Jul 182013
 

Bubbles has been very interested in all the projects I’ve been working on for the Christmas in July series and she has wanted to lend a hand in most of them.  Not all of them lend themselves well to her age group, but today I have a fun and easy craft that you and your kiddos can do together.  You may want to do the mixing part yourself, but once the salt dough ornaments are done, the kids can have fun painting and personalizing them.

This recipe is great because you can use it to make pretty much anything.  We used cookie cutters to cut out holiday shapes; some of them we painted, some we’ll leave “natural”.  You can also press the kids’ hands or fingerprints in them to make milestone ornaments (which make great, inexpensive gifts for the grandparents, too).

Crafts with Kids: Salt Dough Ornaments #CIJ13

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Jul 172013
 

I previously shared this ornament a couple of years ago just before my brother and now-sister-in-law got married.  A lot of people do different creative things with the couple’s wedding invitation; return it to them in their card, frame it, etc.  I wanted something just a tiny bit out of the ordinary and this ornament fit the bill for me.

I thought I would re-share it with you now as it fits in well with the Christmas in July theme.  There are usually lots of summer weddings, so you can start collecting your invitations and getting started on your ornaments now.  By the time the holidays roll around, you’ll have memorable ornaments to present.

DIY Wedding Invitation Our First Christmas Ornament Tutorial

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Jul 162013
 

Filling stockings at Christmastime is one of my favorite parts of the whole holiday.  There were many stocking traditions in my family.  Some have evolved over time and some are still unchanged to this day.

Over 125 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for All Ages

As kids, we each had a Christmas stocking hanging in our bedrooms; they usually only had one or two items in them but they were great for kicking off the excitement as soon as our feet hit the floor.  Then we moved downstairs to the tree, where our stockings – beautiful, hand-knit stockings that my aunt made each of us – had been left hanging from the fireplace the previous night.  Now they would be lying on the floor, filled to bursting. Continue reading »

Jul 152013
 

There are a number of fun things to do through the holiday season.  Carols, hot cocoa, snuggling in new PJs while watching The Polar Express.  Growing up I was even lucky enough most winters to go on a real sleigh ride pulled by horses.  Sometimes the sleigh would even show up, like magic, at our house, driven by Santa.  I didn’t need much of a nudge to be in love with the holidays, but that certainly whispered some Christmas magic into a young girl’s ear.

I put together a December Bucket List with suggestions to make your holidays extra-fun.  Some of them might not be feasible in all parts of the country – building a snowman in Florida, for example, is a bit of a challenge.  Maybe you could make a sandman on the beach instead!  Whatever you choose to cross off from the list, the main point of this type of bucket list is just to have a good time and make some memories with your families.

Christmas Bucket List

Christmas in July: Christmas Bucket List #CIJ13

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What items are on your personal December bucket list?  I’d love to hear what traditions you and your family share.

Jul 152013
 

There are lots of yummy treats during the Christmas holidays.  Cakes, cookies, brownies, cheesecakes and more.  I love to make a wide variety of them, but they can take a little time to bake and assemble.  So what can you make when you have guests on the way or when your kids remind you that they need to take a treat to class in an hour?

Try making these yummy marshmallows.  With colored candy coatings and festive sprinkles, they look like the gourmet marshmallows you buy from confectionery stores but are low-cost, quick and easy to do.

Christmas in July: 31 Days of Christmas Crafts, Recipes, DIY & More - Gourmet Christmas Marshmallows

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