Holiday Home Tour 2018 {Blogmas Day 11}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing with you all our holiday decor.

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I like to think that i don’t go too over the top with holiday decor, but it might seem like a lot for some people. You’ll have to let me know what you think in the comments.

I’ll start first with the living room…

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My favorite part of the living room is the plant ledge. I think it turned out great this year!! On the plant ledge this year, we have; some fake snow sheets on the floor, empty wrapped boxes, 2 small light up trees, and Rudolph.

Inside the black box wall shelf unit we have more decorations; candles, nutcrackers, and pine cones, etc. *The shelf unit isn’t croaked like it looks in the picture, i just took this photo at an angle.*

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Up next in the entry way on a shelf, we have our nativity. We have had this nativity for a very long time now.

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In the dinning room we have this sign i bought at Hobby Lobby.

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Also in the dinning room we have our letter board, which i update every day with a new Christmas quote.

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This year we had to hang the stockings in our stairway.

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In my bedroom i have this little countdown setup going on…

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I bought the mini trees and mini chalkboard at Target in the dollar section area.

That’s about it for inside Christmas decor, besides some Christmas bedding.

We have lights on the outside of our house and a wreath hanging on the front door, but that’s all and really not worth showing.

Do you go all out with holiday decor? Or are you the less is more type of person?

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Quirky Gifts {Blogmas Day 10}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing some quirky gifts people would actually want to receive…

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If you are looking for a fun, or unusual gift for that special person in your life, then look no further.

First on my list is for the chef in your life – the Foodie Dice Game

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“A fun new way to shake up your cooking routine, Foodie Dice provides inspiration for creating simple, seasonal meals. Simply select the five primary dice, add a seasonal veggie die and roll. Then shop, cook, and eat! Over 186,000 possible meal combinations to inspire creativity in the kitchen.”

This really looks like it would be a lot of fun, especially if you like the tv show Chopped, that’s kind of what this reminds me of.

Up next is for the puzzle master in your life – Gradient Puzzles

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These look like they would be super tricky, but fun at the same time! Who doesn’t like a good challenge?!

The next gift idea is for the traveler in your life – Scratch Off Map 

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This would even be a great gift idea for a homeschooler who is studying the united states (or world) and they can scratch off as they learn. Amazon has a lot of different ones, but i really liked this watercolor one! It’s so pretty!

Up next, is this fun gift for any tea drinker in your life – Loch Ness Monster Tea Infuser

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This is really cute, and sure to make tea time more fun!

Last but not least, here is a really special gift, in my opinion – Letters to My Future Self

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“Letters to My Future Self invites you to keep in touch with your past, present, and future selves. What would you like to share with the “future you”?

Each letter is printed with a unique prompt like:

  • These are my roots…
  • All the things I’d like to try someday…
  • I promise myself…

Fill these 12 paper time capsules with your own words, postdate, and seal up the envelopes with the included stickers.

In the years to come, break the seals to remember who you once were, contemplate who you are now, and envision your future self.”

How fun would that be to go back and read what you wrote? Such a cool idea.

That’s it for my quirky gift list. Which gift did you like best?

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Ugly Sweater Craft {Blogmas Day 9}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing with you all a very fun Christmas craft, ugly sweaters!

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This is our second year of doing this craft, because we loved it so much the first year, we decided to do it again this year!

To make these you’ll need…

  • Ugly sweater template  from Fun Learning for kids.
  • Red cardstock
  • Various Christmas themed craft items – pom poms, glitter, jingle bells, etc.
  • Glue

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These are super easy to make, once you have printed your ugly sweater template on your red cardstock, then all that’s left to do is cut it out and decorate it.

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The kids thoroughly enjoy making this Christmas craft, and one of the best things is i bought most of the supplies at the dollar store so this was also a super affordable craft project.

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Top 10 Favorite Christmas Movies {Blogmas Day 8}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing my top 10 favorite Christmas movies…

favorite christmas movies

In no particular order…

It’s a Wonderful Life – “An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.” – I absolutely love this movie! I always watch it with a box of tissues next to me, because it gets me every time.

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The Bishop’s Wife – “This Christmastime angelic intervention sparkles with good humor as Dudley the angel is sent to help a bishop and his wife survive their attempt to finance a new cathedral.” – Anything with Cary Grant in it is a good movie in my book!

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Christmas With The Kranks – “Fed up with the commercial aspects of Christmas, particularly all the money spent, and alone for the holiday for the first time in decades, as their daughter has just joined the Peace Corps, grumpy Luther Krank and his sweet wife, Nora, decide to skip Christmas this year and forgo the gifts, the tree, the decorations, the cards, the parties, and to spend the dollars saved on a 10-day Caribbean cruise.” – A funny Christmas movie for the whole family.

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas – “He’s a crabby Christmas hater (for some silly reason). Can this green-tinted meanie steal everyone’s holiday season?” – I love the Jim Carrey version of this classic story.

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White Christmas – “These song and dance men bring some holiday cheer to sunny Florida. And woo a couple of lovely ladies in the process.” – Good story line and the singing is wonderful!

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The Santa Claus 1 & 2 – “A bizarre twist of fate transforms a divorced dad into the new Santa.” – I’m not sure why i love these movies so much, but i do. Probably because Tim Allen is a comedic genius.

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Elf – “One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa’s bag of toys Raised as an elf. Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world–in New York City.” – I can pretty much quote this entire movie!! It’s an all time family favorite!!

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A Christmas Carol – “When three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas — but he must act on it before it’s too late.” – I just love this movie.

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Home Alone – “When little Kevin McCallister is accidentally left behind when his family dashes off on a Christmas trip, he is left to defend his family’s home from two bumbling burglars until the relatives return.” – Some of the language and stuff i am not a fan of in this movie, but it’s a classic and i grew up watching it, so it made the list.

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – “The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue in this latest “Vacation” outing, the third and most successful of the series.” – This is another one that i can pretty much quote the entire movie.

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What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

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Christmas Sensory Bin {Blogmas Day 7}

Hi Guys!

I’m back today with another fun Sensory Bin…

christmas sensory bin

To make this sensory bin you’ll need:

  • Rice (or beans) – I bought a 10 pound bag of white rice for $6.48 and a 4 pound bag of black beans for $4.57, at Walmart. With these amounts, i was able make 3 sensory bins.
  • Plastic Bins w/ lids – I bought a pack of 4, for under $10, at Walmart.
  • Mini Trees – I bought mine at Target for $3 for a 6 count pack.
  • Mini Wreaths – I bought mine at Target for $3 for a 5 count pack.
  • Jingle Bells – I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $3.50 for a 75 count pack.

 

I had the rice, beans, and  bins already from when i did the Halloween Sensory Bins. So all i had to do was clear out the Halloween items and store those away for next year, and then add in my Christmas items.

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My kids love sensory bins! This keeps them entertained for a very long time.

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One of the great things about these sensory bins, is that the rice, beans, and  bins are all one time purchases. Just change up the items you add to your sensory bins based on holidays/seasons/etc.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Have you made a sensory bin before? What’s your favorite items to add to yours?

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My Thoughts On Santa *With Bonus Elf On The Shelf Ideas* {Blogmas Day 6}

I grew up believing in Santa Claus. In fact I never knew that there were people out there that didn’t grow up believing.

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Because my parents did Santa, i just naturally continued with that tradition with my own children. And here are my thoughts on Santa…

Why i love Santa:

  • The excitement my kids get when it is Christmas Eve, when they know at any minute Santa will be coming. And the looks on their faces Christmas morning when they find Santa has come and eaten the cookies, drank the milk, and left them presents.

Why I don’t love Santa:

  • It does take some of the focus off Jesus (the real reason for Christmas)
  • I’m lying to my children, hiding stuff, keeping secrets. I really hate that part.

If I was able to go back to the beginning, that very first Christmas with my own children, i never would have done Santa. Now that we have been doing it for so long, i can’t stop, so we will continue to do Santa until my last child stops believing.

If you also do Santa, and have come to do Elf on the Shelf as well, i have a few ideas for you listed below…

  • First Day – Intro – Have the elf write out a message letting your kid(s) know what the elf is doing there, etc.

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  • Have the elf fill up a bathroom sink with marshmallows and have your elf take a bath in it.
  • Have the elf play with your kid(s) toys.
  • Have the elf drink syrup from the bottle with a straw.
  • Have the elf make snow angels with flour.
  • Have the elf have a snow ball fight with other toys (or another elf), using tiny marshmallows as snow balls.

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  • Have the elf write on a mirror with lipstick.
  • Have the elf bring your kid(s) a gingerbread house for them to decorate.
  • Have the elf redecorate your Christmas tree with toilet paper.
  • Have the elf write up a grocery list, with things like; sprinkles, syrup, candy canes, candy, etc. on the list.

 

I would love to hear if you do Santa or not in your house.

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Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers {Blogmas Day 5}

Today I thought I would share some gift ideas for homeschoolers. In case you aren’t a homeschooler yourself and you need some ideas on what to get a homeschooler in your life, OR maybe you are a homeschooler and someone needs an idea on what to get you and you’re having a hard time coming up with some ideas to share with them, then this gift guide is for you.

gift ideas for homeschoolers

So without further ado, here are some ideas for the homeschoolers in your life…

  1. Subscription services –  Tinker Crates, Letters From Afar, Magazines (National Geographic is a great one!), etc. This is the gift that keeps on giving!
  2. Books – I’ve never met a homeschooler that doesn’t like/need books. We are constantly buying books. Some great book ideas for homeschooling moms are: Homeschool Mom’s Bible, Teaching From Rest, and The Unhurried Homeschooler.
  3. SuppliesPens, Pencils, Markers, Scissors, etc. We go through a lot of supplies!
  4. Memberships – Zoo, Aquarium, Museums, etc.
  5. Tickets – Plays, concerts, sporting events, etc.
  6. Gift Certificates – Amazon, bookstores, Starbucks, etc. If you aren’t sure what they have, this is a great gift, so they can buy what they want/need.

I hope you find this list helpful.

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