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How To Make Peppermint Ornaments

Hey everyone, It's Lindsi popping in again to say "hi" and to share with you these awesome peppermint ornaments I made with my kids. I saw these originally made with crushed candy canes but thought it would look much prettier with peppermint candies. As you know, my family loves making crafts with the candies. Remember the candy wreath we made? You won't believe how easy these ornaments are to make! You'll need just a few things: Peppermint candies Metal cookie cutters Cookie sheet Parchment paper Non-stick Cooking spray (such as Pam®) Toothpick Oven 1) Start by unwrapping all your candies. This is the hardest and most tedious part. Go ahead and preheat your oven to 350° F while you're unwrapping the candies. 2) Next, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Then spray the cookie cutters with non-stick cooking spray to prevent sticking to the cutters. 3) Place your cookie cutters on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet and fill them with the … [Read more...]

Christmas Activity Printable

A few weeks ago I made Thanksgiving activity printables. I had a ton of fun making them and my girls thought they were fun to do so I thought I would make a Christmas activity printable too. Unlike the Thanksgiving printables, I only made one version this time. I've been extremely busy this past week with our new dog Bentley. I haven't been able to keep up on housework let alone blog stuff! My 6 year old didn't have too hard of a time doing the activities on this printable though. The maze was a bit hard for both the girls until I made a minor adjustment to it :) Click on the photo above to download this Christmas activity printable for your kids. I hope they enjoy it as much as mine did!   … [Read more...]

Easy 3D Paper Snowflakes

Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean you can't keep decorating for winter.  Today we're making easy 3D paper snowflakes that you can hang anywhere in your house to keep winter decorating fun.  I know they look difficult, but I guarantee they are so easy even my 5 year old made one without help. I tried to explain how to make these snowflakes with photos but found it was easier for me (and probably for you) to do a video tutorial. We don't vlog often, but look for more videos from us in 2014! Here we go--easy 3D paper snowflakes: Where would you hang these snowflakes if you made them? … [Read more...]

7 Last Minute Holiday Cleaning Tips #SteamBoost #ad

This holiday cleaning tips post is brought to you by Swiffer® as part of a Type-A Parent Community Sponsored Post. We've made it no secret that we are a fan of Swiffer® products on our blog.  Both of us swear by them for quick and easy clean ups and holiday cleaning is no exception.  Today we're bringing you 7 last minute holiday cleaning tips using Swiffer® products including the SteamBoost Steam Mop. 1)  Hidden room of clutter Don't stress about organizing all your clutter right now. You've got other things to worry about. Simply put all your mess in one room and keep the door closed until you have time to actually sort and put away your piles of stuff. 2)  Use disposable plates and silverware I'm not saying to use them for entertaining, but if you can get away with it, good for you! Use disposable products the evening before and the morning of your entertaining. That way you don't have to worry about doing so many dishes. 3)  Santa's (I mean Mommy's) little Elves Get … [Read more...]

Christmas Pajama Tradition

Do you have any traditions that came out of nowhere? We do! We have an annual Christmas Pajama photo tradition. It was a tradition that I started in 2006 and I had no idea it would become a yearly thing.  In 2006 our first child was born and I thought it would be cute to take a photo of him under the tree in some Christmas PJs. I love that photo! The next year my son was busy climbing into things. I caught him climbing into a box that I had wrapped to store some fun presents for our families. He had taken all the gifts out of the box and I caught a photo of him inside the box. Not realizing he had on some cute Christmas PJs again the tradition was born. Each year we added more photos.....and more kids....he he he! This year I went all out and got hats to match the PJs. Yep, I'm THAT mom! Christmas PJs AND Santa Slippers! Come on....the cuteness is overwhelming! This was the year we had just moved into our new home. I was about 33 weeks pregnant with my youngest...we had been in … [Read more...]

9 Easy, Last-Minute Christmas Cookies

The count down to Christmas continues.  Have you made Christmas cookies with your children yet?  If not, don't stress, we've got 9 super easy Christmas cookie recipes that are sure to please and make it look like you've been baking for weeks! 1)  Candy Cane Meringues--Don't these look delicious?!  I can't believe they are super easy to make too!     2)  Coconut Macaroons--Yumm for those of us who love coconut.     3)  Oreo Truffles--One of Hubby's new found favorite cookies!       4)  Santa Nutter Butters--How cute are these?  Sure to make it look like you spent a ton of time too.     5)  Vanilla Almond Snowballs--Vanilla and almond together?  A great combo.     6)  Boiled Cookies--A Christmas family tradition growing up.       7)  Cookie Sandwhiches--Another cookie that will make it look like you've been baking for weeks.     8) … [Read more...]