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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For the love of CHOCOLATE!

Hi my name is Holly and I am a chocoholic!   I must admit that I hide chocolate under my bed and must eat it the moment I wake up.  I do consider myself a chocolate connoisseur and I believe chocolate makes a girl beautiful and babies adorably silly.  I remember reading a study about 9 years ago just after my daughter was born, that suggested eating chocolate during your pregnancy will result in happier and sillier babies.  I ate chocolate quite a bit during both of  my pregnancies and I will attest that the studies are accurate.  My children are hilarious and super happy.   My sister on the other hand stayed away from chocolate during pregnancy and although her children are absolutely beautiful and super happy, they tend to be a lil more serious than my kids.  But I love them anyway!  Always will!  So…I stumbled upon a super yummy chocolate shop on Etsy called  Divine Butterfly Sweet Chocolate.  And boy is the chocolate really yummy!  The chocolate is soooo creamy, rich, and melts in your mouth.   My fave is the chocolate cake pops.  The cake pops  are soft and moist and the chocolate fudginess is divine!  I wasn’t too fond of the blueberry cake pops smothered in chocolate.  The blueberry cake was a lil dry and did not blend well with the chocolate drizzle.  Cake pops are fun and easy to eat.  Here are my two lil ones enjoying the chocolate cake pops…

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Divine Butterfly Sweet Chocolate shop offers chocolate candies for all occasions and holidays.  They can even do custom orders!  Here are some spoooky skulls created just for Halloween!

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And here are some of my top picks from the shop:

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you “Be of good cheer”!

I love this time of year!  Even in the warm Florida winter.  It is most beautiful!  I enjoy the time I get to spend with my children and the fun crafts and activities that we do together.  I really enjoy making things for our friends and family.  As you have read my love language is gifts and so I tend to speak using my love language during this time of year.  I just love gift giving and seeing the joy on the recipients face.  Well this month my children and I are making lots of fun crafts to give on Christmas day to our family.  I will be sharing many of them with you over the next few days.

A few months ago Target had these red melamine solo cups in the dollar section. I wasn’t certain what I could do with them, but I couldn’t help myself from buying the remaining inventory.  So we came home with 25 melamine solo cups and they just sat there.  Then one day while I was watching Ant Farm with my daughter on Netflix it dawned on me that they would make the cutest Santa cups!  My daughter Allison is the artist in our family.  So I asked her what she thought of this awesome idea.  And she said “Cool!”  So here we have it our Santa Cups!  We filled them up with candy cane mints.  They are super uber cute!!!  Dont’cha think?!

 

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materials for adorable Santa cups:
Red Solo Cup
Black Acrylic Paint
White Acrylic Paint
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You can even make these with the plastic red solo cups.  We have a few left so we were thinking of painting a few with just Santa’s belt and gold buckle.  They are so fun to make and make a sweet handmade gift from the munchkins.

 

 

Turkey’s and a Charmed Life

So after discovering my paintbrushes turned moldy and we had no brown paint, I wasnt so sure this post would be possible.  I am still trying to figure out how my paintbrushes started growing hair…but that is a whole nother story I guess.  I decided to overcome this challenge.  I sent my daughter to the bathroom to get qtips and I started mixing paint to make a brown.  I finally came up with the perfect concoction of red, yellow, and blue and got a pretty (yes a pretty!) brown and the qtips quickly became replacements for the moldy brushes.  Earlier in the day we found plain tee’s in the closet and decided they would be perfect for making our turkey shirts.  So after much disaster we finally created these beauties to wear on Thanksgiving.  Pretty simple to make and all you really need is a cute lil hand, paint, and a tee.

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If you haven’t heard…I am hosting my first Multi Vendor Holiday Giveaway.

My new friend Julie is the owner of A Charmed Life.  She creates beautiful jewelry and accessories.  She is also one of the sponsors in the giveaway.  From necklaces to key chains, she can personalize each piece with personal pictures and  charms.  My daughter was quick to fall in love with this beautiful piece.

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The bracelet is a fun bangle with lots of beautiful charms.  My daughter enjoyed the jingling of the charms and couldnt stop looking down at her wrist.  She said,  “it is the prettiest thing I  have ever worn!”  Other favorites available in her shop:

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And we are off….!

Yeehaw!  My very first Multi Vendor Holiday Giveaway is under way!  First I would like to say thank you to all my lovely sponsors!  It is very gracious of each of you to donate an item to my giveaway.  It is very rewarding to me work with each of you and bring such delight to my readers.  I can hardly believe that the Holidays are already here and we are so close to saying goodbye to yet another year.  This is my vacation week from my full time job and I am so blessed to be home with my kiddos.  Today we are making Thanksgiving cards for our family.

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If you haven’t already entered my Holiday Giveaway, you really should!  You could win of these Adoorable Prizes by ADoorable Creations by Jess.  These door hangers are absolutely beautiful!  This one is in the giveaway and can be personalized with your family name or Merry Christmas.  It is large and is very welcoming.    I love how pretty it decorates my door for the season.   Check out her shop on etsy! Each door hanger is made of wood and hand painted with love.   Jess can create holiday shapes, initials, sports, crosses, cupcakes and more for your door hanging needs!  I especially love the Mason jar and Cowboy boot!  Oh and the pumpkin!  Ha!  Who am I kidding?!  I love em all!

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