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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    Christmas

    Created Those Christmas Cards Yet?

    So our Christmas cards arrived today. . . or so I think. I had them delivered to my husband’s work and he texted me mid-morning saying they had arrived, but when I asked how they looked this is the photo I received. For all I know whatever’s in that envelope could belong to someone else, I might have misspelled our last name or I could have a boogie in my nose I didn’t notice before ordering. The suspense is killing me!! But at least I “think” my holiday greetings have been printed and that’s a big check off my list. Through the years I have proven time and again that…

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    Inside & Out

    Merry Christmas & Holiday Home Tour

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    Celebrations

    What are Your Favorite Christmas Songs?

    I recently asked my family to come up with their five favorite Christmas songs for a scrapbook layout I was creating, but what should have been a quick little task (at least for my son and me) turned into a two week struggle for my husband. His excuse, and I do get it, was that as he listened to the 24/7 Christmas radio stations each day he rediscovered some forgotten favorites and a list of only five was really just not fair. . . so he finally gave me a list of seven. So not the assignment, but I took it, ignored one and added another to my own! So here is how…

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