101 Days of Christmas: Covered Oatmeal Cans for Cookies & Gifts

Looking for green & frugal wrapping ideas? Here's a fun one in place of cookie tins or gift bags. With these simple covered oatmeal canisters, you can share cookies and treats without breaking the bank on containers! Of course, if you want to give out lots of cookies, you'll need to begin saving your oatmeal…

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101 Days of Christmas: Handprint Calendars

Although we haven't done one in a couple years, one of the most popular gifts we've given our parents and grandparents were these handprint calendars. With 4 little ones and 8 sets of grandparents / great-grandparents, they became a little too time-consuming to keep up with every year, but I think we'll probably do them…

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101 Days of Christmas: Chai Tea Cutout Cookies

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These chai tea cutout cookies are a fun alternative to classic gingerbread cookies.  With chai tea, pumpkin pie spice and molasses, these have a strong flavor, but my whole family enjoyed them...perhaps because of the white chocolate candy coating. They would make a fun activity with kids -- although I'd recommend smaller cookie cutters because…

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101 Days of Christmas: Adorable Button Christmas Cards

Are these not the cutest cards? Inspired by Martha Stewart, my mom and I had a lot of fun brainstorming our own designs and digging through our "button box" to find the perfect buttons. Every family should have a button box! Ours originally belonged to my Italian great-grandma, Mary Cicero, who gave it to my…

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101 Days of Christmas: Easy, Decadent Oreo Truffles

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These Oreo truffles are counted among my very favorite treats; crushed oreos & cream cheese make a delicious filling with a hard chocolate shell. They are rich and decadent, but oh so easy to make! These have to be refrigerated, so they're not always a great gift choice, but they make a wonderful hostess gift…

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Handmade Ornaments to Make with the Kids

Every year we make a homemade ornament for our girls' grandparents and great-grandparents. This Christmas, we are making these swirl paint glass DIY ornaments, but I'm definitely bookmarking the rest of these for future years! 1. DIY Felt Ginger Cookie Ornaments, Creature Comforts 2. Reindeer Handprint Ornaments, Mommy Gaga 3. Popsicle Frame Nativity Ornament, Country Girl…

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Handprint Calendars (FREE Printables + Lots of Ideas)

Although we haven't done one in a couple years, one of the most popular gifts we've given our parents and grandparents were these handprint calendars. With 4 little ones and 8 sets of grandparents / great-grandparents, they became a little too time-consuming to keep up with every year, but I think we'll probably do them…

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