Holiday Favorites, Snacking

Nut Free Advent Calendar

Since it’s challenging to find a nut-free advent calendar, I’ve purchased a Pottery Barn “fill-it-yourself” type and have stuffed a bunch of nut-free candy of my own in. It’s the same thing. Just a count down. Nothing fancy. Ok probably the fanciest advent calendar, but at least it’s 100% nut free and I know what’s in it!
Other options I saw this year include the Target countdowns with Lego. Love that they are non-food based.  Check the link to order online and pick-up in stores.

Target Lego Advent Calendars\

A few ideas for a fill-it-yourself calendar….we raided our local Target tonight. Somehow I’ve missed the boat here for advent calendars. It starts Friday, and a lot of stuff is really picked over. 

Don’t forget St.Nick comes next week, too ๐Ÿ™‚ Toys R Us has some great $1 bin items. I haven’t been impressed with the Target $1-$5 bins, we have enough erasers and pencils.

 Happy Holiday Season! Whatever you are celebrating, I hope it’s joyful.

Holiday Favorites

Advent Calendar

One of the ways our family prepares for Christmas is with an advent calendar. Since advent calendars are usually made with chocolate and chocolates are usually made in facilities with other chocolates that contain nuts, we have never had a store-bought advent calendar. We have a homemade calendar like this from Pottery Barn.

Today, the kids filled the calendar with Andes candes, Peppermint Andes Candes, and holiday wrapped York peppermint patties.

Then, I got a text message from an extremely thoughtful friend who also has a son with nut allergies. She knew we were not feeling well today (OK, I am sick. A mom + 2 kiddos. Sick. Hardest day ever.) And her little mailbox drop off was the perfect pick- me -up for all of us.

Look! Nut-free advent calendars! I am so grateful for my friend, her thoughtfulness and generosity. She said she found these calendars at Farm and Fleet if you are interested in a nut-free calendar!

Vermont Nut-free Chocolate company also sells advent calendars, for $18 + shipping.

Our calendars start in just 2 days – so exciting! It’s the most magical time of year. The kids are so fun to watch right now – everything excites them (and me, too)!๐ŸŽ„

Cheers to a healthier week!๐Ÿ˜ท