2020-21 Winter Guide

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Your Family’s Ultimate Guide to the Winter Season around the San Francisco Bay Area!

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Winter Wonderland

COVID-19, Cold, Flu – What to do when your child is sick
Top 10 Alternative Gifts for Kids that are NOT Toys
25 Days of Christmas – Let the Fun Begin!
How to Celebrate a Christmas Birthday
A Merry Little Thriftmas
Combating Holiday Stress

Did you know that the effects of screen time not only damage your eyes but also your skin and sleep quality? The main culprit? Blue light. Protecting our eyes, skin, and sleep from the damaging effects of blue light is more important than ever before.

The #MomsUnitedForCali campaign goal is simple: to raise money and awareness to support small businesses struggling across California.

Unique items inspired by Tracy‘s childhood and her own children, sharing with you creative ways to celebrate holidays and milestones. Each item is hand made and has its own touches and nuances – making each creation one of a kind!

Creating a positive force in the world since 2005 with healthy bodies, minds, and hearts, It’s Yoga Kids® mission is to provide every child access to yoga through enrichment, education, and publishing. Touching toes is not required. 😉 Use code SFBAM to get 10% off IYK online programs! Purchase an IYK Family Pass ( $99/monthly ) and we’ll Donate 1 month to a Family in Need.

New Holiday Traditions

Holiday Crafts to Make Your Home Merry and Bright
Dear Santa, an Inside Look at the USPS Operation Santa
Happy Hanukkah! Crafts and Snacks to Celebrate
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Introducing the Christmas Fairies – A New Christmas Tradition
I’m Mailing You a Holiday Card, But It’s Not (Totally) a #HumbleBrag
Why You Need to Check In on Your People Around the Holidays

Deck Your Homes

1. Joiedomi Christmas Inflatable Decoration

2. Keababies Ornament Keepsake Kit

3. Snowflakes Window Decals

4. The Polar Express Train Set

5. Air Candy Illuminated LED Inflatable Ottoman

6. LED Strip Lights

7. Winter Wonderland Tiered Tray Decorations

8. 2020 Quarantine Personalized Name Christmas Ornament Kit

Home for the Holidays


  1. Make a family keepsake. Stamp your kids’ handprints on a piece of fabric and build a quilt. Save your children’s letters to Santa in a photo album. If you’re musically inclined, write an original song to sing each year. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s something that lasts year after year.
  2. Learn about the holiday. Whether you choose to focus on particular stories from your religion, learn how it’s celebrated in different parts of the world, listen to stories from older family members about their childhood memories, or choose an entirely new religion to learn about, find ways to connect your kids with the larger spirit of the season.
  3. Write holiday cards together. Instead of laying the burden of mailing cards entirely on yourself, find ways for the whole family to pitch in, even if it’s licking the envelopes. (Milk and cookies are excellent motivators)
  4. Elf yourself. Everyone will get a kick out of seeing themselves as animated elves, and it couldn’t be easier to do.
  5. Read books along with Rosie and print out the fun activities like the Gingerbread Activity Workbook.
  6. Track Santa. Starting December 1, the NORAD website has an official Santa tracker, so your kids can keep tabs on the big guy all the way through Christmas Day. If the North American Aerospace Defense Command can get into the Christmas spirit, then anyone can.
  7. Plan visits from the holiday fairies. Leading up to the main holiday events, plan something fun to do with your kids each day. Have your kids open an envelope from the “fairies” each morning with a special activity for the day. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s something planned to do together (and you won’t have to look much further than this list for your inspiration).
  8. Decorate the house. Have your kids make an ornament each year to hang on the tree (plus extras to give to grandparents). String popcorn and cranberries for garland. Cut out paper snowflakes. There are so many ways this can be a family affair, all while listening to holiday music, of course. To wipe down presents and surfaces for decorating, we use Arm & Hammer Essentials Disinfecting Wipes.
  9. Make food together. Whether you love to bake, make gift bags of spiced nuts, or cook latkes each year for Hanukah, doing it together makes it more special, and the smells of those foods will stick with your kids through adulthood bringing them right back to your kitchen.
  10. Watch old movies. Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube make it possible to watch even the most obscure movie from your childhood. Find your favorite and share it with your kids.
  11. Write a letter. The old standby recipient of letters is Santa, of course, but it’s also fun to have your kids write to themselves to open the following year. Pre-writers can dictate to you what they want to say, and you can write to your child if they’re not yet verbal. Store the letters with your holiday decorations, so it’s easy to find next year. Or, choose another relative to write to. In this electronic age, keeping the tradition of written letters alive feels perfect for the nostalgia of the holiday season. For e-correspondences, we love Smilebox for personalizable greetings and slideshows.
  12. Give your child a special present on their first holiday. Maybe it’s their very own menorah or a special ornament, but having something that you pull out each year, prompting the story of when they were little, will make them feel special.
  13. Wear matching family pajamas. If at least one of your holiday traditions isn’t making someone in your family roll their eyes, then you’re not doing it right. Check out Pat Pat for a picture-perfect family jammy fest.

Nothing says, “I love you” like a beautiful, delicious cake! Handmade, detailed, and personalized creations are the perfect ending to any celebration. Get your celebration treats from P.S. I Cake You, a custom cake and desserts, mom-owned business in the East Bay.

Pocket Chefs is dedicated to matching families with personal home chefs that will visit you weekly to meal prep lunches and dinners that fit your budget and eating lifestyle. Customers are able to sign up to have a chef come on a weekly basis or try out a one-time single session. Use code ‘SFMOMS’ to redeem a BOGO offer!

Winter Wonderland Culinary Arts

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Pocket Chefs Wants to Help You Meal Prep (and You Should Let Them)
Use the promo code SFBAM15 to get $15 off your ClubFeast!
Holiday Entertaining Tips From Lifestyle Expert and TV Personality Debbie Matenopoulos
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Turkey & Donuts – The Year We Said No to a Traditional Holiday

Tips for Pie Baking with Kids

 

Chinese New Year recipes
Chinese Almond Cookies to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Spice It Up

1. Three Peaks NZ Manuka Honey

2. Watkins All Natural Original Gourmet Baking Vanilla

3. Arm & Hammer Fruit & Vegetable Wash

4. City Bonfires S’mores Night Pack

5. Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Chaos Mint Chocolate Chip

6. New Chapter Elderberry Gummies

7. Steep Echo Gift Box

8. Wiley Wallaby Gourmet Red Licorice

Founded on the hard work of Tommy Speer Jr, Wonderland Trees started as a family business in 2008 in Oakland, California. As a proud supporter of local business and employment, our Christmas Trees are sustainably farm-raised in Southern Oregon and each tree is hand-picked to ensure superior quality and color standards are met. Locally-owned and operated, Tommy is raising his two daughters, Angelina and Tatiana, as fourth-generation Oakland natives.

Located in a beautiful secluded setting surrounded by lawns, vineyards, and trees, Fenestra is a historic winery built in 1889. Fenestra Winery is Livermore Valley’s first family-owned boutique winery, specializing in classically balanced, award-winning wines from primarily Livermore Valley grapes. Their winery offers an easy escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of the Bay Area, inviting you to open the window to world-class wines.

Winter Traditions & Celebrations

Lunar New Year Activities for the Family – FREE printables!
Sweet, Sweet Valentine (Free Printable Activities)
Socially-Distanced Gifts and Activities for Galentine’s Day
What Lunar New Year Means To Me
Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts
Celebrating Chinese New Year Traditions with Toddlers
Top Places to See Christmas Lights on the Peninsula
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Throw a New Year’s Eve Bash (No Sitter Required)
Featuring 12 Days of Virtual Events & Giveaways!
Keep It Real This Holiday Season
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How to Put the “Om” Back in Mom – Even During the Holidays

Out & About

Luxurious Vacations for Families Do Exist!

Cardiff Vacations is a luxury vacation rentals local family business. Once a childhood home, now remodeled as luxurious beachfront rentals that are located in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, a desirable place to vacation.

Located south of Encinitas and north of Del Mar & Solana Beach, Cardiff-by-the-Sea has the best weather and is known as a world-class surfing destination.

Since 1971 Blue Bear School of Music has provided superior quality and affordable popular music education to aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels within a supportive and encouraging community. Fulfilling their mission to empower “people to play the music they love,” the school offers private lessons, group classes, and band workshops in Rock, Pop, Folk, Jazz, Blues, and other popular music styles.

Shop at Macy’s Stoneridge Shopping Center, Pleasanton, CA for women’s and men’s apparel, shoes, jewelry, makeup, furniture, home decor, and children’s items. Be warned – they have a MASSIVE toy department. Be prepared not to go home empty-handed. Psst… have a digital visit to the North Pole and take a selfie with Santa here!

Top 12 Eco Gift Ideas for the Holidays

10 Best “Worst” Presents to Gift

Parent-Approved Holiday Toys & Gifts Ideas By Age

Gifts for New Parents
Giving Tuesday – Organizations Near and Dear to Our Hearts

New Book Titles for Moms and Kids

Shop Local

1. Halo Life Face Mask with Nanofiber Filter

2. Ambiance SF Boutique

3. Adventurous Co. Interactive Adventures

4. SOULMUCH Holiday Cookie Box

5. Kindhumans Outdoor Essentials Kit

6. Pretty Pokets Function & Chic Bag Bundle

7. Blue Bear School of Music Lessons

8. P.S. I Cake You Custom Cake Toppers

Gifts for the Winter

1. Pat Pat Matching Pajamas

2. TROVA Go Smart Storage Device

3. Bleu Lavande Sweet Dreams Set

4. Edifier Bookshelf Speakers

5. ergoPouch 3.5 TOG Sleep Suit Bag

6. Earth Baby Organic Goodness

7. MOLECULE Sateen Sheets

8. Starling Skincare Facial Massage Duo

Screen-Free Gifts

1. Dino Crunch

2. CoolToys Monkey Balance

3. PenSilly Family Board Game for Kids & Adults

4. Picasso Tiles

5. Laser Pegs 6-in-1 Monster Truck Building Set

6. Pediped Flex Kacie Fashion Boot

7. Froggy Lair Octagon BioSphere
8. Yoto Player – Kids Audio Player & 6 Cards Starter Pack

Gifts for the Creative

1. CoolSand Deluxe Bucket

2. Craft Kit Library in a Box

3. Theater in a Box by The Rabbit Hole Children’s Theater

4. Busy Box Arts & Crafts Activity Kit

Gifts for the Techie

1. 3D Wooden Puzzle-Robotic Dinosaur

2. Marvel’s Avengers for PlayStation 4

3. Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet

4. Makeblock mBot Robot Kit for Kids

As screen time increases worldwide, EyeJust keeps you and your loved ones protected from the harmful effects of too much blue light.

Gifts for the Athlete

1. Goliath Games Phlat Ball

2. SHARKBANZ 2 Magnetic Shark Repellent Band

3. COR Surf Poncho Changing Towel Robe with Hood and Front Pocket

4. Pickup Sports Kids Subscription Box

Gifts for the Scholar

1. Magical Activity Wall Calendar 2021

2. Blimey Box Bundle Game Kit
3. BümoBrain Learning

4. Spin Master Calm Puzzle

Holiday Books

1. Cali’s Books Holiday Bundle

2. Dino Dana Dino Field Guide

3. Fa La La Board Book

4. Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition

For the Adults

1. MASH, Fortune Telling Adult Party Game

2. Kungfu Apothecary Complete Facial Tool Set

3. Wrapped Up in Christmas Joy

4. Ziri Skincare Red Clay Mask

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