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Family Lacing Cards

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.

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 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.

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ITEMS YOU NEED:

-white cardstock

-coordinating cardstock

-paper trimmer & scissors

-hole punch

-printer

-pictures of choice

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DIRECTIONS:

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!

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31 Cheesy, Easy & Adorable Neighbor Gift Ideas | simplykierste.com

31 Cheesy, Easy, & Adorable Neighbor Gift Ideas

Looking for neighbor gift ideas? Have I got a list for you! My mom passed this list on to me years ago, and since it was an old, typewritten copy, I thought it was time it came into the digital age.  :) I love how cheesy these ideas are, but they are also super fun and easy. I remember quite a few from my growing up years, so they also bring back a lot of memories. If you're looking for something that you don't have to bake, there are some really great ideas on here!

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I LOVE the Chex one......

  1. M&M's: Have a Merry & Most Wonderful Christmas!
  2. Soup or soup mix: Wishing you a "Souper" Holiday Season!
  3. Frozen or ready-to-bake pizza: Warm up to a wonderful holiday season, "topped" with Christmas cheer! OR...Hope your holiday has a lot of "pizza-az"!
  4. Apples & Hershey's hugs: A teacher can't live by apples alone...she needs hugs too!
  5. Popcorn balls: Here's hoping you have a "ball" this year!
  6. Loaf of bread: For being there when you were "kneaded", for "rising" to the occasion, large or small. For never "loafing" on the job, for helping others to "heel". No matter how you "slice" it, you do a terrific job. Merry Christmas!
  7. Jolly Ranchers: Have a Holly "Jolly" Christmas!
  8. Root beer: We're "rooting" for you to have a wonderful holiday season!
  9. Chex mix: Remember, Santa "Chex" his list twice! Happy Holidays!
  10. Nuts: We're "nuts" about you! Merry Christmas!
  11. Measuring cup (filled with candy): Wishing you joy beyond measure!
  12. Cinnamon & Sugar (or cookie sprinkles), in a cute jar: May your Christmas be sprinkled with laughter and love--Merry Christmas!
  13. Salsa: Adding a little "spice" to your holidays!
  14. Seasoning Mix: "Seasoned" with love--Merry Christmas! Or "Seasons" Greetings!
  15. Sprite: May your Christmas be Merry & Sprite!
  16. Soda Pop: I'd "soda" like to wish you a Merry Christmas!
  17. Mints: Friends like you are worth a mint! OR We were "mint" to be friends!
  18. Grater & Cheese: To a "grate" neighbor--Happy Holidays!
  19. Bear-shaped Honey: Have a "beary" sweet Christmas!
  20. Christmas-shaped Pasta (or any pasta & sauce): Have a "pasta-tively" happy holiday!
  21. Jam: Hoping you have a holiday "jam-packed" with fun!
  22. Cookie Dough: Here's a little extra "dough" for Christmas! or Everyone needs a little extra "dough" for Christmas!
  23. Divinity: May your holiday be divine!
  24. Toffee or Brittle: Any way you "break it", we're think you're the greatest!
  25. Apple anything (pie, muffins, bread, cobbler, or apples): You're the "apple' of our eye! Merry Christmas!
  26. Banana bread: We love you a whole bunch!
  27. Cupcakes: You take the cake! Merry Christmas!
  28. Carrot cake: We "carrot" a lot about you!
  29. Oranges: "Orange" you glad we're friends? I am!
  30. Sparkling Cider: Wishing you a sparkling holiday season!
  31. Set of thank you notes: We're so thankful for you!.....

And one more that I love, and have done several times...Snowman Soup!  I've created free printables for download!

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Do you have a fun idea? Please share--and link it up here, or leave me a comment!