Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderfully merry Christmas with your family and friends! We've had such a lovely holiday, and received such thoughtful gifts from family and friends. On our list this week is sending thank you letters, and I created some adorable Christmas thank you stationery for my kids to use. They love having a fun template, and I wanted to share it with all of you too!
Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix is perfect for the cookies for our tree decorating day, because it's already such a busy day, and I can really use all the time savers I can get. It's one of my best shortcuts, and my kids love them! I love them not only because they're yummy (I get asked for the recipe every time I take them somewhere!), but they save me SO much time. In just a few minutes I can whip up a batch of dough, and within 15 minutes, there's a sheet of warm cookies coming out of the oven. Frosting and decorating is next, and then the eating! Yum!
I also use the Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix to make the most darling reindeer cookies ever! They are super easy to make, and a huge, huge hit with kids.
Who loves fudge??? ME!!! I've always loved it, even in my crazy not-loving-chocolate years (I have NO idea what I was thinking!). Cooking fudge can be a little finicky though, and so I especially love this recipe that came from my grandmother. It's a super easy and super delicious no-cook fudge, and I dare say no-fail too!
You might be surprised to hear this, but one of the hardest parts of being in this little apartment and not having any of our things is not the cramped quarters (which I've actually come to appreciate in many ways), but rather not being able to build and create and make stuff!! With no tools here, and no home to decorate, my list is getting longer and longer by the day. It's what I love to do, so when I get any small opportunity to make something, no matter how simple, I'm a happy happy girl!
I decided I needed a little something to go above the chalkboard window in the family room to add a pop of color and a little bit of Christmas to the whole space, especially after my cute husband took on the big, bad, storage unit and tried to find our ornaments and decor, but couldn't. I created a simple but adorable wood Christmas sign that's perfect above a doorway, window, or shelf, and I absolutely love it!
Remember that adorable black & white striped mason jar soap dispenser I made for Halloween? Well, I just couldn't resist making a red striped version for Christmas, and I'm in love! You can also fill it with candy and use it as a gift jar instead--they are both super cute, easy to make, and make darling gifts!
Did December sneak up on anyone else? All of a sudden, Christmas is less than four weeks away, and I don't know how it happened! There just seem to be years that are busier than others, for me, this is most definitely one of them. My book manuscript is due in a few weeks, and we are starting to really get into house stuff, so I kind of feel like this month is going to be a blur!
I love giving gifts to the people in my life, but since time is always a factor (especially this year), I'm all about fun & easy & cute ideas that I can put together quickly. This popcorn gift idea fits the bill, and is something that can be given to friends, neighbors, teachers, your hairstylist, postal carrier...anyone!
I love receiving Christmas cards, and so does my whole family. My kids pore over the letters and pictures, reading them over and over again throughout the season. I also have a Christmas Memories Book, and I keep all of the cards we receive each year. It's so fun to look back over the years and see how our friends and family have grown and changed.
I also look forward to sending cards, and it's a tradition that our family loves to to together. Our Christmas card assembly line has been happening for quite a few years now, and it's just one of the things that we love to go together.
Today I'm sharing a few fun Christmas card templates...all you have to do is add your photo, and it's EASY and FREE to do!
We are on the countdown to Christmas! Is your house feeling it too? The celebrating has already started around here, and just today I went and bought a ridiculous amount of food for this week. On the list? Christmas breakfast! It's probably our favorite meal of the whole entire year. I've gathered 10 fun & festive Christmas breakfast ideas that would be perfect for not only Christmas day, but the days leading up to it. I love all the pancake and waffle ideas...and I know my kids would too!!
I bought my first punch bowl very early on in life. As a piano teacher, I felt it quite necessary to have punch and cookies after each recital, and a girl can't be without a punch bowl! Now I use a drink dispenser, but I still have my punch bowl! This particular recipe is my go-to punch, and it's the easiest sparkling punch around. It only has two basic ingredients, so it's also so quick to put together, which I love. You can also easily change flavors to match a theme, season, or holiday, and I've made many different kinds. The kind I love for Christmas and the holidays is what I call...Sparkling Cranberry Punch! Its delightful red color with cranberries with floating on top is perfect for any holiday table!
We are such a hot chocolate family! I don't think many days pass through the holiday and winter season where my kids aren't asking me to make hot chocolate...and I oblige quite often. One of my favorite versions is Mexican Hot Chocolate. The added cinnamon and nutmeg brings a depth of flavor that is deep and rich, and accents the chocolate. It's SO delicious, and easy!
We live far away from all of our family--most of them live thousands of miles away, and my sister is the closest at twelve hours away. We don't get to see them as often as we would like, but it's important to me that we do things to keep connected, and to help my kids know their family. I thought it would be fun to make a set of family lacing cards for my kids for Christmas a couple of years ago, and they LOVE them. I made a card for each of our siblings, and their families, and it's so fun to have their cute faces so often.
It's a perfect gift for either your kids, or for other family members--with a card of your family, of course! I love to tuck them into our church bag, into my diaper bag for visits to the doctor and other times we have to wait, and into the car.
This is a very easy project, and can be put together in an afternoon! It's also extremely budget-friendly--I made this whole set for less than $10, with the majority going to the lamination.
ITEMS YOU NEED:
-paper trimmer & scissors
-pictures of choice
1. Develop 5x7 pictures of your family. On white cardstock, print the names or other text a little below the middle of the page, giving room for the picture to go above it. Once it's printed, adhere the picture right above the text using double stick tape. (Font = century gothic)
2. Trim the white cardstock, leaving about a 3/4 inch border around the edges. Mat it onto a coordinating piece of cardstock--I decided on red. Trim all edges to be even.
3. You're ready to laminate! I took mine to Office Max, and had them use a 7 mil laminate. I wanted it as thick as possible, and the 10 mil wouldn't work with all of the cardstock. Trim the laminate, leaving a small border around the edges. ***Make sure you round the corners afterward--the edges are very sharp! If you have a laminator, you can do it yourself too! I also have a laminator, but I wanted it a little thicker than mine can do.
4. Using a ruler and a Sharpie, decide where you how far apart you want the holes, and make a small mark. Punch the holes over the mark you made with your hole punch.
That's it, you're done! You've got darling family lacing cards!
It's the 10th of the month! This month my friends and I got busy with the theme GOLD. It's kind of perfect for the holidays right? Check out my post and then hop on over to visit all of the others. Gold is such a fun color all year, but I love it at Christmastime! I was looking through the candy aisle the other day, and saw one of my favorites (Hershey Nuggets with Toffee) in their beautiful gold wrappers, and knew I needed to make some Gold Striped Christmas Gift Tags to go with them!