Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Idea: Breakfast in a Stocking






Every year we have a tradition in our family and that is our stockings. I remember reading awhile back about the story of the simple stocking stuffers on Little House on the Prairie--Laura and Mary found an orange, a tin cup, hard candy and a penny. It was the best Christmas ever for them.

I liked the simplicity of the idea and thought I would make some memories as well. Now every Christmas I stuff the stockings with a special breakfast. Yes, I said breakfast! When the children all arise, my husband and I are still asleep, so they are allowed to open their stockings without us.



Inside they find:


  • cereal boxes 
  • apple sauce cups
  • boxes of raisins
  • granola bars
  • cheese and crackers
  • juice boxes
  • and any other breakfast items you can think of

and of course--an orange!



This works perfectly for us because it buys us some time to get up, get oriented, get dressed, etc. while they eat and breakfast is taken care of (no extra work for mom!) It is also healthy and my kids love it. They sit around the tree eating their stocking breakfast until everyone comes out. And it is budget friendly because it is already something I would have to buy but now I just get to fill their stocking with it!

Now don't get me wrong, I do prepare a nice, hot, special Christmas meal after the gift opening, but I personally like that we can get to the presents faster, and I think they appreciate that too.

Oh, and that is not the only thing we add in the stockings--we also add small gifts/toys, chocolates, etc but for everyone the highlight is still the "stocking breakfast"!




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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wise Woman Linkup!


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

10 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for the Family




You are not alone when it comes to wanting to give your children something more than just extra toys during the holiday season. I know that it can take up a lot of time and space to have so many toys that you just don't know what to do with the excess and this time of year can turn into a toy explosion of sorts if you are not careful.

We have nine children so you can imagine what the holidays look like for us--it can be a challenge to find homes for toys and to keep everything organized!

So if you are looking for non-gift ideas to get your children for gifts this year I thought I would write a list to help you. It is also good to use for other members of the family if you just need some inspiration:


10 NON-TOY GIFT IDEAS FOR THE FAMILY


1, BOOKS - Book are great for children and helps to keep their young minds stimulated! I remember growing up how the Nancy Drew mystery collection was my absolute favorite and books became my best friend! I read them over and over again.  Right now Amazon is having a sale on books where you can get $5 off on book purchases over $15 using the promo code: GIFTBOOK-- it ends on the 8th and is rare when they have these book sales so now is a good time to use them!



If you need book inspiration, check out my list here.

2 GIFT CARDS - This comes in handy for me, especially since I like to do most of my shopping with Amazon Prime. I just hope over to the site and click a few buttons for the giftcards and they are delivered to my door via free shipping and without me having to go out into the cold! Movie giftcards are popular with many of our extended family too.

3. CLOTHES - I found that the older my children grow the one thing that they want more of is clothes and it is nice that they can wear them all through the year. I like gifts that are practical and won't be wasted!

4. PASSES - You can buy passes to go their favorite places and buy them an experience and memories for fun!

5. MEMBERSHIPS - A membership to a museum, gym, YMCA, zoo or any place that they like would be great for the entire year of enjoyment!

6. MUSIC - One year I bought my older daughter a  record player and records to some oldies that she had requested. She loved it and listened to it practically every day since she is a music lover, she was also the child who would ask for Itune gift cards so she could purchase her favorite songs.



7. ELECTRONICS/ TECH - This is a biggy for me since I love shopping at Best Buy and don't feel like it is Christmas until I get some shopping done there! I love checking out the newest tech (I did some on Amazon this year too) and getting a few things for the family there that they can use all year long. I am so excited about what I got them this year but can't share it here or they might find out what I got them and I am already having a hard time keeping it a secret! I find that most of the electronics we buy we use pretty much on a daily basis so they are worth every penny in my opinion.

8. INSTRUMENTS -  I remember a few years ago buying our children violins when they were younger for Christmas. They were so excited and enjoyed them. As they learned how to use them were able to use their musical instruments to bless others.

9. CLASSES - Karate, music, cake decorating and even online. There are so many classes out there, just find what interests your child and sign them up!

10. ART & CRAFT SUPPLIES - My younger children especially tend to ask for these. Last year my daughter requested pastel drawing chalk with a pad for drawing and she used it all year long! It is great because art and craft supplies encourage them to stay creative, use their imaginations, and grow new skills.

BONUS TIP: 

11. TAKE A TRIP - Grab a plane ticket or fill up the gas tank and travel somewhere! We have friends who like to do this and it creates memories and fun for the whole family!


I hope this was list was a good starting point for  you!



What would you add to the list?

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Sweet William Organics Giveaway!

I know that our "week" of giveaways kind of turned into a more of a month! I hope you have had fun entering --and we still have one more to share! Do you remember our sweet contributor, Jen? She is the one who shares all the delicious recipes and craft ideas around here!





She now has a lovely new business called Sweet William Organics that I have been wanting to share with you!




Sweet William Organics are pure wholesome some products made with organic coconut oil, non-GMO sugar and therapeutic grade essential oils.




They are perfect for gifts as they come wrapped in ribbon twine--SO pretty!





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Friday, December 2, 2016

The Christmas Star From Afar {Christian Alternative to Elf on the Shelf}




I know that many of you want to make special traditions for your family during Christmas time.

I do too but I always want to make sure that the true meaning of Christmas is not being lost in all the tinsel and twinkling lights.


I recently had a friend on Instagram share a picture that led me to Star From Afar.

It kind of has the same idea of Elf on the Shelf but with biblical meaning.

I had never heard of it but always thought that something like that should be available, so today I am sharing it with you in case you haven't heard of it like me!


You can watch these videos to see how it works:









It basically goes like this:
  • Set up the nativity
  • Hide the star every night
  • Once the children find the star move all Wise Men to its location
  • Read Scripture
  • Repeat
  • On Christmas Eve place star on top of the Stable
  • On Christmas Morning the three Wise Men find baby Jesus!
  • You can also add a sweet treat or surprise for memories at each location for even more fun

So easy!


I LOVE this idea and think that it would really help children learn and think through the Christmas story in such a deeper way. I hope you are blessed by it!



You can find The Christmas Star from Afar HERE.



Other alternative ideas that are very similar:

Shepherd on the Search


and Little Christmas Angel





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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Advent Fun: Teaching Our Children the True Meaning of Christmas



Today is December first and Christmas Day will be here in a blink of an eye! I certainly know that  every mom's heart has is a huge desire to keep the true meaning of the holidays in front of our families before we are quickly ushered into the season and not to getting too caught up in just the material aspect of it all--but to REALLY take the time to lovingly pass down the legacy of our Savior to our children.



If you are looking for something fun for young ones to do this year that lead up to Christmas you might want to consider Truth in Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands:




This is a practical eBook that shares planned out daily devotionals to read with the kids that are combined with doing easy crafts that reinforce what has been taught that are used as ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree! So all through the month they can look at what they made and remember the Scriptural truths as the weeks and days go by. Isn't that a blessing?



What is nice is that everyone knows how busy it can get in December--this ebook is designed to help accommodate that (it is very simple) and even offers flexibility in the lessons so that you can do it on your own schedule, choosing which crafts you'd prefer. You could even do them all in one day if you'd like! 

Here is the author explaining how it works:




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Since I am a not-so-crafty-Mama-with-little-time, I had also bought the Truth in Tinsel Printable Ornaments in the past which is handy because if things get too busy we can just print out some premade ornaments that coincide with the days Scripture, they color it, and voila--it's done!




I am really looking forward to doing these crafts with them on my own schedule and making special memories with little hands (they won't be small forever, you know!).


WHAT'S NEW

This year they have optional printable Christmas Trees that you can put on your walls and use with the ornaments if you'd like to place them on the wall. You can get that separately or order all three things above as a bundle! And they even have the eBook in Spanish and German.




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Don't wait--plan something extra special and fun to do with them this year!!!



















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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wise Woman Linkup!



A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11


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