How I Made Custom Holiday Cards an Easy Task

Every one of you reading this can relate to this statement. 2020 has turn my life upside down! As the holidays are quickly approaching my head is spinning with all of the tasks that need to be completed on top of the newly added task of "teacher" (I'll keep my thoughts to myself about virtual schooling) and the fact that I am almost never alone! To be honest, creating and sending holiday cards was not at the top of my priorities. In years … [Read more...]

How to Throw a Christmas Party for Middle School Kids

When your children are in middle school, their parties sit in that sweet spot between existing mostly for the enjoyment of the parents, and becoming purely for the enjoyment of the kids. Treasure this time - it’s as good as it’s going to be for awhile! Our children recently wanted us to host a Christmas party at our house, and, while we eventually settled on a theme (to be revealed at the end of the article, so wait for it), we came up with a … [Read more...]

25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas Your Kids Will Love

25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas Your Kids Will Love Elf on the Shelf has become on the biggest internet sensations this century. Parents near and far have brought these magical creatures into their home to wreck havoc during the night and bring order during the day. I’m assuming you’ve jumped on the Elf on the Shelf bandwagon, but has your idea pool run dry? Have no fear! We’ve searched the web to find 25 Elf on the Shelf ideas that your … [Read more...]

Oreo Peppermint Bark Recipe

Oreo Peppermint Bark Recipe It's insane, but the minute Thanksgiving hits I start to crave peppermint. Yes, pumpkin still sounds good... but peppermint makes me drool. The kids and I love to treat ourselves to peppermint bark every December. When I saw this version with Oreos, I knew they would be a hit. INGREDIENTS 20 Starlight Mints or 10 small Candy Canes 12 Oreos 8 oz Chocolate Chips 8 oz White Chocolate Chips   The … [Read more...]

How To | Bottlecap Reindeer Magnet

How To | Bottlecap Reindeer Magnet I'm always looking for cute and easy crafts to do with the kids. This little bottlecap reindeer magnet is an easy craft for older kids to make/share/gift this holiday season. Make one or several to represent Santa's entire team. You Will Need: 1 bottle cap for each magnet black and white paint paint brush 2 brown pipe cleaners 2 strong magnets that fit inside a bottle cap Red pompoms hot glue … [Read more...]

How To | Salt Dough Footprint Olaf Christmas Ornament

Salt Dough Footprint Olaf Christmas Ornament Christmas is coming and it's craft time in my house. I love to have a new craft/ornament for the kids each year and this year's craft I saw was way too cute idea on Pinterest to pass up doing. Salt Dough Foot Print Olaf. Start off by making up a batch of salt dough, this is the recipe I used: 2 Cups Flour 1 Cup Salt 1 Cup warm water Kneed your dough until it's a soft texture, the longer … [Read more...]

Guacamole Pita Christmas Tree Appetizer

Guacamole Pita Christmas Tree Appetizer With holiday parties right around the corner, the hunt is on for healthier party foods that are still festive and fun. This snack uses pita, which you can purchase in whole grains. Guacamole is fabulous for fiber, potassium, vitamin E, niacin and good fats.Cherry tomatoes are great for vitamin B-6 and A. These are super easy to whip up and oh! so cute! 1 6 Pack of Pita Bread 1 8oz Container … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies Recipe | How to Turn a Cookie Man into Rudolph

Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies Recipe Gingerbread cookies have been a holiday staple for as far back as I can remember.  Typically these spicy little tidbits come in the shape of "men"... but upon further examination we found that if you turn the men upside down... you can make reindeer! If you don't especially like gingerbread... consider making a sugar cookie man and decorating it this way! So, if you have your own gingerbread … [Read more...]

Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are a constant favorite in our house... holidays or not. This year we decided to jazz them up a little bit and make them a little more fun. We think they are cute enough to put out as an offering for Santa... what do you think? NGREDIENTS 1/2 cup Peanut Butter 1/2 cup Butter 1/2 cup Sugar 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 1 tsp Vanilla 1 Egg 1 1/3 cup Flour 1 tsp Baking Soda 1/2 tsp Salt 48 Red M&M's 96 mini … [Read more...]

Rudolph | Candy Cane Reindeer

Rudolph | Candy Cane Reindeer  Ok, so I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but I can't help but start getting excited for the holidays the Monday before Thanksgiving. One of my children's favorite characters from our holiday books (that get read over and over) is Rudolph. This cute, quick and simple craft leaves my littles bouncing in their seat and humming the song while they enjoy their snack. INGREDIENTS 24 small Candy Canes 12 … [Read more...]