Tuesday, December 6, 2016

DIY winter wonderland bulb.



DIY bulb // step one: purchase clear bulbs over a year ago and then forget to use them for a whole season...wait until the following year to use them for a project // step two: to make this project more fun you should most defiantly do this craft on a Sunday afternoon when there is an ample amount of small bodies that would love more than anything to help // step three: spend at least 30 mins looking for the fake snow you confiscated from your baby a few days early...remember that you put it in a "safe place"...but now you can't remember where that safe place is // step four: find fake snow // step five: pull out those darling little tree you picked up at Target's hot spot...and be happy that you had to have them...because they are finally going to get used // step six: secretly put your fake snow inside your bulb...wait for your four year to scream..."I WANT TO HELP."...see  the other children corral around...spend the rest of your DIY time taking fake snow out of your toddler's hand...because she seems to want to do is throw it around like confetti // step seven: explain to your children why to the dog can't eat fake snow. // step eight: place tiny tree into bulb // step nine: listen to the many voices letting you know that the trees are lopsided...fix trees so they are straight // step nine: allow your oldest child to make their own winter wonder land tree bulb for their classroom ornament exchange // step ten: make empty promises about how you'll go back to the craft store and get more clear bulbs so that everyone can make their own ornaments. // step eleven: hang your bulb on your tree and get your self some coffee for surviving this ordeal // step twelve: spend the next five days cleaning up fake snow off your floors...and BAM! you're done! A cute and affordable DIY ornament in 12 easy steps.  

Feel free to skip a few of the above steps...and simple purchase a clear bulb, fake snow and mini trees...with out the help of little people this project should probably take you about 2 mins...instead of 9.1 million hours. :) 

COST: $5 for two ornament. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Traditions and cookies.

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This time of year is my favorite. I love everything about the holidays. I find this time to be very nostalgic. I adore pulling out decorations that used to hang on my tree as a child, I hear my great grandparent’s record player fill Bing Crosby’s voice through my kitchen...all while baking a cookie recipe that was handed down through three generations.

We make these cookies at least once a week come Christmas time. In the month of December my children know when I say, “Let's make cookies” ...exactly what cookies I am talking. 

My mother-in-law was kind enough to share her mother-in-law’s famous cookies...I am going to share them with you. 

I love passing along these traditions...because let's face it, our loved ones won't be around forever.

Elderly loved ones also need more care than they did in their youth. Sam’s Club Member’s Mark has all the items needed to care for your family...it's a one-stop shop. Sam’s Club provides premium quality products at a great value. Products like Member's Mark Premium Adult Washcloths 240 ct, which are pictured above. These products are carefully designed to offer superior protection and comfort with attention to skin wellness. After all these loved ones spend years caring for us, they at the very least deserve the same tender care in return. 

Grandma’s Sugar Cookies: 

1 cup of butter (2 sticks) softened 
1 cup of sugar 
3 eggs
3 ½ cups of flour
½ tsp. Salt 
1 tsp. Baking soda 
1 ½ tsp. Vanilla 

Cream butter and sugar, then add eggs. Mix in the rest of the dry ingredients.

Allow dough to chill for an hour in the fridge. 

When dough is chilled...place flour on both sides and roll dough out flat.

Use cookie cutters to cut out cookie shapes.

 Place cookies on a greased baking sheet.

Now here is what makes these cookies so unique...you sprinkle the cookies BEFORE you bake them! 


Bake @ 425 for 5 mins.

I want to take the time to encourage you to think and care for the elderly loved ones  in your lives this season...and remember those who might not have family to celebrate the holidays with. You could let them know you care by creating an elderly care package using quality family care products found at Sam’s Club. Fill the package with a deck of cards, homemade cookies, and other goodies. You could sing Christmas carols at your local senior citizen home. You could simply spend quality time with those in your life who could use the extra company. 

Be sure to head to your local Sam's Club today for all your caregiving needs. In fact, Sam’s Club is your one-stop shop for all personal care and caregiving needs, including prescription refills, free health screenings, and health-related products. 



Sunday, December 4, 2016

November recap. 🍂🍁



November recap. // fall colors // coffee // heartburn // so much heartburn // forced to give up coffee // headaches and caffeine with drawls // I miss coffee / leaves and trips to the lake // walking trails and playing in the sand // finding baby lions an tigers // birthdays and celebrations // I still miss coffee // more heartburn // time with God // giving up the reins // worship // Thanksgiving // fellowship // family time // sleep overs with cousins // taking Harvey on walks // baking toffee // pumpkin bread // feeling thankful and blessed // 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book 📚 giveaway!!


I love Christmas so much! It is an entire season dedicated to celebrating the birth of our savior!! 

What better way to celebrate the reason for the season than with a book! 

This book has done such a lovely job of illustrating and telling of the Christmas story. 

We decided to give our copy of this book to our adopted Christmas child...I am hoping this little gift will plant a seed for Jesus. 

Want a chance to win a copy?? 

Leave a comment below telling me what you favorite part of the Nativity is? 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ornament DIY.



I've been itching to make this ornament wreath for a few years now. I just so happen to pick up a bag of ornaments on clearance last year after Christmas. So I used those + some extra bulbs I had laying around + a styrofoam wreath I picked up at the dollar store + some hot glue. 

The tutorial is fairly self explanatory...simple start poking the bulbs into the wreath...glue them down with hot glue...fill in the gaps until you have a wreath you like. 

This probably took me about 20mins to complete. You could use this alone or glue it down onto an evergreen style wreath. 

Easy peasy. 

Holiday specs.


Holiday specs...I love these things!

I blogged about them last year and was more than happy to do it again! 

The concept is simple...put on these glasses...and your Christmas lights change shapes. The twinkle lights turn into candy canes, reindeer, snowflakes and more! 

These glasses come in a paper form and a sturdier form of real glasses. Honestly both are great!  My paper ines held up just fine after using them for a year. The traditional glasses cost s bit more but these would definitely provide years of fun!

I passed my glasses out at Thanksgiving and all of the littles there were so mesmerized by these! They played with them and traded them for over an hour! ...and then continued to play with them over the next few days.

We even used them to look at the super moon a few weeks ago....the moon looked like a giant reindeer head...it was so cool! 

Holiday specs would make the perfect addition to your  Christmas. 

Holiday specs <<< find them here! I also saw these for sale at my local Lowe's and Home Depot. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Joy. {DIY}



I picked up this joy sign from Target dollar section... this particular sign was three dollars but still that's a pretty good deal. I also picked up the these little twinkle lights for three dollars as well.

I simply painted my sign white chalk paint and then wrap the lights around the letters.   

Seriously this DIY took me about five minutes to make and I'm happy without turned out. I am thinking I will keep this up all year round...but it fits in well with the Holidays too.

Would you ever try this?