Archive | December, 2011

Snow-bration 2011

31 Dec

This year I wanted to start a new tradition, so I came up with a little party with my BFF and her kiddos. I called it “Snow-bration”, we held the shindig on the first day of winter and hopefully will be able to do this every year it was a blast. I jumped on my favorite site Pinterest and gathered a few ideas.

First the food I found the cutest snowman pizza idea from this blog

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I wanted to change it up a bit so I used biscuit dough, so each kiddo could build their own mini snowman pizza.


Every party has to include a fun craft, saw this neat idea here

Marshmallow stamping, the girls came up with several cute snowmen pictures. It was really cool using the marshmallows to stamp with.

On to the games, I teach PE at a local preschool and last year we used a few bags of cotton balls on a parachute to create a snow fall effect. I remembered how all the kids loved this game, I scaled it down so we could play in the living room and it was a big hit! Lots of laughter and big smiles! All you need is cotton balls and a parachute, you could even use a sheet or blanket. I read a short book with the word Snow mentioned a lot and every time I said snow they would shake the parachute and make it snow. Then they played freestyle which lead to a fun indoor snowball fight!



Love making memories with these amazing kids!

Christmas 2011

30 Dec

Every year here at our house we do a different theme of Christmas decor. This year it was turquoise and brown. I was so excited since these colors are a few of my very favs. I had lots of bright ideas and hopeful thoughts of this amazing big beautiful Christmas display that I would put together. Well as usual time slipped by faster than I wanted it to and well I made do with what I had and came up with a semi-big beautiful Christmas display. Of course I did use a Hand-Me-Down ideas or two from blogs and Pinterest (the best place ever on the world-wide web) and actually came up with a few ideas on my own that worked out.

I found this idea here:

Cottage Instincts is a blog packed full of ideas. Here is how my letters turned out. Since I am not a fan of working with glitter my letters didn’t sparkle (I wish they did).

The letters served their purpose, but didn’t look nearly as pretty as intended. Considering 3 out of the 4 kids names start with the same letter, I should have added a middle initial but the boys decided that birth order would be fine.

We have a fake fireplace as we call it, made by my Dad. I wanted to decorate it up a bit so I used this idea. Which I cannot find the link to but is amazing!

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Used what I had around the house and in my many Christmas boxes and came up with this. Since we have lots of kids around here I used some battery operated tea lights from the dollar store instead of real fire. Oh and this was before I added the stocking letters. These are the times I really wish I had taken better pictures and maybe umm cleaned the mirror….

Now for the one idea I came up with. I found 2 clearance candle trays at Target (fav store) in the perfect color for $1.84 each. Propped them up long ways and set my Joseph and Mary up in front of them, on each side of the mantel. Added a battery operated tea light, that helped the glass glow and waalaa a little extra height and balance to the mantel.

Just for kicks here is how the entire Christmas corner turned out. Can’t wait for next year, maybe I will get started earlier on all the Hand-me-down Ideas I find out there (yeah right).

Hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas and Holidays!