Friday, December 6, 2013
Today we made and decorated little Rice Krispie treat snowmen. We just used random leftover Halloween candy and sprinkles. They might not be the prettiest, but Madeline had fun and they taste good :)
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Here at the Four Seasons hotel they have an elaborate gingerbread village made by the pastry team. It is displayed in the lobby of the hotel for every one to view during the month of December. When my sister used to work there, it kind of became a tradition to go to the unveiling of the village, eat cookies, and see Santa.
Well, that is just what we did for today's activity. Just a little fun Christmas date with Madeline and myself while the boys stayed home.
This years gingerbread village theme was "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and they had the whole Whoville and Mt. Crumpet. Unfortunately we didn't get any photos with Santa, Madeline just wanted to "look" at him. Oh well, maybe next year.
And although she doesn't look to enthralled here, her favorite part was definitely the cookies.
And while we were out, Brandon discovered Parker's hatred of bibs...
And our elf Bingo had some fun with the TMNT...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Today for our advent activity we made a special holiday breakfast...reindeer pancakes!
To make these yourself, you just need:
• one large regular pancake
• one smaller silver dollar sized red pancake (use food coloring)
• 2 chocolate chips
• 2 banana slices
• two pieces of bacon
Seriously, how cute is it!? And Madeline surprisingly ate the whole thing without syrup. It was so cute she didn't even realize there was no sugar in it. Yay for breakfast wins!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Today we wrote Madeline's letter to Santa. I purchased a sticker pack and the snowflake crayons in the target dollar bin, and the card and envelope were from a valentines card pack that i also got at target back in february.
I told her to tell me a few things that she wanted to ask Santa for and helped her wrote her letter. The funny thing is she has been telling me all these things she wants for Christmas, but when it came time for her to write the letter, all these new requests came out. It was as if she forgot all about the things she has been bugging me for weeks to buy her and just made up random things.
Monday, December 2, 2013
That's the theme of my Christmas mantel this year. I found the white, snowy, glittery wreath at target and just fell in love! That started me down the path towards this beautiful mantel. Of course we are lucky here in Austin if we get any snow at all. But now I trick myself into thinking its a snow filled holiday when I catch a glimpse of this beauty!
I found most of the things for the mantel at either target or hobby lobby. And of course there are a few crafted things in there, but you will have to wait to see how I made those super cute and easy snow globes! I even have a super fun idea on how to personalize them for cute DIY gifts.
Truth be told today we were supposed to make real snow globes with water and everything, but after adding the water, the trees started to let go of their dye and turn the water a yucky bluish color. So we had to scratch our plans and make faux globes instead. But they still turned out cute!
For this craft you will need:
• A mason jar (I got mine for 40%off at Michaels)
• Epsom salts or white glitter
• Bottle brush trees (hobby lobby had the cheapest ones at $1.99 for three small or two big)
• an adhesive of some sort (I used 5 minute epoxy resin and kwik seal waterproof adhesive because I was planning on making them real water globes, but just the epoxy will work for the faux ones)
First you will need to mix up some epoxy and glue the trees to the lid. While that is curing, full your jar with some Epsom salts and glitter (about 1/2 cup is all you need). When the epoxy is set go ahead and turn the lid upside down on your jar and close it up. Turn it over and TADA!
Now since I have curious toddlers and preschoolers at my house, I went ahead and used the kwik seal to permanently attach the lid to the jar so I don't have glitter and salt all over the place from curious kiddos!
But seriously! How cute? And Madeline loved shaking the snow up. Even if it didn't fall all pretty like in the water.
Oh, and yes that is our handmade advent calendar in the background. If I don't get around to showing you how we made it last year, just know that it consists of an old goodwill picture frame that I spray painted red, extra small jewelry boxes that I used for shipping earrings to customers, all sorts of different wrapping paper clippings, and some number stickers.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Today miss Madeline got to open her first advent box (we like to do one Christmas themed activity everyday leading up to Christmas). And what fun activity was awaiting her? Well ornament decorating of course!
Last year I made some green felt trees and felt ornaments to hang/stick on the trees. This year we added to the collection with some glittery crafted ones.
I found these cute die cut ornaments at Michaels for 40% off and a pack of 6 glitter glue pens for $1 there as well. Together Madeline and I decorated our hearts out:
After they dried, we just placed them on the tree.
And that's it! So easy and fun and cheap (about $3 for 24 ornaments). It should also be mentioned that these ornaments had holes in them too. In case you want to put them on your regular tree as well.
Have you made any ornaments this year?