Fingerprint Christmas Ornament

One of our family traditions is making and giving Christmas ornaments to our family.  It is such a nice way to capture the essence of the year.  My daughter loves painting the inside of the clear balls and making pretty swirls.  We have made this ornament for about 8 years now.  After realizing that our family had enough to fill a whole tree, we decided to try something new.

This year we made fingerprint Christmas ornaments.  They are so much fun and easy for children of all ages.

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What you will need:

self hardening clay- We used Crayola (takes a few days to harden at room temperature.)

straw to make hole

yarn

letter stamps

rolling pin

wax paper

cookie cutter (shape of your choice)

black crayon

glitter spray

silver sharpie

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Roll out a ball of clay with the rolling pin on wax paper.

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Using a cookie cutter press down on clay and cut excess off around the cookie cutter.  Remove cookie cutter.  Using the end of a straw make a hole for the ribbon/yarn for hanging purposes.

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Have your child press their thumbprint on the clay.

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Using a letter stamp press the initials of your child’s name on the ornament above the fingerprint.

Lay out the ornaments on wax paper to dry.  This will take between three and five days.  Once the clay hardens  you take a black crayon and lightly color over the thumbprint.  This makes it easier to see the lines in the fingerprint.  Spray the ornament with silver glitter spray.  Let topside dry; flip and spray underside with glitter spray.  Write the year with silver sharpie on backside of ornament.  Thread ribbon or yarn through hole for hanging.  And voila’!  You have yourself a timeless piece that you can hang on your tree year after year.

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It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!

everywhere you go….well in my home at least!  I just love the scents of Christmas! There is just something about the smell of fresh pine and candy cane that make me feel warm and joyful during the season of holidays.  So when I received my complimentary box of Happy Holiday’s candles from Old Factory I couldn’t wait to light them up.

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There are three scents that are included in the Happy Holiday’s collection: Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread.  Old Factory candle’s are made in the USA and are made of natural soy wax.  These 2 oz candles are available in several different scents including leather, sea breeze, and rose.  What I really like about Old Factory candles is the scent.  These candles are not wimpy, they are packed with the most amazing smell this olfactory has ever inhaled.

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The Christmas tree scent is by far my favorite and the aromas fill my apartment in a matter of minutes.  The 2 oz candle is expected to burn for over 20 hours.  That is a lot of nose satisfaction going on!

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Perfect for Christmas gifting this holiday season!  Purchase here: Amazon

The Littlest Christmas Kitten- a book review

This is such an adorable book and a neat way to retell the majestic story of Jesus’ birth.  In the Littlest Christmas Kitten, a mother cat searches for her lost kitten in the stable just before Mary and Joseph arrive.  Yes!  The story is told in the mother cat’s point of view and we discover what it was like for the animals to witness the birth of the promised child.  As mother cat is frantically looking for her lost kitten, Mary and Joseph walk into the stable, and she quickly hides in a nearby manger.   There she finds her lost kitten and rests til the manger is needed for sweet baby Jesus.  The hay that is a bed for a kitten is also soft enough for the newborn king.  Sounds come to life in the stable as the animals rejoice and the angels sing.  The words and images entangle together and will grab hold of the reader’s emotions bringing life to the story as it is read.  A feline secret is shared at the end of the tale and will bring light of wonder to the littlest reader.  The Littlest Christmas Kitten will delight readers of all ages!

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash and the review is of my own honest opinion.

Christmas is in the air

It is no secret, more and more families are decorating fake trees at Christmas time.  We are one of those families.  Apartment life doesn’t allow me the freedom of having a real Christmas tree.  My kids and I agree that what is missed is the sweet smell of Christmas.  The Balsam pine and woodsy scent mixed with cinnamon is a favorite during this very special time of year.  The Columbia Fragrance Company in Toledo, Ohio has perfected a blend of cinnamon with woodsy undertones in a candle they call Home for the Holidays.  Their candles are a blend of paraffin and soy wax and they burn clean.  The lead free wick eliminates the grey smoke and the smell of burnt candle when extinguished.  Burn the candle alone or in unison with a balsam pine candle.  The scent of Christmas will fill your home.

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Today has been a relax and a catch up day.  The kids are enjoying Christmas movies and crafts.  I have also tried to sneak in the science fair project my daughter must turn in when she returns to school next year.  I will share details in a later post.  While crafting today the children made waterless snow globes.  They are quite easy to make and they are so pretty!  They make a sweet Christmas gift from the kids.

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Materials needed:

Mason Jar with lid

Epsom salt

Christmas Tree (mini figure can be found at the dollar tree or kmart.)

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Glue the Christmas tree to the inside of the lid of the jar.  Pour Epsom salt and glitter (if you desire) in to the jar a lil less then half way depending on the size of the Christmas tree.  Let adhesive dry and then seal the jar with the lid (Christmas tree side goes into the jar)  Shake and watch the snow  fall over the Christmas tree.  Super easy!!!

Why I will never shop Best Buy again…

First of all this is not the post that I was planning on publishing this evening. Three hours ago I sat down to compose a post about our Pine Cone Christmas trees we made today. But that will be a later post as I would like to take the time to share with you a very frustrating experience I had with Best Buy.
Yesterday I purchased a new laptop. I decided to download my own programs and try to find the best deal online with the Black Friday specials. I had no issue downloading the antivirus, but when it came to the Office 2013 I purchased from Best Buy well they just couldn’t get it right. It all started with the first download that was sent to me via email…it was for the wrong operating system. I called spoke to three people and finally was transferred to a tech that was able to generate a new download link for the correct operating system. I downloaded the program and it was no where to be found in my computer. I called the customer service number and the tech told me to download it again. Still no good. She told me to download it again…still no program. All I had access to was a SkyDrive online. I have now wasted two hours with technical help and have not gotten anywhere. So the tech says…”you um…should wait 24 hours and the icon will appear. It takes time to process in the background. If it does not appear call back for a full refund.” So 36 hours later I call and wasted over two hours, transferred 12 times, hung up on by a rep of best buy, and told that I am not eligible for a refund but I could pay for geek squad so they could help me further. I have to spend more money because your download was defective and you can’t satisfy my purchase? Basically I am stuck with wasted money and a poor program that can only be accessed online. Final words of tonight by Best Buy tech…” ma’am please try to download the program again, and call us tomorrow if you have the same problem. We will try to compensate you somehow, just not with a refund. A download does not make you eligible for a refund. Even though it is defective.”

Well thank you for shopping Best Buy where if you are not completely satisfied that is of no concern for us because we got your money!

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