Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Fête

Image via My 3 Monsters

How cute would this be for a party?!  I love the idea of breakfast for dinner (brinner) and including both the kids and the adults. And, hey, if the kids are already in their pjs, the parents can stay out longer... :)
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Can of "Snow"

I had to share with you these adorable gifts I made for Warner's friends at preschool.

When I saw the idea I knew it would be perfect!  I wish I could say I created the adorable labels for the can, but the girls over at How Does She were so gracious to make this a FREE printable!

Here's how to make your own.

1. Get an empty quart sized paint can from your local hardware store.  

2. Print the FREE printable over at How Does She

3. Cut out the labels and attach them to your can.  I used a combination of glue dots and an ol' fashioned glue stick.

(this picture is prior to be gluing down the edges flat...I'm a bit anal...)

4. Make your snow.
There are a lot of different ways to make snow, but I just did the basic cornstarch, kosher salt, and glitter mix.

5.  Scoop the snow into your can.

6.  Hammer the lid down tight.  

7.  Attach a can opener to each can.

8.  Enjoy!

The directions state to put it in the freezer to keep it cold until you decide to use it.  The magic of this snow is that is never melts...

I absolutely LOVED making these and hearing from other mom's how excited their kids were about this snow!  There is nothing quite like a kid at Christmas.  It reminds you how it should be.

Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Campbell: 8 Months

This little stinker...

turned 8 months on Sunday.

He is crawling and standing. He loves to eat baby food! He loves to take a bath and splash, splash, splash! He added "dada" to his vocabulary and can clap. Campbell took his first "trip" to The Polar Express in Bryson City, NC. He continues to make us smile on a daily basis.

Sadly, after numerous ear infections and antibiotics, we are headed to the ENT today. I am so thankful he is happy during the day. At night, he gets uncomfortable after laying down for awhile. Although I'm super nervous about the possibility of tubes, I'm glad we are finally going to get him some relief...hopefully. 

We love our wild man! 

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Monday, December 09, 2013

An Easy Holiday Wreath

If you took a look around my house you may have noticed the "Peace Wreath" on the mantle.  

It is so simple to make.

All you need is a grapevine wreath and some baker's twine or string of your choice.
(I apologize, these pictures were taken on my phone)

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It's so simple it doesn't even need words!  Just secure your string to the wreath by tying it, turn it over, and your wreath is done!

I attached mine to a chalkboard and added the word "Peace" that I found in the dollar bin at Michaels.  At first I had "on Earth" written under the wreath, but once I put my greenery on my mantle it was hidden, so I erased it!  

So many possibilities!  Hope your Christmas projects are coming along!

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Saturday, December 07, 2013

Friday Fête

How many of you are doing The Elf on the Shelf?  We are doing it for the first time this year and I've got to admit it's hard to remember to move him every night. And forget being creative with him...maybe next year...

Check out this Elf on the Shelf party! She totally outdid herself!

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

A "Natural" Christmas

This year I decided to go for a simple, easy, nature inspired decor. I used left over tree limbs, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, candles, and whatever else I already had. I spent zero dollars on this years decorations and that makes me very happy! So here's a little tour for you!
Merry Christmas!


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Monday, December 02, 2013

An Advent Calendar

I went back and forth on what to do for an Advent Calendar. Growing up we had one that hung on the door. Everyday you would move a little Christmas mouse to that day's number. Sometimes we'd get one of those chocolate Advent calendars. I knew I wanted to do something, so this is what I came up with. 

I've had these muslin bags sitting in my craft stash for a few years now.  I knew they would be perfect for my advent calendar.

I considered stenciling the bags with numbers, but then I remembered I had these clothespin numbers from Warner's first birthday

Deciding what to put in the bags was another decision.  Do I do ornaments and put them on a special tree, activities, treats?

I decided to do a mixture of activities and treats.  
(see a list of activities below)

I filled each bag with a treat or a card with an activity.  I hung them on some baker's twine using my numbered clothespins. The chalkboard in the kitchen was the perfect backdrop.

I am excited about this new tradition in our family!

Advent Activities I used:
-Bake Christmas cookies and decorate them
-Take a ride on the Polar Express
-Do a good deed for someone
-Read a Christmas book
-Watch a Christmas movie
-Set out cookies and milk for Santa
-Go to the library and check out Christmas books
-Make paper chains and decorate your room
-Have a Christmas Party
-Ride Around and look at Christmas lights
-Have your picture made with Santa
-Take a walk around the neighborhood and look at the Christmas lights
-Have dinner on the floor next to the Christmas tree
-Go see the lights at the Zoo
-Paint a wooden Christmas train

(some of these activities I already had planned so I just put them on the corresponding date!)
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