kid's crafts that make great gifts! Click the pictures for links to the complete instructions for each project. Happy crafting!

 

Use colorful tissue paper to make a rainbow of trinket bowls that would look adorable on anyone's dresser or nightstand. Head over to Lessons Learnt Journal for the complete instructions!

Use colorful tissue paper to make a rainbow of trinket bowls that would look adorable on anyone's dresser or nightstand. Head over to Lessons Learnt Journal for the complete instructions!

These cute photo frames are a great gift idea for anyone on your kids' list, and they're made with materials you probably have in your recycling bin! Pinkstipeysocks.com has the full tutorial!

These cute photo frames are a great gift idea for anyone on your kids' list, and they're made with materials you probably have in your recycling bin! Pinkstipeysocks.com has the full tutorial!

All you need for this cozy gift is about a yard and a half of fleece and a good pair of scissors. Older kids could get even more creative and tie beads into the fringe for a customized look! Thanks to theneighborhoodmoms.com for the idea!

All you need for this cozy gift is about a yard and a half of fleece and a good pair of scissors. Older kids could get even more creative and tie beads into the fringe for a customized look! Thanks to theneighborhoodmoms.com for the idea!

The possibilities are endless with the classic Sharpie+Mug craft. Grab plain white dinnerware at the dollar store and let your kids create colorful keepsakes for everyone on your list! Add a couple packets of hot cocoa mix to a hand-decorated mug for a sweet teacher gift. Find instructions and more inspiration at TheSweetestOccasion.com.

The possibilities are endless with the classic Sharpie+Mug craft. Grab plain white dinnerware at the dollar store and let your kids create colorful keepsakes for everyone on your list! Add a couple packets of hot cocoa mix to a hand-decorated mug for a sweet teacher gift. Find instructions and more inspiration at TheSweetestOccasion.com.

Sharpies to the rescue again! A colorful, hand-drawn phone case would make a great gift for the 'tweens in your life. Younger kids would enjoy decorating a personalized case for Dad, too! For more details see this post by Denise Heredia.

Sharpies to the rescue again! A colorful, hand-drawn phone case would make a great gift for the 'tweens in your life. Younger kids would enjoy decorating a personalized case for Dad, too! For more details see this post by Denise Heredia.

Pick up a pack of small plastic animals and wood beads to make these fun backpack charms from Rae Ann Kelly. These would make great $5-or under gifts and awesome stocking stuffers!

Pick up a pack of small plastic animals and wood beads to make these fun backpack charms from Rae Ann Kelly. These would make great $5-or under gifts and awesome stocking stuffers!

What is the best hand-made gift you've ever received? Let us know in the comments!