Crayola Experience salutes True Blue Heroes this 4th of July

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Crayola Experience salutes True Blue Heroes with FREE Admission

ORLANDO, Fla – Crayola Experience salutes active, veteran and retired military personnel* and invites them to enjoy a free day of hands-on, creative fun through the family destination’s True Blue Heroes Program. Additionally, their immediate family (spouse, children, and grandparents) will receive 25% off General Admission.

Regular admission to Crayola Experience is $24.99 at the door or $21.99 online. Children under 3 are free. Annual Passes are now $30.99. Families of four can take advantage of Crayola Experience’s Annual Pass sale: 4 Annual Passes for $104. For tickets and info go to CrayolaExperience.com

*with valid I.D.; Wednesday, July 4, 2018 through Sunday, July 8, 2018.

The Legend of St. Nicholas

Here is another cute Christmas story to share with your children.  In the Legend of St. Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall we are taken back to the 60’s or 70’s when a young boy named Nick was shopping with his father.  He has money to spend on Christmas gifts, but can only think of things he would like for himself.  All of a sudden he hears a store Santa telling another child the Legend of St. Nicholas.  St. Nicholas traveled with his parents to the Holy Land and shortly after he is blessed unexpectedly with a lot of money.  He shares his splendor with his friends secretly gifting them things that they were in need of on Christmas Day~Jesus’ Birthday!  His friends are grateful and thank God for blessing them with a friendship in Nicholas.  And so the Legend of St. Nicholas began. We learn that  Nicholas had a giving heart and he prayed to our Lord Jesus Christ for direction.  When the store Santa finishes telling his story we find the little boy eager to purchase gifts for his friends and family.  His heart changes and he has learned that time old lesson, “it is better to give to others, than to receive and be selfish.”  This is a great book with a big meaning.

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

Christmas Fashion

What did the Cute Country Chick wear this Christmas?  I have actually received a number of emails asking me what I wore this holiday season.  It is no secret, I am a big fan of White Plum Boutique.  I get so many compliments when ever I wear anything from WPB.  I like the sophisticated, country girl look that WPB offers.  Everything fits great and that means a lot because I am extra petite!

December 24th

Christmas Eve Church Service

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Dress: White Plum Boutique

Shoes: Payless

 

December 25th

Christmas Day Celebrating Jesus’ Birthday with Family

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Sweater: White Plum Boutique

Leggings: White Plum Boutique

Boots:  GroopDealz

Merry Christmas!

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A family favorite

It wouldn’t be quite like Christmas without Pretzel Hugs!!!  Four years ago while in a creative mood I discovered how easy it was to make homemade pretzel hugs and I have made them every Christmas since then.  How delish it is to bite into two pretzels hugging sweet chocolate!!!  These are sure to be a hit and are a perfect sweet treat at Christmas.  My niece absolutely loves them and it is requested that I make her a special batch that she can enjoy all by herself.  I guarantee these will become a family favorite!

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Simply place pretzels on a lined cookie sheet (lined with wax paper.) Place a piece of chocolate on pretzel.  I like the Bliss white chocolate.  Place in oven on 350 degrees for 10 to 20 seconds.  Just long enough for the chocolate to glisten.  This is the start of the chocolate softening.  Take out of the oven and place a second pretzel on top of soft chocolate and push down.  Let cool and enjoy!

Counting down…

Only 11 days til Christmas!!!  (please excuse the pic…it is missing a few cotton balls)  We have had a lot of fun counting down the days to Christmas with this Santa Beard Calendar.  Each day the kids add another piece of Santa’s beard.  The day of Christmas we add Santa’s nose.  This has been a great way to add fun and excitement while the anticpation builds up for the kids.  It is also a great way to teach number recognition and counting.  My son is 4 and loves to count the cotton pieces of Santa’s beard before he puts the new piece up.  He is so sweet and enjoying the Christmas fun!  You can find yours at Target in the Dollar Spot.

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Do you have a friend or family member that is an active member of the US military?  Still looking for that special Christmas gift?  Check out Once Upon a Jewel.  Once Upon a Jewel specializes in military charm bracelets.  They make sweet stocking stuffers for anyone that has a boyfriend or husband that is in the military.  Bracelets may be customized with your favorite colors and many different charms.  Create one that represents the couple with charms that symbloize their love, special trips they may have taken, or a yellow ribbon for their safe return.  I just love the sweetness to what you can use to create these bracelets.
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The first day of Christmas…

It is here!!!  It is finally here!!!  The first day of December, the first day of Christmas.  Such a beautiful time of year!  Everything is well decorated with lights and pretty decorations.  We are all in the gift buying and giving mood.   And yet I start to wonder if we have forgotten what makes this season so bright and special.  Such a beautiful season and yet we are forced on the job front to be “sensitive” to others and speak of Happy Holidays.  I like Happy Hollydays myself…lol(my name is Holly.)  But seriously…what is it that brought us to celebrate this beautiful season?  There is so much more to it than just the Santa, presents, and parties.  This is Christmas!  Did you see that?!  CHRIST*mas!  That is right the true meaning of this beautiful season is the beautiful gift that God gave us.  The promise that was born to Mary in a lil stable in Bethlehem, beneath a beautiful bright star.  Jesus Christ was born to bring us that special promise of love.  We are so loved by God that he sent his son to be born with the purpose of dying on the cross to save us from our sins and to give us life.  John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  We are loved by God our creator!  And we are reminded of that love during this season of MERRY CHRISTMAS not Happy Holidays.

Today My children and I enjoyed decorating our tree with our family ornaments.  Each ornament has a story, a memory, a connection.  One of our family traditions is to give each other an ornament that represents a memory of that year.  So as we were hanging our ornaments on our tree, we talked about our memories and we laughed together.  The children had such a wonderful time decorating the tree.  One of the last things we do is hang the star on the top of our tree and we talk about what the star represents.  The beautiful bright star that was placed high in the dark night sky that led the Wiseman, the Shepherds, and the Kings to Jesus.

After decorating our tree we made more of these cute Pine Cone Christmas trees…

This is a great activity to do with children of all ages.  All you need is: some pinecones and pom poms.  You could glue the pom poms to the pine cone.  We just stuffed them in between the pine needles.  And you can find the pom poms at the Dollar Tree.

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