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Fashion Friday: Christmas Edition

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Christmas is almost here and what would the holidays be without traditional Christmas attire?!

Every Christmas party calls for an Ugly Christmas sweater, that’s actually really cute.

Cozy red leggings that go wtih any holiday attire.

Lace-up snow boots that are fashionable and functional for that dreamy white Christmas

Accessories are always a must durring the holiday season. You can’t go wrong with reindeer antlers and gemstone earings

Sweet Tips

5 Tips for Riding the North Pole Express

North Pole Express Tips

This year I had the chance to take my three-year-old daughter Olivia on the North Pole Express. I have heard a lot of great things about this magical experience aboard the Heber Creeper on the Heber Valley Railroad, and was excited to finally check it out for myself. Since it was our first time, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Thanks to some tips from our family and friends, we were able to be prepared for the adventure.

North Pole Express Train

North Pole Ticket

The North Pole Express is a 90 minute train ride to the North Pole aboard the Heber Creeper. This adventure mimics the classic tail of the Polar Express. Some kids dress even dress in their Christmas pajamas. Along the journey you can expect to meet Mrs. Clause, eat chocolate chip cookies and sing Christmas carols. Once you reach the Noth Pole, Santa Clause boards the train and meets with every little boy and girl. Olivia had so much fun meeting Santa Clause and singing along with everyone on the train. 

North Pole Train Entrance
We want you to have the same great experience, so below are 5 tips to keep in mind when riding the North Pole Express.

  1. Buy Tickets Early: As you might already know, tickets go fast and the North Pole Express will sale out. Tickets go on sale in the early fall, so make note on your calendar to check the website in October for the best dates and times for your family.
  2. Dress Warm: We were worried there wouldn’t be heat on the train, but it was pretty warm. You will however want to bundle up because you will be spending some time outside before and after the train ride. It’s pretty chilly up in Heber in the winter!
  3. Arrive Early: Our train was scheduled for 5:00 but we decided to get there 30 minutes early. This allowed us to check out the gift shop and get situated. We waited in line outside for about 15 minutes and were able to be one of the first ones on the train.
  4. Get the Best Seat: Make sure to sit on the right side of the train. This is the best spot because you will get to see the North Pole and Santa right out your window. If you are on the left side, you can still see, you just have to stand up and move over to the window.
  5. Bring Snacks: The train ride is 90 minutes, which can be a tad long for some kids. It’s hard to get my three-year-old to sit still for 5 minutes, so I brought lots of snacks to keep her occupied. The elf’s bring around cookies and hot chocolate, so you’ll have an added snack for the ride.

Overall we had a great experience on the North Pole Express and will make this a new Christmas tradition. We can’t wait to go again next year and make this a family tradition.

Sweet Picks

November Sweet Picks

Paper Mache Deer Head with Wavy Antlers: Christmas is my favorite time of the year and this paper mâché stag head is the exact style I have been looking for my holiday mantle decor! And the awesome part about this stag head is that I can spray paint it gold just like I want! I love how it’s such a statement piece perched up on my mantle along with my other Christmas decorations. I also love that it is light and I don’t have to worry about a heavy ceramic piece.
Image Source: Hobby Lobby

Wood Countdown Calendar: If you are anything like me, you love perusing (stalking) Target way before most people are even thinking of decorating for the Holidays to get the first pick of all things Christmas. I was doing just that back in October and stumbled upon this dream of an advent calendar and it jumped right into my virtual cart. It is the perfect, timeless piece to use year after year. Target definitely did not disappoint with this one. 
Image Source: Target

Peppermint Lane Wooden Plaque: I walked by this adorable wooden plaque probably 5 times in the past few months and everytime it caught my eye. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on new Christmas decorations this year, but when I saw this was on sale for under $15 I couldn’t resist. It’s the perfect addition to my Christmas decor. 
Image Source: Michaels

Maker’s Holiday Plaid Stocking with Fur Cuff: I don’t know about you guys, but we have  been in full decoration mode all week getting the house Christmas-ified. So for this month’s sweet picks we just couldn’t resist picking our favorite holiday decor items. This year my obsession is red and black buffalo check plaid. I want it on everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. So when I was shopping at Joanne’s and saw this I died. Buffalo check with a touch of fur, um hello perfect. The fur gives the classic, woodsy buffalo check plaid a sassy, more modern feel. This is no lumberjack stocking. This is an adventurous, classy, fun, and sassy lady stocking. So if you’re into this like I am head to Joanne’s because they are on sale RIGHT NOW for $8!!
Image Source: Joanne