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How to Keep Santa's Magic Alive + Proof That Santa Is Real

Santa's magic
It's that festive time of year once again! The shimmering lights, the aroma of freshly baked cookies, and the excitement of Santa's imminent arrival – the holiday season is a wondrous time for children! As parents and grandparents, witnessing the sparkle of wonder and joy in our little ones' eyes is one of the greatest pleasures.

Here's how to keep Santa's magic alive as our children grow older. Read on.

By Birgit Sund on December 4, 2023

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 20, 2023

Jingle Bell Jamboree Toy Drive & Holiday Extravaganza for Austin Single Moms and Kids

Jingle Bell Jamboree Toy Drive
Would you like to volunteer your time or support other families in the Austin area this season? The Women of Austin Foundation is hosting their Jingle Bell Jamboree Toy Drive & Holiday Extravaganza on December 10th from 10am-2pm at Zilker Lodge. The event is a day full of Christmas magic, joy, and gifts for 100 single moms and their children living in the Austin area. They will enjoy pictures with Santa, cookies, crafts, a toy drive, and more fun all provided by community sponsors. Read on to learn how you can help.
By Birgit Sund on November 14, 2023

Win 21 Great Picture Books and Fun Crafts

Win 21 Great Picture Books and Fun Crafts

Attention, parents and gift-givers! It's time to unwrap the joy of the holiday season with this fantastic giveaway! Imagine winning not one, not ten, but a whopping 21 picture books all ready to transport the children in your life to a world of imagination, laughter, and adventure.

This giveaway is a Santa's sleigh-load of joy, ready to deliver smiles and treasured memories under the tree. Get ready to make this holiday season extra special, because these 21 picture books are the gift that keeps on giving, creating cherished memories one page at a time! Read on to enter.

By Birgit Sund on November 1, 2023

Kid’s Birthday Parties at Art Barn ATX: Get Creative...and Wet!

Art Barn ATX birthday parties

Art Barn ATX specializes in the ULTIMATE Kid’s Birthday Parties. Art Barn ATX knows kids want to have fun, be creative, and use their imagination, so that is exactly what their parties are. Their party packages are full of options for boys and girls, young and older. 
By Birgit Sund on April 24, 2023

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

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