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5 Simple Homemade Gifts PLUS Free Christmas Printables!

Welcome to Blogmas 2017! Today we have Elva Fisher joining us today with 5 simple homemade gifts with the most amazing Printables! Be sure to checkout her blog at  Pursuing Delights 

 

Every year around the Christmas season my “mommy brain” seems to kick it into high gear and I forget to have gifts ready for friends and neighbors. But not this year! This year I’m going to kick my “mommy brain” to the curb and be on top of things! And I’m going to share it all with you as well!

I don’t know about you but I’m not able to buy any private islands for myself so I have to watch my penny’s during the holiday season. Yet I have so many wonderful friends and neighbors that I love and want to express my love and appreciation for all they have done for me.

So I love to make small and thoughtful homemade gifts to show them that I care.

So without further a due here are:

5 simple homemade gifts that your friends and neighbors will love! Plus I have some free printable gift tags to go with each gift!

 

First Up and always a fan favorite,

 

A Delish Hot Peppermint Chocolate Mix In A Jar!hot chocolate

This is so quick and easy to make up and is always a big hit! I mean who wouldn’t love a hot mug full yummy coco!

Here is what you will need;

A 16 oz Glass Jar

¼ cup of Powered Milk

½ cup of unsweetened Coco Power

½ cup of sugar

½ cup of Chocolate Chips

½ cup of crushed Candy Canes

Marshmallows to fill the jar

 

How to put it together

Mix the powdered milk, unsweetened cocoa powered and sugar together then pour it into the bottom of the jar.

Next put in the layer of chocolate chips, try and level it as much you can.

Then add the layer of peppermint candy and again try and level it as much possible.

Then the fun part, fill the rest of the space up with marshmallows! The more the merrier I say!

Next print of the gift card with the instructions Hot Chocolate Gift Tags here, cut them out and then use a paper hole punch to create a hole.

Then using some nice looking string or yarn tie the gift card on and you are done!

 

The next gift is and a slightly healthier gift.

A Christmas Orange Wreath!

wreath

Over at omiyage blogs, they have a great post on how to make this beautiful tasty wreath. Go here to find it.

And then go Wreath Gift Tags here to find your adorable gift tag.

Print it, tie it on and watch your friend’s face light up with such a sweet gift!

 

Next, up is a great simple homemade gift for your friend who needs some pampering in their life.

A Simple Body Salt Scrub!

salt scrub

Let’s be honest this one might be my favorite! I love a good body scrub! My skin always feels so silky and smooth afterwards! It is heavenly! And the great thing is this gift is so quick to make, you will be able to make a jar or two for yourself!

Things you will need:

A cute looking jar, I love those mason jars!

Epson Salt

Oil (you can use a few different types either coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil)

An essential oil of your choose (I choose orange and grapefruit)

 

I find when making a salt scrub, it is so flexible and easy to tweak to meet your needs.

But I like to start with;

1 cup of Epson salt

1/2 cup of oil

5 to 10 drops of essential oil.

Step One – Mix the salt and oil together in a bowl. Now, this is where you can tweak the recipe to your liking. If you think it is a little too oily just add more salt or vice a versa simple add more oil if you feel it needs to be more moisturizing. So simple!

Step Two-Mix in an essential oil. So depending on what essential oil you are using, you may need more or less drops. It is always better to start with less and slowly add in more if you think you need it. Once you have added it to mix the salt scrub together thoroughly.

Step Three– Pour salt scrub into your pretty jar! Screw the lid back on. Download and print your super cute gift label here. And tie it on!

Step Four – Give it to your friend! Now I know it will be tempting to keep it for yourself but you really need to remember to show your friend some love this holiday season!

You can attach these great gift tags to the scrub! Download the Merry Christmas with Love Gift Tags here

 

Another simple gift to give is a

Household potted plant

with some stylish twist!

plant

Things you will need;

A plant of your choice

A plant pot of your choice

Sharpie Marks, colors of your choice

You may also need some dirt depending on how big your pot is compared to your plant.

Here is what you do, before you place the plant in the pot. Decorate your pot with the color sharpie marks! Get creative! Draw lines! Draw simple faces! Draw a bunch of dots! Write a few words! You can do no wrong!

I went with a simple face because I love seeing the plants as the little pots hair! hehe!

And then don’t forget to print your amazing gift card Holly Jolly Gift Tags here!

Tie it on and you are done!

 

The last simple homemade gift is just to fun and easy to make!

Reindeer beer bottles or soda bottles

reindeer bottle

You might have seen this super cute idea around before it is pretty popular. And it is popular for a reason! It’s a great gift to customize to whoever you are giving it to. You can do this by simplify picking whatever drink your friend likes best!

Go here for a great little video about how to make the reindeer.

In the video, she does go over what you will need but I’ll list it here as well.

Pipe cleaners, using brown is popular but I have seen people use other colors as well.

Pompoms for the noses again use whatever color you like best!

A pack of googly eyes

Glue gun

And don’t forget the bottles!

 

Once you have them all put together, print off your Holiday Cheer Gift Tags here tie it on and you are done!

 

So there you have it! 5 simple and yet wonderful homemade gifts that your friends will love!

 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

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Elva lives with her husband, 3 young children and 2 dogs in the Canadian Wild West, where summer is short and winter never seems to end. She is a blogger who loves to write about her family, personal growth and her many different hobbies. You can find her at her webpage www.pursuingdelights.com

 

 

 

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Blogmas is here!

BlogMas 2017

Christmas is my favorite time of the year! It really is! I love the hustle and the bustle of everyone trying to find the perfect gift for those they love. I love watching the giving, the laughing and the singing that the season brings. I feel like there is literally magic in the air this time of the year…

With all of that though there is certainly the stress of the holiday season like trying to find the right gift for everyone on your list, trying to plan the perfect meal, trying to have  a Pinterest worthy house, trying to remember to hide the Elf everyday, and everything else that stress you out this holiday season! This year we wanted to make your life a little less stressful and share with you some great ideas this holiday season…

Welcome to Blogmas 2017!

What is Blogmas? Well, it is simple! Everyday we will share with you at least 1 great idea that will make your lives a little easier and less stressful this Christmas season! This year I have teamed up with some of the most awesome bloggers to bring you gift ideas, healthy tips, travel  tips, bucket lists, crafts and more to help you celebrate this Christmas season! So sit back, put your feet up, and leave the worrying to us as we bring you great ideas this holiday season, you won’t want to miss it!

Blogmas starts tomorrow, December 1st so be sure to stop by tomorrow, or better yet subscribe and they will get delivered right to your email!

To kick off the excitement, we are releasing our 2017 Christmas Bucket List for Families Today! Download it today!

Christmas 2017 Bucket List 

Christmas 2017 Bucket List Black and White version

Christmas 2017 Bucket List

Cheers to a stress free holiday Season!

P.S. Don’t worry! We will still post new awesome posts throughout the holiday season about Parenting and marriage, so stay tuned for those too!

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Top 20 Favorite Christmas Movies

Every December we love to watch Christmas movies as a family. We always kick off the Christmas season with a tradition I grew up with by watching Christmas Vacation Thanksgiving Night. From that night on we try to watch as many Christmas Movies as we can throughout the season.

This year my kids have been about everything Christmas already, so naturally the tree is up and decorated, the lights are up outside (but not on, I do have some limits) and we have started watching Christmas movies as a family!

We have  created a Christmas Movie Bucket List to see if your family can watch all of our Family’s favorites this season!

Our Family’s Top 20 Favorite Christmas Movies!

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Story

Charlie Brown Christmas

Elf

Frosty The Snowman

Home Alone (1,2, and 3)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

It’s a Wonderful Life

Jingle All the Way

Meet Me in St. Louis

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Miracle on 34th Street (the classic) and the revised version Miracle on 34th Street (2009)

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

The Grinch

The Muppets Christmas Carol

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Original Christmas Classics (Includes Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is coming to Town, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)

The Polar Express

The Santa Clause

White Christmas

 

Top 20 Favorite Christmas Movie Bucket List

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Black and White Top 20 Favorite Christmas Movie Bucket List

Download your Black and White Top 20 Favorite Christmas Movie Bucket List!

 

Top 20 Christmas Movies

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Silent Night Free Printable

Ok… I know what you are saying to yourself right now… It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I couldn’t resist waiting any longer to start sharing all the wonderful Christmas posts with you, so I am giving you a little taste as to what is coming your way today!

Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I look forward to the Christmas lights outside and the Christmas music in the stores and on the radio. I look forward to the smell of the Christmas Tree in the house (Although I have a fake tree now). I love to wrap presents early so the kids look forward to shaking and guessing them when they come home from school! I love the decorations, especially on the banisters of two story home houses! When we moved to Texas when we walked into this house we were thinking of buying I literally thought to myself, “Oh my gosh! That will look so beautiful at Christmas time!” Don’t worry I will show you when it gets a little closer to Christmas!

I love to decorate for Christmas, but it gets so expensive to try and go out and buy everything. One of my favorite things to do is to find or make printables. I have a couple of frames that I literally just change out the printable and TA DA! You have a new decoration for your wall or table!

Today I am bringing you a line from one of my favorite Christmas Songs, Silent Night! I love the calming feeling it brings me every time I hear the words “Silent Night, Holy Night, All is calm, All is bright.”

My husband actually served a mission in Germany for our church several years ago and this song is actually only sung on Christmas Eve there, which makes it even more special to me. I love to hear him sing it in German every Christmas Season! So enjoy this free printable this holiday season!

Silent Night 8x10 free printable

Download Silent Night 8×10 Free Printable here

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#Thankful2017

I know I never post on Wednesday’s because we have Wandering Wednesdays happening on the blog, but I couldn’t let the first day of November pass us by without starting our Gratitude Challenge for the month of November!

I am captivated by taking hundreds of pictures each week of everything around me because I love to look back and remember all the memories through pictures! With that being said, I am doing a photo gratitude challenge this month to express my thanks for everything I have! Will you join me?

30 Day Challenge/ Perfect for Kids Too!

I have created a printable calendar for you to display in your home so that you can spend each day focusing on something that you are grateful for.  When you find something that sparks each day’s prompt snap a picture of it to record what you are grateful for! (To download click the link below each picture!)

30 Days of Gratitude Photo Challenge

 

Click here to 30 Days of Gratitude Photo Challenge-pink with flowers

Copy of 30 Days of Gratitude Photo Challenge

Click here to download the 30 Days of Gratitude Photo Challenge-blue and green one

Copy of 30 Days of Gratitude Photo Challenge-2

Click here to Download a black and white copy! 30 Days of Gratitude Photo Challenge

Now that kids have all kinds of technology they can snap a picture too of things that they are grateful for! If your kids are too little to have cameras of their own involve them and help them take a picture of things they are grateful for! At dinner each night talk about what you have chosen to take a picture of. It starts a great conversation of gratitude!

If you choose to join in the fun, and post on social media use #Thankful2017 so we can all see what we are grateful for… Who knows, maybe your pic will end up being shared on the blog (With your permission of course!)!

Wanna Track my grateful journey? Follow me on Twitter or Instagram to see just what we are grateful for in our household!

Don’t forget to post on the fridge and share with your friends!

Happy Grateful Month!

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You’ve Been Boo’ed FREE PRINTABLE!

Growing up in the country you sometimes miss out on experiences that you normally find in neighborhoods, such as getting “Boo’ed” each Halloween; so I was so excited when we moved to Texas 2 years ago and we got boo’ed our first halloween! A goody bag full of treats greeted us as we opened the door one night after hearing the doorbell. Attached was a “We’ve got Boo’ed note” as well as how to “continue booing others!”

To carry on the tradition that was started a few years back, my kids happily went IMG_0141shopping for our “boo” supplies at Target. We love the $1.00 section! We loaded up on pencils, stickers, tattoos, toys, color books, and more… Pretty much anything that said Halloween! We picked up some cheap Halloween pails to put the goodies in and we were set!

We came home and as we drove in the neighborhood they selected the two houses that we would boo that night! We prepped our “boo” baskets, waited for it to get dark and then we dropped them off with a ding of the doorbell! (I mean really, two tween boys love any reason to IMG_0142doorbell ditch someone).

Now the fun is to watch to see just how far the “boo” goes throughout the neighborhood! The boys are hoping this year it actually makes it to every house, even the empty nesters, we shall see!

Wanna start the “Boo Tradition in your Neighborhood?

Print the free printable below by clicking on the link and start the tradition! And see just how far the boo goes this year!

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