Monday, December 30, 2013

diy ~ New Years Celebrating

Another year almost over... and a new one to begin. 

Could it really be true that the older you get, the quicker time goes by? Still not sure about that one... although it is hard to come to grips with the fact that we are at the point of wishing others a " Happy New Year".

Since it is and we are... we might as well have some fun in the process right?! The fun is not only in the celebrating, but first and foremost in the preparation prior to the celebration.

We put our thinking caps on and came up with these ideas for DIY New Years Celebrating.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sharing the Love ~ Free 2014 Printable Calenders

Free Printable 2014 Calendars | Download at Design Eat Repeat
Design Eat Repeat

Sharing the love of free printable calenders to get you started on the right track in the New Year!

Don't forget to print your calender off soon!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Sharing The Love ~ New Years Chalkboard Printables

I Heart Naptime

Sharing a little love with you today just in time to for your New Years celebrations!

Love these chalkboard New Years printables from
Anders Ruff for I Heart Naptime.
Turn a plain old bottle from drab to fab in minutes with these simple, easy and free printables!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Years Celebrating Inspiration

Looking forward to ringing in the New Year?!
If you are looking for some New Years celebrating inspiration... check out some that we found!!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

O Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!
What a glorious, joyous time!
Just sharing a little look at our Christmas Tree and some of the ornaments we made. 

As you gather with your families and friends may you be truly reminded of the true meaning of Christmas and carry it in your hearts always. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Cinnamon Orange Gummy Men

Make your Christmas a little merrier with a batch of all natural Cinnamon Orange Gummy Men!

Do gingerbread men only have to be made out of gingerbread and decorated with icing and raisins?!
 Well, yes and no!
 This time is a "no". But still a very good "no".

Think of a blend of orange and cinnamon in the shape of a mini gingerbread man... this is what these are!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies ~ Gluten & Diary Free

Peppermint and chocolate coming your way in the form of cookies.  Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies that is.
Which also happen to be gluten and dairy free and very tasty too!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Festive Ornament Drink Bauble

STOP!!! Don't serve your Christmas beverage in just any old ordinary cup, get creative and make a Festive Ornament Drink Bauble instead!

Can't take credit for this creative idea... all the credit goes to Dawn, of Not Just a Mommy blog. 

So you know after seeing these,
 we had to get busy and make a set of our own for our Christmas festivities!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Homemade Vanilla Extract & Brown Paper Packages

Making homemade vanilla extract has been on our "hurry up and get to it list" for awhile now. Glad we finally hurried up and got to it. 

Back in early September we made our batch of vanilla extract knowing that it had to steep for at least 3 months and that these precious little bottles of heaven would make perfect Christmas gifts.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Peppermint Coconut Dream Cups

Back with another Peppermint recipe to share! 
We are just in that kind of mood!!!
So there are peanut butter cups, almond butter cups and now... Peppermint Coconut Dream Cups!

One can NEVER have too much peppermint at Christmas time.

Peppermint Smoothie

Sometimes you just amaze yourself with simplicity. 

Not many ingredients at all in this here Peppermint Smoothie.
But... there is a whole lot of taste! Only 3 ingredients... yes THREE! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Goji Berry Bark with Coconut, Almonds & Maca

Goji berries, coconut, almonds and maca oh my!

Are you trying to eat healthy during Christmas? 
Possibly your New Years goal is to start eating better and clean up your diet. 
Either way... good for you, really!

Our recipe today of Goji Berry Bark is going to make it that much easier for you to continue or start, and not feel like you are missing out on any indulgent treats.

Paper Straw Vintage Ornaments

We are so very honored to have been asked back to participate in

 We love Stephanie Lynn and all of her creative talent! 
We have been inspired many times by her wonderful creations.

Our handmade ornament contribution was a simple one to make. 

So simple that you can make up many in no time!
We would like to introduce you to our Paper Straw Vintage Ornaments.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Candy Cane Cereal Treats & diy Treat Tray

Time for some snap, crackle and pop with these 
Candy Cane Cereal Treats! These treats are not only on the healthier side, they can be made up pretty much last minuet to use as party favors or gifts and just munching with the family.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Homemade Mulling Spice Bouquet Gift Jars

We took a tiny break away from our beloved red and white, peppermint candy cane crafting theme to interject a little silver and gold sparkle! 

At Christmas time there are many traditional scents, flavors and favorites. One of them being spice, in the form of Mulling Spice Bouquets and since it is the giving season we wanted to gift them to a few favorite people.

Peppermint Lip Balm & Christmas Packaging

Have you already figured out we have an obsession with peppermint?! 
Look, smell, taste the entire peppermint thing we just stinking LOVE!
Okay, now that we have calmed down a bit we can share our Peppermint Lip Balm & Christmas Packaging idea with all of you.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Homemade Natural Christmas Room Spray

Instead of reaching for those artificial Christmas and Holiday home and room sprays full of all those yucky chemicals, think about making a healthy investment in some homemade organic essential oils to use to make your own spray AND... know those essential oils go along way for many other uses too.

We made up a Natural Christmas Room Spray using scents we like this time of year, but any scents you like can be used as well. 

If you do not have a real tree this year, even if you do, a natural room spray will be a welcome addition to your environment.

Naughty Vintage Jars

Oh no, somebody is on the naughty list! 
Having some fun today with our Naughty Vintage Jars
Aren't these the cutest?!!!

These cute naughty vintage printables are from the very talented Free Pretty Things blog. 

You will find these and so many more adorable vintage printables on the blog.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Stickers & Stripes Handmade Ornaments

Making homemade Christmas ornaments as gifts or for your own Christmas tree has to be counted as one of the many traditions of Christmas.

Each one is a labor of love from the maker and a keepsake for many a Christmas to come.

Today we are adding to our collection these Stickers & Stripes Ornaments.

Gingerbread Smoothie ~ Dairy Gluten Refined Sugar Free

If pumpkin is the food for early Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving, gingerbread and peppermint must be made for Christmas! At least they are in our Christmas world.

We came up with a healthy Gingerbread Smoothie that made our taste buds very happy!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Church Wreath

We were so inspired by this beautiful Winter wonderland Christmas wreath made by Jen of Craft-O-Maniac, that we just had to make one too! Thankfully, we had all the craft materials on hand. We call this our Christmas Church Wreath.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

diy Christmas Window Garland

Do you have a window that could use a little Christmas cheer?!
 Our kitchen nook widows received a  Christmas Window Garland and now they are cheerful and festive!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Under the Table and Dreaming Annual Handmade Ornament Series ~ and we were invited!!!

Handmade Ornament Ideas

So happy and honored to be asked back to 

Under the Table and Dreaming Annual Handmade Ornament Series!
We liken Christmas ornaments to women' s shoes... one can never have too many right?! 

We would love it if you stopped by to see our ornaments and see what other bloggers have created too!

Comic Book Snow Globes For Boys

When boys are really young a snow globe is a snow globe is a snow globe... but when they are older...10,11, 12 say... they need a snow globe more suited to their likes.

Maybe something like our Comic Book Snow Globes!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Candy Cane Play Dough

Ready to make and play with some Candy Cane Play Dough?! Did you happen to catch our original post for this candy cane play dough over at Design Dazzle's Christmas Wonderful 2013 Series? 
We loved participating and are so thankful they wanted to include little old us this year. Thank you!!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Snowball Cupcake Ornament

Is the weather outside where you are frightful? Any hope of a white Christmas here is California? Probably not, but... we can pretend a little with our Snowball Cupcake Ornaments.

We all probably remember those snowball cupcakes we ate as kids. Now we are all grown up and instead of eating those, we hang cupcakes on our Christmas tree.

Guest Blogging At Design Dazzle
Hello friends! This morning we have the honors of guest blogging over at Design Dazzle and participating the 2013 Christmas Wonderful Series!!!

We love this series with all of the talented bloggers offering such a creative variety of crafting inspiration! We are sure you will too and we hope you will hop on over today and check out what we are sharing and stay awhile and see what everyone else is up too!!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Easy To Make Embellished Chalkboard Ornaments

We just can't get enough chalkboard Christmas inspiration, let alone enough black, white and red together!

These chalkboard ornaments from Kiki and Company are so lovely. We added a velvet ribbon and red jewels and turned them into Embellished Chalkboard Ornaments for our tree!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Chalkboard Sign

We are in full Christmas decorating mode here!How about you?! Today we are excited to share with you our Christmas Chalkboard Sign. So what is black and white and a little red? Come take a looky!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Candy Cane Gingerbread Mantel

Candy canes and gingerbread and visions of sugar plums dancing through our heads. 
We have a deep love for candy canes and gingerbread ANYTHING! 

We were feeling the need to pull out our old friends and decorate a Candy Cane Gingerbread Mantel.

Monday, December 2, 2013

38 Scandinavian Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas in the county-side by Vibeke design

How is your Christmas decorating coming along?!

Just in case you need some beautiful Scandinavian Christmas decorating ideas or just want some pretty Christmas things to look at... check these out!

We LOVE each and everyone!