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Spreading Christmas Cheer with Kmart & St. Jude

Christmas shopping can be hella stressful. Waiting on long lines, figuring out budgets–all of it can get really crazy really fast! Last week I had the opportunity to work with Kmart to go on a shopping spree for the kids of St. Jude in the Astor Place Kmart location and it was a blast!

Marlo Thomas

The┬áNational Outreach Director of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Marlo Thomas, was on hand to help shop for the kids.

She was super fun and personable as always and did a quick tour with the kids, then it was our turn!

All of the bloggers present got to fill their carts with as many gifts as possible, and the sky was the limit. I of course, had to be super strategic with the shopping so I could get as much as possible for the kiddos.

This wasn’t my first rodeo, as I did this event a few years ago–so I knew the key to getting the most is all about cart organization. Oddly shaped toys tend to take up more space than needed, and perfectly square toys mean that we could put a ton more toys in the cart!

We filled up our carts to the brim with tons of toys for every age with a special preference for playdoh and legos, of course. I sure hope the kids of St. Jude Children’s Hospital enjoy their toys because they were picked with love!

Last Minute Christmas Gift

This is super late considering that we are just two days out for Christmas, BUT I decided to actually activate my (very latent) DIY side and make a craft as a gift for some of the teachers and staff at the boys’ school. I scoured the internet because as you guys know, my crafty side only goes SO far but lately I’ve been gaining more confidence in creating with my hands.



I decided to create these awesome looking Hot Chocolate in a Jar from Love Grows Wild. The ingredients were super easy to get and honestly even easier to assemble.

I got a some tan card stock paper ($2) and Ribbon ($2.50) from Michael’s and I already had Mason Jars in the house because really can you ever have enough?! I printed the tags, punched a hole in them and boom! I had a handmade gift from the heart. Who knew?!

–>5 Fun Mason Jar Gift Ideas<–

Next year, maybe I will be more adventurous, but for now I’m happy. ­čÖé




I will be around next week, but not much. I’ll have our popular monthly Workout For Runners on Wednesday┬ábut that may be the only time you see me. ­čÖé

I wish you all a VERY Happy Holidays filled with laughter, love and delicious treats. Don’t let the kids drive you nuts on Christmas Break and remember to take some time for yourself too. <3

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Janine HulDie December 23, 2016 - 6:14 am

Love the mason jars you created and they are the perfect last minute gifts. Also just want to wish you and your family a very, Merry Christmas now!! <3

Janine HulDie December 23, 2016 - 6:28 am

Quick additional comment, I just opened and read your latest newsletter. Thank you so much for including my shortbread Cookies. You made me smile more than you know. Hugs and hope you do once again have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas, my sweet friend xo <3

Nellie December 23, 2016 - 8:46 am

you are so welcome! I think we are making them tonight!! <3 Merry Christmas friend!!

Janine Huldie December 23, 2016 - 10:25 am

Yay and so happy you are going to try to make them. Enjoy and Merry Christmas once again!!! <3 <3 <3

Tamara December 23, 2016 - 11:00 am

Merry Christmas, Nellie! I love that you did this event. Looks amazing. I love the strategic part of it!
And go you for the DIY stuff!

Kita December 23, 2016 - 3:21 pm

I love the mason jars but use them for decor lol. Kmart isn’t around like they use to be but love them. Have a Merry Christmas!

Terri December 26, 2016 - 2:24 pm

The mason jars are so cute. I swear blog posts like this and pinterest have me convinced it’s practically a sin to throw out mason and spaghetti sauce jars.


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