My favorite thing about Christmas is the special time I get to spend with The Kiddo. We make Hot Cocoa and curl up and watch “Polar Express” together. When she was little, she would sit in my lap and we would pretend that we were on the Polar Express too. I miss those days. (insert wistful mommy sigh) I know that I only have a few more Holidays like this before she is grown up and I plan to hold on for as long as I can.
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As many of you know the Kiddo, my family and I have lost some very special people this year and I searched for a way to honor them through the holidays and for years to come. After searching the inter-webs … Pinterest … I found a great option. There are many different versions of the memory ornament from a photograph of the loved one inside the ornament to a tiny scroll letter to heaven. I liked the idea of feathers.
My nieces love hair bows and pony tail holders. They also lose them faster than we can find them. If you have kids in you life like that, this tutorial is for you. It is a perfect stocking stuffer and they will think it is super fun. I can not wait to see my youngest niece open her gift and see this super awesome Lollipop.
Thin cardboard 2 3″ circles
Popsicle stick or chop stick
Pony Tail holders minimum 25
Ribbon or barrette
Decorative paper or glitter (If you want to decorate the cardboard circles.) Continue reading →
This ia a gift ideas that is right up my alley. The Holidays are a great time for DIY gifting. No need for the Mall the craft store will do. In the case of these adorable and glitzy candle holders I got the supplies from the Dollar Store.
Votive candle holder (Clean with alcohol to remove any oils or dirt from the glass.)
ruler or tape measure
candles (wick or battery) Continue reading →
This is one of my favorite Holiday Goodies. There is not much better than a warm cup of cocoa or coffee on a cold winter evening. Unless you have one of these yummy chocolate dipped Peppermint sticks to stir your drink. The spoons are a fantastic start to a cocoa bar for a party or as an addition to a teachers gift.
The fun of this DIY is that you can use any Chocolate you want. You can use any topping or no topping at all. I tried to cover a few options for you in this recipe. You can dip spoons, peppermint sticks, candy canes or use small cups and Popsicle sticks.
Make sure to cover the work area with parchment paper. The parchment keeps the chocolate from sticking to anything other than the spoon etc. Continue reading →
This is a super simple and super fun Tutorial to do with Kids. I had fun working on it myself. You can make a basic Rudolph reindeer with brown antlers and a red nose or you can mix it up and make crazy colorful and fun reindeer.
Eyes (stickers or glue on)
Small Pom Poms
Glue Continue reading →
For a fast holiday DIY I am sharing a super quick and inexpensive Door Decoration. You can get these wooden ornaments in different sizes at most craft stores. Play around with sizes and shape to fit your creativity and decor. I choose simple this year.
Add a bell and thread back through the hole.
3 flat wooden ornaments
Ribbon (measure the length you want the hanger + 4″ or more you can trim away any excess)
Bells (Santa’s jingle bells)
Measure and cut the ribbon the length you want + 4″ at least. I doubled my length and cut away the excess.
Decide on your layout. A great design would also be to use a large ornament as the base and hang smaller ornaments a different lengths from the base.
Tie a loop through the top of the first ornament. This will be the hanger loop.
Thread the ribbon through the bottom of the first ornament
Thread the next ornament from back to front.
Thread a bell on to the front of the ornament. Then thread the ribbon back through the same hole.
Continue the process with the remaining ornaments. I like to add a bell to the bottom of the las ornament as well.
If you want them to have more movement, do not thread the bottom of the ornaments.
I did not thread the first bell because there was a bell already on the ornament.
The more bells you add the more the decoration will jingle.
Hang up on the front door or as a wall decoration.
The decoration is minimal and beautiful at the same time. I know I usually can not stop at simple and I have to add a bunch of ribbon or glitter or paint, and you can do all of those things with this decoration as a start. Add a little mistletoe or holly and it would be even more beautiful. In this case simple works for me and I think it is beautiful. The sound of jingle bells when I open the door reminds me that it is Christmas and to be thankful for all that I have.