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A Few Favorite {Non-Christmasy} Winter Books for Toddlers

As I always state, the girls in this house LOVE books. “Bookies” as miss Emily calls them. Christmas books are so much wonderful, whimsical fun! But once Christmas is over, and the Christmas books are packed away, you don’t want there to be a lull of the wanderlust of seasonal reading and discovering! Hopefully you got your little love some books for Christmas ๐Ÿ˜‰ but if not, go get these if you haven’t already! There are so many lovely little wintery books out there, but all of these are ones that I’ve found to be suitable for my only point of reference, my 18 month old daughter ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s Not My Snowman

That's Not My Snowman

We love Usborne Books and through every season we always have to have a “That’s Not My…” touchy feely book. This one stayed out after the Christmas books were packed away with hopes of being able to build an actual snowman here in the south before winter is over. Here is to wishful thinking!

No Two Alike


This is such a cute little book with two little birdie friends who are “just alike.” Actually, they are “almost…almost…but not quite.” Little Em loves this book and when she wants to read it she calls it “Al-mo” {Almost}. We love little creatures in the woods and even more-so with the backdrop of blanket white snow and dreamy snowflakes. This one is a daily reader for us!

The Mitten


So this book was given as a baby gift and had stayed in the closet for a while because I thought it was a little busy for Emily’s age this time last year, and well as you may know, I like seasons. So we hadn’t gotten it out anytime since then. Well low and behold, it is now Emily’s most requested book of the winter season. “Mitt! Mitt!” she calls it, except for sometimes when she calls it BaBa. LOL! If you’ve read the book, you know that BaBa is the sweet grandma who knits her grandson the special white mittens. Another fun adventure of wintery forest animals, with a tad of baby appropriate suspension. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We will definitely be adding more Jan Brett books to our collection!

ย Winter


And who doesn’t love a book without words? haha, Ok so that may sound strange to some of you ๐Ÿ™‚ But I LOVE IT! I know some of my other Montessori mommas out there love it too! The freedom to make up your own story with your little one, or just use it as a sweet little learning book to identify new things. Yes, it does have one corner picture with a Christmas tree in it, but it is still a predominantly “winter” book, more than it is about Christmas. Gerda Muller has one of these books for every season. Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

Biscuit’s Snowy Day


We LOVE “Bih-cut” at our house! We are a family of 6. 3 humans and 3 dogs. So anything with puppy dogs that look anything like our golden retriever, great Pyrenees, or husky mix, are an easy winner. ๐Ÿ™‚ We are growing quite the collection of Biscuit books around here, so naturally, we have Biscuit’s Snowy Day. A sweet little adventure with Biscuit, his little girl, and their adorable friends.

The World is a Wonderland Collection


When I became a mommy and went exploring for sweet, dreamy, treasures of books for my baby girl, Nancy Tillman was the first author I fell completely in love with! Her book, My Love Will Find You, is still our most read year round book. My heart gets even more ooey-gooey over the moments where my favorite choice books, are also Emily’s favorites too in her little mind. Doesn’t that make you just stop and thank Jesus for blessing you with a little person that carries a little piece of you inside of them? {sweet sigh} Anyway! I came across this collection of Nancy Tillman MINI books that have somewhat of a wintery theme. I love them of course. But, oh my word, Emily REALLY loves them! Her favorite hobby is holding any little thing that can fit in her precious hand. These books qualify! Therefore, she always has one in tote around the house.

No need to venture out in the cold unless you just have to have these today! All of these books can be ordered from my links to Amazon, or Usborne Books.

Happy snuggle time with your sweet ones! Have other favorite wintery books for toddlers? Leave us a message! I would love to add some more to our “to-read” list!




Faith · Family · Lifestyle · Me & My Little Life

Sweet Songs for My Sweet One

I love to have Pandora playing my favorite Christian mood music during our morning quite play time. I feel something in me come alive when good, sweet music is filling the rooms of my home. It seems to bring a peace and an extra invitation from my heart & home to Jesus saying “Please come in, you are SO very welcome here in these moments, and always.”ย 

My favorite stations on days when my soul is quiet and in need of rest, sweetness and grace are from the voices of Bethany Dillon, JJ Heller, Audrey Assad, Ellie Holcomb, Allie Rogers, & Jillian Edwards with a little bit of Kari Jobe & Nichole Nordeman.

This song piece from Bethany Dillon has marked the last 18 months of having my sweet girl. I feel my insides tighten saying “hold on to this moment, let this be your heart song for this season.”

This will forever be my song to Emily. Take a listen and be blessed.ย  I hope you sing this over you’re sweet one in some of your quiet moments.

Disclaimer: There may be tears.

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Christmas Photos 2017

When we make our trips out to South Carolina, we try to squeeze in some family photos with my sister-in-law, Allison, who is an amazing photographer! We are very blessed to have a handful of photoshoot collections from our years and different milestones together. Here is yet another treasure of memories from our Christmas 2017 Photoshoot.

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From our family to yours,

Merry Christmas!

Xoxo, Krystle


Family · Food · Lifestyle

Rice Krispie Christmas Treats

I have always loved Rice Krispie treats! They are such a simple form of perfect deliciousness! They are also a great way to mold and create a cute creative treat for kiddos! If you can mold it, you can make it with Rice Krispies! Here are some of my favorite ideas that I’ve seen!


Christmas Tree Krispy Treats



Rice Krispy Ornaments



Rice Krispy Wreath



Rice Krispy Treat Gingerbread Men



Easy Christmas Trees


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Favorite Usborne Christmas Books! (for 12-24 months)

I love books! And I have been blessed to have a little girl who is already showing a love of books, creativity, music, and beautiful things. But we especially love our reading time. Twice a day in fact! My little Emily is about to be 18 months old, and I thought it would be fun to create a running list of her favorite books! Like a baby book club you could say ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since I am also a consultant with Usborne Books & More, I’m going to start off with some of her favorite books that we have from Usborme! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve included links for you to click and shop on my Usborne page, and also some helpful videos from other Usborne ladies ๐Ÿ™‚


That’s Not My Reindeer

Not My Reindeer

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That’s Not My Snowman

not my snowman

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These are just 2 books from Usborne’s “That’s Not My…” series. This series has over 50 TITLES! We have quite a few more of these on Miss Emily’s shelf, but these are 2 of our favorite Chirstmas-y ones! I’ll feature some more of our favorites another time, but if you just can’t wait, click here to shop the full series!

The Nativity Touchy Feely

The Nativity

This Nativity Touchy Feely book has the cutest little pictures with vibrant colors and engaging touchy feely items on every page for your little one to discover. They are incorporated enough to keep my little 18 month old engaged for the full (baby version) of the story of Jesus! And that makes my heart happy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nativity Flap Book

The Nativity Flap Book

Another Nativity book that my little Emily loves! It’s fun seeing her recognize the story and familiar characters, but with a different look than the touchy feely version, and a different way to interact using the fun little flaps! She loves finding Baby Jesus behind the hay!

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Slide and See Christmas

slide and see Christmas

This book is a fun festive one that is more about the pictures and surprises from the “slide and see” tabs on each page. This book has hardly any words, but the pictures are so cute and fun. Since it’s not so much a story book, we like to use this book as another fun resource to identify new Christmas-y things together like ice skating, reindeer, and a gingerbread house!

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Pop-Up Christmas

pop up christmas

Love, love, love this adorable book! The pop ups are beautiful and elaborate! They are also sturdy, but to keep your book in good condition, it’s best for toddlers that are a little more removed from the “ripping and tearing” phase.

Peek inside this book!

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Usborne Books & More has some really, REALLY cute books for your younger and older kids! Some of my favorites for my niece and nephews (and any other kid that loves Christmas) are the Christmas activity books! They are fun for keeping busy while traveling, (and waiting to open presents at grandma’s) or some down time over the school holiday break. I’ve included a video, in the link below, that some other lovely Usborne lady has made. Check out the video, but come back here to shop ๐Ÿ˜‰

Usborne Christmas Books for ALL Ages!

See something you like? HURRY and grab it by shopping from my link. Many of the Christmas Books are almost out of stock! By clicking any of these “Shop this book” links, it directly takes you to my website where you can place your order ๐Ÿ™‚

Shop Usborne Christmas books and ALL of our other collections for year round! Our books make the best Christmas gifts & stocking stuffers!

Join the movement. Balance your child’s Christmas by giving them…

“Something they want

Something they need

Something to wear




Just in case you’re interested…

I know there are so many more moms out there like me that have visions of walls and bookshelves full of dreamy books for their child’s home library. That’s the main reason I joined Usborne! Free books, discounted books, and a little money on the side!

If you’re interested in earning free and half priced books, You can always host an ONLINE book party, or even jump right in and become a consultant like me for even more rewards! Send me an email anytime at usbornebookskrystle@gmail.com

Those who book an online party before the end of January will have the opportunity to earn DOUBLE the hostess awards! That’s a good deal, y’all! Can’t wait to hear from you and share even more amazing books with you and your friends!


Family · Food · Lifestyle

Christmas Treats with Kids!

I have been having a ball on Pinterest, finding so many FUN Christmas treat recipes and cute crafts to do with kids! From now until Christmas, I am going to be posting some of my favorite ideas to make your Christmas season even more magical for you and your sweet ones!

Starting now, kids are bubbling with a little extra energy & excitement as the Christmas season is upon us! Why not kick off your holiday baking traditions with fun little reindeer treats! We always made a variation of these little guys growing up. Any variation of these are usually real easy to make with barely any baking skills required!


Traditional Reindeer Cookies

These are my personal favorite, just because these are the ones I grew up making with my mom and sisters ๐Ÿ™‚

reindeer cookies

Easy Red Nosed Reindeer Cookies


Rudolph and Friends Reindeer Cookies

reindeer treats

Simple Rustic Reindeer Treats


These cute creatures are also great ideas for class Christmas parties, sleep overs, church festivities, cute extras for all of you Elf on the Shelf mommas out there, or my personal favorite…just simple bonding time with your littles!

Follow us on Pinterest, or check back later this week to see our next batch of my favorite Christmas treats to make with your kids!

Merry Christmas!