Sunday, December 27, 2009

Don't Throw Those Christmas Cards Away.......

Instead try one of these ideas:

*Send your holiday cards to St. Jude's Ranch, a nonprofit home for youths that collects old holiday cards for reuse. Either cut off the backs of the cards or leave them intact. Children at St. Jude's earn money by creating new holiday cards from the old. 
Mail to: St. Jude's Card Recycling, 100 St. Jude Street, P.O. Box 60100, Boulder City, NV 89006. 

 *Cut off the backs of old holiday cards that do not have writing behind the front and use them as postcards.

*Create your own card by cutting and pasting parts of old cards onto a new blank card. You can find packages of blank cards at most arts and crafts stores. 

 *Use old holiday cards as gift tags by cutting them into square or rectangular shapes and punching holes in the corners for string or ribbon.

*Make placemats out of holiday cards instead of buying new ones. Cut out pictures or shapes from the old cards, place them between two pieces of contact paper and press together.

I have cards saved over many years, I think I'm going to mail most of them and try making a few things with some of my favorites, I love the postcard idea.

I would love to hear what you do with your cards!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

1.  No, we will NOT _________peak at any of the Christmas Gifts under the tree!!!

2. I LOVE to chat as we sit around ________ at the old kitchen table.

3. I watched the steam rising from the hot cup of coffee (or tea) and thought: __________it's time to go sit down and relax for a moment with my hot coffee or tea (I drink both everyday).

4. After all this hustle and bustle, we're all _____________ going to be okay.

5. I'll take ______________your smiles, hugs and kisses for my present every year for Christmas!

6. Christmas is for kids________ at least from my point of view.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____wrapping gifts after working all day, tomorrow my plans include _____ watching my son play basketball while my daughter and her team mates cheer the team on and and Sunday, I want to _____wrap more gifts, bake and try to relax!
Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Thursday Thirteen Meme

Thursday Thirteen
Celebrating the Season
Here is a list of 13 things I've done to
Celebrate the Christmas Season so far:

 1.  Addressed my Christmas Cards.
2.  Went to see  Disney's  " A Christmas Carol".
3.  Hung our Advent calenders.
4.  Made a Christams Music Palylist for my blog and changed the layout.
 5.  Baked 4 batches of cookies to donate.
 6.  Went to the kids school for Santa's Breakfast and supported our local crafters. 
7.  Read Christmas stories to the kids
 or at least Miss Audrey everynight.
 8. Went to Bangor's Christmas Light Parade, then came home to watch "It's a Wonderful Life". 
 9.  Went to the Tree Farm to get our tree.
10.  Decorated the Tree and House.
11. Displayed our Nutcrackers along with some nuts.
    12. Made Sugar Cookies with the kids.
 13. Watched Polar Express with the kids
 along with some homemade popcorn.

Enjoy the Season!

Fun with Photos

One of my favorite websites to do fun things with photos is
Big Huge Labs 

They offer so much.  Here are a few things I made today with some photos.  You can also make gifts!   

Pop Art Poster


(One of My Favorites, Mosaic being my all time favorite)

Magazine Cover


Check it out, it's soooooo much fun! 

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Getting Our Christmas Tree

It was a perfect day for getting our tree, it had snowed the night before and the kids loved it!  Audrey was busy making snowballs that she would fall behind while we searched for our perfect tree.
Trixie got to join the fun too!

Another fun day in December! What a great month!

Monday, December 7, 2009

I thought this would be fun...

1. Have you started your Christmas shopping?
Nope, not even one little gift.  Work and school activities are keeping me way toooo busy these days!

2. Tell me about one of your special traditions.
We spend every Christmas Eve with my Husbands entire extended family for a potluck dinner and a Yankee swap.  It's very special having everyone together!

 3. When do you put up your Tree?
The first Sunday of December.

 4. Are you a Black Friday shopper?
Never!  Well, I say never but someday in my future life when I don't have to rush around so much then I may have more patients to wait in those long lines and it may be fun.  But for now....Never!

5. Do you Travel at Christmas or Stay home?
Ever since we had kids we've stayed home.

6. What is your funniest Christmas memory?
When I was 6 months pregnant with my first, we went to get a christmas tree with my mother and mother in law.  They kept saying watch the stumps, you shouldn't be out here.  As they walked ahead Eric and I were walking along and down I went, tripping over a stump. Eric and I started laughing (for some reason falling always makes me laugh) I got up quickly and acted like nothing happened.  We didn't tell them until that night when I fell backwards over the vacuum cleaner.  I'm surprised Ethan didn't come early!

 7. What is your favorite Christmas Movie of All time?
It'a A Wonderfu Life

8. Do you do your own Christmas Baking, what’s your favorite treat?
Cookies!  I just baked 4 batches.
 9. Fake or Real Tree?

A Real Tree, every year since the kids were born we go to our local tree farm and cut one down.  It's so much fun.......wagon rides, hot cider, doughnuts and two new ornaments for the tree.  The kids each pick an ornament out, when they grow up and go out on their own they will take these ornaments with them.

10. What day does the actual panic set in to get it all done?
December head is full of so many ideas and there is NEVER enough time!

11. Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve?
Who isn't?!?!!?

12. What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas?
Christmas morning watching the kids get so exctied to open their gifts!

13. What Christmas craft do you like the best?
Anything with paper!

14. Christmas music? Yes or No, and if yes What is your favorite song?
 I always look forward to listening to Christmas music.  I love the upbeat songs best.  Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree and Walking in a Winter Wonderland are my favorites.

15. When do you plan to finish all your shopping?
I never make a plan because I know I can't stick to it, I need the pressure.

Do you want to play along?
Just simply copy and paste the questions into your blog, and then answer them.
Would love to read your answers. 
Happy December!!!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thursday 13


13 Handmade Stocking Stuffers from
(a wonderful site, check it out)
Click on Picture to go to the Creators page

1.  A Very Cute hat for Audrey
Brown Crochet Knit Beanie and Cheetah Flower Hair Clip

2.  Yummy sounding Lip Balm
Strawberry Bunny Semi-Glossy Lip Balm (VEGAN)

 3.  Star War Buttons for Ethan's backpack

4.  Christmas Crayons
Holiday Crayons - Lil Scribblers (TM) - Redesigned Crayons - Set of 5
5.   A Necklace for Audrey
Custom Turquoise Flower Initial Letter Scrabble Tile Pendant Necklace
 6.  Bubble Bath
 7. A Tic Tac Toe
TIC TAC TOE TIN - Shades of Grey - Magnetic Game Set

 8. Magnets
Baseball glass marble magnets

9.  Dine n Doodle
DINE.n.DOODLE - Fold.n.Go Art Folio (tm) - See Spot Run ... mini chalk mat / crayon play (SALE Reg 11.00)

 10. A Strawberry Shortcake Ring
11.  Lego Crayons
Ultimate Lego Crayon Set

12.  Lego Notebook (my son would love this) 
Mini Upcycled Coptic Bound Book with a Build Your Own Cover -White Covers

13. Alvin and The Chipmunk necklace
Audrey would be thrilled to get this.
Custom made Alvin and the Chipmunks Bottle cap Necklace

And there is so much more!

Wednesday Wishlist

How would you like to wake up to the HP DreamScreen every morning(that's only if you have to get up, of course)?!?!?
  • Enjoy music, photos and videos with easy to use buttons & screens
  • Control your digital entertainment in the palm of your hand with a simple, intuitive remote.
  • Enjoy music, photos and videos easily with the HP MediaSmart experience.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connects seamlessly to your existing wireless home network, so you can access content on your home PCs and through the Internet.
  • The HP DreamScreen is a gateway to the Internet using your wireless network to access weather info, Snapfish and your favorite web destinations

Aren't these pretty!  I'd fill them with lots of Holiday candies.

After eating all of those candies in my new Apothecary Jars I will need to work them off on my new

Realistically I'm hoping to get the Wii Fit for a family gift this year.
I think it could be fun for us all and maybe help me to get my heart beat moving.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 1st

Happy December Everyone!!!
The kids were excited to wake up to their Advent Calenders this morning. Late last night I realized that I hadn't got them out of storage yet, my darling husband was kind enough to get them for
me int he cold.  What a guy! 
The Advent Calender Ethan is using was made by my grandmother  (81 at the time) . It was given to Ethan for his first Christmas,it's very special.  Audrey is  using the one her Nannie Beverly made (my stepmom) I waiting for her to teach  me how to make one.  It's lots of fun to decorate the tree with with the fun felt ornaments inside each pocket. 

A few more things to get the Christmas season started.......our Hallmark tree for the kids and lots and lots of Christmas books.
Enjoy Your Holiday Season !!!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

I'm so ExCiTEd!!!!

I just discovered that you can pre-order Becky Higgins "Project Life" album.  Last year I was so bummed that I didn't get one, they were gone within hours.   What I love about this concept is how it's all organized for you (which is a big help to me) and how you can record a whole year in one album.  I can't wait to get mine when they are ready to ship.  I'm so ExCitEd!  Also, check out the free download she's giving for Holiday cards.  FuN! 

Check out Amber's Blog for Friend Makin Monday

1.Favorite website
2. Favorite color
Blue and Green

3. Facebook? {Post a link or share your name if you want some new Facebook friends!}

4. Favorite Christmas song?
Rockin Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
Makes me think of the Oldin' Days!

5. Christmas tree: Real or fake? 
Real!  Before the kids came along we did a fake tree but now we go to our local Tree Farm on the first Sunday of December to      hunt for our perfect tree.

6. Hottest celebrity?

7. Favorite restaurant?

8. Favorite magazine?
Real Simple, Creating Keepsake, and tons more

9. Favorite thing to drink around the holidays?
Mocha Lattes (Starbucks makes a super yummy one with Soy Milk)

10. Favorite Christmas movie.
It's a Wonderful Life

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My goal has been to get those Christmas Cards out by December 1st.  I still need to address a few more, put the stamps on them (planning to have the kids do that part) and for the hard part........get a GOOD picture of the kids to send with them.  One week to go.....hoping I can pull it off.

I need some Christmas music, that would help get motivate me. 
Rockin' Round the Christams Tree by Brenda Lee is an all time fav!  What's your favorite Christmas song?

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Christmas Carol

Yesterday we went to see "A Christmas Carol" with the kids to start off our Holiday fun!  I hadn't seen any previews but I knew the story and knew it was a Disney movie in 3D, I had heard mixed reviews and some said it was a little scary but I figured Audrey loved the movie Coraline and watched that a billion times on DVD and figured she would be fine. What I didn't no was just how scary it was going to be for her (age 6), she made it through the movie but she ended up sleeping with us last night.  When she woke up this morning she said to me, "I think I want to get "A Christmas Carol" on DVD when it comes out".........WHAT?!??!  I don't think I will ever "GET" kids. Ha!   By the way, our 8year old Ethan liked it, he said his heart was beating fast sometimes but he sill enjoyed it. 

Friend Makin Monday

This week it's all about THANKSGIVING at Friend Makin Monday

1. Turkey or Ham?  TURKEY!!!!  I love TURKEY!!!!

2. Favorite side dish.  Potates with gravy and I seem to pick at lots of olives and pickles.  YUM!

3. Favorite dessert.  I love  my Mother-in-Laws Pumpkin Roll and walnut cake .

4. Black Friday: Are you going or not?  NEVER!!!  I don't have the patients.

5. If so, what's on the top of your list?  If I did go, I would go for the electronics.

6. Going out of town or staying close to home?  Out of Town to my parents house.
7. Hosting or helping?  Helping (:

8. Name one family tradition at Thanksgiving. We never stay home,  we always go to our parents homes.

9. What do you do after dinner?  Clean up , take care of the kiddos while the men watch football and sit back and talk with the gals.

10. What are you most thankful for this year?  I'm thankful for so much but I'm thankful that some of my family from Colorado will be here this year to clebrate with.  It will be a  Big feast full of fun!!!