Ollibots wooden robots {101 Days of Christmas}

I've had these Ollibots on my list of gifts to make since I first saw them over the summer, and I'm excited to give Jackson a set for Christmas this year. These wooden robots are a great "homemade" gift because the artwork is provided for you (in case that's not your thing), and assembling the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes {101 Days of Christmas}

It doesn't take complicated crafts to make my girls happy or keep them occupied; in fact, it's usually the simplest projects that hold their attention best. This is one of those projects! Chances are you remember this craft from your own childhood, and the fun part is really in customizing your snowflake since the possibilities are…

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Printable take-out boxes {101 Days of Christmas}

I think this may be one of my favorite printables to date, and I'm already dreaming up how I can use them for passing out Christmas goodies this year, especially since they're the perfect size for my nonpareils! Simply print out the template of your choice on regular paper (for a light gift, like a…

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Madeleines {101 Days of Christmas}

Madeleines, or French tea cakes, are really more cake than cookie, although we tend to think of them as a cookie anyway. These light and fluffy sponge cakes are baked in a shell-shaped pan to give them their distinctive shape, and they can be made with a variety of flavored extracts or decorations for a…

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Cinnamon-scented pine cones {101 Days of Christmas}

I love to decorate with pine cones from the first chill of fall to the last day of winter, and we always incorporate them as part of our Christmas decor as well, hanging them on the tree or piling them in a bowl. I've purchased the big bags of scented pine cones before, but this year I…

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Design-your-own-snowflake cookies for kids {101 Days of Christmas}

Last week I shared a recipe for royal icing with the promise that I would show you what we used the icing for. This project wasn't even on my list for this year's series, but it turned out so cute that I had to share! Our oldest daughter turned 10 last Friday, and she has been begging to make Frozen…

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50+ traditions to inspire your holidays {101 Days of Christmas}

In our house, we always say it's not really Christmas until the candy cane cookies have been made! Our family is big on traditions. We believe that traditions -- things you do again and again and look forward to each year with anticipation -- build the strongest memories and carry the most meaning. Whether those…

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