Dec 172017
 

If you need a festive treat for a holiday party or to send into your kids classroom this year, these Christmas Wreath Cupcakes are what you are looking for.

Baking season is here, guys. If you are anything like me, you will be baking up a storm with the upcoming holidays. You know what I mean…cookie swaps, classroom treats, Christmas parties and let’s not forget the actual holidays themselves. Tis the season, right? These adorable Christmas Wreath Cupcakes are perfect for all of the above.  They are way easier to make than you think, too.

Christmas Wreath Cupcakes

If you need a festive treat for a holiday party or to send into your kids classroom this year, these Christmas Wreath Cupcakes are what you are looking for.

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Dec 122017
 

Using only a few supplies from the craft store, you too can make this adorable DIY Snowman Ornament. It's the perfect addition to any Christmas tree.

I spend a fair amount of time in craft stores. Sometimes as I am walking through the store, something catches my eye and it gets my wheels turning.  I was at Michael’s recently and saw these clear glass light bulb ornaments and I knew I could make something cool out of one of them. After spending a few minutes on Pinterest (ok, it was more like a few hours…). I came up with the idea to make a DIY Snowman Ornament out of my light bulb ornament. The best part is that you only need a few supplies from the craft store to make your snowman ornament.

DIY Snowman Ornament

Here’s what you need:

  • Glass or plastic light bulb ornament (you can get these at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s)
  • White Pom-pom balls
  • Puffy paint: black, orange, and brown
  • Any color yarn for hanging
  • Tweezers

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Dec 052017
 

Candy Cane Pretzel Rods are a Quick and Easy Christmas Treat! If you need a delicious holiday snack in a pinch, these are exactly what you are looking for.

When you husband comes to you the night before he needs to bring in a treat to work for his company Christmas party, what do you do?  Freak out?  Yes. It’s like 6 pm on a Wednesday night, I am in the middle of making dinner and I needed to come in with something quick and easy. I decided on these Candy Cane Pretzel Rods because they definitely fit the bill. They are not only festive looking, they are really tasty, too!

Candy Cane Pretzel Rods

Here’s what you need:

  • Wilton bright white candy melts
  • Pretzels rods
  • Red sprinkles

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Dec 042017
 

Make a warm and hearty breakfast to serve up to your family on Christmas morning with these Christmas Breakfast Dishes. Many can be made ahead, too!

I love planning ahead for Christmas morning to have a wonderful breakfast for the family and me to sit down and enjoy after we open our presents. A lot of these recipes you can prep ahead and toss in the oven first thing, and once you are finished with presents you will have a warm and hearty breakfast to serve up to your family. 

Christmas Breakfast Dishes 

Cowboy Christmas Casserole| A hearty dish to serve up, it has eggs, sausage, and more to add maximum flavor and leave you full until lunch. 

Hashbrown Casserole with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese| A crispy and savory dish you can make up to fill up all your bellies. Top with some shredded cheese, sour cream, and green onions for the ultimate flavor. 

Easy Breakfast Braid| Scrambled eggs, ham, onions, peppers and wrapped up in a braid crescent roll. The crescent rolls are perfectly flakey and act as the perfect crust for this. 

Overnight Praline French Toast| Here is a sweeter breakfast option. Prep this french toast the night before and then just heat it up in the morning. 

Gingerbread Waffles| Make holiday inspired waffles. A rich and spice filled gingerbread waffle will for sure get you in the holiday spirit this season.  Continue reading »

Dec 032017
 

Keep the kids busy with this adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. It's easy to make and you can even add some string to make it into a Christmas ornament.

I have a very distinct memory of making clothespin ornaments when I was in Girl Scouts. My troop had met up and spent an entire Saturday making the ornaments for a fundraiser. We made male & female ice skaters, snowmen and Mr. & Mrs. Santa. ornaments. Of course my mom bought one of each and they were hung on our Christmas tree for many years after that. As my sister, brother and I grew up and moved out, my parents downsized their tree and stopped putting up all of the mismatched ornaments that we made over the years.

After my mom passed earlier this year, my sister and I (and our spouses) helped my dad clean out his attic and we came across a box of their old ornaments. I only found the female ice skater and the snowman, so I decided that I was going to try to recreate the Santa one.  And that’s how I came up with this Adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. Right now, it’s just a Santa clothespin, but I do plan on attaching a piece of string to the back and hanging him on my tree this year – along with the vintage ice skater and snowman.

Adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft

Here’s what you need:

  • Red and flesh color acrylic craft paint
  • Red felt
  • Cotton balls
  • Small googly eyes
  • Red puffy paint
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Keep the kids busy with this adorable Santa Claus Clothespin Craft. It's easy to make and you can even add some string to make it into a Christmas ornament.

Here’s what you do:
1. Lay out a couple pieces of scrap paper or newspaper before you get started (so you don’t get paint on your good surfaces).
2. Paint the top front 1/3 of the clothespin with your flesh colored paint and paint the bottom 2/3 with your red paint and be sure to let them dry completely. Continue reading »

Nov 262017
 

Magic Reindeer Food is really easy to make and it brings the kids so much joy to make this special treat for all of Santa's reindeer on Christmas eve.

You leave cookies and milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve, right? But what about Santa’s reindeer?  A little birdie told me years ago that if you sprinkle some Magic Reindeer Food outside on Christmas Eve, it will make it easier for the reindeer to find your house. We make magic reindeer food every year and my boys love running outside before bed to sprinkle it all over the ground for the reindeer.  It’s easy to make and you can even double/triple the batch to make enough for your kids to bring some into school to share with their friends.

Magic Reindeer Food

Magic Reindeer Food is really easy to make and it brings the kids so much joy to make this special treat for all of Santa's reindeer on Christmas eve.

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Nov 202017
 

 If you want to make a fun and festive Christmas treat this year, check out these Christmas Tree Brownies. They are easy to make & come out so cute!If you want to make a fun and festive Christmas treat this year, check out these Christmas Tree Brownies. They are incredibly easy to make and they are absolutely adorable.  I’ve made them a few times already this year and will undoubtedly be making them again and again before December 25th.

Christmas Tree Brownies

Here’s what you need:

  • Brownie Mix
  • Eggs (the number specified on the box of brownie mix)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Green Frosting
  • Mini Candy Canes
  • Nonpareils (Round Sprinkles) or Christmas sprinkles
  • Star Sprinkles

If you want to make a fun and festive Christmas treat this year, check out these Christmas Tree Brownies. They are easy to make & come out so cute!

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Nov 122017
 

These Rudolph Pretzel Treats are honestly really easy to make, not to mention totally adorable. Impress your kids with this fun holiday snack today!

If you are looking for a super easy treat to make for the kiddos this Christmas, how about making these Rudolph Pretzel Treats. They happen to be a favorite in my house because they contain that highly sought after mix of sweet and savory. I made them as an after-school snack for my boys, but they would be a fun snack to send into school with the kids or even to bring to a Christmas party you’re going to. One of the reasons I love these Rudolph Pretzel Treats so much is because they are honestly really easy to make, not to mention totally adorable.

Rudolph Pretzel Treats

These Rudolph Pretzel Treats are honestly really easy to make, not to mention totally adorable. Impress your kids with this fun holiday snack today!

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Dec 182016
 

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Over the summer, my parents cleaned out their basement and somehow, half of their crap stuff found it’s way to my house?  I’m still not sure exactly how that happened, but recently I decided to start going through some of it because I remember my dad saying that there were some Christmas decorations in there.  There were.  Plus about a thousand other things that I don’t need in my life.  One of the things that I found in the box was an old wine glass and since I already have more wine glasses than I need, I decided to upcycle it into a candle holder.

I wasn’t sure what to make exactly, but decided that a gingerbread man votive holder would go well with a lot of my current Christmas decorations, so that’s what I made.  It was really easy to make and it came out really cute.

Easy DIY Gingerbread Man Wine Glass Votive Holder

Here’s what you need:

  • Wine glass
  • Brown enamel craft paint
  • Extra fine silver glitter
  • Red, white, and black felt
  • White puffy paint
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun

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Dec 122016
 

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We have many traditions around our house at Christmas time, but by far, one of the funnest things we do is baking cookies for Santa. Since my boys were little, each year we all work together as a family to make cookies to leave out on Christmas Eve. I have to admit that we’re usually pretty basic when it comes to cookies over here.  In our house Santa prefers chocolate chip cookies, so that is what we’ve always made.  I’ve tried to convince him to accept peanut butter cookies, but apparently he doesn’t want any part of them (what???).

This year, we are going to change it up, though.  Whether Santa likes it or not. Obviously chocolate chip cookies are delicious, but there are so many great cookie recipes out there and I am on a mission to try as many of them as possible (not all on Christmas Eve, though, of course).  Here are some cookie recipes that are high up on my list to try.

  1. Santa Pb Sandwich Cookies! {with Cotton Candy Beards} from sprinklesomefun.com
  2. Santa’s Cookies (Double Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies) from lecremedelacrumb.com
  3. Santa Nutter Butter Cookies from simplisticallyliving.com
  4. Santa Claus Cookies from noshingwiththenolands.com
  5. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies For Santa from bourbonandhoney.com
  6. Soft And Chewy Triple Chocolate M&M Cookies from tastesbetterfromscratch.com
  7. Santa-ready Dipped Gingersnaps (paleo, Dairy-free, Grain-free, Sugar-free, Egg-free + Vegan) from healthfulpursuit.com
  8. Santa Dinner Rolls from thedecoratedcookie.com
  9. Chocolate spiced shortbread stars – Sweets for Santa from clairekcreations.com
  10. Santa Storm Trooper Cookies from simplisticallyliving.com
  11. Vegan Gingerbread Cookies from emilieeats.com
  12. Fluffy Sugar Cookies & Vanilla Frosting from pinchofyum.com
  13. I’m The Gingerbread Man… from cavoletto.com
  14. Soft-Frosted Lofthouse Style Cookies from peachesncreamblog.blogspot.ro
  15. Ho, Ho, Ho! Roly-poly Santa Cookie Recipe from sugarandcharm.com
  16. Sugar Cookie Squares from cookingclassy.com
  17. Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies from kimscravings.com
  18. Chocolate M&M Cookies And Holiday Recipes I Love from cookinglsl.com
  19. Holiday Truffle Cookies from thatskinnychickcanbake.com
  20. Santa Claus Cookies from realhousemoms.com

What kind of cookies are you leaving out for Santa this year?

Dec 042016
 

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This year marks the 4th year that our Elf on the shelf, Snowy,  has come to visit us. My oldest son (age 12) does not believe in any of the Christmas magic anymore….sigh, but my 9 year old does and I want to do as much as I can to keep the magic alive for him.

Back when I first got the EOTS (Elf on the Shelf) for our house, both of my boys were both believers and I thought it would be fun to have Snowy get into all sorts of shenanigans overnight while the boys slept.  They would wake up each morning in December anxious to see what kind of mischief that Snowy got into while they slept.  They loved every mess he made, but by the third year (last year), I was out of ideas.  My youngest made to to note that Snowy had sure gotten lame since his first year at our house.  Gee, thanks kid.

Anyhow, I am struggling yet again this year, but I was able to come up with this cute Pikachu idea since both of my boys were SO into Pokemon Go over the summer.  It only took me a few minutes and they both thought it was funny (even the non-believer).

Easy Elf on the Shelf Idea for Pokemon Fans

Here’s what you need:

  • Bunch of bananas
  • Red and black Sharpie markers
  • White puffy paint
  • Elf on the shelf

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Nov 272016
 

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If you are a regular around here you already know that my youngest son was finally diagnosed with ADD earlier this year. It was a very long process and it truly felt like an uphill battle for a long time, but once we got confirmation of what we already knew – his dad and I fought hard to make sure he got all the help he needed.

We worked with the school and were happy that he qualified for an IEP (Individual Education Plan). Part of the plan was placing him in an inclusion classroom for this current school year. His teacher is ah-mazing and he’s got a wonderful teacher’s aide in the classroom for half of his day. He’s been working really, really hard and is making some huge progress this year thanks to the help of his teachers.  Obviously this makes my heart very happy.

Back in September at the school open house night, I met his teacher for the first time (although we had already emailed back and forth several times by then) and I asked her if she used parent volunteers in her classroom.  Surprisingly not all teachers do, but she was thrilled that I asked and I started volunteering a few mornings a week in her 3rd grade classroom the following week. I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me to be involved like this.  I am loving getting to know all the kids in the class and seeing what my son is up to during his school day, too.

The kids in my son’s classroom are awesome. They are seriously an awesome bunch of kids, so I want to bring them (and the two teachers) a treat.  These Santa Hat Cupcakes are perfect, right? I used a cake mix to make the cupcakes, so they were easy to whip up and come on – they are adorable, right?

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Dec 212015
 

Hasbro's Hottest Toys of 2015

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?  Don’t be jealous, but mine has been done for well over a month.  I get panic attacks in crowds (no lie), so I steer clear of the stores for the entire month of December.  I know I am in the minority, though, and personally know quite a few people that haven’t even started their shopping yet – even though the big day is only four days away.  FOUR days, guys!

If you’re stuck on ideas for what to get your kids this year, fret not because Hasbro has you covered and then some.  They seriously have the coolest toys out this year and your kids are going to flip their lids over some of these things!

**Thanks to Hasbro for sending my family these amazing toys to review at no charge.  As always all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Obviously, Star Wars is all the rage these days with the movie coming out last Friday (no spoilers in the comments please, I am not going to see it until Thursday).  What would Christmas morning be without a little Star Wars?  I am loving these awesome games for my oldest son because he’s 11 now and thinks he’s too cool for toys.  We’ve got a serious case of the tweens going on over here, so these games are absolutely perfect for him.  Continue reading »

Dec 212015
 

A Gift Guide for the Man in Your Life

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It’s gift guide season again, ladies and gentlemen. And if you’re like most Americans, December 19th is absolutely NOT too late for you to make use of this. I think it’s fitting that this last minute gift guide would be about the kings of last minute shopping – our men. LOL

A Wicked Awesome Gift Guide from LivingSocial

If you’re looking for last minute gifts for your guy, then LivingSocial is the place to look. They have all sorts of offers that appeal to the man in your life, from golfing to skydiving to steakhouse and more. If you can imagine it, you can probably find a great deal on it from LivingSocial. It’s a gift giver’s paradise. Continue reading »

Dec 162015
 

Fun Gingerbread & Friends Craft for Kids - massholemommy.comWhen the weather gets colder we like to find more things to do indoors. We are from Canada but that doesn’t mean we all like the cold or want to be outside in it, because we don’t – at all!

We like to do more crafts, make more sweets, and even watch more movies together as a family when we can’t be spending excess amounts of time outside. I think our favorite besides making (and eating!) sweets is doing crafts. Especially Winter or Christmas themed. Who doesn’t love having homemade crafts for decorations especially with a house full of kids? We do!

So, today I’m sharing this fun craft for kids to make Gingerbread and Friends!

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Dec 132015
 

Ride the Polar Express at Edaville

Inspired by the hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train.

My family had a chance to ride the polar Express at Edaville last week and I want to tell you all about it.

**Disclosure:  We received complimentary tickets to ride the Polar Express in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Our train was scheduled to leave the station at 6 pm, but we noticed that people were lining up early (like around 5:30), so we lined up, too.   There was a Thomas Christmas train running the same night, but they had the Polar Express riders on one side of the platform and the Thomas riders on the other.  It was clearly marked, so we knew exactly where to go. Plus, there were employees there to switch out our tickets from the printed ones we had to the golden tickets we needed to board the Polar Express, so they were able to direct people. Continue reading »

Dec 072015
 

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M&M® and Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Cake Mix Cookies

Every year my mommy friends and I do something fun – a Christmas cookie exchange.  It was something that we all participated in when we were all in the moms club in town together and even once our kids aged out of the club, many of us carried on the tradition. Every December we pick a morning and get together to exchange cookies, have some tea, coffee or hot chocolate and share some laughs together.  It’s something that I look forward to all year long.

Here are the cookies my mom friends are going to be getting this year at the annual cookie exchange:

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Nov 242015
 

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Easy White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

There are certain times of the year when I like to do something special for my boys teachers and bus drivers.  Each year for teacher appreciation week I get their teachers a gift card to go out to eat.  I mean, if anyone deserves a night off without having to cook, it’s a teacher.  Then at the end of the school year, I also get nice gifts for the teachers as a way to thank them for such a great year with my kids.  Of course, I always like to get something for the bus drivers, too.  After all, they are responsible for getting my boys back and forth to school safely every day.

At Christmas time, I like to get festive when it comes to gift giving.  I love to make sweet treats for the teachers and bus drivers and based on the feedback I have gotten from them in the past, my baked goods are always a hit.  This year, the bus drivers and teachers are getting some delicious white chocolate peppermint fudge.  It’s easy to make and I know it’s going to be a big hit. Continue reading »

Nov 182015
 

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Special Delivery From the North Pole Printable Gift Tag

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve seen this photo before. If you’re new, meet my family.

my family at Taras wedding

In the photo, I am pictured with my bother, sister and my parents. The picture was taken the day that my sister got married (a little over two years ago) and it’s the most recent photo of the five of us together.

What you don’t know about this photo is that it took a lot of work to get my mom over to the spot where we took this photo.  At the time, you would never see her go anywhere without her cane, but as you can see in the photo above – she doesn’t have it.  It took two people holding her arms to help her walk to where she stood for the picture. Continue reading »

Dec 252014
 

Holiday Returns - 21 return policy links to your favorite stores

It might be the thought that counts, but you can keep the thought and still return the Santa brought you that you don’t like or need . Trust me, you won’t be the only one. If you’re like me, you’re probably itching to get to the store with (or without) the receipts and return the unwanted gifts. The most important thing to know before you get in line at the stores is the exact return policy. It’s going to save you time and quite possibly a hassle.

To get you started, here are the holiday return policies for a few of the biggest retailers.

Walmart
http://help.walmart.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/9/~/returns-policy

Game Stop
http://www.gamestop.com/gs/help/Returns.aspx

Target
http://help.target.com/help/subcategoryarticle?childcat=Return+policy&parentcat=Returns+%26+Exchanges&searchQuery=search+help Continue reading »