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Elf on the Shelf Note Cards

Twelve Day of Christmas (in July): Day 9! Our Elf, Tinsel, tends to be very mischievous. And since our children are very young (two years old and two months old) our elf leaves behind a short note each night to explain his shenanigans. It’s one thing to find our elf […]

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Elf on the Shelf Planning Calendar

Twelve Day of Christmas (in July): Day 8! I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I love our Elf on the Shelf. The number one complaint I’ve heard from other parents is how hard it can be to come up with new ideas each night… So I created a calendar where we could […]

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Elf on the Shelf Countdown Cards

Twelve Day of Christmas (in July): Day 4! I’m so excited for our Elf on the Shelf to return this year! Tinself (our Elf) shows up the day after Thanksgiving and stays until Christmas Eve. He loves getting into trouble each night and helping our kiddos count down to Christmas by leaving […]

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Photo Magnet Tutorial

Twelve Days of Christmas (in July):  Day 2! Do you ever struggle to find creative stocking stuffers? I know I do! This year I wanted to try to find photo magnets to put in my family stockings, so I started searching online for options. The cheapest site I found charged $5.99 […]

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Photo Ornament Tutorial

Last year I started a memory tree for my son, Casey. I made a photo ornament for each month of his life, starting the month he was born. The project turned out so great I thought I’d share a tutorial on how to create your own photo ornaments! These are great […]

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Initial Ornament Tutorial

I’m in the process of making a real family tree and needed an initial ornament for each member of our family. So I headed to the craft store to see what I could come up with… …I ended up with these glittery initial ornaments! They turned out so great I wanted to share an […]

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The North Pole Mailbox

I wanted my son to have a special place to put his letter to Santa this year. Then I found the perfect solution… A simple little mailbox! The mailbox was white when I bought it, so I painted a few green stripes on the surface and painted the flag red. Now […]

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FREE Santa Letterhead

Santa likes to leave his magical touch wherever he goes during the holidays. He was kind enough to send me some of his personalized letterhead just for you! Just open the file, print it out and leave it by your cookies on Christmas Eve. Santa will have a nice place to write you […]

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Christmas Card Ornaments

Ever wondered what to do with all those Christmas cards every year? How about this:  Make an adorable keepsake ornament! I stumbled upon this tutorial from Martha Stewart five years ago and tweaked it slightly. Instead of cardstock, I used photo Christmas cards. I also threaded a ribbon through the entire ball once […]