Inspirational and fun Christmas Advent Calendar for Kids

My two year old loves Curious George and on the Christmas episodic the man in the yellow hat makes a count down to Christmas for George. I instantly loved the idea, then while scrolling through Instagram I saw small shop mom boss Stephanie Hathaway post about her her freebie of Christmas flower themed advent calendar tags she designed. Stephanie is a fellow homeschool mom who creates these amazing lessons and bundles for your home. I recently bought her  Daily rhythm bundle and weather bundle to use for the  boys chore charts and morning lessons! Cant wait to share that with you soon.

Anyway Stephanie had an awesome idea that instead of a gift advent calendar she made more of an inspirational advent calendar using the beautiful cards she had made. She simply printed out the cards and on the back wrote something inspirational for her son on the back! So for our advent calendar I wanted to combine the gift calendar and non-gift calendar.

Here is what I came up with. 

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  1. I printed and cut out Stephanie’s cards that can found in her freebie section in the link below.

https://www.stephaniehathawaydesigns.com/freeprintables/christmas-advent-freebies

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2. I wrote an inspirational thing to say to my boys OR something Christmas themed for us to actually do! I took events from our printable Christmas bucket list! You can find that in this post.

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3. For the little baggy behind the card I just simply put a piece of chocolate for each of the boys inside and pinned it to some twine to hang on our wall!

4. I ended using some tiny ornaments and a gold star we had bought last year from Walmart for a little tree the boys decorated to hang with the calendar for a finishing look.

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So far this Advent Calendar is perfect for the boys to see how many days left till Christmas AND to see how much we love them and how proud we are of them each day.

DIY Madeline Book Banner

Were finally getting our girl, and I have always adored the name Madeline from the books as a child. When James agreed to the name I was ecstatic! Unfortunately there is not a lot of Madeline rooms out there that I could find. Finding some decor ideas was a bit of a challenge, I did however see a recent picture of someone who was selling a vintage book banner and it gave me an idea for her room! I previously had an old ripped up Madeline Book and just never felt the will to throw it away.

What you will need:

Madeline Book

Scissors

Pencil

Whole punch

Twine or ribbon

Directions:

1. Carefully take all the pages, and pick out the pages that you feel will look best!

2. I decided to cut down the pages to all one size , I chose a page that was the perfect size I had in mind and use it as a template to cut out the rest of the pages down to its size.

3. After you have traced and cut, Put the pages in desired order that looks best to you! I put mine in semi order what how the book went.

4. Then take the whole punch a place one whole on either side of a page at the top.

5. Take your twine or ribbon a feed it through the whole punches wholes in desired order you had laid out.

6. Hang up the banner and enjoy!

Honestly super simple project, and it’s the perfect fit for a Madeline inspired nursery, or any book inspired nursery.

DIY Harry Potter Christmas Tree

Hey Witches, Wizards, and Muggles! The world of Harry Potter is so magical, and what better time to make some magic then Christmas time? We had an extra old White Christmas tree from when we lived in our apartment a few years ago. Our main tree is Disney themed and I thought why not have a Harry Potter themed Christmas tree as well? I wanted to share with you how I made our “Pottertree!” It’s extremely easy and fun to make!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  •  White Christmas Tree
  • Rust-oleum “Navy Blue” Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum “Marigold” (Yellow) Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum “Claret Wine ” (Red) Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum ” Hunter-Green” Spray paint
  • Protective gloves

*Tip: Whatever houses are going to be at the bottom make sure to get at least one more can of each.

Also, Don’t forget some awesome Harry Potter Christmas Tree ornaments and tree toppers to go with it!

Here’s What to Do:

Make sure to get the House colors, we used Ros-oleum, it was about $4 a can and you can get it at Walmart.  We matched as close as we could. Don’t forget depending on how large your tree is you may need more spray paint to cover the sections.

If your tree is pre-lit like ours, wrap each light with blue painters tape. Yes, it’s time-consuming.

Figure out the way to you want your House colors on the tree. Being a Hufflepuff I put Yellow on top, then green for my Husbands house (Slytherin) then Gryffindor, and last is Ravenclaw which is Blue.

Then separate the tree into four sections for each house.

My tip is, start spraying from the top then move down till you get to the bottom, section by section so that if the paint were to drip it could be covered up by the next color.

Let each section dry for at least 20 minutes in between.

After applying each color let it dry overnight just to make sure. Then pull off the painter’s tape if you had a pre-lit tree the next day and decorate! We found the cute doe at Walmart as well for $15!

That is basically it!  Decorate it however you like, we are going to be adding some handmade Potter ornaments and some House scarfs as well! We hope you enjoyed and make your own Harry Potter tree!

Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Playdoh

It’s finally feeling like fall here in Florida, so it gave me some inspiration to make some new fall projects for the kids! One Major sensory project I love to make is Playdoh! Bentley loves to sit and squish it between his fingers and make snowmen out of them, and it even lasts for a few months so it’s a perfect seasonal project!

Today  I want to share with you my recipe for so easy fall cinnamon playdoh that Bentley had a blast with and smells so good.

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Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Playdoh

 

What you will need:

  • 2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 2-3 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil (or Vegetable oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 1/3 Hot Boiling Water

Directions:

  1. Mix all Dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl
  2. Slowly and carefully Stir in Water
  3. When a good base has formed move to counter and knead until fully mixed.
  4. Let sit and cool down
  5. Pull out some cookie cutters and rolling pins and let the fun begin!

This is such a simple and easy recipe and great for sensory activities. Just store in an airtight container and store at room temperature and it should last 3-4 months! Here are some of the Rolling pins and Cookie cutters we used, The kids love the different designs on them!

Fall Bucket List

Fall is a wonderful time full of Pumpkin Spice everything, and cute fall colored cardigans. The normal fall things we do is lay around the house and watch Hocus Pocus, while of course, that is still something we will be doing this year I want to spice it up a little and do more Fall activities! Florida is probably one of the worst states when it comes to Fall because it never really happens here. So doing some of what we put on the list will hopefully make it feel a little more like Fall to us! Hope it does for you too! Enjoy.

Make Magnets from Disney Buttons

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We are a huge Disney Family, in 2015 we got Disney World Annual Passes and it was the best money spent in our household. During our multiple trips a month we collected a lot of the free Disney Buttons that you get as you walk in to the parks, or at guest services. Also they have them in Disney Springs at Guest Services in case you are not visiting the parks but still want that Disney magic. I ended up buying a few from Parkboundbuttons.com as well, Casey makes the cutest buttons, and through out the park I was asked by so many where I got them. Plus now she makes them big enough for the characters to sign on them! How awesome is that?!

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I need a place to put all of my amazing Disney buttons but also still be able to wear them when I go to the parks. My kitchen is all Disney and my fridge was looking bare. so I decided to make my buttons in to magnets, but making them also come off, making them wearable still.

I found these magnets which came in a box of 100, I thought just in case we ever got more buttons I had extra magnets. To make them I put two magnets together and placed them on the back, right under the pin. I personally didn’t glue mine for the reason that if we were planning on going one day I could go to my fridge and pick the one I want a go, and place them back on when we get home with a breeze.

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We love our Disney Buttons/Magnets, I  hope you enjoy them as well! What are some crafts you do with your buttons? Share below in the Comment section!

Tribe of Little’s

Jessica Wallace

4 Easy Elf on The Shelf Ideas

That’s right its that time of year again where your great pal the Elf comes and tries to make your kids good again, have peace and quiet, and a clean house for the month of December. Personally I love this elf because it gives Bentley and I some us time in the morning trying to figure out what kind of shenanigans Buddy is up to that day ( Yes his name is Buddy )

Its Week one of Buddy adventures in the Wallace/Bindscheattel and He has obviously gotten into some trouble. I mean what kind of house do you think this is.. A nice one?

On his first day here he left Bentley a adorable little note to let him know to be a good little boy and that he’s here to watch him for Santa. If you’d like to Print the note I will leave the link here, it’s does cost $2.99.  Or if you are feelin crafty make up your own! I just went the easy route this year because I honestly could not think of anything to say for mine, and because it was 12 Am and I needed a letter pronto.

On Day 2 Buddy took a dip in our “Elf Hot Tub” which is just him sitting in our crock pot filled with marshmallows.


Day 3 he wanted to go to outer space! Wrapping the aluminum foil around him was a bit challenging.. I painted a nice backround on some card board for him to really think he was in space.

Day 4 Buddy dressed up as spider-man and hung from the roof! This was the biggest hit for my little superhero, and my big superhero.. I got the mask from here (which was a free printable). Excuse my horrible print job, we were running out of ink! 

Bentley has loved this years Elf’s adventures. We also did some super simple ideas like 

  • On top of the Christmas tree
  • Eating our Gingerbread house
  • Throwing toilet paper all over the house
  • Covering the tree in Bentley’s underwear (he loved that one)
  • Sitting and playing PS4/ watching a movie
  • Stowing away in our over night bag when went to my mothers for the weekend.
  • Eating some whip cream out of the fridge!

 

Over all this December has been a blast with Buddy the Elf! Hope some of these ideas come to your house! Happy Holidays!

DIY “If you give a mouse a cookie” costume

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Halloween is in a few days! In the beginning of the month Bentley’s school had said the children can wear their costumes on Halloween day( he is going to be the Red Power Ranger), but now they changed their minds and can only dress up as “Story Book Character’s”. So having only a few days we needed a simple, and quick story book costume! In a matter of two days i was able to make this cheap costume for my little one and you can too!

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Thing’s you’ll need:

  • Overalls
  • White T-shirt
  • headband
  • Poster board or cardboard
  • Brown paint
  • Black paint
  • Grey paint
  • pink paint
  • black face paint (or eyeliner)

I mostly had all of the paint already but Walmart has paint for around a dollar each, I also got the poster board and white T-shirt while at Walmart as well. The only thing I had to go find was the overalls, but fear not I found them at a child’s consignment store for around five bucks! (SCORE!). Tip: if you cant find overalls in boy’s, look in the girls section!14900349_1280043948704656_3383505926471693536_n

For the ears, I simply cut out two circles, painted then grey, let it dry and then painted a smaller circle within the ears. When they are completely I hot glued the circles to the headband.

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The cookie was also simple to make, I just cut out a big circle and painted it light brown, let it dry completely, then with a darker brown I painted the chocolate chunks.

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Now draw on a cute little nose, and roll up the bottom of the pants and you have a cute little story book mouse! Comment below on what kind of simple story book characters have you made!

Raising Lost Boys

Jessica

Halloween craft for those who cant touch pumpkins!

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About 3 years ago we found out Bentley was allergic to pumpkins ( I know such a odd allergies)! So this year I wanted to find a alternative for carving pumpkins. While shopping at the best craft store, Michaels. Which right now the Halloween decor and crafts is 50% off, score!

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We happened to walk past these Styrofoam skulls, and thought what a neat idea to do by having paint them instead of carving a pumpkin. The skulls and other Styrofoam figures (Frankenstein, Witch , and a zombie) were actually 60% off , which ended up making them come out to about $3.00 each.

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We also bought a package of this kind of paint , it was only $8.00 for the whole pack of 12.

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Bentley had a blast painting his skull! While painting we even practiced how to spell his name, and what colors he wanted to use! So it doubled as a fun craft and a education lesson.

 

What Halloween craft’s are you doing this year besides carving pumpkins? Share below !