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NEW! North Pole Christmas Stories App for iPad and iPhone

North Pole Christmas Stories App

Parents, this holiday season snuggle up with your children and read these 20 festive stories about Santa Claus, the elves, and the reindeer up at the North Pole.

Teachers, incorporate these merry tales into your lessons during the month of December. With 20 stories to choose from, students can read a new story every day until Christmas.

Written with young children in mind, these stories are perfect for kiddos who are learning to read or already know how to read. Each story includes 3 options for reading:

  • Read by Myself
  • Read to Me (includes professional narration)
  • Auto Play (includes narration and automatic page flip)

Both parents and teachers will appreciate that these stories are fun for kids to read but also contain messages about sharing, teamwork, patience, kindness, cooperation, generosity, and much more.

Download the North Pole Christmas Stories app for iPad and iPhone today for only $2.99!

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Etsy Item of the Day: Chicago Flag Christmas Card

This morning I told you about my and Raymond’s adventure wandering around and cycling in Chicago. In honour of that fun afternoon, I’m highlighting this cute Chicago flag Christmas card. In this clever design, the famous six-pointed stars have become the stars atop four Christmas trees. Printed on 100% recycled card stock, the card is blank on the inside and comes with a recycled kraft paper envelope.
Chicago Flag Christmas Card

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Raymond Around the World: Chicago

So far this year we’ve told you about Raymond seeing the North American eclipse and exploring Chattanooga, TN. This past spring I had to travel down to Chicago for a conference, and since he had such a blast last time, Raymond asked if he could come with me. Most of the week was extremely busy because of the conference, but on our last afternoon in town, Raymond and I were able to get out and savour the beautiful weather.

Raymond Around the World: Chicago
Itching to leave the hotel and explore

As we tend to do in Chicago, we walked A LOT. Raymond and I had such a lovely time, enjoying each other’s company and the awesome Chicago architecture. It seems that everywhere you turn, there is another interesting building!

Raymond Around the World: Chicago
Walking along Michigan Avenue
Raymond Around the World: Chicago
Looking up again & again to take in the architecture

After we wandered for a bit, we grabbed lunch at Le Pain Quotidien where we had a delicious avocado tartine. Then, given the mild temperature and bountiful sunshine, we decided to head over Lakefront Trail via Maggie Daley Park.

Raymond Around the World: Chicago
Crossing over Columbus Drive on the pedestrian bridge to Maggie Daley Park
Raymond Around the World: Chicago
Looking back at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Prudential Plaza, and Crain Communications Building

Maggie Daley Park contains picnic groves, a play garden, tennis courts, a climbing wall, and lots more—some of which we saw as we made our way towards Lake Michigan.

Raymond Around the World: Chicago
Checking out the funky light structures in Maggie Daley Park
Raymond Around the World: Chicago
Double-checking where we were on the map

During our walk, Raymond and I kept seeing kiosks where you could rent a bicycle. As we neared Lake Michigan, we determined that it would be a lot of fun to ride along Lakefront Trail, so we rented one of the bright blue bikes.

Raymond Around the World: Chicago
Raymond is ready to ride

And off we went along Lakefront Trail!

Raymond Around the World: Chicago
DuSable Harbour made for a nice photo backdrop

Raymond wanted to steer, but I suggested that he just hang on and enjoy the ride. [Plus—if I’m honest—I didn’t trust his cycling skills, and I didn’t want to end up in the lake!]

Raymond Around the World: Chicago
Raymond holding onto our loaf of bread from Le Pain Quotidien for security
Raymond Around the World: Chicago
Peering across the water at Navy Pier, which we visited last time

We finished up our ride by going down the Chicago Riverwalk, which is next to the river down below the streets. It was peaceful there, and we saw gorgeous blooms on various types of trees.

Raymond Around the World: Chicago
About to turn onto Chicago Riverwalk
Raymond Around the World: Chicago
Watching the kayaks and boat make their way down the Chicago River
Raymond the Reindeer Stickers

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Fruitcake: The Most Revered and Reviled Holiday Treat

Love it or hate it, fruitcake is a holiday staple. I’m not one for the overly dense, mass-produced fruitcakes with the waxy neon red and green “fruit” inside, but I do enjoy a nice homemade fruitcake that contains real dried fruit. Mrs. Claus has few recipes in her Cookbook, such as Applesauce Fruitcake, Old Fashioned Light Fruitcake, and Mini Christmas Puddings. For more information about this famous [or perhaps infamous] holiday treat, along with some fruitcake fun facts, check out the infographic below!
Lemonly Fruitcake Infographic

Click on the image for a closer look! Infographic via Lemonly

Etsy Item of the Day: “Let’s Brave the Nargles” Card

If you and your significant other are both Potterheads, send them this greeting card this Christmas. It will help confirm your love, as—despite Luna Lovegood’s warnings that mistletoe is full of nargles—you are willing to brave them to smooch your sweetie. The card is A7 [5" x 7"] and comes with a red envelope.
'Let's Brave the Nargles' Card

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