Advent Day #11

Today’s ornament from Truth In The Tinsel was about Jesus’ name. I liked Amanda’s craft for this but wanted to make it simpler for my three year old so we just used foam stickers for the letters. We talked about why that name was chosen and the letters in Jesus’ name and how His name starts with the same letter that Jacob’s does.

10 Yummy Christmas Treats

Here are 10 creative Christmas treat ideas perfect for holiday parties or just to enjoy yourself :)

Snowman Cookies

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Reindeer Noses

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Snowmen Faces

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Santa Hat Brownies

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Christmas Caramel Popcorn

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Lindt Truffle Reindeers

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North Pole Cupcakes

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Hot Cocoa Dippers

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Covered Cherries

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Peppermint Reindeer Food

Advent Day #10

You may have noticed that we skipped yesterday’s Advent Ornament…that’s because we didn’t get a chance to do it. We did yesterday’s craft today and will be skipping today’s craft to get back on track. Here is the ornament Jacob made today:

Every day I am amazed at how much Jacob is learning. When I got the glitter paint out he noticed one color we had the other day was missing. He then made sure to use a crayon to put all the facial features on Joseph (including ears) and even made a little mouth with the glitter glue. Now we have a set- Mary and Joseph.

All I Want For Christmas Is… A Stockpot!

Ok, so that’s not entirely true because there are other things on my wish list but when my mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas I said I’d love a soup pot. Out of all the things I want this is #2 on my list (#1 being an iPad). I never thought I’d want a pot for Christmas.

I'd LOVE a set like this but they are all sold out :(

Do you want anything for Christmas that you would have never imagined yourself asking for?

iCaughtSanta Quick Giveaway {5 Winners!}

Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa caught in the act in his or her very own home. iCaughtSanta.com is a unique website that helps visitors create those memorable keepsake photos. In three simple steps anyone can upload a holiday photo, add Santa Claus and print it as proof… or share it via email, Facebook and Twitter.

GIVEAWAY:

5 readers will win a gift code to create their own iCaughtSanta photo

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me who you would give this photo to if you win.

EARN AN EXTRA ENTRY:

Optional: Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends December 19, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time. Winners will receive codes in time for Christmas.

(Disclosure: I received a code to use the product myself but all thoughts are my own.)

10 Christmas Crafts Kids Can Make

Kid made crafts make great gifts and decorations. Check out some of my favorites below and click on the pictures to be taken to the posts. {Looking for ornaments kids can make? Find that post here.}

Handprint Shape Angel

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Sugar Cone Trees

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Pine Tree

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Bottle cap magnets

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Paper Plate Wreath

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Water Cone Cup Craft

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Rudolph Gift Bag

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Handprint Tree

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Cotton Ball Santa

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Footprint Reindeer

10 Ornaments Kids Can Make

Here are some cute ornaments that your kids can make.

Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts they are from:

Pom Pom Ornaments

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Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornament

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Scrappy Ornament

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Mess Free Glitter Ornaments

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Glitter Ornaments

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Pinecone Christmas Tree Ornaments

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Handprint Ornament

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Craft Stick Reindeer

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Puzzle Piece Christmas Tree

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I Spy Ornament

Advent Day #8

Today’s Truth In The Tinsel ornament was to make the sun. We substituted glitter paint for glitter foam and Jacob smeared the paint all over the ornament (which is a great sensory activity for him). He handled it okay but as soon as he was done he wanted his hand cleaned off.

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If you are participating in Truth In The Tinsel, how is it going? Are your children liking the activities?

Advent Days #6 and #7

There was no post yesterday for day #6 because the boys enjoyed painting Mary and Elizabeth so much that they painted right through the paper and it was all ripped up.

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Ornament for Day #7

Today we talked about Mary’s song. Jacob enjoyed gluing on these sequins to a CD and it was an easy craft for me to set up for him. I think it turned out great!

Gingerbread Train {Wordless Wednesday}

This year instead of a Gingerbread House we bought a Gingerbread Train. The boys enjoyed decorating it with their Nana but liked eating the candy more! :)

Chocolate Coal Lumps {Recipe}

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 bag (10 oz) large marshmallows (5 cups)
  • 8 cups Cocoa Puffs® cereal (from 11.8-oz box)
  • 3 bags (12 oz each) semisweet chocolate chips or 36 oz (from two 24-oz packages) chocolate-flavored candy coating
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • Black sugar and/or black jimmies sprinkles

Directions:

  • Line 13×9-inch pan with foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  • In 4-quart microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 1 minute or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave about 2 minutes, stirring after each minute, until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended. Add cereal; mix well.
  • Spoon cereal mixture into pan. Spray hands with cooking spray, and press mixture firmly in pan. Cover with waxed paper; press second 13×9-inch pan on top to compress bars. Remove pan and paper. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Remove bars from pan; peel off foil. Using sharp knife, cut bars into 8 rows by 6 rows to make 48 squares. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper.
  • In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave 12 oz of the chocolate and 1 tablespoon of the shortening uncovered on High 1 minute 30 seconds; stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 15-second intervals until melted and smooth. Using 2 forks, dip and roll each cereal square in coating. Place on cookie sheet. Repeat twice to use up chocolate, shortening and squares.
  • Sprinkle coated squares with black sugar and/or sprinkles. Place in freezer 15 minutes or refrigerator 30 minutes until chocolate is set. Store in airtight container or sealed storage bag.
Makes 48 pieces
*Recipe/image provided by MyBlogSpark on behalf of Betty Crocker*

Outdoor Decorating With Sears

As I shared last week, we have never had a home with a place to decorate outside so I was really excited to head to Sears to get some outdoor Christmas decorations. There was a lot to choose from but I decided to buy three items to decorate the front of our home.

Our decorations

Here’s a close-up of the reindeer:

White Christmas lights are my favorite and I really like the spiral tree. It was easy to setup and makes the house look instantly festive. After I took this picture we had to move it from the porch because it has to be staked into the ground or else it falls over (it also looks really cute inside). I got two reindeer on sale for a great price and like that they move their heads. I thought about getting a wreath for the front door but didn’t think there would be enough room between the door and the screen door.

Sears had a great outdoor decor section in their store and I liked how they had everything displayed so you could see the products. The only thing I wished I would have seen but didn’t is a Nativity scene. I know they have one in their online store but I would have liked to purchase one when I was shopping in the store since that is what Christmas is about.

Want to decorate the outside of your house, too? Check out the Sears Real Cheer site for great deals and decorating inspiration!

(Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias #Searsrealcheer All thoughts are my own.)

This Is Christmas by Kutless {Christmas Music}

Check out this song, This Is Christmas, by Kutless. It’s now one of my favorite Christmas songs:

10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Preschoolers

Stumped on what to put in your preschoolers stocking? Here are 10 ideas:

1) Candy (the obvious one)

2) Crafty Items (collage materials, crayons, stickers)

3) Toiletries (bath bubbles, toothbrush with their favorite character)

4) Undergarments (character underwear, socks)

5) Dress up jewelry

6) Cars and trains

7) Snacks (fruit snacks, chocolate chip granola bars)

8) Books

9) DVD collection of their favorite TV show

10) Small games (card games, handheld games)

What are you putting in your children’s stockings? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Advent Day #5

Our ornament from the Truth In The Tinsel ebook today was Mary. Jacob liked using the Elmer’s 3D Paint Pens to decorate her dress. After looking at the finished product we should have probably added hair so it looked like a girl but I think it still looks cute.

Advent Day #4

For today’s Truth In The Tinsel craft we made a Gabriel ornament. I thought it was a really cute idea but it was not really a craft Jake could make. I think next year I will have Jacob decorate the wrapping  paper with glitter glue before I make it into a fan.

Our Christmas Season “To-Do” List

The Christmas season is here and I want to make sure that my family has a wonderful season of fun and making memories. The past years I have had many things I wanted to do but just didn’t get around to so this year I have made our family a Christmas “to-do” list. I figure if it’s written down there is more of a chance we will do the things instead of just thinking about them.

Here are the things I’d like to do this Christmas season:

*Throw a birthday party for Jesus

*Go to the zoo to see their lights display

*Visit Santa

*Make our Advent ornaments daily

*Put together a Gingerbread Train

*Give the boys new Christmas pajamas

*Drive around town looking at Christmas lights

*Donate money to Salvation Army bell ringers

*Bake (and decorate) cookies together

*Make some Christmas crafts to hang on the walls

*Wrap gifts for others

*As a family choose a gift from World Vision’s gift catalog to give

*Make Christmas cards for our loved ones

*Send a letter to Santa

*Mail a Christmas card to a soldier

*Get together with family to celebrate the Holidays

*Paint wooden ornaments for our tree

*Get family Christmas pictures taken.

*Have a Christmas movie marathon in our pjs

*Read a Christmas themed book every night before bed

*Make “reindeer food”

*Leave cookies and milk out for Santa

*Get a family dough ornament made

*Go downtown Chicago to look at decorated window displays

*Go to the light show at our local outdoor mall

*Play in the snow and then come inside to drink hot chocolate

*Donate food to a local food pantry

*Go sledding

*Make paper chain garland for the tree

*Make a snowman

*Move the Elf On A Shelf to a new place everyday and find him as a family

*Eat chocolate from our Advent calendars

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What’s on your family’s Christmas to-do list?

Advent Day #3

Today's Ornament: Zechariah

Today’s ornament from the Truth In The Tinsel: An Advent Experience For Little Hands ebook was Zechariah. I like how Amanda had us use a bubble from a piece of bubble wrap as the mouth and then pop it to represent that Zechariah was unable to speak because he didn’t believe God.

{Real life—> Zechariah is now missing a nose because Jacob ate the piece of dry pasta that had been glued down…}

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Linked up to Holiday Kid Craft Hop

More Gifts In A Jar {But You Can’t Eat These!}

Earlier I shared 12 edible gifts in a jar and now I want to share some ideas for other gift jars I don’t recommend eating. Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts:

Craft Jar

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Sewing Kit Jar

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Poured Mason Jar Candles

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Monogram Jars

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Everything In A Jar

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Homemade Sugar Scrubs

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Apron In A Jar

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Bath Fizzies

Edible Gifts In A Jar {12 Gift Ideas!}

Here are some more great gift ideas. This time they are all edible and all given in a jar. Makes me want to go out and buy a bunch of Mason jars! {Find 8 non-edible gifts in a jar here}

Hot Cocoa In A Mason Jar

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Pie In A Jar

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Granola In A Jar

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Cupcakes In Jars

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Friendship Soup Mix In A Jar

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Peppermint Stick Cocoa

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Layered Dip In A Jar

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Cowgirl Cookies

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Brownie In A Jar

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Pumpkin Butter In A Jar

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Cookie Dough In A Jar

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Appleesauce In A Jar

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Find more great gifts in a jar ideas here!

Advent Day #2

"And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

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Today’s craft idea came from Truth In The Tinsel: An Advent Experience For Little Hands.

“Baby Jesus have a crown on his head.” -Jacob, age 3

Christmas Sensory Table

Christmas Sensory Table

Items Included:

-Garland (cut into 6 inch pieces)

-Jingle Bells

-Holly Berries

-Mini Ornaments

-Mini Present

-Small stockings

-Bows

-Red cups

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Did you make a Christmas themed sensory table or bin for your children?

I’d love to see what you included if you did! :)

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Linked up at: The Sunday Showcase, Sharing Time, Weekend Wrap Up Party, and Link & Learn

Outdoor Decoration Shopping At Sears

I love Christmas. It’s my favorite time of the year. I also love decorating for it. {I have been guilty of decorating on Halloween night before!} This year we dragged out our Christmas decorations and set up our tree in the middle of November.

We have a lot of indoor decorations but no outside ones. Last year we moved at the end of November into a house for the first time so we didn’t put any decorations up and we didn’t have any from previous years in the apartment so I headed out to Sears to buy some decorations for outside.

I used to think of Sears as a tools and appliance store but I discovered that they had so much more when I went shopping in their “toy shop” at Christmas last year. I found the Christmas decorations near the workout machines. They had a couple aisles of indoor decor and a large section of outdoor decor. Here are some of the things that I found:

Spiral Tree

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Lighted characters

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M&M Lawn Characters

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Pre-lit Wreath

They had so many great things it was hard to choose which I wanted to purchase to decorate my front yard. To see what other items I found you can check out my Google+ story or check out Sears Real Cheer site to get some inspiration for decorating your own home (inside and outside).

Pictures to come next week after I get all of my outdoor decorations up!

(Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #SearsRealCheer #CBias All thoughts are my own.)

Advent Day #1

Today we started our Truth In The Tinsel Advent book (find out about how you can get a copy here that you can view on your computer). The ornament turned out really cute so I wanted to share it:

We talked about how Jesus was the light in the world.

At the end I asked Jacob: “Who did God send to be the light in the world?”

Jacob’s answer:

“The little elf.”

Apparently introducing the little elf before baby Jesus this Christmas season was a mistake.

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Made By Little Hands Monday

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7 Handmade Ornaments {Great Gift Ideas}

Need a gift for a teacher, grandma, or a friend? How about a handmade ornament? Check out these ornaments I’ve found online. {Click the pictures to be taken to the posts}

Personalized Christmas Ornaments

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Felt Christmas Ornament

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Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

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Button Ornament

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Scrabble Ornaments

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Cookie Cutter Ornaments

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Picture Block Ornaments

Sad Little Christmas Tree {Wordless Wednesday}

Where's Lucas?

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This is how the boys decorate the tree....

The boys were “decorating” the tree with the string and papers that came out of the box. We tried putting ornaments on it but after a few got broken we decided not to add any ornaments until we could get some non-breakable ones. Now we have a sad little Christmas tree with nothing on it.

Tips to Teach Children & Teens the True Spirit of the Holidays‏

Tips courtesy of World Vision:

There is not a better time of the year than the winter holiday season to involve children and teenagers in charitable giving and teach them why the old adage, “It is better to give than to receive,” is true.  World Vision offers five great ways for parents to lead by example and teach their children the true spirit of the holidays:

–    Consider do-it-yourself gifts, like no-sew fleece blankets that you can make with your children. Donate those blankets to a local homeless shelter.

–    Cherish the stories of your family. Have your children talk to their grandparents and write down the stories of their past. Create a book to share with the entire family or record it online.

–    As a family, select a charitable organization you’d like to support. Use online tools like Charity Navigator to find an organization that you trust. Give your children a budget and encourage them to decide how your family will donate to that organization this holiday. For example, flipping through the World Vision Gift Catalog will give children an idea of the difference they can make in other people’s lives.

–    Work with your children to create a coupon book for your neighbors that might need an extra hand this year.  Coupons could include shoveling their sidewalk, watching their children or providing a meal.

–    Bake cookies or sweets with your children and deliver them to your local nursing home or school-in-need. Get started with this list of holiday recipes.

In addition to teaching children how to give during the holidays, it is equally as important but possibly even more challenging, to show teenagers the true spirit of the holidays. World Vision Teen Engagement Expert, Michele Tvedt has several tips for parents including:

–    Start with conversation. Watch the nightly news together, and take time to discuss stories that touch on people struggling with poverty, unemployment or other tragedies. Let your teen lead the discussion and listen for them to express interest or passion in a particular social issue.

–    Begin to give teens a voice in family giving. Let your teen know you would like to give a charitable gift as a family to mark the holiday season, but that you’d love to let them be the final decision maker.

–    Take advantage of volunteering requirements that your teen may have to fulfill at school. Offer to help your teen find an organization that fits their interest. Keep in mind that teenagers are eager for authentic, powerful experiences. They will respond best to opportunities that allow them to experience poverty firsthand.

“The holiday season can be a stressful time of year. There are gifts to purchase and wrap, cookies to bake, and family and friends to visit, but when we pause to help our neighbors in need, we all experience the holidays in a more meaningful way,” said Traci Coker, charitable giving expert and national director of World Vision’s Gift Catalog.

For each item in World Vision’s Gift Catalog, the giver makes the purchase in the name of a friend, family member or business associate. World Vision then sends special cards to those individuals, describing the gifts and their impact. Last year alone, World Vision’s Gift Catalog raised $32 million and provided assistance to more than 800,000 people worldwide. The Gift Catalog launched in 1996, and while a goat ($75) is still World Vision’s number one seller, there are many affordable items for $35 or less.

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For more information on World Vision’s gift catalog you can check out my post (and be sure to enter the giveaway, too!)

(Disclosure: Post from WorldVision. I was not compensated for sharing this.)

10 Christmas Cookies I Want To Try

Today’s Top 10 Tuesday post is a roundup of ten cookies I want to try this Christmas season.

Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts they come from.

{Note: My tried and true favorites will be coming in other posts throughout the season.}

Mint Sandwich Cookie

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Peppermint Mocha Blossoms

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Snowball Trees

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Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies

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Colorful Swirl Cookies

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Eggnog Cookies With Eggnog Icing

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Black Forest Crinkle Cookies

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Rolo Cookies

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Peppermint Milk Chocolate Cookies

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Pizzelles

10 DIY Handmade Wreaths

Wreaths are an easy way to decorate for Christmas so I wanted to put together a roundup of wreaths that can be handmade. {Click on the pictures to be taken to the posts they come from.}

Initial Wreath

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3D Paper Star Wreath

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Ribbon Wreath

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Felt Holiday Wreath

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Peppermint Wreath

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Christmas Card Holder Wreath

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Felt Ruffle Wreath

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Ornament Wreath

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Burlap Christmas Wreath

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Red Wreath

Truth In The Tinsel: An Advent Experience For Little Hands {E-Book}

There are lots of Advent calendars and activities I’ve stumbled upon online but nothing else has been comparable to Truth In The Tinsel: An Advent Experience For Little Hands e-book. First of all, it’s made with toddlers and preschoolers in mind. The e-book was written by a mom who used to be a Children’s Pastor so she’s great at putting Bible stories into terms that young children can understand. Amanda realizes we are all busy and gives us optional schedules to follow if we don’t have time to do an activity every day.

Each day consists of 5 parts:

1) The Clue- A picture or word that the children find to give them a hint about the day’s topic. Amanda includes two different types of clues for download. Pictures can be put in an advent calendar or word clues that can be taped into a chain.

2) The Scripture- Amanda gives verses to read. She suggests using an actual Bible as opposed to an electronic version to get the kids familiar with the actual Bible (a very good idea!)

3) The Ornament- After listening to the Scripture children make a related ornament. I like that she includes templates for those (like me) who can’t draw. Most of these ornaments use supplies that can be found around the home but she also includes a supply list so you can purchase any items you need.

4) The Talk- Amanda gives ideas of what you can talk about and questions you can ask while you make the ornament to get them talking about what they learned.

5) Extras- Amanda includes extra ideas throughout the experience to take the lesson farther. It might be a song to download that goes along with the Bible verse, a DVD to watch, or a fun activity to do with the family.

The boys and I will be going through this e-book throughout December. Won’t you join us? You can purchase the e-book for $2.99 TODAY ONLY as a special Black Friday Deal. After today it is $4.99 but totally worth every penny! Make sure to check out the Facebook group, too.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of this e-book to review but all thoughts are my own.)

FREE Family Advent E-Book

Women of Faith is offering a free download of A Family Advent book now through December 31st. This e-book is 106 pages long and I took a glance inside it and am excited to read through it.

They are also offering other freebies, sales, contests, and more in their Countdown To Christmas. Each day is a new surprise! You can find their Countdown to Christmas (which starts today) here.

Enjoy!

Babar And Father Christmas DVD {Review}

Christmas movies are a must in our household during the Holiday season because it puts everyone in a festive mood and gives our family a chance to sit down and relax while we cuddle on the couch. The newest Christmas movie we have watched is Babar And Father Christmas (which is actually a remake of the 1986 classic).

Here’s more information about the movie:

“In this delightful, fully animated holiday tale, Babar’s children, Arthur, Pom, Flora and Alexander write a letter to Father Christmas asking him to visit Celesteville at Christmas.  But their letter never arrives because it is stolen by Babar’s Arch-enemy, Rataxes the Rhinoceros, who wants all of Santa’s toys for himself!  When Babar sees his children so disappointed, he decides to make a journey in search of Father Christmas.  Secretly followed by Rataxes, Babar’s adventure takes home viewers from Paris all the way to the North Pole, to the very toy shop of Father Christmas himself!  Can Babar save Christmas for Celesteville?”

My boys enjoyed the movie and I enjoyed watching a “classic” version of Babar. I also liked the fact that two bonus episodes came with the movie because it was an added surprise! Jake and Luke really loved the Babar coloring book that was included in the DVD case. They didn’t color in the booklet, they liked to just flip through the pages and look at the pictures.

The movie is available for purchase here.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD to review but all thoughts are my own.)

World Vision Gift Catalog {Thai Bracelet Giveaway}

One of my favorite Christmas songs is Give This Christmas Away by Matthew West and Amy Grant. The song talks about giving Christmas away- “it’s feeding the hungry”, “telling the Orphan they aren’t alone anymore”, and giving “someone hope beyond their wildest dreams”.

One organization that does this on a daily basis is World Vision. I’m so excited to share that they have created a gift catalog to help make it easier for people to “give this Christmas away”. The catalog offers over 250 gifts, the most affordable ones starting at just $16. You can give self-sustainable gifts to those in other countries and also to people right here where we live. Some of the gifts you can purchase include clean water, goats, food, and school supplies. You can visit “The True Spirit of Christmas Tour” Facebook page and follow the World Vision staff as they travel across the world this December to see the impact that goats, sheep and other gifts have on families and children..

Another option is to purchase a “two for one” gift from the catalog. The beauty of these items is the two-for-one benefit they provide:  1) a meaningful and affordable gift for a loved one; 2) proceeds that make a difference in the lives of children and families living in poverty in the U.S. and around the world. With a financial contribution, the gift giver selects one of 36 items that can be given to someone on a holiday gift list and at the same time help a person in need.

One of the gifts in the “two for one” gift catalog is a beautiful hand crafted Thai bracelet. With a donation of $40 you receive a beautiful bracelet to give to someone and you have helped prevent sexual exploitation.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a black hand-crafted Thai Bracelet

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following, leave a comment for each you do)

1) Tell me what gift you would give from the World Vision gift catalog

2) Follow @WorldVision on Twitter

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Share this giveaway on a social network

5) Tweet: “Win a hand crafted Thai bracelet from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com ”

6) Subscribe to this blog via email or RSS (look in upper right corner)

7) Blog about this giveaway

8) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered

Giveaway ends December 20, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time. US Only.

(Disclosure: I received a bracelet from the gift catalog but all thoughts are my own.)

Operation Christmas Child {Shoebox Collection Week}

Just a reminder that THIS WEEK is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child.

What is Operation Christmas Child?

Fill a shoe box with small gifts and then Samaritan’s Purse gives it to a child who wouldn’t otherwise be getting any gifts this Christmas. You can learn more about OCC on their website.

What can I put in the box?

Checkout my list of shoebox ideas here.

What do I do with my shoebox once it’s filled?

A list of places you can drop off your box can be found here.

I can’t fill a box, how else can I help?

You can pray for the children around the world who receive the shoe boxes.

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Are you filling any shoe boxes this year?

I’d love to see pictures of what you are including in them to get ideas for next year.

Christmas Cards From Tiny Prints {Quick Giveaway}

I posted about the great selection of Christmas cards from Tiny Prints back in September so I’m really excited that I am able to offer one lucky reader 50 Christmas cards of their own! {See my review here} Since it’s almost Christmas card sending season this is going to be a quick giveaway and will only be open for one week.

Also, Tiny Prints has a one day promotion tomorrow (on 11/9/11) where you can receive a FREE card to your kids from Santa! Visit the Tiny Prints Facebook page to find out how to personalize one of the following greeting cards FREE: Checking It Twice or Santa’s Scroll. Hurry! Offer ends 11/9/11 at 11:59 pm (PT).

GIVEAWAY

50 Christmas/Holiday Cards

HOW TO ENTER:

Take a look at Tiny Prints’ selection of cards here.

THEN…

Tell me which design you would choose!

For additional entries (optional):

1) Subscribe via email or RSS to this blog (look in upper right corner)

2) Tweet: “Enter to win 50 Holiday Cards from Tiny Prints and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

3) Share this giveaway on another social network

4) Enter another one of my giveaways

Giveaway ends November 15, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time. US only.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but received cards for my previous review.)

Handmade Gift Ideas {For Women}

A great way to save money on gifts is to make them. I wanted to share a few tutorials for some wonderful handmade gift ideas for women that I found around the web this week {click on the pictures to be taken to the posts}:

Jersey Knit Bracelets

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Makeup Roll

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Custom Silhouette Pillow

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Homemade Sugar Scrub

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Gathered Clutch

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Beaded Bracelet

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Dollar Store Gloves With Buttons

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Decorative Candles