On Keeping Seasonal Magic and The Truth About Santa

We’re among the group of parents that choose to let out kids believe in the sort of magic and childhood whimsy that comes along with believing in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny.  Despite my oldest being bombarded by classmates since Kindergarten (yes KINDERGARTEN!!) that these things aren’t real – we have two believers in our home.

What about your family? Have you thought about the best way to tell your kids the truth about Santa and more?  Luckily, there’s a brilliant tool out there to help navigate this changing childhood terrain in a helpful and empowering way that celebrates this coming of age.

Enter the Society Of Seasonal Secret Keepers, a gift set created by a mother of two to help guide kids while enlisting them as Society Secret Keepers.

how to tell kids the truth about Santa

Inside this helpful kit, tucked away in a special zippered bag you’ll find:

  • A personalized welcome letter from the Society of Seasonal Secret Keepers inducting your new agent into an exciting new stage of growth.
  • A heirloom token, inside a velvet bag, inscribed with the Society’s seal and their core values of Empowerment, Agency, Respect, Curiosity, and Integrity.
  • An 80-page book entitled The Society Of Seasonal Secret Keepers Field Guide: Ancient Secrets for Modern Kids.
  • Access to an online Society Mission Control portal to provide seasonal missions and ideas, which keep the field guide fresh and current all year-round.

We have no idea how smoothly this new stage will begin in our family when the time comes – but this is the best resource we’ve found.  We love how the induction into a secret society can make a kid feel cool and empowered with their own specific training manual to help them navigate this new phase.  We think it’s AMAZING that significance is placed on vowing to protect and honor traditions (agents are bound by an oath) while caring magic on for others who believe.  And we think that truths are presented in the best way possible with an emphasis on magic as symbols of love and giving, and a sense of earned responsibility with growing up.

Do your family a favor and order it before you’ll need it.  You’ll thank us later. 🙂



For quite some time, I’ve encourage Lucia and Adrian to spend time reading together without me.  But like most things, these little occurrences need to happen organically.  Lately, I’ve noticed Lucia’s reading confidence soar, and the most beautiful sibling storytime develop.  Adrian loves the short stories that Lucia brings home from school every day and I adore being the quiet observer.


This sweet sibling bond brings me indescribable joy.


Books & Bedtime With Pinkalicious {Bedding & Storybook Giveaway}

Watching my daughter learn how to read at 4.5 years of age, was by far one of the most rewarding milestones to experience in motherhood.  I’m always trying to strengthen both Lucia and Adrian’s interest in reading and literacy appreciation.  There is nothing quite like getting lost in a book, identifying with a character and longing to gobble up the words on the pages.

As the parent of a newish reader I have two important tips to share:

  • Have books available that your child wants to devour. 
  • Have books available that are aligned with your child’s current reading level.

Lucia loves everything Pinkalicious, and I appreciate the values woven through the stories.  We have a collection of Victoria Kann’s Pinkalicious books in our home library, and we were lucky enough to take in the Vital Theatre’s Pinkalicous The Musical from front row seating this past spring.  I couldn’t wait to surprise Lucia with a grand Pinkalicious surprise: Pinkalicious – The Pinkamazing Storybook Collection, a Pinkalicious Twin Comforter set and Pinkalicious Twin Sheet Set.  It was indeed Christmas in July en el casa de Marino.

The Pinkalicious- Pinkamazing Storybook Collection includes 6 books in one great hardcover book.  Four of the books are part of the I Can Read series Level 1 (appropriate for ages 4 – 8), which is perfect for my voracious reader.  This storybook is the sort of book that makes my Lucia sneak into the bathroom for a flashlight to continue her bedtime reading after I have left the room.  The stories and beautiful illustrations definitely pique her interest, and the reading level helps to strengthen her budding confidence.

Pinkalicious Book

The sweet Pinkalicious comforter set and sheet set are a Pinkalicious lovers dream come true.  The comforter has a beautiful ruffled edge, and the reverse side has a unique faux patchwork-quilt look, featuring images from the Pinkalicious series including unicorns, cupcakes, flowers and crowns. Lucia’s favorite part is definitely the applique gold star wand on the comforter and pillow case.  For a few years, I tried to maintain a minimal white  look in the children’s shared bedroom, but I’ve grown to learn that my littles are most happy with bedding that they love.  The change to a character theme made Lucia feel really special.

Pinkalicious Bedding

Win It: I’m so excited to be giving away a Pinkalicious bedding set (includes Pinkalicious twin comforter set and Pinkalicious twin sheet set) and Pinkalicious – The Pinkamazing Storybook Collection to one lucky winner.

To enter: Simply leave a comment below.

Additional entries will be given to Pinkalicious followers on Facebook and Twitter, and Marino Bambinos followers on Facebook and Twitter.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry (5 entries total).  A winner will be selected via random.org next week and posted below.  US only please and best of luck to all.

UPDATE:  Congratulations to winner Michele B and please look out for my email!

I was provided with the above bedding sets and book for review purposes.  All opinions in this post are strictly my own. 



I don’t think that I will ever get over how awe-inspiring it is to see it all come together.  To follow the process of the churning gears and witness the pure joy in her eyes when the words begin to flow off the pages.
Somewhere between four and five it all seemed to begin to click.

It is beyond amazing to watch your kid learn how to read.