Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

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The most cherished ornaments on our Christmas tree are crafted from paper, glitter, popsicle sticks, glue, and homemade clay. They were made with love by little hands (and occasionally, feet!). Shared below is a tutorial for a handmade Baby’s First Christmas Ornament that my oldest and I made together 7 years ago. Of course he doesn’t remember creating it, but he loves to hear the story behind it every December when he hangs it on the Christmas tree.

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Snow Globe Keepsake Ornament

Snow-Globe-Ornament

Year after year, it becomes more difficult to squeeze my growing boys’ hands onto small, keepsake ornaments for our Christmas tree. Something I started doing last year was creating ornaments for them to print their name on. Handwriting—scraggly and messy with reversed letters—is an equally beautiful keepsake!

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Three French Hens Ornament

Three French Hens Ornament

Today I’m thrilled to share a simple Christmas ornament for kids in conjunction with the 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas series hosted by Mama Miss. In this series, 70 bloggers are sharing a kid-made craft based upon a children’s book. My boys and I have been reading 1 Christmas book per day since Thanksgiving. One of their favorites is The Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Don Daily. We love to sing along in “fancy voices” and admire the beautiful artwork in the book. Shared below is a tutorial for a super easy 3 French Hens Ornament that kids can create in minutes.

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Passing Down Cherished Christmas Traditions

Passing down cherished Christmas traditions — like baking gingerbread houses!  Fireflies and Mud Pies
Almost seven-years ago, I sat on a rocking chair within a freshly painted nursery, my hands softly cradling the baby growing inside me. I closed my eyes, thinking about my childhood—what I’d take and leave— whilst dreaming about the future with my young family. My friends often tease that I am an old-soul, one who savors quiet moments, favors tradition, and feels a strong connection to the past. They are right…I do favor tradition and am having a blast passing down my favorites to a new generation.

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Jolly Fun for Little Ones

Jolly Fun for Little Ones

Last Monday morning, I glanced back in the rearview mirror at my son as we were driving to preschool. He was gazing out the window with sparkling eyes and a wide heart-warming grin on his face. Curious as to what could possibly be going through his little brain I asked, “What are you thinking about?”

“Christmas, Mommy. I am so full of Christmas happiness!”

At that moment, I saw our city through his eyes. The snowy streets, strings of colored lights, wreaths, and steam filled windows looked magical. I wanted the feeling to last…for both of us! Later that day, I pulled a box down from the kitchen closet shelf. Inside was a Christmas surprise generously sent to us from Hallmark. I just knew my children would love it!

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Easy Character Building at Home

Social-Emotional Learning through Meaningful Play

As parents, we do our best to instill strong values and character in our children. However, sometimes despite our best efforts to model and teach important life skills, we find ourselves in need of extra support. On Thanksgiving Day, my little guy was simply miserable with the flu. Much to my surprise, my oldest son did not act very caring or empathetic towards his brother. It was the perfect day to explore our new Empathy Kit, generously sent by Happy Heart Kid. Inside we found a trove of meaningful crafts and activities designed for easy character building at home.

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Frozen Inspired Snowflake Ornaments

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My little boys adore Disney’s Frozen. Months after the movie’s premiere, they still act out their favorite scenes and sing along with Let it Go. The movie helped them internalize the incredibly positive messages about being yourself and putting loved ones first, so I don’t mind watching it over and over again with them. (Plus, Olaf is hilarious. It’s fun to laugh together!)

This past weekend, we used some leftover turquoise ribbon from their birthday party last March to create Frozen Inspired Snowflake Ornaments. The “Elsa Ornaments,” as my youngest calls them, are a refreshing break from the traditional red, greens, and golds of Christmas and look beautiful hanging on the tree.

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