DIY Christmas gifts. . kid approved! | Holiday 2017

I don’t know about you, but for me, Christmas shopping for kids is not as easy as people make it seem. Now, I’m not talking mini’s – they are extremely easy to shop for, I’m talking kids that are of the 7+ age group.

You’d think that working in a school I’d know a little about what is “hip” and what is not in the kid community, but to be completely honest, I see some things on the shelves or that students bring in and I am left puzzled and confused about not only what things are, but why they are even a thing in the first place.

With an over-abundance of kids in my extended family, I didn’t quite know which way to turn. However, after much debate, I eventually got there – a DIY gift filled with candy and other goodies that can be personalized to each kid’s specific likes and dislikes!

To create these presents, the things you will need fall on a list so short you might think to yourself, *wow, I’m not the most creative, but even I can do this!* . . no, seriously.

DIY Christmas Gift Jars 

Items Needed

  • Mason jars – any size!
  • Hershey kisses
  • Gift tags – preferably ones that you can string through a piece of ribbon or yarn, and can write on yourself
  • Ribbon/yarn
  • Small toys/goodies (e.g. nail polish, Chapstick, mini Lego sets, surprise bag sets for different characters. . My Little Pony, Despicable Me, Paw Patrol, etc. – the list really could go on and on and on)

What to Do

First and foremost, take a nice swig of coffee- it’ll really get you going and in the spirit to create!

Next, open the Mason jar and fill with Hershey kisses and little goodies. Then, simply close the filled Mason jar.

After the jar is filled and closed, take a gift tag and simply write the child’s name followed by “Merry Kiss-mas!”

String the tag with decorative ribbon or yarn and tie around the Mason jar.

Find your kiddo and give them this easy, cute gift! (Names crossed out to keep a secret until Christmas!)

What are some DIY gift projects that you absolutely swear by with each passing holiday season?! xoxo.

Things to Share Thursdays?! | Holiday 2017

 

Did I struggle with the title of this blog post? Abso-freaking-lutely. Trying to be creative with a fried brain results in struggling to no end on all levels of imagination. I promise, you’ll never see this title again! But, enough of the rant and onto the post!

With the end of the semester so close to being a reality, my procrastination daydreams have been reeling toward Christmas cookies [also thanks to our newest addition.. our Christmas tree!]. Does anyone else agree that Christmas cookies taste 100% different than just regular day cookies? Sure, in some instances they might be the same recipe, but I swear they just taste so much better on Christmas.

While there are some cookies in my family that are an absolute staple, there is always room for one or two other recipes to throw in. For us, some of our staples include (and are totally not limited to): chocolate chip, peanut butter kiss, cranberry white chocolate shortbread, hello dollies, pizzelles, and sugar cookie cutouts.

So, I am asking you, what are some of your favorite cookies to share on Christmas? I’d love to broaden my horizons this holiday season! xoxo.

Rockin’ around the Christmas tree. . literally | Holiday 2017

Let’s be real here, I have been playing Christmas music for quite some time now. I’d be lying straight to your face if I said that I wasn’t listening to the Glee Christmas album on repeat over and over and over again throughout my ride to work.

Keeping this in mind, it only makes sense to craft, in my opinion, the most perfect holiday playlist. With a mix of some classics, some can’t live withouts, and some new favorites, I have dipped into everything making for a jolly good time. So, buckle up, grab your egg nog, and listen by your Christmas tree or while wrapping presents.

What are some songs you can’t live without during the Christmas season?

xoxo.

How early is too early? | Holiday 2017

I love Christmas. 

If you have ever seen the movie, Elf.. Buddy the elf is basically me. I have no shame in admitting this.

There is a long-standing debate in what seems to be throughout the world as to how early is too early to put up holiday decorations [in my case, Christmas]. I feel like previously being in retail management for six years has tampered with my thoughts as to what is an acceptable time versus what is not. Heck, we started changing floor sets and window displays the week before Halloween! So, in my defense, it only seems natural that I am already in full Christmas mode and I am ready to explode. It is like a switch turned on in my body the second the clock hit November 1st and I cannot be contained.

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While I have not put up a Christmas tree, I did go as far as to put just about everything else up throughout the apartment – signs, figurines, pillows, blankets, candles, hanging decorations, and so forth. Adding more fuel to the fire, I cannot stop buying Christmas decor. It would be best for everyone if we all just worked together as a team and guided my body away from the Target or JoAnn Fabrics entrances, because I have a [semi] serious problem.

So, with that being said, how early is too early? I am ready and willing to listen to what all of you have to say. Help me out here, am I really as crazy as I make myself seem? xoxo.