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Monday, January 9, 2017

Paper Plate Snowman

We finally got some snow recently and my 2 year old had so much fun sledding! Sadly, it was not snowman snow, so she has yet to experience making a snowman, but we got creative and made a paper plate snowman inside.
Paper Plate Snowman

All you need to make your snowman is a paper plate, black construction paper, pom poms, orange foam or construction paper, and white school glue.

I cut out all the shapes we needed and put some glue on the plate...

Then she placed all of the pieces on the glue dots. You could definitely be more adventurous and let your toddler pour the glue themselves or place the pieces wherever they want, but this was fun for both of us so I'll call it a win.
Paper Plate Snowman

Monday, January 2, 2017

Footprint Snowman

It's been in the 50's-60's here while I've heard stories and seen photos of the 8-12 inches of snow my relatives got for Christmas in Utah. But, that doesn't mean we aren't dreaming of at least a little snow this winter! In the meantime, we'll make our own snowmen of sorts...out of our feet! This is a perfect footprint craft, and it was relatively quick to do.
Footprint Snowman
I love the side-by-side comparisons of my children's feet as time goes by. Soon, I won't be able to fit my 9 year old's footprint on the same page as his siblings!

Just paint the bottom of the foot white, and press it onto a piece of paper (we used black cardstock). If the footprint is incomplete, just fill it in with some more paint. Quickly wipe/wash the foot off before your child goes wandering through the house! When that dries, paint on some eyes, a mouth, buttons, a nose and a scarf to complete each snowman.

Now you have some adorable little footprint snowmen to last through the ages :). We made some extra snowmen to put on homemade cards for my kids' teachers at church.

Thanks Crafty Crafted for the cute idea!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Handmade Ornament Round-Up

If you're looking for some cute gifts or fun craft projects to do with your kids, try making some of these ornaments this year!
Handmade Ornament Round-Up

Follow the links below to see how we made each one:
13. Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament

Or you can visit this ornament round-up for more ideas!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

"The Angel of Forest Hill" review

The story line in Cindy Woodsmall's Christmas romance book was so unique and intriguing that I couldn't put this book down. I finished it within two days and loved every bit of it. While this book is fiction, I felt as though I was getting a glimpse into the less-perfect aspects of Old-Order Amish life. In this book, a bereaved Amish widower asks a complete stranger to marry him so that she could live in his home and help care for his three young children. Over time their relationship evolves from that of a "business" proposition to friendship and beyond. 

http://images.randomhouse.com/cover/9781601427052?width=125&alt=no_cover_b4b.gifEven though Amish fiction is my favorite genre right now, the one complaint I have about it is that it's hard to keep track of names, places, etc because many Amish names are the same or very similar. I tend to get story lines mixed up and it takes me a while to get fully into an Amish fiction book because I'm just trying to keep up and keep track of what's happening. "The Angel of Forest Hill" was not the case!

"The Angel of Forest Hill" is a well-written, clean story of love, healing and family. Anyone who has read Cindy Woodsmall before will love this new book, and it is perfect for the Christmas season.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

To learn more about this book, visit Waterbrook.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments

Growing up, my mom had one of those Flexible Flyer Sleds. Somehow she would manage to fit herself with four kids on it, and we would go flying down the mountain sides! So, this year, I decided to make her some little Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments to put on her tree since we're too far away to enjoy her sled with her this year.
Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament
All you need to make your own is: Popsicle sticks, wood glue, something to cut the sticks with (I use a small garden pruner), red paint, and twine or yarn.


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