Dress-Up Gifts for Children {Unique Ideas for Christmas}

Join me each Thursday in December as I will be sharing some unique Christmas gift ideas that move beyond Toys-R-Us, won’t break the bank, will outlast 2013, and, hopefully, create beautiful memories for your children. Not a day goes by that my little girls don't dress up. While the sky's the limit for what or who they become, they typically pretend to be princesses, fairies, kitty cats, or Princesses Hildegarde & Sofia. The stories they create as they prance around in flowing gowns or … [Read more...]

7 Time Management Tips for a Joyful Christmas

There's nothing slow about December. Finding time to take a shower is tricky with all the flurry of activities the holidays bring. Time can become your biggest enemy during the holiday season. If you let it. Last week, Time and I duked it out. A lot. I burned the candle at both ends, and, yes, I suffered the consequences. I struggled with my attitude toward my family. I drank way too much caffeine. I overindulged in bad foods. I let important things--like my prayer time--slide. And, of … [Read more...]

Christ-Centered Decorating + a Christmas Link-Up!!

It’s the 5th & final day of our series: “C” is for Christ{mas}: Keeping Christ at the Center. Today my friend Jillian of Olive Plants & Cornerstones shares how she decorates her home to focus first on Jesus. Seriously, if you need even a smidge of decorating inspiration, you need to read this post. From a simple framed hymn that you could very easily & economically make yourself, to a slightly more challenging garland made from a Christmas hymn and a rubber stamp, Jillian's … [Read more...]

St. Nicholas: An Alternative to the Santa Dilemma?

This post was originally published on December 6, 2012. I have made some revisions & updated it. December 6 is Saint Nicholas Day. Since I've had several people asking me lately how we do "the whole Santa thing" at our house, I want to make it known that we are doing Santa, BUT the focus isn't on him. Instead, I'm trying to keep Christmas centered on Christ. My thoughts on Santa vs. Jesus . . . Santa brings presents. Jesus brings peace, hope, & love. Santa is here for only one … [Read more...]

The Art Box: A Unique & Affordable Gift for Children

As I mentioned in my post last week, every Thursday in December (and maybe a few other days too) I will be sharing some unique Christmas gift ideas that move beyond Toys-R-Us, won't break the bank, outlast 2013, and, hopefully, create beautiful memories for your children. This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting my site! The Art Box WHO is it for? The aspiring artist or any toddler or preschool-age child who likes to doodle I first started making Art Boxes for my … [Read more...]

“C” is for Christ{mas}: How to Use “Truth in the Tinsel” with Little Children

I’m teaming up with a group of bloggers this week to present practical ways to focus on Christ this Christmas. Each blogger will share her unique way of keeping Christ at the Center of Christmas. Then, on Friday, we’ll have a link-up where you can share your own Christmas posts! This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting my site.  A Step-By-Step Guide to Making "Truth in the Tinsel" Work for You: From Start to Finish For all of this to work, FIRST, you have to get … [Read more...]

“C” is for Christ{mas}: Children’s Books for a Christ-Centered Christmas

I'm teaming up with a group of bloggers this week to present practical ways to focus on Christ this Christmas. Each blogger will share her unique way of keeping Christ at the Center of Christmas. Then, on Friday, we'll have a link-up where you can share your own Christmas posts! Today is the BIG day! It's the first day in our series: "'C' is for Christ{mas}: Keeping Christ at the Center." My friend Caroline of Anchored in His Grace has written a post about her favorite Christ-centered … [Read more...]

“C is for Christ{mas}: Keeping Christ at the Center”

Are Black Friday & Cyber Monday ads cluttering your inbox? Do you want to reclaim Christmas from the clutches of commercialism this year? Do you want your family to get back to the true meaning of Christmas? Me, too! For me personally, I want my young children to know that Christmas is more than Santa Claus, oodles of presents, and Christmas goodies. Christmas is the time of year when we focus on Jesus, specifically His birth. But it's also a time when we can share an even greater … [Read more...]

Truth in the Tinsel: The BEST Advent Experience for Young Children + Discount Code

This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting my site! I know Thanksgiving hasn't even arrived yet, but I am so excited to share with you a Christmas experience that my family and I are gearing up for and it starts this Sunday, December 1st! It's called Truth in the Tinsel. Our family used Truth in the Tinsel for the first time last year, and it was the highlight of the morning for us! 1 of the Truth in the Tinsel ornaments we made last year What is … [Read more...]

Homemade Vanilla Extract–The Quick & Super Easy Version

Making vanilla extract is probably the easiest do-it-yourself project you can do. If you like to give bottles away at Christmas time, then this recipe is for you! That is, unless you're super-planner-woman who can make a huge batch of vanilla in plenty of time to let it set for 2 months before distributing it to family and friends. Alas, I am not that woman, which I realized because I haven't made my own vanilla since 2011, the last time I used my vanilla extract recipe. Why? Because I … [Read more...]