• New Years Eve- Family Style

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    New Year’s Eve with the kids…. Family fun?? Lets make this holiday at home, as fun as going out.

    This is the first year that we will be at our house, with the kids for New Year’s Eve. I was on a mission to make it enjoyable and memorable for not only all three girls, but for us adults too. How is that possible? Well, this little craft  will give the kids something to look forward to at each hour mark, and kept them busy so the adults can enjoy some down time. Each hour the girls will open one of the bags; it will have some candy (or other treat) and a card with an activity that we will be doing for that hour. Things like: game time, watch a movie, make desserts and so on. It is super quick to put together, seriously took me an hour, and you will have all the needed materials already. How great is that?

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    Materials Needed:

    • Paper Bags
    • Card Stock/or any other colored paper you wish to use
    • Blank Clock Template
    • Tape
    • Marker (I am a fan of Sharpies. Who doesn’t like Sharpies?)

    Let assemble the “Surprise Bags” (yea I know the name needs a little help. I am taking suggestions):

    1. Attach a piece of the card stock to the front of a paper bag. I used tape, but you can use glue if you prefer.   photo 3 (2)
    2. Attach one of the blank clock templates to the middle of the card stock.photo 2 (7)
    3. Draw the hands of the clock on the clock face. photo 1 (7)
    4. All that is left is to fill the bag with whatever you want, and leave a little note as to the activity that will be going on. photo 2 (9)

    Your little ones will be so excited to see these set out and the anticipation of getting to open each one will keep them excited about the night. Let me know how it turns out for you or what goodies you choose to put in each bag.

  • Christmas Traditions

    Gotta love Christmas! Even the most grinchly person, can get into Christmas lights. This year instead of driving around, stuck in the car trying to find neighborhoods that have nice displays up. We opted to go downtown, to the city court house. Which ALWAYS goes all out for Christmas. Baby, got so into it. She just thought that all the lights were the best thing ever.

    They were such good sports and never complained about the cold. (It was about 34 with a slight breeze). Tink was happy to break out all the winter accessories. She has been dying to wear all the hats, scarves, and mittens again. Belle was all about being able to jump in the leaves and kick the small piles of snow that were left laying around.

    Lets be honest, the best part of the night is coming home and baking the cookies. I am a total cheat when it comes to the baking of the cookies. There is no home-made, grandma secret recipe action going on over here… BUT I do make my own icing. And even with the cheater cookies, Tink and Belle had a blast frosting and decorating them.

    What are your favorite holiday traditions?

  • 3-D SnowFlakes

    Completed SnowFlakes

    It is the holiday season. How did that happen? Wasn’t it just Thanksgiving? Anyway, I have a love/hate relationship with this. One the one hand, I love spending time with my kids, hot cocoa, fireplace going and watching it snow. On the other, I feel the need to go all out; decorate, cook, bake, craft, it is endless. So much to do, so little time.

    Well this great little craft is not only is easy, fast, cheap but your kids can do it too. You get to spend time with them, while making something that is worthy of hanging up in your home (family time, crafting, and decorating all in one). To me that is a total win-win-win.

    Lets start by gathering all of the supplies. I like having everything put together before you start, that way you are not looking for something or worse realize that you are missing something half way through. You will need:

    • Bamboo Screwer- 12″ preferability
    • Styrofoam Balls- in various sizes.
    • Spray Paint- in what ever colors you want. Make sure that you get one that is okay to use on Styrofoam. I didn’t realize that there was a difference; and if you get just normal spray paint, it left a slightly uneven finish or eats away a small bit of the Styrofoam. Not a big deal to Tink, she said the small flaws made them more realistic. Gotta love that kid.
    • Small bit of Glue- We used Elmer’s School glue.

    Okay lets make some snowflakes!!!!

    1. Lay out all your supplies.
    2. Pick up one of your large Styrofoam ball.
    3. Push one of the screwer through the center of the ball. Your ball will be in the middle of the screwer.
    4. Push a second screwer through the center of the ball at an angle.
    5. Push a third screwer through the center of the ball at an angle. At this point you will have your ball with three screwers through the center: one straight down, the other two forming an X.
    6. Push the various smaller sized Styrofoam balls onto the remaining screwers in what ever pattern you like. I preferred going largest to smallest, but the kiddos liked seeing them in all different variations.
    7. When you get to the end and are about to put on your final ball, put a small amount of glue on the end of the screwer. It will run, and that is okay. Now push the ball on. I turned mine a bit to make sure that the glue got inside the ball. This is not essential but I found it does help hold everything together a bit more.
    8. Spray paint them whatever colors you like.

    Viola you are done!! Easy as that. It took us about 45 minutes to complete this; start to finish. We made about a dozen snowflakes. I did use some tulle at the end so we could hang them around the house; since the girls love seeing their creations around the house. How did they turn out for you guys? Post me some pics so we can see them.

    Happy Holidays!!!!!

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