Holidays are such a wonderful time, but with all the excitement and fun comes a
lot of stress. However, I made a vow to not let all the stress of cleaning,
preparing, shopping, and family visits keep my family from enjoying
the holidays! So every night after dinner, my son and I (and my husband when
he's off) cuddle up under a warm blanket and watch holiday movies!
I really enjoy sharing the movies that I loved as a kid with Colton. Many of
them are classics and much better than the ones that are made today. To see which movies made our favorites list, click on the "CHRISTMAS" tab.
Baking at Christmastime is doesn't have to be confined to cookies, nothing adds
variety to a cookie tray like delicious pieces of homemade candy. One type of
candy that I love to add to my trays are chocolate truffles. These incredibly
simple yet absolutely delicious treats are sure to please everyone! And with
only two ingredients, even the most inexperienced baker can whip these up in no
Find the recipe for these yummy chocolate delights under the "CHRISTMAS" tab.
Every year, I bake several different kinds of Christmas cookies and treats for
my family as well as for friends and neighbors. While I always try to make a few
new recipes each year, there are some true favorites (most of them family
recipes) that I bake every year. One of these family recipes is my
grandmother's recipe for Kolache. These little jelly filled cookies are a hit
You can find the recipe to these yummy cookies and more under the "Christmas" tab.
I have to admit that I'm really having fun with this whole Elf on the Shelf
thing. I love coming up with new cute ideas for Colton's elf. Colton loves
him! The purpose of him is also slowly working. When Colton starts acting up, I
remind him that his Elf reports to Santa every night and he is slowly learning
to not throw a temper tantrum every time he doesn't get his own way. That makes
this mommy happy :)
Check out what he's been up to on my "Christmas" tab...
My son Colton has recently entered that "wonderful" phase known as the terrible
two's. Temper tantrums and whining have become an all to familiar event in our
house lately, so I decided that this year would be the perfect time to introduce
the "Elf on the Shelf" idea to him. While he is still a little young to
understand the concept completely, he does respond when I tell him that the elf,
which he named "Cubby" is watching him and telling Santa.
Pinterest obsessed person that I am, I love reading and finding cute Elf on the
Shelf ideas, among other things. I've also come up with some cute ideas on my
own and so I've decided to make a quick post each day to show what "Cubby" is up
to. I love the whole idea of the Elf on the Shelf, if they would have had this
when I believed in Santa, I would have always been on my best behavior.
This morning Colton found him riding off in his police car. He thought it was
the funniest thing seeing him trying to squeeze into his car.
Here we are less than two weeks away from Christmas and I haven't made any posts
about all the fun Christmas related things that I have been up to. It's no
surprise that with all the decorating, crafting, and yummy baking that goes
along with Christmastime, that this is one of my favorite times of the year. But
more important is all the wonderful time I get to spend with my family,
especially my little boy. He is truly the best present I have ever received.
Since story time is one of the most special times we have together, I
decided to make a Christmas bedtime story advent calendar, similar to the one
that I made for Halloween.
Check out my list of books for this year on my "Christmas" page!
Even though Halloween has come and gone for this year, and the sights and sounds of Thanksgiving and Christmas are everywhere, I wanted to share another Halloween post before moving on to the endless list of Christmas things I want to accomplish.
In our house we countdown to the holidays not only with activities and movies each day, but also with story time. During October, Colton's bedtime stories are all Halloween related. Click on the Halloween tab to see our booklist for this Halloween. :)
It's not just the autumn air and pumpkin patches that make my love for Halloween as strong as when I was a kid. It's also the opportunity to snuggle up under a blanket with my son and watch those Halloween-themed kid's movies that I loved growing up! I've noticed in the last few years that some of the new movies will assuredly be favorites of Colton's for years to come. It seems as if we watch "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" at least twice a day. And even though I know the movie word for word now, I secretly love it! I definitely have a kid side and being a mother has given me an excuse to show it. Here are the movies that help us get into the Halloween mood. :)
Decorating for the holidays has always been something that I look forward to doing. One decoration that I have always wanted to make was a shadow box scene. I love how shadow boxes are a three dimensional wall decorations that stand out so much more than a regular wall hanging. And the best part? You get to use your creative side! Here is my Halloween Haunted House themed shadow box.
Click on the "Halloween" tab to see how I made it!
When you have a toddler running around the house grabbing at everything in his reach, you obviously have to limit the type of items you decorate with. I have always loved candles, I have them in every room of my house but they don't get burned very often. So I wanted to come up with a candle-like decoration that would be safe to use in my living room. These "candles" are so simple to make and frightfully cute to look at.
Click on my "Halloween" tab to see how I made these :)
Back a few years ago I was big into scrapbooking and would purchase scrapbooking supplies almost every time I went to the store. This left me with a TON of unused scrapbook paper and supplies that are just waiting for a purpose. The other day while I was organizing my crafting supplies I came across the bin with all my scrapbook paper in it. As I was looking through it, I came across some really cute Halloween papers. I decided to use the paper to cover some wooden letters and make a crafty little Halloween decoration.
Click on the "Halloween" tab to see how to make this spooky cute craft!
Hi, this is the first post that I've made on my Holiday Ideas page, and now that the Holidays are just around the corner, I will be making posts more often. This page is just going to have the images and titles of the different posts that you can find on the appropriate holiday's tab. I hope you all like what you find here. I've always been a person who loves holiday projects so I am excited to share my ideas with you all. :)