193. Peppermint plate


Day three of our activity advent calendar called for making plates from peppermint candies.  I’d seen several tutorials around on Pinterest, and it seemed easy enough.  Bake at 350* for 8 minutes and allow to cool.  It was quite easy, and the kids had a blast. We baked ours in spring form pans to help […]

192. Counting down


Hands down, this has been the most awesome Christmastime, and it’s only beginning.  My five year old has been unbelievably excited about EVERYTHING Christmas related, from our nativity sets, to the lights, to Elvis (our elf on the shelf), to making decorations and now to our activity Advent Calendar.  This kid’s spirit is positively infectious. […]

191. Flavored Salts


For the last few years, my husband and I have steadily moved away from store bought gifts at Christmas and towards hand made gifts.  This year will be no different.  We have a few store bought things (mainly for each other and the kiddos in our lives, plus a few off the wall gifts, like […]

184. Finished mantel


It’s done!  I finally bought ribbon to string my “Thankful” banner together, and my Thanksgiving/fall mantel is finally done.  And with the exception of a small embroidery piece, my fall decorating is complete.  About time, too.  Two more weeks and it all comes down for the Christmas stuff! So this was my first year to decorate […]