Burlap bow ornaments {101 Days of Christmas}

Although last year was “the year of burlap,” I couldn’t resist trying one more burlap project this year! These sweet ornaments would look beautiful as the only decoration on a simple Christmas tree or sprinkled among your regular ornaments. Supplies: wired burlap ribbon twine hot glue gun Directions: Cut two lengths of ribbon, 8″ and 6″ long. […]

Honor the fallen with Wreaths Across America {101 Days of Christmas}

Our girls are part of our local American Heritage Girls troop, and I love the emphasis on serving the community and honoring our country. Last year we did those things through many different events, and one of my favorites was the wreath ceremony that took place at a local cemetery in Winchester, VA. There were many Civil War […]

Handwritten printable gift tags {101 Days of Christmas}

Growing up, we always bought the packs of colorful, illustrated “Santa” tags for $1-2, but I love that the internet makes it so easy to find pretty, trendy tags that match your style without the designer price of some of the high end brands in the store. This year, I’m excited to use these “handwritten” […]

German pfeffernüsse {101 Days of Christmas}

Pfeffernüsse, aka pepper nuts, are a traditional German cookie featuring aromatic spices and a sweet icing. Like any good cookie recipe, there are dozens and dozens of variations of the spices and ingredients used, but all bakers agree that the result is a spicy, dry cookie that is small enough to grab by the handful! As […]

Hot cocoa in a jar {101 Days of Christmas}

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this idea since I made meringue angel kisses a few weeks ago, and sure enough, these little jars turned out just like store-bought individual hot chocolate packets…except so much cuter! To start, I modified the Alton Brown hot cocoa mix from our first 101 Days of Christmas to make individual servings. […]

Cinnamon-chip snickerdoodles {101 Days of Christmas}

When my sister tried one of these cookies yesterday, she exclaimed, “Mmm! Tastes like a snickerdoodle.” Which I suppose is a good thing since they are, in fact, snickerdoodles! With a cup of King Arthur Flour’s melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon chips and a coating of cinnamon-sugar, these snickerdoodles (which I adapted from this King Arthur Flour recipe) offer […]

Farm animals for Christmas {101 Days of Christmas}

As I’ve mentioned before, giving is important to our family all year long, but we especially love to give at Christmastime, when it’s too easy to fall into the trap of commercialism and wanting more things. This year at Life Your Way, we’re sharing our Christmas to provide farm animals to families in need. Yes, farm animals! By giving […]

DIY shaving cream & aftershave {101 Days of Christmas}

Create a shaving kit for the men in your life with this DIY shaving cream and aftershave! Actually, who am I kidding? DIY shaving cream and this refreshing aftershave would make a great gift for a woman too! Scent both products with classic Christmas scents like peppermint, choose something fresh like vanilla and orange, or mix […]