Graham cracker houses {101 Days of Christmas}

Gingerbread houses have always been my holiday nemesis. They're SO stressful to put together with impatient little ones waiting to decorate them, the kits are expensive when you need multiples, and there's no way I have time to bake my own pieces in a special pan. For the past couple of years, though, I've been wanting…

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Scented playdough {101 Days of Christmas}

This scented playdough is a great stocking stuffer, and my girls have already asked me to make them some for their stockings...even though they've been playing with this batch already. Homemade playdough is also surprisingly easy to make, and the addition of kid-safe essential oils offers not just a fun experience for their senses but can…

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Why buy fair trade + a World Vision Gift Catalog giveaway {101 Days of Christmas}

This giveaway is now closed! The winner is Sarah ([email protected])! I love Amazon as much as the next guy. In fact, I probably love Amazon more than the next guy. It's convenient, saves me money and has pretty much anything you could ever want for sale. Which is really helpful when you live in the boonies and don't…

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Brown sugar & cinnamon shortbread {101 Days of Christmas}

It would be hard for me to choose one absolute favorite cookie, but if I had to try, shortbread would definitely be at the top of the list. Which maybe isn't fair since there are so many different variations! I love plain vanilla shortbread, and just the thought of Shaina's lemon thyme shortbread makes my mouth…

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Pinecone bird feeder {101 Days of Christmas}

We made these bird feeders with our American Heritage Girl troop for the girls to hang on the tree branches around our house. There's nothing especially Christmas-y about this project, I suppose, but I love the idea of making little gifts for our feathered friends at Christmas and throughout the winter! Supplies: pinecones wire peanut butter bird seed…

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Minifolk wooden people {101 Days of Christmas}

The artwork and directions for these minifolk comes from Caravan Shoppe, the same online store that creates the Ollibots artwork. Like the robots, I knew I wanted to make a set of these for our 5-year-old, who -- like her mama -- is an introvert and can play for hours and hours on her own. Because…

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Marzipan snowmen {101 Days of Christmas}

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I have a serious obsession love for all things almond flavored, but I've never made marzipan at home...until this week! I originally had visions of marzipan fruit for the Christmas season, as my heritage might dictate, but then I decided to be realistic about my art skills. However, while marzipan can be rolled into a log and…

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DIY body butter {101 Days of Christmas}

We've made shaving cream and aftershave for the guys, and today we've got a creamy and luxurious body butter that Christina from Plant Therapy whipped up! Body butter is a thick and creamy alternative to everyday lotion, and with a combination of lotions and oils, it doesn't just feel good on your skin but actually…

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Pinecone elf ornament {101 Days of Christmas}

Various versions of these ornaments kept popping up in my Pinterest feed last year, and I added them to my must-do project list because they're just so cute! These are simple but adorable, and I'm hoping to gather a few more pinecones at my mom's over Thanksgiving so that we can make these for our…

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Hot cocoa stand for charity {101 Days of Christmas}

The other day we got a letter from our sponsored child in India, and it included a little pamphlet about the World Vision Gift Catalog. The girls immediately began to read about giving ducks and goats and chickens and cows to families around the world and, without any prompting from me, started hatching a plan. They…

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