Tourin’ The Blogosphere For Christmas Cheer

by Susan

Christmas Tour of HomesBooMama’s decking the halls and so is the rest of the Mommy Bloggin’ world. We couldn’t risk being the Kranks of the blogosphere, and we really want to help bring lots of guests to all of the great parties you all are throwing… so we’re joining in the fun… as much as we can…

As we’ve mentioned in posts gone by, Janice and I, along with our workaholic mom, Joan, live crazy busy lives as work-at-home moms running two online stores and of course 5 Minutes for Mom. Well Christmas for us goes beyond crazy as our two stores are TOY STORES! And yes… that means all night order processing and the most unbalanced living you’ve seen this side of Wall Street.

As I type, our just-turned 67 year old mother is spending her birthday doing her fourth all-nighter in the last 10 days.

I know… I know… it’s insane and beyond awful. We feel so guilty that she is working so hard, but these babies of ours keep us so busy with their version of all-nighters.

(Right now it is 4:30 am and Sophia has just finally stopped fussing and gone to sleep in her crib. Scratch that… Now it’s 4:45 am… and I just got back from putting Julia back to bed after a far too routine night waking.)

Our mom is a crazy workaholic, and she can’t bear saying no to customers and refuses to let any toys miss the big day. I’m constantly begging her to stop taking orders and for the last week I keep sending customers to our competitors. Yes, that’s crazy too I know…

We’ve hired a couple neighborhood moms to help, but it still hasn’t relieved my mom of enough workload.

So, we need to beg your kindest pardons as we won’t be able to attend your many fabulous festive get-togethers. Janice and I need to spend every extra minute we have helping my mom get through this last week of Christmas crunch-time.

As for me, I’m quickly finishing this post and going to get a few hours of sleep so that I can take over answering the phones tomorrow.

But before I go, let me take you on our tour…

Last year, for Boomama’s Christmas Tour, Janice posted her decorations. So this year was my turn.

But first, Jackson and Olivia say hello from their house:


My house is a small town house – so there isn’t too much to show you. We are really crammed in here as we have the office for our business in my basement. But we are happy and cozy.

Julia loves the Christmas dress Janice bought her. How cute is she?!?


Getting a shot of a two year old and a two month old is not easy. But I love this one of Julia and Sophia:


Here are some of our favorite decorations:


And here is our tree:


Merry Christmas to you all and we hope you have a wonderful time touring

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Jennifer, Snapshot December 17, 2007 at 8:48 am



2 Rhonda December 17, 2007 at 9:17 am

I love your tree and the way the ribbon has been draped on. Very festive! Thanks for sharing!


3 Antique Mommy December 17, 2007 at 9:31 am

Your children are adorable. Who needs decorations when you’ve got all that cuteness about the house?


4 Tiany December 17, 2007 at 9:47 am

what sweet pictures! I love the little Santa outfits! Hope you all have a very blessed and Merry Chrsitmas! Thanks for all you do ! :-)

My Tour is at


5 Multi-tasking Mommy December 17, 2007 at 9:49 am

LOVE your tree, it’s so gorgeous!

Come check out my place:


6 So Blessed... December 17, 2007 at 9:50 am

Loved your precious little Christmas helpers. They will LOVE those pictures when they are about sixteen…

Blessings, Joanne


7 Shera - A Frog In My Soup December 17, 2007 at 10:01 am

How beautiful! Even busy with your business and newborns you have managed to pull off a far more decorated and beautiful Christmas scene than I!

Merry Christmas Girls!


8 Julie December 17, 2007 at 10:13 am

Love your adorable little Santas! Your place looks very lovely.

Merry Christmas!


9 Jen December 17, 2007 at 10:17 am

I love all the girls Christmas dresses so cute!

Jackson is adorable too in his Christmas hat. Your place looks lovely and I really like the ornaments.

(((HUGS))) to you all and your mom. Busy busy season and I can hear on the newborn’s sleeping stages hehe.


10 Sheila December 17, 2007 at 10:31 am

I love the pictures of the kids, how precious!


11 Hootin' Anni December 17, 2007 at 10:47 am

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww, the top three photos are BEST all around.

Mine’s posted. I have two versions.

A thumbnail short version
slide show long version.


12 KC December 17, 2007 at 10:58 am

Love all the decorations.. all the kids look so cute. Thanks for having us.


13 Stephanie December 17, 2007 at 11:50 am

Great photos! Great decor! Stay healthy in the midst of all that craziness! :) Merry Christmas…


14 Veggiemomof2 December 17, 2007 at 12:06 pm

I have a train just like that one that is DS’s stocking holder!


15 Susanne December 17, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Love the kid’s pictures. Too sweet!


16 Melissa Markham December 17, 2007 at 12:13 pm

The children are beautiful! And I thought I was busy;) May God bless you and your family during this hectic season! I hope you all get to catch up on your sleep soon!


17 Beth young December 17, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Beautiful! Merry Christmas!


18 Lauren December 17, 2007 at 12:57 pm

I love your ornaments, and the pictures of your kids are ADORABLE!


19 Tina December 17, 2007 at 1:08 pm

I Love your tree. How pretty.


20 boomama December 17, 2007 at 1:11 pm

First of all, you went way above and beyond to mention this tour thing when y’all are pulling all-nighters. 4:45 IN THE MORNING? Makes me want to get in the bed right now. :-) So thanks for taking the time to mention everything – y’all are always so gracious and kind.

Second of all, I totally agree with AM. LOOK AT THOSE SWEET BABIES! OH, THE CUTENESS! :-)

Merry Christmas!


21 Jennifer December 17, 2007 at 1:13 pm

Gorgeous decorations. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas to you & yours!

Jennifer :-)


22 liz December 17, 2007 at 1:13 pm

very pretty.. love it all


23 Cafemommy December 17, 2007 at 1:42 pm

Love the ribbon on the tree! So pretty — bringing Holiday Cheer!


24 ChupieandJsmama December 17, 2007 at 1:54 pm

The pictures of the kids are gorgeous! And I love your tree too. Merry Christmas!!


25 jenni December 17, 2007 at 1:59 pm

Oh, your children are BEAUTIFUL! Definitely the prettiest ornaments at your house! Everything else is so sweet and homey too…TFS!


26 Fresh Girl December 17, 2007 at 2:04 pm

My goodness, it was hard to look past those adorable children to see the decorations, but I finally pulled myself away. Your tree is beautiful! And I absolutely LOVE that metal train engine…what a great piece.

Hope you get all your work done in time to enjoy Christmas! Have a blessed one!


27 jessica December 17, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Merry Christmas! The children are beautiful and everything looks lovely!


28 Amy P December 17, 2007 at 2:24 pm

What beautiful decorations. And the kiddos are adorable!

Merry Christmas!


29 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls December 17, 2007 at 2:31 pm

Aww, I love the photos of your girls together and the one of Jackson and Olivia as well! :) Such a lot of holiday cute-ness you’ve got going on over there!


30 crookedeyebrow December 17, 2007 at 2:48 pm

The kids are adorable.

Beautiful tree!

Merry Christmas.


31 Linda December 17, 2007 at 3:43 pm

I love the snowman ornament! CUTE PICS!!!

Have a very Merry Christmas


32 Karen cox December 17, 2007 at 3:49 pm

Oh your decorations are wonderful, but ooooooooooh look at those faces on those children! They decorate the room. Merry Christmas, Karen


33 Southern Heart December 17, 2007 at 4:27 pm

Your home and decorations are lovely….and you have such beautiful children!

Merry Christmas,



34 Ruth December 17, 2007 at 4:49 pm

i love your inukshuk tree ornament! and your sweet little girls are incredible as well!


35 on the Rock December 17, 2007 at 4:56 pm

The kids look great! And the tree is so pretty.


36 jen December 17, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Your family is just adorable and your tree is gorgeous. Have a very Merry Christmas.


37 T with Honey December 17, 2007 at 5:59 pm

I love all the little girls in their red velvet with white fur trimmed dresses!!


38 swirlingnotions December 17, 2007 at 7:20 pm

OK . . . new mommy question. So you buy the Christmas outfits to wear before Christmas to take pics in so that you can actually send them out before the date? Ridiculous, I know. But I actually wonder these things.

By the way, another site with helpful party stuff and a way to help out at the same time is — they’ve got entertaining tips and recipes from celebrity chefs, a ‘party pack’ with invitations and menu templates, and each time you download a featured holiday tune Clos du Bois will give $1 to Share Our Strength.


39 Diana December 17, 2007 at 10:02 pm

Your pictures! I love them. Your kids are precious, and your tree is beautiful. I love the ornament and the train, too.


40 Jenn December 18, 2007 at 12:46 am

Beautiful – your house, your children – just beautiful! May you and your whole family be blessed in this new year. Have a wonderful holiday!


41 zamejias December 18, 2007 at 6:15 am

Love the kids’ attire. They are so charming in it. And I love your tree too. Merry Christmas!


42 BJ December 18, 2007 at 8:12 am

I really like the train. And what beautiful children! Merry Christmas! (I was up until 3 am trying to get my printer to work with my new computer so I could print off an invoice for our business. I’m not feeling too bad, but that was only ONE night. I hope you ladies all stay healthy for Christmas – try to rest!)


43 Tiff December 18, 2007 at 9:26 am

Those outfits are the cutest!!! where did you find them??? Your tree is gorgeous!


44 Kim December 18, 2007 at 9:26 am

Enjoyed my visit. Merry Christmas!


45 Liza's Eyeview December 18, 2007 at 12:13 pm

Beautiful .. so beautiful (kids and decorations :)


46 jenn December 18, 2007 at 1:14 pm

I love your tree!!! and your ornaments are beautiful!! but im thinking i like your lil elves the best :) they are dolls!!


47 amydeanne December 18, 2007 at 2:09 pm

lovely pictures! and your girls are such dolls!


48 jendi December 18, 2007 at 2:57 pm

Glad you joined in even though you are so busy. Glad to hear your business is doing well.
I love the gold ribbon on your tree!
Plus, all the kids are so cute in their Christmas clothes!


49 Jendi - again December 18, 2007 at 2:59 pm

oops – didn’t put my link in correctly on my first comment. Should work on this one.


50 melody is slurping life December 18, 2007 at 8:59 pm

Everyone and everything is beautiful.

Merry Christmas!


51 Dianne December 20, 2007 at 12:59 pm

Merry Christmas! The babies are the cutest part of your tour! Sweethearts!!!
I like your tree a lot too.


52 cheryl December 21, 2007 at 6:51 pm

Your children are beautiful! Loved your tree with the doves. Thank you for inviting us in to view all your Christmas decorations.


53 Cat December 25, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Thanks for the holiday smiles! :)


54 Michie December 30, 2007 at 8:41 am

Thank you for sharing. The kids look so cute!


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