Thursday, December 6, 2012

Our Advent Tradition (25 Books for Christmas)- Books 16-25

I wanted to get this post up on Monday but my week has been crazy!

Here are books 16-25 for our Christmas tradition.

16. The Very Snowy Christmas- Diana Hendry

Do you have a favorite Christmas book? I would love to hear!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Our Advent Tradition- 25 Books for Christmas (Books 9-15)

Yesterday I shared my favorite Christmas tradition. I wrap 25 books for my girls to unwrap each day before Christmas. Today I will share some more of our favorite books.

Check back tomorrow for the rest of our list!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Our Advent Tradition- 25 Books for Christmas (Books 1-8)

Every year, I wrap 25 Christmas books and put them in a basket. Each day, my girls pick one to open and we read it together. This is my favorite Christmas tradition!

I will share the 25 books we are reading this year over the next three days. Today I will share eight of our books! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Celebrating & Savoring a simple Christmas Winner!!

The winner of Celebrating & Savoring a simple Christmas is....

DK Ethington said...
I love Crystal's blog and would love the opportunity to win a copy of her new ebook. I'm starting to hit panic mode with Christmas quickly approaching and a family of 7 kiddos to shop for and help to make the season loving and memorable! :)

Congratulations! Please email me at and I will get you the information on how to redeem your prize!

This special is good through Thursday!

Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas- E-Book Review

I had the chance to review Crystal at Money Saving Mom's new e-book Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas. 

I was excited to read this e-book because I long for this season to be simple and meaningful. And...Crystal did not disappoint!

Crystal starts out recommending an all cash budget using the envelope system. Brilliant! We will be writing a list of everyone we need to buy gifts for and creating envelopes filled with our budgeted amount with their names on them. I can see how this right away will ease some of our holiday stress!

The idea that I LOVED the most was creating a December bucket list. You will absolutely be seeing my bucket list posted some time in the next week. It would feel amazing to prioritize what I for sure want to do over the holiday and then do it!

This e-book is packed with practical advice and lists and ideas and on and on..........!!

My favorite lists and ideas?
-cool unusual ideas for Christmas photo backdrops
-Crystal's favorite Christmas books
-great holiday freezer recipes (I can't wait to make some of these)!!
-easy Christmas crafts for the kids

Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas is only $.99 through Thursday. I highly recommend you pick up your own copy. I know I will be referring to it throughout the season!

Would you like to win your own copy or win a copy for a friend? Leave me a comment and I will pick a winner tonight at 9:00 central time. 
**Giveaway is now closed**

Friday, October 26, 2012

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie- 31 Days of Activities Based on Children's Books

Our book today was If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

We have had stomach flu in our house for the last couple of days but it seems to finally be gone.
I decided we should celebrate by making cookies!

We just used the recipe on the Nestle chocolate chip bag.
Aubrey is ready to begin!
She cracked the egg....
and helped stir the dough.
When the dough was ready, she filled the cookie sheet with cookie dough balls.
If you make cookies with a little girl, she will probably ask to sample one...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar- 31 Days of Activities Based on Children's Books

Our book today was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
After we read the book, Aubrey made a caterpillar.

We made the caterpillar in two steps.
First, she watercolor painted two pieces of paper.

Then, we let them dry.
When they were dry, I used a cup to draw circles on the back of the papers.
Aubrey cut them out.

She glued the circles on a paper and gave her caterpillar a face. 
Here is her caterpillar...
I love the cute little face!

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