Placing a World Vision Gift Catalog order {101 Days of Christmas}

The girls raised an even $120 from their hot cocoa stand (thanks to many generous donations!), and I have to say that this whole experience has been really amazing. It was really important to me that the girls—who came up with this idea on their own—be part of this process. They helped brainstorm toppings, spread…

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Mexican wedding cookies {101 Days of Christmas}

These little cookies go by many names—Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies, walnut snowballs, etc. The Mexican version, also called polvoróns, are made with finely chopped pecans, and the result is a soft, crumbly cookie. My grandmother always made walnut snowballs when I was little, but the girls and I decided to try this version to take as…

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Tips & tricks for perfect candy cane cookies {101 Days of Christmas}

These candy cane cookies are a staple of our Christmas celebration (although, if I'm honest, I end up eating most of them myself!). Every time I share a picture of them on social media, though, people ask questions or share their stories of failed cookies. Since this is the one "impressive" thing I can do in…

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Natural red food coloring from beets {101 Days of Christmas}

I've been feeling guilty about using red dye in our peppermint swirl marshmallows ever since I did it, and I knew I needed a new plan before I made our annual batch of candy cane cookies (watch for an update with tips and tricks for these favorite cookies tomorrow!). I've purchased natural food dye before,…

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Three ways to serve your local community {101 Days of Christmas}

While our family has taken the opportunity to raise money to purchase farm animals for families around the world through World Vision—both through the girls' hot cocoa stand (which raised $120!) and the fundraiser here at Life Your Way—I think it's important to look for ways to serve our local communities as well. Here are a…

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Candy cane ornaments {101 Days of Christmas}

I've used pieces of candy canes to spell words and create shapes before, but this idea is a little different, and I think the final result is really cute! I actually picked up some candy canes at the dollar store a couple of weeks ago that ended up being too gross to eat, so this was a great…

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Eggnog marshmallows {101 Days of Christmas}

I didn't discover eggnog until I was almost 30, but I now have a deep, deep love and appreciation for all things eggnog (and that's even without the booze!). I'm not sure why it didn't occur to me to try eggnog marshmallows until now, but I'm so glad it did because these are yummy. The most amazing part…

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Crocheted snowflakes {101 Days of Christmas}

I would love to learn to crochet. Not just to make endless chains and boring squares made of single crochet stitches but to really crochet and make hats and cute little toys and accessories. Unfortunately, it hasn't yet made the top of my "want to" list, so I haven't done much more than a few hearts or…

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Glittery snow goo {101 Days of Christmas}

I came across the recipe for this snow goo at Growing a Jeweled Rose and just knew my girls would love it! Although we used all of the white glue in our house to make it (I knew I should have purchased more for our stash during the back-to-school sales), it's easy to make and keeps well in…

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Do-a-dot printable coloring pages {101 Days of Christmas}

Have you tried Do-a-Dot paints? With a barrel full of paint and a sponge tip applicator, these offer the fun of painting with the convenience of markers! It's been a while since we've had Do-a-Dot markers in the house, and the girls were so excited when I got a new set for this project. The…

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