Letters from Santa

I decided late last night that it would be fun if Santa left a letter in Connor and Easton’s stockings this year.  I was thinking that it could be a new tradition and cute keepsake especially if the letters say what they were asking Santa to bring them.

Letters from Santa - Free Printables

I found a few great websites that offer free letters from Santa and knew I had to share them with all of you.

Free Customized Letters from Santa

Letters from Santa

Free Santa Letters –  lots of choices

Blank Letter to customize yourself

Letter from Santa – free printable

Join me in starting a new tradition!

Merry Christmas!!

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Festive Holiday Wine Bottles {with Free Printables}

I’ve got one last fun holiday craft for you today.  These Festive Holiday Wine Bottles would make a cute hostess gift.  I also think they are perfect if you are hosting Christmas dinner.  Set up a little wine station with the festive bottles and your guests will be so impressed.

Festive Wine Bottles

To make a Santa wine bottle – wrap bottle with red burlap ribbon.  Then make belt with silver glitter cardstock and black ribbon.  Adhere using a glue gun.

To make elf wine bottles – wrap bottle in green paper or ribbon.  Glue red ribbon around top edge.  Add black buttons.

Then add bells to neck of each bottle.  I also added jingle bells to the wine glasses for an extra special touch.  I’m kind of obsessed with jingle bells this year.

Eat Drink and be Merry Printable

I also created two chalkboard printables that you can add to your Holiday Wine Station because you all know how much I love chalkboard signs.

Wine Free Printables

Love the Wine You’re With | 5 x 78 x 10

Eat, Drink, and be Merry | 5 x 78 x 10

Festive Wine Bottles - Set up a Wine Station

I hope I’ve inspired you to create the festive wine bottles and set up a fun wine station at your upcoming holiday party.

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You’ve Been Elfed!

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You've Been Elfed

 

Connor and I had so much fun booing our neighbors right before Halloween that I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition on our street.  This year we are elfing the neighbors.  How cute is that?  I first saw the idea on Pinterest and fell in love with it right away.

I need to record Connor elfing our neighbors because it is hilarious to watch.  He loves leaving the gifts by the door, ringing the doorbell, and then running away as fast as he can.  He just laughs and laughs as he’s running and then I laugh at him running.  It’s so much fun!

You've Been Elfed

And since we are elfing the neighbors, we had to make little elves as gifts – because that’s what we do around here.

Materials needed:

  • Snack size cookie boxes
  • green paper (I used wrapping paper)
  • red cardstock
  • black cardstock
  • silver glitter cardstock
  • black buttons
  • “You’ve Been Elfed” free printable
  • jingle bells
  • ribbon
  • double sided tape
  • glue

Directions:

  1. Wrap treat boxes in green paper.
  2. Add red border to top of box.
  3. Cut out a square from silver cardstock and cut two small slits in it.  Thread black cardstock through slits and wrap around around box.
  4. Glue black buttons down box.
  5. Add instructions using ribbon and jingle bells.
  6. Deliver to your neighbors.

elf gift box

The best part about elfing your neighbors is when they talk about the cute gift they got and they have no idea who did it!

Cookie Snack Packs Walmart

I found these snack size cookie packs at Walmart last week and knew they would be perfect for elfing our neighbors.  I found them right upfront by checkout and immediately started throwing a few (ok maybe a lot)  in my cart.

Cookie Snack Packs

They are the perfect size for gift giving.  They would be great teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, and so much more.  I made sure to picked up a few to include in hubby’s care package.  The prise was so right that I just couldn’t resist.

You've Been Elfed Directions and Door Sign

Download and Print the “You’ve Been Elfed” directions and “We’ve Been Elfed” door sign HERE.

Find more creative ideas HERE and don’t forget to #GiftDeliciously this holiday season!

Have you elfed your neighbors yet?

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Have a S’more-tastic Christmas

I’ve got a fun little gift idea to share today.  Connor loves making gifts for his friends and cousins.  I found these cute treat bag toppers over on Hefty’s website and thought it would be fun to make little S’mores Christmas treat bags for Connor to give to his friends in the neighborhood.

S'more-tastic Christmas

And they are super easy to put together.  Woohoo!  Don’t you just love a fun, easy gift idea?!

Materials needed:

Super easy directions:

1. Place chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows in Hefty Slider Storage Bag.

2. Adhere topper to bag using double sided tape.’

3. Use ribbon to tie gift tag to treat bag topper.

Hefty Storage Slider Bags

That’s it!  Can’t beat a fun craft that includes chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers.

S'more

Download and print the treat bag toppers HERE.  Download and print S’more-tastic Gift Tags HERE.

Now you have an a-s’more-able treat bag to give out to your favorite PEEPS. (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!)

Have fun making your own S’mores Treat Bags and we hope everyone has a S’more-tastic holiday season!

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Holiday Succulents

Today I’m sharing a fun Christmas gift that you can make in less than 15 minutes for around $5.  I still can’t believe it’s November.  It’s still 70 degrees here in Virginia Beach so I’m not really ready for Christmas yet but I love sharing fun and inexpensive gift ideas.  These Holiday Succulents are so easy to make that you’ll want to make them for everyone on your gift list this year.

Holiday Succulents

Over the holidays we are always running around and visiting people so I whipped up these Holiday Succulents to give as fun hostess gifts.  They would also be fun neighbor gifts or party favors if you’re planning a Christmas party.

Holiday Succulents

Supplies:

  • glass jars / candle holders (I found all of mine on sale at Michael’s)
  • chalkboard tags
  • clothespins
  • succulents

Simply transfer succulents to glass jars and add tags.

succulent gift

Such a simple and gorgeous gift.

I love them so much that I might have to make a few for my own coffee table.

Don’t you just love crafts that take less than 15 minutes to create?  Check out even more holiday crafts that can be created in 15 minutes.

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Fun Ornament Gift Ideas

I love giving fun and unique gifts and after sharing my Glitter Gak Ornaments, I became a little obsessed with fun ornament gift ideas.

Ornament Gifts

I thought it would be fun to fill plastic ornaments with a few of my favorite things.  The first one I filled with fuzzy socks, nail polish, and cuticle cream.  The second one I filled with touch screen gloves, nail polish, ChapStick and a small nail file.

Then I just added a bow and taped the bottom so it didn’t accidentally open.

Such an easy gift!

And you will never believe these other ornament gifts I found.

Filled Ornaments - Fun Gift Ideas

People are so stickin’ creative!!

I’ve rounded up seven ornament gift ideas that you will want to make this weekend.

Jewelry Ornament Gift Idea

1.  Fill an ornament with Jewelry – I’m a huge fan of Mandy’s blog, Sugar Bee Crafts, and this idea is brilliant.  Thanks Mandy for another fabulous idea!

Dip Ornaments

2.  Dip Mix Ornaments from Bubbly Nature Creations – What a great hostess gift!

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3.  Hot Cocoa Ornaments by Bubbly Nature Creations

peppermint scrub

4. Peppermint Scrub Ornaments by From Glitters to Gum Drops

tea filled ornaments

5.  Tea Bag Ornaments

And, of course, you can’t go wrong with Candy!

bubble-gum-ornament

6.  Bubble Gum Ornaments by The Crafty Crow

chocolate filled ornaments

7.  Chocolate Filled Ornaments by 30 Minute Crafts

I love all these fabulous ideas!  What creative gifts have made lately?

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Christmas Countdown

I know it’s December 2nd but I had to share this fun and easy Christmas Countdown I just made for Connor.  I came across this awesome free printable by Tomfo.  They suggest using cotton balls to count down to Christmas but I decided to make mine a little different.

Christmas Countdown

Materials needed:

  • frame
  • free printable
  • Hershey kisses
  • small Velcro dots
  • double sided tape or spray adhesive
  • foamboard

Christmas Countdown

Directions:

Step 1:  Print out your Santa Countdown and adhere to a piece of 8×10 foamboard.  You could also use cardboard or even the back of the frame.

Step 2:  Add to frame without glass.

Step 3:  Adhere Velcro dots to each numbered circle.  Then place a Hershey kiss on each circle.

Step 3:  Place in frame and admire your awesome Christmas Countdown!

That’s it!  I told you it was easy.

Now I better start shopping since I just realized we only have 23 days until Christmas.

And thanks again Sarah for the fabulous Santa Christmas Countdown Calendar!!

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Christmas Rice Krispie Treats

Do your children like to  help out in the kitchen?  Connor loves to help me bake and it’s the perfect time of year for him to help me with all my holiday baking.

Yesterday we made these fun and festive Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats so we could snack on them while we decorated our tree.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

I saw these cookies on Pinterest and immediately knew that Connor and I had to make them together.

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 – 10 oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 5 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • M&M’s
  • green icing
  • lollipop sticks

Directions:

  • Melt butter and marshmallows in pan over low heat.
  • Once marshmallows are completely melted, add Rice Krispies  one cup at a time and mix together.
  • Spread in 10 x 13 pan and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Once cool, cut Rice Krispie treats into triangles.  Add a lollipop stick to bottom of each triangle.
  • Decorate with icing and M&M’s.

 

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

This is a great holiday treat that kids can help you make.

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I’ve teamed up with a few other bloggers to bring you more kid friendly holiday recipes:

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What are some of your favorite kid friendly recipes?

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Him {All Under $10}

Christmas is right around the corner and I guess it’s time I actually start buying gifts.

Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Every year I tell myself that I’m going to get my shopping done early and then I’m out buying my hubby’s stocking stuffers on Christmas Eve.

It never fails!

But not this year.  This year I’m going to have all his stuff early thanks to all these awesome stocking stuffer ideas.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Him

I’ve rounded up over 15 stocking stuffer ideas for men and I’m pretty sure your man will love them all.  Some are handmade and some you can find online.  Some I even want in my stocking.  And all of them are less than $10.
DIY Koozie

1.  DIY Koozies by Positively Splendid – My husband definitely needs a few of these!

What I Love About You by Me Book

2.  What I love About You by Me Book at Uncommon Designs.

Homemade Shaving Cream

3.  Of course you can’t go wrong with razors and shaving cream.  This homemade shaving cream by Primally Inspired sounds amazing!

Homemade Beef Jerky

4.  How about some homemade beef jerky?  My husband would love me forever if I made this beef jerky for him.

Buffalo Cheddar Chex Mix

5.  And this Buffalo Cheddar Chex Mix sounds amazing!  I think my hubby would be happy with just a stocking full of this yummy recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Wallet Ninja + Stocking Stuffers for Men

6.  Oh My Goodness!  I just discovered the Wallet Ninja and I think I need one for myself.  Have you heard of this gadget before?

 stocking stuffer idea - coupon book

7.  The Dating Divas have an AWESOME coupon book that is free to download.  Love those Dating Divas!

NFL Socks - stocking stuffer idea

8.  Socks!  My hubby loves his NY Giants socks and this year I’m getting my dad the Ravens ones.

DIY Accordian Book - Stocking Stuffer Idea

9.  DIY Accordian Book

Superhero Keychain

10.  I love this You Are My Superhero Keychain!  My son would love to wrap this up and give to his father for Christmas.

DIY Air Freshener

11.  DIY Car Air Fresheners– What a fun craft for the kids to help with.

DIY Hand Sanitizer

12.  My husband is obsessed with hand sanitizer.  I always get him hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works but this All Natural Hand Sanitizer sounds like a great recipe.

Candy Cane Reindeer

13.  Candy Cane Reindeer – Who doesn’t love candy?!

stocking stuffer idea

14.  This is AWESOME!   The one on the left is a roll up water bottle and the bottle on the right is a flask.

iLuve Portable Speakers15.  Another fun stocking stuffer I found – iLuv SmashBox Portable Speakers.  I want these for myself!

And you can’t go wrong with a toothbrush, toothpaste, books, cologne, a deck of cards, and of course gift cards.  My husband also loves baseball cards in his stocking.

And check out these other fabulous Stocking Stuffer ideas.  So many great ideas!

Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers

Stocking Stuffers for Tweens and Teens

stocking stuffer ideas for her

Stocking Stuffers for Her

Stocking Stuffers for Bacon Lovers

Stocking Stuffers for the Bacon Lover

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Stocking Stuffers for Sport Fans

Now I want to hear from you.  What are some of your favorite stocking stuffer gifts?

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DIY Ornament Cake Stands

It’s Craft Lightning time!

Do you know what that means?

It means I’ve got a fun and easy project that can be completed in 15 minutes.  And these DIY Ornament Cake Stands take less than 15 minutes to put together (minus the drying time).

DIY Ornament Cake Stands

 

Materials needed:  (I found all of these at my local Walmart)

  • glass plates and bowls
  • E6000 clear adhesive
  • small ornaments

Directions:

Step 1:  Glue bowls to plate using the E6000 adhesive

Step 2:  Once the glue dries, fill bowls with ornaments.

Step 3:  Place a piece of paper over bowl and flip cake stand over.  Place on table and slide paper out from underneath the cake stand.

ornament cake stands

That’s it!

In 3 easy steps, you have a festive holiday cake stand.

How awesome is that?!  It took me longer to take pictures of the cake stands than it did to make them.

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