25 Days of Christmas: Salt Dough Ornaments

Parker has the attention span of a gold fish lately so I try to find quick activities¬†we can do to focus on his fine motor skills and creative freedom. Salt dough ornaments only require a few ingredients found in most kitchens, are very easy to make, and don’t take much time to decorate.

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A batch of salt dough ornaments requires 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 1-2 cups water. Mix the flour and salt together adding in water a little at a time until the dough is sticky enough to form a ball. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. After you roll out the dough use cookie cutters, play dough tools or good ole hands to make your ornaments.

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Bake for 30 – 45 minutes depending on your oven. Some of the ornaments may bubble up but you can make a small slit on the side and push the air out. Once they are cooled it’s time to paint!

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Luckily they are safe if a munchkin decides they look too much like cookies ūüôā

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25 Days of Christmas: Christmas Pajamas

If you follow us on Instagram you may have notice I have a slight, okay maybe huge obsession with pajamas for the kids. Especially matching Christmas ones. I have been getting a lot of questions about where I found some of the pajama sets and decided to put together a post with links and photos!

Favorite Christmas Pajamas

The top left two are from Target (here and here). I had found them on Black Friday (well technically Thursday) when they had all of their clothing 40% off for $7.49 each. While they aren’t matching, I think they both go well together and will be the perfect outfits for one of the photo scenes we are doing this weekend.

I was able to find a few pajamas in both the kids sizes so there has been some fun matchy matchy which makes me so happy. The elf pajamas are also from Target, here, that I snagged during their 40% off sale for $7.79 each. The next two are Child of Mine brand from Costco and Walmart (here and 18 months here/4T here).

A few months ago Zulily had Christmas pajamas for the whole family on sale. I went a little crazy and found something for all of us to wear on Christmas Day. And of course I could resist getting the last pair, also from Zulily.

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25 Days of Christmas: Joyeux Noel

Hi friends! Tonight’s post is going to be short and sweet because this momma is in desperate need of some R&R and an early bedtime. Maybe a nice hot chocolate in bed with all the fixings.

As we get closer to Christmas Rob and I have noticed more and more people saying “joyeux noel” which I now know means Merry Christmas in French. I realized that in all of my Christmas decor I didn’t have anything with Noel. So I rummaged through my stash of crafts and found various materials to put something together.

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I found a perfect spot for it up in the mantel which is now complete!

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25 Days of Christmas: And The Stockings…

… were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

I’ve been wanting to work on a pallet project for awhile now. There are so many great ideas on Pinterest and with the holiday season coming up I decided to turn one into a tree.¬†When I was home in NJ we took Parker outside to pick some apples in the backyard. I noticed a pallet at the end of our driveway. I asked my Dad what it was doing there and he said he had put a free sign on it. As I started literally skipping down the driveway I yelled, “are you kidding me you don’t give these away!”.

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My Dad helped me cut the pallet into a tree shape and reinforce the horizontal pieces.

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I love how imperfect the wood on pallets are. It really gives it character.

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I wanted to keep it rustic looking but did a quick sand to avoid splinters.

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I used my Silhouette to make a stencil for the quote and we added the & at the top for a “star” effect.

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It was still missing something so I painted some white snowflakes to add to the holes on the tree.

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I am SO happy with the final product. We made sure to secure it safely to the wall. We also used heavy duty hooks to hang each stocking so Santa can fill it with goodies!

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25 Days of Christmas: Minis & Mixers

White elephant gifts have become a staple during the holiday season. There so many directions you can take; completely off the wall, thoughtful, hilarious, or practical. This year we have a few parties to attend and decided to take a fun but practical approach.

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I pulled out a few of my Littles Carry-All Caddys from my stash. We filled them with minis, their matching mixers, and added a mug with chiller cubes to round it out.

Jägermeister and Red Bull
Fire Ball and Angry Orchard
Captain Morgan and Coke
Baileys and Hot Chocolate

And a extra shot of Southern Comfort with a lime for fun.

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Michaels has their Christmas stuff 60% off already and I found a mini snow hat and scarf in their Merry Mini collection.

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