Graham Cracker “Gingerbread” Houses {Blogmas Day 15}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing a fun take on gingerbread houses, Graham Cracker houses…

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This is an easy project, here’s what you will need…

  • Graham Crackers
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Assorted candies & sprinkles

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I place some frosting on the bottom of a paper plate. Then i start adding the graham crackers and frost each side of them as i add them to the house.

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I don’t worry about it looking nice and neat, because you need the frosting all over the house for the candies and sprinkles to stick to it.

And that’s it, once you have assembled the house, have the kids decorate it however they want to.

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Then enjoy eating the masterpieces!

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Gift Basket Ideas {Blogmas Day 14}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing a few different gift basket ideas i have found, that i think are pretty cool! I love gift baskets, because they look so fancy, yet they are super easy to make. You could even make some gift baskets with all things from the dollar store, which makes them super affordable gifts!

So without further ado, here are some different gift basket ideas…

Hot Chocolate Gift Basket – This one, which i found on DIY Network, is super cute!

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Ice Cream Sundae – This one from, Smashed Peas and Carrots, looks really fun!

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Men’s Bath & Body Basket – Shopping for men can be kinda hard, this basket from Living La Vida Holoka, looks like it would be a great idea for any man in your life.

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Sugar Cookie Basket – This basket from, A Cherry On Top, looks super easy to make and would be a great gift for anyone!

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Family Game Night Basket – How fun is this basket?!

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and last, but not least….

Bark Buster Gift Basket for Dogs – This one you order online, but i think you could make something similar for way cheaper.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and be sure to check back again tomorrow for more Blogmas!!

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Holiday Blues {Blogmas Day 13}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m talking with about holiday blues, which is something i struggle with most years.

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Most years we don’t get to spend the holidays with my parents, and without them here with us for the holidays it can make me feel down and make it feel as though it’s just another day.

I can also get so caught up in; buying all the presents, wrapping all the presents, baking all the cookies, etc… that i just start to feel burnt out.

So between not being with family and having to do all the things, i start having not much Christmas spirit.

Here is how i try to not feel so down…

  1. I keep in contact with my parents. –  Even though they won’t be here physically, i can at least call them up and hear their voices. Just laughing with my mom on the phone can take away a sad/down day for me.
  2. I don’t do it all at once. – Shopping for gifts, wrapping gifts, etc. I spread it out in chunks, so it’s not as overwhelming.
  3. I take more ‘me time’ during the holidays. – Long baths, crocheting, etc. Just spending a few extra minutes here and there doing something that makes me happy helps lift my spirits during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
  4. I do a lot of my shopping online. – Stores stress me out even more, so doing a lot of my shopping online takes away a lot of holiday stress for me.

That’s how i handle holiday blues. I’d love to hear your tips/tricks on how to beat the holiday blues!

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My Wish List {Blogmas Day 12}

Hi Guys!

For day 12 of Blogmas, i’m sharing what’s on my wish list this Christmas. My kids and husband have been asking me over and over what i want for Christmas, and it’s always difficult for me to come up with things.

My husband and I buy what we need throughout the year, and when it comes to Christmas we usually only buy each other 1-2 things so that way we each have a least something to unwrap.

So you will see my wish list is short and i’m more of a practical gift giver, so there’s not really anything fun on my list. But i thought i would share anyways in case someone is needing some ideas.

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So without further ado here is my wish list this year…

  1. 2019 Planner – I really loved using my happy planner this year, it’s so useful!

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2.  Pens – I love these pens so much, and use them daily.

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3. Bullet Journal – I bought one last year, but would love to start fresh with a new one in 2019.

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4. Lettering and Modern Calligraphy – I really want to get better at handwriting and i think doing something like this would help and also be fun at the same time.

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5. Tea Infuser – I shared this the other day in my Quirky Gifts idea post, and i really want one. My husband and i have been drinking more tea lately, that i think this would be a  fun addition to tea time.

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That’s all on my wish list this year, i know it’s mostly boring office products, but that’s what i like.

What’s on your wish list this year?

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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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