Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! We will resume regular schedule on Monday.

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Dollar Store Crafts: Handmade Ornaments

Dollar Store Crafts: Handmade Ornaments

Every year, we make several ornaments to add to our tree. We try to find ornament ideas that are cheap, fun to make and cute! My little girls loved making these snowman ornaments! We made them largely from things we already had on hand.

These empty glass ornaments are available almost anywhere, and you can find packs of four of them at almost any dollar store. We used one of these, but you will also need the following items:

an orange pipe cleaner to bend and create the carrot nose, white glue (we used Modge Podge), buttons for the eyes, a baby sock for the hat, and epsom salt. You can also paint the Christmas ornament white (we did).

First, we painted the ornaments white by pouring paint inside them and swirling the ornament until it was painted completely.

We then coated the outside of the ornament with white glue and rolled it in the epsom salt. You may need to do this more than once to completely cover the ornament. Just allow 12 hours between coats to dry.

We then glued the buttons, carrot nose, and the sock hat to the snowball. When we finished, we had this cute little snowman ornament.

Share your cute and homemade ornaments with us!

Tune in Saturday for our favorite Christmas traditions.

5 Free Christmas Printables

5 Free Christmas Printables

You guys know all about my affinity for typographical art and quotes, and you know how much I love Christmas. What better to do than combine the two and offer you these five free printables?

1. Let it Be Christmas

If you’re familiar with this classic tune, you will love this cute and colorful printable. You can also download it in red and in green.

2. Simple Merry Christmas

I also offer this one in a few other colors as well. I love the fonts and the cute little reindeer.



3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Sometimes the prettiest printables are inspired by songs or traditional hymns. Here’s yet another printable inspired by traditional carols.

4. Merry and Bright

I absolutely love this simple printable. The font is beautiful and I can imagine using this printable in about five different areas of my house.

I hope you all enjoyed these free printables! Visit next week for our free advent calendar.

Choosing Unique Baby Shower Gifts

Choosing Unique Baby Shower Gifts

How many baby showers have you been invited to over the past few years? Probably quite a few. Some may have been for close relatives, and others might include co-workers, friends, or friends of friends. Choosing the right gift can sometimes be difficult, especially if your sister is expecting, and you want to choose something really special and unique. Here are a few ideas to consider.

Photo credit: Things Remembered 

Personalized Gifts

Since many parents choose their baby’s name before it is born, a personalized gift can be a good choice. If you are crafty, knit or crochet a blanket with the baby’s initials or first name. There are a number of pattern books available that can show you exactly how to do this. This is definitely a one of a kind shower gift that the parents will treasure for many years.

Photo by Angela D. Boone, Copywrite 2015

Professional Baby Photos

Of course, the new mom and dad will constantly be taking pictures from the moment their little one enters the world. However, you can choose a good photographer, and give them a gift certificate for professional photos. When they are ready, they can take their baby to have photos made or a family portrait. This is a gift that will be greatly appreciated, because with the expense of a new baby, it might not be in their budget.

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Music

Lullabies are one of the best ways to soothe little ones. It helps to keep them calm while they fall asleep. One gift that features a mother and baby and plays Brahm’s Lullaby is one of the willow tree figures provided by CoppinsGifts.com.

Photo via Canva.com

A Baby Bathtub

All new parents are worried when they give their baby the first bath. It can be difficult to hold on to a little one and wash them at the same. A baby bathtub, not the typical plastic type that is similar to seats or bouncers, can hold the baby and keep him or her from slipping. This type is made with soft mesh that is gentle on the newborn’s skin and allows the water to drain away from the baby.

These are just a few great ideas for unique baby shower gifts. Happy shopping! 

4 Christmas Gifts Your Grandmother Will Love

Four Christmas Gifts Your Grandmother Will Love! 

Shopping for your grandmother can be a bit more challenging than shopping for a friend or colleague. You’ll need to find something that she hasn’t already received over the course of her life! If you’re stuck for ideas, here are just a few holiday gift ideas that will suit your grandma.


Photo by Freddie Collins on Unsplash

1. Gift Basket

The great thing about gift baskets is that they’re easily customized depending on your grandmother’s interests. If she likes gardening, you can get her a gift basket filled with seeds, gloves and shovels. If she enjoys gourmet food, you can find a gift basket with cheese and champagne. The sky is the limit when you’re willing to sift through your options.


Photo by Laura Fuhrman on Unsplash

2. Scrapbook

This is a meaningful gift that will bring tears to her eyes. Fill a scrapbook with photos, receipts, ticket stubs, movie passes and loving messages about how much that she means to you. Not only will it be a great holiday gift, but it’ll also be a memento that she returns to again and again throughout the year.

3. Music

Everyone enjoys a good tune, and your grandma will find it especially meaningful if you put together a list of hits from her childhood. You don’t have to buy it on vinyl. You can simply purchase a subscription to a digital streaming service and set up a playlist filled with all of her old favorites. You can even teach her how to use it for extra bonding!

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4. Figurines

Figures are a great gift because they can be displayed everywhere from foyers to fireplace mantles. Whether you’re looking at delicate animal figurines or festive Jim Shore figurines, you’re sure to find something that suits your grandmother’s taste. Just don’t forget the display stand to go along with the figurine!

These are just a few Christmas gifts that are perfect for grandma. However, try not to stress too much over your selection! At the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts, and your grandma will be pleased with any effort that you make. It’s what grandmas do.

AWOL, but still alive…

A brief hiatus, and now: a return. 

I apologize for my lack of posts lately. I intended to take the week of Thanksgiving off, but I did not intend to take three weeks off. Several things led to my taking three weeks off of blogging- some of them were planned, and some of them were not. 

Without revealing too many details, my family has been struggling lately. Some of the struggle is due to missing my dad and grandfather and trying to navigate through grief and the holiday season. Many of you can likely relate to this. In addition, we are dealing with something else in our home. We covet your prayers, and perhaps I’ll talk about this at a later date, but for now I need to keep quiet for my family’s sake. 

In the midst of all of those things, I was also diagnosed with bronchitis and pneumonia. Needless to say, I simply haven’t had the energy to blog. I apologize for my abrupt absence. I will be resuming my four-times-a-week posting schedule this week. 

My sweet girls and I. 

And it feels good to be back. 

Happy Thanksgiving

We will be back online Monday, November 26. Have a wonderful, safe and relaxing holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!!