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Thursday, November 29, 2018

5 Fun Christmas Crafts for Kids

Disclosure: As a member of the Oriental Trading Fun Squad, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. 


Your little ones will love these Santa approved activities to keep them creating, playing and imagining all through the holiday season! From building your own Christmas fort to playing some silly reindeer games, these activities are sure to keep your kids happily busy! 

Head over to the Oriental Trading FUN365 site to see all the fun Christmas activities!

5 Vintage Inspired Christmas Crafts

Disclosure: As a member of the Oriental Trading Fun Squad, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. 


The holiday season is the perfect time to create with family and friends. Whether you're hand making items to give as gifts or to decorate your home with, hand made projects are always the best! 
Hop over to the Oriental Trading Fun365 site to check out my 5 vintage inspired Christmas crafts. 
They're fun and easy and you'll love that wonderful nostalgic Christmas vibe! 

Head over to Oriental Trading FUN365 site to see how to create these projects yourself!

North Pole Breakfast with Oriental Trading

Disclosure: As a member of the Oriental Trading Fun Squad, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.



The holidays are well on their way and one of my favorite traditions to usher in all the festivities is our North Pole Breakfast.  Oriental Trading has everything you could possibly need to host a fun and festive holiday breakfast!

Check out the rest of the post to see how easy it is to create this set up yourself!

  I made a garland out of  just a few balloons and paper lanterns and attached it to the wall using command hooks. I loved how it turned out and it didn't take long at all to put together!  

Candy cane stockings were hung with care and were filled with the cutest stocking stuffers like plush teddy bears, Christmas puzzles and reindeer toys. 



The elves arrived in their fancy wooden sleighs to enjoy breakfast with us. 
DIY wooden sleighs were painted light blue and peppermint washi tape decorated the sides.
The table was decorated in colors of light blue, pink, green and red. Wooden and sisal trees were scattered about the table and made for such a fun and whimsical little forest! 

The place settings were the most adorable Santa plates and cups you ever did see! The forks, spoons and candy canes were tied together with bakers twine and set on top of pink polka dot napkins. 




  A charming red favor box embellished with Nordic inspired ornaments was waiting at each place setting for the guests filled with a surprise.

Wait until you see the how cute the surprise inside is! 

A darling "I love you to the North Pole" and back T shirt! Did you know Oriental Trading has T shirts? They do! And they have some super cute holiday ones right in time for the Christmas season!
Check out their entire selection HERE!

I hope you enjoyed our North Pole Breakfast set up and thanks a ton for stopping by!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

5 Adorable Elf on the Shelf Ideas with Oriental Trading

Disclosure: As a member of the Oriental Trading Fun Squad, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Our little elves come on the first Saturday in December and just wait until you see what they're up to this year!  Oriental Trading has the best selection of  Christmas products to get those creative juices flowing. 

Our elves love coming to our house to see how we celebrate Christmas throughout the month of December and they love to show us a few fun things too!

Did you know there are lemonade stands at the North Pole? It's true!
Our little elf, Paprika, brought her frosted lemonade stand all the way from Santa's Workshop to whip up a delicious frosted beverage. The lemonade stand is the perfect size for elves so just add a few treats and the "You're My Main Squeeze" printable (found below) and your elf is ready to delight your little ones with a yummy, frosty surprise!
Elf on the Shelf Ideas


Elf on the Shelf Ideas

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Just because they're cute little elves doesn't mean they don't have chores too! They work hard just like the rest of us and here we have spotted Paprika doing laundry. She's been toiling away all day washing and drying her tiny elf attire to get ready for the big day! 
Elf on the Shelf Ideas


Whew! Elf laundry is hard work so Paprika is taking a much deserved break. 

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This would be a fun elf arrival idea! Place your elf inside a mini red mailbox, cut out and attach the North Pole stamps (printable link below) and place a tiny letter in the elf's hand. 
For a little extra surprise, place the mailbox inside the freezer so it's ice cold once the kids open it! It came straight from the North Pole after all... so it's got to be chilly!
Elf on the Shelf Ideas


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Donut worry, I'm back! Here's another sweet idea for an elf arrival. Place your little elf on a pile of plush donuts and fill a tiny box ( I made mine with a Cricut machine) with mini donut erasers.Then place the donut printable (found below) on top of the elf.  The kids will be so surprised with these cute elf-inspired goodies!




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An elf sized sleigh is perfect for carrying a little bag of treats from Santa to surprise the kids! 
I got this idea from my amazingly talented friend Jessica from Everyday Party Magazine Check out her cute post HERE on how to put these darling bags together. I've added a link to the Santa Mail SVG below! 


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I hope you enjoyed these Elf on the Shelf ideas as much as I did putting them together! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Adorable Hand Warmers with Cricut EasyPress 2



With freezing temperatures well on their way, hand warmers are a welcome gift for anyone this winter. I made these sweet penguin and tree hand warmers for my daughter to take on those chilly morning walks to school. She loves having  little buddies snuggling deep in her coat pocket that are warm and toasty.  

Today I'm using the new 6"x7" EasyPress 2 which is perfect for small projects like this. 
Speaking of EasyPress 2, did you know they now come in three different sizes? 

The new sizes are:

 Small 6 x 7 inches 

Medium 9 x 9 inches

Large 12 x 10 inches

If you're wondering what the difference is between the EasyPress and EasyPress 2, here are a few new improvements that make the EasyPress even better! 

  • The new EasyPress 2 remembers the previous press time and temperature. No longer will you need to reset the time and temperature with each project. This comes in extremely handy when you're making a big batch of shirts!
  • It gets hotter! The EasyPress 2 has a max temp of 400°F (the EasyPress 1 has a max temp of 350°F).
  • The new EasyPress heats up to 25% quicker than the EasyPress.
  • A new safety base that will keep whatever it's on up to 60°F cooler.
  • The EasyPress 2 has a USB port for firmware updates.
  • The color on the EasyPress 2 is now a beautiful raspberry red!

 From making tiny onesies to oversized hoodies and blankets, you're bound to find a size that works for you!

  Let's get started on these little cuties, shall we?

Open Cricut Desing Space and cut out the penguin and tree images using felt on your Cricut Maker
Cut out all the small pieces of iron-on that you'll be using as well. Make sure you cut out a front and back side of each design you use for the hand warmers. 


Position the cut out iron-on image on top of the felt.

Set the EasyPress 2 to 250 degrees for 30 seconds and place on top of the iron-on.

Once the time is up, allow the piece to cool and then carefully peel off the plastic backing.

Repeat this step with each piece of iron-on until all the pieces have been placed onto the felt.


Sew around the perimeter of your piece and be sure to leave a small opening for the rice. 
Once you've added the rice, hand stitch the opening up so the rice doesn't fall out. 

Now your little hand warmers are all ready to go! Place them in the microwave for 20 seconds so they're nice and warm. 

Your kids will love these snuggly buddies to keep their hands toasty this cold winter!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Christmas Gift Idea for Neighbors

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I'm always looking for quick, adorable and inexpensive neighbor gift ideas for Christmas. If you have a lot of neighbors, it can start to really add up and become ridiculously expensive! 

Put together a darling hot cocoa dish towel, bright Christmas coffee cupsand a packet of hot cocoa tucked inside the cup! Your neighbors will love this sweet gift and you'll love not spending a ton of money. 

I found 10 pack flour sack towels at Walmart for only $7.88 and knew they'd be perfect to use for neighbor gifts.

To create the towel, cut out the hot cocoa image in Cricut Design Space using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and Everyday Iron-On in Ocean Blue.

After the design has been cut out, place the image on the center of the towel and using your EasyPress 2, adhere the image onto the dish towel for 30 seconds at 250 degrees. 

After the iron on has cooled, peel off the plastic backing paper and that's it! You're all set to hand out these adorable Christmas dish towels!
Neighbor Christmas Gift Ideas

Don't forget to add a packet of yummy hot chocolate to the cups!

Neighbor Christmas Gift Ideas

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Christmas in July

Package From Santa

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Christmas is magic and when you're a 7 year old little girl, you believe with all your heart that Santa is real. You can imagine the pure joy that swept across our daughter's face when she received a Package From Santa in the mail! The return address is straight from the North Pole and there is even a special postage stamp with Santa's picture on it! 


Our daughter was in awe as she carefully opened this magical package sent straight from the Jolly Old Elf himself.



Inside this adorable package was an official nice list certificate signed by none other than Rudolph, Bernard Honeytree the Chief Elf and Santa Claus! This bona fide certificate has an official gold seal of authenticity and the hoofprint of Rudolph. You know it's the real deal when Rudolph has signed your official nice list certificate! 




Santa even sent her a personalized flight plan to show her that our house was his first stop on Christmas Eve!

Imagine how excited your kids will be knowing that their house will be Santa's first stop! There's even an option to add your child's photo to the flight plan to make it even more personalized! 


She read in wonderment at the personalized letter Santa sent to her. He talked about some of her favorite things to do, her favorite food and her best friends! She felt so special that Santa knew her personally and was proud of all her accomplishments throughout the year.

And finally, an actual photo of the Big Man himself! Mr. Claus sent her a fun and festive Christmas picture of himself in his sleigh with his trusty elf sidekick! What a thrill to have Santa know you personally and send you an adorable package filled to the brim of exciting Christmas gifts! Our daughter was so excited and has not stopped talking about her gifts from Santa. This has now become a Christmas tradition and we can't wait until next year to see what Santa sends!


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