How do I do that? No-bake cake pops

I loved making the yummiest and cutest cake-pops! We celebrated Robbie’s birthday twice: once in school, and once more with friends. Robbie loves eating cake pops, but he never finishes a cupcake. This gave me the idea I needed to make them for his birthday celebrations!

It’s so easy to make these pops! You won’t need a mold, or one of those fancy special cake pop makers. However, you’ll need to have a cake. Bake your own cake from scratch, from a box, or you can buy a cake from your favourite bakery.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– cake
– cream cheese
lollipop sticks
– almond bark for melting (or your choice of chocolate)
– sprinkles (I used nonpareils)

First of all, you have to remove the crust of the cake. Then, put the cake in a big bowl. Mash it with your hands. Add softened cream cheese to the cake and mix it. Mix it well, and make a small ball to make sure it’s sticking. If needed, add more cream cheese.

Once your little pops are done, melt some chocolate in the microwave in 15sec intervals (or instructions for that particular brand you got). Dip each stick in it, and stick it in the cake pop. Once you’re done, refrigerate them for at least 20min before covering them.

Melt more chocolate, enough to dip the cake pops. Dip each cake pop and roll the stick in between your fingers to help with dripping the excess of chocolate. Add sprinkles immediately after. Place the pops in a pop stand for a cleaner look. I bought a few at Walmart, but if crafty, you can try making your own. When done, place them in the fridge. If you don’t mind or it’s hot where you are, start putting them in the fridge as you go.

They’re ready to eat as soon as the cover sets! Enjoy!

NOTES:
– don’t skip removing the crust of the cake, as it will be easier to have a more homogeneous mix
– add more cream cheese if needed
– keep the chocolate or bark runny for better and easier coverage
– make a bread pudding with the scraps!

I hope you make them!

 Michelle | con limón, please

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For more yummy recipes, who check out what my friends are doing:

Leftover chicken recipes by Stephanie

Homemade Spaghetti-O’s by Danielle

“MOM! The Meatloaf!” Sandwich by Alexis

Cooking with toddlers! by Annika

Comfort Foods by Kimberly

Planning The Perfect Spring Picnic by Cameron

4 Delicious Fresh Juice Recipes by Nicole

4 eco-friendly switches to a sustainable household

Our planet needs us to do more for it. It’s our only home! I love taking care of it by buying pre-loved items, picking up garbage on walks, and trying to use more sustainable items in our daily lives. It definitely is tough to make the change and go zero waste. A good way to start is to change the way you do things at home, and the products you use as well.

Tru Earth is a Canadian company with a small team. They started their company with the belief that they were going to help people make better choices and help our planet in the same time. They now serve 40 countries! The company goal that most resonates with me is that they create products that empower people to choose sustainability without compromising convenience. Pretty neat!

Here I’ll share my four favorite products from Tru Earth! I’m happy to have added them to our household in order to achieve more sustainability, to reduce waste, and to help save our planet even by taking small steps.

Laundry

Laundry detergent
I’ve been using Tru Earth laundry strips for a while now; it’s been almost 2 years! I’m pretty happy with them. They’re phospate-free, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, and the packaging is free of plastic. My favorite ones to use are the Baby eco-strips! They smell so good.

Wool dryer balls
Ever since I moved to the US, I’ve been using a dryer machine. We would always buy dryer sheets. Even though I would reuse them after they were in the dryers, I was always worrying about the waste. I’ve been using Tru Earth wool dryer balls lately to get rid of static in our clothes and to leave them softer. I had to get a new pack for when I do more than one load at a time.

Wool dryer balls replace dryer sheets & liquid fabric softeners, which ultimately help you save money. There’s other plastic dryer steamer balls on the market, but wool balls are eco-friendly and they’re a petroleum-free alternative!
TIP: You can add some drops of your favorite essential oil to each ball before each use.

Self care

Reusable makeup remover pads

I’ve been using reusable makeup remover pads for over 3 years. It was time to get a new set, so I went ahead and got the ones from TruEarth. Their bamboo rounds reusable makeup remover pads come with a reusable cotton laundry bag.

They come in a set of 14. You can use them either with water or your favorite makeup remover. I use micellar water since I wear waterproof mascara.

Photo from TruEarth.com

Kitchen

Swedish dishcloths

By using TruEarth Swedish dishcloths you can replace the use of paper towels! It’s kind of crazy to think, but one of them replaces up to 17 rolls of paper towels!

They’re made of cellulose-cotton blend, and they’re 100% biodegradable. They’re super absorbent, and to clean them you can either pop them on the top rack of your dishwasher, or you can put them in your washing machine. Eventually, by purchasing and using this set of 6 Swedish dishcloths and replacing your paper towels, you will save about $180 dollars, and 102 roles of paper towels!

Go to TruEarth and check out their amazing products to make true lasting change that helps save our beautiful planet.

By switching little by little to using eco-friendly products we can help save our planet. These are only 4 ideas. What else have you been doing for our planet?

Michelle | con limón, please

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How to make a punch piñata

Piñatas are so much fun! In Mexico all the little ones get excited about breaking a piñata and of course getting goodies that come out flying to the ground! It’s all fun and joy until there’s a little one who didn’t get anything, right? I have this DIY so that you make a piñata with a more fair fun!

I was looking for ideas for my son’s birthday celebration at school. I got so excited to know piñatas were allowed in his school! I was browsing on Pinterest for ideas when I saw a post about how to make a punch piñata by Gray House Harbor, and it hit me! I’d seen them already, but I couldn’t remember much about them.

I decided to make my own in order to ease Robbie’s teacher’s mind as she wouldn’t have to deal with children crying or being sad because they didn’t get anything from the piñata. With this piñata, each kid would get the same amount and type of goodies. Here is the list of things you’ll need and the instructions for you to make your own!

This is what you’ll need:

– a long rectangular cardboard box (I used two LaCroix boxes)

– poster paper

– sharp cutter

– tissue paper

– paper cups

– duct tape & masking tape

– small goodies for the cups

I went to my local Dollar Tree and got most of the materials, and even the goodies! Their sharp cutter is actually really good! So if you don’t have one, you know where to go.

First, if you don’t have a long enough box, put together cardboard boxes and paste them using duct tape. Draw as many circles as you’ll have guests. I used a lid of a mason jar to draw 19 circles. Cut out the circles using a sharp cutter. Don’t forget to add some cardboard on the bottom to avoid scratching surfaces.

Wrap the cardboard box using wrapping paper or poster paper. Then, score the paper in each of the circles like a pizza. The paper will work as flaps when we insert the cups.

I used paper cups with small goodies in them. I covered each of them with tissue paper and I used some masking tape to keep the paper in place. I used 3 layers of tissue paper, as it tends to be a bit translucent.

Here you can see how I stuffed items in cups, and covered each cup with tissue paper. The masking tape worked great to keep the cover in place!

The goodies I included in each of the cups were a small activity book, an eraser, a Lego like person, and some Pop Rocks candy. I found most of these items at the Dollar Tree store. The little activity books were a Facebook marketplace find we got for free!

Back of the piñata

TIP: you can reinforce the cardboard boxes using duct tape.

The kids had a lot of fun! Each of them got the same amount of goodies, and it was overall such a fun time for them! A win!

Robbie getting ready to punch his piñata

I hope you like this idea!

Michelle | con limón, please

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Screen-free fun with The Adventures of Cairo

Motherhood has me always thinking of ways of keeping my children entertained; specially my oldest son, Robbie, who is 5 years old. When my son is not in school or it’s the weekend, I always try to keep him entertained with screen-free activities. I like activities where we can all be together and participate in them, and that actually make us interact more as a family. Listening to podcasts has been the answer! Ever since Robbie started getting interested in them, we started looking for family friendly options. Today, I have a recommendation for you and for your little ones: The Adventures of Cairo, Wondery’s newest children’s podcast.

The Adventures of Cairo podcast

The Adventures of Cairo focuses on the life of Cairo Carter, a 7 year-old boy who lives in a big city. Each episode is filled with a life lesson, and day to day issues that little ones may face. There’s always a morale at the end, and you can find something to talk about with your little ones after listening to the episodes. The life of Cairo revolves around his family, friends, school, and exploring and learning.

The podcast episodes are well done. They do a great job with sound effects, the music, and each of the characters has a different voice. Children can start identifying the voices of characters, which I think it’s great!

What do we like about the Adventures of Cairo?

My favorite part about this podcast is that the situations are very common. Cairo has an older brother, Omari, and they live with their parents. Their dad works at the airport, and he has night shifts. It’s really cool that they give the dad a night shift, isn’t it? On another note, representation matters, and for me having my sons see and hear different people from different races and backgrounds is really important. There’s a little Latino boy named Enrique! The music is so fun! Every time we play the episodes, baby Antonio, who is 18 months old, starts dancing to the beat.

My son Robbie said when I asked him what he thought about it that the episodes have very normal situations, haha, that’s how he described it. However, after listening to them, he likes to go deeper in the topic. For example, we talked about bullies, what to do, and what not to do when being bullied, and so on. I think he really likes it!

New episodes are released every Tuesday, and you can listen to this family friendly podcast on Apple Podcasts, the Wondery app, or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Listen to the Adventures of Cairo

I hope you and your little ones give The Adventures of Cairo a go, and let me know what you think about it!

 Michelle | con limón, please.

DIY Guirnalda de San Valentín biodegradable

¡San Valentín es una festividad tan linda! En México le llamamos Día del Amor y la Amistad. Me encantan los corazones, y toda la decoración que viene con esta festividad. Sin embargo, la mayoría de las decoraciones son desechables, e incluso cosas que no puedes ni reutilizar. Quería crear algo ya sea hecho de papel, o de algo sustentable y biodegradable! Vi esta lindísima idea de Valerie García en diciembre. ¡Ella usó cáscara de naranja para hacer etiquetas para regalos! Así que pensé que seguiría su idea, y haría una guirnalda de corazones con cáscaras de naranja deshidratadas.

Vas a necesitar:

  • 4-5 naranjas de ombligo (entre más grandes, mejor)
  • Cortador de galletas o molde para cortar galletas en forma de corazón
  • Cordón de yute o hilo de algodón
  • Parrilla para enfriar galletas y bandeja para hornear

Precalienta el horno a 90°C (200°F). Corta la parte final de las naranjas, y haz una ranura en la cáscara de manera vertical (a lo largo). Pela la naranja cuidadosamente para que la cáscara quede lo más completa posible. Así tendrás más material para trabajar.

Después, pon la cáscara de naranja con lo de adentro hacia arriba en una tabla para picar. Usa un molde para galletas con filo para cortar los corazones. Presiona fuerte con la palma de tu mano para que quede un corte parejo. Coloca los corazones en una parrilla para enfriar galletas en una bandeja para hornear, o sólo usa la bandeja para hornear, pero utiliza papel pergamino para el horno.

Pon la bandeja en el horno, y hornea por alrededor de 2h.

Saca del horno. Utiliza una aguja y cuerda de yute o de algodón para unir los corazones y formar una guirnalda tan larga como la necesites. ¡Y listo! ¡Tu guirnalda está lista para hacer que tu hogar se vea más lindo!

NOTAS
*Te recomiendo usar naranjas grandes para que tengas suficiente espacio para usar los cortadores de galletas. Incluso lleva el cortador a la tienda, y cómpralas del tamaño justo
*No tengas la tentación de aumentar la temperatura del horno
*Si no tienes una parrilla para enfriar, no se te olvide usar papel pergamino para hornear para que los corazones no se queden pegados en la bandeja
*¡Ponte creativx con esta idea sustentable! Puedes usar toronjas, naranjas rojas, ¡e incluso limones!

La mejor parte de este DIY es que es completamente sustentable y biodegradable. Además de que ¡hasta las naranjas te quedan para comer! Haz click aquí para que veas lo que hice con las mías. Asimismo, puedes completamente adaptar esta guirnalda para cualquier otra festividad. ¡Inluso puedes hacer adornos para el árbol de navidad o etiquetas para regalos!

¡Feliz Día del Amor y la Amistad!

Michelle | con limón, please

Idea para un snack para celebrar el día de San Valentín: Palomitas de San Valentín

Idea para una cita de San Valentín en casa

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Aquí puedes ver un par de ideas de guirnaldas que he hecho:

DIY biodegradable St. Valentine’s garland

Valentine’s Day is such a lovely holiday. In Mexico we call it Day of Love and Friendship. I love hearts and all the décor that comes with it. However, many of the décor is disposable, and even most things you can basically only use them once. I wanted to create something either made of paper, or even something sustainable and biodegradable! I saw this cute idea from Valerie Garcia back in December. She used orange peel to make gift tags! So I thought I could follow her lead and make a dry orange peel heart garland for Valentine’s Day!

You’ll need:

  • 4-5 navel oranges (big oranges work better)
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Jute cord or cotton string
  • Cooling rack and baking sheet

Preheat oven at 200°F (90°C). Cut the ends of your oranges, and slice the peel lengthwise. Peel it off carefully so that the peel stays as whole as possible. This way you’ll have more area to work with.

Place the orange peel with its inside up on a cutting board. Use a sharp cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes. Press hard with your palm to get an even cut. Place the hearts on a cooling rack on a baking sheet, or on your baking sheet using some parchment paper.

Place the tray in the oven, and bake for about 2h.

Remove from the oven, and use a needle and jute cord or cotton cord to string your hearts and form a garland as long as you need it. Et voilà! Your garland is ready to make your place look more charming!

NOTES:
* I recommend using bigger oranges so that you get more material to work with. Even bring your cookie cutter to the store, and buy some that are good for its size
* Don’t be tempted to add more temperature to the oven
* If you don’t have a cooling rack, don’t forget to use parchment paper on your baking sheet so that the shapes don’t get stuck on it
* Play around with this sustainable idea! You can buy grapefruit, red oranges, or even limes!

The best part about this DIY is that it is completely sustainable, biodegradable, and you get to eat your oranges! Click here to see what I did with mine. Also, you can totally adapt your garland to any other holiday. And even make ornaments and gift tags for Christmas!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Michelle | con limón, please

Some other garlands I’ve made before:

St. Valentine’s Day date idea at home

St. Valentine’s Day snack idea: St. Valentine’s popcorn

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For some more St. Valentine’s Day craft ideas go see what my friends shared!

Valentine’s Day Craft: Thumbprint Tree by Ally

DIY Valentine’s Day banner by Cammie

Simple Valentine’s Day Toddler Craft: Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies by Kirsten

Colorful Heart Garland for DIY Valentine’s Photos by Amy

Valentine DIY decor by Kimberly

Valentine’s Day Craft by Christa

Valentine Love Wands by mamallamallama

Yarn Crafts Valentines Edition by Stephanie

DIY Valentine’s Day Tree Decor by Alex

Valentines Day Craft for Kids by Alexa

Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers by Surabhi

5 easy ideas to start the New Year off right!

The New Year is upon us. Whether you’re gathering up with family or friends, or staying at home with your family or alone, I have these ideas ready for you to start the New Year off right. Sometimes thinking about writing down resolutions gets boring and stressing even, right? Well, these 5 ideas are different, and I’m excited to get to them!

1. 52 week envelope challenge
I’m really eager to try this idea along with my husband this year. You need 52 envelopes, 1 for each week of the year, and you need to label them starting with $1, and all the way to $52. Each week you’ll grab the envelope that you feel comfortable adding that amount of money in it. You can start with the $1 envelope, or whichever you can afford to save that week. Once the year is over you would have saved $1378!


If you’d like to save twice as much, grab two envelopes each week. Reuse them after you’re done with the 52 envelopes and you’d have saved $2756.
Adapt this challenge to your currency of use. You could also skip the envelopes and download a free printable to the 52 week savings challenge.

printable of a 52 week challenge
Download this free printable for keeping track of it on a piece of paper.

2. Play the 30-Day Minimalism Game
Living a minimalist life is honestly hard. Doing this 30-day minimalism game helps you achieve a ton! The Minimalists came up with this challenge. We’ve done it twice at home. Joshua and Ryan, the minimalists, laid out this idea which helps you get rid of 465 items! On the first day you get rid of one thing, on the second day two things, and so on. As The Minimalists say: anything goes!
You can donate, trash or sell the items. The first couple days are easy, but as the month goes, it gets harder. Stay in track! I’ll be sharing my journey on my Instagram stories.

How to play the 30-day minimalism challenge by The Minimalists

3. Set reasonable goals
Shor term goals are much more manageable. If you’re thinking about a long term goal you’d like to achieve, break it down into smaller goals that would ultimately help you achieve that bigger goal of yours. Setting goals that we know that we’re most likely to achieve them gives us a different mindset. For instance, I’d like to stay more organized this year, so I’ll start with our house, and aspects of my life that I can actually control. I’m getting a planner this year!

4. Create routines
It doesn’t matter if it’s something small that you do for yourself, or for someone else. Setting up a routine helps us achieve goals, as well. For daily routines they can be as simple as trying to achieve a movement goal, a certain amount of steps (if you have a tracker), clean your kitchen every night, and so on. These routines can be divided into health, mind, family, friendship, personal development, and anything else you can come up with. Focus first on routines you actually need, and then routines you want.

5. Drink more water
Self care is so important. Here I am telling you about it and ignoring a lot of the times my needs. Well, drinking water is the most basic form of self care. Water delivers oxygen throughout our bodies, and it boosts skin health. Our digestive system depends on it, and water helps our bodies flush waste! Here you’ll find a great article where you can read 15 benefits of staying well hydrated.
I have an app on my phone that sends me reminders to drink water every hour, and you can also track how much water you’ve drunk during a day. Click HERE to check out the app I use. It’s really easy to set up, and you can even access it on your smart watch.

Starting a new year sometimes can be overwhelming. Seeing everyone else with their list of goals and resolutions laid out can be intimidating. Following one or all of my ideas this year can give you a great start to new beginnings. Most importantly, keep in mind that you don’t need to start on January 1st! Take as many days as you need so that you start off right.

What else would you add to these 5 ideas? Share in comments!

Happy New Year!

Michelle | con limón, please

5 ideas para empezar el Año Nuevo de la mejor manera

El Año Nuevo aquí está. No importa si estás festejando con familia o amigos, o quedándote en casa con tu familia, o si estás solx, tengo estas ideas listas para que comiences el Año Nuevo de la mejor manera. A veces pensar en escribir propósitos se torna aburrido y estresante, ¿cierto? Bueno, estas 5 ideas son diferentes, ¡y me emociona compartirlas contigo!

1. Haz el reto de los 52 sobres
Estoy muy entusiasmada por esta idea que mi esposo y yo vamos a poner en marcha. Necesitas 52 sobres, 1 por cada semana del año. Luego escribes en ellos comenzando con $1, y hasta $52. Cada semana tomarás uno de los sobres y pondrás esa cantidad de dinero dentro de él. Puedes comenzar con el sobre $1, y así sucesivamente, o puedes tomar algún otro sobre con mayor cantidad si puedes solventarlo. ¡Una vez que el año haya terminado tendrías $1378!
Si quieres ahorrar el doble, toma dos sobres cada semana. Después reutiliza los sobres y cuando hayan pasado las 52 semanas habrías ahorrado $2756.
Adapta este reto al tipo de monera que utilices. Si me estás leyendo en México puedes hacer sobres desde $10 pesos hasta $520. ¡Al final del año ahorrarías $13780!
Si quieres saltarte el uso de los sobres, puedes imprimir esta tabla para que ahorres organizadamente.

Credito a queridodinero.com

2. Juega el Juego de 30 días de Minimalismo

Vivir una vida minimalista es honestamente difícil. Hace este reto minimalista de 30 días te ayudará a que consigas muchísimo. Los Minimalistas tuvieron la idea de este reto. Ya lo hemos hecho dos veces. Joshua y Ryan, los minimalistas, tuvieron esta idea en la que en un mes ¡te deshaces de 464 objetos! En el primer día te deshaces de una cosa, en el segundo de dos, y así la llevas. Como dices Los Minimalistas: “lo que sea cuenta”.
Puedes donar, vender, o tirar a la basura los objetos. Los primeros días son fáciles, pero a como avanza el mes, se torna más y más difícil. Voy a estar compartiendo mi experiencia en mis historias por Instagram.

Cómo jugar el juego de los 30 días del reto minimalista de Los Minimalistas

3. Ponte objetivos razonables
Los objetivos a corto plazo son mucho más manejables. Si estás pensando en un objetivo o propósito a largo plazo que quisieras conseguir, divídelo en pasos o en propósitos a corto plazo que al final te ayudarán a conseguir el gran objetivo. El ponernos propósitos que sabemos que es más probable que logremos nos da una pauta diferente. Quisiera tener mejor organización este año, así que comenzaré con nuestra casa, y aspectos de mi vida que de hecho pueda controlar. ¡Quiero una agenda este año!

4. Crea rutinas
No importa si es algo pequeño que hagas para ti mismo, o para alguien más. Crear una rutina nos ayuda a alcanzar nuestros objetivos. Para rutinas diarias puede ser algo tan simple como querer movernos más, o alcanzar cierto número de pasos (si tienes cómo contarlos), limpiar tu cocina cada noche, etc. Estas rutinas pueden ser divididas en salud, mente, familia, amistades, desarrollo personal, y cualquier otro tema o clasificación que se te ocurra. Enfócate primero en rutinas que necesites, y después en rutinas que quieras.

5. Toma más agua
El cuidado personal es tan importante. Heme aquí diciéndote esto e ignorando muchísimas veces mis necesidades. Pero en fin, el beber agua es una de las formas más básicas de auto cuidado. El agua lleva oxígeno por dentro de nuestro cuerpo, y mejora la salud de nuestra piel. Nuestro sistema digestivo depende de una buena hidratación, y ayuda a que nuestros cuerpos se deshagan de lo que no necesita. Tengo una aplicación en mi teléfono que me recuerda cada hora durante el día que debo de tomar agua. Además puedes llevar rastro de cuánta agua has tomado. Da click aquí para darle un vistazo. Es muy fácil de personalizar, e incluso puedes accesarla desde tu reloj inteligente.

Comenzar un nuevo año a veces puede ser súper abrumador. Ver a los demás con sus listas de propósitos y objetivos llega a ser intimidante. Seguir una o todas mis ideas te ayudará a tener un buen comienzo. Recuerda que no necesitas comenzar el primero de enero. Tómate los días que necesitas, ¡y a darle! ¿Qué más agregarías a estas ideas? ¡Dime en comentarios!

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Que el 2022 traiga lo que necesitas.

 Michelle | con limón, please

Our Top 10 Christmas Traditions

It’s the holiday season! I love how the holidays make us feel joy and warmth even when it’s cold outside. In our home we celebrate Christmas, and I’m so happy that our little family has some traditions already! I hope some of these inspire you to add one or more to your list!

1. Get a Christmas tree
We buy our Christmas tree after Thanksgiving, and we like to decorate it as a family. We always buy real trees, since we believe it’s more sustainable, and better for our environment.

2. Send Christmas cards to our loved ones
This year we got a little better at it. We took the photos earlier, and we were prepared to have our cards printed out and sent. We worked with Nations Photo Lab. We got the cards printed on bamboo paper. I’m really happy with them! I always like to leave them blank and personalize each of them! By the way, it’s not too late! You can still get some printed and send them as New Year’s good wishes (just as we did last year!).

3. Make ornaments
I enjoy making sustainable ornaments for our Christmas tree. We usually make dried orange ones, like we did this year. Click HERE to see my blog post with instructions to my method. Salt dough ornaments are also so fun for the little ones! It’s like making cookies, and they can later paint them when dry.

4. Write letters to Santa
Even if Robbie doesn’t know how to write or read yet, we always write a letter to Santa where we either draw or paste cutouts of a toy my son would like. I don’t know about you, but our sons just get one present from Santa. We put the cards in envelopes and set them on the Christmas tree for some days before “mailing” them to the North Pole!

5. Decorate a gingerbread house
We’ve decorated a little house two years in a row, and I love the idea of making it one of our traditions. They’re so much fun! Robbie did a lot this time, and I can’t wait for next year when Antonio can join in the fun without trying to stuff his mouth with all the candy. Take a look at how we built our most recent one HERE!

6. Set up our Nativity
We got a little Nativity set that has been my husband’s for years. We teach Robbie and Antonio about it while we set it up, and along the way.

7. Advent calendar
This year having an advent calendar is really a game changer. Robbie gets a clearer idea about how far Christmas is! Last year we used one with Mexican candy. This year I didn’t have time to go over that, so I put together one using one of our letter boards.

8. Do volunteer work
We try to volunteer each year towards something that would be helpful for our community. This year my husband is helping out with a coat drive for a local organization.

9. Make Holiday cookies or dessert
Every year we make some Christmas cookies, but this year I got a little bit more creative with my favorite dessert. I made sourdough cinnamon rolls, and turned them into cute little Rudolphs!

10. Drive-in cinema
Thanks to COVID-19 we’ve been able to add this activity as a tradition. In Chicago you can go to ChiTown Movies. We’ve loved the experience, and you can get a gift card for someone as a present, and even find great discounts through Groupon!

There are other little tings that we try to squeeze in during this season. We go on walks around the neighborhood to see Christmas lights and décor. We also check out Christmas books from the library in addition to the ones we own. When it’s too cold out there we get in the car and we drive to see the lights. We also play Christmas songs in Spanish or English. And of course, we watch some Christmas classics on weekends, too.

I hope my list inspires you to add some to your list of traditions. I also hope that if you were thinking about one already, that you feel motivated to add it!

I wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

 Michelle | con limón, please

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Some of my blogger friends also posted some really neat Holiday ideas and traditions. Check them out!

Memorable Christmas Traditions to start with Toddlers by Surabhi

Christmas Joy: My Favorite Memories, Celebrating Jesus, and Santa by Amy

Christmas Traditions Old and New by Nicole

5 Easy Holiday Traditions You Can Add To Your List by Alexa

Celebrating Nochebuena by Kimberly

Christmas Traditions by Stephanie

Host a Gingerbread House Contest by Alex

Nuestro Top 10 de tradiciones Navideñas

¡Es la temporada de fiestas decembrinas! Me encanta que las fiestas nos hacen sentir alegría y calor incluso cuando hace mucho frío afuera. En nuestro hogar celebramos la Navidad, ¡y estoy feliz de que mi pequeña familia ya tenga algunas tradiciones! Espero que estas te inspiren, ¡y que agregues una o más a tu lista!

1. Comprar un árbol de Navidad
Compramos nuestro árbol después de Día de Gracias, y nos gusta decorarlo en familia. Siempre compramos árboles naturales o reales, ya que creemos que es más sostenible, y mejor para el medio ambiente.

2. Enviar tarjetas de Navidad a nuestros seres queridos
Este año nos volvimos un poco mejor en esto. Tomamos las fotos con más anticipación, y estábamos preparados con tiempo para imprimir nuestras tarjetas y enviarlas. Trabajamos con Nations Photo Lab. Las mandamos imprimir en papel de bambú. ¡Estoy súper feliz con ellas! Siempre las dejo en blanco por detrás para así poder personalizar cada una de ellas. Por cierto, ¡aún no es tarde! Puedes mandar imprimir agunas y enviarlas como buenos deseos de Año Nuevo (¡como lo hicimos nosotros el ano pasado!).

3. Hacer adornos para el árbol de Navidad
Me encanta hacer adornos sostenibles para nuestro árbol de Navidad. Usualmente hacemos de naranjas deshidratadas, como lo hicimos este año. Ve AQUÍ para leer mi publicación en el blog con instrucciones de mi método. También los adornos de masa de sal son súper divertidos para los pequeños. Es como hacer galletas, y ellos pueden pintarlos ya que estén secos.

4. Escribir cartas para Santa
Aunque Robbie aún no sepa leer ni escribir, siempre hacemos una carta para Santa. Dibujamos o pegamos algún recorte de un juguete que mi hijo quisiera tener. No sé sobre tú y tu familia, pero nuestros hijos sólo reciben un regalo de Santa. Ponemos las cartas en sobres y los acomodamos en el árbol por unos días antes de “enviarlos” al Polo Norte.

5. Decorar una casita de galleta de jengibre
Hemos decorado casitas de jengibre dos años seguidos, y me encanta la idea de que sea parte de nuestras tradiciones. ¡Son tan divertidas! Robbie ayudó mucho este año, y no puedo esperar para que el siguiente año Antonio se una a la diversion sin intentar llenarse la boca de todos los dulces. Da un vistazo AQUÍ para que veas cómo decoramos nuestra más reciente casita.

6. Poner el Nacimiento
Tenemos un pequeño Nacimiento que ha sido de mi esposo por años. Les enseñamos a Robbie y a Antonio sobre él cuando lo ponemos, y durante el tiempo que lo tenemos.

7. Calendario de Adviento
Este año el Calendario de Adviento ha sido buenísimo. ¡Robbie tiene una idea más clara de cuánto tiempo falta para Navidad! El año pasado usamos uno con dulces mexicanos. Este año no tuve tiempo para prepararlo, así que hice uno utilizando uno de nuestros pizarrones de letras.

8. Hacer trabajo como voluntarios
Tratamos de encontrar alguna actividad para hacer voluntariado cada año en algo que sea beneficioso para nuestra comunidad. Este año mi esposo está ayudando en un evento de donaciones de abrigos para una organización local.

9. Hacer galletas o postre Navideño
Cada año hacemos galletas de Navidad, pero este año me puse un poco más creativa con mi postre favorito. Hice roles de canela de masa madre, ¡y los convertí en pequeños Rodolfos!

10. Auto cinema
Gracias al COVID-19 hemos sido capaces de agregar esta actividad como una de nuestras tradiciones. En Chicago puedes ir a ChiTown Movies. La experiencia nos ha fascinado, y puedes comprar tarjetas de regalo para regalar a alguien, e incluso puedes encontrar súper descuentos en Groupon!

Hay otras pequeñas cosas que nos gusta agregar y hacer durante esta temporada. Vamos a caminatas en nuestro vecindario para ver las decoraciones y luces de Navidad. También sacamos libros de Navidad y de Fiestas de la biblioteca, además de los que ya tenemos. Cuando está haciendo mucho frío nos vamos en el carro y manejamos por otros vecindarios para ver las luces. También ponemos canciones navideñas en español o inglés. Por supuesto que no falta que veamos algún clásico navideño los fines de semana, también.

Espero que mi lista te inspire a agregar algo a tu lista de tradiciones. También espero que si estabas pensando en agregar alguna de ellas, que el leer sobre ello te haya motivado.

¡Te deseo una muy Feliz Navidad, y un Feliz y Próspero Año Nuevo!

 Michelle | con limón, please