25 Days of Christmas Fun: Everything Doesn’t Have to be Pinteresty

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Earlier, I read a facebook update from Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom (here) and instantly felt relief. It’s so easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed by the season. Especially, now with social media images and Pinterest perfect pictures everywhere. Today, I took a step back to evaluate what truly matters to my husband and kiddos so I could concentrate on those things. My kids don’t care if my house looks like a perfect Christmas Pinterest photo, or if we have beautifully wrapped gifts with matching coordinated wrapping paper. Speaking to myself here, as it is so easy to judge myself and create unrealistic expectations. Making memories together and celebrating the REASON for CHRISTmas is what truly matters, everything doesn’t have to look “Pinteresty.” [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Ribbon Wreath Craft

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We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Our sweet friend Laurie over at Passionate Penny Pincher posted this perfectly precious craft for making Christmas wreaths out of ribbon!  We just had to share it – thanks Laurie!

 

Two friends of mine found some cute ideas over on Pinterest, so we got together to make these and I’m so excited to have mine done!  It’s easy, won’t take you more than 30 minutes, and if you have a friend who wants the same colored wreath, you can make them fairly inexpensively.  Here’s what you’ll need . . .

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Tree Cupcakes

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.
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Aren’t these the most adorable Christmas tree cupcakes? I thought they were so cute. I think they would be so fun to make with my kids. I’ve included step by step instructions below for your convenience.

 

Ingredients

CHRISTMAS TREE CUPCAKES

Yields: 24 Cupcakes / Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 box white cake mix (plus required ingredients listed on the box, i.e. eggs, oil & water)
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons milk
White Sugar Sprinkles
Round Colored Sprinkles
Green Food Coloring
Sugar Cones

Directions:

1. Prepare cake batter according to box directions and bake in cupcake pan using liners.

2. While cupcakes cool, make frosting. Start by using an electric mixer to beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract. Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3 minutes.

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3. Place two cups of white frosting in a piping bag with a round frosting tip. Mix green food coloring in remaining frosting until you reach desired shade of green.

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4. Place one sugar cone upside down onto each cupcake. Using a butter knife, spread a thin layer of green frosting to completely coat each cone.

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5. Fill a piping bag with remaining green frosting and use a small closed star frosting tip to make Christmas tree branches. Start at the top and turn the cupcake, continuing adding branches to fill the entire cone.

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6. Using the white frosting, pipe a thick layer around the bottom of the cone to look like snow.

7. Add white sprinkles to the “snow” and add round colored sprinkles to the “tree”.

Don’t miss out on any of our nightly posts in our 25 Days of Christmas Fun Series. Join us tomorrow night for more Christmas Fun!

 

How to Save: What to Stock Up on in December

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Every time a new season rolls around it can be difficult to know what items to grab as your focus shifts. You may not be thinking about what to stock up on at the grocery store in December, however there are definitely items that are at their lowest price than at any other time of the year. The first thing to think about is the type of meals you will be serving and the types of entertaining you usually do. For many of us the holiday season means plenty of fun get-togethers and big family meals. So, start making your list now of the items you know you will be using in all your favorite dishes. [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: Easy HO-HO-HO DIY Project! So Cute!!

 

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

 

 

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I saw this super cute HO HO HO Christmas decoration on my friend Sara’s facebook wall.  She’s one of those super crafty DIY girls who has major hot glue gun skillz.  Sara was so kind to share her project with us, here’s her step-by-step instructions:

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Cookie Cutter Christmas Pancakes

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Last night we had upside down dinner at our house. What is upside down dinner? It’s simply breakfast for dinner, but for some reason my kids think it’s so much more exciting when we call it upside down dinner. This Christmas season, I want to be really intentional to create memories. Simple experiences that my kids enjoy that create memories for a lifetime. So instead of waiting to have friends or family over for dinner, we got our Christmas dishes out last night and had upside down dinner complete with Christmas pancakes.  We made pancakes shaped like snowflakes, snowmen, angels, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, candy canes, and Christmas stockings. [Read more...]

25 Days of Christmas Fun: The JOY of Giving

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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This is from last year, but it’s so worth sharing again.

As I put the car in gear and grabbed my purse, I heard my children talking excitedly about their money. Then one pipes up, “Mommy, can I have my wallet in your purse.” Thinking they want to waste money on some kind of vending machine I quickly asked, “Why?” “Mom, I want to give my money to help children in need, look the red kettle is here and the lady is ringing the bell. I want to give all my money.” 

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