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letting some things go

    It never fails … every year around this time I have a long list of ‘want to dos’ and very little time left to actually do them. The list is usually filled with good things: create meaningful gifts for teachers and neighbors, bake favorite christmas… Continue Reading…letting some things go

    snow globes

      Last week, the kids and I attempted to make snow globes. We followed this tutorial and they sort of turned out. But not as good as I hoped. I couldn’t get the right proportion of glycerine/water/glitter and then the trees kept coming unglued from the… Continue Reading…snow globes

      thankful tree {with free printable tags}

        this post is a repeat from last year, but certainly worth sharing again

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        This season leading up to Thanksgiving is one of my favorites. If there is anything I’d like to be, it is thankful, and so I love the idea of expressing our gratitude both in spoken and written word.

        thankful tags in silver

        I have created a set of cards to help encourage this attitude of thankfulness.

        thankful card place setting

        You could put one at each place setting at the the Thanksgiving table, have your family and friends fill them out and share with each other. My sister does this each night leading up to Thanksgiving with her family and then saves the cards to read the following year.

        thankful card

        Another great way to use the cards is to turn them into tags

        thankful for eggnog lattes

        and hang them on a thankful tree.

        thankful tree 2011

        The boys and I tromped out into the woods, cut down a few branches, put them into a heavy urn and filled the bottom with stones to hold the branches in place.

        thankful tree in urn

        Every day, we each write one thing we are thankful for. And the rule is that nothing can be duplicated. This is our first year doing a thankful tree and I’m looking forward to seeing what the kids comes up with. I hope it is a great way to instill in them the importance of having a thankful heart. I know it will be good practice for us all.

        More photos and a free printable pdf after the read more link…

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        merry christmas

          So here we are : just one week until Christmas. It seems like the lead up takes forever, and then suddenly it is upon us. My babes are nearly out of school and we are looking forward to a nice Christmas vacation spent with family,… Continue Reading…merry christmas

          advent calendars

            This is what I wanted to do for my kids for our advent calendar this year: I was going to make bags like I did for Audrey’s birthday favors using my chevron printable paper, then create cute number stickers and hang them as a banner… Continue Reading…advent calendars