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How To Keep Santa's Magic Alive

Santa signs My Friends and I book
When you were a child, have you ever wondered what Santa's favorite food is? What he likes to do in his free time? What songs he likes to listen to? What books he likes to read? What he wanted to be when he grows up?

If you said yes to any of those questions, then there's a good chance your children are asking themselves the same questions. Have your child's questions answered by the man himself and keep Santa's Magic alive. Find out how.
By Birgit Sund on December 19, 2022

Holiday Sale: $5 Off the My Friends and I Friendship Book

Cute ways to use your My Friends and I book this Holiday season
Our book is on sale! Save $5 on your order now until December 7th.

Plus, read about cute ways to use your My Friends and I book this Holiday season!
By Birgit Sund on December 1, 2022

Great Gift Alternatives To Toys For Kids In And Around Austin


Toys are important, toys are fun.

Some toys are amazing and enriching to a child's imagination, learning and creativity.

But: Many toys are just something that gets wrapped up in pretty paper, so your child has something to rip into on Christmas morning, or on their birthday, or on any other gift-inspired holiday. These toys often last only for a short time, are forgotten in no time, and end up on the landfill.

Austin is an amazing city to raise kids.

The Austin area has so much to give and offers some fantastic toy-alternatives that serve your children (and your entire family) well.
By Birgit Sund on November 2, 2022

Glow in the Dark One Off Class & Annual Ceramic Gingerbread House Workshop

Slime birthday party

It's fall y'all and that means: it's time for Art Barn ATX' fun seasonal art classes and workshops for the whole family! Check out upcoming events at Art Barn ATX as well as information about celebrating your child's ultimate kids birthday party in today's blog post.
By Birgit Sund on September 26, 2022

Peppermint Parkway at Circuit of The Americas [Giveaway]

COTA Peppermint Parkway Logo
Peppermint Parkway is a magical drive-thru holiday experience at Circuit of The Americas featuring one-mile of immersive holiday displays, millions of lights, dancing elves and more, on select nights from November 26th – December 26th, 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Read on for details and for a chance to win a Sweet Deal admission ticket.
By Birgit Sund on November 19, 2021

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical At H-E-B Center Cedar Park [Event + Giveaway]

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical At H-E-B Center Cedar Park
How about an Elf on the Shelf that requires no moving around? You heard that right, the elf's doing it all by itself! How? Find out below.

This holiday season, the beloved tradition that has captured the hearts of families everywhere returns to the live stage at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park on Friday, December 10th!

The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical is the thrilling spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves. Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season.

Read on for details and enter for a chance to win a family-4-pack of tickets to the show!
By Birgit Sund on November 1, 2021

Take the Reverse Advent Calendar Challenge – Starts December 1st!

One of our Christmas traditions is the advent calendar. Our kids LOVE to open one little surprise every day in December.

This year, we're going to do something a little different (although we're still doing the usual advent calendar) and we challenge you to do the exact same: A Reverse Advent Calendar. What do you need to do? Read on.

By Birgit Sund on December 1, 2020

How You Can Help Connect Children Waiting for Adoption With Loving Families

The Heart Gallery
November Is National Adoption Month.

Every year over 600 children in Central Texas wait for a forever family, a place to call home. The Heart Gallery is a portrait exhibit and community education/outreach initiative that brings to life the beautiful personalities of children who are waiting to be adopted. Many of these are older children, sibling groups, and children with special needs—often referred to as forgotten children.

Read on and learn about the stories of these beautiful children.
By Birgit Sund on November 18, 2020

What To Do With Too Much Halloween Candy


Too much Halloween candy? Here’s what you can do.
By Birgit Sund on November 1, 2020

German Christmas Traditions And How To Prepare For Christmas The German Way


Christmas is the most important and most celebrated holiday in Germany and is very much enjoyed by children and parents alike. However, the Holiday season and pretty much the entire month of December (even the last week of November) demands a lot from parents in Germany. Preparing for the festivities is very time consuming and due to extreme sugar consumption you’ll see more kids bouncing off the walls and driving their parents insane than in any other month – as the following Christmas traditions will attest.

By Birgit Sund on December 5, 2019