December 15th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Britney from The Princess and Her Cowboys, Gingerbread Men Banner.

Gingerbread-Banner1A fun banner to hang up in your home that will take little space in the Christmas boxes for next year. This is a super cute banner that I will be making to add to my Christmas box! Love her blog also!

Be sure to check out Kate from Diary of an Urban Housewife, 10 Family Friendly Movies and Games.

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10 fun holiday movies and games to play as a family this holiday season. I am thinking I will need to watch ALL the movies on this list. It has also sparked a great idea for a future blog post. As a teacher (one that loves to read), I am thinking I should put together 25 of my favorite holiday books so that you can wrap them up for your littles to open each night for 25 days! What do you think?

Be sure to check out Jen from Jen A. Street, Holiday Crafting with Friends.

holiday crafting with friendsChristmas time is all about spending times with loved ones and creating memories. Holiday crafting with friends satisfies both of those!

Love and Peace

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December 13th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on  Love Life Simplified, A Christmas Issue: Stuff vs Experience.

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A Christmas issue that we have every year is about buying our children more toys and gifts they don’t need. Come check out our solution to this problem

Be sure to check out Shere from Shere y Paul, Xmas Gifts for Travelers Kids can make.

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Fun gift ideas for kiddos and parents to make for the travelers in your life!

Love and Peace

December 13th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Debi from Confessions of an “Evil” Stepmother, Favorite Christmas Cookie.

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These cookies look both equally yummy and easy! I think these may have to be added to my Christmas baking line up!

Be sure to check out Valerie from The Kitchen Revival, GF,DF Cranberry Orange Quick Bread.

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This cranberry orange bread looks AMAZING and it is Gluten and Dairy free! I am thinking the bread will have to be made in my house!

Be sure to check out Lina from Life According to Lina, Christmas Ornament Collection.

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Start this fun personalized ornament tradition with your kids while they’re young- they’ll be able to have their own collection by the time they’re ready to move out!

Love and Peace

December 12th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Nichole from Craft Junkies, DIY Holiday Canvas.

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Be sure to check out this super simple craft to add just enough Holiday Cheer to your home. SUPER CUTE! I think I may have to make this for next year!

Be sure to check out Megan from Welcome to the Zoo, DIY Wax Melts!

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Check out this fun and easy DIY to be sure your house smells fresh for the upcoming Holiday Season!

Love and Peace

“Merry” Mantel Sign

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I am not going to lie that I got this idea from a free sheet at Joann’s! I saw the paper and thought wouldn’t that be SOOOO cute in a Christmas word (or any word for that matter). I went to Joann’s and bought all the supplies when I had a coupon so it did not cost as much as I thought it would.

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Supplies:spray paint

Cardboard Letters

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Hot Glue

First, I started by spray painting all of the letters in the word I decided to do. You could do Joy, Peace, Love, Christmas it all depends on how much space you have on your mantel. I decided to do the word Merry in silver so I spray painted the letters completely front, back and the sides outside of course.

Merry Supplies

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After spray painting the letters I plugged in my hot glue gun and added some red and green yarn to the letters. As I pulled the yarn around the letter I would just put a little bit of glue to hold the yarn in place. I thought about adding some felt in the shape of holly but decided that I liked the small hit of red and green the best. If you decade to make this get creative and add more yarn or only use one color. Maybe you decorate your house with colors other the red and green for Christmas. This craft is really fun and customizable to your taste!

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Here is what the completed project looks like! ENJOY!! Merry1

Comment below and let me know what word you would place on your mantel!

Be sure to check out more Countdown2Xmas ideas!!!

Love and Peace

December 11th: Countdown2Xmas

IS IT FRIDAY YET!? I feel like this week has gone by so fast! As a teacher this is the crazy part of the year where we are getting finals together and wrapping up our curriculum to relax and celebrate the holiday season with our families. I am so excited that my sister is coming home from Arkansas. We will all get to spend the holiday’s together. OH AND……. Sister 3 who just recently had a birthday is coming home with a BEAUTIFUL ring! Yes, She is ENGAGED! I am so excited for my sister and her soon to be husband!

Enjoy the fun and exciting posts before the Christmas season!

Be sure not to miss out on Jenn from Sincerely Jenn, Christmas Day Outfit Inspiration.

Christmas-Day-Outfit-InspirationNeed an idea for what to wear for Christmas? Check out Jenn’s AWESOME outfit ideas!

Be sure to check out Heather from My Life Well Loved, Paleo Hazelnut Cookies.

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These paleo, healthy cookies are so delicious your family won’t even know that they’re good for them! These all natural cookies are delicious and simple so they make the perfect Christmas treat!

Be sure to check out Ashley from Forever Ashley, Magic Christmas Date Ideas.

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No kids!? Read Ashley’s great ideas on how to make the holiday time special for you and your spouse.

Love and Peace

December 10th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Shambray from Shambray, Shapes Christmas Tree Craft.

(PLUS a FREE Printable)

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The BEST last minute Christmas craft to do with you toddlers and kids! Just 3 items that you already have at home to put together this fun craft. It will teach your kids shapes matching & recognition as well as motor skills.

Be sure to check out Michelle from Our Three Peas , DIY Paper Bag Gingerbread Man

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Check out this super CUTE craft to be made with any little kiddos in your life. This is a fun activity to use up recycled materials. I will be saving this for when I have little ones running around.

Be sure to check out Rachel from Officially Stoked, The Snowball Effect.

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Be sure to check out this AMAZING recipe for truffles! It also includes a FREE PRINTABLE!!!

Love and Peace

December 9th: Countdown2Xmas

I am so very sorry this out later then I had expected. I am planning a wedding that will be happening in less then 11 days. I took the day off of my “9-5” job to go and run errands for my wedding! My fiancé and I accomplished a lot but there is still more to do! Please be sure you check out these AWESOME ideas below!

Be sure not to miss out on Mindy from Mindy Alyse Celebrations, How to Host a Cookie Exchange.

(PLUS a FREE Printable)

Cookie-Exchange-Cover-1024x807Inspiration to throw an amazing Holiday Cookie Exchange Party! Including FREE Party Printables. I met Mindy at a local crafting event. I just LOVE her work and she is such a sweet lady so be sure to check out all the other exciting things she is doing in her day to day life!

Be sure to check out Heather from Mommy by the Sea, Countdown to Christmas. (PLUS FREE Printable’s!)

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Fun activity to do with the littles in your life to help with the excitement of the Christmas holiday!

Be sure to check out Nichole from Baby Moon Mama, Baby’s First Ornament.

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This is such a cute and WONDERFUL idea to document your little ones first Christmas! With a new nephew in my family I am thinking this would be a SUPER cute gift idea! Thanks so much for sharing an out of the box idea! IN LOVE!

Love and Peace

December 8th: Countdown2Xmas

  Be sure not to miss out on Marie from As Cute as Bug’s Ear, DIY Holiday Baked Goods.

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Gifts in a jar for the holidays, hostess gifts, and teacher appreciation days. Five easy to make recipes that look as good as they taste!

Be sure to check out Shelly from Behind Blue Eyes Blog, DIY Miniature Christmas Tree.

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Such a cute idea to add some Christmas cheer to your office or house. Looks like a SUPER EASY DIY!

Be sure to check out Tammi from Maison des Jeunes, Christmas Apothecary Jars.

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These apothecary jars are AMAZING! I am thinking I need to add these to my Christmas list so that I can change the contents in them with each season!

Love and Peace

December 7th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Loriann from casa de la Cargill, Blackberry Sour Cream Bread Pudding.

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 This sweet and tangy bread pudding can be made the night before. It is perfect for Christmas morning or any holiday brunch. The longer it sits before baking the better it gets!


Be sure to check out Margarita from West Coast Mama, DIY Felt Ball Wreath.

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This is such a cute and EASY DIY! Such a cute idea to add some Christmas Spirit to you home.

Be sure to check out Theresa from Theresa’s Reviews, 3 Tips for Staying Positive Over the Holiday’s.

Are the holiday’s a stressful time for you? Read Theresa’s tips for staying positive over this holiday season.

Love and Peace