Holiday Traditions with Hallmark Northpole Gifts

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There’s no doubt that my favorite part of the holidays is seeing my children’s excitement and holiday spirit!  Some of our favorite traditions over the years have been discovering books that we love to read over and over every year around the holidays. This year I’ve picked up a special new book and stuffed animal set from Walmart’s Hallmark Northpole line. My youngest kids are crazy about stuffed animals, and this cute little shivering polar bear comes with a heartwarming book! Of course in our house, we had to get two because they don’t want to share this cuddly little guy!

I feel a little wistful knowing that this will probably be the last year my kids believe, so I find myself really wanting take in all the joy and wonder they have around Christmas. I remember when they were babies, and I introduced the holiday stories that I grew up with to them! Now that they are 8 and 10, I love to have them read to me. They are growing up so fast, and I know they will be too old to willingly take part enjoy this in a few years.

I was impressed with the Hallmark Northpole gift selection, and had a hard time choosing what to get! They have some fun baking supplies, which is another of our family’s favorite holiday activities. We love to make cut out cookies, and decorate them to give as gifts. In addition to the Snowby plush and book I picked up, I also got two magic snowballs. These plush balls light up when you throw them. The kids have had a blast playing catch with these, and even the cat likes them! The Northpole gifts would be great gifts for donating to a toy drive, gifting your children’s teachers, or even a hostess gift for a holiday party.

If you love holiday movies, be sure to check out the Hallmark Channel’s heartwarming new movie, Northpole. I’d love to hear some of your favorite holiday traditions!

Trader Joe’s Pomegranate Body Butter & Holiday Sets

My love for Trader Joe’s runs deep. Aside from all the fantastic food they offer, I also love their body butter! They have coconut body butter year round, pumpkin in fall, and this holiday season they have pomegranate. I don’t remember seeing any of these sets before, but maybe I just missed them. The Trader Joe’s that I use doesn’t have a large stock of the beauty products, so I think I happened to be in the right place at the right time when I saw them!

The pomegranate body butter is just as luxe and moisturizing as the other scents I have. It smells sweet and juicy, and a bit tart. A very pretty scent, that I think will nicely layer with most of my perfumes! I also picked up a trio of shea butter hand creams. You get three 1oz tubes that contain 20% shea butter. They come in Olive Oil, Argan Oil and Kukui Nut Oil.

I’m most excited to try the Exfoliating Body Scrub trio, which comes with a Fuji Apple Sea Salt scrub, Tahitian Paradise Brown Sugar Scrub, and Fresh Fruit Creamy Body Scrub. The size of these vary from 5-8 oz. I’m planning on breaking up the scrubs and hand cream for gift giving.

Have you seen these at Trader Joe’s? Do you have any TJ beauty products that are must haves?