Tear-Free Gingerbread Building

Even with a kit in hand, many of you can attest that building a gingerbread house can be a frustrating and tear evoking task, especially when the kids are eagerly waiting to adorn it with editable windows and sugar-covered roofs. Through the years (and trial and error) I came up with a tear-free solution to building our beautiful brown baked houses, and it all comes down to planning.

Advent “Wreath” in a Box

One of my favorite observances this time of year is the Advent wreath and the weekly candle lighting that leads up to Christmas. This year I decided to incorporate this idea into our home and created an Advent “wreath” in a box.

Pinecones and Pompons Kid Craft

To make this super easy Christmas kid craft all you need are some medium-sized pinecones, small colorful pompons and some basic craft or school glue.

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“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”

-Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


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    Saturday Sparks — Pinecone Projects

    Today’s post is all about pinecones — yes, those completely free gems lying about the ground just begging to be scooped up for our holiday projects. With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away and Christmas quickly on its heels, pinecones are the perfect transitional decoration, and today I’m sharing a bit of inspiration for painting, cutting, glittering and gluing cones of all shapes and sizes. So take a walk in the woods, or your own front yard, and scoop up a few cones for some holiday bling.

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    Saturday Sparks — Halloween Wreaths

    I have almost made a Halloween wreath for my front door for years now but haven’t been able to wrap my mind and creative impulses around exactly what to design. So. . . naturally I perused Pinterest for some not-so-spooky inspiration and found oodles of fun ideas. Of course what is pinning without passing along? So here’s the latest in Halloween wreaths to hopefully spark some creativity on your own front door.

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    Saturday Sparks – Fall Wreaths

    If you’re not familiar with Hometalk, a site for gathering oodles of home decorating, redoing and DIYing ideas, you should take a look. I often post items on the site and one of my posts about fall wreaths has been very popular lately. The catch is that this original post on Small Talk Mama was lost when everything went down a couple of years ago, which means all those folks hoping to see all the great inspiration I promised have been coming up empty. So in the spirit of this new fall season, I have revamped the original post and added a few updates that I hope will inspire y’all…

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