Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone!

"Shepherds would soon arrive and later, wise men from the East. Later yet the memory of that night would bring Santa Claus and Frosty and Rudolph -
And all would be welcome. 
BUT FIRST AND FOREVER THERE WAS JUST A LITTLE FAMILY,
without toys, or trees or tinsel. With a baby -That's how Christmas began."
-Jeffrey R. Holland
I'm so grateful to share such a special holiday season with my sweet little growing family! Also for the opportunity to teach my littles about Christ and the true meaning of Christmas. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Felt Ball Ornaments: {& Our Ornament Tradition}

Every year we get the kids a new ornament that reflects the past year or stage of life they are in. I love this tradition so much! It helps us reflect on the past year and on our little ones little lives. My husband and his family also did this growing up. We have a whole bag of ornaments of his that we have inherited. It's fun to go through them and see what little PJ was into as a kid. These simple little keepsakes can hold such wonderful memories! 

This year Sophie got an Elsa and an Anna ornament. The Frozen craze still exists at our house. Brandon got a train ornament and a baseball ornament because he loves playing ball so much.

The kids also have their own little tree that we set up in their room and decorate. It's so fun to go through all of their ornaments and help them decorate their own little tree that really reflects their personality and who they are. 
Some ornaments are so fragile and it's sad when one of them breaks. A long time ago I had this idea to make some ornaments out of felt balls that the kiddos could just play with and decorate their tree over and over if they want to without the worry of breaking them or having glass pieces on the floor. 
I finally got around to it this year. 
We bought some felt balls through Etsy and tied a string through each one so that they could be hung. It's such a simple concept; but also cute and practical for little hands. 
These will be especially useful next Christmas when we have an almost 1 year old crawling around. In fact, we will probably only use these next year bc of that.
 I just love these cute kiddos and sharing fun holiday traditions with them! What are some of your traditions? 
Want to make some felt ball ornaments of your own? It's simple! Get some thick string and a bigger needle that will fit said string. Then sew through the top portion of the ball. Tie a knot to make a loop. Tada... your very own unbreakable, safe, super cute and colorful felt ornaments!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Wooden Painted Frame - Crafty Gift Idea

This is what the kids made for the grandparents this year for Christmas. A wooden frame with a picture of the last time they were able to visit. It's been a while since we moved out of state. 
If you are still looking for a gift idea, well here ya go! It would also be awesome for father's or mother's day! 
This gift idea is awesome, in my opinion, because it's thoughtful, it's crafty, and it's simple enough your littles can do it. {With supervision of course!} Also, everything you need you can find at Target. No need to make any extra stops at the craft store. Targets new craft sections gets a huge thumbs up from me! It has saved me so many times when in need {or want} of something crafty. 

What you'll need...
Wooden frame
Wooden letters
paint brushes
white or cream colored acrylic paint: 
{any color works though}
elmer's glue
a picture for your frame: optional
Step 1: Decide what you want to spell out on your frame. We went with "Love" and "I Love Us." 
Then place your letters where you want them and glue them on. Elmer's glue works really well. I let little Brandon play with the letters for a bit and then helped him glue the right one's on. Let it dry. We waited over night but it will only take an hour or so. 
Step 2: Take glass and backing off of the frame so that it's just the wood. Place lining down to protect your surface area. Paint the frame and the letters one solid color. Do 2 coats, letting it dry in between! The 1st coat will look a bit rough. But that second coat really evens it out and hides any brush strokes or streaks etc. You will need to use a smaller brush to get the edges of each letter painted well. 
Place a picture for that added touch of thoughtfulness. 
Now how easy is that! And the recipient of your choosing will L-O-V-E it!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Dear Santa: Free Printables!

Our neighborhood here in South Jordan, Utah, put up a mailbox that sends letters to Santa. The best part is, Santa writes them back! Awesome right?!!!
So we just had to get our letters sent in. I printed out a Christmas stationery I made a couple of years ago for us to use. I updated it and am offering it to you as well! It's also editable so that you can change the year or type up your letter etc. And there is also a Wish List Print out for those older kids who know the big Santa Secret. 
The kids don't know how to write yet, so they just drew pictures of what they want for Christmas. Sophie wants an American Girl Doll and Brandon wants a remote control race car. 
We got all bundled up and headed to the mailbox. I just loved all the giggles and squeals they let out as they put their letter in the box. 
Just click on the images above to download and print. Use regular size printing paper. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fall Favorites: It's Cold Around Here!

The cold weather has been quite the change for us. Let's just say, we're all a bunch of babies! But it sure is fun to add some warmer clothing items to our closets. 
I'm obsessed with this shirtdress. I love the layered collar look and it's dressy yet comfy. And best of all, it's not maternity. It has plenty of room for the baby bump and I can still wear it long after said bump is swaddled in my arms. Knee boots are all the rage right now. I'm excited to wear mine to church to keep my legs warm when I have to wear dresses and skirts. 
Quick update on the baby bump... I'm 31 weeks along now. It's sure to go by fast with the holidays up ahead! 

A lot of you are going to be in shopping mode this weekend and probably from here on out for Christmas. I thought I'd share some of my favorites for the whole family.

Ladies...
Little Ladies...
 
Little Guys...
Guys...

For the Home...
 
Here are some links to some awesome black friday sales for ya! 


 
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