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Time to get Crafty: Ornaments

I'm declaring this a "crafty" week. We all love getting new crafty ideas.  I've got ornaments, gifts to craft, and just fun things to keep the kids busy this week. I hope you love it!

My boys love making ornaments - it's usually me that gets bored with the same ones all the time! I've been looking for ideas for ornaments for us to make this year and I've found some that I thought you all would like! I haven't gotten our decorations out yet but once I do I'll share 2 of our favorites that I haven't seen yet on the internet!

This helicopter from craftycounterpart on Instructables has to be one of the most unique - love it!

Cute reindeer ornaments from fingerprints by Little Bit Funky


Snowmen handprint ornaments from Meet the Dubiens

For the older kiddos - mosaic ornaments from old CDs from Creme de la Craft

Love just doing a little handprint on a clear glass ball for babies first Christmas - from a sorta fairytale

A cornstarch/baking soda/water clay ornament from the woodside kitchen (kids could get creative with the shape, stamps, or colors)

Egg Carton Folk Ornaments from Michele Made Me

The boys and I are loving this idea for an ornament/topping presents - from Creature Comforts

Magnets but you could do double sided for ornaments! from Urban Comfort

Create a winter wonderland (so many options with this one!) from Spoonful

Feel free to leave a link in the comments to your blog post about ornaments you like to make!


$250 Shopping Spree Giveaway!

I've been trying hard to give back to you all this season! I have a new giveaway for you today!

One person will win $100 to Target and $50 to Lowes, Jo-ann, and Amazon.com! Can we say shopping?! 

Some of my blogging friends and I have gotten together to bring you this awesome giveaway (I couldn't do it myself at this point SO glad to partner up!)

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To Enter:

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Good Luck!!!


Fort Friday!

Is it Friday? I'm so confused! Love these Holiday weekends. So who braved/is braving Black Friday? I bought 1 thing on Amazon that I was waiting for last night and that looks like it's going to be it for me.

It's Fort Friday! We celebrate here at all for the boys with fun fort inspiration. If you'd like to participate by sending in your fort you can email it here.

We'll be at home enjoying family and the time off! My boys have been regularly setting up a tent in the backyard that they got from a friend whose son has grown out of it. If you have a chance to get a small easy to set up and take down tent - do it!

The Little Paper Dog made a newspaper tent - we posted about those here

Love this topsy turvy set from Monstrum

How creative is this cardboard log cabin - decorated gingerbread house style from Mrs. Butterfield's First Grade

Here's a DIY tent from On One Hand

This DIY fort made from foam and fabric is just genius - from Weekday Carnival


Black Friday Deals

I have a few more gift guides I want to post but thought I'd alert you to a few of my favorite online Black Friday deals in case you ARE online shopping today!

LEGO is offering Free Shipping, 10% off, and a free exclusive set through the 26th (they have items on sale too!)

10% OFF + FREE Shipping + Exclusive Holiday Set.  Valid 11.23.12 - 11.26.12

Hearthsong is a REALLY fun store (we used to love the catalogs when we were kids) and they are having a sale, free shipping, and a $10 reward for every $30 spent through the 24th - I'll be sharing some of my favorites from here next week, but you'll definitely want to check out their sale!

 The Land of Nod is another favorite - so many fun/unique toys

All-You-Can-Ship on Holiday Decor

And if you are an Amazon shopper like me - they have Black Friday deals going all week.

What are your favorite online shopping sites?!

Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. We always post links to products or sites we use personally!


Happy Thanksgiving! Just Dance 4


Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. #UbiChamps


First of all Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I am so thankful for all of you and this blog. It's become so much more than I envisioned and can't wait to see where it goes from here. Thank you for your support, comments, and participation!


(love this quote seen on the very talented Design Editor's blog)

We love Thanksgiving - the family, the food, the thanks. The boys really love getting their family together all at once. They are the only kiddos in the family right now so they like to get us involved in fun games and activities with them. 

2 years ago they convinced a handful of us to play turkey tag with them. When you're tagged you have to stand with one leg up and your arms folded in like wings. As adults tend to do we got a little competitive and this is how I ended up

Last year we started teaching the grandparents to play the Wii so this year the boys are ready to show them a brand new game Just Dance 4

This game is so much fun - for those playing AND watching. They have a workout (Just Sweat It Out) option as well as a new Bring Your Crew option where each member has some different choreography. My youngest (8) LOVES this new option and cracks up every time I have to interact with him during a song. On Jailhouse Rock I had to grab his leg and play it like a guitar and it took a long time to recover after the laughing fit that ensued.

You can also download additional songs (Gangnam Style just came out yesterday!) if you want more added. The boys are excited to have their great grandma dance to Elvis! They have it all planned out. I think it's great because you don't have to push many buttons so it's easy to get everyone involved without having to "teach" them how to use it.

Just Dance 4 gets a big 2 thumbs up from all of us. We can't wait to burn some calories dancing AND laughing after our Thanksgiving dinner today!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Download the Weird: Giveaway!

P (10 years old) is here today with a book review and giveaway for you! I'm going to start allowing the boys to do a review here and there so you can hear about products directly from them! 

The awesome people at Ripley's Books sent us a copy of Ripley's Believe it or Not! Download the Weird to review. Ripley's books are very high on the list of my boys' favorites. Weird/shocking facts and photos are right up their alley. The fun thing about Download the Weird is that you can interact with the book on their free iPhone or Google play app. I'll let P tell you all about it:

Download the Weird is the best annual Ripley's book yet. I really enjoyed the weird facts (as usual). Most of the stuff was new and weirder than usual. I like the app because it showed cool videos and pictures. My favorite thing in the book so far is the lizard man.

I think kids my age and older would really like this book because it has unusual feats and facts. I think Moms and Dads would like it too. Thank you Ripley's for letting me review this book I give it 5 stars. (out of 5)

Ripley's (and P) want to give away a copy to one of you!


Visit Ripleybooks.com  and have a look around. Let us know (in the comments below) which publication of Ripley's is one you've never seen before.

That's it! I'll leave the comments open until next Wednesday November 28th, 2012 11:59pm CST 

 Disclosure: we received a copy of the book for free but were not compensated in any other way. All opinions are our own!


LEGO Garland

Warm Hot Chocolate has a holiday garland kids are sure to like!

Head on over to Warm Hot Chocolate to see how she did it!


Unique Stocking Stuffers with World Market

You all know that one of my favorite stores is World Market and it might just be my favorite around the Holidays! The boys love it too - purely for the fun and unique toy section. They could get lost in that little section for the longest time. The thing I love about shopping at World Market during the holidays is that they have so many unique gifts that you don't really see anywhere else or that you'd have to go to several different stores to find anything similar.

Stockings are probably my favorite part of Christmas. I think it's fun to give stocking stuffed with fun toys as a gift to a friend or family member. I found SO many fun stocking stuffer ideas there this weekend for friends, kids, or dads (moms too). You can't help but pick them up and play with them! I like that stocking stuffers are things Mom and Dad might not ever buy you.  I think that makes them even more fun!

  1. Basket Case 
  2. Die Cast Cap Rocket 
  3. Magnetic Hangman (great for the car)
  4. Rubber-band powered boat 
  5. Potato Gun (much safer than the one my brother used to play with!)
  6. Self Inflating Whoopee Cusion (because what's better than a whoopee cushion? a self inflating one!)
  7. Vintage Puzzles (set of 4)
Speaking of World Market when we were in last the boys noticed they are having an awesome Life of PiSweepstakes. Have you seen the trailer for this movie? It's the story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son, who survives a disaster at sea and is thrown into an epic journey. While adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another a fearsome Bengal tiger. The movie opens November 21, 2012. (we always see a movie on Thanksgiving and I think this will be the one for this year!) You can watch the trailer for Life of Pi here: http://www.lifeofpimovie.com/#!/watch-trailer
Here's the info on the Sweepstakes:
  • Grand Prize package includes: a dream trip for 2 to India and a $1,000 World Market Gift card.
  • There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!
  • The Life of Pi Sweepstakes runs from 11/17 - 12/28.
  • If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.
  • Enter online at http://worldmarketsweepstakes.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/worldmarket?fref=ts

If you happen to go in the store this weekend the first 100 customers to shop in-store on 11/23(Black Friday) will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi ornament and a FREE Life of Pi movie ticket. The first 100 customers to shop in-store on Saturday, 11/24 & Sunday, 11/25 will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi Tote Bag and a movie ticket.

I'm definitely going to try and make it out!

If you love World Market as much as I do, you can keep up with them on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.

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