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Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Recap: Part 1 {Days before & Christmas Eve}

To help with all the picture overload, I'm going to break up all the fun we've had these last couple of days into a few posts. As much as I love recapping our Christmas, I love reading about what you all did for the holidays.

A few days before Christmas we loaded up the boys in the car, cranked up the Christmas music, and  checked out our favorite festive houses. I can barely manage a wreath on the door, how do they do this?

We made cookies without Jack this year (he'll be the perfect age next year) and it was special to spend that time just with Ben. Although the dough was Pillsbury, the decorations were all ours.

Does any one else have a problem with the shapes spreading and becoming deformed when you bake them? I read tips online to help with this problem and put the dough in the refrigerator to get super cold before baking, but it didn't seem to make a difference. Any suggestions on this with store bought dough? I ended up just making round cookies and then cutting them once they came out of the oven. It ended up working out great and provided the perfect excuse to eat the edges of the cookies.

We also did the obligatory gingerbread man house train. Daddy is usually in charge of the construction and Ben decorates and eats half the candy.

Christmas Eve day we went over to J's parent's house with his parents, maternal grandparents, and his brother and daughter.

Christmas Eve night we headed a few miles down the road to J's aunt's house where we celebrated with all his cousins, their kids, and J's paternal grandma.

 By the end of the night Jack was so tired he climbed into this box and tried to lay down. Opening gifts ain't for the weak.

Both boys were passed out in the car shortly after we hit the road which meant I had to put out the milk and cookies for Santa myself. Does that make me crazy? I just didn't want Ben to wake up and notice if they weren't out plus it's tradition!

Christmas Day recap coming tomorrow!



Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry & Bright

Wishing you a very merry Christmas.


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Isaiah 9:6
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

DIY {Gingerbread Man Playdough}

With the kids out of school and Christmas quickly approaching, I have one last DIY activity that's perfect to make while waiting for Santa to come.

Not only is gingerbread man playdough easy to make, it smells delicious as well!

What You'll Need:
-2 cups flour
-1/2 cup salt
-2 tbsp cream of tartar
-1 tbsp cinnamon
-1/2 tbsp ginger
-2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 to 1 1/4 c water

Mix dry ingredients together. Add oil and 1 cup water. If dough is too dry, add a tbsp of water at a time until it is the right consistency.

Break out the cookie cutters for fun shapes and remind the little ones that no matter how great it smells, they shouldn't eat it:)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Weekend Recap

I'm going to start this post with the two cliches I'm sure every blogger is probably writing at the beginning of their posts today...This weekend went by waayyy to fast and I can't believe Christmas is on Thursday. But really.

Before I recap our weekend, was anyone else underwhelmed by the Homeland season finale last night? Just me?

This was technically on Thursday, but we got our first real snow of the season. It was only about 2 inches, but there were so many accidents and people off the roads. The road in front of our house and Jack's daycare was temporarily closed due to all the accidents. It sure is pretty though.

Friday afternoon Ben had his holiday party at school. The kids decorated cookies, made ornaments, played bingo, and sang Rudolph at the end for the parents. They also got to wear their pjs to school that day in case you were wondering why my kid looks like a candy cane. The cutest little candy cane you've ever seen.

My friend Melissa covered up my granny grays and gave me a nice little trim. Doesn't it just feel so good to get your hair did?

The perfect running errands outfit. 

I bought this vest last year and wasn't sure if I'd keep it, but I'm so glad I did.

This was my cart after said errand running. I got the last of my Christmas gifts and food and did our weekly grocery shopping. If you don't have the Target red card and Cartwheel app you are seriously spending more than you have to.

I have a slight obsession with cozy socks and I LOVE this pair from Bath & Body Works that I've had forever.

J and I were able to sneak away for a movie to see Mockingjay Part 1. Based on people's reviews I expected this movie to be pretty slow, but it had a lot of action and Julianne Moore nailed the role as President of District 13. And yes, the ticket girl gave us the student price. Holla!

Saturday night we watched my friend Abby's little boy Mason. Mason and Jack are seriously so cute together. They kept giving each other hugs and falling over at the same time.

Sunday afternoon I took the boys to see Santa and then to a last minute cookie decorating session at my sister's house.

Jack provided us with the always hilarious crying baby photo.


Happy Monday friends!



Linking up with Biana & Leeann






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DIY {Wreath Christmas Card Holder}

One of the things our current house is lacking is a mantle above our fireplace which means no place to put our Christmas cards during the holiday season.

After scouring several ideas on Pinterest, I found this holder and loved the look. I switched my wreath up a little bit to make this project a little easier and more functional. Here is what I came up with...


What You'll Need:
-12 or 14in embroidery hoop
-Clothes pins (enough + a few extra for all your cards)
-red & green paint
-ribbon


Ready for these complicated steps? 

1. Paint the hoop red and clothes pins green. I recommend you do this while you watch a Christmas movie. The Holiday was my choice.
2. Gather all your cards.
3. Clip your card on the clothes pin and then slide the opposite end of the clothes pin on the hoop. You'll have to give it a little push, but it will fit. twss
*Note: I chose not to hot glue the clothes pins to the hoop so I could move them around and make  room as we received more cards. My pins have stayed in place with no problems without glue.
4. Repeat with all your cards.

I tied a ribbon around the top to cover the metal part of the hoop and hung it by our front door.


Linking up with Lisa for the Holiday link up.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekend Recap


Jack's preschool had their Christmas program Friday night and the kids performed the Nutcracker. Jack's class was a snowflake and he was so cute! I didn't get any good pictures because of the lightning, but we managed to get some great video // Both boys insist on sitting on my lap in the morning when they wake up. Despite not being able to breathe, I love the snuggles.

 Ben made these cars out of boxes we had lying around from all our online christmas shopping. Daddy tied them together with a rope for a fun sleigh ride around the living room.

Target trips are a lot more peaceful when they involve orange push pops.

We got Jack a stuffed elf on the shelf hoping that would mean our actual elf could go back on our shelf. It backfired and now he insists on carrying both around// We enjoyed the almost 70 degree weather Sunday and Ben insisted on riding his book even though he looks ridiculous on it since it's too small. Thank goodness his birthday is next month and he'll be getting a new one then.

I wrapped up the weekend with a Christmas craft which I'll post about tomorrow so check back then.

Hope you all had a great weekend!


Linking up with Biana & Leeann
Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday, Friday

How is Christmas in less than 2 weeks! I have a few gifts left to get and hope to knock those out this weekend.

//one//
Ben came down with a little stomach bug yesterday, but it seemed to be short lived and he was feeling better by the end of the day. You know this wild man doesn't feel well when he sleeps all day.

//two//
I volunteered to help put together Ben's school directory and have spent the last few nights organizing and entering info into excel. It amazes me how messy people's handwriting or how some parent's let their kids fill out the information form. I have to read this people and if I can't read your address or phone number because it looks like a 5 year old wrote it or your 5 year old did in fact write it, your thisclose to being left out.

//three//
I usually put our Christmas cards on a ledge in our house, but I love the look and simplicity of this wreath holder. I plan to pick up the supplies and make it this weekend. Fingers crossed it turns out and I can share the tutorial next week.

//four//
We had a milk and cookies event at my work this week and two very special and popular princesses showed up. Although he was embarrassed, Ben loved getting to meet them. Jack however wants nothing to do with people in costumes and was happy with a cookie (notice the elf).

//five//


Happy Friday friends! 



Linking up with ChristinaKarli, & Amanda