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I’m so excited to show you my new advent calendar today! I got this idea last Christmas and have patiently waited all year so I could make it for our family this year. The time has finally come…yay!

Love this DIY advent calendar. It is so pretty and reusable. I love that it adds to my Christmas decorations and lets the kids countdown at the same time. Sponosred

I got the idea for this advent calendar from a similar advent calendar being sold by my favorite coffee shop. I just knew I could make one myself and knew I would have fun making it a DIY. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It turned out totally different from the one they are selling and I love the differences and how this advent calendar will become part of my Christmas decorations and let the kids countdown to Christmas at the same time. I also like that I can fill the tins with anything I want. We don’t have to worry about any allergies and if I want to take the time to find things other than candy, I can. As usual I’ve got a full tutorial for you on how to make your own. You ready? Let’s do this! View full post »

  • Mary - November 24, 2014 - 8:45 am

    This is such an adorable advent calendar! I LOVE it!ReplyCancel

Who is ready to do some holiday baking? I am. I’ve got a delicious snickerdoodle recipe  for you today that you won’t believe how I made it just a little bit healthier.

Snickerdoodles are so delish! This Snickerdoodle recipe has been made a little bit more healthy and the cookies still taste amazing! Love it! SponsoredThis is actually the only time of the year that I make cookies. Yep. My poor family has to do without cookies all year. Don’t you feel bad for them? I don’t. Cookies are my least favorite thing to make. All that scooping and baking, it feels like it takes forever to me and yet I love eating cookies. My favorites are Snickerdoodles and Chocolate Crinkles with Russian Teacakes coming up a close 3rd place.

One thing that I also don’t like about making cookies is often the recipes call for shortening or other ingredients that are hard to source and/or expensive to source in all natural forms. Yet lots of years for the holiday’s, when I actually make cookies, that is what I have done. This year I have a new trick up my sleeve and I’m going to show it to you.  View full post »

  • Jessa - November 22, 2014 - 8:55 pm

    I am so surprised that they turned out so beautiful! I never would have expected them to look so good and taste the same as they would with butter. I’m going to have to try. i’m all for eating an extra cookie or two this season!ReplyCancel

Do you guys remember how I’ve been making all kinds of  decorative pillows this year? I’m back with some more pillows today and I couldn’t be more happy with what I created!

Love this adorable DIY sewing pattern to make Christmas decorative pillows.  Totally need to make these and add them to our Christmas decorations! Ad

Earlier this year I made spring decorative pillows, summer decorative pillows, and, most recently, fall decorative pillows. I enjoyed them so much and I’ve always coveted Christmas pillows in the stores, but our Christmas budget for extras like pillows is usually already spent on other things. I decided this year I was having Christmas pillows no matter what.  View full post »

  • Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe - November 19, 2014 - 9:55 pm

    Super cute!!! I love how you used the ribbon to “hang” the ornaments. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessa - November 22, 2014 - 8:47 pm

    This is such a sweet Christmas pillow! I cannot wait to see the rest of your house all decked-out for the holidays. I need ribbons for a project. Checking out Offray now!ReplyCancel

I’m sure you are well aware that the holiday season is upon us and rapidly closing in…right? Or did I just cause you a panic attack? I hope not. We all get quite busy this time of year. I always make an extra effort for finding family fun this time of year. It not only helps me de-stress a bit, but it reconnects us as a family. Both things seem to be needed this time of year and also seem to help my kids get out of their ‘gimme’ focus.

We LOVE finding fun things to do together as a family! This is a perfect idea for family fun...an active game followed by a delicious and fun layered drink for the whole family! Ad.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, then you likely know that I love finding active family fun. I love finding active things to do with the whole family to help us all burn off some energy and keep us all active and fit in fun and different ways. When I agreed to give Just Dance 2015 a try, I knew we would have fun, but I had no idea how much of an active fun family time this would be. I quickly realized that we needed some refreshment to go along with all our fun. I decided to give a layered drink a try for this family activity because they just add some cuteness and fun to our time together…and that pretty much always goes over well in our house!:-)View full post »

  • Jessa - November 19, 2014 - 12:26 am

    I just adore this. I’m also a mother of girls, and I think about bullying all the time. They are still young, but I hear things from them, other kids and other parents that make me uncomfortable even now.

    I’ll be honest, we haven’t pulled out the Wii in years. I kind of miss it and Just Dance would be perfect for the girls (and myself!). I’m sure I can get the Mr into it too.

    I saw your states on the wall. I know the AZ connection, but what’s the Oregon connection? I’m from there originally, and move back there in a heartbeat if the Mr was on board. You and I have too much in common!ReplyCancel

When was the last time you had a craft fail? I love mason jar crafts and I haven’t ever had one be a total craft fail…until these. I think I found a way to fix them so I can actually use them this year.

I love these fall mason jars (and any mason jar crafts)! They were a total craft fail that  were turned around with some burlap, twine and flowers. You have to see the difference!

It all began when my oldest daughter had a long-term substitute at her school. Her first day with the sub was awful. So bad in fact that I talked to both the teacher and the principal about it. It turns out this was just a really bad day for that teacher. It also turns out that she became one of my daughter’s favorite teachers. So, when her time as a long-term sub was over, we wanted to make a little something nice for her to say thank you. She loves her dog, so I was going to make a fall mason jar and fill it with dog treats. Then I was going to make other jars for the rest of her teachers and fill those with something different. Needless to say, for a 7th grader it is quite a few jars to make for quite a few teachers. I started thinking I could make the mason jars fall with yellow, orange and brown paint. I originally thought I would make them somewhat like this mason jar gift idea. Oh boy…totally wrong.  View full post »

  • Lisa Howard - November 14, 2014 - 10:36 am

    I think you it is now a “craft win”! They are the perfect addition to your table! Hope you have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - November 23, 2014 - 8:58 pm

      Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!ReplyCancel