Category Archives: Holiday Ideas

5 Easy Tips & Tricks To Decorate For Christmas

Thanksgiving is over, time to decorate for Christmas.  But wait… I have WAY too much to do.  I don’t have time, ahhhhh!  Good thing I can use these 5 tricks and complete my decorating in one day.  Woo hoo!!!

1. Spray Paint – Love this idea from  Find a decor item in a thrift store or your attic, spray paint it white and viola!  An updated decoration.  Brilliant!

white paint trick

2. Glass Jars – fill them with ornaments, candy canes, bows, pine cones ~ anything!  So simple and you can change them for every season.

Turn something like this:   into this:  glass jar decor

3. Picture Frames- with FREE Printables.  Again, print out and change them for every season! Lovely…


4. Wooden Letters – Every craft store sells them.  Spray paint them whatever color you like.  Set them on your mantle, or above cabinets.  Get every letter and spell words all year long!

Turn this:  into this: wooden letters

5.  Outside Lights- Last but not least, decorating the outside.  Don’t feel like hanging up those gazillion Christmas lights?  Try out this Light Projector for easy set up with big effect.

Now, get decorating!!

5 Holiday Teacher Gifts for Under $5

I have three kids and a total of 6 teachers to buy for at Christmastime.  While I very much appreciate teachers, I can only afford so much.  After searching Pinterest and talking to some teacher friends, I came up with a list of 5 practical gifts every teacher could use.  Did I mention they all cost $5 or less?  Cha-ching!


1. Message Board Picture Frame –

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      • Eraser Fabric – cut a piece of scrap fabric, or buy a $1 pair of kids holiday socks (Target $1 bin).  One pair of socks = 2 erasers.


2. Lunch Coupon –

If you enjoying making food, gift your own coupon like this:

gift cert


3. Rice Hot Pack –

These rice packs are perfect for sore muscles, cold weather or stress relief between classes.  Click Here for tutorial.

rice hot pack


4. Braided Scarf

No crocheting or knitting!  If you can braid, you can make this scarf.  Click Here to see tutorial.

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5. WaWa gift card –

(If you don’t live in the Northeast, you might have no idea what “WaWa” is, and I’m sorry you don’t have the pleasure of knowing the joy of a local WaWa.)  

Start a “Classroom Collection Gift”.  If there are 25 kids in the class and everyone donates $5, thats a $125 giftcard.  I think that’s a pretty nice classroom gift.  My teacher friends have said it’s great because it can be used for food, coffee or gas.  Win win!


If anyone else has $5 gift ideas, please share!!!  Thanks for reading 🙂

It’s Easter Time Part 3: Five Crafts For All Ages

I’m sure you can tell by now that I like crafts.  I enjoy the thrill of creating something and putting it on display.  What you might not know is, I’m also a “practical” craft person and I want my creations to have a purpose.  I also want my kids crafts to have a purpose.  Not that I don’t loath enjoy all the paper crap creations my kids bring home from school, but I would rather they put their creations on something useful.  That said, here are 5 crafts that you can do at home, WITH your kids and have a useful product in the end.  Oh yeah, and they make great gifts for grandparents. Enjoy! 🙂

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Easter Wreath



  • Wooden Wreath
  • Wide base ribbon
  • Skinny accent ribbon
  • Wooden Letter
  • Wooden Eggs
  • Craft Paint

Step-By-Step Directions:

1. Let the kids paint the wooden eggs using craft paint.

2. Wrap base color ribbon around the wreath, leaving extra at the top to tie a bow later.

3. Wrap accent ribbon around the wreath in the middle of the base color.  Tie a knot at the top slightly in the back of the wreath.

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4. Glue wooden letter onto wreath using craft glue or hot glue. (If using craft glue, put a book on top and let sit for several hours).

5. Glue wooden eggs to wreath using craft glue or hot glue. Try to tuck the eggs into a branch to help secure the eggs.

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6. Tie a bow at the top and hang up to decorate.



Easter Hand Towels


  • Pastel Colored Tea Towels
  • Fabric Paint – white & pink
  • Fabric Markers

Step-By-Step Directions:

1. Prewash towels and iron flat.

2. Paint child’s hand with white paint as shown below.

3. Stamp hand onto towel (you might have to do this twice to get enough paint onto the towel).

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4. Using pink paint, use child’s finger to make a print for the bunny nose and finger stamp the bunny ears.  Allow paint to dry completely.

5. Using a black fabric marker, draw whiskers, mouth and eyes onto the bunny.

6. Hang up for display or wrap it up to give as a gift (another idea shown below is to use footprints to make a cross).

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Easter Centerpiece


  • Plastic  Easter Eggs
  • Permanent Markers
  • Two glass vases – they must fit into each other with space in between for the eggs
  • Flowers

Step-By-Step Directions:

1. Allow kids to decorate the plastic eggs with permanent markers.

2. Nestle the smaller vase into the larger vase.

3. Add the plastic eggs to the space between the two vases.

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4. Once vase is filled with eggs, add water and flowers to the smaller vase.  Voilla!

Other ideas: paint wooden eggs or use real dyed eggs on Easter day.


Sun Catchers


  • Tissue Paper
  • Contact Paper
  • Construction Paper

Step-By-Step Directions:

1.  Cut tissue paper into little squares.

2. Cut out design on construction paper.

3. Lay cut-out on Contact Paper with the sticky side facing up.

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4. Allow kids to add tissue paper to the sticky area however they like.

5. Cover with Contact Paper.

6. Trim shape leaving a border of construction paper.  Hang on window to decorate.

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DIY Resurrection Eggs

Ok, so I didn’t make these yet, but you should try them!

What are resurection eggs?  A dozen colorful Easter eggs containg simple objects that assist in teaching the story of Easter.

You can buy them for about $12 on amazon or christianbooks.  Or you can make your own.  Click Here to find out how.

It’s Easter Time! Part 1: Bible Based Easter Baskets

March is here and Easter is not too far away.  I really enjoy thinking of just the right theme for my kids’ Easter Baskets.  Since the kids get so much candy from the various egg hunts, I try to fill the baskets with other items.  This year I went with a religious theme to reinforce the real menaing of Easter and the importance of Easter in our house.  I tailored each basket to fit the personality of each child.  BUT, here’s the catch – each basket still had to contain the same types of things or there would be a whiny fued as soon as the kids discovered the baskets.  So this year the baskets will contain:

  • A doll/action figure
  • DVD
  • Book
  • Activity Book
  • Bracelet
  • Jelly Beans
  • Snack Packs (Goldfish, Popcorn, Granola Bars, etc.)

Now for the details….


J-Man’s Basket

“J-Man” is 6 years old and in first grade.  He’s a sensitive thinker type with a dash of crazy boy at times.  He enjoys comic books and action figures – although his action figures are usually used for display on his shelf.  His favorite color is “Camo” .  J-Man’s basket:

  • Joshua Action Figure – can be found a for $6.99 or on Amazon for as low as $2.99.
  • DVD about Joshua.  I chose the Greatest Heroes version. or Amazon for $4.99
  • Book: “Welcome To Holsom”.  This is the first time we’ve ordered this series, so we will see how we like it.  It’s a graphic novel (score!) and deals with character development traits (awesome!) with plots involving underground labs and robots (how could J-Man not love it??).  There is a kindle version for $.99 or paperbacks for $9.99.
  • Bracelet: First off, it’s “CAMO!”.  Second, it has a great reminder to “Fear Not” as in Psalm 118:6 “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.” A great reminder for kids that struggle with fear and anxiety. $7.99 at
  • Jelly Bean Prayer Activity Book: an age appropriate activity book to learn the true meaning of Easter.

Joshua Joshua and the Battle of Jericho,  Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible DVD  -  #1: Things Not Seen: Welcome to Holsom Graphic Novel  -<br /><br />         By: Craig W. Schutt</p><br /> <p> Fear Not Camo, Canvas Bracelet  -  The Jelly Bean Witness Activity Book   -


Dude’s Basket

“Dude” is our youngest child.  He’s a stocky, red headed, testosterone filled brute.  His desire to compete is never ending, including winning every verbal battle possible and turning the simplest things into a competition (who can get to the car first? Who can finish dinner first? Who can fall asleep first? etc.)  Now you know why I picked the items I did for our youngest.

  • David Action Figure – can be found on or Amazon for about $7.
  • DVD about David & Goliath.  Same series as above, just a different story.
  • Book: Goodnight Warrior – a bedtime devotional book.  “Dude” doesn’t sit still very often, so reading books all day is hard to do.  Once he’s in bed at night, it’s usually easier to have some reading time and I thought this book would get him excited to learn about God and prayer.  What little warrior can resist a book with a sword yielding knight on the cover?
  • Bracelet: “Be Strong” based on Phillipians 4:13 “ I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”  A positive reminder for my little warrior.  Oh, and it’s blue which is his favorite color 🙂
  • Jelly Bean Prayer Activity Book – using colors of Jelly Beans to learn the true meaning of Easter.

David David and Goliath, Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible DVD  -  Goodnight Warrior: God's Mighty Warrior Bedtime Devotional Bible  -<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />         By: Sheila Walsh</p><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p> Be Strong, Canvas Bracelet  -  The Jelly Bean Prayer, Easter Coloring Book   -


Girly Girl’s Basket

Our 5 year old middle child who is girly to the max.  The one who stated at 3 years old that sports “are not for me.”  Her world is pink, pink, sparkles, and you guessed it – pink.  Dresses are a must and she doesn’t care if princesses aren’t real – she wants to be one anyway.  Her basket was a little trickier as it is hard to find stories and dolls based on women in the Bible.  At least stories that would appeal to “Girly Girl”.   But I think she’ll like it.

  • Doll: A horse toy of some kind – not pictured (This ties into the book).
  • DVD: God’s Little Princess.  A 3 part DVD series about learning to be a princess for the greatest heavenly King of all! $14.99 on Amazon or
  • Book: Princess Charity’s Courageous Heart.  One of the books in the princess series.  This book is based on the Good Samaritan parable.  (See the horse on the cover? Hence the toy horse.) $9.99
  • Bracelet: Multi colored sparkley (and of course pink) bracelets that say “He Loves Me”.  An important reminder for little girls to know that God loves them, always. $5.99
  • Jelly Bean Prayer Activity Book – an age appropriate activity book to learn the true meaning of Easter.

God's Little Princess DVD Treasury Box Set  -<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />         By: Sheila Walsh</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p> Princess Charity's Courageous Heart  -<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />         By: Jacqueline Johnson, Jeanna Young</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>        Illustrated By: Omar Aranda</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p> He Loves Me Stretch Bracelets, Set of 3  -  The Jelly Bean Prayer, Ages 4-7 Activity Book   -

There you have it.  As much as I would love to post a picture of the finished baskets, they aren’t done yet!  I wanted to make sure I shared my ideas in time for you to order your items before Easter.  Enjoy!